Grants improve seniors' health and safety

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HALIFAX – Nova Scotia seniors are safer and able to live more comfortably and independently, thanks to provincial support.

Fifteen groups across the province are receiving senior safety grants this year. The grants support non-profit groups that educate and raise awareness of senior abuse, prevent crime and encourage the overall health and safety of Nova Scotia seniors.

"Nova Scotia's seniors have told us they want more options to stay in their homes longer," Education Minister Ramona Jennex said in a news release Monday, on behalf of Seniors Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse."By protecting Nova Scotia seniors from injury and harm, we are making life better for them and supporting their efforts to remain independent."

Grants are used to provide information or services directly to seniors in their homes, or through group presentations and workshops at other locations within the community. This includes one-on-one visits from safety co-ordinators, seminars with professional experts, and the production of various materials.

"Without this provincial grant, we wouldn't be able to offer the same level of support to our seniors," said Kings County Senior Safety Program Society treasurer Bill Poole. "This year's contribution will enable our Senior Safety Co-ordinator to reach an increasing number of Seniors that call Kings County home."

In order to qualify, programs must demonstrate financial or in-kind community support. The program also emphasizes better communication between seniors and the police.

"This funding allows the RCMP to continue to expand and enhance this modern and innovative-grass root service model throughout the province," said RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise. "The community and RCMP membership benefit from this mechanism that fosters open communication between seniors and police. It is a great preventative tool which helps police deliver a holistic response."

"Crime prevention happens at the community level," said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. "Having police and community organizations work together is a powerful way to make life better for vulnerable seniors."

The 15 groups each receive up to $20,000, for a total of more than $288,000.

For more information and for a complete list of recipients, visit

Organizations: RCMP, Kings County Senior Safety Program Society, Senior Safety Co

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Charlie Joseph
    February 12, 2013 - 08:40

    Johnny Smoke, this is not a waste of money! It is most certainly needed. Click the link and educate yourself. 1 week of a seriously abused senior in the hospital is greater than 20k. Without NON PROFITS educating the community many using volunteers, many families, care givers and elderly people are unaware of options. From the link.... Our definition of a Seniors' Safety Program A Seniors' Safety Program is a community-based program that is operated and managed by a nonprofit organization. It addresses the safety concerns of seniors by promoting education and awareness about senior abuse, crime prevention, and safety and health issues enhancing communication between seniors and the police providing information, educational sessions, and referral services to seniors offering direct contact with seniors through the seniors' safety coordinator The day-to-day operation of the program is the job of the seniors' safety coordinator—usually a paid staff person, but sometimes a volunteer. The coordinator works in close partnership with local police agencies and a large network of local, provincial, and federal partnering agencies. Typically, services are offered to seniors throughout a county—in their own homes and at other locations within the community.

    • Johnny smoke
      February 12, 2013 - 14:55

      Holy cow i did not realize how dangerous it is to be a senior in Pictou county, whom may I ask is doing all of this abusing? If you tell me it is a family member then they are out of reach of all of the persons mentioned in your reply. This is just another "Feel good" program, which like all of the others enriches a few at the expense of the many who end up paying for some more pre election window dressing.

  • Johnny smoke
    February 11, 2013 - 14:54

    Pictou County Crime Prevention Association Pictou County $20,000.00. Uh twenty grand so that the mounties and the town cops can do what they are suppose to be doing? How about kicking in $20 grand to help less than wealthy seniors obtain meals on wheels? For God's sake, I have seen some seniors who could use a good meal once in awhile, I have yet to see any cops in the same condition.