Healthy Ageing Grants announced to help support older Canberrans
Some wonderful news for the Canberra community with the recent announcement about Healthy Canberra Grants: Focus on Healthy Ageing. BAC will be able to extend its Dance for Wellbeing program which includes Dance for Parkinson’s, Dance for people with Dementia and soon to be added Dance for MS.
The official release reads as follows… released by Yvette Berry as acting Health Minister.
Two programs aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s disease and supporting older Canberrans in our community to stay fit and healthy will receive funding under the Healthy Ageing Grants program.
The Healthy Ageing Grants program is about reducing age-related chronic disease risk factors and promoting healthy lifestyles for older Canberrans.
The 2016 ACT Chief Health Officer’s report released last year highlighted that age-associated chronic disease is an issue of growing importance in our community.
With an ageing population, we know that age-related chronic disease is an ever-increasing trend that is putting pressure on our health system.
That’s why I am pleased to announce that the government is making a significant investment through our Healthy Ageing Grants to reduce the lifestyle risk factors that contribute to age-related chronic disease.
Alzheimer’s Australia ACT will receive $435,000 over three years to deliver the Fill your Bucket program to encourage people to undertake daily challenges to maintain brain health and function.
The Fill your Bucket program will be built around evidence-based risk reduction strategies, and will help people understand that looking after your brain, body and heart will provide the best chance for good cognitive health into older age.
Belconnen Arts Centre will also receive $107,000 over three years to expand its Dance for Wellbeing program, to assist hundreds of older Canberrans to improve their physical activity levels, balance, strength and social and emotional well-being.
This program is about keeping older Canberrans active in a fun way, which provides the best chance for positive cognitive health into older age.
The ACT Government is committed to supporting a healthy, active and productive community across all ages.
Through the Healthy Ageing Grants, we are investing in programs that encourage older people to remain active and stay social. These two programs will make a positive difference to the health of our community.
Quotes attributable to Acting Health Minister Yvette Berry.