Senior's Programs

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We recognize the importance of seniors and the value they contribute to our community. Guided by an Age-Friendly Community Plan, South Huron works with partners to undertake projects and deliver programs that enable older people to enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in our communities.

NEW for 2020!  Senior's Social Program

Social isolation among seniors is a persistent problem in communities across Ontario. Locally, many organizations are working to address this issue and the Municipality of South Huron is aiming to boost these efforts through community partnerships.

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Assisted by a small provincial grant, South Huron is piloting a new initiative in the winter of 2020 to improve information sharing and social inclusion among rural seniors. We’re calling this the Senior’s Social Program and we want to work with like-minded organizations to develop the program agenda.

What is the Senior's Social Program?

The format is a weekly two-hour session from January to March involving:

  1. Guest speakers profiling a social service or topical issue
  2. Game play and social time together
  3. Story-telling and sharing of traditional rural knowledge
  4. Input and priority setting for the municipality's Age-Friendly Community Plan

When is it?

All future events are cancelled. Wednesday mornings from January 8th to March 25th, 2020.

10:30AM – 12:30PM at the Exeter Public Library

Light refreshments will be provided.

Transportation supports available

The Municipality has a limited amount of funding to provide transportation for seniors with mobility issues. We are asking those individuals who would be interested in attending these sessions and who need transportation assistance to please contact Laurie Clapp to register (519-235-0310 ext. 231 or lclapp@southhuron.ca) and she will coordinate with service providers.

Meeting Information

 January 8, 2020 meeting - PC Jamie Stanley - Huron County OPP

Join us as our presenter, PC Jamie Stanley, Huron County OPP, leads us in discussion about trending scams, ways to identify a scam and how to keep yourself from scams (online, over-the-phone, mail and door-to-door). We will also discuss how to report if you have become a victim of a scam.

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of the Municipality of South Huron, Hansen's Independent and Exeter Tim Hortons.

January 15, 2020 meeting - Jeremy Becker - Fire Chief - South Huron

& Sarah Versteeg - Gateway Center of Excellence in Rural Health - Lonely No More

Join us as we hear from...

Jeremy Becker - Fire Chief for South Huron

Fight fire with fire prevention! Your life and the lives of your loved ones depend on it! We will be discussing tips on fire prevention both inside & outside the home, preventing trips & falls and the importance of having a home escape plan...do you have one?

 

Gateway Center of Excellence in Rural Health - Lonely No More

Lonely No More uses teleconference calls to facilitate elder circles of peer support between socially isolated or rural seniors. Using a telephone system allows seniors with limited mobility and lack of transportation to connect with groups of other seniors, especially during the winter months.

The project empowers community volunteers to become peer advocates for more isolated and at-risk seniors; assists fellow older adults in providing access to appropriate services through system navigation assistance, and initiates one-on-one engagement to explore and confront the factors causing the individual’s isolation. Volunteers  encourage healthy behaviours to help prevent caregiver burnout, and link the participants to resources dedicated to helping seniors in areas of fall prevention and elder abuse identification.

 

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of the Municipality of South Huron, Tim Hortons and Hansen's Independent. 

January 22, 2020 meeting - Chris Hills, Seaforth, Ontario

 Join us as we hear from...

Chris Hills, from Seaforth, Ontario. Chris has ventured to a number of different countries in his travels. We are excited to hear him share a travelogue of his adventures in Cambodia.

 

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of Tim Hortons, Hansen's - Your Independent Grocer and the Municipality of South Huron

January 29, 2020 meeting - Jeanette Sears - Alzheimer Society & Janet Clarke - Fidget Makers

Join us as we hear from...

Jeanette Sears - Alzheimer Society

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. We want to be sure you have the information about dementia you need. Topics Include: 

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. 
What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
What is the difference between normal memory changes and dementia?
I am worried about myself or someone I care about. What can I do?

 

Janet Clarke - Fidget Makers

Connected with the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, Fidget Makers began in March 2014. With six donated sewing machines that are stored at Exeter Library this eager group creates fidget/activity aprons and vests for those suffering from dementia, using donated items such as zippers, lace, pockets and tactile fabrics. Each apron is donated to the long term care homes in Huron/Perth or to individuals in the community who request personalized aprons. By spring 2020 they will have made over 1,000 aprons!

 

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of Tim Hortons, Hansen's - Your Independent Grocer and the Municipality of South Huron

 February 5, 2020 meeting - Laura O'Rourke - Public Health Promoter - Huron Perth Public Health & Community Safety & Well-Being Presentation

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Laura O'Rourke - Public Health Promoter - Huron Perth Public Health

Laura will be sharing information on how “Your Mouth is the Gateway to Your Body” and how problems in the mouth can affect overall health and wellness. She’ll provide some tips to keep your mouth healthy and care for dentures. She will also be highlighting the new Ontario Seniors Dental Care program which will help eligible low-income seniors access dental care. It provides free, routine dental services to seniors aged 65 years and over who meet the required income conditions and do not have access to any other form of dental benefits. 

There will be an opportunity for questions.

 

Community Safety & Well-Being Plan Presentation 

Join us to help create South Huron’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.   

What does community safety and well-being mean to you? Help develop South Huron’s plan. Learn more and share your input.

 

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of Tim Hortons, Hansen's - Your Independent Grocer and the Municipality of South Huron

 February 12, 2020 meeting - Scott Currie - Manager of Community Services & Stacey Jeffery - Climate Change Officer

 Join us as we hear from...

