Age Friendly Program extended to the end of year

The Age Friendly Program introduced in Elliot Lake has received council approval to complete the year.

Director of Finance Amy Sonnenburg told council the program was originally set up by the City to allow for seniors over 70 and those with pre-existing conditions to access delivery services for essentials including groceries.

Ashten Vlahovich, the city’s Economic Development Coordinator says the program has been successful and both women recommend it continue until the end of the year.

Funding for the program comes from the Ontario government’s COVID-19 assistance program.

Sonnenburg says the program has been so successful, it was taken over the Elliot Lake Family Health Team.

Vlahovich adds the Age Friendly Delivers was created as a grocery and personal care delivery service partnered with both local grocery stores while the Age Friendly Checks-In was a daily contact service for those in self-isolation without local support to check on them.

Council agreed to continue supporting the programs until the end of the year and if it is extended, that applications for funding be made to continue it into 2021.

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