Seniors’ Mental Health First Aid

Many seniors fear ageing stigma or mistakenly think a mental health problem is a normal part of ageing. The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates up to 40% of seniors experience depression and anxiety–this is not a normal part of ageing. There is help.

Here are some resources especially for seniors:

Tips to help address anxiety:

  • It is normal to feel sad, scared, lonely, isolated and distressed — don’t avoid these emotions, instead notice your emotions but remind yourself you are ok.
  • Take time to do other things — read, do crafts/artwork, listen to music, do gentle stretches, go for a short walk for fresh air or sit outside to watch nature. When doing something you enjoy, allow your mind to be present with the activity (what to you see and hear) rather than getting caught up in negative thoughts.
  •  Take a mindfulness pause – recognize your feelings, positive or difficult emotions. Then use a healthy distraction; remember a positive memory of a past event or picture a beautiful place you hope to see. Take time to take in all the details. Close your eyes. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you taste or smell?

Physical distancing can lead to feelings of loneliness, sadness, frustration and leave us anxious. Seniors without access to social media and video contact tools are particularly isolated at this time during the pandemic.

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MASKS HELP PROTECT YOU AND ME

To learn more about personal preventative measures against Covid 19, including where it is mandatory to wear a mask, please see the Ontario Health Team Northumberland’s press release here. 

 

If you have an in-person appointment with a health care provider at any of the NFHT offices, please wear your own mask (homemade or otherwise). Please ensure the mask covers both your nose and mouth. These infection control protocols are to protect our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

CALL FOR DONATED CLOTH MASKS
The OHTN is collecting donated cloth masks. For more information about the program and information on how to make a mask please click here.  New drop off locations:
BRIGHTON –Community Care Northumberland –46 Prince Edward Street (arrange drop-off –613-475-4190, brighton@commcare.ca)
CAMPBELLFORD –Community Living Campbellford–65 Bridge Street East (call in advance -705.653.1821, ext 203)
COBOURG -Northumberland Hills Hospital’s main entrance, 1000 DePalma Drive–between 8 AM and 8 PM daily
Need A Doctor?

For those with or without a family doctor, individuals in Northumberland can use the new website northumberlandcare.com to find the best way to reach a family doctor or nurse practitioner during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for the press release.Northumberland Care Press Release 2020-03-22

What’s Happening in Our Community

Seniors Moving Forward: The Northumberland YMCA has launched a program designed for seniors to promote healthy living and well-being.  To register for this free program contact Leslie Murray leslie.murray@nrt.ymca.ca or at 905-372-9247. For details click here.

 

Tick Talk – Ticks are now back. The confirmed number of ticks infected with Lyme disease has increased in Northumberland. If you find a tick attached to you, or a pet, remove it immediately. The risk of contracting Lyme disease increases after a tick has been attached  for 24 hours or is engorged. Speak to your healthcare provider if you need help removing a tick or if you subsequently have a bullseye rash or experience flu like symptoms. There is a treatment for Lyme disease. For a map of Lyme disease risk areas and more click here. 

 

Grocery shopping for seniors only and delivery service is available in Northumberland’s stores. Click here for a detailed list of hours.

 

Meals on Wheels – is accepting new clients and still delivering frozen meals. Call Community Care Northumberland 705-653-0932 or commcare.ca.

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

If you would like information about our smoking cessation program through STOP that offers free NRT, please call 289-252-2139 or email info@nfht.ca.

 

 

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