Healthy Aging

We support older adults by offering a range of programs and services that support physical, social, emotional and spiritual health.

Caregiver Support Group

Caregiver support has continued through COVID either online, by phone or more recently in the park, where caregivers could reconnect at a safe distance.

Our group is for anyone caring for a loved one with illness. Please join us for our monthly connection.

To register please call 519-664-3794 ext. 229.

Benefits of Joining a Support Group

Caregiving is a rewarding but sometimes difficult task. It can help to know you are not alone. Our caregiver group provides you with the opportunity to talk to others who understand your circumstances and to gain support.

What you will receive:

  • Caregiver tips
  • Caring support
  • Listening and understanding
  • Empathy and concern
  • Links to additional supports
  • Reduced isolation
  • Healthy Coping Strategies
  • Ideas for self care

For additional resources about caregiving please go to https://ontariocaregiver.ca/

Health Education

Sessions are offered regularly and cover a range of topics and are open to all residents of our catchment area.

As we continue to take physical distancing measures, Woolwich Community Health Centre is offering health and wellness sessions at a distance using the virtual communication platform, Zoom. All sessions are FREE. Registration is required. Once you have registered, you will receive your invitation a day before the presentation. If you do not have internet access, no worries, you can attend the program using your telephone.

If you cannot attend the workshop we are recording many of them and they can be found by visiting our Wellness Blog or click on the title below.

Health Education Dates

Rural Connections: Seniors Centres Without Walls

Community Care Concepts of Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot, Woolwich Seniors Association, Woolwich Township and Woolwich Community Health Centre have created this group program for seniors using an old platform – the telephone. Using your telephone we are able to connect you with other seniors to have fun, engage in conversations, activities, social time, information sharing, learning new skills, and create new connections with other seniors in the community.

This free program will consist of a small group of seniors (between 10 – 15 people) having a conversation on a specific informational topic, recreational activity, other topics of their choice using the old school technology – a telephone.

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Ontario Senior Dental Care Program (OSDCP)

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) was launched in November 2019. This new provincially funded program provides dental services to low income seniors 65 years of age and older who meet program eligibility requirements.

Seniors may be eligible if they:

  • Are 65 years or older
  • Are a resident of Ontario
  • Have an annual net income of $19,300 or less for a single person, or a combined annual net income of $32,300 or less for a couple
  • Have no access to any other form of dental benefits including private insurance or through government programs such as Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Ontario Works (OW), or the Non-Insured Health Benefit (NIHB).

How to apply:

  1. Visit www.ontario.ca/seniorsdental to download the form and print it. Or, pick up an application form at the nearest Community Health Centre or Public Health Dental Clinic
    • Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Dr., St. Jacobs
    • Wellesley Township Community Health Centre, 1180 Queens Bush Rd., Wellesley
    • Linwood Nurse Practitioner Office, 3777 Manser Rd., Linwood
    • Waterloo Region Public Health, 99 Regina St. S., Waterloo
  2. Complete and sign the application
  3. Mail the application to:
    Ministry of Health, Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program,
    Station P, P.O. Box 159,
    Toronto, ON M5S 2S7

To complete the application, seniors will need:

  • A piece of identification
  • Their Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Temporary Taxation number
  • If the senior has a spouse (married or common-law), their spouse must also include their information on the form, including SIN or Temporary Taxation number, and provide their signature for consent, regardless of their age

The OSDCP Program Administrator (Accerta) is responsible for reviewing applications and determining eligibility. Questions regarding application turnaround time should be directed to the OSDCP’s bilingual (English/French) contact centre, toll-free 1-833-207-4435 or TTY 1-800-855-0511.

Once the application has been approved, a welcome package and dental card will be mailed to the applicant. To receive OSDCP services in Waterloo Region, the eligible senior must call either Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre 519-745-4404 or Lang’s Community Health Centre in Cambridge 519-653-1470 to book an appointment. The dental card must be presented at the time of the appointment.

The following services are available at Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre and at Lang’s Community Health Centre:

  • Check-ups including scaling, fluoride and polishing
  • Repairing broken teeth and cavities
  • X-rays
  • Removing teeth or abnormal tissue (oral surgery)
  • Anaesthesia
  • Treating infection and pain (endodontic services)
  • Treating gum conditions and diseases (periodontal services)
  • Dental prosthetics (prosthodontic services), including dentures, will be partially covered.

If you live in Woolwich, Wellesley or Wilmot and would like help in completing the OSDCP application, or have questions about the program and the services provided, you may call 519-664-3794 ext. 223 to leave a message for the Oral Health Peer Workers.

Practical Skills to Live Well as We Age

This 6-week course is facilitated by Bernadette Vanspall, Physiotherapist and Michelle Smith, RPN, Well Adult Nurse. In this course you will explore:

  • How can we move through the day in ways which build bone and muscle strength?
  • Learn ways to prevent and / or manage: aches, pains and muscle stiffness.
  • Share tips to enhance posture, breath and body awareness, nutrition, sleep and memory.
  • Build / harness resilience in the face of life’s changes.
  • Learn about community supports and resources.

Practical Skills Dates

Woolwich and Wellesley Hospice

Volunteers provide compassionate help for people dealing with a life-limiting illness. Hospice volunteers are caring members of the community who have been specially trained to understand the specific needs of people with a serious illness. Call Julie Schelter, Hospice Coordinator at 519 664-3794 ext. 229 for more information. Woolwich Wellesley Hospice Brochure