Seniors Serving Seniors
Our Impact Why We Exist
Seniors Serving Seniors was established as a non-profit agency in 1981 to create a caring and supportive bridge between community resources and the needs of seniors.
We dedicate ourselves to the research, collection and dissemination of information, and the support of seniors in transition. Our programs and services are offered free of charge and run almost solely by volunteers who promote and encourage independence and support the well-being of seniors.
Our Story What We Do
Seniors Serving Seniors (SSS) is the 'go-to' organization for information on seniors' services. We maintain a comprehensive database of services for seniors in the Capital Region that are available through federal and provincial governments, community centres, fee-for-service providers, and Island Health departments.
The database of seniors services is essential to the work we do from connecting seniors and their families with services that will enhance their quality of life and reduce stress in time of need to producing a 55 page Seniors' Services Directory used widely by professionals working with seniors to supporting seniors in transition who are in need of community resources.
Our Programs How We Do It
Every year approximately 75 volunteers contribute 5,500 hours and assist 10,000 seniors in Greater Victoria through:
- Seniors' Services Directory — 25,000 copies distributed every 2 years, a 55-page handbook of resources covering such areas as activity centres, communication aids, home help, housing options, meals and nutrition, public health nursing, safety and security, volunteer services and much more.
- Senior Link Information Telephone Line, operates Monday to Thursday and assists 1,800 individuals with referrals to community services, manned by volunteers with in-depth knowledge of seniors' issues.
- Return to Health Visitors provide weekly visits to 250 live-alone seniors following a hospital stay, volunteers assist their clients to maintain their dignity, self-worth and independence by promoting personal contact and activities through the transition.
- Peer Counselling for seniors in transition through grief, illness and/or lifestyle change. Volunteer non-professional counsellors are trained to provide active listening, emotional support and empathy with lifestyle changes. They offer encouragement towards self-help and exploration of choices.
What You Can Do
We invite you to join the dynamic volunteer team for our Senior Peer Counseling and Return to Health programs.
Training and working tools to address age-related issues is provided once a year in the Fall for individuals who want to volunteer for these two programs.
EXAMPLES OF EDUCATION: (Speakers are all experts from the community)
- Aging process — the effects of disease on normal aging
- Effective communication skills
- Community programs and resources and how to access them
- Identifying mental health problems
- Nutrition - healthy eating for seniors
- Long term care programs. Understanding the healthcare system
- Visiting skills for volunteers
PLEASE REGISTER BY PHONING Jane at 250.382.4331.