SALC programming helping seniors stay active

The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility offers many community supports and tools to help seniors stay physically active and to help prevent social isolation and elder abuse.

The information in this column is from the Ministry and describes the make up of Ontario’s senior population. Most seniors want to age at home and in their community.  Ontario seniors’ experience with aging may be impacted by a variety of factors such as gender, ethnicity, health, education, financial security, etc.

Ontario has the most culturally diverse seniors’ population in the country and is home to over half of all immigrant seniors in Canada. Almost half (53 per cent) of seniors in Ontario are immigrants.  Seniors Active Living Centre (SALC) programs help local seniors stay active, become more involved in their community and meet new friends. These programs include: unique social activities; educational opportunities; recreational programming.

In Prince Edward County seniors can get involved with the County Seniors Centre which is operated by Community Care for Seniors with partial funding from the Ministry for Seniors And Accessibility and the County of Prince Edward.  Membership fees and fundraising make up the rest of the budget.  There are over 300 SALC programs across the province that serve 115,000 seniors annually. Call 613-476-7493 for more info.

Hike the Sandbanks Lakeshore Lodge shoreline trail Gina Brennan, outdoor education instructor is offering an interpretive walk through both forest and field along the shores of Lake Ontario and will identify flora and fauna along the trail. Hike starts at 9:30am.

A fun, simple and rustic Christmas Twiggy Star Craft is not just for Christmas! These can be used for decoration year round, and can be made larger to create a rustic wall star to decorate indoors or out. The craft begins at 1:00 pm following the Annual Christmas in July Seniors Luncheon ($10.00 per person for those interested in attending). Attend the lunch or craft or both. Enjoyable and social afternoon gathering. Light refreshments will be available during the craft. Members free, non-members $5.

Play Crokinole on Friday, July 12th from 9:15-10:45 a.m. This morning event is free and open for seniors 60+ who enjoy a little fun competition and conversation. Crokinole is easy to learn. This lively game can be played individually or on teams. Refreshments included.  Registration is required for all events.  Call the County Seniors Centre at 613-476-7493 for more info and to register.

The Christmas in July meal on July 10th features homemade soup, turkey with cranberry sauce, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, pumpkin pie, bread and butter, coffee and tea, catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering. The cost is $10.00 per person.