Celebrate Older Americans Month with The Gateway Family YMCA

 In honor of Older Americans Month this May, The Gateway Family YMCA and Shaping Eastern Union County will be hosting a series of free community educational Virtual Presentations, YMCA Chronic Disease Self-Management programs, wellness opportunities and social events. Individual event listings and registration information is available at www.tgfymca.org/events.

Free community registration for all individual events and virtual sessions is available at www.tgfymca.org/events. In addition to these community events, The YMCA suggests individuals check with their health insurance regarding programs and options that may be available to cover the costs of a Y membership or provide incentives for participation.

“The YMCA is a place where everyone can participate, get healthy and make new friends, even virtually,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “We have served communities in Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County since 1900, and understand the unique needs of those who may need a little extra support in their wellness journey. The YMCA is here for all.”

The Virtual WISE Adult Services program provides specialized support for individual, families and caregivers living with dementia, Alzheimer’s or mild cognitive impairment. For more information, contact Susan Butler, Director at wiseinfo@tgfymca.org or 908-349-9622.

The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities.

Shaping Eastern Union County is committed to improving the health and well-being of county residents and creating strategies to support improved health, nutrition and physical activity for all. The Shaping Eastern Union County Initiative is sponsored by the County of Union.

For more information about programs and services provided by The Gateway Family YMCA, visit www.tgfymca.org or contact 908-349-9622.

“The global coronavirus pandemic has brought unique challenges to our senior population, exacerbating chronic disease, social isolation, mental health and obesity rates based on multiple recent studies,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “At The Gateway Family YMCA, we found a bright spot in the consistency, community and support we have been able to build within our virtual programs and events, especially within this group of community participants.”

Virtual programs will be facilitated by Susan Butler, Director of WISE Community Services at The Gateway Family YMCA, and offered to the community utilizing Zoom.

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Colleen Clayton





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Canada – Older seniors to receive one-time payment of $500 next week

Older seniors across Canada face higher financial pressures. As they age, seniors tend to have lower incomes and often face higher health-related expenses, all while they are more likely to be unable to work, have disabilities or be widowed.

August 13, 2021              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development CanadaOlder seniors across Canada face higher financial pressures. As they age, seniors tend to have lower incomes and often face higher health-related expenses, all while they are more likely to be unable to work, have disabilities or be widowed.

Today, the Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte, highlighted that older seniors who were eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension in June 2021 and born on or before June 30, 1947, will receive a taxable, one-time payment of $500 next week, without needing to apply. Older seniors who live in Canada or receive their pension payment by direct deposit will automatically receive the payment next week. Delays can be expected for cheques mailed outside of Canada.

This one-time payment will provide immediate support before the OAS pension is increased by 10% for seniors aged 75 and over beginning in July 2022. The 10% increase will provide an extra $766 to full pensioners over the first year and will be the first permanent increase to the OAS pension since 1973, other than adjustments due to inflation.

These measures are part of broader work to support seniors’ financial security, including: restoring the age of eligibility for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) to 65 from 67; strengthening the Canada Pension Plan for future retirees; increasing the GIS for single seniors; raising the GIS earnings exemption; and reducing income taxes for all Canadians. 

For media enquiries, please contact:Daniel Pollak

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Seniors



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