Aging Well In Ottawa

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Are you looking for nutrition advice because you have been diagnosed with diabetes, are managing a chronic disease, have...
06/22/2021

Are you looking for nutrition advice because you have been diagnosed with diabetes, are managing a chronic disease, have food allergies, or simply looking for nutrition advice about healthy eating? Then ask an Ottawa Registered Dietitian (RD)!

Many RDs in Ottawa are now offering their services virtually, and their services may be covered by your insurance plan. You can also speak to a RD, at no cost, at Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Go to Ottawa Public Health to look for a Registered Dietitian in the Ottawa area.

https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/find-a-registered-dietitian-in-ottawa.aspx

~ Jane Hammingh, RD

Are you looking for nutrition advice because you have been diagnosed with diabetes, are managing a chronic disease, have food allergies, or simply looking for nutrition advice about healthy eating? Then ask an Ottawa Registered Dietitian (RD)!

Many RDs in Ottawa are now offering their services virtually, and their services may be covered by your insurance plan. You can also speak to a RD, at no cost, at Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Go to Ottawa Public Health to look for a Registered Dietitian in the Ottawa area.

https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/find-a-registered-dietitian-in-ottawa.aspx

~ Jane Hammingh, RD

If I am unable to leave my home because of a health condition or special needs, can I receive my vaccine at home?Answer:...
06/22/2021

If I am unable to leave my home because of a health condition or special needs, can I receive my vaccine at home?

Answer:

• If you have a health condition or special needs that prevent you from visiting a local clinic, pharmacy, or your primary care provider to receive the COVID-19 vaccine - a team can come to your home to offer vaccination to you and to your caregiver.
• Please call 613-691-5505 and choose option # 2, to request in-home vaccination.
• A nurse will contact you to obtain more information and to book a date and time.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit:
OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine

~ Kerry Chouinard, RN

If I am unable to leave my home because of a health condition or special needs, can I receive my vaccine at home?

Answer:

• If you have a health condition or special needs that prevent you from visiting a local clinic, pharmacy, or your primary care provider to receive the COVID-19 vaccine - a team can come to your home to offer vaccination to you and to your caregiver.
• Please call 613-691-5505 and choose option # 2, to request in-home vaccination.
• A nurse will contact you to obtain more information and to book a date and time.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit:
OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine

~ Kerry Chouinard, RN

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06/21/2021

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DYK: June 21st is recognized as National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a day to reflect and celebrate the heritage and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

#NIHM2021

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06/21/2021

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In response to the delayed Pfizer shipment this week, the City of Ottawa and @OttawaHealth will be administering Moderna as it is interchangeable with Pfizer. Read our full response in this PSA: https://bit.ly/3zAi0qR

Today is the longest day of the year; the first day of summer! The sun officially rises at 5:14 a.m. and sets at 8:55 a....
06/21/2021

Today is the longest day of the year; the first day of summer! The sun officially rises at 5:14 a.m. and sets at 8:55 a.m. This gives you 15 hours and 40 minutes of sunshine to get out and play. What will you do on this longest day of the year 2021?

Please write your answer in the Comment section.

~ Jane Hammingh, RD

Today is the longest day of the year; the first day of summer! The sun officially rises at 5:14 a.m. and sets at 8:55 a.m. This gives you 15 hours and 40 minutes of sunshine to get out and play. What will you do on this longest day of the year 2021?

Please write your answer in the Comment section.

~ Jane Hammingh, RD

A “Kodak Moment”Do you remember when the Eastman Kodak Company told the world it would be stopping production of their m...
06/21/2021

A “Kodak Moment”
Do you remember when the Eastman Kodak Company told the world it would be stopping production of their much-loved slide film, after 74 years? That was back in June 2009.

During my travels in the 80’s and 90’s, I took an awful lot of slides. An awful lot – hundreds if not thousands! They are now in binders, very nicely organized, labelled and categorized, and safety tucked in the back of a closet. Along with slide carousels and a slide projector. I can’t be sure of the quality of the slides now, but I will, at some point, sift through them and digitize them. What an undertaking that will be.

