Tips for Seniors this Holiday Season

Holiday Activities Guide 2020 - Tips for Seniors this Holiday Season

Tips for Seniors this Holiday Season

Social Distancing will be hard for most people during the Holidays and Seniors may be especially isolated. We have pulled together a few ideas and activities especially for the seniors in the communities for ways to get connected or stay engaged. Stay connected while staying away. Call, video chat, or stay connected using social media. Take care of yourself and your community. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family helps with stress and makes the community stronger.

Ways to cope with stress
  • Take breaks from news stories, including social media. Do something creative or mindful instead. Make time to unwind.
  • Take care of your body.
    • Take deep breaths and stretch.
    • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Things to do While Physically-Distancing
  • Do a Puzzle, Sudoku, or Crossword
  • Read a Book or the Newspaper
  • Write or Journal Your Thoughts, a Story, a List, or a Poem
  • Draw, Paint or Colour
  • Watch Television or a Movie
  • Meditate and Practice Gratitude
  • Cook or Bake
  • This is a great time to ask your grandchildren to help you improve your technology skills – see page 18 in the Guide for more information.
  • Listen to Music
  • Knit, Sew or Needlepoint
  • Do a Home Workout
  • Teach Your Pet a New Trick
  • Clean and Declutter Your Home
  • Knock Something Off Your To-Do List
  • Learn a New Skill
  • KCR’s VolunteerConnector – a great resource to explore online or face to face volunteer opportunities
Central Okanagan Senior Serving Organizations have many safe and interesting programs and services available in your community.

LAKE COUNTRY
Lake Country Health Planning Society is offering a variety of programs, including Keep Connected where seniors join virtual games and activities (remote training and support are available). In the Care-mongering program, volunteers connect through virtual visits or help with driving to appointments or delivering groceries. LCHPS also offers a meal service and their Active Agers fitness program is designed for older adults looking for a low-intensity group exercise class. Registration for each session is ongoing but limited to space. Contact Lake Country Health for more info, email at moc.sphclnull@ofni or call 778.215.5247 or visit www.lchps.com/seniors.


KELOWNA
Seniors Outreach and Resource Centre
Telephone Social Programs – This free, interactive, telephone-based program provides activities to adults 55+ living in Kelowna. Activities include Coffee Break, Syilx Storytelling, Travelogue, Bingo, Trivia, Languages, Scattegories, Monthly Birthday and more. Register online, call 250.861.6180 ext.1, email ac.hcaertuosroinesnull@wwcs or visit seniorsoutreach.ca


WESTBANK FIRST NATION
Westbank First Nation health and wellness programs aim to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and healing. We are working to ensure the safety of our Members, staff, and residents. Social distancing practices have been implemented, as well as signage and sanitary stations for enhanced safety measures. For program and service information contact Wanda at 250.768.0227 or email ac.nfwnull@llaguodcmw.


WEST KELOWNA
Westside Health Network
If you are a senior who is self-isolating due to COVID-19, the Westside Health Network can help with:
  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Prescription delivery
  • A friendly call/virtual check in
  • Meal delivery
They are open 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday to Friday. For information and Referral phone line, call 250.768.3305 or visit www.westsidehealthnetwork.org.


PEACHLAND
Peachland Wellness Centre
PWC is back to regular office hours, Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. COVID safety procedures are in place. A variety of programs & services are available:
  • Bereavement support group
  • Computer literacy, by appointment
  • Energy for wellness
  • Men coffee and cards
  • Monday Morning Coffee
  • Sunshine singers, via Zoom
  • Musical Jammers
  • Tai Chi for wellness
  • Outreach
  • Friendly visitor/callers
  • Grocery shopping pick up and delivery
  • Transportation to essential appointments
  • Better at Home, Light Housekeeping
Please feel free to contact PWC for more information or referral to supportive resources. Phone 250.767.0141, email ac.wahsnull@ertnecssenllew or visit www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca.


To read more about different holiday activities you can participate in this year, check out our 2020 Holiday Activities Guide at www.kcr.ca/publications.
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