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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COVID 19 Updates

For up to date information on where to find Covid vaccination clinics please click here to go to the HKPR.

To download a receipt of your vaccination click on this link and have your health card ready.
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.

 

Read an interview about these new vaccines with our Dr. Smith, the COVID-19 Vaccine Physician Lead for NFHT.

Local COVID-19 Testing Centres Go To Appointment Only

For information about how to get a test, or see a primary care provider about symptoms at the NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre or at the Trent Hills COVID-19 Testing Centre, and to find about more about local testing coordination efforts,  please click here to read the latest news release from the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland.

FLU SHOT CLINIC

NFHT is hosting walk-in Flu Shot Clinics every Monday afternoon from 1 to 5pm in the lower level of Northumberland Mall. Starting Oct. 18 with a clinic for those over age 65 or at high risk, for details click here. High Dose is available, pending supply. Clinics will open to the general public in November and there is a Sat. clinic Nov 6 from 9am to 1pm. 

What’s Happening in Our Community

The Colborne outreach clinic will open April 6. Learn more, including the services planned for this location by clicking here.  

 

Assess the risk of visiting others during the pandemic – use this online tool developed by experts to determine the risk level of a visit, particularly to seniors or those with chronic illness.  www.covidvisitrisk.com

 

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

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.

NFHT Career Opportunity

PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Temporary Parental Leave Contract

Starting May 2021
Please click here for full details on our careers page.

 

 

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