The Tech Savvy Seniors Project will provide 3 tablets for use during workshop series at the Centre. This program will offer training to seniors who are interested in learning how to operate mobile devices safely, with confidence and skill. The use of modern applications and software can greatly decrease barriers to participation and social isolation by enhancing connections with family, friends and their support organizations.
This project will provide training to people of all skill levels. Seniors will use tablets to learn social media, picture storage, music downloading and adaptive technologies, such as voice to text and text to voice. They will also learn about making their devices accessible for visually impaired.
Every year, more seniors in Calgary are living alone. For many, social isolation leads to loneliness, depression, and chronic health problems. Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre's Tea & Conversation program promotes social interaction through dance, music, and conversation. Around 500 participants a month nourish vital friendships and access social services. Our goal is to is to do a much needed update to the washroom. Creating a beautiful environment helps seniors know they are respected and cared for. We would also like to update the stage for our wonderful performers that give there time weekly to Tea & Conversation.
Our Public Education Coordinator is breaking down stigma and dispelling myths about dementia by providing accurate, helpful information to the community. Targeted towards audiences' needs, our tailored sessions provide valuable information on brain health and diseases of the brain. As our population ages, the number of people diagnosed with dementia increases and so does the need for accurate information about disease progression, caregiving strategies and available community supports. Reduction of risk factors and preventative education are key components to helping people stay healthy.
To meet our communities growing need we have to expand our Education Program to create an online option for those who are unable to attend an in-class session.
Currently the Resource Centre runs day programs for isolated seniors. Programs include crock pot cooking classes, paint classes,a chair exercise program and knitting and crochet classes. We operate a community garden and put together and deliver christmas stockings to 1500 seniors yearly.