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Media Advisory - Second Oasis Senior Supporting Living program opens in Kingston

Monday, November 19, 2018

KINGSTON – The Oasis Senior Supportive Living Inc. is an innovative model of active age-in-place that integrates health and supportive community services for seniors within a naturally occurring retirement community, such as an apartment building.  Queen’s University researchers Dr. Catherine Donnelly and Dr. Vincent DePaul are the research leaders of the Oasis model expansion and evaluation project. Journalists are welcomed to a media event at the original Oasis property to speak to the program organizers and seniors living in the building.

What

Oasis is a unique model of aging in place in a naturally occurring retirement community that developed organically in an apartment building in Kingston. The Oasis model will be expanded and new Oasis communities will now be developed and evaluated by Queen’s Research team, funded by the Ontario Government Health and Wellness Grant and the Baycrest Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovations.

The overall goal of Oasis is to support social engagement and participation among seniors. Oasis consists of five key elements: a communal meal program, physical activities programming, socialization, on-site program coordinator, and a volunteer board of directors.

All programming occurs in the apartment building where seniors are living – Oasis brings the services they need to them. This could include everything from bingo nights, to food care services, to craft nights. The core philosophies of the expansion and evaluation of Oasis is the empowerment of seniors and taking a Participatory Action Research approach.

When/Where

The media event starts at 1 pm on Wednesday, November 21 at the original Oasis building, Bowling Green Apartments, 237 Bath Road. Media are asked to confirm their attendance.

Contact

Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer

613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca

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