Active seniors in the ARH catchment area will soon be able to benefit from a wealth of affordable, accessible programming specifically designed to encourage activity, expand social opportunities and increase their overall well-being. On April 18, the provincial government announced funding for 40 new seniors’ active living centres (SALCs) across the province. The Greater Arnprior Region Seniors Active Living Centre will be run out of both Arnpior and McNab-Braeside, eventually being located at the Rural Seniors Village that is being planned in conjunction with the redevelopment of The Grove, Arnpior and District Nursing Home.
ARH, along with the town of Arnprior and the township of McNab-Braeside, submitted an application for funding late last year. The application was accompanied by letters of support from the Arnprior & District Family Health Team, the Greater Arnprior Seniors Council and the Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program.
“The approval (of the SALC) represents a significant milestone towards our vision: together we will create a healthy community,” says ARH CEO Eric Hanna. “More importantly, it represents the collective efforts of our community who came together and demonstrated innovation in responding to goals of the Age-friendly Community Plan.”
The need for more services for this group was made loud and clear during the consultation phase for Arnprior’s Age-friendly Community Plan. Also clear was that financial pressures and having limited or no access to transportation were barriers to participation in social and recreational activities for many seniors in the area. The SALC will support, coordinate and provide transportation at a low cost as well as provide many no- and low-cost activities.
“This project truly reflects the spirit of community and cooperation that makes this region such a great place to live,” said David Reid, Mayor of the Town of Arnprior. “These needs were identified by the community, and being able to provide this type of programming shows that these voices are important and that we’re listening to those needs.”
“The active seniors in our community have historically been an underserved group,” added Tom Peckett, Mayor of the Township of McNab-Braeside. “This shows what can be done by working together. I’m also pleased that McNab-Braeside will be hosting some of this much-needed programming, making it more accessible to those living in the township.”
Adds Darrel O’Shaughnessy, chair of the Arnprior Seniors Council: “We are simply so excited and encouraged by this announcement. What a team effort! Seniors have three very basic wants: to live close to their family and friends, to be engaged and active, and, just as important, to be treated with respect and dignity. The SALC will help provide this as a very crucial link for all seniors living in our community.”