Category Archives: Seniors

Virtual Activities for Older Adults Push Away the Isolation Blues

Gail and Marg are regulars at the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre, but when the COVID-19 pandemic caused facilities to close, they were feeling isolated. Within days of the centre being closed, the City of Mississauga set up virtual classes and they eagerly ventured into the virtual world.   

“I love being able to join in four or five days a week, greeting old friends and meeting new ones,” said Gail. “Knowing I can do something each day has helped mentally, physically and emotionally during this uncertain time.” 

“Before COVID-19, I was busy with activities at the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre,” said Marg. “When COVID-19 hit, there was no substitute until the virtual sessions started. What a lifesaver being able to see and hear real people, some familiar and some new.”

If you are an older adult like Gail or Marg, experiencing isolation or simply missing the social interactions you had before COVID-19, Mississauga has the right fix for you!

The recreation team have developed a weekly calendar of activities for older adults who are 55+.  The activities are designed to offer opportunities to chat, learn something new, and try different fitness classes to get some movement into your day. Let’s face it, it hasn’t been easy for anyone during this pandemic, but for older adults who haven’t been able to see their families, friends and regular social circle, physical distancing can be much more difficult.

Don’t let the virtual space scare you because joining these City hosted activities is easy. All it takes is a computer or a tablet and a few clicks to join in the fun. There are technical experts on hand if you need some help. And if you don’t have a computer or tablet, you can also phone-in to participate.

“Over the last few months, we have talked, laughed and learned about a variety of interesting and fun topics and it’s as easy as one, two and three to take part,” said Gail. “Please join us anytime; you will be glad you did.”

Here is a sampling of the free activities:

·       Monday (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.): Yarn Crafters – share your project or get an idea for a new one

·       Tuesday (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.): Coffee Talk – bring your favourite cup of coffee or tea and join to for a chat with a new focus each week

·       Wednesday (10:30  a.m. – 30-40 minutes): Fitness Break with certified instructors who will use common household items such as a can of soup for a short workout

·       Thursday (11 a.m. to noon): Hot Topics – join a chat with a new guest speaker each week

·       Friday (1 p.m. – 30-40 minutes): Fitness Break with certified instructors who will use common household items such as a can of soup for a short workout

If you still aren’t convinced, Gail says it is as easy as downloading WebEx and Zoom, registering on the Mississauga.ca/recreation stay home stay active page. You will receive a confirmation email from the city and you simply open and click on the big green button to join these sessions.

“The variety of sessions covered includes the local response to the pandemic through discussions with local councillors, a member of parliament; as well as how to contact Mississauga’s virtual library and historic homes to name a few,” said Marg. “It’s been lots of fun with the occasional trivia game, conversations, and of course, the fitness classes.”

Visit the Mississauga.ca/recreation stay home stay active page to check out the virtual classes and sign in with the click of a button. When it’s time for the class start, the host will open up the session five minutes before the class begins. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.

Older Adults Celebrate Grand Opening Week of New Centre

Mississauga, ON- The Active Adult Centre of Mississauga (AACM) invites community members and guests to join them, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – Friday, January 19, 2018, for a fun filled week in celebration of their Grand Opening in their new home at the Central Parkway Mall.

Visitors will have the opportunity to win daily door prizes, enjoy refreshments, tour the new facility and take home free giveaways.

“This week will be a monumental moment for us, highlighting some of the best classes we have to offer,” says Laura Surman, Programs Coordinator. “It’s our goal to connect seniors in the community and with our new location we’re hoping to reach even more people than we did before.”

Chartwell retirement residences, along with several other community sponsors, have contributed to the fruition of this week-long event and hope to aid them in their outreach.

Older adults, ages 50+, can take part in free classes on Tuesday, January 16th as early as 9:00 a.m. or sample one of our many new evening classes geared towards individuals still in the workforce.

“This move has been a long time coming,” says Joan Crews, Board President of AACM. “It’s our partnership with the City of Mississauga that has really helped to lift this project off its feet, and for that we are grateful.”

As part of the City of Mississauga’s promise to invest in an aging population, they have partnered with AACM to update their current resources, and provide their members with a brand new facility.

With over 80 diverse, weekly programs focused on socialization, health/wellness, recreation, and education we are confident our centre will reach new heights in its new space.

 

Square One Older Adult Centre Calls Central Parkway Mall New Home

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

Be Active. Celebrate Seniors’ Month and Recreation and Parks Month in June

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
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/.

Ontario Making Shingles Vaccine Free for Seniors

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