Currently the Seniors Resource Centre has moved to a new location so that we can better serve the increased number of clients using the Centre. Because of increased occupancy costs and limited budget dollars much of the support programming was needed to be scaled back. We're hoping with your donation, we can rebuild that support programming identified by our client base. It is hoped that we will be able to reestablish educational programs (such as crock pot cooking, knitting and crochet classes, as well as offer some seminars on various subjects), recreational programs (games days, card games, movie events, relaxation therapy classes) and to offer some programming around holiday events where people living on their own are most isolated.
Your generous contributions of both time and funding support are helping to make a better world for everyone living with and affected by Parkinson's disease, growing our Parkinson's family.
Your support has enabled us to reach more than 9,000 people via our 1-800 information and referral line, and over 2,400 people through the 120 support groups offered throughout the country.
With you by our side, we can face all the challenges Parkinson's presents and overcome them, because we are stronger together. Because, we are family.
About Parkinson Canada:
Parkinson Canada provides support services and education to people living with Parkinson's disease, their families, and the health care professionals who treat them. Operating since 1965, the organization advocates on issues that concern the Parkinson's community in Canada. The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds innovative research for better treatments and a cure.
Tea & Conversation (T&C) is a weekly outreach program that ensures that even the most vulnerable seniors in the community are not isolated and alone.
As Calgary's aging population increases, so do the number of isolated seniors. Research shows that severe and prolonged social isolation leads to alarming increases in loneliness, depression, chronic health issues and emergency room visits.
Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre's Tea & Conversation program proactively combats these issues through a weekly event which promotes social interaction through dance, music, and stimulating conversation in a supportive environment. An average of 500 participants a month build and nourish vital friendships, and access supportive social services. For many, it is their only opportunity to get out and socialize during the week. T&C is made possible through the generosity of donors and sponsors
Our Outreach Program would mean a social worker would be able to meet with seniors in their home when age related changes prevent them from getting out in the community for help. They would get help to navigate systems, apply for benefits or complete forms to ensure that seniors who cannot manage these things on their own get the help they need. The Outreach worker would be able to help them resolve issues, get connected to needed supports, like our subsidized housekeeping service, personal or health care, or help with tenancy issues, ensuring income tax is filed, and that they are able to get connected to food banks, meal services or rent supplements so that lack of income doesn't put their housing at risk. Seniors often face many issues as they age, like mobility challenges, cognitive decline, memory loss, hearing and vision loss and may also face chronic illnesses and these can isolate them. What we see happen is that the inability to deal with many regular tasks leads to loss of income/benefits, like pension or rent supplements, and that seniors can soon face an eviction and end up very stressed and even homeless. Through this support, seniors can maintain health, housing and prolong independence and live in dignity as long as is possible.