Elder Care

Day Programs for Seniors

Being elderly, frail, or living with dementia does not have to mean a life of isolation and boredom. Here in the GTA and surrounding regions we are fortunate to have a wide variety of day programs, seniors’ centres and even overnight respite programs for seniors. No matter what the seniors’ health or interests, financial status, or location, there’s sure to be something to suit.

Speaking with a reporter from the Toronto Star in April, Bianca Stern, executive director of culture, arts and innovation at Baycrest Health Sciences Centre noted: “It’s not just bingo and beading. Over time we’ve gained a greater understanding of the kinds of approaches that help people with dementia thrive rather than survive.”

While each program is different, most provide participants with the chance to engage in a variety of social, recreational, and physical activities. Many include meals and snacks. The programs are designed to preserve clients’ level of mental and physical functioning, providing respite and support to caregivers, and help individuals remain at home in their own community.

Photo Credit: Elderly Woman In Bathing Cap; CC Image courtesy of homecaregiverstore on Flickr

Photo Credit: Elderly Woman In Bathing Cap; CC Image courtesy of homecaregiverstore on Flickr

There is often a charge for the programs, but subsidies may be available, as well as coverage through some health plans.

For a list of programs organized by region throughout the GTA for seniors who are frail, visit The Toronto Central Healthline.

For a list of programs specifically designed for people with various degrees of and types of dementia, visit the The Toronto Dementia Network.

The Community Navigation and Access Program (CNAP), also provides links to a variety of programs and services, including respite and overnight care. You can reach them at 1-877-540-6565 or online at http://cnap.ca/

For a list of GTA fitness, recreational, and social programs – which include such activities as crafts, cards, educational talks, and outings – for healthy seniors, visit The Toronto Central Healthline.

There are also a number of centres which offer similar programming. Information on them can be also found at The Toronto Central Healthline.

The City of Toronto offers seniors day programs at three locations across the city; Bendale Acres (located in Scarborough), Cummer Lodge (located in North York), and Kipling Acres (located in Etobicoke). For general information email ltc-comm@toronto.ca or call our intake line at 416-392-8545.