Seniors are a vitally important piece of the Beaumont community and it is expected that by the year 2036, one in every four Canadians will be over the age of 65. With the senior population ever increasing it is important to remember that seniors have a lot to offer. With the support of all Beaumont residents, our seniors can stay engaged in the community and continue to make positive invaluable contributions. Seniors with a strong sense of purpose are much less likely to become depressed, or experience feelings of anxiety, worry, anger, frustration, and loneliness. Having a purpose and staying active while maintaining social connections will help keep the seniors in our community healthier and prevent them from needing more supported living arrangements, allowing them to age in place with grace and vitality.
Many seniors identify with the philosophy that sustaining a high quality of life includes having a strong relationship with family and friends. Seniors also report that seeing their children and grandchildren grow up is a key element in enjoying a longer, healthier life. Many seniors acknowledge that in today’s world of physical and social distancing technology has become an invaluable tool for staying connected to family.
The importance of including seniors as part of a community cannot be overstated. We must all remember, feeling isolated and depressed impacts everyone’s health negatively. When seniors are included as part of the community they experience less isolation and loneliness and have better physical and mental health. People often question how seniors contribute to a community? Like everyone their contributions are diverse, they shop (usually local), pay taxes, volunteer, care for their grandchildren, and beautify the community by caring for their gardens. They provide emotional support to others and often care for an elderly spouse. There are many reasons that seniors deserve to be cared for and protected by all of us.
If you or anyone you know would like some social support please contact Family & Community Support Services at 780-929-1006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to COVID19, all celebrations for Beaumont Seniors Week will be postponed to ensure the safety of our seniors.