County Seniors Centre offers innovative programming

Let’s clarify something. I’ve been asked the difference between Community Care and the County Seniors Centre.

Community Care is a not-for-profit corporation that has been supporting seniors to live at home since 1977.

We offer programs such as Meals on Wheels, escorted transportation to medical & other appointments, foot care, congregate dining, etc. Funding for these programs comes in part from the Ministry of Health and also client fees, fundraising and donations.

In 2018 Community Care was successful in our application to the Ministry for Seniors Affairs & Accessibility to offer “Seniors Active Living Centre” programs. These are social/recreational programs. With this money ($42,700/year funding from the provincial government) we established the County Seniors Centre and through this we arrange programming in Town Halls across the county. We have provincial and municipal funding to operate the seniors centre and the rest of the budget comes from membership, session fees and fundraising.

To be clear, the “centre” is located in all of the municipal Town Halls. The Community Care office at 74A King Street is not a seniors centre however we do offer such programming in our activity room at this location. The model for our local County Seniors Centre is innovative in that the programming isn’t offered in different rooms in one building instead it’s offered throughout the County. That’s because it’s a challenge to serve a rural community such as this so we’re taking programs to where seniors live and transportation is offered as an incentive for membership.

Find out everything you need to know about the agency and all of our programming (including the seniors centre) by checking our website at www.communitycareforseniors.org; email [email protected]; call 613-476-7493; or drop in at 74A King Street in Picton. We will answer your questions and listen to your thoughts and ideas for programming. We help seniors live at home.

Seniors Centre Programs

It’s important that people call and register for all programs. When you do so we will give you all the details. If you don’t register there’s the chance that a program/event will be cancelled. Just showing up to the first class or to an event is really not an option. Please call 613-476-7493 and register.

Beginner and continuation Tai Chi for Seniors is 12 weeks and starts Jan. 20th in Picton.

There will be a presentation about Alzheimer Disease Jan. 22nd in the Milford Town Hall. Sign up for the Seniors Luncheon Social preceding the presentation, for the presentation only, or for both. A Beginner Watercolour Painting Workshop will run in Cherry Valley for 6 weeks starting Jan. 24th.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes