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Funding supports projects for Charlottetown seniors

Lieutenant governor Antoinette Perry joins, from left, Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw, CEO, Kate Shreenan, administrative and events coordinator, and Sara MacLean, education coordinator, in raising the Alzheimer Society flag at Fanningbank recently to launch Alzheimer Awareness month. During this month, the Alzheimer Society of P.E.I. will launch a social awareness campaign #ILiveWithDementia - Let me help you understand, to fight the stigma.
Lieutenant governor Antoinette Perry joins, from left, Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw, CEO, Kate Shreenan, administrative and events coordinator, and Sara MacLean, education coordinator, in raising the Alzheimer Society flag at Fanningbank recently to launch Alzheimer Awareness month. - Submitted

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - The Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island is receiving $24,667 for a project that will support LGBT seniors expand their social networks and build safer communities for them to live in.

The project, called Diversity 101, is one of 1,880 projects across Canada getting funding through the New Horizons Seniors Program Social Development program.

The federal government-funded program will grant up to $25,000 for activities that help seniors improve their health and wellness, mentor others and create a lasting legacy.

Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of P.E.I., said her organization is working with several partners to support the LGBT community.

"We are excited about the New Horizons funding which will assist in developing a meaningful Diversity 101 program with key partners from the community, including Pride P.E.I., Aids P.E.I. and long-term care facilities. Seniors will have an important role in development, implementation and evaluation of this program and we are looking forward to working together.”

A number of other organizations across the Island also received funding through the New Horizons program.

Recreation P.E.I. Inc. is receiving $24,790 for Zoomers on the Go!, where seniors will hold fitness workshops.

The P.E.I. Senior Citizens’ Federation will use $24,819 for its project, The Story of My Life So Far, where seniors will make and share journals detailing their experiences through pictures and stories.

The Arthritis Society of Prince Edward Island is receiving $15,467 for Steps with Seniors. The six-week physical activity/healthy living pilot program aims to engage seniors in walking and obtaining education on living with arthritis.

The Prince Edward Island Curling Association is receiving $10,975 to introduce the sport of curling to seniors through a quality and adaptive novice program.

The Voluntary Resource Council is receiving $24,400 for its Seniors Engaging in Electoral Democracy project. Seniors will conduct research relating to new options for electing politicians based on two electoral models.

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