Whether it be to visit a doctor, pick up a prescription or go grocery shopping, transportation is a necessity, especially for seniors who have mobility challenges. Seniors often have trouble accessing these critical supports, which can lead to more serious health and mental health issues.
“It is important to our government that seniors can live independently in their communities. They need to know that they can be supported in the communities they call home, which is why this funding is so important, as it strengthens transportation in all areas of the province. This means easier access to health care, grocery stores, socialization and so much more.”
Healthy Aging Alberta is an initiative administered by United Way Calgary and area that focuses on working with community-based organizations to prioritize healthy aging for seniors. It partners with volunteer-based drivers and other assisted transportation programs in communities across the province.
“Alberta can be one of the best places in the world to grow older. This announcement means seniors can continue participating in their community in a meaningful way as they age. This investment towards assisted transportation provides much-needed support. It is a commitment to creating social change and building inclusive communities where every person matters, regardless of their situation in life.”
"This is good news. We know our seniors benefit greatly when they can connect in the broader community. Removing barriers to transit ensures seniors have access to the services and activities available in our city. Our aging population living on a fixed income can struggle to make appointments, see loved ones and participate in activities they enjoy. Access and mobility are key to making this happen."
While rural communities with a high percentage of low-income seniors will be prioritized, the three-year project will support up to 20 programs across Alberta. Details on how communities can access this funding will be shared directly with eligible municipalities.
- Alberta’s seniors population is projected to grow from 735,000 (as of Dec. 31, 2022) to more than one million by 2035, at which point more than 50 per cent of seniors will be over age 75.