Scott Currie - Manager of Community Services - Birding in South Huron

Every spring, tens of millions of birds fly over our community on a migration north to their breeding grounds.

South Huron has many places where anyone can observe dozens of interesting bird species.

Join our very own Manager of Community Services, Scott Currie, for a guide to birding in South Huron.

An experienced naturalist and published photographer, Scott will share birding tips and get you excited to visit South Huron’s birding hotspots.

 

Stacey Jeffery - Climate Change Officer

Climate change...it's more than weather! How does it affect South Huron & you?

 

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of Tim Hortons, Hansen's - Your Independent Grocer and the Municipality of South Huron

February 19, 2020 meeting - Elke Kleihauer-Ward - Expressive Arts Pracilitator 

 Join us as we hear from...

Elke Kleihauer-Ward - Expressive Arts Pracilitator

With a full history of her own, Elke is currently in what she calls the "third chapter" of her life. She became certified as an Expressive Arts 'Pracilitator' (Practitioner, Facilitator, Educator) in early 2018. She volunteers at the Grand Bend Area Health Centre in various programs with nutritionists and social workers supporting their good work with Expressive Arts activities.

 

Come be encouraged as we participate in an interactive generational morning of storytelling and creative activities.

  

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of Tim Hortons, Hansen's - Your Independent Grocer and the Municipality of South Huron

February 26, 2020 meeting - Kate Mason - Occupational Therapist - Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre

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Kate Mason - Occupational Therapist - Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre

Kate will be sharing information about fall prevention and ways to promote healthy aging.

There will be an opportunity for questions.

 

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of Tim Hortons, Hansen's - Your Independent Grocer and the Municipality of South Huron

March 4, 2020 meeting - Courtney Feeney - Public Health Promoter - Huron Perth Public Health 

Join us as we hear from...

Courtney Feeney - Public Health Promoter - Huron Perth Public Health

Courtney will be sharing the important information you need to know when it comes to Seniors & Cannabis. 

-          What is cannabis and who is using

-          Health impacts of cannabis use

-          Ways to reduce risks of cannabis use

-          Laws about cannabis 

There will be an opportunity for questions.

 

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of Tim Hortons, Hansen's - Your Independent Grocer and the Municipality of South Huron

March 11, 2020 meeting - Glen Harwood-Jones -  JG iServices & Ocean Marnoch - SHDHS

Join us as we hear from...

Glen Harwood-Jones - JG iServices

You may recognize him as our friendly tech guru from "The Source" here in town. Glen will be sharing his expertise surrounding technology today. Join us as we chat about computers, cell phones and the safeguards that we all need to be aware of. We will have an opportunity for questions.

Ocean Marnoch - SHDHS

Ocean will be joining us again and sharing a lesson on photography. Bring your cameras! 

 

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of Tim Hortons, Hansen's - Your Independent Grocer and the Municipality of South Huron

 Cancelled - March 18, 2020 meeting - Brianne Maver-Turgeon - Alzheimer Society - Urban Poling

Join us as we hear from... 

Brianne Maver-Turgeon, Alzheimer Society - Urban Poling

Healthcare professionals working with older adults are routinely prescribing walking, as part of rehabilitation and overall health and wellness programs. Studies show the health benefits of adding specialized poles to any walking routine, providing improved balance, posture and reducing impact off painful joints. Urban poling, an accessible and affordable activity, has become a popular choice for folks requiring help with stability and balance, as well as for older or less active adults.

Brianne will share an overview of the benefits of Urban Poling and provide us with a short demonstration on how to properly use walking poles. We will have a few sets of poles on hand for those who would like to participate.

 

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of Tim Hortons, Hansen's - Your Independent Grocer and the Municipality of South Huron

Cancelled - March 25, 2020 meeting - Joanne Hickey - Community Paramedicine Coordinator - Huron County Paramedic Services & Sokhdev Badesha - Home Instead Senior Care

Join us as we hear from... 

Joanne Hickey, RN, Community Paramedicine Coordinator, Huron County Paramedic Services - Project Lifesaver Huron

Working in conjunction with Huron OPP, Project Lifesaver Huron is a program allowing seniors to remain in their home longer and providing peace of mind to caregivers and family. 

Project Lifesaver is the premier search and rescue program operated internationally by public safety agencies, and is strategically designed for “at risk” individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with the propensity to wander due to a cognitive condition. 

 

Sokhdev(Sue) Badesha - Home Instead Senior Care

The team from Home instead Senior Care will discuss the aging senses and home safety for seniors.

Home Instead Senior Care provides non-medical in-home supports to seniors to help them maintain independence at home.

 

Light refreshments and a social time will follow, courtesy of Tim Hortons, Hansen's - Your Independent Grocer and the Municipality of South Huron

 

Senior's Recreation Programming

For more information on seniors programs, please contact the following activity leads.

ActivitiesActivity LeadPhoneEmail
Senior Games June Hodgson 519-235-2194  
Senior Activities Jim Bearss 519-235-4243 jimbearss@eastlink.ca
Shuffleboard Bernice Boogemanns 519-235-4524  
One Care Home & Community Support Shelley McPhee-Haist 1-877-502-8277 info@onecaresupport.ca
Pickleball South Huron Recreation Programming 519-235-2833 recreation@southhuron.ca
Carpet Bowling Peter McFalls 519-235-0368 mcfallspg@hotmail.com 
Lawn Bowling Club Peter McFalls 519-235-0368 mcfallspg@hotmail.com
       

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