Noojmowin Teg Health Centre: Elders social without walls

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The Challenge

Maintaining relations and social connection is an important part of Indigenous people’s overall wellbeing. Social isolation requirements with COVID-19 have made it challenging for First Nations people on Manitoulin Island, especially Elders (aged 55+) and those with physical disabilities, to find opportunities for social connection. 

The Solution

  • Noojmowin Teg Health Centre recognized the need to facilitate social connection particularly for groups who are typically more isolated in their communities.
  • They organized and have started weekly group telephone connections for FN community members to connect and share traditional teachings, stories, experiences and challenges with each other.
  • It provides Elders (55+) and people with disabilities an opportunity to engage socially, laugh, stimulate their brain, and connect to professionals in the community.
  • Groups are limited to 15 people.

The Process

  • Participant contacts Noojmowin Teg by Phone (705) 368-2182 or Facebook/Twitter to schedule session
  • Participant calls teleconference line to join session
  • Moderator/facilitator welcomes participants, introduces guest speakers or topics
  • The group joins in on the discussions
  • Participants are encouraged to share stories and experiences with one another
  • Session wrap-up

Contact

For more information on Elders Social Without Walls, contact: Chantelle Taylor chantelle [dot] taylor [at] noojmowin-teg [dot] ca

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