SCUGOG: Seniors and their families are set to be enlightened this Friday, during the Seniors Information Forum, put on by the Scugog Seniors Advisory Committee (SAC).
The show is taking place from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, inside the Scugog Arena’s Community Hall.
“The Seniors Information Forum is all about showcasing the goods and services that are available to seniors and their families,” said Marth Casson of the SAC. “This year we’re featuring more than 40 organizations, and will have displays from all three levels of government, and our local groups and businesses.”
According to the SAC, the focus of the forum is to help senior citizens stay self-sufficient and in their homes, with access to the proper support, financial advice and healthcare they need.
“We of course target seniors, but the forum also exists to inform those who may be caring for seniors, or seniors who are caring for their own parents,” said Ms. Casson.
Topics that will be covered at the event range from seniors sports and activities to medical supplies and Personal Support Workers, and the management of many conditions such as diabetes, depression and alzheimers.
Even though every senior in Scugog Township won’t be able to attend the show, the SAC hopes that the event will spark conversations and ideas - relying on the pilosphy that if one person tells a friend or shares what they learned, the services available will be fully accessible.
“The forum really attempts to promote the range of services and goods available locally, in Scugog or Uxbridge,” said Ms. Casson. “Many people still make the trip to Oshawa for medical supplies, but we have great resources right in town.”
One of the featured key-note speakers taking the stage will be a representative from the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, giving a talk regarding seniors and driving - including details of the license renewal process, safety while driving, and alternate forms of transportation.
“Transportation is a major concern for seniors, as some need their cars to get around and continue to live on their own - but it might not be the safest option,” said Ms. Casson. “We’re hoping to shed some light on things, and keep everyone in Scugog happy, healthy and in their homes.”
Door prizes, donated by the supporters of the event, will be drawn throughout the show after attendees fill out a ballot.
Call the Seniors Advisory Committee at 905-985-7346, extension 115, or drop by their information desk inside the Scugog Council for the Arts building, 181 Perry St., for more information on the show.
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