A Program with Heart!
Urgent Need for Volunteers! Do you have an hour or two you could share? Our Meals on Wheels Volunteers deliver over 8,500 meals a year to homebound seniors and physically impaired residents within our community.
Adding a social, tech-savvy layer to falls prevention
We are thrilled that our Stronger at Home program was featured in the Centre for Aging, Brain Health Innovation website. "Kinesiologist Abby Malott of Tillsonburg, Ontario realized many older adults in her rural community were very much interested in falls prevention classes, but simply couldn’t attend in person. Abby helped launch a community-based exercise prevention class for Stonebridge Community Services."
Grieving the Loss of a Loved One Who is Still Alive
It doesn’t sound possible, does it? How do you grieve for someone who is still alive? Grief is a state of emotion that we experience when we suffer a loss; any loss. We can lose a loved one long before their physical being leaves this world. As anyone who has had to shoulder the responsibility of taking care of a parent who has suffered a stroke, Alzheimer's or any other terminal disease, will tell you; The grief is real even while their parent was still alive.
What Constitutes Elder Abuse
It is a sad fact that one of the most neglected sections of our society are elders. They are a vulnerable population which puts them at higher risk of various forms of abuse. Hence, it is our moral responsibility to try and prevent any harm to any member of society, particularly the vulnerable population.
Aging at home doesn’t mean staying at home – get out and have fun
Social activity not only boosts spirits but it can help mental alertness. Remaining physically healthy can help you enjoy life to the fullest. You are never too old to dance in the kitchen or kiss for no reason!
Patient Advocates Can Make A Big Difference to Your Health
A patient advocate is anyone selected by the patient or family who promotes and supports the patient as they work through the health care system. A patient advocate looks out for the best interest of you as the patient, to ensure you receive the most from your health care. She or he works to ensure you and your family understand your current health situation and helps to solve some of challenges that you may face with the health care system and post hospital discharge.
Medication Information Form
Print off this form, fill it out and keep it for future reference for your medications.
What is a Personal Support Worker (PSW) and what does a PSW do?
Personal Support Workers (PSW's) are categorized as unregulated health care providers. This critical job description includes managing daily tasks for people who are suffering from illness, injury or dealing with the effects of aging. Stonebridge and the Multi-Service Centre require that all personal support workers (PSW's) in our agency achieve their Personal Support Worker Certificate from an accredited college in Ontario.
Recognizing the Signs of Caregiver Burnout
Putting someone else’s needs ahead of one’s own and caring selflessly for days or months can take a toll on the caregiver. The undue stress can affect your role as a caregiver and also hamper other relationships and bonds. Changes in attitude accompanied by physical and mental exhaustion mark the signs of caregiver burnout and need to be addressed.
Key Strategies to Aging Well into Retirement & Beyond
Maintaining strong mental health at any age can be a challenging task and it becomes even more important later in life. In fact, research has shown that good mental health is the primary factor in determining how well you age. Here are 4 key strategies to age well into retirement and beyond.
The Key to Aging Well – It’s not what you think
What is the key to aging well? Is there really one specific thing that would make all the difference? As for me, I don’t believe one thing alone would have that much impact. I believe has to be a combination of a lot of things, however, turns out I might be wrong!
Key Strategies for Aging Well - Managing Medication Carefully
Disregarding the importance of taking medication has become a very common problem, although often for valid reasons. The key issues include uncomfortable side effects, less than perfect outcomes or slow results. In some cases, inadvertent poorly timed or forgotten doses can make matters worse. Discontinuing medication, missing a dose, doubling up doses or taking the wrong combinations of prescription and over the counter drugs along with vitamins or “natural” remedies can have serious side effects which can lead to hospitalization or even death.