Ontario Investing in Seniors Health and Well-Being in Mississauga East - Cooksville

Published on November 13, 2019

Helping Seniors Stay Active and Socially Connected Across the Province.

Mississauga – Ontario is committed to helping seniors keep active, healthy, safe, independent, and socially connected in their own communities. Yet, many seniors face financial and other obstacles in accessing programs and services that will help support their overall health and well-being.

 

That is why Ontario is investing $14.1 million to support more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs in communities across the province, benefiting seniors in Mississauga East - Cooksville.

“Supporting our seniors today is about investing in all of our futures. This funding will have a direct and positive impact on seniors in communities across the province by giving them an opportunity to take part in programs and services that will help keep them active, socially connected, and healthy,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “These programs and services support healthy ageing and help seniors to live the quality lives they deserve.”

Seniors Active Living Centre programs support over 100,000 seniors across the province. The funding will provide a variety of programming and activities to help seniors stay active, socially engaged, safe, and healthy. This is especially important given that about 30 percent of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated.

“This funding will go a long way in helping seniors in Mississauga stay active and socially connected, while also preventing social isolation,” said Kaleed Rasheed, Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East Cooksville. “Seniors Active Living Centres like the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre provide a hub for seniors and their families to build positive connections, encourage physical activity, which in turn benefits everyone’s well-being. We know our seniors want to remain healthy and active, and in turn, we all benefit from their continued presence and contributions to our society.”

“Adults who are 55 years and older make up almost 27 percent of Mississauga’s population and this is projected to steadily increase over the next ten years. That is why our Older Adult Plan for Recreation, endorsed by Mississauga City Council in June, is so important. It is helping us deliver on our vision of having more people connected more often through programs and services that reflect the needs of our older adult community,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The City’s Recreation team works collaboratively with many community groups run by older adult volunteers to deliver numerous activities and programs at each community centre across the city that are specifically tailored for the older adult age group and encourage good health and engagement in the community. Some of these include yoga, badminton, table tennis, skating, shinny, line dancing and social clubs. We work to keep Mississauga’s older adult community healthy, active and connected.”

Ontario remains committed to protecting what matters most to seniors and their families.

QUICK FACTS

  • Seniors Active Living Centre programs are community-based and promote wellness and social interaction.
  • The senior population in Ontario is the fastest-growing age group. By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
  • Active ageing brings positive health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital.

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For Media Enquiries Please Contact:

Kasia Kaminska

Kaleed.rasheedco@pc.ola.org

9052381757