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OCTOBER 2017

Writing Memoirs Workshop for Seniors—October 3rd, 2017 -Picton

The Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors Association will offer a three hour course led by Diane Taylor, author of The Gift of Memoir: Show Up, Open Up, Write.  Topics discussed will include defining genres, best age for writing a memoir, where to start, why record your stories, memory retrieval strategy and many more.  Handouts will be provided.  No writing experience necessary.  All are welcome.   The writing your memoirs workshop will take place at Wellings of Picton.  If interested call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Seniors Luncheon Social – October 4th in Picton

Come on out and enjoy lunch with old and new friends on Wednesday October 4th at 12 noon. The menu features homemade soup, baked leg of ham, potato and vegetables, coleslaw, pumpkin pie, bread and butter, coffee and tea  all catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering.  The cost is $10.00 per person.  This event is sponsored by The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association and will be held in the Beck & Call Restaurant.  As this is a special event only those seniors who have reserved can be served.  Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493.  So as to keep the clean up easy for the volunteers all participants must bring their own plate, cup and cutlery. Take-out meals are available.  This meal can also be delivered to seniors in Picton.  Community Care has made special arrangements with Prince Edward Specialized Transit to provide rides for seniors living in Picton who wish to attend this event.  Please register and reserve for the bus in advance by calling Quinte Access at 1-855-283-9640.    www.communitycareforseniors.org

55 ALIVE Mature Driving Classroom Refresher Course - October 6th, 2017

A 55-Alive safe driving course is offered by the Prince Edward Community Care office in Picton.    The Canada Safety Council developed this mature driver retraining program which is designed specifically to help older drivers improve their driving skills.  The cost is $30.00 per person, which includes a light lunch, workbook and refreshments.  Call 613-476-7493 to register or for more information.  Space is limited so call today. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Prince Edward Community Care Office is closed on Monday, October 9th for Thanksgiving.  Meals on Wheels will go out as usual.

Community Care’s Thrift Shop will be closed on Thanksgiving, Monday, October 9th 
Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street in Picton will be closed for Thanksgiving, Monday, October 9th, reopening Tuesday, October 10th at 10:00am. www.communitycareforseniors.org

WALKING PROGRAMS begin on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Seniors can walk in a controlled and safe environment at any one of the three walking program locations offered by Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors.  From the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to the Friday before Victoria Day participants walk Monday to Friday at the Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton and at the Wellington & District Community Centre.  Call The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association at 613-476-7493 to register or for more information. www.communitycareforseniors.org

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors 40th Anniversary – October 12, 2017

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association is celebrating 40 years of helping seniors live at home. All are welcome to attend the celebration on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Rotary Hall in the Prince Edward County Community Centre located at the Picton Fairgrounds. Reception is at 6 pm and dinner is at 7 pm. Tickets are $20/per person.  Advance registration and payment is required. To register or for more information, call 613-476-7493, drop in at 74A King St. Picton or email: info@communitycareforseniors.org or visit www.communitycareforseniors.org

Learn to be Tech Savvy:  A presentation for seniors on how to use Apple devices – October 17, 2017                                        

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniorsis partnering with the PEC Libraries to present “Learn to be Tech Savvy: What Seniors Need to Know.”  Julie Lane-Yntema, Technology Resource Centre Co-ordinator will give a basic overview of the iOS and how to navigate your device, the main functions of menus and most commonly used apps.  Apple devices only.  Bring your iPhones and iPads as there will be a time to ask questions.  This free talk will take place on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 10am at the Ameliasburg Public Library.  Refreshments will be available.  This presentation is part of a project funded by the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation and supported by The County of Prince Edward.  Register by Tuesday October 10th by call the office at 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Hearing Help Clinic on October 18th - Picton

The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) regularly holds free Hearing Help Clinics at the Community Care office, 74A King Street in PIcton.  This is your chance to have a Hearing Care Counsellor answer questions about hearing loss, give information about hearing health care, provide communication strategies for hearing loss, do hearing screening, provide tips for hearing aid maintenance and demonstrate technical devices.  The next Hearing Help Clinic is on Wednesday, October 18.  Call 613-476-7493 to schedule your half hour appointment with a hearing care counsellor.  For more information about services available for seniors call the Belleville CHS office at 613-966-8995 or email them at office@belleville.chs.ca   Hearing Care Counsellors from CHS also make free home visits.
 

