Surrey seniors will benefit from a $20,000 Age-friendly grant to help create programs or tools that address the needs of the city’s older residents.
The City of Surrey is one of 27 communities receiving grants for 2013.
“As I get out in the community and talk to seniors throughout the province, I’ve heard over and over from seniors how important it is to have the opportunity to stay at home, close to friends, family and community. It is great news that the work Surrey is doing will support local seniors in remaining independent longer,” said Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan.
“As a senior, I know firsthand that age-friendly supports can make life easier for senior residents and their families and caregivers.”
The City of Surrey will use the grant to expand the A Roof Over My Head workshop series, which provides information for seniors on home adaptations, rental and ownership. Workshops will be modified to include information on a variety of topics, including financial issues and getting affairs in order.
The city will also hold caregiver forums in partnership with the Seniors Come Share Society, the Seniors Advisory and Accessibility Committee, and the United Way of the Lower Mainland, to address issues for caregivers and to discuss tools and resources on caregiving.