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.
Seniors Can! Emergency Relief
In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, HelpAge Canada has expanded the Seniors Can! program to include a fourth grant: The Emergency Relief Grant. Partner agencies may access grants of $2000 repeatedly in support of emergency efforts to provide Isolated Seniors with access to food, medications, hygiene products and personal care. The grant also allows for support for staff and volunteers who are facing increased stress and difficulty serving seniors in their care.
Let a Canadian Senior know they are not alone!