We encourage feedback on any and all issues of concern to residents. Please join us at our monthly meetings to discuss issues or send an email to President@khca.on.ca. We look forward to hearing your views!

Seniors Page



Some MAY Highlights
Kanata Seniors Centre
    2500 Compeau Drive
    613-599-448

The weather is getting warmer, the days are longer and there is a lot going on at the Centre this month. Stop by and sign up for all the fun things to do!


PLEASE NOTE: The Centre will be closed for the Victoria Day Long Weekend Saturday, May 20th to May 22nd and reopens on Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:30am.

May 4th: 9 am Mah Jong Tournament
   
     -  1:30 pm Bigger Than Us: Critical Thinking

May 11th: 2 pm Book Club The Nightingale

May 12th: CENTRE CLOSES AT 12 noon for Garage Sale Set Up

May 13th: 8 to noon GARAGE SALE

May 25th: 1 pm Learning Series Abode Staging

May 30th: 1  pm Carpet Bowling Tournament

The Centre looks forward to seeing you soon.
 



Preventing Loneliness


In this edition of Wellness Wednesday’s, we look at social isolation among seniors and tips for avoiding loneliness as you or your loved one ages.

What are some health risks associated with social isolation?
Numerous studies have shown that socially isolated seniors commonly have a shorter life expectancy. A Review of Social Isolation, by Nicholas R. Nicholson, published in The Journal of Primary Prevention, reveals that social isolation has been demonstrated to lead to numerous detrimental health effects in older adults. Some of the most common health risks associated with social isolation include:
  • Increased risk of mortality
  • Cognitive decline and risk of dementia
  • Increased vulnerability to elder abuse
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure
  • Increased risk of depressive symptoms
  • Poor physical health as a result of less physical activity or poor diet

How can social isolation be prevented?

Promoting social health and connectedness is important when it comes to avoiding feelings of loneliness and isolation. Here are some tips for preventing social isolation in seniors:
  • Make transportation available—lack of adequate transportation is a primary cause of social isolation among seniors who cannot drive. Look for senior’s discounts on public transit, or Driver Companions such as those offered by Seniors for Seniors in order to help you or your loved one get around.
  • Get involved in social activities—many activities are inherently social in nature, and encouraging seniors to remain active in their hobbies and interests can help them maintain a sense of purpose and keep them from feeling isolated and lonely.
  • Provide something to take care of—the act of nurturing can relieve feelings of social isolation. An animal companion is a great option if you or your loved one is capable of caring for a pet, but even something as simple as tending to a plant or garden can often reduce feelings of isolation.
  • Have hearing and vision tested regularly—seniors with undiagnosed or untreated hearing or vision problems may avoid social situations because of embarrassment and difficulty communicating.
  • Share meals—the act of eating with others is inherently social. You or your loved one might consider sharing a meal with others whenever possible, whether it’s with family, friends, a church group, at a local senior centre, etc. Seniors for Seniors also offers Drop-In Companions that can assist with meal preparation and provide some company for you or your loved one if needed.
  • Become comfortable with technology—helping seniors understand and be able to utilize technology more effectively can help them feel connected to others even if they are separated by physical distance. You or your loved one might consider taking classes to learn more about computers, the internet, smart phones, etc.

Here are some great resources for more tips on preventing social isolation among seniors:

Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat

 Some April Highlights Kanata Seniors Centre
                     2500 Compeau Drive
                     613-599-4480



April 1st - Pancake Breakfast and Craft Sale 8:30am.

6th & 13th - 55 Alive Driver Refresher 1pm

6th -Bigger Than Us 1:30pm “Memory”

7thComputer Seminar 9am “Security”

13thBook Club 2pm “All the Light We Cannot See”


20thInternational Fashion Show & Tea 1pm


27thLearning Series 1pm “Ancient Greece and It’s Legacy”


Please NOTE: We will be CLOSED for the four days of Easter April 14th to 17th and reopen on TUESDAY, April 18th at 8:30 am.
 





