Yesterday, together with the Square One Older Adult Centre (SOOAC or the Centre), the City of Mississauga announced that SOOAC will be relocating from its current space at Square One Shopping Centre, to the second floor of the Central Parkway Mall at 377 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. (on the corner of Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. and Central Parkway E.).
“In working together with City staff, I was thrilled that we were able to find an alternative downtown space for the Centre to continue to provide programs and activities for older adults in Mississauga,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “Based on the most recent Census data, our downtown is home to approximately one quarter of Mississauga’s 55 plus population who lead very active lifestyles. The downtown’s older adult population is expected to grow within the next decade, so it was important to find a new location for the Centre that not only met the existing needs of the membership, but allowed for increased growth and accessibility.” Continue reading Square One Older Adult Centre Calls Central Parkway Mall New Home
June is Seniors’ Month and Recreation and Parks Month in Mississauga. Residents are encouraged to participate in a variety of outdoor and indoor events offered by the City. These programs and events provide residents with the opportunity to make Mississauga a healthy, active and engaged community.
“We are excited to celebrate Recreation and Parks Month and Seniors’ Month this June with a variety of activities and events,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services. “Our programs focus on promoting active lifestyles and the overall well-being and health of residents. No matter what age or ability, residents can access activities and events within their neighbourhoods.”
Seniors’ Month is a province-wide initiative that recognizes the commitment and contributions of older adults to the community. It provides an opportunity to promote programs and services available for older adults living in Mississauga. This year’s theme is “Living Your Best Life”.
- Older Adult Expo: On June 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the City is hosting its annual Mississauga Older Adult Expo at the Hershey Community Rinks. This free event features over 50 vendors, technology and fitness demonstrations, MiWay Tours, and a local Seniors’ Got Talent Show. For information, visit: mississauga.ca/olderadults.
• Library Programs for Older Adults: Libraries across Mississauga are celebrating older adults with various events and activities.
For more information about Seniors’ Month events in Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/olderadults.
Recreation and Parks Month
Recreation and Parks Month promotes the benefits of being active. It recognizes how recreation and parks contribute to the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. Residents are encouraged to be active and enjoy City recreational programs and spaces.
• Recreation and Cultural Programs: Try a variety of drop-in programs including swims, group exercise and creative classes.
• Outdoor Spaces: Explore the City’s 2,988 hectares (7,384 acres) of parkland, 368 sports fields, 263 playgrounds and over 327 kilometres of trails. For information, visit: mississauga.ca/parks.
For additional information about Recreation and Parks Month and events in Mississauga, visit: http://recandparksmonth.ca/jrpm-events/.
First-in-Canada Program Will Save Seniors Money and Support Healthy Aging
Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to provide the shingles vaccine free of charge, saving eligible seniors approximately $170 and helping them stay healthy.
Starting today, the shingles vaccine will be available across the province for people 65 to 70 years of age. The government is investing $68 million over three years in order to publicly fund the vaccine, which will reduce the likelihood of Ontario seniors developing the painful infection, and reduce visits to emergency rooms and hospitals. Continue reading Ontario Making Shingles Vaccine Free for Seniors
Starting May 11, 2016, low income residents in Mississauga can apply for discounted public transit through the MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program, available from June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017.
The MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot is a partnership between the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel. Continue reading Applications Now Being Accepted for MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program
Mississauga, ON – Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors from across the City of Mississauga who have recently participated in the organization’s acclaimed Art Reach for Older Adults Program. VAM is hosting several art exhibitions this week that showcase the creative works of senior groups including the Region of Peel’s Malton Village Adult Day Centre, Peel Senior Link and Credit Valley Seniors. All are welcome to the Credit Valley Senior’s art exhibit happening Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 1pm, at South Common Community Centre located at 2233 South Millway, Mississauga, Ontario.
“VAM has had fantastic support for our new program which is designed to enrich the lives of older adults with visual arts,” explains VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “We were pleased to offer four months of subsidized art workshops to seniors with Peel Senior Link, The Region of Peel’s Malton Village Adult Day Centre and the Credit Valley Seniors. We are completing our pilot program by celebrating the accomplishments of our seniors with exhibits at each of our centres.”
ArtReach for Older Adults offers exciting art workshops under the guidance of professional artist instructors to older adult centers across the City of Mississauga. This program has brought the creative experiences offered at VAM out into the community and has inspired and built confidence in individuals that might not have regular access to VAM’s programs. Art Reach for Older Adults encourages social participation and inclusion for older adults while promoting volunteerism.
After the success of this pilot program, VAM is pleased to now offer ArtReach for Older Adults to senior clubs and groups throughout the Region of Peel. Groups can book a one-time session (for up to 12 people) for $180, a mini-series (4 sessions) or a full-series (8 sessions). Senior clubs and groups are welcome to visit http://www.visualartsmississauga.com/education/artreach-for-older-adults/, call 905-277-4313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Art Reach for Older Adults is made possible with generous funding provided through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. ArtReach for Older Adults is presented with support from the City of Mississauga, Mississauga Seniors Council, Peel Senior Link and the Region of Peel.
ABOUT VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA AT RIVERWOOD: VAM was founded in 1978 and strives to enrich community life by fostering an appreciation of the arts through active involvement in a variety of creative experiences. VAM offers a variety of studio arts courses for adults, teens and children as well as summer camps, school programs, exhibitions, Artsy Parties and ArtReach for schools and corporate team-building. Please visit www.visualartsmississauga.com for more details.