Connecting Seniors at Home

Being inside doesn’t need to prevent us from staying active, learning new things, and connecting with others. Try these activities below to connect with others and stay both mentally and physically fit.

Adult Recreation Therapy Centre

Take a break or two during the day and check the Adult Recreation Therapy Centre Facebook page for a variety of live events and posts. ARTC will be sharing positivity, games, music, trivia, laughs and much more with their community.

A Friendly Voice

A Friendly Voice is a great resource for seniors who may be feeling lonely or isolated. Call 1-855-892-9992 to connect. Please keep in mind that A Friendly Voice is a social program; it is not a counselling service, crisis line, or referral service.

Alzheimer Society of Brant
 Finding ways to stay active is important and the Alzheimer Society has a list of things to do and resources to explore on their website. Brain Health presentations can also be found on their website here.
Brant Historical Society

Explore Brant Historical Society’s online interactive exhibit of Brantford Fire Service’s earliest days, including the Waterloo Rink Fire of 1911. The Brant Historical Society has a collection from the Brantford Fire Service’s earliest days.

Brantford Public Library
 Get your free temporary digital membership and unlock all the resources Brantford Public Library has to offer right at your fingertips. Sign up for the Libraries Digital Membership card that was created for those who do not already have an account. It provides temporary access to audiobooks, ebooks, Lynda.com, Universal class tutorials, language tutorials, crafts, downloadable movies, television shows, music, newspapers and magazines.
Buzz Me
 Buzz Me connects seniors with a live person between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday by dialing 1-866-999-Buzz (2899). In an effort to combat social isolation, seniors can stay up to date about what’s happening in the community or simply enjoy a pleasant conversation with one of our dedicated volunteers. This line of communication is NOT a crisis line, but a friendly voice. Learn more at their website
Cyber-Seniors
 Do you have technology questions? We can help!

Cyber Seniors offers FREE one-on-one support to teach you how to video chat with your friends and family, order groceries online, schedule appointments, and stream entertainment. Call 1-844-217-3057 or visit www.cyberseniors.org to register for free webinars or to schedule free one-on-one help over the phone or via video conference.

Grand River Council on Aging
  • The GRCOA is pleased to announce the Community at Home Workshops that will provide a series of free virtual programs for participants to enjoy without leaving home. Participants will meet new people, socialize, learn and become a part of a larger community of volunteers and professionals, dedicated to healthy aging and well-being. Being involved is fun, feels good and decreases feelings of isolation. All workshops will be presented online. Registration is required. 
  • Follow the Grand River Council on Aging on Facebook or visit their “Info Hub”, a comprehensive “go-to” resource for information related to the aspects of daily living important to the 55+ age population. It contains helpful links to services within the Eight Pillars of an Age-Friendly Community: Civic Participation & Employment, Community Support & Health Services, Housing, Outdoor Spaces & Buildings, Respect & Social Inclusion, Social Participation and Transportation.
  • The Grand River Council on Aging is pleased to launch the Seniors’ Discount Directory.  Check out over 250 local discounts in Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations.  Find savings in accommodations, entertainment, restaurants, personal care and more. For more information visit the discount directory here
  • Subscribe to the GRCOA Newsletter and learn about upcoming GRCOA Workshops and community events as well as interesting articles, challenging brain teasers, and more to keep you connected and informed.
SAFE ZONE Brant

Get moving and grooving with S.A.F.E. Zone Co-ordinator Jan Norris through online exercise videos. SAFE Zone is a free Falls Prevention exercise program designed by health professionals to assist seniors in the community to remain independent. To support seniors during COVID-19, they have added all the favourite exercise classes online to access from the comfort of your own home.

Seniors Information Line
The Seniors Information Line provides resources available for seniors in Ontario, including health, tax credits, caregiving, housing, driving and staying safe. Call 416-326-7070 or Toll-free at 1-888-910-1999 or TTY at 1-800-387-5559. Seniors Information Guide
Senior’s Toolkit
The Senior's Toolkit, A Practical Handbook for Seniors provides information about various agencies and service providers that help senior residents in the City of Brantford and County of Brant.
Seniors Safety Line
The Seniors Safety Line utilizes trained counsellors that provide safety planning and supportive counseling for older adults who are being abused or at-risk of abuse. Interpretation available upon request. To learn more, visit www.eapon.ca or call 1-866-299-1011
YMCA at Home
YMCA at Home is a virtual platform that provides you with the ability to connect with your favourite YMCA programs, activities, and instructors without leaving the comfort of your own home. You can expect a safe, fun, and impactful experience. Available for all ages.
Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
The Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre will be sharing workouts from their certified personal trainers, including ways to keep your little ones moving. Watch live fitness videos that focus on strategies for strengthening and check out resources that foster mental health and wellbeing. Their Facebook page is an interactive space where connections are made and conversations happen in a safe environment. 

 

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