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Local MPP Clark, Minister Cho visit Kemptville to meet local seniors

by | Jul 22, 2019 | Local News | 0 comments

The Ontario government is working to develop a Seniors Strategy to help address the challenges seniors face in accessing the services they need to support their safety, mental and physical health and well-being.

As part of that initiative, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark welcomed the Hon. Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, to Kemptville today for a roundtable discussion with local seniors and the organizations that support them.

“I’m so pleased to have Minister Cho at Kemptville and District Home Support (KDHS) to hear directly from our local seniors, caregivers and support organizations about what’s important to them,” said Clark. “Hearing their feedback will help our government ensure that seniors in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes have the programs and supports they need to remain active in age-friendly communities.”

“Supporting our seniors is about investing in our own futures – everyone should be able to age strong, in an Ontario that is open to all,” said Minister Cho. “We are moving forward with our commitment to develop a cross-government strategy to do what’s right for Ontario’s aging population, while growing jobs and the economy.”

Clark noted seniors are the fastest-growing demographic in our province. Current estimates predict that the seniors population will grow to over three million by 2023 – that’s about 400,000 more seniors than today. This fundamental change in Ontario’s demographics means new challenges and new opportunities for the province.

Minister Cho and Clark also attended KDHS’ weekly seniors’ luncheon prior to the roundtable.

“We are very pleased that Minister Cho and MPP Clark were able to join us at our Seniors Diners’ Club.  Many thanks for this opportunity and it was very thoughtful of them to consider our area of responsibility as an important part of overall discussions for improved seniors’ living,” said Bill Forbes, President of the KDHS Board of Directors.

The government has been holding consultations across the province and Clark said he was honoured to have Minister Cho participate in the local discussion.

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