Seniors Luncheon Social – October 18th in Milford

Come on out and enjoy lunch with old and new friends on Wednesday, October 18th 12 noon.  The menu features homemade soup, baked leg of ham, potato and vegetables, coleslaw, pumpkin pie, bread and butter, coffee and tea all catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering.  The cost is $10.00 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493.  This event is sponsored by The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association and will be held in Milford Town Hall.  Take-out meals are available.  This meal can also be delivered to housebound seniors who live near Milford. www.communitycareforseniors.org

NEW - Tai Chi – in Wellington - Beginning on Thursday, October 19, 2017

 A 10-week Beginners class will be held at the Wellington Town Hall. Tai Chi is a way to help seniors stay fit and flexible.  Tai Chi is a low-impact form of exercise, and it is also a weight bearing exercise, which is an important component of managing osteoporosis. Some of the benefits of Tai Chi are: better balance, which lowers the risk for falls, less pain and stiffness, stress relief and increased calmness and sense of well-being. And to top it off, it can help to improve memory.  No experience is necessary and all fitness levels are welcome. The cost is $20.00. If you’re a senior who would benefit from Tai Chi and would like to give it a try, call the Prince Edward Community Care office at 613-476-7493 to register. Space is limited.  This program is part of project supported by the County of Prince Edward. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Thrift Shop Silent Auction Monday, October 23rd – Saturday November 4th, 2017

Looking for a unique gift?   Thanks to the generosity of donors Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop receives the most amazing donations and offers them at a Silent Auction.  Maybe you’re looking for a unique gift or want to view the various exceptional and exciting items that come to the Thrift Shop. These items are on display at 153 Main St., Picton.  Bidding starts on Monday October 23rd at 1:00pmand closes at 2:00pm sharp on Saturday, November 4th.  100% of the funds raised support programs for seniors in Prince Edward County.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Presentation:  Learn about Stroke support services for seniors and caregivers – Tuesday October 24

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors welcomes Lorraine Pyle from Community Care for South Hastings who will discuss support groups and services available in Prince Edward County to stroke survivors and stroke caregivers.  The free talk will be held at the Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors office at 10am.  Refreshments will be provided.  Space is limited. To register call 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

NEW - Seniors Luncheon Social – October 25, 2017 - Hillier

Come on out and enjoy lunch with old and new friends on Wednesday, October 25th at 12 noon. The menu features homemade soup, baked leg of ham, potato and vegetables, coleslaw, pumpkin pie, bread and butter, coffee and tea  all catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering.  The cost is $10.00 per person.  This event is sponsored by The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association and will be held at the Hillier Town Hall.  This is a special event with a presentation following the meal.  Only those seniors who have reserved can be served.  Community Care has made special arrangements and offers  free transportation for seniors who wish to attend this event. Reserve your place by the Monday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493.  When registering indicate if you need the free transportation, a take out or delivered meal.  So as to keep the clean up easy for the volunteers all participants must bring their own plate, cup and cutlery.     www.communitycareforseniors.org

Presentation: Learn about POA’s & Wills with Community Advocacy & Legal Centre – Wednesday October 25, 2017

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors is partnering with the Community Advocacy and Legal Centre (CALC).  Lisa Turik, Staff Lawyer will discuss services the centre provides to seniors as well as wills and Power of Attorney. This free talk will be held Wednesday October 25th at 12:30pm at Hillier Town Hall.  Refreshments will be provided.  Reservations are required as seating is limited.  Call 613-476-7493 to save your spot.  Please note this presentation is a separate event following the Hillier Seniors Luncheon Social held at noon same day, same location.  Seniors are welcome to attend the meal and the talk, just the meal or just the talk.  This presentation is part of a project supported by the County of Prince Edward.  To register, call the office at 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

NEW - Coffee & Conversation: What seniors need to know about frauds & scams – October 31st

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors is partnering with the Prince Edward OPP to present what seniors need to know to help protect themselves against frauds and scams.  Enjoy a coffee and conversation with the new Community Safety Officer, Constable Patrick Menard.  Know the important steps to take to avoid being a victim of fraud.  This free talk will take place on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 10am at the office of Community Care for Seniors.  74A King Street, Picton.  Refreshments will be available.  This presentation is part of a project funded by the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation.  To register, call the office 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop – October 31st – December 5th from 1:30pm to 4pm

The Prince Edward Family Health Team is offering a free workshop on “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” which will be held at The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association office from October 31st to December 5th from 1:30-4:00 pm. The Living Well with Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop series licenced by Stanford University. It is given for two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders. There is a weekly focus on action planning and goal setting including the following: techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments. Appropriate candidates would include patients living with COPD, CHF, diabetes, asthma, depression (mild-moderate), or attending Cardiac Rehab.  Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions. To register, email the Family Health Team at: Courses@pefht.com or call 613-476-0400 ext. 214.

