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Kamloops seniors receive $100,000 in funding for community-based services

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KAMLOOPS - The provincial government has provided the Centre for Seniors Information B.C. Interior Society in Kamloops $100,000 in funding.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix was in Kamloops today, Oct. 1, to announce the funding specifically to further improve access to community-based seniors’ services and to help seniors stay engaged.

The funding will give the Centre for Seniors Information B.C. Interior Society the resources it needs to continue providing programs and services such as advocacy, education, support, socialization and outreach services to around 13,000 senior residents in Kamloops and the surrounding areas.

"Seniors are the hearts of our communities, and it is crucial that they remain independent and socially engaged for as long as possible to help prevent social isolation, which can affect their physical and mental well-being," Dix says in a news release. "That's why we are supporting community organizations, including the Centre for Seniors Information BC Interior Society, that are helping to improve the social, physical and nutritional needs of seniors in B.C. This is another step that we are taking to help seniors live more independent and full lives."

The ministry also recently announced improving access to transportation services for seniors in the province which also helps to address social isolation.

"Lack of social connectedness can affect the overall well-being of seniors. That's why I am proud of our government's support to the organizations that are contributing to improving the lives of seniors in their communities," Anne Kang, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors and Multiculturalism says in a release. "By increasing access to the community-based seniors' services and programs they need, we can support seniors to live independent lives and stay physically and socially active."

Six community organizations received approximately $500,000 to further their transportation services in the Interior Health community. This includes the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society that received $2,000 to purchase heavy-duty aluminum steps to assist seniors with van access. 

The Centre for Seniors Information BC Interior Society has been supporting seniors in Kamloops since 1997. 

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