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.

Buzz Me

  • Beginning June 1, 2020 seniors can connect with a volunteer between the hours of 8 am-8 pm Monday through Friday by dialing 211 and asking for “Buzz Me” or by calling the toll free number directly at 1-866-999-Buzz (2899). The volunteers are trained to engage with seniors in a warm and relaxed manner while seeking to provide opportunities for meaningful connection. Buzz Me is not a crisis line. The volunteers are not trained to provide therapeutic intervention or advice. Rather, to provide a way for seniors to connect in friendship with a caring person during times of isolation. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Find the volunteer application form here https://www.goskip.org/volunteer-for-buzz-me

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.

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.

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.

Brantford Twin Valley Zoo

  • The Brantford Twin Valley zoo is bringing their most friendly and fascinating animals to your home with their virtual tour. Submerse yourself in nature, surround yourself with animals, and relax with enchanting music. Our Virtual Reality video will transport you to the lives of 11 different species of animals.

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.

County of Brant Public Library
The County of Brant Public Library gives you access to online learning, research, eBooks and so much more!

  • Participate in their free 6-week education courses, language learning, genealogy research, and online learning for adults and children. Visit www.brantlibrary.ca to access or call 519-442-2433 for assistance.

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, email info@cyberseniors.org, 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.

Crock-A-Doodle Brantford

  • Visit Crock-A-Doodle’s technique videos on YouTube and start creating memories and one of a kind treasures that will last for years to come. They are also offering contact free delivery of Take Home kits, so that you can enjoy painting pottery within the comfort and safety of your own home.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery

  • Discover Glenhyrst Art Gallery’s online exhibition where artists examine the meaning of pixels.

Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre

  • WGSC 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.

Grand River Council on Aging

  • Follow the Grand River Council on Aging on Facebook or visit their website for links to resources, programs, and services that support the health and wellbeing of our aging population. Get involved by completing a volunteer application online.
  • Looking for resources in the Brantford and Brant Community, visit the “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.

Ontario Caregiver Helpline

  • Are you a caregiver looking for more resources for you or those you care for? Call to speak to a helpline Community Resource Specialist or search the website for caregiver information, resources, and support. Contact 1-833-416-2273 for more information.

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
Need information for seniors in Ontario?

  • 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

Seniors Safety Line
Do you know someone at risk of elder abuse?

  • 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

  • Introducing YMCA at Home, a new 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.

Modo Yoga Brantford

  • Join Modo Yoga Brantford online for a series of traditional yoga postures and guided meditations that are made to be accessible to everyone. These classes are suitable for all experience levels. Visit their Facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/ModoYogaBrantford/.

Alzheimer Society of Brant

Learn more about grocery and food program information for seniors.

Access mental health resources for seniors.