Hearing Help Classes – starting November 1st  

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors, in partnership with The Canadian Hearing Society, presents a series of Hearing Help Classes.  The classes will be held on Wednesdays in Picton at the Prince Edward Community Care office, 74A King Street in Picton.  These classes will take place November 1st – December 13th, on Wednesday=s, from 10:00am to 12noon, and are designed for the hard of hearing person who is experiencing difficulty communicating in day-to-day situations.  Cost is $30.00 for the entire course.  Participants may bring a friend or family member at no extra cost.  To register contact Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. For more information contact The Canadian Hearing Society at 613-966-8995.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

NEW - Seniors Luncheon Social – November 8th in Ameliasburg

Come on out and enjoy lunch with old and new friends on Wednesday, November 8th at 12 noon.  The menu features homemade soup, chopped beef sirloin onion gravy, potato and vegetables,  apple pie, bread and butter, coffee and tea, all catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering.  The cost is $10.00 per person. This is a special event with a presentation following the meal.  Only those seniors who have reserved can be served.  Community Care has made special arrangements and offers free transportation for seniors who wish to attend this event. Reserve your place by the Monday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493.  When registering indicate if you need the free transportation, a take out or delivered meal.  So as to keep the clean up easy for the volunteers all participants must bring their own plate, cup and cutlery. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Know your emergency service providers: A presentation on what seniors need to know about fire prevention and EMS – November  8th

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors is partnering with Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services and the Prince Edward Fire Department.  EMS Chief, Doug Socha will discuss the movement towards a more proactive service that includes community paramedicine.  Mike Branscombe, Fire Prevention Officer  from the Prince Edward County Fire Department, will  talk about fire safety and what seniors need to know when creating an escape plan.  This free talk will be held on Wednesday, November 8th at 12:30pm at Ameliasburg Town Hall.  Refreshments will be provided.  Reservations are required as seating is limited.  Call 613-476-7493 to save your spot.  Please note this presentation is a separate event following the Ameliasburg Seniors Luncheon Social held at noon same day, same location.  Seniors are welcome to attend the meal and the talk, just the meal or just the talk.  This presentation is part of a project funded by the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation and supported by the County of Prince Edward.  Registration is required.  Call the office at 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

iPad Visiting

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors is offering iPad visiting to seniors to facilitate connections with family and friends.  Volunteers are also needed to help with the program.  Training will be provided by Libraries of PEC.  For more information about the program, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Ontario Energy Support Program

Do you have a high hydro bill?  The Ontario Energy Support Program (OESP) is a new program that can provide help for low-income seniors 60 and over, who are eligible.  An eligible household ($28,000 or less for one person or between 28,001-39,000 for a person household) can receive between $45-$113 monthly credit on their hydro bill.  Staff at Prince Edward Community Care can answer questions and help submit the OESP application.  Please call 613-476-7493 or go to www.OntarioElectricitySupport.ca for more information. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Rural Route Reassurance Program

In partnership with Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Prince Edward Community Care can arrange for your mail courier en route to keep a watchful eye on your home to help keep you safe.  This service is free, offering added safety and security to those living on rural routes.  To participate in this service, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Friendly Visiting Volunteers 

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors is currently looking for volunteers to visit seniors.  To volunteer call 613-476-7493 and start the conversation.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Help around the home for seniors

Seniors who need help with chores at home, either inside or out, can call Prince Edward Community Care.  The agency has carefully screened workers at reasonable rates.  Help is available with yard and garden work, light and heavy housework, meal preparation, and respite – both during the day and overnight.  For information on this service call the Prince Edward Community Care office located at 74A King Street, Picton at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Gift Ideas at Prince Edward Community Care

At any time of the year you can honour someone with a donation to Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors.  A card acknowledging your donation will be sent to the recipient. Drop by the office at 74A King Street in Picton or call 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org          

