Ontario Investing in a New Seniors Active Living Centre in Lanark

A new community-based program keeping seniors fit, active and socially connected.

April 29, 2024

Lanark — The Ontario government is investing in a new Seniors Active Living Centre (SALC) Program in Lanark.

“This is an exciting day for everyone in Lanark,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “This new Seniors Active Living Centre helps our seniors and people of all abilities continue to live healthy and independent lives.”

The new Lanark Highlands North Network SALC Program will provide seniors 55 + in the seven remote, northern communities with social and recreational activities, from sports to cards, to keeping seniors fit, active, healthy, socially connected, close to their homes across the region.

“I would like to thank Minister Cho and the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility, for funding this brand-new Seniors Active Living Centres in our riding,” said John Jordan, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston. “These investments make a huge difference in the lives of Ontario’s older adults. This programming not only focuses on physical and mental wellness, it also builds community, nurtures connections and develops friendships.”

This new SALC brings the total to 316 Seniors Active Living Centres across Ontario.

“It is really quite satisfying to see an infusion of support for active living for seniors in our community. To maintain a level of activity in both physical and mental health as one ages is extremely important in extending a higher level of enjoyment of life,” said Peter McLaren, Reeve Lanark Highlands. “This can decrease the chances of developing dementia as well as physical wellness. Being from a rather isolated community makes it very difficult to raise the funds necessary to finance such programs. We really thank the Ministry for this grant.”

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“The SALC funding offers an opportunity for the rural remote areas to come together and support each other after a trying period of isolation from Covid,” said Nancy Veary HNN Co-Founder. “People became paralyzed from staying at home and it is imperative that they resume normal social activities and meeting new people. This funding provides for the incentive to make this happen.”

“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), social health is as equally important to overall health and well-being as physical health and mental health. This funding which our HNN team worked very hard to obtain, will go a long way in creating social and recreational opportunities for older folks living in the more rural and remote areas of the northern Lanark Highlands,” said Barb Young, HNN Co-Founder. “We also look forward to shining a brighter light on those who, directly or indirectly, through their voluntary efforts, positively impact social well-being in our small communities. We are very excited for all the possibilities and grateful to the Government of Ontario for believing in us.”

Seniors and caregivers can use the online search tool to find a program in their community. 

Pictured left to right: MPP Jordan, Nancy Veary, Minister Cho, Barb Young
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