Waterloo Age-Friendly Committee releases community resources to support older adults experiencing less social contact; Waterloo Senior of the Year presentation

Posted On Monday October 04, 2021

With support from the City of Waterloo, the Waterloo Age-Friendly Multi-Agency Committee is releasing three community resources to mark the UN International Day of Older Persons on October 1, 2021. The updated Ageing Well Directory, a new Guide to Improve Social Connectedness, and new My Wellness Calendar are all free and designed to benefit older adults in Waterloo.

The new and updated Aging Well Directory for 2022-2023 lists agencies, institutions, support networks, cultural groups, health, recreation, transportation, housing, and other useful information for older adults living in Waterloo. The free comprehensive directory provides names and contact information for hundreds of services and companies that older adults can access. The directory will be available for pick up starting October 25 at City of Waterloo recreation facilities and Waterloo Public libraries, and is available to read online or for download as a pdf.

The new Guide to Improve Social Connectedness pamphlet is designed for older adults who are experiencing less social contact than they have had in the past, and may face possible negative consequences as a result. The guide contains a self-administered questionnaire, suggestions for staying connected, resources to assist in avoiding isolation, and advice for neighbours, friends and family to identify and assist those who are socially isolated. It will help our entire community understand the impacts of social isolation on older adults, and increase awareness of community programs and services that can help. The guide will be distributed from local recreation centres, libraries and pharmacies. Contact 519-579-1020 for your copy or download the digital guide. The development of this guide would not be possible without the support of several collaborating community agencies and funding from the Government of Canada.

The My Wellness Calendar is intended to give older adults in our community a place to monitor their daily health. The calendar allows individuals to track how they are feeling each day and gives them a place to record birthdays, appointments, and other important events. Using a four-point scale (I feel excellent, I feel good, I feel average, I feel poor/bad), older adults can record how they are feeling daily. The calendar can then be shared with family and health professionals to help monitor mental and physical health. My Wellness Calendar will be available in limited quantities for pick up starting October 25 at City of Waterloo recreation facilities and Waterloo Public libraries, or by calling 519-579-1020.  

Older persons play vital roles in our community. Last week the City of Waterloo also recognized our 2021 Senior of the Year, Nancy Werner with an in-person award presentation. Nancy is recognized for her contributions as a 20 year community volunteer and coordinator of the Breakfast Club with Cedarbrae Public School in the Sunnydale Community of Waterloo. Most days, 30-45 children would arrive at school each morning to enjoy a hot meal, which would prepare them for the learning of the day. The goal of the program was to ensure that students had a positive start to their day: a healthy breakfast in a safe and inviting environment. Nancy Werner has dedicated her retirement years to making a difference in children’s lives. 

 

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Program Contacts:

Jenny Flagler George
Chair, Waterloo Age-Friendly Multi-Agency Committee
jflagler@uwaterloo.ca 

Tiffany Smith
Manager, Community Programming
tiffany.smith@waterloo.ca

Media Contact:

Cari Van Niekerk
Manager, Corporate Communications
cari.vanniekerk@waterloo.ca