There are several general and community specific resources available for seniors:
- Shoppers Drug Mart is dedicating the first opening hour (8-9am in Old Ottawa South) of shopping to customers who need assistance or consideration, including seniors and people living with disabilities. Shoppers Drug Mart will also offer the 20% Seniors Day discount on regular priced items for the first hour each day every day. They are also offering free shipping on all orders, no minimum spending. Shoppers is also offering safe online access to a doctor network. Find out more details online here.
- Riley’s Independent Grocer at Billings Bridge will be open from 7-8am each day only to people 65-plus, those with compromised immune systems, and people needing physical assistance.
- On our How and Where to Volunteer page, we have posted several links to places that are coordinating volunteer efforts to support people in isolation. They provide a good resource if you are looking for help: https://oldottawasouth.ca/resources/item/6939-how-and-where-to-volunteer
Mental Health and Isolation Prevention Resources:
- The Public Health Agency of Canada suggests neighbours create "a buddy system in which you agree to check in on each other and run essential errands if you become sick.”
- The Good Companions' Seniors Centre Without Walls is a phone-based service that provides the opportunity for participants to join in on health and wellness seminars, educational lectures, brain-stimulating activities, listen to live musical entertainment, join in on general conversations, and make new and meaningful friendships – all from the comfort of home! Monthly schedules are up online and there 2-3 programs available each day Monday to Friday.
- iGen Ottawa and the CLRI at Bruyère have posted a Boredom Buster document (PDF): https://clri-ltc.ca/files/2020/04/BOREDOM-BUSTERS-FOR-LTC-1.pdf
- Champlain Community Support Network has been designated the lead agency coordinating support for senior and adults with disabilities. This link presents a list of services that seniors can request: https://communitysupport.covidresponse.ca/#AvailableServices
- The Council on Aging sends out weekly newsletters that contain lots of information and resources. You can subscribe to it here: https://coaottawa.ca/sign-up-for-our-newsletter/
- As the COVID-19 situation unfolds, please be mindful of its impact on your mental health. It's normal for situations like this to affect you and it's completely OK to ask for help. If you need support, the Distress Centre of Ottawa is there 24/7 at 613-238-3311.
- If you are feeling lonely you can call A Friendly Voice at 613-692-9992. A Friendly Voice is a telephone friendly visiting line for seniors. A Friendly Voice is not a counselling service, distress or crisis-line nor emergency service. Any calls of that nature will result in immediate contact or referral to the appropriate responders, agency or service.
- Aging Well Together at the Ottawa Public Library is an educational series that promotes healthy aging. Adults 55 years of age and older and their caregivers can access information on a variety of healthy living topics through group sessions and via the online portal. The Ottawa Public Library now also offers Library 1:1, where you can book 30-minute one-on-one consultations to learn about a whole host of topics, including Computer Tutorials, eBooks/Audiobook Tutorials, Online Resource, Research Help, or simply get some great book recommendations!
- The Glebe Centre has daily virtual activities available. You can check them out through the Abbotsford Community Programs page: https://glebecentre.ca/programs-and-support-services/
OSCA Resources and Instructors Online:
- Meg Stickl of Activities in Motion has a YouTube channel where she has been posting exercise videos. Link: AIM Fitness-Activities In Motion.
- Rowena Hall & Franklin Method in Ottawa are posting updates each day for people. Link: Franklin Method in Ottawa - Home.
- OSCA staff are also regularly posting lists of things for adults to do under "Adults Need Boredom Busters Too!": https://oldottawasouth.ca/resources/item/6928-adults-need-boredom-busters-too
- Technology is really important right now, especially as we socially distance. If you need some help navigating your computer (e.g. help with email, searching for things, etc.), the Goodwill Community Foundation has several “How-To” tutorials to help people become more familiar with using their computer. Here’s the link to their website: Technology Tutorials at GCFGlobal.
- Connected Canadians provides free tech support for seniors. They can help you ‘get online’.
- There is also a website called Tech Boomers that has other tutorials that helps with setting up things like Social Media, Netflix accounts, etc. It can be found here: Techboomers.com: Learn How To Use Websites, Apps, and Devices.