As with many of our services during this pandemic, staff has been working to find a balance that provides options to the community, while still ensuring the highest level of safety.

Note that some facilities will operate on reduced hours to support our gradual, phased approach to re-opening.  As capacity builds and need is established, any temporary measures will be reviewed and adjusted as needed. 

Modified Hours of Operation - effective November 12, 2020

 Facility

Schedule

Special Considerations – Public Entrance

Cambridge Centre for the Arts (CCA)

David Durward Centre (DDC)

Tues -  8:30am - 4pm

Wed -   8:30am - 9pm

Thurs - 8:30am - 4pm

 

Tues/Wed/Thurs - Public entrance is DDC 8:30-4pm

Wed only - Public Entrance is CCA 4-9pm  

Allan Reuter Centre (ARC)

Thurs - 9am - 4pm

ARC 1 – King Street

William E. Pautler Centre

Conditioning Room and Pickleball hours

Mon 9-noon, Tues 1-4pm, Wed 9-noon, Fri 9- noon

South doors of The Hub

Ted Wake Centre (Johnson Centre)

Mon-Fri 9-4pm

Sliding doors, upper parking lot

View our Fall 50+ Recreation Centre Newsletter to learn more about future program options, and clubs that may interest you.

For more information about programs and services that are available to help seniors lead healthy, active, and engaged lives over 65, please visit ontario.ca/Seniors.

Learn how to register for a program.

NOTE:  Program Registration is on pause to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Registration for non-aquatic recreation programs will be temporarily paused in an effort to help slow COVID-19.  Drop-in programs will still be available.

Staff will continue to monitor drop-in class capacity and implement other temporary measures as needed. Residents are asked to continue to sign up for drop-in classes in advance to help control class sizes.

The City is committed to keeping the health and safety of the Cambridge community as its top priority. With Public Health indicating that a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has started, it is more important than ever to follow a safe and cautious approach to providing recreation services.

Visit www.cambridge.ca/recreation to start browsing our drop-in programs. Please note, swimming lessons will still be going forward as scheduled.

We thank the community for your patience and will update if there are further adjustments or changes.

There are many recreation programs you may still  participate in from the comfort of your home.

Perhaps you would like to register for one or all of the WOW Social programs?  These programs are hosted over the telephone with other participants, offering a number of different topics (i.e., trivia games, musical entertainment etc.)

If you are a Facebook follower you will be pleased to hear that there is now a 50+ Facebook page with lots of great links to online events


The City of Cambridge has four 50+ Recreation Centres which offer a variety of great activities for active older adults! Whether you are looking to get fit or stay fit, learn a new instrument or art form, expand your knowledge or enjoy a friendly game of cards, we have something for everyone.

An annual membership to our 50+ Recreation Centres costs $31.82(plus HST) and includes access to all four 50+ community centres, free drop-in programs, a discount on registered program fees, access to clubs and more!


Cancelled Events for 2020

Please note that the Chesley Lake Getaway, and the Allan Reuter Centre Golf Tournament have been cancelled. The organizing committees hope that you may all take part in 2021.


 

Recreation & Leisure Resources for Older Adults While Practicing Physical Distancing

 Physical Activities (updated July 16/20)

Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) and Baycrest Health Sciences want you to dance from home – or wherever you are this summer!  This free pilot will include new fully seated 20-minute class videos online weekly.

In the context of national physical distancing recommendations, this new pilot is designed to engage with seniors directly and used by individuals (individually or with support if needed) that can be done outside of the group class context. The classes in this pilot are taught by professional dance teachers from NBS, with live musical accompaniment and content will develop physically and artistically with each class. Dancers will be able to move through the content at their own pace, and can revisit their favorite classes.

Course date: Begins Monday, July 20th

Course duration: 6 weeks (new classes available every week and available at your convenience)

Length of each class: Approximately 20 minutes

View more information regarding the pilot project.  View a brief video, or to register.


The Local YMCA’s have compiled a number of options to keep you active at home. Opportunities for all ages and abilities. Classes include Zumba, Zumba Gold, Beginner and Advanced Bootcamp as well as Flow and weight classes.  


Von Smart Program Exercise and Falls Prevention Program - group excersie that is high mobility-low impact.


Falls training program (12 training modules provided by the Upper Grand Family Health Team & VON Canada).


The National Institute of Aging - Go 4 Life Program has provided strength & flexibility exercises.


MOSSA Moves is offering several free workout sessions for individuals of all levels of fitness.


Gentle Chair Yoga (30 minute session) provided by University Health - LEAP Service.


Walking/Mindfulness - daily walking 10 minute mindful practices.

 Arts & Culture
 

Experience virtual museum tours from around the world, an alternative to in-person visits: 

Royal Ontario Museum - Toronto, British Museum - London, Guggenheim Museum - New York, and National Gallery of Art - Washington DC., Musee d'Orsay - Paris, National Museum of Contemporary Art - Seoul, Pergamon Museum - Berlin, Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum - Amsterdam, The J Paul Getty Museum - Los Angeles, Uffizi Gallery - Florence,  MASP - Sao Paulo, and National Museum of Anthropology - Mexico City.


