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CARP Committed to Senior’s Advocacy for Social Change

Before picking up a senior’s magazine, Helen Rignall knew nothing about CARP Niagara Chapter 31.

But since Rignall and her husband, Graham, joined several years ago, it’s been one of the best decisions the Stevensville couple said they have made.

“Graham found out about the group in an advertisement in Zoomer magazine. We looked into it and found out more about it,” she says.

“There are so many benefits, it was worth it,” Rignall adds.

Members receive discounts on car insurance, restaurants and other services, as well as attend special outings and remaining social in their senior years.

CARP Niagara Chapter 31 is part of a national non-profit organization that’s committed to enhancing the quality of life for all Canadians as they age. The organization advocates for social change that will bring financial security, equitable and timely access to health care and freedom from discrimination.

“At our meetings, guest speakers come and discuss topics that affect us. There’s been a discussion about Alzheimer’s, a lot of health situations, income tax, preparing a will and health and fitness.”

Rignall says the group is open to both men and women ages 45 and up.

Monthly meetings are held in Niagara-on-the-Lake from September until May.

The next meeting, planned for Tuesday, May 14 at the Royal Niagara Golf Club sat 1 Niagara-on-the-Green Blvd., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will feature guest speaker Dion McParland.

The family support counsellor with the Alzheimer Society of Niagara will discuss ageism, the different types of elder abuse and the challenges that seniors face in society.

For more information about CARP Niagara Chapter 31 contact Rignall by e-mail at or visit

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