Oasis Active Aging in Place – A Preventive Alternative to Long-Term Care – Part 2

//Oasis Active Aging in Place – A Preventive Alternative to Long-Term Care – Part 2

Oasis Active Aging in Place – A Preventive Alternative to Long-Term Care – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we introduced Oasis Senior Supportive Living which promotes aging in place for seniors with activities to combat social isolation and foster good health. Oasis began in one apartment building in Kingston, Ontario 11 years ago. Members there have created a supportive community through social activities, communal meals and group exercising. Even during this pandemic, members are supporting each other and have the backing of their full-time co-ordinator and Board of Directors. Residents we interviewed said their “Oasis family” has made life fuller and more fun! All at a fraction of the cost of long-term care.

In 2018, researchers from Queen’s University received short-term funding to evaluate and expand this senior-driven model to six locations across Ontario. Along with colleagues from McMaster and Western, they’ve reported early positive results. These new Oasis members have also built connections with each other which helps during COVID-19.

Have a listen.


By |2020-07-30T13:51:16-07:00July 30th, 2020|Show|3 Comments

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  1. Tina Carson July 31, 2020 at 5:05 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed this segment. It was nice to hear from members from the expansion sites and their feelings on how Oasis has changed their life. I know that the program at the original Oasis has brought joy to many, many members, past and present. The age range is from 60s all the way up to mid 90s, and everyone cares for each other 7 days a week, not just during office hours. When compassion and empathy is rooted deep within the building -you can’t go wrong. The roots need to grow deep and then they will spread the beauty of what is growing for others to enjoy. You have a real passion for seniors, Sandy, and that shines through in both your segments. Looking forward to the third segment in September.

  2. Jurij Nowickyj August 8, 2020 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Amazing interview, especially from Ariana’s dad who is also involved with Seniors (before moving into Long Term care).
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  3. Kurstin S, August 18, 2020 at 9:49 am - Reply

    As the part-time onsite coordinator for one of the expansion sites (prior to our funding completing and COVID) I can attest to everything these ladies have said. Oasis was and is so vital for these members. It is a sense of community, it is a family, and for many it is a life line. Although the formal programming may not be running right now in some sites, the resiliency and relationships these individuals have created is so amazing. I am so grateful that I could be a part of this project and hope that it can be picked back up to the same extent again. It is so reassuring to see that these members and their existing support system is still so committed to keeping things go as best as we can right now.

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