BRANTFORD – The City of Brantford is recognizing seniors in the community throughout June by providing new initiatives to keep them engaged, healthy, and connected.
“June is an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions older adults have made in the City of Brantford. We are grateful to our residents and community partners that continue to connect with seniors and keep them engaged as much as possible in creative ways during the COVID-19 pandemic.”Kevin Davis, Brantford Mayor
As part of the City of Brantford’s Heathy Aging Plan and in response to COVID-19, the city is facilitating four new initiatives this month: the Buzz Me hotline; Health Aging Without Walls; Family Counselling Centre of Brant wellness chats; and the 2020 Seniors Tool Kit.
Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Programs (SKIP) will be launching the Buzz Me program. Seniors are invited to call the Buzz Me hotline (1-866-999-BUZZ ) and chat with a volunteer to learn about local resources.
“As one of the City’s community partners, we are thrilled to be a part of Seniors Month. We hope to relieve loneliness and isolation and encourage all generations to live healthy, meaningful, and connected lives. Seniors Month is every month for us, and we are proud of our City leaders for celebrating our elders.”Liz Martorano, Director of SKIP
Healthy Aging Without Walls is a free telephone-based program for adults 50 years or older. They can call in to participate in trivia, games, and educational presentations. The full calendar for June is available at brantford.ca/HealthyAgingWithoutWalls or by phone at 519-756-3261 ext. 5569.
The City of Brantford has also partnered with the Family Counselling Centre of Brant to offer free, telephone-based, group wellness conversations for adults 50 years or older. Registration for the program is available by calling the Family Counselling Centre of Brant at 519-753-4173 ext. 239, and further information is available at brantford.ca/WellnessChats.
On June 15th the Brant Elder Abuse Awareness Committee will release the 2020 Seniors Toolkit. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – recognized annually to bring awareness to the issue in a collective effort to stop any abuse inflicted on our older generations. The toolkit is a practical handbook for seniors to find resources and information on staying safe and keeping healthy. The digital copy will be available for download at brantford.ca/HealthyLiving.
The city also encourages the community to use Seniors Month as a reminder to stay connected with loved ones, friends, and neighbours, through video chat, or dropping off groceries and other necessities, while maintaining physical distancing.
Other resources for Brantford seniors can be found in the Neighbours Helping Neighbours campaign at brantford.ca/NeighboursHelpingNeighbours.