Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre recognizes that the population of immigrant seniors in the PQ catchment area is rapidly growing. Between the health and social ailments that seniors regularly deal with and the added complication of cultural or language barriers, Ottawa’s multicultural seniors face significant challenges.
The Healthy Aging for Multicultural Seniors Program provides free support to vulnerable seniors remaining in their own home by providing services and programming to access community resources, health promotion and illness prevention services. Its goal is to foster involvement and participation by seniors in community programming, thereby enhancing their quality of life and reducing the risk of isolation. Services are provided in English with interpretation available in Mandarin/Cantonese, Russian, Arabic and Somali.
The Multicultural Seniors Program includes four key components:
- a monthly drop-in
- out-trips for seniors
- outreach to isolated seniors unable to attend activities at the Centre
- linkages with service providers to enhance access for multicultural seniors
The program uses a “drop-in” model of service delivery, where seniors can visit PQCHC to attend information and discussion sessions where staff and guest speakers share important messages about health and community services available to seniors. It is also an opportunity for participating in cultural sharing events, celebrations and mini health fairs. Programming is also made accessible to more isolated ethnic seniors through out-trips from PQ staff to designated sites in the community.
In addition, organized field trips bring seniors to sites of local and historical interest where they can socialize, learn more about other cultures and increase their knowledge of Canada.
For more information about the Healthy Aging for Multicultural Seniors program, contact PQCHC at 613-820-4922 ext.3339.