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?
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
Participants: Anna Cuylits, Sally Andrews, Barbara Brown, Christine Franklin, Maura Giuliani, Helen Lynn, Catherine Read
Regrets: Fran Mowbray
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?
“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!