The Museum is offering several live streamed events, activities, and learning resources.


Virtual art classes, tours and exhibitions via the Homer Watson House and Gallery.

View sea life virtually from popular aquariums - Ripleys Aquarium of Canada, and the  Vancouver Aquarium


Endless virtual opportunities to view landmarks, art, history, cultural sites and architecture from around the world. 


National Arts Centre is providing a number of scheduled performances by Canadian Artists from various venues that have been impacted by the current covid-19 pandemic.


Awe inspiring Cirque du Soleil show footage and fan favourite videos.  Exercise the cirque way, learn new makeup techniques or dive into virtual reality.


Interested in viewing some Unesco sites?  Take a virtual tour without having to leave your home.

 Crafts/DIY Projects
 

There are many sewing projects that you may enjoy including the Cambridge Memorial Hospital sewing mask challenge,  creating DIY reusable produce bags,  DIY tote bags, and you may like to check out HGTV's 10 easy sewing projects for beginners.  Create your own hand-sewn face mask - no sewing machine required.


If knitting is more you thing why not try to knit a simple dishcloth, or absolute beginners may wish to try your hand at knitting a scarf, and for those of you wishing to help a great cause why not knit hats for premature babies


There are many online colouring books that you may wish to download, enabling you to spend some relaxing moments  seeing your creations come to life.  Try the world museum colouring book, Super Colouring Pages for adults, or try Just Colour which offers various colouring pages to suit your mood.


Enjoy painting?  Why not sit back, relax and enjoy the images that Bob Ross has to offer.


If you fancy trying your hand at drawing why not check out the quick beginner's guide to drawing.

 Education and Information

Feel like doing some online learning?  The Massachusettes Institute of Learning (MIT) is offering free and open publication of thousands of MIT courses within their curriculum, ranging from introductory to the most advanced graduate level.  Best of all there is no sign up required, no enrollment needed, and no start and end dates.  Happy learning.


OpenLearn is providing free access to gradudate and undergraduate course materials including subjects such as arts, history, business and education, to information technology, math, science, and statistiacs, health and technology.  They have provided many options for you to choose from.


Perhaps you would like to try learning a new language while at home?  Duolingo provides a free service to teach several different languages with quick, daily lessons. 


Get your popcorn ready, sit back and enjoy hundreds of shows, movies and live t.v. from CBC's free streaming services.

 Nature
 

Explore birding in your local area, and learn what species you see when out walking (practicing proper social distancing).  Ebird is a collaborative tool where users may upload local bird sightings, which aids as useful research for conservation areas regarding the local biodiversity.


Interested in visiting one of Canada's National ParksParks Canada has put a number of its parks on google street view, thereby allowing you to travel to new parks destinations from the comfort of your home.  Check out parts of Banff National Park, as well as some historical sites.


Take some time to view The Nature of Things.  CBC's website has various nature docuseries uploaded on various topics such as Canada's grasslands to Arctic ice.

 Games & Puzzles
 

Crossword puzzles are a great way to engage the mind while passing the time.  We've got a few options to you - why not give them a try?  Washington Post CrosswordsBest Crosswords, Readers Digest Canada, or Boatload Puzzles.


Wordsearch Puzzles are always a fun activity to while away the hours - so give these a try.  The Alzheimer Society of Canada has provided some online puzzles for your enjoyment,  you may enjoy The Word Search, or WordSearchPuzzles.


Sudoku more you thing?  We've got some online challenges for you - Sudoku.com, 24/7 Sudoku, and the NY Times Sudoku.


Is your brain in need of a workout?  Why not try some brain teasers/trivia games and give your brain some exercise!


Jig Saw puzzles - try these out & you won't lose any pieces on the floor while completing them!  Jig Saw Planet, and Jig Saw Explorer.

WOW.......

No Technology/Device Required (just a home phone)

 

Are you looking for something to do that doesn't involve having to utilize your device/technology?  Perhaps you have a relative, friend, or neighbour that does not have access to the internet and you're looking for suggestions to keep them engaged. 

Feel free to share Activities for Older Adults to Do At Home Without Technology.


WOW Social is here! 

 

If you have a phone then you can join WOW Social.  The program is an extension of the Without Walls (WOW) telephone service that’s open to all older adults in the city. This program offers groups of people the opportunity to get together over the phone for conversation, trivia games, bingo, and even musical sessions while our in-person programs and services are closed.  Be sure to spread the word to anyone you know that may be interested in this type of program - we hope to hear from them soon!

 

WOW Virtual is here!

 

WOW Virtual is interactive video based programming from the comfort of your home by using your camera via you internet connected device (desktop computer, laptop, tablet or SmartPhone).  Topics include a crafter's corner, bingo, virtual tours etc.


Contribute To Cambridge 2020: Local History of a Pandemic

We invite you to participate in a new initiative to capture a unique snapshot in time.

