Seniors Connect is a collaborative project focused on reducing the social isolation of adults age 55 and over in Nanaimo through participation in local activities, increased community connection and providing older adults meaningful opportunities for engagement. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and will provide an array of programming through partner organizations.
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
This card was envisioned and created by one of our volunteer Action Groups. This wallet-sized piece offers a number of community resources for seniors. Hard copies are available at no cost, contact Seniors Connect to order. A digital version is below:
If you think a senior may be at risk, seek help!
If you are unsure of what to do contact
Vancouver Island Crisis Line
(24 hours a day/7 days a week)
For Information- Support & Referrals.
Dial 911 for urgent emergencies
Wise Folks is On The Air
There is a brand new television show for and about older adults that has been produced as a collaboration between the Nanaimo Family Life Association and Shaw TV. Wise Folks which is filmed and hosted by senior volunteers airs once a month and includes such important topics as social isolation, health and wellness, transportation and more. While serious topics are explored, “Dan & Dan” use humour to bring insight and a bit of fun to important topics such as “Learning to Ride the Bus” or what exactly is a Wise Folk? The program also showcases seniors in our community and it is featured Islandwide! If you have an idea for a great guest on Wise Folks, please contact producer Cathy Holmes at 250-754-3331 x 202.
Caring for the Caregivers of Nanaimo’s Elder Community
EngAGE Caregivers Support group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month starting April 11th, at the Nanaimo Family Life Association. This bi-monthly, drop-in support group which is hosted by the EngAGE program will offer caregivers an opportunity to come together with other individuals who are in a caregiving situation supporting seniors.
This program is open to anyone who is 55+ who is in a caregiving role, or for those supporting adults 55+. If you are interested in learning more please contact Jane Vinet at 250-754-3331 x203.
What: Caregiver’s Support Group
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2:30pm
Where: 1070 Townsite Road
We are on Bus Route number 30 and there is plenty of free parking available.
About the project and the videos
A year ago, Nanaimo Foodshare, in partnership with Manly Media, Seniors Connect and the City of Nanaimo launched the Setting the Table project. For the past year a group of dedicated seniors have been active gaining video production skills and producing a series of short documentary style videos. Documentary and educational filmmaker, Paul Manly taught the group about video production and then mentored them through the process of documenting stories that interested them.
The videos are all about the connection of other seniors to food including their passions and community involvements. The participants determined the content of the videos, which include videos profiling seniors involved with bee keeping, community gardens, the farmers market, fermenting vegetables and Eden Gardens. A local group of self-advocates with diverse abilities profiled their involvement with the Good Food Box and Cooking out of the Box programs.
The Setting the Table project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program, the City of Nanaimo, Berwick on the Lake and with in-kind support from Manly Media, Literacy Central Vancouver Island and Nanaimo Foodshare.
Doors open at 1:30 and the screening starts at 2:00 pm. For more information contact Paul Manly at Nanaimo Foodshare Paul.Manly@NanaimoFoodshare.ca or call 250-753-9393