Old Ottawa South Community Association

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Senior Watch Old Ottawa South

Senior Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS) is a grassroots community group that addresses issues concerning senior residents living in Old Ottawa South.

An Age Friendly Old Ottawa South!

Old Ottawa South is a great community for young and old, but now needs to become truly age-friendly in terms of:

  • Walkability: timing of crosswalks, accessibility, snow removal, salting/gritting
  • Social connections: social get-togethers in a welcoming space in the Old Firehall and other programs, promoting Telephone Assurance Program
  • Housing: promoting accessibility in the home, advocating co-housing, and Inclusionary Zoning
  • Health and Quality of Life: information sharing, offering local “Better Strength, Better Balance” classes, local access to health care

Wanted: Snow Moles in Old Ottawa South

Wanted: Snow Moles in Old Ottawa South

Are you concerned about winter walking? Snow and ice can lead to difficulties getting where you want to go, especially for seniors, young school children, parents with strollers and toddlers, and people with mobility challenges. Falling and injuring yourself is a real concern. Some seniors become isolated when getting out is too difficult and miss opportunities to socialize with friends and family members.

Do you want to know how safe and accessible your neighbourhood is for winter walking?

Snow Go

Snow Go

With the arrival of ice and snow, Ottawa winters can be a challenging time for seniors and people with limited mobility. The City of Ottawa funds two programs, Snow Go and Snow Go Assist, which help seniors and people with disabilities with their snow removal. 


Who You Gonna Call? Ten Numbers Seniors Need

Last winter, home alone late one night, I slipped on the kitchen floor and fell awkwardly. Fearing I’d broken my hip and sprained my ankle, I lay like a beached whale thinking, who am I going to call? What am I going to do?


Seniors: Where to Turn for Help

Where do we go for help when we want to make our home more senior friendly or accessible? Who can help us when we need to move? What do we do when we don’t have a family doctor and seek non-urgent care? Whom do we call when we are too sick to manage our care on our own?


Seniors Watch: Hopeful and Worrisome Developments

“Life is like riding a bicycle: To keep your balance, you must keep moving” — Albert Einstein

This brilliant man’s observation speaks to my Dutch senior's heart. Indeed, hopefulness keeps us moving, but worrisome news should wake us up and take action!

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