Grants help improve seniors’ health and safety

Published on February 14, 2013

Kings County Senior Safety Program Society treasurer Bill Poole (left) Kings South MLA and Education Minister Ramona Jennex, Kings North MLA Jim Morton, Southwest Nova Scotia RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise and Annapolis RCMP Detachment seniors safety coordinator Sharon Elliott were among those on hand for the announcement of provincial grant funding for non-profit community senior safety programs. - Kirk Starratt,

By Kirk Starratt


Making life better for seniors makes life better for their families and communities.

That was the message from Kings South MLA Ramona Jennex, who announced Feb. 11 in Kentville that the province is contributing $288,000 to 15 non-profit community senior safety organizations across Nova Scotia. This includes $20,000, the maximum Seniors Safety Grant, for the Kings County Senior Safety Program Society.

“These programs support community-based efforts that promote education and awareness about senior abuse, crime prevention, safety and health issues for Nova Scotia seniors,” Jennex said. “The needs of Nova Scotia seniors are changing and this government will ensure seniors are able to contribute to their communities in meaningful ways.”

The program emphasizes better communication between seniors and police. These grants will enhance existing senior safety programs and help expand programs into other areas of Nova Scotia.

Kings County Senior Safety Program Society treasurer Bill Poole said the funding means they can carry on with the program.

“On behalf of the society and the 10,000-plus seniors in the County of Kings, I thank you,” Poole said.

The senior safety program was initiated in Annapolis County. Annapolis RCMP Detachment seniors’ safety coordinator Sharon Elliott said this grant supports their ability to provide services, free of charge, to all seniors in the community. The services include hosting guest speakers, taking calls and making home visits to provide safety information and connecting seniors with community resources.

“We want our seniors to know we are only ever a phone call away, and together, we are building safe and healthy communities for all ages.” Elliott said.

Southwest Nova Scotia RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise said the senior safety program is a modern-day example of the evolution of police integration and their service delivery model that brings their response capabilities to a new level. This is an example of integration, but not with another law enforcement agency.

“This integration is with our civil agencies, non-police,” Bourassa-Muise said, pointing out senior safety coordinators are part of their integrated offices.

She said the new funding would allow them to continue to expand and enhance this service delivery model throughout the province. It provides great preventative measures in that it helps tailor an appropriate service response to seniors needs and concerns.

To watch a video from the announcement, click HERE