Chetwynd nets a 2016 Age-Friendly Grant

CHETWYND – Chetwynd is among 28 B.C. communities that have been awarded 2016 Age-friendly Community Planning and Project grants, to support strategies to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.

The District of Chetwynd will receive $13,100 for its Lunch ’n Learn program, providing a variety of educational and recreational opportunities for local seniors. Sessions will cover topics such as nutrition, home and community safety, and resources for caregivers, while promoting social and community engagement for participants.

“By offering educational and recreational opportunities, programs like Lunch ‘n Learn will help encourage our seniors to live healthy and active lives,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said.

This grant program is a partnership between the B.C. government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). Each successful local government receives up to $20,000 to help undertake a variety of activities that address the needs of older residents – from setting public policy to delivering information and services.

For the 2016 grants, communities were encouraged to consider projects that focus on accessibility, elder abuse prevention, dementia and non-medical home support.

Applications were reviewed by a committee from the UBCM and the provincial government. To date, age-friendly community planning and project grants have funded 268 projects in 142 local governments in all areas of B.C., totalling $5.25 million.

To learn more about Age-friendly B.C. please visit: gov.bc.ca/agefriendly.