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Event Nourishes Seniors with Food and Community Connections

April 27, 2011

Over 50 Mill Woods seniors connected to their community and learned about a home support service while savouring some delectable food and sharing stories, traditions and customs as part of the City of Edmonton’s Aging in Place Community Demonstration project.

The Mill Woods Seniors Activity Centre organized a multicultural potluck and Meals on Wheels offered samples of Halal meals that meet Islamic religious requirements at the April 27 event held at the Multicultural Women and Seniors Services Centre.

“As part of the City of Edmonton’s commitment to making Edmonton more age friendly, we’re looking at ways to meet the needs of seniors while allowing them to stay in their home,” says Debbie Dundass, Aging in Place Project Supervisor. “Today’s event is about connecting seniors with services, their neighbours and their community, better positioning them to stay in their homes.”

The Aging in Place Community Demonstration project, funded by Alberta Health and Wellness as part of the continuing care strategy Aging in the Right Place, develops sustainable, community-based solutions that address aging-in-place risk factors, including social isolation, access to information, and home support services.

One of the project sites focuses on the needs of immigrant seniors in Mill Woods, the other on seniors aged 75 years and older living in six southeast neighbourhoods. The project involves a number of community groups and stakeholders within each site.

Other Aging in Place events include seniors transportation forums where seniors can learn how to safely maintain mobility and independence. The next forum is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at the Woodvale Community Facility.