Govt of Canada funds three projects in Alberta to empower seniors to age in their homes with dignity

Drive Happiness Project. Image credit: Twitter @KamalKheraLlB

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Edmonton/CMEDIA: Building on the Government’s commitment to improving the quality of life of seniors, Alberta’s Minister of Seniors, Kamal Khera –during his visit to the Drive Happiness Seniors Association in Edmonton, which will receive $563,537 for their Rural Access to Transportation Expansion –announced today $1.68 Million in funding for three projects in Alberta under Senior’s stream of the Age Well at Home initiative, a news release said. 

While expanding volunteer-assisted transportation for seniors, the Drive Happiness project will also increase access to in-home support in urban and rural settings in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The Parkinson Association of Alberta, which has also received funding, will expand support services for people living with and affected by Parkinson disease.  In Addition, services aimed at helping low-income racialized immigrants and newcomer seniors age in place would also be provided by the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association.

Various organizations meeting the needs of diverse groups of seniors, are being funded through the Age Well at Home initiative including low- income seniors, Black or racialized, Indigenous, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, seniors who live in rural and remote settings, members of official language minority communities (OLMCs), newcomers, or seniors who speak a language other than English or French.

One-time Grocery Rebate is also being provided by the Government through Budget 2023 to help the Canadians hardest hit by the rising of food prices.  Seniors were among those who received additional funds in their pockets on July 5th.

In order to strengthen the financial security of the most vulnerable seniors, the Government of Canada increased both the Old Age Security by 10% for seniors aged 75 and older, and the Guaranteed Supplement Income up to $947 annually for low-income single seniors to ensure they can keep up with the cost of living and they can never go down. 

The new Canadian Dental Care Plan introduced by Budget 2023 will reportedly become accessible to eligible seniors by the end of 2023 which will help up to 9 million uninsured Canadians to get the dental care they need