The Cambridge Council on Aging hosted the fifth Creative Aging event this year highlighting Mindfulness AND Music on June 18 at City Hall. We are grateful to our sponsors-City of Cambridge, SPCCND, Chartwell and Housing Cambridge.
Older adults have opportunities as they age to acquire new skills, and use other skills to ensure a positive lifestyle and more successful aging. This also improves our resilience and out mental focus. By being aware of physical and mental aspects of our lives we can learn to feel-and accept what is happening in the present moment
Creative aging allows us to disrupt our aging by participating in arts programs that also allow us to engage with others while we master new skills. Creative aging is about possibilities and embracing the fact that as we age we continue to grow, learn and contribute to our communities.
The Blue Grass boys with their amazing music and to Dr Mitch Abrams led us through the mindfulness and music day. We had about 100 participants - and we all went forth with a renewed sense of purpose . Creative aging improves both our mental and physical health and our social connections and sense of belonging -a win/win for us all.
Safety, Security & Belonging
Senior Co-Housing (55+) Information Session
The Cambridge Council on Aging, in conjunction with Community Support Connections Cambridge is running a pilot program in Cambridge in regards to Co-Housing for seniors. This session is open to potential renters, landlords, and anyone who has questions or concerns in regards to this program.
Weighing risks and benefits of drugs, alcohol, cannabis for older adults
March 21st, 2019
Dr. Mike Beazley, OlgaBaleca NP at the Cambridge Rapid Access walk in centre, and Don Johnson addiction counsellor Family Counseling CND. 80 persons attended this education seminar to learn about the current information available, and to find out where they can obtain more information ( links are posted on the CCOA website). Often older adults use multiple prescriptions and 72% also consume alcohol, talk to your pharmacist about the possible interactions, especially if you think you want to use recreational or medical cannabis.
Questions included: is there technology that will help adjust dosages?what are some ways to address prolonged use of alcohol in older adults? Are all cannaboids safe? Why are the pharmacists not involved in the procurement of medical cannabis or marijuana? Is it possible for anyone to just reduce their drinking or is it all or nothing? Are other illicit drugs being tested for medical treatment? Are known drug interactions pointed out on cannabis labels? Is a referral to RAAC needed-no its walk in Mon and Friday.
“Safety, choice, belonging”
November 26, 2018 from 1-2 at Wesley United Church (parking at City Hall)
- 1:00 pm - Welcome: Anne Tinker chair CSCMOW and more
- 1:10 pm - Valerie Spring and her family's
experience with home share
- The Halton Home Share experience - Sharon Livingstone chair of Cambridge Council on Aging. Home share is about sharing your space with someone looking for space. A match is facilitated and monitored. You as the homeowner have the final say. An opportunity to earn extra money, be connected to your community.
- Facilitated discussion Q and A led by Diana Drackley
Refreshments will be provided, please sign up if you have a further interest in this pilot project.
Caregiver Support Sessions
All are welcome to attend free Caregiver Support Information Sessions that address the unique role and needs of caregivers, which run for four weeks. Topics include reflections on aging, effective communication, and self-care. A caregiver is anyone who provides practical or emotional supports to a family member, friend or neighbour.
Sessions will be held on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 in Cambridge. Other options in Breslau are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. These sessions runs weekly for four weeks between September and November.
Aging in the Right Place
March 27, 2018
Cambridge Council on Aging, CMHC, Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries held a roundtable discussion to explore options and best practices.
Contributors were Greg Bechard ED of Elmira Community Living, on the good neighbour project in Elmira, Heather Thompson, Manager of age friendly initiatives on Home Share and Steve Garrison on Housing Cambridge's efforts to keep older adults housed and engaged.
A fruitful discussion on how Cambridge can develop options was held and further steps recognized.
Taking the 'I' out of Isolation
When: March 8th, 2018 from 10:30 - 3:00
This event cosponsored by CCOA, Housing Cambridge, Social Planning CND and Cambridge self help food bank was attended by 170 people - half were older adults, half were organizations providing services to seniors.
Various programs from Halton,Hamilton and the Cambridge area were discussed and a presentation was made by Rachel Weldrick a PhD student at mcMaster.
Social isolation and loneliness are not new, but much more extensive, less family contact,less neighbourhood involvement, more of an issue if you have health issues, lose a spouse, or speak another language.
Peer mentor/connector programs work well but need sustainable funding, and we need more intergenerational opportunities.
Opinion piece by Rev. Bert Harkness in the Cambridge Times: Everyone can play a part in Reducing Isolation for Seniors
Cambridge to Launch Seniors
as Mentors and Leaders Project
The Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries (SPCCND)announced the launch of a new project called Seniors as Mentors and Leaders. This project aims to address loneliness and social isolation among the local senior population and will be implemented in collaboration with the Cambridge Council on Aging (CCOA); the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank (CSHFB); and Housing Cambridge. The project was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries through the New Horizons for Seniors Program,” said the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “Their inspiring Seniors as Mentors and Leaders project will give local seniors the opportunity to participate in workshops that will go a long way to reducing social isolation within the community.”
Studies have shown that low-income Canadians across age groups feel a diminished sense of community belonging and experience more social isolation and exclusion. Cambridge has an increasing number of older adults living in poverty, and the Seniors as Mentors and Leaders project will enable the SPCCND, the CCOA and the CSHFB to work together to address social isolation in this group.
One of the ways this will be accomplished is through partnerships with the CSHFB, Housing Cambridge, and the CCOA. Both the CSHFB and Housing Cambridge run senior support groups, and project mentors will be able to recruit participants from these existing senior groups. Project mentors will also facilitate social isolation workshops on-site at partner locations. The SPCCND will collaborate with the CCOA throughout the project as they are a recognized local leader in addressing seniors’ issues.
The core activity in this project will involve engaging and training local senior volunteers to be mentors for other seniors. Mentors will be trained to run workshops on social isolation where participants will receive mentoring, encouragement, and support toward increasing their civic involvement and building and maintaining a more robust social network. This project will benefit the continued development of the City of Cambridge as an age-friendly community.
The Seniors as Mentors and Leaders project will be launched in June at the third Creative Aging Marketplace organized by the Cambridge Council on Aging. Please watch for more details on this event and join us for an opportunity to celebrate positive, creative aging through the arts. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided at this event.
Creative Aging Marketplace - June 3rd, 2016
Riding the Wave of Change
Managing Transitions in Housing Older Canadians
This event was held on September 30th, 2015 at the Region of Waterloo Police Association and Recreation Centre. See photos of this most successful event below.
Slideshow presentations from Riding the Wave of Change
A giant thank you to Jill Summerhayes for the design of our bookmark depicted on this screen.
The Cambridge Council on Aging hosted a successful community forum on May 21st, 2014. Click to view a news clip from CTV News.