National Seniors Day

National Seniors Day

National Seniors Day is October 1

This is an occasion where all Canadians can join in celebrating older adults across Canada - whether a parent, a co-worker, a neighbour, or a friend. The Government of Canada is proud to acknowledge the life-long contributions our nation’s seniors have made and continue to make to their families, communities and society. Our government is focused on improving income security, social inclusion, health and housing for seniors.

It is easy to show your respect and gratitude for the older adults in your life. There are many options to thank the seniors in your life for all of their hard work and show them just how much they're appreciated. Here are just a few:

  • Say "thank you"
  • Take a walk together
  • Cook a meal together
  • Treat them to a day out
  • Post a message on the Seniors in Canada Facebook page

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Note: This transcript has been translated from French to English.

I knew I was isolated. I had been withdrawn from society for a number of years. And… The more withdrawn you are, the more you withdraw. You have no markers or benchmarks. And during this time, life goes on and, in reality, you just … you just find it boring.

When Danielle joined my painting course, she kept to herself. She did not reveal anything about herself. From week to week, she moved her chair closer. She became integrated into the group. And I noticed that she was not the same Danielle. It was a transformation! She was really in her element.

To feel like I am needed and to realize that I need others: that is what I missed! I thought that it did not exist or that it no longer existed. Currently, I really feel like I have found myself. It is art that has stimulated me and that makes me feel alive. And makes me feel useful in some way. . .

The grant received gave them the opportunity to dare. The impact is huge! We don’t know what the consequences of all this will be.

If you are happy, the people around you will probably be happy too. Happiness spreads. This little flame, which was extinguished, has been lit. And I want to keep it burning. Now, that’s it, I nurture my life. My life.

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You’ve got to be part of the solution. And you have to be part of creating a community. There’s no such thing as retirement. It’s; what’s the next gig?

Hello my name is Joseph Cull and I teach fitness classes to the older adult population, 55 plus.

Well I think when you’re working with people who have lived lives and lived them well and have been very active, you have to be very respectful of that.

The perception that all older people need is to somehow get to medical appointments and to be looked after it is ridiculous. Many of the people are contributors right across the board in society.

Joseph’s class is as much about a giving spirit as it is about fitness.

I like to laugh. I do not take myself very seriously.

Again there’s a camera in the room, beware of your chins.

Joseph has a sense of humour. He gets us all laughing.

La la la la la. Hummm.

And the wonderful thing about working with older adults is you get to see stuff first hand that you have never experienced. So, Love, the loss of a long term love, I mean I can’t even imagine it. I don’t actually even want to. I think when you have a full, rich life and you’re surrounded with love then everything is kind of okay and you can deal with it one way or the other.

As long as you can, you’ve got to give back and you’ve got to create the community you want to live in.

Goodbye kids.

Oh goodbye.

There we go.

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