All of the following clinics and services are coordinated by the Support Services Coordinator with the various agencies and organizations responsible for the service as indicated.

Weekly

Grief Support and Outreach Counselling Program:

The Grief Support Program is held each Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Boardroom. The group is facilitated by a social worker from the Catholic Family Development Centre and assists individuals 55 plus who are experiencing concerns related to grief, loss, or any other issue. Counselling and support are non-denominational and no cost to participants. Referrals and inquiries can be made through the Support Services Coordinator. Please refer to the Catholic Family Development Outreach Services binder for more detailed information regarding the program.

Monthly

Blood Pressure Clinic:

  • First Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; September to June. Note: There is no clinic in July and August.
  • First come, first served system.
  • Held in the Wellness Room with two (2) nurse volunteers and two (2) receptionists. There is also a volunteer convener.
  • This is a Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre activity, and the money collected (donations) go to the Board of Directors.

Hearing Screening Clinic:

  • Second Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; September to June. Note: There is no clinic in July and August.
  • Held in the Wellness Room.
  • Appointments (10 minute intervals) can be made and are organized by the Support Services Coordinator.
  • This free service is provided by the Canadian Hearing Society.

Caregiver Support Group:

  • Third Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; September to June. Note: There is no clinic in July and August.
  • Facilitated by the SSC and assists individuals 55 plus who experiencing concerns are related to the caregiving of a relative, family member, or friend, such as being overwhelmed, stress, etc.
  • Referrals and inquiries can be made through the Support Services Coordinator.

Health Matters Presentations:

  • Health and wellness presentations focus on health issues and information relevant to people 55 plus.
  • Presentations are coordinated by the Support Services Coordinator with various community organizations, such as the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Stroke Prevention Program, CNIB, etc.
  • Registration is required for presentations anticipating a large crowd.
  • There is no cost to participate.

Breast Health Screening Coach:

  • Held 2- 3 days throughout the month from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please refer to the summer 2019 schedule below.
  • The van parks in the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre parking lot.
  • Please contact 807-684-7777 to schedule an appointment.
  • There is no cost for the program; however, participants must be 50 plus.
Current Screening Schedule:
  • Friday, May 24, 2019; and
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

Note: The screening schedule is updated once dates are confirmed with the service provider.

Good Food Box:

  • The Thunder Bay Good Food Box is a volunteer powered, community based, food security initiative administered by the Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre since 2005. It is a fruit and vegetable distribution program that aims to improve access to good food by making quality, fresh produce available at a low cost. It exists for those who have difficulty affording or accessing produce from the supermarket. In 2013, the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre became a host site. Customers order and pay for their box before the first Thursday of the month and return on the second last Thursday of the month for pick up.
  • A single box is $15.00, while a family size is $25.00. Please note that orders are payable in cash only at the time of order.
  • A volunteer assists the Support Services Coordinator with the program at the 55 Plus Centre with pick up and registration and acts as the liaison between the 55 Plus Centre and the N.W.O. Women's Centre.

Workshops:

  • The Support Services Coordinator identifies and seeks out partnerships with local organizations to provide workshops free of charge for community members. Workshops are either half day or full day events. Lunch and refreshments are provided at the events if funding is available. Note: Sponsors are recruited to help fund each event.

For more information, please email the Support Services Coordinator or call 807-684-3471.

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