$40,000 grant supports seniors during periods of isolation

Angela Winkler, Program Coordinator, Seniors Association. Photo provided by the Seniors Association.

Thanks to a $40,000 grant awarded to the Seniors Association, older adults can participate in a free interactive telephone-based group activity program that connects adults 50+, and adults with physical disabilities, who find it difficult to leave their home.

This “Phone From Home” program is available thanks to a grant received from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Response Fund and KFL&A United Way, the Seniors Association said in a media release dated Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.

“I’ve wanted to bring this program to the area for a long time,” said Don Amos, Executive Director of the Seniors Association. “I’m so excited that we are able to offer it free of charge for the length of the grant.”

These programs offer an inclusive, safe, inviting space to listen, learn, and be heard. According to the release, this increases social connectedness and well-being for participants. Information and resources are made available, stories are shared, and lasting connections and friendships are formed. All the participants need is a telephone to participate from the comfort of their home.

“I like to keep our classes light, fun, and educational,” explained Angela Winkler, Program Coordinator. “It’s a great way to meet people, hear friendly voices, learn a new topic or participate in a conversation from the comfort of your home. And all you need is a phone!” Current topics include Sing Along, Family Feud, Chatty Crafters, Financial Q&A with Dwayne, Plant Parenting, and Trivia.

As noted by participant Chris N, there are friendly interactions between participants and they share a lot of laughs. “Instructors go the extra mile, research questions they don’t know, and get back to you with answers.”

Don Amos summed up, “What a great way to challenge your brain and stay connected without leaving home. Give us a call!”

About the Seniors Association

Seniors Association Kingston Region was established in 1976 as a not-for-profit, charitable organization. The Association is a member-owned, volunteer-driven organization and the central body for coordinating activities, providing services, and representing the interest of seniors throughout the greater Kingston area. With 5000 members, the Association operates from The Seniors Centre at 56 Francis Street, Kingston.

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