On one travel journey that lasted 13 months, I took photos judiciously, then safety and securely stored my rolls of film and when in a major city, mailed them to my parents’ address back in Canada. What a great surprise it was when months and months later, I could relive snippets of my adventures (and of course share them with friends and family).

Back then for each and every click of the camera there was cost. So each photo required skillful consideration – light, composition, F-stop, aperture. And the big question – is this picture worth it? Today, I simply pull out my cell phone – pictures are instantaneous.

Do you remember Paul Simon’s 1973 song “Kodachrome”? Whichever way you interpret this song, it will bring back memories and put a smile on your face and make you want to get up and dance!

Kodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
Give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

~ Jane Hammingh, RD

A “Kodak Moment”
Do you remember when the Eastman Kodak Company told the world it would be stopping production of their much-loved slide film, after 74 years? That was back in June 2009.

During my travels in the 80’s and 90’s, I took an awful lot of slides. An awful lot – hundreds if not thousands! They are now in binders, very nicely organized, labelled and categorized, and safety tucked in the back of a closet. Along with slide carousels and a slide projector. I can’t be sure of the quality of the slides now, but I will, at some point, sift through them and digitize them. What an undertaking that will be.

On one travel journey that lasted 13 months, I took photos judiciously, then safety and securely stored my rolls of film and when in a major city, mailed them to my parents’ address back in Canada. What a great surprise it was when months and months later, I could relive snippets of my adventures (and of course share them with friends and family).

Back then for each and every click of the camera there was cost. So each photo required skillful consideration – light, composition, F-stop, aperture. And the big question – is this picture worth it? Today, I simply pull out my cell phone – pictures are instantaneous.

Do you remember Paul Simon’s 1973 song “Kodachrome”? Whichever way you interpret this song, it will bring back memories and put a smile on your face and make you want to get up and dance!

Kodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
Give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

~ Jane Hammingh, RD

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06/18/2021

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We will be posting daily swim advisories beginning tomorrow for the beaches at Britannia, Westboro, Mooney’s Bay, and Petrie Island #ottawa #OttNews

Hi! My name is Melissa and I’m working with Ottawa Public Health on this page during the pandemic. With this Su...
06/18/2021

Hi! My name is Melissa and I’m working with Ottawa Public Health on this page during the pandemic. With this Sunday being Father’s Day, and June being Seniors’ Month, I can’t help but think about one of the most influential older father figures in my life: my Grampa.

Grampa passed away nearly eight years ago, but his impact on my life continues to this day, and probably not in the way you’d think.

I can’t help but feel like movies, TV, and pop culture give us a distorted impression of what our “legacy” is meant to be - that if you don’t live a dramatic life, skydiving, winning awards, travelling the world, etc. you won’t be remembered. I think this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Grampa’s legacy lives on in odd ways:
- Remembering him sneaking Peek Freans’ fruit cremes from the cookie jar whenever I pass the cookie isle at the grocery store.
- Admiring the wooden flowers he made my grandmother, which have since passed down to me and sit pride of place by my desk.
- Recalling his stubborn insistence on helping me wash my new car with his old cleaning kit every time I see the scratches that I never got filled.
- Smiling at his insistence that all poultry be cooked “Nice and dry!” whenever I take a moist turkey or chicken out of the oven.

I could go on and on… Really, it’s the fact that these little memories hit me at the most unexpected moments that makes them even more meaningful to me. It’s not his career, Second World War service, possessions, nor “success” in life that made him who he was: it was those little quirks that each of us has that make every one of us an individual and memorable in our own way. Who knows the things I’ll be remembered for one day?

So, with Father’s Day around the corner I invite you to share your memories. Remember – it’s the little things that tend to have the most impact. 😊

Wishing you all and the father figures in our lives a Happy Father’s Day!

~ Melissa Lansing, Aging Well in Ottawa team member

Boost your brain power!Paul’s height is six feet, he’s an assistant at a butcher’s shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What do...
06/18/2021

Boost your brain power!

