Free online workshops encourage seniors to 'get moving'

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In celebration of the 10th anniversary of National Seniors Day in Canada on Oct,. 1, the city is launching its third Let’s Get Moving campaign, featuring five free online workshops to encourage older adults to keep active this month.

This year’s theme is about staying healthy, active and connected from home.

As we continue to observe the social distancing guidelines that need to remain in place to mitigate community spread of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to discover ways to continue healthy habits and to stay connected with the community,” the city said in a news release.

The workshops include:

  • Let’s Try Meditation on Thursday. Representatives from Modo Yoga Brantford will talk about the benefits of meditation, and participants will learn more about how this practice can be used to support their mental wellness.
  • Let’s Be Social takes place on Oct. 15. CMV Social Media Inc, will help dispel uncertainty about social media and technology, and participants will learn about popular social media apps.
  • Let’s Cook Healthy will be held on Oct. 22. In this presentation, representatives from the Grand River Community Health Centre will be talking about healthy eating and provide tips on cooking tasty meals for one or two.
  • The Brant County Health Unit will presentr the final workshop of the series, Let’s Stand Strong, on Oct. 29. It highlights 10 tips for preventing falls, both in and out of the home.

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As a new senior myself, I was very pleased to raise the Canadian Association of Retired Persons flag at city hall last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Seniors Day and to recognize and reflect on the many contributions older adults have made and continue to make in our city,” said Mayor Kevin Davis. “I sincerely hope seniors will take advantage of these terrific ways to stay healthy and connected safely.”

Prioritizing seniors’ health and wellness, and reducing social isolation, are key components of the city’s Healthy Aging Plan.

Space in the workshops is limited, and registration is required by emailing Chris Henderson at chenderson@brantford.caor by calling 519-759-3330, ext. 6279. Learn more at brantford.ca/HealthyLiving

For more information about how to connect to community supports and virtual programs, visit the Seniors At Home page at brantford.ca/NeighboursHelpingNeighbours

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