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Province funds three local seniors program


Its often repeated getting old is not for sissies, but that doesn’t mean it has to be lonely and funding for three seniors programs in Cumberland County will help keep communities engaged with their aging population.

Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell (right) brought welcomed funding for seniors programs in the region July 21. There are many groups and organizations offering services to our local seniors and some of the people behind those outfits present for the announcement included (from left) Jeff MacNeil, Elizabeth Cooke-Sumbu, Ashley Grace, Courtenay Black and Patricia Harrington.

Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell delivered $40,000 in funding July 21 on behalf of Minister of Seniors Leo Glavine during a small announcement at the Cumberland County Seniors Safety Association office downtown Amherst at the Cumberland County Seniors Safety Association office in the Maritime Block.

"It is important that our communities represent an inclusive, safe and accessible environment for older adults," said Mr. Farrell. "We are investing in programs that ensure our seniors have the opportunity to thrive."

The Senior Society's $20,000 grant comes from the Senior Safety Grant program. It supports direct services such as home visits, group presentations and educational workshops on a variety of topics related to seniors' safety in their home and community.

"Our Seniors Safety Program enables us to work proactively about safety concerns and education for our older population," said Patricia Harrington, chair of the Cumberland County Senior Safety Association. "The education sessions provide a forum for people to get together, support one another and have fun while learning about issues that promote safety and where they can get help."

$10,000 grants were also awarded to Burning Bush and the YMCA from the Age-Friendly Community Grant program.

Burning Bush will use the funding to connect seniors and youth in a community-based initiative to create a Confederation 150 commemorative catalogue.

The YMCA grant will enhance its Full of Life wellness program which focuses on healthy lifestyles, chronic disease self-management and social well-being.

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