Paul’s height is six feet, he’s an assistant at a butcher’s shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?

The answer will be posted in the Comment section later this afternoon.

~ Beverley Croft, RN

Boost your brain power!

Paul’s height is six feet, he’s an assistant at a butcher’s shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?

The answer will be posted in the Comment section later this afternoon.

~ Beverley Croft, RN

What a great day! Thank you so much Dave for spending the day with us and for sharing your knowledge and expertise. We r...
06/17/2021

What a great day! Thank you so much Dave for spending the day with us and for sharing your knowledge and expertise. We really appreciate the time and effort you put in to make today’s event happen 😊

A big thanks to all of you for tuning in and participating.

Have a great evening!

~Kerry Chouinard, RN

What a great day! Thank you so much Dave for spending the day with us and for sharing your knowledge and expertise. We really appreciate the time and effort you put in to make today’s event happen 😊

A big thanks to all of you for tuning in and participating.

Have a great evening!

~Kerry Chouinard, RN

Looking for information about the City of Ottawa’s summer recreation programs? ☀  Check out the following links:  http:/...
06/17/2021

Looking for information about the City of Ottawa’s summer recreation programs? ☀

Check out the following links:

http://bit.ly/ottcityrecreation

http://bit.ly/ottcitydropins

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the number and types of drop-in programs will increase. See you there! 👋

~Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator, City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services

Looking for information about the City of Ottawa’s summer recreation programs? ☀

Check out the following links:

http://bit.ly/ottcityrecreation

http://bit.ly/ottcitydropins

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the number and types of drop-in programs will increase. See you there! 👋

~Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator, City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services

Looking to shake up your workout? In this low impact routine, Anita shows you how to move and Ian shows that he can flos...
06/17/2021

Looking to shake up your workout? In this low impact routine, Anita shows you how to move and Ian shows that he can floss, even at 80 years of age!

Get moving to the best hits of the 60s and 70s with @OttawaRecCulture: https://youtu.be/zsxPtKOjlyo

~Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator, City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services

Looking to shake up your workout? In this low impact routine, Anita shows you how to move and Ian shows that he can floss, even at 80 years of age!

Get moving to the best hits of the 60s and 70s with @OttawaRecCulture: https://youtu.be/zsxPtKOjlyo

~Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator, City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services

Do you have fond memories of tending a garden? Are you looking for a new hobby that gets you outside? Try gardening! 🌻🍅 ...
06/17/2021

Do you have fond memories of tending a garden? Are you looking for a new hobby that gets you outside? Try gardening! 🌻🍅

When you are out working in nature, you are improving your physical and mental wellbeing. Gardening gives your muscles a good workout, you can have chats with your neighbours and you can take pride in watching your flowers, herbs and vegetables grow. Best of all, you can enjoy the fresh produce you grow and being in the great outdoors!

Check out @OttawaRecCulture’s virtual gardening club to get started: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlAoMTGcR44851msmn0c5MRn7f1Goyuje

What is your favourite item you like to grow?

~Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator, City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services

Do you have fond memories of tending a garden? Are you looking for a new hobby that gets you outside? Try gardening! 🌻🍅

When you are out working in nature, you are improving your physical and mental wellbeing. Gardening gives your muscles a good workout, you can have chats with your neighbours and you can take pride in watching your flowers, herbs and vegetables grow. Best of all, you can enjoy the fresh produce you grow and being in the great outdoors!

Check out @OttawaRecCulture’s virtual gardening club to get started: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlAoMTGcR44851msmn0c5MRn7f1Goyuje

What is your favourite item you like to grow?

~Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator, City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services

Nordic walking is low impact, fun to do and gets us outdoors!  Did Nordic walking start in: a) Sweden  b) Denmark c) Fin...
06/17/2021

Nordic walking is low impact, fun to do and gets us outdoors!

Did Nordic walking start in:

a) Sweden
b) Denmark
c) Finland
d) Norway

Please post your answer in the Comment section.

~Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator, City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services

Nordic walking is low impact, fun to do and gets us outdoors!

