Happy National Seniors Day!

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October 1 is National Seniors Day in Canada.

It is a special day where we recognize older adults and all the contributions that they have made to our country. Seniors are an important part of our families, friendship circles and communities. They provide us with knowledge, wisdom and guidance.

Now more than ever COVID-19 has highlighted the growing issue of senior isolation. It is a serious mental and physical health problem for older adults.

Senior isolation

Senior isolation was a growing issue pre-pandemic but the nationwide call to quarantine has brought the issue of isolation to the forefront. Being isolated reminded us of the importance of social bonds, at any stage of our life. It is especially important for older adults to have friendship and companionship. Seniors who have regular interactions with their family, friends, and social networks are shown to live longer and healthier lives.

Senior companionship

During these unprecedented times essential workers, including senior companions, are continuing to provide care and companionship to seniors all over Ontario. Senior companions can help seniors feel cared for and supported. Whether you need a few hours of drop-in service for your loved one or you require overnight care, Seniors for Seniors' services are customizable depending on your wants and needs. Services include:

Additional services

During COVID-19, Seniors for Seniors is offering additional services to help seniors feel safe and supported at home through virtual and phone companionship and help with errands. These services include:

  • Wellness checkups
  • Phone and virtual companionship
  • Discussion clubs and learning
  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Support with errands

Aging at home

With over 40,000 seniors in Canada waiting for beds in long-term care facilities, new facilities can’t be built fast enough as the number of seniors in our population grows. Home care is the solution to these long wait times. 83% of seniors in Canada would choose to stay in their homes if they were provided with the care that they need.

Spectrum Health Care is able to provide home health care to seniors to allow them to age in the comforts of their home. More information about our specialized home care services can be found here.

Appreciate the senior in your life

Today is a great day to show the senior in your life how much you care. These are just some of the ways that you can show your support to the important senior in your life:

  • Send an email saying "Happy National Seniors Day!"
  • Give them a call or a video chat
  • Help them with groceries or outdoor chores
  • Send a card or e-card with a personalized message

Related links:

What the 'Golden Girls'​ taught us about seniors and companionship

What the world can teach us about home care

Seniors for Seniors: companionship during COVID-19

Senior isolation is a health concern for seniors