Community News
Daily Routine Important for Seniors

People are afraid of the unknown. If an older adult is losing control over their physical abilities, independence, or cognitive abilities, their world gets filled with more and more unknowns. Establishing routine is extremely important for seniors. A daily routine offers a level of stability that individuals often enjoy, as it allows them to settle into a schedule they understand. Doing the same basic activities like eating, dressing, and bathing at the same time every day is known to improve sleep quality. A predictable routine also helps to reduce stress and anxiety.

With Grace and Ease

Welcome each day with grace and ease. Grace is the state we are in when we are doing nothing, just being who we are at our best. Not pushing or making it happen, instead allowing and in that which is ready to be received. Who we encounter and what we experience throughout the day is not always in our control, but how we approach and take it in is our choice. When we meet life with frustration and resentment, the energies boomerang back and a viscous circle incurs as the energies get trapped. When we raise our own internal vibration, shifting to meet that of grace and ease, it gives us hope, connects us to our humanity and makes us more generous and loving beings. Allowing life to run smoother, welcoming in small gifts of connection along the way.

In Your Community: Happipad Workshops

Happipad has partnered with Seniors Come Share Society to make it safer and easier for individuals to share homes with compatible people. Happipad, the developer of Canada’s first web based companion housing platform, was founded in 2017 and is the leader in providing companion housing solutions that help people live in a way that is more sustainable, resilient, and socially conscious. Happipad will be hosting a series of workshops that are intended to help older adults learn about companion housing and how to take the first steps. The workshops will be hosted monthly via Zoom. You can register at www.happipad.com/companion-housing-workshop, or call Seniors Come Share Society for more information.

Relationships & Aging Well

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult experience for everyone, but seniors have been particularly hit hard by aspects like social distancing measures. Experiencing additional isolation has meant that many seniors have seen a decline in their physical and mental health. Having strong connections with others is crucial to “staying young” by supporting physical and mental health through the aging process. It’s important for seniors to have opportunities to maintain connections with family and friends, even during these challenging times. Meaningful human connection can ensure seniors’ minds, bodies, and spirits are as healthy, lively, and “young” as possible.

September Events

Sept. 7 – Free Legal Clinic – (various times available)
Sept. 9 – Photography Class – 11:00-12:00 pm
Sept. 16 – At your Service 2 – 1:00-2:30 pm.
Sept. 22 – Free Legal Clinic – (various times available)
Sept. 23 – Photography Class – 11:00-12:00pm
For more information or to register please contact Simren at 604-531-9400 ext. 201
*Please note: Due to Covid, events are currently being offered virtually*

Calling all Volunteers

We are recruiting volunteers for various positions in Surrey/ White Rock. Volunteers are the heart of our foundation and without them we would not be able to provide the services we do for our seniors. Even an hour a day goes a long way for many. If you are interested in applying or would like more information please email simren.dhillon@comeshare.ca or call 604-531-9400 ext.201

Caring for the Caregiver

Seniors Come Share Society is fortunate enough to be able to offer free services to support Caregivers in the communities of Surrey and White Rock. The following is a list of just some of the notable free services being offered through the Caring for the Caregiver Program: One-on-one professional emotional support. Help navigating the health care system. Accessing support groups. Referrals to other community resources. Respite services. At this point in time the Caring for the Caregiver program is assisting numerous Caregivers with free services within the communities listed above. Aiding many Caregivers through the process of aging in place and assisting through the process and steps of the health care system. If you or someone you know is caring for a loved one at home and needs extra support, contact Nisa Moman at 604‐531-9400 Ext. 219 or email nisa.moman@comeshare.ca.

Friendly Visiting

After being put on hold for over a year, we are happy to announce the restart of our friendly visiting program coming this September. Friendly visiting is a one-on-one companionship program that allows for volunteers to participate in activities that seniors enjoy doing the most. Whether it’s going for a walk, doing puzzles, or simply just chatting over a cup of coffee, our volunteers will accompany you. To join this program please contact Simren at 604-536-9348.

Introducing Happy Pad

Seniors Come Share Society has partnered with Happipad, the developer of Canada’s first web-based companion housing platform, to expand affordable shared housing opportunities specifically for vulnerable population segments including seniors, students, people with disabilities, and recent immigrants. This partnership is supported in part by funding from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) under the National Housing Strategy Demonstrations Initiative. To learn more, please contact Noel at (604)-531-9400 ext. 214 or by e-mail at noel.pioroda@comeshare.ca

Join Today

Seniors Come Share Society allows individuals to stay engaged in the community even if it’s from the comfort of their own home. We offer programs that stimulate individual’s cognition, provide emotional support, food security and have them engaged in physical activities. Our priority is the well-being of the seniors in our community, therefore we take initiative in advocating for them and assisting them in navigating support. Visit comeshare.ca or SHAREvirtually.com for a list of our programs and events.

Book Club

Living Well with Arthritis: A Sourcebook for Understanding and Managing Your Arthritis Living Well with Arthritis is written by Canadian doctors for Canadians. Its authors, all respected experts in the field, focus not only on medications and complementary treatments, but also on management of the many aspects of life that arthritis can affect. Topics such as dealing with chronic pain and fatigue, developing emotional and social coping strategies, and managing relationships are all explored, taking readers through the steps of how the body is affected, and ways to manage the disease.