Canadian seniors’ organizations can apply for up to $750,000 in federal money to support programs that encourage older people to get out of isolation and into social activities.
The New Horizons for Seniors program was announced in Calgary on May 8 by Minister of State for Seniors, Alice Wong. With the growing population over 65, programs that give seniors the support they need to live active, healthy lives are becoming more important to communities. Isolation can lead to depression, diminish overall well-being and places seniors at at a greater risk for elder abuse.
A call for proposals will be announced on May 29 and projects or programs must meet one of five criteria:
- promotes volunteerism among seniors
- engages seniors to mentor young people
- raises awareness of elder abuse
- supports seniors’ recreational or social activities
- provides financial help for new or existing seniors’ programs
For full details of the program visit Employment and Social Development Canada at www.esc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding/about/index.shtml .