OTTAWA – The Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa Public Health, Compassionate Ottawa, and The Council on Aging of Ottawa are pleased to present their shared initiative, Aging Well Together, a series that promotes healthy aging to adults 55 years and older and their caregivers through in-person programs and an online hub.
By bringing together their expertise and resources, the partners are delivering a multimodal educational series that includes programs in English and French on topics such as Brain Health, Fall Prevention, the Importance of Staying Socially Connected as You Age, Planning for Retirement on a Low Income, Estate Planning, Cancer Coaching, Cannabis and many more. Aging Well Together also offers an innovative online platform featuring digital stories, booklists, blog posts and tips on healthy aging. The online hub can be found on Ottawa Public Library’s website.
A special event on Wednesday Sept. 18 will give Ottawa residents the opportunity to engage with author Kathy Kortes-Miller, whose book Talking About Death Won’t Kill You equips readers with the tools to have meaningful conversations about death and dying.
Aging Well Together seeks to meet the needs of older adults in Ottawa and provide up-to-date information from experts on healthy living. The goals of the initiative are to promote healthy behaviours and social connectedness, and to raise awareness of community services. Aging Well Together is funded by and supports the vision of the City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan.
“I am incredibly pleased that Ottawa Public Library is leveraging its unique position as a community learning hub to collaborate with City and community partners to deliver important and innovative programming to older adults in Ottawa”, said Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward Coun. Tim Tierney, Chair of the OPL board.
“Libraries are natural meeting places in our community, especially for older adults,” the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s Bonnie Schroeder said. “We have come together as partners to help older adults connect with other supports and services through Aging Well Together.”