Did Nordic walking start in:

a) Sweden
b) Denmark
c) Finland
d) Norway

Please post your answer in the Comment section.

~Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator, City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services

Good morning! Today we are happy to share some City of Ottawa resources that may help us stay physically active. Please ...
06/17/2021

Good morning!

Today we are happy to share some City of Ottawa resources that may help us stay physically active. Please join us in welcoming Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator with the City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services, to the Aging Well in Ottawa page. If you have any questions for Dave, please feel free to send them our way.

~Kerry Chouinard, RN

Good morning!

Today we are happy to share some City of Ottawa resources that may help us stay physically active. Please join us in welcoming Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator with the City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services, to the Aging Well in Ottawa page. If you have any questions for Dave, please feel free to send them our way.

~Kerry Chouinard, RN

Here’s a friendly reminder to please join us tomorrow as Aging Well in Ottawa welcomes Dave Bard, Communications Coordin...
06/16/2021

Here’s a friendly reminder to please join us tomorrow as Aging Well in Ottawa welcomes Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator with the City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services, to the page. He will be joining us to share some resources that may help us stay physically active. Think Nordic walking and gardening!

Hope to see you here 😊

~Kerry Chouinard, RN

Here’s a friendly reminder to please join us tomorrow as Aging Well in Ottawa welcomes Dave Bard, Communications Coordinator with the City of Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services, to the page. He will be joining us to share some resources that may help us stay physically active. Think Nordic walking and gardening!

Hope to see you here 😊

~Kerry Chouinard, RN

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06/16/2021

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Recognize the seniors in your life during #SeniorsMonth! You can request a congratulatory message if you or a senior in your life is marking a milestone.

These could come from Her Majesty the Queen, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario.

Learn more: https://www.ontario.ca/page/celebrating-seniors-ontario#section-1

#StayConnected #SeniorsMonth2021 #SeniorsMonthON

Ontario Government | Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries | Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing | Ontario Community and Social Services | EverythingZoomer | McMaster Optimal Aging Portal | AdvantAge Ontario

Hi everyone, Lyne here, Public Health Nurse working on this page. A few years ago, we had a water restriction usage in B...
06/16/2021

Hi everyone, Lyne here, Public Health Nurse working on this page. A few years ago, we had a water restriction usage in Barrhaven for most of the summer months.

Because Barrhaven residents were discouraged from watering their lawn and plants, I decided to forego planting any of my colorful flowers in my walkway circle in front.

After a week or two, I was quite bored with my bare patch of dirt in my front entrance, so I decided to go shopping for something, although at the time I was not sure what.

Then, as I am looking around the gardening supplies, something colorful caught my eye. As I took a closer look, I realized that I was actually looking at beautifully made plastic flowers in a variety of colours.
I was very excited and left the store with armfuls of these beautiful decorations.

When I arrived home, I quickly cut and planted all my flowers and added some beautiful white rocks to add to the ambience.

Imagine my surprise when my husband and son questioned why I had planted flowers when I was not allowed to water them. I was quite proud of myself.

Then a few weeks later, a lady was walking by with her dog and marvelled about my beautiful flowers. When I told her they were plastic flowers, she got closer and said that she could not believe it.

Now every year, I plant at least one plastic flower in at least one flowerpot. I am known to my friends as the plastic flower lady.

Have any of you ever planted plastic flowers?

~ Lyne Gillespie, RN

Hi everyone, Lyne here, Public Health Nurse working on this page. A few years ago, we had a water restriction usage in Barrhaven for most of the summer months.

Because Barrhaven residents were discouraged from watering their lawn and plants, I decided to forego planting any of my colorful flowers in my walkway circle in front.

After a week or two, I was quite bored with my bare patch of dirt in my front entrance, so I decided to go shopping for something, although at the time I was not sure what.

Then, as I am looking around the gardening supplies, something colorful caught my eye. As I took a closer look, I realized that I was actually looking at beautifully made plastic flowers in a variety of colours.
I was very excited and left the store with armfuls of these beautiful decorations.

