Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BC Gov't News

Finding the Right Kind of Help

Age-friendly grant for seniors resource directory

Released the BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo MLA John Martin


hilliwack has been awarded a $12,000 age-friendly community planning and project grant to help support local strategies to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.


Funding will be used by the city for its Chilliwack Seniors Living Well Resource Directory. Through this program, the city will develop a seniors’ resources directory to help older adults and their caregivers find access supports and services both in print and online.


“There are a broad range of programs and services available to seniors in Chilliwack,” said Chilliwack MLA John Martin. “Funding this project will assist more seniors find the resources they are searching for and will ensure a healthier, better connected community.”


“Family caregivers will find this guide particularly useful to locate services that their loved ones need,” said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness.


The age-friendly community planning and project grant program is a partnership between the provincial government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM).


For the 2015 grants, local governments were encouraged to consider projects that complement Accessibility 2024 and other provincial priorities for seniors such as dementia, elder abuse prevention and non-medical home supports


Accessibility 2024 is government’s 10-year plan to make B.C. the most progressive place for people with disabilities in Canada. Of the 28 funded projects, 12 projects include a focus on accessibility. Other successful applicants will specifically address issues facing seniors in rural communities.


Including this announcement, over 135 local governments throughout B.C. have received at least one grant, and over 225 projects have been funded.



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