March Highlights Kanata Seniors Centre            

March 2nd: Bigger Than Us: Neuroscience


-          Book Club: Secret Life of Bees


March 4th: Lunch and a Movie – The Light Between Oceans


March 22nd:  beginning of Advanced Learning Series – The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom and You


March 30th: Learning Series: Etymology of Names




February Activities at Kanata Seniors Centre
         2500 Compeau Drive

February 2nd - iPad/iPhone seminar 10 am
               Bigger Than Us “Climate Change” 1:30
               Book Club “The Light Between Oceans” 2pm

February 4th – Lunch and a Movie “Sully

February 16thHawaiian BINGO – 11am

February 20 – CENTRE CLOSED for Family Day

February 23rd – Learning Series “Renaissance of Traditional Chinese Culture” 1pm







i)  Older Adult Programs    (received August 19, 2016)

Older Adult Programs to keep you active, healthy, and having Fun this Fall!


Through the City of Ottawa, fitness is affordable and available to all age groups and mobility levels. The City offers a wide range of programs to fit everyone's lifestyle, and the Ottawa Hand in Hand fee support program subsidizes those with financial difficulties. 

How do I register?


Not sure where to start? Take a look at our programs on ottawa.ca/recreationguide to see the impressive list of options available to you.  Need more of a personal touch?  Drop into a recreation centre in your neighbourhood and find out how they can meet your fitness needs.

Our flexible fitness membership options do not require a yearlong contract, and adults ages 65+ are eligible for a discount on adult programs offered at recreation facilities.

What classes are available?


You can choose to exercise in our conditioning centres, swim, skate or take group exercise classes such as aquafit, spinning©, yoga, Pilates, bootcamps, and the list goes on!

Prefer to take a specialty program? We offer a wide range of registration-based classes for all ages and stages and special needs.  We have sports conditioning, TRX, Zumba®, yoga, tai chi, Nordic walking and much more!

Anyone over 50 can enrol in any adult programs; however, there is also a catalogue of classes targeted directly at adults age 50 and older. You will find a variety of fitness classes with a focus on:
·        Muscle toning, cardiovascular conditioning and flexibility.
·        Weight-bearing exercises designed so participants of any age can strengthen bones and build bone mass.
·        Increasing your energy level and increase your confidence using weights and cardio machines in our facilities. 
Maybe you'd rather sit down for a while with a good book. Maybe you'd like to write a good book, create some artwork and take some photos to go inside the book! These are all skills you can learn or sharpen through creative arts classes.

Many of Ottawa's older adults combine their activities with their social life through one of the City-operated seniors' centres. Here are the four Senior Centres located across Ottawa:
·        Kanata Seniors Centre
·        Heron Seniors Centre
This year choose to remain active in your community with the City of Ottawa's Parks, Recreation and Culture Services!
 

 ii)   Older Adults May, 2016 AND  BEYOND

Free exercise program for adults 65+

Better Strength, Better Balance! is a fall prevention exercise and education program for people aged 65+. 

It is funded by Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) through Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, and is a collaborative effort between Ottawa Public Health and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

This is a beginner level program for those wishing to improve their strength and balance. Strong muscles, strong bones and better balance will make you more mobile and less likely to fall.

You are strong enough to participate safely if you can do ALL of the following:

·        stand on one foot for 2 seconds

·        stand for 20 minutes (e.g. in a grocery line)

·        walk one block (100 metres or 325 feet) without becoming out of breath and needing to sit down

·        walk up 10 stairs

Better Strength, Better Balance! classes are unsuitable for people who are very active.

Participants attend class twice a week for 12 weeks.

·        Classes are progressive, becoming increasingly difficult over the 12 weeks.

·        Participants practice exercises at home and review the provided health information related to preventing falls.

·        A variety of simple equipment is used, including bean bags, cones, stretch bands, and balls.

The program is offered in the winter, spring and fall

·  to June 24, 2016

·        September 19 to December 9, 2016

First time participants can register for the next available session at any time.

Returning participants can register after these dates:

·        Spring 2016

·        Fall 2016 registration begins August 15, 2016

To register or for more information, 

please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656) 

or visit 

http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/public-health/healthy-living/better-strength-better-balance-exercise-program

iii) 
Community news and views specially selected for you up to April, 2016:

Click here: http://www.khca.on.ca/search/label/seniors

iv)  Kanata Senior Centre September 2016 Special Activities


Centre John G Mlacak Centre     &     Kanata Seniors Centre         2500 Campeau, Kanata,  ON     K2K 2W3

The various meetings and activities return to their regular schedule in September as well as the following  special activities:


Thursday, September 1 -  Book Club ‘Somewhere in France’.
Friday, September 2 – Annual Open House and Complimentary Pancake Breakfast 8:30-11am (breakfast ends at 10am).  Bring a friend or neighbour to show off your centre!

