Seniors Outreach Strategy gets a Helping Hand
Imagine if your sense of ‘neighbourhood’ was limited to your apartment building. This is the case for many seniors who are unable to get to a seniors centre to participate in activities and programs. United Way’s Seniors Outreach strategy seeks to prevent isolation by bringing activities and education to targeted neighbourhoods and seniors’ buildings, and this year’s United Way campaign is getting an early boost from Caesars Windsor in support of seniors.
Caesars Windsor is making a corporate gift of $20,000 to United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County in support of the Seniors Outreach strategy and the 2016 fundraising campaign. United Way’s Senior’s Outreach strategy supported 113 activities and workshop days for 759 seniors last year, in order to keep seniors active and reduce isolation through increased social support networks, and helping to improve physical mobility and other health issues that seniors may face due to aging.
The announcement was made at a barbeque at Ouellette Manor in Windsor, courtesy of the Community Housing Corporation (CHC) and Windsor Firefighters from Fire Hall #1, who cooked for the seniors in attendance. Ouellette Manor is home to 400 seniors and is one of the largest affordable housing apartment buildings in the City of Windsor.
“Caesars Windsor is proud to be a long-time supporter of United Way,” says Joe Moore, Director of Food & Beverage at Caesars Windsor. “Providing resources to strengthen the community where we work and live is a core value of the Caesars Windsor Cares program and we are delighted to be a partner with United Way in meeting our community’s critical need for seniors.”
The seniors program’s success has recently prompted collaboration with The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, which is planning to use the neighbourhood-based network as a base to roll out some of its compassionate care programs. The Promoting Seniors Independence Program is delivered by Life After Fifty in 15 seniors buildings in Windsor and Essex County.
“Living in isolation can reduce a person’s quality of life,” says United Way CEO Lorraine Goddard. “United Way wants to build strong communities by supporting personal well-being, especially for vulnerable and seniors living with low-income.”
Some of last year’s Outreach Workshops included: Laughter Yoga, Mental Health, Mental Fitness, Healthy Eating and Cooking on a budget, Heart Health, Navigating the Health System, Money, Financial Fraud and Senior Abuse Prevention.