Cambridge 2020: Local History of a Pandemic is a digital archive project to collect personal experiences of living, working and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participating will take just a few minutes but your contributions will become a valuable part of our archival collection. We would like the project to represent the experiences of many different people and sectors across the community. Submissions can include written accounts, photos, drawings, and even audio and video recordings - whatever has been a significant experience for you or your group.

Visit engageCambridge.ca for more information and to submit your mementoes electronically. Anyone submitting will be asked to provide consent for their items to be collected and shared through future displays. Feel free to invite others you know that might be interested in participating.

Thank you in advance for taking part in this important initiative that will help document this period of history for the Cambridge community.

The Celebration Interview Project

The four Age Friendly Committees of Waterloo Region have joined together to highlight the contributions and community involvement of several older adults from the Region in The Celebration Interview Project.

These people have embraced their status as a senior, and rather than see it as an impediment or liability, they have chosen to use the advantages of their age and life experience to give back to their community!


Useful Agency Information to Access During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Staying Healthy In a Time of Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19, so how can we all feel safe, connected and vibrant during this necessary time of physical distancing?  Let’s begin by focusing on the TOP 10 things we CAN DO.

  1. Rely on accurate information from credible sources about public health matters
  2. Know that it is normal to feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or upset, along with a wide range of other emotional reactions, in the current situation
  3. Allow yourself time to notice and express what you’re feeling
  4. Set limits on how much news coverage you watch
  5. Keep your regular routine as much as possible
  6. Focus on things you can control like getting a good night’s sleep, preparing healthy meals and keeping physically active
  7. Where possible, stay connected to friends and family and reach out to others and support people around you
  8. Begin and end your day with hopeful and positive thoughts
  9. Share good news stories with others
  10. Continue to keep up with your responsibility to maintain physical distance from others.
How Older Adults Can Protect Their Physical & Mental Wellness During Covid-19 (updated Sept. 23/20)

What Older Adults Need to Know to Stay Well - online sessions re: alcohol and cannabis


The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) shares practical advice on how to deal with challenges of Covid-19.


The Government of Canada recently launched a new portal dedicated to mental wellness: Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support. This portal provides free online resources, and connects Canadians to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other trained professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls, in both official languages. Resources include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues. 


Government of Ontario Set To Launch Largest Flu Campaign in History

The Ontario government is implementing the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario's history. The campaign is part of the province's comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of COVID-19. The plan, entitled Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, sets out a series of steps to prevent, identify and respond to any outbreak scenario this fall.


COVID-19 Public Health Resources

The Public Health Agency of Canada has resources available to assist seniors and caregivers, including information on how to prevent COVID-19 and tips on taking care of physical and mental health.

 Financial Supports for Older Adults during Covid-19 (updated July 10/20)

Beginning the week of July 6, 2020, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada will provide eligible seniors with a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

This measure would give a total of $500 to individuals who are eligible to receive both the OAS and the GIS, and will help them cover increased costs caused by COVID-19.

Individuals will not have to apply for this additional benefit
.

Govt. has also temporarily extended GIS and Allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed.  This will ensure that the most vulnerable seniors continue to receive their benefits when they need them the most. To avoid an interruption in benefits, seniors are encouraged to submit their 2019 income information as soon as possible and no later than by October 1, 2020. You may also find information online at  canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/notice-covid-19/one-time-payment

 

PM's office releases information on May 12/20 regarding additional financial supports for older adults.

 Grocery/Shopping info during Covid-19

 Shopping tips for older adults 70 years or older.

 

Grocery/essential item delivery options 

 

Local driving company Driverseat has collaborated to provide grocery delivery.  Read an article on Driverseat grocery delivery.
The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) is assisting seniors, persons with disabilities, and people with underlying medical conditions, their families or caregivers access delivery services of meals, medicine and other essential items that may be required, while staying safe at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Note:  those without internet access, or who require service in a language other than English or French, may contact 211 at any time by dialing 211, 1-877-330-3213 (toll free) or 1-888-340-1001 for TTY service.

Home Meal Delivery During the Pandemic

Do you need prepared meals delivered to your door to help you during this pandemic? Meals on Wheels programs in Waterloo Region are expanding to be able to provide meals for people during the pandemic who do not have friends or family to help them with grocery shopping and cooking. If you are sick or self-isolating and need meals delivered to you, call one of the two Meals on Wheels programs in Waterloo Region. Fees for service are based on client income, to ensure the service is affordable for anyone who needs it.

 

If you live in Cambridge, Kitchener, North Dumfries, or Waterloo you can contact Community Support Connections at communitysupportconnections.org/services/meals-on-wheels/ or (519) 772-8787.

 

If you live in Woolwich, Wellesley or Wilmot Township, you can contact Community Care Concepts at www.communitycareconcepts.ca/contact.htm , (519) 664-1900 or 1-855-664-1900.

 


Access to Food Bank of Waterloo Region During the Pandemic

 If you are experiencing food concerns/shortages as a result of COVID-19, please call The Food Bank of Waterloo Region at 519-743-5576 ext. 340 and leave your name and number.  A representative from the Food Bank will connect with you.