The ‘Bridging Gaps: Supporting Seniors Through Healthy Aging, Engagement, & Safety’ project is being launched to support seniors with information, resources, and opportunities for networking so that they are aware of the best ways to take care of themselves, their spouses, as well as to equip them with knowledge and strategies to better organize their financial and other matters and to know how to protect themselves from harm.
This project is being funded by the Employment and Social Development, Government of Canada.
This project is a timely opportunity to engage seniors to share useful information with them and organize activities that would make them feel energized, fulfilled, and connected to the community. The activities are under the themes of Inform, Engage, and Support.
A key focus of this project is to help seniors learn the basics of technology (computer skills, using texting and social media, and group forums) to connect with their families and others to grow their network. Another important activity is to engage seniors in mentoring activities with youth.
Through the activities covering 30 weeks (April to December 2022), it is expected that support and engagement will result in equipping the seniors with lasting healthy habits, understanding of health and other challenges they face, knowing what to do, and gain skills to take better care of themselves, and feel greater connectedness with their peers and the younger generation.
Discussion topics are geared toward the needs identified through several community surveys, focusing on well-being, such as physical activity, healthy eating, behavior modification, and stress management. We believe that the project will create a stronger sense of belonging for seniors and provide greater networking opportunities.
Project Sessions & Topics
APRIL 2022 SESSIONS
Information Session: Mitigating Risks Of Financial Abuse: Understanding Wills and Power Of Attorney – April 13, 2022
Activity Session: Stress Management Through Arts – April 20, 2022
Physical Activity Session: Gentle Pilates Practice for Seniors – April 26, 2022
MAY 2022 SESSIONS
IT Training Session: Useful Apps for Seniors – May 4, 2022
Activity and Networking Session: Stress Management Through Music and Singing – May 10, 2022
Activity and Networking Session: Learn Traditional Korean Dancing – May 16, 2022
Information Session: Seniors’ Benefits and Pensions – May 25, 2022
Physical Activity Session: Silver Taekwondo: Skills & Practice for Seniors – May 31, 2022
MORE SESSIONS DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Information Session: Knowing The Basics: Human Rights Of Older Persons
IT Training Session: Technology 101: Using MS Office, Emails, Social Media, Zoom, Etc.
Information Session: Combating Social Isolation: Staying Resilient During The Pandemic
Information Session: Ways To Volunteer: Options And Interest Gathering
Information Session: How To Manage Life As A Caregiver?
Fireside Chat (1): Seniors’ Experience On How They’ve Coped Throughout Pandemic
Information Session: Defining Elder Abuse & Strategies To Cope
Information Session: Managing Mindfulness: Emotional Awareness & Well-Being
IT Training Session: Tools For Reconnecting Virtually During The Pandemic
Information Session: What Are Alzheimer And Dementia?
Fireside Chat (2): Seniors’ Experience On How They’ve Coped Throughout Pandemic
Volunteer Activity (1): Community Check-In: Calls, Surveys To Check With Other Seniors
Information Session: Coping With Loss: Overcoming Adversity & Setbacks
Information Session: Transform Your Health With Nutrition: Healthy Meal Planning
Information Session: Internet Safety, Financial Scams And Other Crimes
Information Session: Planning Forward: How To Make Your Savings Last
IT Training Session: Using Social Media Forums (Facebook/ Instagram)
Information Session: Mindful Downsizing: Small Spaces Tips And Finding Joy While Letting Go
Information Session: Access To Services, Tools, And Resources To Remain In Homes Longer
Volunteer Activity (2): Community Check-In: Calls, Surveys To Check With Other Seniors
Information Session: Ordering Groceries & Food Online: Basics
Information Session: Improving Memory: Keeping Your Brain Active & Healthy