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The scope of Information Orillia’s project for the Seniors Community grant was to enhance financial empowerment programs and advocacy for seniors by adding educational seminars to enhance physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Seminars Held:

Aging Gracefully: An interactive seminar created to familiarize participants with various community resources within Orillia and area. The seminar was delivered by the Seniors Vitality Liaison to seniors who meet weekly through a group called Aging Gracefully through Couchiching Family Health 

Advanced Care Planning Seminar: Presenters from the North Simcoe Muskoka Palliative Care Network taught at this seminar about advanced care planning and Power of Attorney for personal care.

Fall’s Prevention Seminar: An Injury Prevention Public Health Nurse with Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit lead an interactive, engaging presentation on Seniors Health and Falls Prevention. Common ways falls can happen, where falls happen most frequently, steps to preventing falls as well as interactive components were the focus of this seminar.

Wills & Power of Attorney Seminar: A presenter from the Community Legal Clinic taught at this seminar about the difference between power of attorney for personal care, power of attorney for property and a will.

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Seminar: A volunteer from the Alzheimer’s Society taught at this seminar about dementia, warning signs, preventative measures and more.

Tech Assistance Seminar: The Seniors Vitality Liaison recruited three volunteers to work with individuals one on one to provide basic knowledge on how to use phones, tablets, laptop, email and social media.

Senior Driver’s License Renewal Process Seminar: The Ministry of Transportation Ontario did a presentation on the senior driver’s license renewal process. It outlined the when to apply, how to apply, what seniors should know and prepare for, and what the actual process of renewing their license is.

Fire Safety Seminar: Orillia Fire discussed home escape planning, exit drills, the difference between various types of smoke alarms and CO2 alarms, and cooking safety.

Nutrition Seminar: An interactive seminar by Zehr’s Dietitian that covered choosing the healthiest products, small healthy meals for seniors, and healthy eating demos. A Zehrs pharmacist also advised on the latest medication safety & medication interactions, and how to use their wellness station.

Information Orillia Seniors Resource Presentation: An interactive seminar created to familiarize participants with various community resources within Orillia and area. The seminar was delivered by the Seniors Vitality Liaison to seniors who meet weekly through a group called the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Orillia and Area Seniors’ Centre.

The Orillia Repair Café: This event focused on financial sustainability and saving waste from the landfill, as well as promoting inter-generational learning and community. We partnered with The Lake Country Time Trade to recruit local volunteer fixers who repaired various items brought in by Orillia residents.

Information Orillia Tax Clinic: An income tax clinic was carried out with a partnership with a local accountant. The income tax clinic was at a reduced rate of $10 per return for anyone who had an annual income as a single person under $20,000 and any couple who had an annual income under $30,000. For anyone who made more than those amounts, the service was provided on a sliding scale of up to $40.  The income tax clinic involved the Seniors Vitality Liaison documenting and filing client’s personal information in the office and assisting with filling out the forms as necessary required by the accountant. Files were then brought to the accountant who would do the income taxes by e-file or paper file, and then clients were contacted by the Seniors Vitality Liaison to pick up the summaries of any credits or refunds once completed. Orillia and surrounding area seniors were able to take advantage of this affordable tax clinic option.

Free Seniors Income Tax Session: Information Orillia hosted a free tax clinic held at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34. All seniors who participated were able to have their 2018 income taxes processed and filed for free. This session included a free lunch, refreshments, gift bags for all and door prizes. We were also grateful to have Miriam Goldberger from What Dance Can Do complete a fun dance activity which seniors of all abilities were able to participate in.

Seniors Social: Information Orillia’s Seniors Vitality Liaison lead the Seniors Social which included playing interactive social games with prizes and refreshments while listening to classic tunes. It was an exciting event to wrap up our seniors programming.