Give the Gift of Care

Do you have a senior on your list that is difficult to buy for? What about a gift certificate for a new or favourite service from Community Care for Seniors? Gift certificates are available for a variety of services including Meals on Wheels®, Foot Care, Seniors Luncheon Social and more. Drop by The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association office at 74A King Street in Picton or call 613-476-7493 for more information. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Thrift Shop Gift Certificates

Purchase gift certificates in $5.00 denominations to be used at Community Care’s Thrift Shop, 153 Main Street in Picton.  Get the gift certificates at the Prince Edward Community Care office at 74A King Street in Picton.  For more information call 613-476-7493 or email info@communitycareforseniors.org

Delivery to your door of nutritious meals for seniors
Delivery to your door of a hot nutritious noon-time meal means daily contact with a volunteer to help you stay safe and well in your own home.  Prince Edward Community Care offers both hot and frozen meals to seniors and to clients of Hospice Prince Edward or the Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward County.  For information on delivery days for hot and frozen Meals on Wheels or to refer someone, call 613-476-7493.  Staff can make home visits to explain this and other services.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Income Tax

Prince Edward Community Care volunteers complete income tax returns year round for seniors who live in Prince Edward County. If you are behind in submitting your tax returns, you are a senior 60+ whose single income is $30,000 or lower or whose household income is $40,000 or lower, you may be eligible for help through this program. Volunteers have been trained by Canada Revenue Agency to complete Income Tax Returns for eligible clients. Volunteers do not complete income tax and benefit returns for: deceased persons, bankrupt individuals; for those with more than $1000 of investment income; for individuals with capital gains/losses; or for people with business or rental income and expenses. There is no charge, donations are accepted. For information call 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Volunteer Drivers Needed

Volunteer Drivers escort seniors to medical appointments and essential shopping.  If you enjoy driving and meeting people, Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors staff want to discuss with you volunteer opportunities tailored to your availability.  The life you change may be yours!   Community Care’s volunteers support seniors to live at home.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Hot Meals on Wheels available from Picton to Carrying Place and everywhere in between

Delivery to the door of a hot nutritious noon-time meal is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors living in Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington, Consecon, Carrying Place and environs. This means seniors have regular contact with a volunteer to help them stay safe and well in their own home. Call the Prince Edward Community Care office to learn about this and other services to help seniors live at home.  Call 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Seniors - need a ride to medical and other appointments?

Prince Edward Community Care offers an escorted transportation program that can maximize your independence with affordable rates, punctuality, personalized service and friendly drivers.  Whether you need to travel locally or out of town, this service gets you where you need to go.  The volunteer waits with the client while they are in the appointment.  Notice of 2-3 days in advance is necessary, same day trips are not available.  Call Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Telephone Reassurance Program

Prince Edward Community Care has supportive volunteers that can offer companionship, encouragement and warm friendly conversation to seniors to help alleviate loneliness and help keep people safe.  A daily phone call can help maintain independence.  To participate, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Seniors Luncheon Social Volunteers

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the set-up, serving and cleanup of Senior Luncheons in Prince Edward County.  If you would like to meet people in your community and have two hours once a month call 613-476-7493 for more information.

Rossmore Foot Care Clinic

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors offers a Foot Care Clinic in Rossmore.  Professionally trained nurses provide foot care in a clinic setting.  The Ameliasburgh Clinic is in addition to the clinics held in Wellington and Picton. Seniors who have trouble trimming their nails or are concerned about foot care can call Prince Edward Community Care for an appointment at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Donate used items to Community Care’s Thrift Shop

Good used clothing for the whole family, shoes and linens can be donated at 153 Main Street in Picton, Monday 1pm – 4 pm and Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm. You can donate other good used household items too including sports equipment, furniture, knick knacks, seasonal items, jewellery, toys and housewares.  Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop helps to reduce, recycle and enables others to reuse.   100% of the proceeds help County seniors live at home. For more information call the Thrift Shop at 613-476-1555. To volunteer, call 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Home Help/ Homemaking                                         

Seniors who need help with laundry, meal preparation, light cleaning and running errands can arrange for carefully screened workers to come to the home for a reasonable fee.  Contact the Prince Edward Community Care office at 74A King Street, Picton, or call 613-476-7493 for more information. www.communitycareforseniors.org