The Government of Alberta kicked off Seniors Week by announcing a $18 million commitment to support seniors across our province. This significant funding announcement, made at a press conference in Banff on Monday, June 3, includes a $6 million commitment over three years to United Way of Calgary and Area’s (United Way) Healthy Aging Alberta (HAA) initiative to expand in-home non-medical support services.

“This funding from the Ministry of Seniors, Community and Social Services provides opportunities and supports for seniors to thrive, age on their own terms, and contribute their gifts and wisdom to their communities as they choose,” says Susan Brooke, Vice President, Community Impact and Partnerships. “It will enhance Healthy Aging Alberta’s ability to provide access to social connections, assisted transportation, home supports, and the nutrition seniors need to live a good life.”

Healthy Aging Alberta, is United Way’s first province-wide Signature Initiative, made possible through a partnership with the Government of Alberta and other funders. This initiative unites senior-serving organizations under a shared vision, allowing us to reach and impact every corner of Alberta.

Left to right: Dana Mackie, Assistant Deputy Minister, Seniors Division, Alberta Seniors, Community and Social Services; Paula Tefler, CEO Carya: Susan Brooke, Vice President of Community Impact & Partnerships, United Way of Calgary and Area; and Minister Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services.

HAA is led by the Community Leadership Council (CLC), whose dedication to forging community-based pathways is enabling seniors to maintain their independence and continue leading vibrant, active lives.

“This work’s success is made possible by the strong collaborations with the Ministry of Seniors, Community and Social Services, and the Ministry of Health. Cross-sector partnerships are crucial for supporting the well-being of seniors, and creating environments where everyone can age well and on their own terms,” says Karen McDonald, Chair, Healthy Aging Alberta Community Leadership Council and Executive Director, Sage Seniors Association.

Alberta’s senior population is now 790,000 people and is projected to exceed one million by 2035. This new funding will enable HAA to launch more comprehensive programs that address the non-medical needs of seniors, which is critical for maintaining overall health and well-being. These initiatives will support more than 25 programs across Alberta, enhancing social connections and improving mental wellness for both seniors and their caregivers.

Susan Brooke, Vice-President of Community Investment, United Way of Calgary and Area speaks during the funding announcement.

“Seniors are vital to the vibrancy of our province. Their wisdom, resilience and life experience enrich our lives in countless ways. We are profoundly grateful to the Government of Alberta for their support today and every day, as we work together to make Alberta one of the best places in the world to age,” says Karen Young, President & CEO, United Way of Calgary and Area.

You can learn more about Health Aging Alberta this Seniors Week on our blog. We are proud to work with communities to empower older Albertans to age as they wish.