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Shopping bus ridership doubles in less than a month 

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Shopping bus ridership doubles in less than a month 
Local residents stocked up at Foodland in Omemee last week, one of the stops on the second test run of the free, local weekly shopping bus.

More than 130 riders took advantage of the second test run of a weekly shopping bus currently being tested for Kawartha Lakes.

The shopping bus is part of a resident-drafted, three-point plan to expand rural transportation for communities across Kawartha Lakes. Originally tested for a day in July, last week’s second trial run had a different route which included stops in: Lindsay, Long Beach, Fenelon Falls, Eganridge (to offer summer visitors a way to explore the area), Bobcaygeon, Dunsford, Omemee and Bethany.

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Aging in Place: Community effort needed to keep seniors home

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Aging in Place: Whole community effort needed to keep seniors home
Community Care client Penny Davidson of Lindsay and Personal Support Worker Anne Line. Photo: Community Care.

Keeping seniors in their homes for as long as possible is not the work of any one, single community group. Even Community Care Network – with its 9,000 clients across Kawartha Lakes – can’t do it alone. That’s why Mike Puffer, communications officer for Community Care Health and Care Network, says he likes to stress the word ‘network’ when it comes to all that they do. It takes a whole community to meet the needs of seniors, he says, especially when the work is centred on ensuring as much independence for people as possible, or ‘aging in place.’

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PSWs love what they do and show leadership by serving

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PSWs love what they do and show leadership by serving

Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and caregivers are an intricate part of health care for any age, and indeed are overworked and underpaid for the responsibility we hold.

But the decision to serve others should not be taken lightly; it’s a commitment, not only to those you serve, but to those you serve with. If we are to assist 13 seniors out of bed each morning and our fellow PSW calls out sick, then our workload can quickly nearly double, affecting patient care in some settings.

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The crime that few people see in Kawartha Lakes

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The crime that few people see in Kawartha Lakes

It’s been called the form of abuse that few see. For something that is unseen to a great degree, elder abuse certainly affects a huge number of people in our community. Experts say that elder abuse could be found in the lives of up to 10 per cent of older adults in our community. That could be close to 1,000 Kawartha Lakes residents. If that isn’t alarming enough, the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse says that only one in 12 cases gets reported. Unseen, yet definitely not insignificant.

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PSW stories from the heart

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PSW stories from the heart

After being notified that the last article about Personal Support Workers had over 190,000 views, I realize that writing from the heart must be something the public likes.

Feedback about being a PSW — one of the toughest jobs in health care — was agreed upon by most comments left by engaged readers. And some said that PSWs should never be working short, but that’s a question not for management, but for our new premier of Ontario.

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Being a PSW is one of the toughest jobs in the caring professions

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Being a PSW is one of the toughest jobs in the caring professions

I can still remember it like it was yesterday, I was 17 years old and knew that I wanted to help others as a vocation. I took the nursing program in Barrie and completed my first two semesters before realizing that in order to complete the program I would have to raise more funds. So I moved home to Lindsay to save up. Funny thing about being an 18 year old in college for many of us is that life skills — like budgeting — was not a strong point.

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Aging in the Kawarthas: Creativity required

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Aging in Place: Whole community effort needed to keep seniors at home

Seniors who call Kawartha Lakes their home can consider themselves blessed as we live in a lovely place. Small towns, with good neighbours, accessible health care, and a beautiful environment to get outside and enjoy the sights.

But aging in place can be more of a challenge than a lot of seniors hope, as discussed in the last few articles. Gone are the days when neighbourhood kids show up to help shovel snow and, given that we are a very rural environment, if you don’t have access to a vehicle our public transportation can be tricky.

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Pros and cons in accommodations for seniors in the Kawarthas

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Pros and cons in accommodations for seniors in the Kawarthas

In the first edition of Aging in the Kawarthas we briefly discussed the aging population of Ontario and options for local seniors who wish to remain in the Kawarthas as they age in place.

Some seniors, or substitute decision makers, choose to leave their home and seek alternative living arrangements such as private retirement homes or long-term care facilities. However it’s no longer as easy as “Mom is going to have to go into a home” as we hear in the community very often. Keep Reading

Aging in Kawartha Lakes: Challenge and Opportunity

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This is part one of six in a series about aging in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

I’ve had the privilege to call Lindsay my home from as far back as I can remember. Like many home-grown kids from a small town, the primary goal was to leave this community at the first opportunity – and that’s what I did. I did so not knowing that one day I would be back in our area to raise my own family and once again call Lindsay home.

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Lindsay Probus Club recruits new blood with historian John Boyko

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Lindsay Probus Club recruits new blood with historian John Boyko in town
Historian and author John Boyko in Lindsay on April 10.

The Lindsay Men’s Probus Club hopes to attract new members in April by bringing well-known author and historian to town, John Boyko.

The open invitation meeting will be held April 10, in the hope that they may consider joining the club on a permanent basis.

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