Labour Day Weekend Closure – closed from Saturday, September 3 to Monday, September 5 inclusive, opening on Tuesday, September 6 8:30am

Friday, September 9 – Kanata Seniors Camera Club resumes its monthly meetings at 9:15am.
Friday, September 9 – Geriatric Jazz Band returns to Fridays 1pm until June 2017
Saturday, September 10 – Lunch and Movie ‘Royal Night Out’, ticket still available for this.
Saturday, September 10 – Duplicate Bridge returns to Saturdays 12:30pm until June 2017

Monday, September 12 – Kanata Seniors Council Inc Annual General Meeting 11am, followed by lovely, complimentary lunch.

Friday, September 16 – Councillor Wilkinson’s Annual Expo 55 from 1-3:30pm
Saturday, September 17- Saturday at the Movies ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

Week of September 19 our fall programs start.  Lots of great fitness, wellness and learning courses available, please check out our schedule at front desk or online at www.ottawa.ca

Tuesday, September 20 and Friday, September 23 – Carpet Bowling resumes.

Thursday, September 29 – Learning Series – Terry Currie will speak on the Ottawa River as the spinal column of the fur train in early Canadian history.
 


 

        Received Before June 28, 2016


JUNE IS SENIOR’S MONTH
June 2016 is the 32nd celebration for ‘Seniors Month’ in Ontario, which is an opportunity to honour the contributions that seniors make every day in communities across the province.  Ottawa City Council also declared June as Seniors' Month in Ottawa.

This year's theme was Seniors Making a Difference, was chosen by the Province to recognize the many tireless hours of volunteer work and leadership generously donated by local seniors.  These local seniors have helped to build our communities through active living, shared knowledge, and a diversity of experiences.  The Ontario Senior of the Year Award gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity
to honour one outstanding local Ontarian aged 65 and older.  Each chosen Ontario Senior has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community.

At the June 8th City Council meeting,  Mayor Jim Watson, presented the Senior of the Year Award to Marjorie Shaver-Jones for her outstanding contributions to the city of Ottawa.  Ms Shaver-Jones served as president of the Copeland Park Community Alliance and is an active volunteer with the Federation of Citizen’s Association of Ottawa as well as with the Kanata Theatre.

As the older population continues to grow, the City of Ottawa remains committed to enhancing the quality of life of older residents..  Through the Older Adult Plan 2015-2018, the City is taking concrete steps to make policies, services, facilities and programs more accessible and responsive to the needs and interests of older persons.

AccessAbility Day 2016 - Charting our Course
         Join the City of Ottawa for the 13th annual AccessAbility Day celebration.

The City of Ottawa is pleased to celebrate  
AccessAbility Day 2016 – Charting our Course.

Please join the Mayor and the City Manager for the 
                      Opening Ceremony 
    and Proclamation of AccessAbility Day in Ottawa.

Where:Ottawa City Hall,110 LaurierAve. West
 
When:      Wednesday, June 1, 2016 
                  from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
 
Coffee and tea are available at 9:30 a.m.

All participants are to register in advance by May 24, 2016.

All activities have been designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind. 

Please request any disability-related accommodation requirements at the time of registration..

  Attention Katimavik Hazeldean Seniors

Feeling Isolated?
Would you like to stay connected with our community?
Want to hear a friendly voice on the telephone or receive a “touching base” e-mail once or twice a month?


A volunteer from the Katimavik Hazeldean Community Association would be happy to connect with you!   For more information, feel free to contact:
613-836-7036 (Leave a message and we will get back to you.)
Or E-mail at:    pajh@rogers.com      



 OLDER Adult Plan  -  Success and Future

With  support of  Province of Ontario, City is celebrating the successes and future of its OLDE ADULT PLAN
Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier Avenue Jean Pigott Hall 
Wednesday March 18th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
Lunch provided
TO REGISITER Click here  or phone 311 



 Special June Activities at the Kanata Senior Centre


Saturday, June 4 11:45am             Saturday Lunch and Movie: ‘Concussion’.  Please register at front desk

