With the arrival of ice and snow, Ottawa winters can be a challenging time for seniors and people with limited mobility. The City of Ottawa funds two programs, Snow Go and Snow Go Assist, which help seniors and people with disabilities with their snow removal.
Last winter, home alone late one night, I slipped on the kitchen floor and fell awkwardly. Fearing I’d broken my hip and sprained my ankle, I lay like a beached whale thinking, who am I going to call? What am I going to do?
Participants: Anna Cuylits, Sally Andrews, Barbara Brown, Christine Franklin, Maura Giuliani, Helen Lynn, Catherine Read
Regrets: Fran Mowbray
On October 16, 2018, the OSCA Board voted unanimously to endorse Senior Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS) as an OSCA Committee. SWOOS has been an active community group since April 2018 focusing on senior concerns such as walkability, social connections, housing, and health.
Where do we go for help when we want to make our home more senior friendly or accessible? Who can help us when we need to move? What do we do when we don’t have a family doctor and seek non-urgent care? Whom do we call when we are too sick to manage our care on our own?
Seniors from Capital Ward are invited to explore housing options at this free event with Councillor David Chernushenko and Bonnie Schroeder, Council on Aging of Ottawa Director of Age-Friendly Ottawa.
“Life is like riding a bicycle: To keep your balance, you must keep moving” — Albert Einstein
This brilliant man’s observation speaks to my Dutch senior's heart. Indeed, hopefulness keeps us moving, but worrisome news should wake us up and take action!
The launch of Senior Watch Old Ottawa South and publication of our column has generated exactly the kind of response we need to further determine the direction we need to go.
After 30 years of living comfortably in OOS, I’m reluctantly looking around. There’s another “retirement residence” being built not far away. Maybe that’s a good thing. As part of the demographic bulge that includes baby boomers, I do wonder about how long we can comfortably live in a detached house that inevitably needs maintenance, has two sets of stairs and is really a bit bigger than we need. But is a “retirement residence” the only solution?
We want to hear from you! Tell us what you think is important for older adults living in Ottawa. You have until May 20, 2018 to respond to the survey.