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Stay connected this winter with virtual activities in Waterloo Region

One program will allow older residents to rent tablets and Chromebooks for up to a month
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The City of Waterloo is encouraging older residents to stay healthy this winter by offering a virtual series to keep their minds sharp.

This follows the city's fall wellness event, "Staying healthy and well: a virtual series for seniors,” which had 279 residents viewing and participating. 

This weekly online series covers a range of topics to encourage physical and mental health in the community's seniors.

Starting next Wednesday and running the same time every week between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., the first session will feature gentle movement meditation.

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The sessions are available to residents 55-years-old and older as well as any adults and caregivers.

If you would like to sign up, visit the city's event page

The City of Kitchener is also featuring some programs to encourage older residents to stay active and stay connected.

Launching this month, one of the programs includes a new technology called lending library that will allow residents to rent tablets and Chromebooks for up to a month, as well as training geared toward older adults. 

The city has partnered up with the Bits and Bytes computer club to put together a virtual group or individual training program. 

To register, you can reach out to Sandy Hrubik at sandy.hrubik@kitchener.ca.

Some new additions have also made it into the Active at Home virtual programs, including strength training, flexercise, chair yoga, stretch classes, stability ball, and memoir writing. If you would like to register, visit Active Net

As the pandemic has limited our interaction with others, the city is also featuring various connecting programs like social support calls for those who are feeling isolated. 

There is also the Connected @ Home program, which helps older adults stay active at home with curated activity boxes, the Grand Connections Letter Writing program that encourages community members to submit electronic letters to share with older adults, and Rock Solid Connections, which allow residents to join programs like guitar jams and a weekly social coffee chat. 

More details about these connectivity programs can be checked out on the city's website.  

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