Seniors' Month

In June, we celebrate Seniors’ Month with a variety of programs especially geared to ages 55+. And we know older adults in Burlington have a wide variety of interests—from researching your family roots to music appreciation—so please also check out the Summer Guide for what’s upcoming at the library. We look forward to seeing you!

This year, the Province of Ontario's Seniors' Month theme is Aging Strong: Respect and Protect Seniors, reflecting the importance of seniors' valued experience and their independence as they age, and the need to protect what matters most to them. See Related Links below for more information on provincial initiatives for seniors.

Health & Well-being

Advance Care Planning Education Workshop
Mon Jun 3
1-3pm | Brant Hills
Knowing your values and wishes for medical care, and discussing them with your loved ones ahead of time, saves everyone a lot of stress and confusion if you are hospitalized. This interactive workshop guides you through advance care planning activities. In partnership with the McMaster University Department of Family Medicine.

Keeping Fit after 50
Mon Jun 3
2-3pm | Central
Learn the short-term and long-term benefits of keeping active over 50, and how to overcome barriers to fitness. Guest instructor: Karyn Mans. Register.

Meditation for Mental Health
Wednesdays: Jun 5 to Aug 28
1-2.30pm | Brant Hills
Meditation is a great practice to build mental health. Learn how from Canadian Mental Health Association counsellor, David Kilgannon. Drop in.

Exercises for Living with Osteoarthritis
Wed Jun 5
10.30-11.30am | Brant Hills
Brad Robles of Preferred Physiotherapy shows you simple exercises to strengthen joints and help slow the onset of osteoarthritis or prevent flare-ups. Register.

Improve Long-term Memory
Mon Jun 10
1-2pm | Tansley Woods
Learn strategies for improving your long-term memory in this interactive and educational workshop. Presented by Senior Support Services of Southern Ontario. Register.

Healthy Aging
Thu Jun 13
9.30-11.30am | Central
Learn about Canada’s New Food Guide as well as how to keep your bladder and bowels healthy and happy. Presented in partnership with Burlington Age-Friendly Council, Burlington Family Health Team, and Trillium Partners. Register.

Improve Short-term Memory
Mon Jun 17
1-2pm | Tansley Woods
Learn strategies for improving your short-term (working) memory in this interactive and educational workshop. Presented by Senior Support Services of Southern Ontario. Register.

Introduction to Cognitive Care Kits
Tue Jun 18, 2-3.30pm | Central
Wed Jul 17, 2-3.30pm | Central
Wed Aug 21, 6-7.30pm | Central
Learn the Montessori Method of using our Cognitive Care Kits, suitable for caregivers supporting loved ones with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss. Completion of one session allows you to borrow any of our early-stage, mid-stage or late-stage kits. Call 905.639.3611 ext 1304 to register.

Better Living for Your Brain
Thursdays: Jun 20 to Jul 11
10am-noon | Central
A 5-week education series for adults 60+ on managing memory changes and maintaining reasoning and awareness. Not suitable for those diagnosed with cognitive impairment or any kind of dementia. Presented by the Burlington Family Health Team & Caroline Family Health Team. Register.

Cautious Consumerism
Thu Aug 15, 10.15-11.45am | Alton
Wed Jun 19, 10.30am-noon | New Appleby
Find out how to avoid the most common scams and frauds in Canada and what to do if you become a victim of identity theft. Presented by the Credit Counselling Society. Register.

Estate Planning 101
Tue Aug 20
7-8pm | Tansley Woods
Learn the important role a well-executed estate plan can play in ensuring your final requests are honoured. Presented by Edward Jones. Register.

Technology

Computer Boot Camp for Older Adults
Tue Jun 11, Wed Jun 12, Thu Jun 13
10am-noon | Central
In this 3-day beginner workshop, Chris Bint of Tech Coaches covers the basics of navigating Windows 10, including file management and photos, as well as basic internet searching. Generously funded by Burlington Foundation #GiveBrilliantly.

VolunTech
Various dates, times & locations
Bring your own smartphone, tablet, or laptop and learn how to use it with help from a volunteer. Register for a 30-minute time slot.

iPad & iPhone Boot Camp
Wed: Jul 10 & 17
3-5pm | Brant Hills
Learn more about your iPad and iPhone. Participants must attend both sessions. Register.

Upcoming Seniors' Month programs

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility: Ontario supports for seniors

A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario

Ontario Seniors: Stay Healthy and Active

Seniors' Safety in the Community Calendar through B.A.S.S.I.C.

Join the Province's Seniors’ Month conversation on Twitter at #SeniorsMonth and #AgingStrong