Elder Help Peel

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter, dedicated to keeping you informed about the incredible impact we’re making in the lives of Seniors in our community. With your unwavering support, Elder Help Peel continues to be a beacon of hope and assistance for our beloved Seniors. As we approach the end of another incredible year, we reflect on the meaningful connections and positive impact we’ve collectively made in the lives of our cherished Seniors. Here’s a glimpse into the enriching programs and experiences we’ve shared over the past month.

Everybody Needs a Friend: Friendly-Visitor Program

Isolation and loneliness among seniors are challenges we tackle head-on with our Friendly-Visitor Program. Whether in person, over the phone, or through technology like Zoom, we ensure inclusivity for all. Volunteering with this program not only benefits seniors but also provides volunteers with a rewarding experience, fostering meaningful relationships and improving overall quality of life.

Seniors Centres Without Walls

Our Seniors Centre Without Walls Program continues to offer a diverse range of engaging virtual activities and seminars tailored to diverse interests. From health and wellness to financial planning and legal matters, this program empowers Seniors to stay connected and informed from the comfort of their homes. It’s an opportunity for Seniors to learn, stay updated on important issues, and connect with others in their community.

Active Living Programs

Our active living programs, available both virtually and in person, cater to diverse interests and ensure seniors stay active, engaged, and connected. These programs foster stimulating discussions, recreational pursuits, and arts and culture experiences. They provide a platform for older adults to socialize, meet like-minded peers, and create lasting bonds with the community.

Spotlight on Seniors

“In this month’s edition, we shine a spotlight on one of the remarkable Seniors we’ve had the privilege to assist. Mr. Wilword became a part of EHP family after joining the Friendly Visitor Program. Mr. Wilword and I have become very good friends. That day I realized how important this program is for Seniors, to help them feel less lonely, to cheer them up, and to care for them. Mr. Wilword is not part of my routine; he is like family. I care about him.”

Volunteer Testimonial

I am truly blessed to be part of this Friendly Visitor Program with EHP.​

Mr. Wilword, age 80, and I had been talking for around 5 months and became very good friends.​

Once, Mr. Wilword told me: “It’s very nice that someone cares about my health and follows up with me”. That day I realized how important this program is for Seniors, to help them feel less lonely, to cheer them up, and to care for them.​

Joining this program is a very rewarding experience. Mr. Wilword is not part of my routine, he is like family, I care about him.​

Fatima R.​, Brampton, ON​., EHP Friendly Visitor Volunteer

Student Testimonial

As a second-year student in the Social Service Worker Gerontology program at Sheridan College, I was recommended to have my field practicum at Elder Help Peel. I’m so happy that I listened to that recommendation as I have been able to have the best field practicum experience.

I’ve been able to join in on workshops, meetings, and presentations and even lead in them! I’ve been able to practice my communication skills and continuing to be vocal and be heard by others. I’ve been able to use my knowledge and experience from course work that relates to the field and apply it during my days at Elder Help Peel.

Elder Help Peel has helped me complete my field practicum in a way that makes me feel accomplished and more than satisfied to start my career in the field!

Valentina D., Practicum Student, Social Service Worker Gerontology Program, Sheridan College, March 29, 2022

Active Living Programs

Active Living Programs, are activities and events that Elder Help Peel organizes for Seniors to be active and involved in the community.

These programs will be easy to access and join; whether you prefer in-person or virtual, we have a program for everyone. A few programs we will be running are chess, bingo, musical programs, book club and themed story telling.

Please stay in touch for more information on all these programs and how to register for them. We look forward to meeting you all.

Intergenerational Programs

Elder Help Peel is also implementing Intergenerational programs. These programs will be an opportunity for the Seniors to work with the youth in the community in teaching them valuable lessons and learning from them.

These programs will be fun and interactive ways for Seniors and youth to come together and learn from each other, and create ever lasting memories and bonds with individuals in their community. We will be sending out more information on these programs so please stay in touch.

Tax Clinic 

Elder Help Peel will be Tax Clinic event for low-income Seniors living within the Brampton region. The tax clinic is to help Seniors who may be struggling with tax preparations.

Elder Help Peel’s dedication to supporting seniors can be clearly seen in events, programs, and services. It demonstrates the efforts Elder Help Peel adds to ensure every Senior is given the opportunity to access the resources they need.

We will be giving more information on the tax clinic, so please stay tuned for more details. Please check out our website at www.https://www.elderhelppeel.org/ or our Facebook and Instagram at elderhelppeel.

Seniors Fair 

Elder Help Peel will be hosting a Seniors Fair this coming year. This is an opportunity for all the Seniors and the community to come together in one area to discuss the needs and wants of the Seniors and how the community is able to address them.

The Seniors fair includes various community partners and busineeses that would be an asset for the Seniors. We will also have guest speakers who attend to speak to the Seniors about various topics that would be of interest.

This coming year Elder Help Peel plans to also have a table where Seniors are able to check their blood pressure. We will also have more community partners and businesses, and various fun activities that everyone can enjoy.

5 Ways Seniors Can Stay Healthy In The Winter

Winter is difficult for everyone, especially for older adults. Also, staying healthy can be more difficult due to the weather outside not being safe and more difficult due to the weather and risks involved. However, staying healthy during the winter is crucial to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few ways to stay overall healthy in the winter:

1. At-home exercises: At-home exercises are a great way to stay active and comfortable from home. This is ideal during the winter when it is cold and exercising outside is unsafe. At-home exercises can be found on social media and are easy to follow.

2. Walk Indoors: Walking indoors is another great way to stay active indoors during winter. This can be done from the comfort of your home or at the mall. Walking around the house or the mall can keep you active in winter.

3. Eat a balanced diet: Ensuring you eat a healthy and balanced diet is just as important as exercising. Ensuring your diet is filled with fruits, vegetables, proteins, and carbohydrates

4. Hydrate: Ensuring you stay hydrated and drink water during the winter is just as important as any other season or time. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, which can cause additional risk to your safety as you are at higher risk of falling due to the symptoms of dehydration.

5. Stay connected: Staying connected with family and friends is really important in general, as social isolation is more prevalent in Seniors and can have negative symptoms on their health. Staying connected can keep you motivated to stay healthy.

By incorporating these simple tips into your daily routine, you can take proactive steps towards a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Combating Social Isolation

Human beings are social creatures, which is why it is important to be social in order to maintain our overall mental and physical health. Due to the effects of social isolation, some examples being depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, high blood pressure, cardiovascular issues, etc. It is important to understand how we can combat it.

Although putting yourself out there can be difficult, especially with the challenges that come with ageing, there are different methods that can help encourage you to do so.

One idea could be starting a hobby, picking up on an old one, or even joining a program/class to learn something new. This can allow Seniors to do something they love, while also meeting others their age with similar interests.

If you struggle with socializing because you are bed/homebound, then an incredible idea could be scheduling time to speak with family and friends using technology (ex; via email, social media, texting, phone calls, video calls…)

Being stuck at home due to health issues is a big part of why many Seniors struggle to find a way to socialize. If you are not good with technology, then you could reach out to local friends or neighbours, as many would be more than glad to stop by and say hello from time to time. It could also be useful to tell them about any particular issues so that they can help out in case of an emergency. In this situation, it can also be incredibly beneficial to get a pet, which can both give you something to do and something to love/care for.

If you would like to maintain your physical health while also socializing at the same time, it can be beneficial to do group exercises. You can do this by joining some form of a program/club revolving around exercise for older adults such as a walking group, chair yoga, etc.

If you are religious, you can connect with others from the same faith in a number of ways. You could start going to your place of worship, join a faith-based organization, or even join a group (in-person or virtually) revolving around your religion/spirituality.

You can also try integrating yourself into the community! If you are uninterested in joining some sort of program or activity, you can try volunteering anywhere that catches your interest.

Celebrating 25 Years

Elder Help Peel proudly celebrates 25 years of supporting and serving Seniors in the Peel Region. As a registered charity, we provide insightful information, education, and crucial support services that shape the lives of Seniors.

Our community-driven initiatives, dedicated volunteers, enthusiastic staff, and committed board create an engaging environment that welcomes everyone. The organization’s use of enthusiastic and locally sourced volunteers and its multi-talented Board is a testament to the power of community-driven initiatives.

By promoting a sense of community and providing support and resources to Seniors, Elder Help-Peel is significantly impacting the lives of those it serves.

Volunteer & Student Appreciation

Elder Help Peel would like to thank our dedicated volunteers and students. We are expressing profound gratitude to our volunteers and students, whose selfless contributions have been instrumental in elevating Elder Help Peel’s programs and services for Seniors.

We would like to thank both the volunteers and students for their passion, dedication, and hard work. All of this does not go unnoticed. You are the heart and soul of Elder Help Peel. Your efforts are truly appreciated.

Readers Opinion

Elder Help Peel would like to hear from you; what would you like to see from Elder Help Peel and Elder Help Peel’s newsletter? Are there any topics you would like us to discuss, any programs you would enjoy, or even if you want to learn more about Elder Help Peel? Please feel free to contact us and share your opinions and suggestions to our email at info@elderhelp.net.

Thank you! 

Elder Help Peel would like to thank everyone, for the continious support the community and organizations have given us all these years and continue to do so. We really appreciate and are grateful for the support. This has truly helped us make a difference in the older adults lives and the world. So we would like to thank you all for the immense support we have received and continue to do so to make a positive impact in older adults lives.