Active At Home: Programs and activities for seniors

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Technology Training and Lending Library

Beginning in January 2021, older adults in the Kitchener community will be able to borrow a tablet or Chromebook with or without cellular service for up to a month. For more information or to register for technology training or the lending library contact Sandy Hrubik at 519-741-2200 ext.5079 (TTY 1-866-969-9994) or by email

Kitchener Connections

Kitchener Connections is an interactive, telephone-based, social and recreational program that aims to keep older adults active and engaged in their community from the comfort of their own home. Group based activities are offered at no cost to participants and include Tea Time Chats, Monday Mindfulness and Tuesday Trivia. For a full list of programs, view the Older Adults Events calendar.
For more information or to register for Kitchener Connections, call (519) 741-2200 ext. 7228.

Bits & Bytes Computer Club - Zoom for Beginners

The Bits & Bytes Computer Club Kitchener is supporting Seniors in our community by offering a two-part training program which introduces online video communication to those who have minimal skills when using a computer or tablet. The program is offered online and assistance is provided one-on-one if necessary to get you online for the class. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, email Kristen Braun. For a full list of program dates, view the Older Adults Events calendar.

Seniors Social and Well-being Support Calls

With physical distancing measures in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, the City is supporting Kitchener seniors, who may be feeling isolated, or just want to talk, through regular social and well-being support calls.

If you know a senior who would benefit from this service, please have them contact 519-741-2916 to register. Referrals from friends, family and community agencies are also accepted, provided the senior has given permission to share their contact information and has agreed to receive reassurance calls from the City. Questions about this program can be directed to Bethany Pearce at 519-741-2200 ext. 5081.

Rock Solid Connections

Rock Solid Connections is an interactive Zoom-based social and recreational program that aims to keep older adults active and engaged in their community from the comfort of their own home. Zoom-meeting numbers are available by emailing brenda.vandekeere@kitchener.ca. For a full list of Rock Solid Connections programs, view the Older Adults Events calendar.

Grand Connections Letter Writing Program

To connect our younger citizens and our older neighbours, the City is offering Grand Connections, a new writing program. Community members of all ages are encouraged to submit electronic letters, cards, artwork and messages of hope that City staff will share with an older adult in our community during their regular social support calls and other programs. 
To submit your messages, visit the Grand Connections page on the City’s website or mail them to: 

Grand Connections Program
c/o Downtown Community Centre
35B Weber Street West
Kitchener, ON. N2H 3Z1

The Virtual Y Active Older Adult Workouts

Stay well and healthy at home with the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo active older adult workouts. For a full list of workout videos, visit the Virtual Y YouTube page.

Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington Online Activities

The Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington has a wide-range of online videos available on their YouTube page

Canada’s National Ballet School Sharing Dance Program

Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) wants to share the power of dance and help you find creative ways to keep moving. Bring the joy of dance into your home by visiting the Sharing Dance webpage.

Carizon Friendly Voice Program

Could you use a friendly chat? Carizon and Wellbeing Waterloo just launched the Friendly Voice program, a daily wellbeing check-in to help enhance social connections in our community. For more information visit the Carizon Resource webpage or to register, call 519-743-6333 and ask reception how to get started! 

Community Support Connections 

Community Support Connections offers a wide-range of services, including free virtual exercise classescaregiver support sessions, and reassurance calls

Check out more Active At Home programs and activities: 

For a full list of programs and events, including paid and in-person programming, please visit the Old Adult Programs and Services page.

For a list of weekly activities, programs and events happening in Kitchener, visit our Week at a Glance page.

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