When I arrived home, I quickly cut and planted all my flowers and added some beautiful white rocks to add to the ambience.

Imagine my surprise when my husband and son questioned why I had planted flowers when I was not allowed to water them. I was quite proud of myself.

Then a few weeks later, a lady was walking by with her dog and marvelled about my beautiful flowers. When I told her they were plastic flowers, she got closer and said that she could not believe it.

Now every year, I plant at least one plastic flower in at least one flowerpot. I am known to my friends as the plastic flower lady.

Have any of you ever planted plastic flowers?

~ Lyne Gillespie, RN

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Are there any group members who love gardening so much that they’d sign up to help Dalhousie Food Cupboard garden project this year? This ask means spending even more time & energy than you’re already planning. But we’re hoping to reach a few people who may be retired and available during the week. This is our 2nd year using outdoor space at Bronson Centre (landlord) and working with Bronson Rise . Our goal is to grow healthy vegetables for our food bank clients while engaging with the community around us. Send note to [email protected] for more details.
Registration for the 2021 Virtual Betty's Walk is NOW OPEN! Join us June 5&6 for a virtual walk in support of #OttawaSeniors living in not-for-profit, long-term care homes across the city. Gather your friends and family and sign up now: bettyswalk.com #StridesForCare #BettysWalk #EldercareOttawa #VirtualWalk
We have an amazing lineup of #virtual #socialevents for #seniors this #spring #summer hosted by #experts. Follow us on #eventbrite and stay updated with our events! #renaissance #wellness #seniorsisolation
This winter be a senior's #secretsanta. We bring you a season of senior social activities. Register someone you may know who could benefit from these virtual winter social activities: 12 days of Christmas - free holiday recreation Gratitude cafe - every Wednesday ($5 per ticket) Writing Club - second Sunday ($5 per ticket) Poetry Club - third Sunday($5 per ticket) Book Club - fourth Sunday ($5 per ticket) Link to register: HTTPS://seniorsjunction.com #secretsanta #holidaygifts #endseniorsisolation #seniorsocials #seniorrecreation #seniorsjunction #ikigai #health40 #agetech
Order gift certificate for home bra fitting, orthopaedic bra, and includes alterations if needed. Free home delivery to you or your recipient within 24 hrs in red envelope and pretty silver bow. Order via Ottawa Bra Clinic’s FB messenger, or email ottawabraclinic.com or call Michele Bourque 613-400-9101.
This Christmas is different for many reasons and I have made it my personal mission to reach out to our seniors who are isolated. We are celebrating 12 days of Christmas and please register any senior you may know for our 12 days of free holiday recreation for seniors. Registration link - https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seniors-holiday-recreation-12-days-of-christmas-tickets-132614183593 And our article in Image, Sandy Hill Neighborhood Association #seniorsjunction #seniors #holidayrecreation #christmas #socialisolation #agetech
Freiheit Care is a home-care company based in Ottawa who offer free events to seniors throughout Covid. These are designed to help reduce social isolation and keep us connected and entertained from the safety of our homes. Check out our weekly coffee mornings - every Wednesday at 10a.m. https://freiheit.ca/free-webinars/#coffee
Together we can Ottawa In collaboration with Ottawa Public Health will host a special covid-19 Live session to the community to address updates and information about social circle, face mask policy, testing and many more topics. Join us at 8 p.m. on July 9, 2020 and access the following link to receive a reminder notification: https://linktr.ee/TogetherwecanOttawa If you missed seeing the live broadcast, you can still watch it on the same links **Please share this event info on your social media and network**
Good Morning.I think so ! Old to fast, smart to late.
I read on the internet that silk is a good fabric for masks as it filters out almost all of the viruses. To that end, I made a few masks for myself that have a layer of silk in the middle, between two pieces of broadcloth. The silk is from some old silk scarves I have and no longer wear. The silk is very fine (thin). It will hold water (I tested it). Comments on this please?
How can we attend?
The "join" button for the current Covid event does not seem to work???