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Boost Your Mood This Winter: 5 Quick & Easy Tips – O55.ca

The season of grey clouds, frosted car windows, and laneways blocked by city plows is upon us. And just because it’s easy to slide into hermit mode, that doesn’t mean it has to be all doom and gloom. There are a variety of ways we can steel ourselves against the winter woes, and we’ve come up with a short list of methods to help boost the mood this season. This list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it ranked in any particular order. So, do with it as you will, because like it or not, winter is here.

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Staying Active Year Round

Working out and staying active is important through all walks of life. The most difficult thing about it can be sticking to a routine. I know that when it is sunny and hot outside I would rather be by the beach or my pool than working out. Then in the winter it is so cold and outside that working out does not really cross my mind all that much. Before you know it a whole year has gone by and you have had less than a handful of workouts completed. Well if this is you, this is the right article for you to be reading. I am gonna show you tips and tricks to help keep you active all year round.

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Making the Most of Everyday

When you wake up in the morning you have the choice to decide how you go about your day. Whether you choose to sleep until noon, wake up and exercise, or maybe stay inside and read a book for the day. The most important thing is that you get to decide. This article is about how you can fully enjoy life’s luxuries and the joys of life.

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How To Get Involved in Your Community

Volunteering for community is beneficial at any age. Helping out your community not only benefits your neighbourhood but also helps you to feel accomplished. There are so many places in London and the surrounding area that could always use the extra helping hand. Here are some ways that you could help.

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Aging Well in Your Home

Aging well in your home is becoming a reality for more seniors in Canada, here is how…

We have all heard the saying that there is no place like home, and as you continue to age that saying becomes more and more relevant. The comfort of your own home is something that can feel irreplaceable. This blog post will share with you how you can prepare to live independently in your home as you continue to age.

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OTF Grow Grant: Year 1

A Year of Diversity for Over 55.

With the valuable support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Over 55 has enjoyed unprecedented growth in its membership, diversity, and scope of jobs referred to our entrepreneurs.

Following our original intent of the OTF Grow Grant, we have worked hard as an organization to recruit more female entrepreneurs, and to give both new and existing female entrepreneurs access to work & training opportunities. Additionally, we have also focused on recruiting more diverse members, including Spanish speaking Associate from London’s Latin-American community.

We are looking forward to offering new training and employment opportunities to all of our Associates, and thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Over 55 Skills At Work Team

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Over55 at The London Beatles Festival!

Here we are at The London Beatles Festival!

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OTF Funding Received

Thank You OTF!

For over 30 years, Over 55 has operated as one of London’s oldest social enterprises. We support entrepreneurs age 55+ who offer a variety of services, including home repairs, cleaning, transportation, and more. To date, our Associate Members have served over 25,000 clients in London and area, many of which are seniors themselves.

While we have had many successes throughout our history, now is the time to grow and diversify our organization. Seniors have long been ignored by key initiatives, and in particular senior entrepreneurship has not been considered high priority. We are grateful that the Ontario Trillium Foundation has recognized the need for a solution in our community. With the valuable support of the OTF, we aim to scale our current social enterprise so that we can create more senior entrepreneurs in London.

Additionally, we have identified diversity as a strategic focus. Over 55 will be working with the Canadian Latin American Association to recruit new, diverse Associate Members, and in addition we will seek to add more female members to our organization. We will also be working towards using our business model to help combat senior poverty, by connecting our members 55+ to flexible, short-term, self-employment opportunities.

We would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for seeing the value of Over 55, and recognizing the economic impact that our seniors can still contribute to our community. We hope that you will support us as we launch this exciting project. Thank you.

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Home Extend – 2017

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***UPDATE: Home Extend applications are now closed; we hope to announce 2018 dates very soon!

With the generous support of the Sifton Family Foundation, Over55 is pleased to announce that applications for Home Extend are once again open.  Home Extend provides seniors in financial need with free repairs in the areas of energy efficiency, safety and accessibility so that they may stay in their homes longer.  For more information, please contact us.

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Over 55 and Looking for Work?

Older adults looking for work can often face challenges unique to their position. Employers still think that they are dealing with a 50+ person that existed 50 years ago and not realizing that the 50+ person of today is younger looking, healthier, has longevity, and wants to continue their careers. If you are over 50 and looking for work, here are some things you should keep in mind.