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Contemporary Realities of Seniors

By 2036 nearly one out of every four Canadians will be a senior (Statistics Canada, 2010). OneHub Growth acknowledges this demographic shift and strives to address the challenges that will arise out of our ageing population. According to the Out of the Shadows report, older adults may experience mental health problems such as depression or anxiety, cognitive difficulties such as dementia, and physical illnesses associated with aging. There is also the effect of ageism in Canadian society. Seniors who live with a mental health issue may face a “double whammy” of stigma. It is the stigma of being older along with the stigma of mental illness (Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, 2006). When it comes to immigrant populations, older immigrants may even experience social isolation, language barriers, and financial insecurity.

To work with seniors, OneHub Growth takes the responsibility of addressing the social determinants of mental health such as social isolation. We notice that some factors may contribute to social exclusion including low income, inadequate English skills, and availability of a social support network. Therefore, we play a role in mental health promotion by launching our Digital Communication Skills program. Our staff and volunteers value the capacity of individuals and believe that seniors can gain computer skills to maintain social connections with others.

Digital Communication Skills for Seniors

The digital communication skills program educates the public on how to use applications that can help with their day-to-day lives.

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