Friday, 12 June 2020

June is Seniors Month - Stay Safe, Stay In Touch

This is a June like none other I have experienced. Three months of isloation has been difficult to say the least.

I can only imagine how difficult this has been for seniors; especially those without families to check in on them or, those in residences that have had to make the difficult decison to stop families from visiting their loved ones.

As the weather warms up and we yearn for life to get back to normal, given the long term restrictions in place, it clearly will not be the 'normal' we know, any time soon. We will all need to adjust to a 'new normal' and live with the possibilty of another period of isolation later in the year.

That being said, it is still Seniors' Month. A time to celebrate seniors in our communities for all of their contributions to the world we live in. In previous years there were events in different communities for seniors and their families to participate in. Group activities. Group events. This year, the hope is that communities will "demonstrate safe and innovative ways to celebrate the positive impact that older adults have on our lives" (https://www.ontario.ca/page/celebrating-seniors-ontario).

Every year the Ontario government creates a theme - this year its 'stay safe, stay in touch' - an appropriate one given the current situation. Several seniors activity centres have created virtual programs for seniors in the last few months. I'm certain that some have integrated seniors' month into their offerings. If you are looking for a seniors' program or event in your community or, want to know if a local centre has anything planned, you can look up their contact information on the government of Ontario's seniors' month webpage at https://www.ontario.ca/page/celebrating-seniors-ontario.
For other provinces, simply google "seniors month 2020 + your province or city" - there are bound to be similar provincial or city webpages or links to community centres with virtual events.

If there is a senior in your life, reach out either virutally or on the phone. Let them know you are thinking of them and appreciate all they have done to contribute postively to your life and the world we all live in. As restrictions lighten, ensure you make the time for a visit even if its is one with 6 feet between you! While we should celebrate seniors and their contribution to their families and society every day, with all that has preoccupied us in last few months, acknowledging and celebrating seniors' month is a good reminder to appreciate the elders who enrich our lives every day. Stay safe.

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