An innovative partnership between more than a dozen local agencies has used federal funding to enhance the lives of close to 750 seniors in Penticton. Aging Well Penticton is a partnership of community organizations and government partners that came together in the fall of 2019 to reduce the social isolation of seniors in Penticton.

With multi-year funding from Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, the partners have launched projects to expand personal outreach and better access to physical recreation, social outings, intergenerational programs, volunteering, grief and loss counselling, supports for family caregivers, and mental wellness supports. The project has already invested $150,000 in community programs, and is exploring how to further collaborate and best invest another $100,000 in new projects this summer that improve coordinated responses for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The partners are meeting monthly and working together to develop and implement a community impact plan that provides seniors with more opportunities to be active, connected and engaged in Penticton. Currently, the partners include:

  • OneSky Community Resources
  • South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society
  • Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre
  • Ooknakane Friendship Centre
  • South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, South Okanagan Similkameen
  • Brain Injury Society of the South Okanagan
  • South Okanagan Loss Society
  • Alzheimer Society of BC
  • Cycling Without Age
  • Better at Home
  • City of Penticton
  • Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen

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