Mackenzie Gets Age Friendly Grant
Mackenzie, B.C.- The District of Mackenzie is one of 18 communities in the province of BC which will receive an age friendly grant this year.
The age-friendly communities grant program is a partnership between the Province and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). In September 2016, local governments were invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000 and encouraged to consider projects that focused on accessibility, aging well, physical activity and non-medical home supports. Successful applicants are eligible to apply for a range of services to support their project from BC Healthy Communities Society.
For the District of Mackenzie, the $20 thousand dollars will be used to assess Seniors housing and health services in the community. The focus will be on community planning to increase the accessibility of housing and services for seniors such as home care and assisted living options. The District will also be working with BC Housing to put programs in place to help seniors age in place.
Other northern communities to receive age friendly grants are:
Village of Burns Lake : $10, 500 for a housing study in the Lakes District which includes the Village of Burns Lake, six First Nations communities and six unincorporated communities. 20% of the 8,000 residents in the combined areas are 55 or older
Village of Granisle: $20,000 Development of indoor and outdoor programs to improve health and well being of residents
District of Kitimat: $20,000 Improvement of services for seniors for example: food boxes and addressing social isolation
Wells: $20,000- Development of an age friendly community plan to identify needs of older adults in the District of Wells