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Last February, the NSM SGS program launched a social media campaign called #ShowTheLove. The goal was to show support for the residents, caregivers and staff of our area LTCHs and Retirement Homes (RH). With the continued restrictions over the past several months, many residents have not been able to engage with their caregivers/families/ friends in the ways they would like. We know the staff in those homes, despite being tired (and often working short-staffed), have done their best to keep residents engaged and active.
We are asking individuals, providers, groups and organizations to join us the week of February 14th–18th to, once again, #ShowTheLove. Last year, the first #ShowtheLove campaign was an overwhelming success with so many people and partners joining in around our region (see attached). It brought hope and joy to many of those living and working in these care homes. We'd like to build on that this year!
As part of our initiative this year, we are partnering with Barrie Police in their Valentines for Seniors campaign with Barrie area schools. We are also partnering with McLaren Art Centre in Barrie to work with a few Barrie area classes to develop cards. We have reached out to area media and will also be reaching out to area school boards within the next several days.
How can YOU get involved:
Help us raise awareness of the #ShowtheLove campaign and join in! Join as an individual or with your team. Make sure local groups you are involved with personally or professionally are aware and encourage them to get involved. If you have school-age children, reach out to their classes and schools to see if they would be willing to get involved.
Participate in our social media campaign and post a video message, photo, letter or piece of art to social media channels, using #ShowtheLove and #NSMSGS between February 14 -18. The messages will be sent to care homes and shared on various social media channels in a compilation video.
Write letters, draw pictures and/or make small signs of support and encouragement for residents and staff. For delivery:
- In the Barrie area, these can be dropped into the Barrie Police Services Headquarters on 110 Fairview Rd by Feb 9th.
- In all other areas of the NSM region, identify a local LTCH or RH and deliver to them directly. Mark them as #ShowTheLove and remember to mask and physically distance when you drop them off!
Right now we all need a little love and hope. Kindness doesn't take a lot of time and it can go a long way!
(click on the link to access the 211 website)
211 Ontario can help you find support during COVID-19. 211 Ontario is your primary source of information on government and community-based social services.
Programs and services to help you through this pandemic:
- Do you feel overwhelmed or anxious about COVID-19? Do you want information on mental health services to manage those feelings?
- Are you experiencing financial pressure because of self-isolation measures?
- Do you have questions about applying for Employment Insurance?
- Do you need help getting groceries or running errands while you are at home sick or self-isolating?
A partnership of trusted transportation providers, helping Simcoe County's vulnerable get the transportation they need and helping seniors and people with disabilities get transportation to COVID-19 vaccines and other non-urgent medical appointments.
OCSA Essential Delivery Services for isolated, low-income seniors - Ontario Community Support Association - https://www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca/
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, St. Mary's Conference (Victoria Harbour) Food Bank
Remaining open to serve registered clients and Tay Township residents in need.
Heightened precautions in place - Restricted access to one person at a time with precautions & physical distancing practices. We offer delivery service to your door for those in isolation or seniors staying at home. We will do errands for our anyone in need or if someone just needs to connect or talk.
Hours of Operation: Wednesday and Friday morning 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Call us if you need help - Food Bank: 705-956-0022
Councillor Mary Warnock: 705-534-3933
Hon. Merrilee Fullerton, Ministry of Long-Term Care with Jane Sinclair, Chair AdvantAge Ontario Board of Directors and General Manager, County of Simcoe Health and Emergency Services.
Over 100 attendees from the business community, public and non-profit sectors, and academia joined the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) for a conference entitled "Ontario’s Aging Population" to mark National Seniors Day. Jane Sinclair was asked to Moderate as Chair of Advantage Ontario and spoke to some of the County of Simcoe's key accomplishments and innovations; for example, Seniors Campus (Georgian Village); the County of Simcoe's Age- Friendly work on developing a Positive Aging Strategy; as well as the new Age-Friendly Business Recognition Program.
Tay Township Gingerbread House Decorating. FREE! December 14th - 2-4pm. To arrange free transportation, contact: Funded by: Alison Gray by December 12th - 705-534-7248 extension 240
Finding Your Way Ontario Finding Your Way Press Conference was held on September 20, 2019, Barrie ~ The Alzheimer Society of Ontario's Finding Your Way® is a province-wide program that helps individuals living with dementia, their families and care partners, and communities to recognize the risk of going missing, be prepared for incidents of wandering or going missing, and ensure that people with dementia can live safely in the community.
Georgian College Spa and Esthetics Clinic - Our state-of-the-art facility offers esthetics treatments by our students at reduced rates to the community. July-August Treatments now available, click on the links below:
Indigenous Independent Living Care Program provides culturally sensitive
homemaking and assisted living care services to older adults (55+) who selfidentify
as First Nation, Métis or Inuit. Some of the services include Homemaking Services such as light housekeeping, laundry, sweeping/mopping and dusting around the residence. Assisted Living Services include light housekeeping, personal hygiene care, medication support and meal preparation. Low Acuity Services include personal hygiene care and support. Serving the areas of Midland, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood.
Click here for the Indigenous Independent Living Care Program Referral Form for Print
Third Age Barrie - Life Long Learning Association - Learning is ageless…and so are you!!! Whether you are 50 or 95, we hope that learning for the sake of learning inspires you! Research has shown that people who continue to learn new things well into their retirement are healthier and happier than those who don’t. That’s the philosophy behind Third Age Barrie, known by most of us as TAB. We are a group of retirees just like you who are excited about life, learning and the opportunity to be vibrant contributors to society!
Third Age Learning for 50+ in Orillia - Over 50? Looking for interesting and creative education opportunities to stimulate your mind – without the quizzes, grades and prerequisites? The Department of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning at Lakehead University Orillia is pleased to introduce Third Age Learning at Lakehead (TAL). Designed to provide creative and thought-provoking educational opportunities to adult learners in Orillia and surrounding area.
Simcoe County Museum - Seniors' Social -
First Wednesday of every month (excluding January) - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Seniors' Social is a monthly Museum event running the first Wednesday of every month (excluding January) and organized by the Friends of the Simcoe County Museum. From 2-3:30pm enjoy a different themed program each month, light refreshments and time to socialize with fellow visitors. Admission is $6 per person. Groups of 5 or more are asked to register in advance. Check our Events Calendar entries for theme details each month - updates will be done once themes and guest speakers are confirmed.
Advisory: Seniors' Social at The Simcoe County Museum
L.E.A.D.S Program ~
Mondays at the Ramara Centre ~ 9:30am to 11:30am - a series of events (speakers and topics) related to our aging population - held at The Ramara Centre for seniors in the Township. Register by calling (705) 325-3091
Simcoe County Museum - Friends of the Simcoe County Museum Tea and Talk Social - First Wednesday of each month - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - beginning Wednesday, October 3rd. The cost is $6 per person per visit. Contact the Simcoe County Museumfor more information at (705) 728-3721.
Rendezvous Bistro at the Village Pub - Georgian Village in Penetanguishene