Legion Programs For Seniors
The Royal Canadian Legion's commitment to seniors dates back more than 50 years to when branches first got involved in building low rent apartment units for elderly veterans, widows and their dependents. Today, most branches conduct seniors' programs or provide services focussed on health care, home support and housing. At the national level there is advocacy for seniors' rights and their well being. As well, support is given to the work of other organizations such as Alzheimer's Canada. The Legion spends approximately $2 million and contributes 447,000 volunteer hours annually to help thousands of seniors across the nation.
Each Branch in Zone G5 has a Chair for Legion Seniors.
To meet the growing need for professional training in gerontology, the Legion provides fellowships to doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists who wish to pursue post graduate study in the field.
Dedicated to the principles of dignity and independent living for seniors, the Legion and its branches support a number of community services. These include transport, vehicles for the disabled, visits, foot care clinics, meals on wheels, telephone assurance, home maintenance, diners' clubs and meeting facilities.
The Legion is committed to providing acceptable and affordable housing for seniors and veterans. More than 100 branches have housing projects on which they spend $150,000 annually. While some projects are for veterans only, most offer accommodation to all seniors. Current housing is valued at $251 million.
Community Service and Resources
The Legion's commitment to seniors is apparent from the number of services and activities sponsored by branches. Health care, recreation and social activities are features of many branches while others offer instruction on matters such as safety, home crime proofing, avoiding fraud and con games and elder abuse.
Dominion Command of the Legion provides resources to help branches and their Ladies Auxiliaries implement and maintain seniors' programs.
Additional Resources From Provincial Command
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