Hannan has been a volunteer with SAGE since June and has actively participated in Companion Calls at The O’Neill Centre. She joined SAGE to support residents in long-term care and to advocate for their mental health. During her conversations with the residents, she shares her ambitions and her interests with them and has heard all about their past experiences. The residents are always excited to speak with Hannan and are fascinated by what she has to say. In the future, Hannan hopes to continue doing calls with residents and to meet residents in-person once it is safe to do so. We thank Hannan for keeping residents company during the pandemic and for giving back to the elderly community.
Today's delivery was a brand new 27-inch monitor generously donated by Metrix to Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre! This monitor was specifically requested by Lakeside staff for their residents to use for FaceTiming and Skyping their relatives, along with many other recreational activities. We thank Metrix for their donation and hope this new monitor can help further improve the daily life of residents at Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre!
Recently, we had an opportunity to speak with Natasha Fatah on CBC Toronto about Companion Calls and why keeping seniors connected to their communities during the pandemic is important for their well-being. We thank Natasha and CBC Toronto for helping us share our mission and hope everyone is continuing to keep themselves safe and healthy while vaccines are being distributed!
In this extensive piece, beautifully written by our latest addition to the Education team, Olivia Earl discusses age-based discrimination. In the first part of this series, she introduces us to the definition of discrimination and stereotypes. Ageism has broad implications in various parts of society. At the end, she's sharing resources that can help you engage in learning about ageism.
Written by Olivia Earl
Due to the recent increase in media coverage, we've received a lot of questions and volunteer applications. We are working hard to expand our initiatives to more homes in the coming weeks to accommodate everyone that has shown interest in becoming a volunteer. This includes bringing Companion Calls to new care homes as well as another new exciting initiative that will be revealed soon! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please check out our new frequently asked questions page at sageproject.ca/faq and continue to keep an eye out for updates on our social media!