Support to Elders

People need people!

Citizen Advocacy - Lonely - originalWe have over 27 people with disabilities in Orléans-Cumberland who are feeling isolated and alone, wishing they had a volunteer friend and advocate through Citizen Advocacy. Most of them will have to wait three years to be matched. Will you help one person to get their name off our waiting list?

Being a volunteer advocate is convenient, flexible, and rewarding. We match people one-on-one, who live in locations convenient to each other, and with similar interests and shared activities. You spend time with your match, with the possibility of also including your family and friends. You get together three or four times a month at your convenience, and do what friends do: go for coffee or beer, take a walk, or get out to an event. This can have a huge impact in the life of someone with a disability who is feeling isolated and alone.

As a friend to someone with a disability you can have a profound effect on their life by reducing loneliness and isolation:

  • reduce isolation
  • help to achieve hopes and dreams
  • develop personal networks and relationships
  • decrease vulnerability
  • increase self-confidence, mental and physical health

As a volunteer, you need to be over the age of 18 and make a minimum commitment of 12 months to this role. Preparation and ongoing support are provided.


Seniors in Orléans have the opportunity to participate in new projects benefiting many in their community

RAFO - Conf de presse 17 avril 2016-WEBOrléans seniors who are looking for the opportunity to benefit their community can now mentor younger generations seeking professional career development by speaking on the highlights of their careers. Also, users of the Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa facility will receive financial support to replace the air-conditioning unit to allow them to continue their indoor social and recreational activities, announced Orléans MP Andrew Leslie, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

The Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre will receive $25,000 to provide two one-day workshop events to have seniors speak on the highlights of their respective careers to an audience seeking professional career development funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The project will help a number of younger professionals in their career development by learning from seniors who will share the lessons and highlights of their careers and experiences.



Old Age Pension (OAS) – Free info sessions

Old Age Security is an income benefit that provides financial support for seniors over 65 – it does not cover medical or disability-related needs. Individuals leaving ODSP and OW must look to other programs to help with their medical or disability-related expenses.  Join free information session and find out about programs that can help. Offered Tuesday, May 3, 2016 OR Wednesday, May 4, 2016 — 10a.m.-11a.m. ■ Registration: 613-238-6819 ext. 450 or write to


Fall Prevention

This month, we pay particular attention to seniors’ safety. Falls are the main reason why older people lose their independence – check the tool Staying independent checklist. Fill out the form and bring it with you to your next visit at the doctor’s office. You can also get a copy at the OCCRC.


Better Strength – Better Balance!

Better Strength Better Balance EN  ~ FREE ~ 12 week exercise and education program and information session for adults over 65.  ■ Call for registration.

Visit this program’s webpage at Ottawa Public or call (613) 580-6744 or  TTY/ATS : (613) 580-9656.




Are you worried about a senior in your community?

Most people want to live at home for as long as they can but, as they get older, they may need more help to do so.

Meet Kim, a mobile hairdresser who sees Anne once a month to do her hair.  Kim was worried about Anne because she is elderly and lives alone. From her monthly visits, Kim learned that Anne needed help with her laundry because she found it hard to move around in her home and was afraid of falling. During one of Anne’s hair appointments, Kim offered to connect Anne to a public health nurse with the Community Connect program at Ottawa Public Health (OPH), and Anne agreed. Kim contacted OPH to discuss Anne’s situation, and a public health nurse was able to connect Anne to a local agency that provides in-home help for seniors.

The Community Connect program is a service aimed at helping older adults in declining health or living conditions to access resources in the community.  OPH offers training to groups, such as hairdressers, and other local businesses who routinely see older adults, to help them identify who might be at risk.  As well, public health nurses provide assessment and referral services for persons who have been identified as needing some additional support.

Kim was hesitant to help Anne at first but is happy she called OPH. Kim’s story is one example of how people in the community can recognize older adults who are starting to struggle with living independently and can step in with the offer to help connect them to services and supports.

Support the older adults that you know, and help them stay safe and independent:

  • Look for a change in their health or well-being, like a change in how they act
  • Listen to their concerns and ask if they would like some help
  • Connect with Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744

To learn more about the Community Connect program and how you can help someone in need, call Ottawa Public Health at (613) 580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656) or visit us online at

Services / Information / Activities

L.E.S.A. PROGRAM (Life Enrichment for Senior Adults)

A program for adults over the age of 55 who experience problems associated with alcohol, medications, other drugs, and gambling. Older adults living independently in Ottawa-Carleton can access these confidential and specialized addictions treatment programs free of charge. You can meet with a worker at the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre by appointment only. Contact us at (613) 233-5430.

Community Support Services 

Program offered to the elders in Gloucester, Orléans and Cumberland. The Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre works collaboratively with the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre (EORC) to coordinate more than a dozen services. For more information about this program, please call (613) 741-6025 or visit the EORC’s website at

A day centre is open to seniors for more services located at 1515 Tenth Line Rd. – adjacent to Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in Orléans.