A Hamilton Community Foundation grant is helping to support Expansion 2013 at the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre (ASAC), a project that will enable the centre offer its more than 30 arts, music and health programs and social opportunities to a burgeoning seniors population.
Established in 1974, the Centre has undergone a number of expansions. Today, with 1,100 members, it is operating at capacity — visits have increased 32 per cent over the past five years — and numbers are on the increase with the rapid growth of the senior population in the Hamilton area.
In fact, Statistics Canada predicts that within the next 10 years one in four residents will be 65 years or older.
“Expansion 2013 responds to ongoing demographic changes and the need for more social and programming space,” says ASAC Advisory Board Chair Al Gordon. “Most important,” he adds, “more older adults will have an opportunity to become part of a welcoming and supportive community of friends.”
Known as “The Meeting Place,” the Centre provides a relaxed environment where members can socialize, make new friends and participate in a variety of activities to improve health and fitness and to learn new skills.