Senior Watch Old Ottawa South
Senior Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS) is a grassroots community group that addresses issues concerning senior residents living in Old Ottawa South.
An Age Friendly Old Ottawa South!
Old Ottawa South is a great community for young and old, but now needs to become truly age-friendly in terms of:
- Walkability: timing of crosswalks, accessibility, snow removal, salting/gritting
- Social connections: social get-togethers in a welcoming space in the Old Firehall and other programs, promoting Telephone Assurance Program
- Housing: promoting accessibility in the home, advocating co-housing, and Inclusionary Zoning
- Health and Quality of Life: information sharing, offering local “Better Strength, Better Balance” classes, local access to health care
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.
Enjoy our first “intergenerational” bench at the bus stop on the corner of Bank Street and Hopewell Avenue. Have a seat and chat, to connect with neighbours.
SWOOS meets iGEN: June 1st – Come Out And Vote!
Senior Watch Old Ottawa South celebrates its first year with an invite to young and old to vote for the best location for a city bench!
Where: Cast your votes at The Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Avenue
When: Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:30am to 11:00am.
This past year, May 2018-2019, the SWOOS team searched what we, as a watchdog for seniors in Old Ottawa South, could or should actually do.
Are you concerned about winter walking? Snow and ice can lead to difficulties getting where you want to go, especially for seniors, young school children, parents with strollers and toddlers, and people with mobility challenges. Falling and injuring yourself is a real concern. Some seniors become isolated when getting out is too difficult and miss opportunities to socialize with friends and family members.
Do you want to know how safe and accessible your neighbourhood is for winter walking?