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Since March 2020, we have seen our Old Ottawa South community come together in a spirit of neighbourliness in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals have been connecting with their neighbours to see how they are faring. Community pillar organizations, including OSCA and churches, have made commendable pivots to a virtual environment, including new programming and supports. Local businesses have implemented creative approaches in response to physical distancing measures. Artwork and messages – taped to living room windows, attached to trees, or drawn on sidewalks – have inspired hope.
Beginning August 14th, Reaching Seniors In Old Ottawa South (RSOOS) will be implementing a new program: ‘Coffee Conversations’. These will be held bi-weekly on Friday afternoons from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.
Who are the Community Pillars in Old Ottawa South? They are the three churches, Trinity Anglican, Wesleyan and Southminster United, the Sunnyside Library, Abbotsford House, the Community Association, our City Councillor, MPP and MP. Organizations and political elements that have been here “forever.” As a watchdog for seniors, Senior Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS) organized a meeting on May 28, 2020 on ZOOM to share and learn with one another outreach efforts and resources for seniors in Old Ottawa South living under COVID-19 distancing and isolation restrictions. Here is what we learned:
Trinity Anglican's "Reaching Seniors In Old Ottawa South (RSOOS)" initiative will be hosting their first "Seniors in Conversation" Zoom meeting on Tuesday, June 16th. The first meeting is a Meet & Greet and an opportunity to discuss topics for future meetings. Topics for the first couple weeks include:
- Tuesday June 23rd: The Link Between Anxiety and Uncertainty
- Tuesday June 30th: Intentional Self-Care
Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is inviting the community to celebrate Seniors' Month in Ontario. This year’s theme is Aging Strong: Respect and Protect Seniors, and throughout June, OPL will offer events and activities for older adults. Lifelong learning is key to successful aging and living; and it is at the heart of the Library’s purpose.
Old Ottawa South's Trinity Anglican Church recently received a federal "New Horizons for Seniors" grant. With this grant - and in response to the restrictions experienced by seniors during the COVID pandemic - Trinity Anglican Church has created a new program called "Reaching Seniors in Old Ottawa South" (RSOOS). RSOOS is a partnership of professionals, local organizations, and volunteers, that is part of the Trinity Anglican Church neighbourhood hub. One of the first initiatives to come out of this RSOOS is a meal delivery program.
There are several general and community specific resources available for seniors:
OSCA Senior Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS)
Goals & Objectives May 2019 – 2020
November is Fall Prevention Month
Did you know that falls are a key safety issue for older adults and small children? It is the number one reason for injury for both age groups.
You can prevent falls by making minor changes to your home and adopting a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating well, staying fit, doing strength and balance exercises, and using safety aids. You can find more fall prevention tips on the Ottawa Public Health website.