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Six local projects for seniors receive federal funding

Funding is meant to help keep seniors active, informed, and socially connected, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic
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The federal government has announced it will spend over $125K to support seniors in our community.

In a press release issued this afternoon, MP Terry Sheehan said six community-based projects with the goal of keeping seniors active, informed, and socially connected in the Sault Ste. Marie community will receive a total of $126,503.

The breakdown of funding for the six initiatives is as follows:

  • Nutritious Food for Seniors: $25,000 for Algoma Family Services to participate in delivering food boxes to seniors
  • Minds in Motion Program: $6,000 for Alzheimer Society of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District to offer learning activities and support to assist those living with dementia and to reduce the social isolation among community seniors.
  • Awareness, Education, Partnerships - Elder Abuse & Fraud: $25,000 for elder abuse workshops, including the creation of videos and presentations to raise awareness of abuse in conjunction with Sault Police.
  • The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA: $24,575 for the purchase of recumbent bikes and fitness equipment for seniors.
  • Seniors Perform for Seniors: $25,000 for the Algoma Conservatory of Music to plan a new series of events designed to support social participation and inclusion of community seniors.
  • The City of Sault Ste. Marie: $20,928 to help engage seniors through virtual programming and computer workshops.

This funding was awarded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program’s recent call for proposals for community-based projects.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program whose goal is to support projects that help foster social inclusion and improve seniors’ health and well-being.