Health is a significant source of happiness for 38% of seniors aged 65 or more. And the more we age, the more we’re concerned with our health.*
Among the many pleasures that daily life has to offer, being in good company tops the list for 60% of seniors.*
* According to a 2017 Léger survey.
It is important for seniors to find goals and gratifying social roles rather than face the stigmatization of ageism or marginalization.
Each year (dating back many years now), Luc Maurice is extremely involved with the Fondation Institut de gériatrie de Montréal.
The Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal is a leader in geriatric research in Quebec. It brings together many of researchers from around the world. Its research centre is recognized as the largest in the French-speaking world in the field of aging. We should be very proud of their work, because one day - and time passes so quickly - we will be the ones benefiting from their discoveries.
Several years ago, the Fondation Institut de gériatrie de Montréal needed money for expansion of its Research Centre. The project may have been largely subsidized by the health sector and the Fondation Institut de gériatrie de Montréal, but it would never have seen the light of day without additional funding from the private sector. That’s when Luc Maurice personally committed to contributing to the project by presiding over a huge fundraising campaign organized by his team which included several activities, including the big Bal du fil bleu. More than 300 influential people attended the ball, which allowed Le Groupe Maurice to raise the $600,000 that was needed.
Thanks to a great many generous donors, the IUGM Research Centre now showcases its discoveries in a new amphitheatre named Auditorium Groupe Maurice.
"Luc Maurice has big aspirations for the Fondation Institut de gériatrie de Montréal, which in turn inspires us all. People like him, his colleagues and partners, are invaluable."
The Mondial des jeux senior has been entertaining people for four years. It’s an event where fans of all kinds of games gather to participate in tournaments and watch shows. In 2017, the organizers, in collaboration with Le Groupe Maurice, introduced a special event reserved exclusively for seniors.
The first Mondial des jeux senior was thus born, and introduced a series of activities just for seniors, including Les Retraités en spectacle which created the biggest surprise. As part of the one-of-a-kind event, seniors were coached by professional comics to help them prepare their own stand-up show. For them, it was a truly unique and fulfilling opportunity to grow. Like other comics, they were able to showcase their talents on the big stage. The unique show was sold out, and overwhelmingly enjoyed by the seniors and their loved ones.
“It’s the first time people were thanking me for creating an event. I was deeply moved by it. ”
Le Groupe Maurice is an active participant in the major financing campaign which aims to raise $10 million for the construction and operation for the first two years of the St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre. The home will also house the very first day centre in Montreal, which will support individuals who are in the final stages of life, and their loved ones who are providing care. To build this unique site, which will not be offering assisted dying, but rather assistance to pass from our world without suffering, our efforts will be combined with many reputed philanthropists. The ground breaking ceremony took place on October 30, 2017, and the Home should welcome its first beneficiaries in Spring 2019.
“Infusing a little colour into waning lives, that’s one of my greatest aspirations.”
How your donations help
By supporting the Luc Maurice Foundation, you help many organizations with the ability to make a difference in the lives of seniors.
Other than these causes, here are some of the organizations we’ve supported until now:
Palliative Home-Care Society Foundation of Montreal
Pass from this world at home
85 000 $
Fondation d'Ahuntsic et de Montréal-Nord
60 000 $
Un Vélo, une ville
Improving living conditions
30 000 $
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
50 000 $
25 000 $
Fondation Élizabeth et Roger Parent
Bringing warmth and dreams
16 660 $
>> Keep an eye out for our annual publication to find out all the organizations that receive funding from the Luc Maurice Foundation.