Social isolation and loneliness affect more than one million older Canadians. Loneliness and social isolation foster serious social, mental and physical health challenges and a significant reduction in quality of life for older people and for their caregivers and communities.
Seniors Can! (Aînés Debout!) is a national grant program designed to help low-income seniors across Canada avoid isolation and loneliness and to engage more fully with their communities. Through the generous support of the founding program partner, Seniors Can! provides grants of up to $2000 through partnering charitable agencies to seniors for mobility and communication enhancing equipment as well as funding for social and wellbeing-promoting activities or programming, including transportation to these activities. Seniors Can! also provides grants to our partner agencies for innovative and creative programming addressing isolation and loneliness among seniors.
The program was launched in February of 2020 with partner agencies operating in Ontario. We will be proudly expanding Seniors Can! with our identified partner agencies across Canada over the coming months. We are not currently seeking new partner agencies.
Let a Canadian Senior know they are not alone!