An inside perspective from community programs who are part of the Oct. 12 50+ Wellness Day

by Sandy Casselman of Linking Hands
Liz Taylor interviewed by Taryn Hoogeveen of the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre

DIXONS CORNERS – “Seniors should have the knowledge about what is available to them in their community so that they are able to stay in their home as long as they can,” Liz Taylor said.

Taylor and her husband Brian, both in their early to mid-70s, live in Iroquois. The two are planning to attend this year’s Dundas County 50+ Wellness Day on Thursday, October 12. This free community service event will once again be held at Matilda Hall, which is located at 4421 Brinston Road in Dixon’s Corners, and things will get underway at 9 a.m. and wrap up at 1 p.m. Once again, there will be free lunch for the first 200 people.

Sponsored by J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre, Carefor Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre, Chartwell Hartford Retirement Residence, Garden Villa Retirement Residence, Eastern Ontario Financial Services, and both MP Guy Lauzon and MPP Jim McDonell’s offices, the 50+ Wellness Day is an opportunity for seniors, their families, and their caregivers to find an abundance of information on various subjects, as more than 30 agencies or groups will be on hand to share senior-specific information.

“I’m looking forward to interacting with others and talking to them about their experiences,” Liz said. “There are also a lot of great presentations that I will be attending.”

This year’s presentation lineup includes: “Funeral Planning” with Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Homes; “Community Support Services” with J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre and Carefor Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre; “Provincial Services” with MPP Jim McDonell’s Office; “Disability Tax Credit” with MP Guy Lauzon’s Office; “Obesity and Chronic Disease Management” with the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic; “Estate Preservation and Retirement Planning” with Eastern Ontario Financial Services; and, “Care Tracker” with Carefor-Eastern Counties’ Dianne Kuipers, presenting on behalf of the Champlain Community Support Network.

Currently, the Taylors participate in several of the services provided through J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre in Williamsburg. Both attend the centre’s Exercise Program and the monthly Big Dinner Program. Brian attends the centre’s Adult Day Program.

“Jennine, the [exercise] instructor, is great,” Liz said. “She is able to accommodate everyone and their abilities.”

Liz said she also loves the monthly dinners, which provide not only a meal, but informational entertainment as well.

“There was an excellent talk from the Vision Loss Rehabilitation Centre the other week,” she said. “We went to the store after hearing the presentation to check out the talking watch.”

The Vision Loss Rehabilitation Centre is one of the many agencies that will be in attendance Oct. 12.

“Brian loves Adult Day. It’s social and there are great meals,” Liz said. “The staff and volunteers are great. I never have to worry; the volunteer always arrives on time to pick him up and is always happy to see him.”

The exercise class, monthly dinner and adult day program are just a few of the many services available to seniors. The Taylors also receive services for Brian through Champlain LHIN, from physiotherapy and speech therapy to a personal support worker.

“As a senior, I am so happy that we are able to receive these services at no cost. Otherwise, we would not be able to have these types of therapies for Brian,” Liz said.

The 50+ Wellness Day event was created to ensure area seniors have an opportunity to learn about what services and resources are available to them, as many may not have this information. The Taylors have found helpful and affordable (often free) services available that suit their needs and preferences.

Organizers of this annual event are hoping that more seniors, their families, and their caregivers will find the information they need to make life better, a bit easier, and more manageable.

For more information, call 613-535-2924 or email info@wnphc.ca.

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