Staying Socially Engaged Within Your Community
Mosaic will be teaming up with North York Seniors Centre on Friday, January 19th for an informative event at our Markham Office where you can learn ways to contribute to the community, techniques to connect with others, and discover programs and services that are available to you.
North York Seniors Centre will speak about the programs that they offer to the community.
A week later on Friday, January 26th Mosaic will host the same event at our Toronto Office, this time featuring a speaker from the Anne Johnson Health Station along with Mosaic’s Jane Teasdale.
If you are looking to become an active participant within your community, and find meaning in contributing to your community these are great events to attend.
For those of you who know Mosaic, or have attended one of their many community events you will be aware of the importance it places on social integration through community participation.
The benefits of greater community involvement and social interaction are many. They include the physical and mental health benefits that contribute to longevity amongst older adults. But this is not the only reason older adults should become socially integrated. The wider community itself benefits from the older adults contributing to their communities, through their experience and knowledge acquired throughout their years.
Yes, we want to be able to draw in those older adults who may be socially isolated, through no reason of their own, but we also want to be able to draw in all those individuals who have a belief in a wider, bigger more active community of meaning, being and social interaction. Whatever our physical age may be our minds have no boundaries. All ages can be vibrant and creative.
The lack of integrated all age friendly communities is a key concern for many. How do we create a community that is accessible to older adults with different interests and needs?
This has led to older adults in our communities to slip through the cracks and caused increased concerns over social isolation and loneliness, especially with respect to their mental and physical well-being.
But things can change. In an interesting TED talk by Susan Pinker titled “The Secret to Living Longer May be Your Social Life” the top predictors to living longer were close relationships and social integration. The stronger your relationships with friends and family members and the more you interact with people on a daily basis will help to contribute to a longer life. To help address the issue of social isolation and loneliness in our community Mosaic hosts free educational events, offers companionship services, sponsor community-based events hosted by other organizations and agencies and have developed a person centered approach to our home care model as a standard. Mosaic understands the importance of socialization in our communities and the importance of participating within your community and looks to support this through our community events at our Community Resource Centre locations.
What does “community” mean to you? Starting in January Mosaic will look to explore what community is and look to the community itself to participate and help shape this event. Our new monthly event “Mosaic Social Time!” will look to build communities in a new way offering individuals the opportunity to have fun, socialize, and put forward ideas to help make their communities a better place. Every month Mosaic will host at both our Markham and Toronto Office’s a fun-filled afternoon featuring either discussions, activities or games every month. We will encourage attendees to contribute by asking them to contribute their ideas on how the event can be improved over time, or if they would like to lead the discussion or activity.
At Mosaic we believe that older adults are an integral part in making our communities a better place through their knowledge and experience that they have developed and refined over their lives.
Our commitment to community and the ability of people of all ages means that our focus is on inclusion, growth, creativity, building a greater community and a greater sense of being and meaning. Older adults play a very important role in developing the community that we envision.
If you are looking to help shape your community and meet other like-minded individuals in your community contact Mosaic at 905 – 597 – 7000 to register.
How can you remain social within your community? Mosaic will be teaming up with North York Seniors Centre on Friday, January 19th for an informative event at our Markham Office where you can learn ways to contribute to the community, techniques to connect with others, and discover programs and services that are available to you. North York Seniors Centre will speak about the programs that they offer to the community. A week later on Friday, January 26th Mosaic will host the same event at our Toronto Office, this time featuring a speaker from the Anne Johnston Health Station along with Mosaic’s Jane Teasdale. if you are looking to become and active participant within your community, and find meaning in contributing to your community this is a great event to attend.
These events look to offer members of the community strategies and ways that they can contribute and participate in their communities. These upcoming events provide a unique opportunity for individuals to participate and help create, contribute and build their community by opening up the possibility of turnings ideas into reality. The ultimate goal of this event is to provide participants with an avenue to find meaning through building their community with their own hands!