TORONTO, June 5, 2018 /CNW/ - June is Seniors' Month in Ontario. Dixon Hall is celebrating seniors throughout the month, with a series of special events, in line with this year's Seniors' Month theme: "Now's the Time to Start Something New". As a special incentive for 'new' seniors to join Seniors Wellness Programs, monthly membership fees will be waived for the month of June.
Dixon Hall offers a variety of seniors programs for low-income seniors in Toronto's downtown east neighbourhoods, with varying levels of intensity and support, depending on the abilities and needs of participating seniors. All programs emphasize social connection and friendships, aiming to reduce loneliness and social isolation through a mix of activities, including crafts, physical exercise, and excursions. Seniors are encouraged to remain active in their community, and to combat the stigmas associated with aging.
"As the population of the city of Toronto ages, it's increasingly important to create communities where seniors are visible and welcome, and to challenge the stereotypes associated with growing older," said Christine Chow, Director of Seniors Services, Dixon Hall. "This Seniors' Month, we're encouraging 'new' seniors to get comfortable with change and challenge themselves to get involved with Seniors Programs where they'll try new things and meet new people, or to volunteer in the community and expand their networks while doing good for others. Getting older brings challenges, and having a well-rounded support system makes a huge difference in the transition of life stages."
Over the course of the month, seniors who participate in Dixon Hall's Seniors Programs will enjoy the opportunity to develop new skills, experience different activities, and recognize the achievements of seniors in their community and beyond. New activities in Dixon Hall's Seniors Programs range from new music programs featuring African drums, chimes, and ukuleles, to art and photography programs, and technology-focused workshops using iPads and other devices. Dixon Hall serves over 2,300 seniors annually through more than 10 programs, including Adult Day programs and Health and Wellness Programs.
Dixon Hall's Seniors' Month Celebration Events:
Wednesday, June 6th, 188 Carlton St – Toronto Challenge Kick-Off Walk & Roll Event – Members of the Adult Day/Alzheimer Day Program will spend the afternoon walking around the Cabbagetown neighbourhood to raise awareness about the Toronto Challenge event on June 10th. Barbecue and ice cream will follow
Wednesday, June 6th, 58 Sumach St – Fitness and Picnic at the Beach to celebrate Seniors Month – Members of the Mandarin Program
Wednesday, June 6th, 188 Carlton St – Members Council Meeting and Seniors Month Celebration; Adult Enrichment and Wellness Program
Thursday, June 14th, 188 Carlton St – * New Program* Coloring Therapy with the Adult Enrichment and Wellness Program
Monday, June 18th, 58 Sumach St – Seniors Month Luncheon for members of the Seniors Health and Wellness Program
Wednesday, June 20th, 58 Sumach St – * New Program - Photography with iPads program – members of the Seniors Health and Wellness Program
Wednesday, June 20th, 188 Carlton St – Adult Day/Alzheimer Day Program – Ukulele lessons
Friday, June 22nd, 188 Carlton St – Strawberry Social; Making Strawberry shortcake and enjoying cake and tea in Dixon Hall's garden in the afternoon. Adult Day/Alzheimer Day Program
Media are welcome to attend any of these events with an RSVP in advance.
About Dixon Hall
Dixon Hall is a multi-service agency located in the heart of east downtown Toronto.
For more than 85 years, Dixon Hall has offered a variety of supportive programs and services to seniors, at-risk youth, homeless men and women, individuals in search of employment, and other vulnerable populations in Regent Park, Moss Park, Cabbagetown, St. James Town and surrounding neighbourhoods.
SOURCE Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services
For further information: For more information about Dixon Hall's Senior Programs and Seniors' Month celebrations or to RSVP to an event, please contact: Kali Madej, Communications Manager, 416.863.0499 x 2062, 647.336.2447, [email protected]