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Fulfilling the dreams of seniors in Nova Scotia during COVID-19

We Are Young (WAY) Association is a not-for-profit whose aim it is to grant unfulfilled wishes to seniors living in Nova Scotia. Through the granting of wishes, WAY hopes to raise social awareness about the inequalities of seniors, honour the role they play in society, and help bridge the gap between generations.
During COVID-19, where social distancing and personal protective equipment play a vital role, WAY has had to rethink its strategy of helping seniors feel valued and connected to their community.

Mental health and exercise: working together for wellbeing

The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health crisis or be diagnosed with a mental illness. By age 40, that ratio increases to every 1 in 2 Canadians. While the benefits of physical activity on physical health are well known, being active can also be an effective pathway to good mental health. Here's how.

The impact of stress on your mental health

In today’s society, many things can be a source of stress. So how can you limit the impacts of stress on your physical and mental health? Here's more on how stress affects our mental and physical health as well as tips on managing your stress:

How to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19

In many ways, parenthood is a continuous lesson in flexibility and adapting to changes. The pandemic has certainly proven that to be true for everyone, including parents juggling changes in schooling, daycare and other areas. In addition to adapting to how COVID-19 has impacted back to school plans for everyone, this maman is getting ready to pivot on what it means for certain activities that are coming up.
 

Help Desk for Indigenous Leadership: Supporting remote communities remotely

Chapados is doing a virtual walkthrough of the COVID-19 isolation centre she’s worked to set up for members of the five Nations that make up the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council. On the other end of the line is the Canadian Red Cross. A two-person team made up of experts in emergency response and health. This is the Help Desk for Indigenous Leadership in action.
 

Community grant helps provide role models and mentorship for young Black girls

For Aisha Addo, the Power To Girls Foundation is a labour of love.
Addo created the Power To Girls Foundation, to empower marginalized Afro-diaspora girls in the Greater Toronto Area and abroad. Founded in 2011, this non-profit organization offers mentorship, personal development, relationship building, mental health, leadership, and entrepreneurship to young girls.

What I learned after having to self-isolate with no warning

I was at home when I got the call. Thanks to the work of contact tracers, my husband was informed that he had potentially been exposed to COVID-19 and needed to get tested ASAP. While we waited for the results of our tests, we would need to immediately stay home and not leave. Here's what I learned after having to self-isolate with no warning. 

Improving seniors’ safety and wellbeing in the home

Often a senior’s wellbeing involves looking into day-to-day safety to prevent injuries or even inconveniences. Here are some tips that may prove useful for seniors, especially during the pandemic.

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