Municipal Programming for Seniors in Geraldton is coordinated by the Elderly Person’s Centre. A full time Coordinator plans and implements activities through discussion with Seniors. Some of the activities provided include Bridge, Cribbage, Carpet Bowling, Shuffleboard, Exercise Programs. Programming is based on the interests of the group and changed as needed. There are special events such as the Mini-Games and Carpet Bowling tournament that involve participation of Seniors from other communities within Greenstone. The Coordinator also arranges guest speakers and visitors to present information of relevance to Seniors. Some are scheduled to run on a regular basis such as the monthly blood pressure clinic and some are run as special events.
The Coordinator is also responsible for providing scheduled transportation with the para-transit bus to assist Seniors with shopping, attending appointments and attending special events.
For more information regarding Seniors’ programs in Geraldton please contact Debbie Salerno, Elderly Person’s Centre Coordinator at 854-1607
The Pioneer Club is a private group which also plans and implements activities for Seniors. There is an annual membership fee and some of the events are restricted to access by Club members only. Some of the events hosted by the Pioneer Club are monthly potluck suppers, special occasion luncheons such as Valentine’s Day, and an annual Christmas supper. The Pioneer Club utilizes space within the Elderly Person’s Centre. The Pioneer club holds fundraising events such as the “Shopper’s Bingo” to offset costs. Mrs. Irene Marszowski is the current Club President.
The Elderly Person’s Centre and the Pioneer Club work together to provide betterment to seniors of the community.
The Senior’s Club in Longlac is a private group that plans and implements it’s own activities according to the interests of the group. The Municipality provides the building for such and employs a part-time worker who provides transportation via the para-transit bus and cleaning services for the building. Transportation is provided for similar activities to those provided in Geraldton—shopping, appointments, special events. For more information regarding transportation services for Seniors in Longlac please contact the Longlac Ward Office at 876-2316. Mrs. Madeline Owca is the current President of the Longlac Seniors Club.
In both Geraldton and Longlac the staff employed to work with Seniors oversee the maintenance of the Lifeline service. Lifeline is a personal response system. It is connected to telephone lines and the subscriber wears a personal help button which they can activate at any time. Municipal staff maintain the system by providing training to new subscribers, setting up systems, maintaining units and assisting with mechanical difficulties. Subscribers pay a monthly fee for service. The Municipality does all of the necessary purchasing for new units and replacement parts and covers the cost of such. For more information on the Lifeline Program please contact Nancy Proteau, Director of Community Services at 854-2511.
The Municipality also provides a Homecare Program in Nakina. Support workers assist seniors with identified needs in areas of daily living. For more information regarding this program please contact the Nakina Ward Office at 329-5361.
The Beardmore Evergreens and Nakina Sunrise Club are independent groups and should be contacted directly for information.