Anyone who has read the article on page 5A of The Pilot Taking a closer look at community issues, or who has special seniors in their life (and who doesn’t), knows there are many issues facing this large portion of our population.
We’re not just talking health care here. There is a whole list of areas that need to be addressed as noted in the article.
What started out with the Town of Lewisporte last year receiving a grant to examine age-friendly issues has developed into the Lewisporte Age-Friendly Council. Both these developments would seem to mark the beginning of a concerted effort to make a sincere effort to identify the needs that exist and how to go about approaching things to make them better for the senior population.
As we all know, the senior population throughout The Pilot coverage area is a growing one. It is also an active one. The word “senior” doesn’t seem to hold the same feel it once did when the word would conjure up the image of someone sitting back relaxing in their golden years. Seniors today are some of the most active people in our communities through their work, volunteer and family life.
The Provincial Government is once again welcoming applications from municipalities, organizations and retiree groups for the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants Program. A total of $200,000 will be distributed as part of this initiative to promote healthy aging.
There’s no lack of enthusiasm for seniors initiatives throughout our communities. This is a chance to develop and build on these. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15. The forms and guidelines can be found at www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/grantsfunding/age friendly.html
— Karen Wells, editor
To Pilot readers from the Twillingate Island area, your may have noticed an advertisement last week for a temporary freelance correspondent in the absence of Jim Hildebrand from Feb. 20 through to April 13.
It is important that we find someone to fill those shoes during that time to continue bringing news and events from that area to readers.
Anyone interested in inquiring about this temporary freelance opportunity or a full-time freelance position for New World Island is encouraged to contact Pilot editor Karen Wells at (709) 535-6910 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org