August is ‘Happiness Happens Month’. This was started by the Secret Society of Happy People in 2000, and 20 years later it is more relevant than ever. What a wonderful theme, to be looking for the happy in each day, and in each moment.
It will be such a happy time when we can freely gather together without the precautions needed during this pandemic. I am so looking forward to being able to welcome people into the Centre to talk and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee together.
Here at Seniors’ Community Services, we understand the importance of a variety of social interactions for people, especially those face to face. With this pandemic, we had to pause our social programs in order to protect everyone as the COVID-19 virus spreads quickly with serious consequences. Our Meals on Wheels, Transportation to medical appointments, Telephone Check-Ins and Foot Care Clinics are continuing with the necessary precautions in place.
We are focused on keeping everyone safe, and are continuing to look ahead at different programming for now and into the future when we can safely be fully open again. When we are able to be back with the full slate of activities again, the telephone and virtual programming will remain to support the seniors who prefer to connect from their homes.
We have added virtual and telephone programs to keep seniors connected. Seniors’ Centre Without Wall, which is over the telephone, has been well received. Each session is approximately 30 minutes and there is a specific topic or theme, such as trivia or name that tune. There is room for more participants if you are interested; and, we can also open up another time if the sessions grow too much. The telephone calls by our Team of amazing volunteers are continuing with calls being made daily or a few times during the week – depending on when the seniors prefer to be called. We are in the planning stage of virtual games such as euchre.
If you would like more information or are interested in trying out any of these activities, please give us a call at 613-258-3203, we would love to chat with you!
Maggie continues to be committed to having space in the North Grenville Times for the ‘Stand by Me’ series of photos highlighting seniors in our community. She has enlisted the help of the North Grenville Photography Club to help out. Thank you! We need seniors to help out by having their photos taken. You can call Maggie at 613-215-0735 or myself at KDHSI – Seniors’ Community Services, 613-258-3203. We look forward to hearing from you!
Please keep safe, and remember to be kind to each other. Wishing everyone happy thoughts!
Until next time, Susan
Susan Smith, Executive Director Kemptville & District Home Support Seniors’ Community Services
215 Sanders St.
Suite 101 613-258-3203