Monday, June 6 7pm                      Evening of Learning: Photography of the 19th Century.  Please register at front desk

Thursday, June 9 1pm                     Learning Series: Karen McCrimmom – A Women’s Career in the Military

Tuesday, June 14 9:30am              Outdoor Games – feel free to come and play bocce, boules with your friends

Thursday, June 16 10:30am           Canada Day Celebration – please register at front desk

Saturday, June 18 1pm                   Saturday at the Movies: ‘A Royal Night Out’ – please register at front desk

Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, July 3 – Centre will be closed for Annual Maintenance

Monday, July 4                                 Centre reopens – please note the halls access and Council Cafe will remain closed.

Monday, July 11                               Council cafe and halls open
 
For more information phone the KSC at: 613-580-2980 or    email or  visit website




Ottawa  Public Health

The “Better Strength, Better Balance! / En force, en 


équilibre!” fall prevention group exercise program is starting again in April 2015 for adults 65+ in Ottawa.  This is a beginner level class for those wishing to improve strength and balance.  Strong muscles, strong bones and better balance will make you more mobile and less likely to fall.

The “Better Strength, Better Balance! / En force, en équilibre!” program will provide participants with:
·     
   Instruction by a certified fitness instructor to increase muscle strength, balance and coordination.

·        Education on preventing falls provided by Ottawa Public Health nurses. 

There is no cost to participate in the program which is offered twice a week for 12 weeks.

Registration begins on March 2nd 2015. For more 


information or to register, please call Ottawa Public Health at  
613-580-6744.

The “Better Strength, Better Balance!/ En force, en équilibre!” program is funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and is a collaborative effort between Ottawa Public Health and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services..


For more information about healthy aging visit ottawa.ca/seniors


  City of Ottawa Older Adults Circular Nov. 10, 2014

Older Aldult Newsletter
November 10, 2014 / Le 10 novembre 2014

Need help clearing your driveway and/
or walkway during the winter?
The City of Ottawa's Snow Go Program 
can help you! The Program is coordinated 
by community support agencies.  This 
program is divided into two parts to match 
your individual needs to the appropriate 
service.  The two programs are as follows:

The Snow Go Program provides a matching 
service for seniors and people with disabilities 
looking to hire an individual or contractor to 
clear snow from private driveways and 
walkways. Residents who participate in 
this program are responsible for paying 
the individual or contractor removing the
snow.

The Snow Go Assist Program provides 
financial assistance to eligible low-income 
seniors or persons with disabilities looking 
to hire an individual or contractor to clear 
snow from private driveways and walkways.
Approved participants may be reimbursed 
for 50 per cent of the cost of snow clearing
per event, up to a seasonal maximum.
For more information, or to find the 
community support agency nearest you, 
please contact 3-1-1.
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Avez-vous besoin d'aide pour déneiger
votre entrée ou votre allée en hiver?
Le Programme Snow-Go peut vous être 
utile. Ce programme est coordonné par 
des organismes de soutien communautaire. 
Le programme comporte deux volets visant 
à jumeler vos besoins individuels au service
approprié. Ces deux volets sont:

Le Programme Snow-Go  fournit un service
de jumelage pour les aînés et les personnes 
ayant un handicap qui veulent engager 
un particulier ou un entrepreneur pour 
enlever la neige de leur allée ou leur 
entrée privée. Le travail du fournisseur 
de service est rémunéré par le résident.

Le Programme d'aide Snow-Go  offre 
de l'aide financière aux personnes âgées 
ou aux personnes à faible revenu ayant 
une incapacité qui veulent engager un 
particulier ou un entrepreneur pour 
enlever la neige de leur allée ou leur 
entrée privée qui sont admissibles 
pour couvrir une partie de leurs frais
de déneigement. Les participants 
dont la demande d'aide est approuvée 
peuvent recevoir un remboursement 
correspondant à 50 p. 100 des coûts
de déneigement ou de déglaçage 
par événement (jusqu'à concurrence 
maximale par hiver).

Pour de plus amples renseignements, 
ou pour trouver l’organisme de soutien
communautaire le plus près de chez 
vous, faites le 3-1-1.
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Please send your questions to  
olderadults@ottawa.ca
Vous pouvez transmettre vos 

questions à l’adresse 
personnesagees@ottawa.ca.