Perth County receives $25K in grants for seniors’ programs

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PERTH COUNTY – Perth County council was notified at its March 18 meeting that the county was successful in receiving $25,000 in funding for two projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), a federal grant that provides funding for projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors in their communities.

“This is a funding stream through the federal government that focuses on enhancing the quality of life for seniors across the country and in local communities,” said Rachel Suffern, administrative assistant to CAO. “This funding is going to enable the accessibility program to deliver inclusive community senior training. This will be delivered in a two-prong approach. It will include training from the Alzheimers Society along with training that will focus more broadly on age-related disabilities.”

The other program the grant will be funding is the Perth County Paramedic Services Mobile Integrated Health team to connect seniors with caretakers and families through the use of technology.

“We’ll be exploring options both with our IT department and doing some blueprint designing over the next few weeks to determine what that’s going to look like,” said Michael Adair, chief of paramedic services. “We also have the opportunity to use a portion of this to work with our contracted psychologist to help us develop a program and to address mental wellness aspects of what we’re doing with our seniors.”

Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner