EHCW is Helping Seniors Access a Higher Standard of Care and Build Community So They Can Age Well in Their Own Homes
About the Program
The Aging at Home program offers seniors who live in their own homes comprehensive health-related activities to help maintain their physical, mental and emotional wellness. It also creates space for participants to volunteer and participate in community events and festivities. This keeps them connected to their communities and provides them with opportunities to give back.
Seniors who partake in the program have access to:
A regular yoga maintains and improves the emotional, mental and physical well-being of adults as well as aging seniors. The program helps to revitalize the participants. It also aims to reduce unnecessary visits to doctors through proactive health care. The innovative program creates a space for seniors from diverse ethnic groups to come together and collectively maintain their health.
Participants report that regular yoga at EHCW has improved their flexibility and sleep, reduced stress and pain from arthritis and car accidents.
This program helps seniors learn to use computers and to develop their existing skills. Being able to access and use computers safely help seniors connect to their families in other countries and stay involved in their lives. The program pairs youth volunteers with senior participants. Some of the skills participants learn include:
- Using the internet safety
- Accessing news and information online
- Setting up and using email accounts
- Downloading and sharing pictures from digital cameras
- Using Skype, e-Bay and other commonly used websites
- Creating greeting cards
The Community Garden program is supported by the Municipality of York Region. The partnership allows EHCW to manage 16 plots of land for seniors to grow vegetables and herbs. Youth volunteers assist the seniors and learn to the grow herbs and vegetables. This interaction has reduced levels of isolation and depression in senior clients.
Dance and Physical Fitness
This wellness program helps our senior clients maintain mobility and physical fitness. Participants have access to five different sessions including:
- Dance for less-mobile seniors
- Line dancing
In addition to helping seniors maintain their physical fitness, EHCW provides our senior clients with creative, artistic activities. These activities help build community and promote emotional and mental wellbeing. Participants have access to the following activities:
- Monthly congregate dining
Cultural and Educational Programs
In addition to recreational activities, EHCW offers a number of cultural and educational programs to our senior clients. These include:
- English Café
- Workshops facilitated by community experts on Elder Abuse, Aging, Fall Prevention and other topics of interest
- Celebrations and community events