Social Program for Seniors in the Community

Date: November 30, 2017 Author: stdemetrius Categories: Latest
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In May this year, the Care Centre started a bi-weekly drop-in social program for seniors living in the community. The program offers exciting and meaningful opportunities for socialization and participation of older adults in various recreational activities such as gentle exercise, games and interactive creative sessions, i.e. Sing with a Singer, Paint with an Artist and Perform with the Actors. Participants are also offered the opportunity to stay for lunch and enjoy an afternoon concert. This wonderful twelve-month social program is funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Federal Program. In May this year, the Care Centre started a bi-weekly drop-in social program for seniors living in the community. The program offers exciting and meaningful opportunities for socialization and participation of older adults in various recreational activities such as gentle exercise, games and interactive creative sessions, i.e. Sing with a Singer, Paint with an Artist and Perform with the Actors. Participants are also offered the opportunity to stay for lunch and enjoy an afternoon concert. This wonderful twelve-month social program is funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Federal Program.

“We are profoundly grateful to the New Horizons for Seniors Federal Program for funding our “Stay Connected” project,” says Irena Dounets, Executive Director. “This project helps us advance our strategic objective of expanding our services to more seniors in the community. With the ever increasing number of our seniors’ population in Ontario, and government priorities focusing on aging in place, the need for services for seniors who age in their homes will rapidly be increasing.  As  an organization dedicated to serving seniors, it is part of our mission to ensure that we meet the evolving needs of seniors, providing the best possible care, programs and services. Establishing an ongoing social engagement program for seniors from the community will address a vital need of preventing and reducing the social isolation of seniors.” 

To continue this program beyond the twelve-month grant period, which ends in March 2018, the Care Centre will require external funding and community support. 

“It is the positive enthusiastic feedback that we keep receiving from our program participants, which reassures us of the great need and value of the program and encourages us to strive high to ensure the program’s sustainability in the future.”, says Irena Dounets.