Staying healthy, active and connected to your community is important as you age. That is why government is asking those involved in a well-established adult day program in the Annapolis Valley to create a model other rural communities can use to start their own programs to support older Nova Scotians.
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is receiving $210,000 from the province to build on the success of the Adult Day Program that started at its Annapolis Valley Campus in Middleton 10 years ago. It is a caregiver respite care program offering recreation and social programming for seniors. NSCC students also help seniors with haircuts and styling, preparing meals and staying socially active.
The investment will allow NSCC to work with its partners, including Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), to develop best practices to help other communities interested in starting a Centre of Rural Aging and Health (CORAH) program. The goal is to make it easier for older Nova Scotians to access services and resources in their communities by offering them in one location. It will be expanded to three more communities across the province.
“We want to leverage the great work happening at NSCC’s Annapolis Valley Campus and see how we can apply its knowledge to help other communities benefit from this innovative co-operative approach,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We hope more communities will look to start programs like this to support aging Nova Scotians in their communities.”
The college will develop an evaluation framework to ensure subsequent programs meet the needs of seniors and the communities they serve. NSCC is also developing a Community Transportation Map of Nova Scotia to enable seniors to navigate their communities.
“With help from many people along the way, my husband Fred and I were able to access the many resources we needed during his journey with Parkinson’s. The Adult Day Program in Middleton stands out because it kept him healthy in mind and body, and the social interaction with the staff and the other clients, as well as the NSCC students, daycare children and other visitors was invaluable. “
Maggie Rice, caregiver to her late husband Fred Rice
Adult Day Program: https://www.von.ca/en/annapolis/service/adult-day-program
SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population: https://novascotia.ca/shift/