Celebrate Seniors in June
In June, many cities and towns in Canada celebrate Seniors’ Month or Seniors’ Week. Municipalities proclaim the occasion and organize community events to show appreciation to their senior citizens. Seniors’ organizations and media outlets also use this time to draw attention to concerns such as poverty, isolation and health issues that affect older adults.
Here are some ideas to celebrate, appreciate and advocate for yourself or the seniors in your life this month:
- If your municipality hasn’t proclaimed Seniors’ Month or Seniors’ Week, offer them a sample proclamation
- Attend a Seniors’ Month or Seniors’ Week event in your community.
- If your community holds an awards program for seniors, nominate someone you know. (For example, Ontario has awards for senior achievement.)
- Take your senior loved ones and friends on an outing or treat them to a home-cooked meal.
- Ask your elected representatives what they’re doing to improve life for senior citizens.
- Like the Seniors in Canada Facebook page, where the government shares news and research relevant to seniors.
- Explore the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, which provides grants and funding up to $25,000 for community-based projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors.
Health and safety ideas:
- Staying physically fit helps seniors age well and keep living independently. Invite a senior loved one to join you for a nature walk, yoga class or strength training session.
- Senior isolation is a major problem among seniors. Teach a senior loved one how to use social media to stay connected to friends and family, as well as how to stay safe online.
- If a senior loved one could use a little help at home, such as housekeeping or meal preparation, introduce the idea of home health care.
- A cluttered home poses health risks to seniors, including falls. Offer to help a senior declutter and organize their living space.
- Help a senior create a disaster preparedness plan, including a survival kit.
- Seniors are often targeted by scammers and fraudsters. Talk to your senior loved ones about avoiding common scams.
- Senior poverty is a rising concern in Canada. If a senior loved one is having financial difficulties, offer to help with financial planning, or help them arrange a free, confidential credit counselling session with Credit Canada.
- If you suspect that a senior is the victim of financial abuse – the most common form of elder abuse – speak up. If you have been victimized, ask someone you trust for help.
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