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Message from the Premier of Nova Scotia                Message from the Minister of Seniors
    I’m pleased to present the 2019-2020 Positive          Thank you for taking the time to explore the
    Aging Directory.                                       2019-2020 Positive Aging Directory.
    The first of the baby boomers have turned 70 and       Nova Scotia’s older adults are redefining what it
    by 2030, more than 1 in 4 Nova Scotians will be        means to age. Community leaders. Entrepreneurs.
    aged 65 and over. Our population is aging. We          Volunteers. Mentors. Older Nova Scotians are the
    need to embrace this demographic shift and             backbone of our communities, bringing valuable
    celebrate the ongoing contributions of older Nova      experience and knowledge to the workplace while
    Scotians. Our Government is proud to take the          enjoying longer, healthier lives.
    lead in reframing the discussion about aging.          However, older Nova Scotians also face
    From teachers, business owners and co-workers,         challenges such as ageism, burnout and barriers
    friends, family and neighbours, volunteers,            to aging in place. The Positive Aging Directory
    community champions and perhaps yourself,              is a valuable resource to highlight community
    Nova Scotia’s older adults offer knowledge, skills,    activities, programs, and services that support
    experiences and connections that continue our          our aging population.
    province’s forward momentum.                           Each year, the Directory is updated to provide
    Through Shift: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an        older Nova Scotians quick and easy access
    Aging Population, our Government has committed         to information on learning, socializing,
    to 50+ specific actions that embrace and               volunteering, and being active. Topics range
    celebrate the social and economic contributions        from information on finances, and employment
    of older adults; promote healthy, active lifestyles;   and entrepreneurship, to caregiving and
    and help Nova Scotians stay connected to their         housing. Important phone numbers and contact
    communities as they age at home. The Positive          information ensure information is just a call away.
    Aging Directory is one of these many actions.          Stay connected with us by visiting
    This year’s Positive Aging Directory – the 29th        www.novascotia.ca/shift, following us on
    issue – highlights the many programs and               Twitter @NSSeniors or by calling us toll-free
    services delivered by government, non-profit and       at 1-844-277-0770.
    community organizations. I hope you will find this
    Directory useful for yourself or loved one.
                                                           Sincerely,

    Sincerely,

                                                           Honourable Leo A. Glavine
                                                           Minister of Seniors
    Honourable Stephen McNeil
    Premier of Nova Scotia

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About this Directory

Welcome to the 29th edition of the                        @Crown copyright, Province of Nova Scotia, 2019.
Positive Aging Directory – a guide to                     No part of this publication may be reproduced without
                                                          written consent of Communications Nova Scotia. While
programs and services for Older Adults                    every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, the
in Nova Scotia.                                           publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors or
                                                          omissions that may occur.

How to use the Directory                                  Cover image: Communications Nova Scotia

This directory provides limited information about
agencies, organizations, and service providers. Its
main purpose is to guide you to the help you need,
and it is limited to currently available information.
Users should refer to the appropriate agencies,
organizations, and service providers to get the
official, specific, and latest information or call 211
for assistance.

Endorsement Disclaimer
Although the information in this directory
is thought to be accurate, the Province of
Nova Scotia cannot warrant its accuracy,
completeness, or use. Consumers should be
cautious and ensure that the individuals and
companies they deal with are reputable. See
page 61 in this directory for information
about the Better Business Bureau. Anyone using
information in this directory does so strictly at
their own risk. The Province of Nova Scotia shall
not be held liable for any losses or damages
related to the use of information in this directory.
Contact Service Nova Scotia at 1-800-225-
8227 or 902-424-7770 to determine whether a                « This symbol indicates that the government
business is registered.                                       department, organization, or agency is able to
                                                              respond in French to questions and concerns.

                                                           « Ce symbole indique que le ministère, l’organisme
                                                              ou l’agence du gouvernement qui offre ce service
                                                              est en mesure de répondre en français aux
                                                              questions et aux préoccupations du public.

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Nova Scotia Department                               is to develop policy options that recognize and
                                                         encourage the economic and social contributions
    of Seniors                                           of older Nova Scotians. A key deliverable for
    The Nova Scotia Department of Seniors works          the Department of Seniors is to oversee the
    to ensure the inclusion and well-being of            implementation and monitoring of Shift: Nova
    older adults in Nova Scotia. The department          Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population.
    provides policy leadership and coordination          On a day-to-day basis our work includes:
    across government to enable and enhance the          • conducting research and providing policy advice
    participation and contribution of older adults in       to government on matters related to aging and
    all aspects of Nova Scotia life. The primary focus      our aging population

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• leading, coordinating, and collaborating with
   departments across government on the                            About Shift
   development, implementation, and monitoring of                  Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging
   policy related to Nova Scotia’s aging population                Population
• engaging stakeholders and creating                              The Government of Nova Scotia is leading
   partnerships to support and enable older adults                 a shift in thinking and in practice that will
   to age in safe, healthy, and friendly communities               benefit all Nova Scotians, in all their diversity.
• working with the federal and other provincial                   Longer life expectancies and lower birth rates
   governments and other national partners to                      mean that our population is generally older.
   share knowledge and work together to address                    But this demographic shift reflects advances
   issues of common interest related to aging                      in health and improvements in social and
   populations                                                     economic well-being. It also provides us
                                                                   with the knowledge, skills, experiences, and
Community Planning and                                             connections that older adults can use to help
Program Funding                                                    people and communities thrive.

The Department of Seniors offers the Age-friendly                  OUR VISION:
Community Grant Program, which provides                            Together, Nova Scotians value, promote, and
funding for projects leading to more age-                          support older adults and their contributions
friendly communities. Projects funded through                      to our province.
the program help advance the goals outlined
in Shift: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging                   GOALS:
Population. Please check our website or call the                   1. Value the social and economic
Department of Seniors for more information.                           contributions of older adults

Department of Seniors                                              2. Promote healthy, active living

15th Floor, Barrington Tower                                       3. Support aging in place, staying connected
                                                                      to community life
1894 Barrington Street
                                                                   More than 50 concrete actions are in place to
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2A8
                                                                   advance these commitments.
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-424-0770   With their knowledge and experience, older
Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-844-277-0770    Nova Scotians help drive our economy and
                                                                   keep our communities going.
E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . seniors@novascotia.ca
www.novascotia.ca/seniors                                          Find out more at
                                                                   www.novascotia.ca/shift

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Positive Aging
    2019-2020 Directory of Programs and Services

    Contents
    Important Numbers.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 8            2. CAREGIVING & SUPPORT. . . . . . 26
    Government of Nova Scotia Programs. . . . . . 9                                          Assistance for Caregivers.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                 26
    Government of Canada Programs. . . . . . . . . 10                                        Continuing Care.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   26
    Key Contacts .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 11   Home Support Services .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                 29
    Societies Act / Registry of                                                              Long Term Care . .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    29
       Joint Stock Companies.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 11                         Veterans Affairs Canada.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                31
    Seniors’ Councils, Clubs and Centres .  .  .  . 19
    Health-Related Organizations .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 26                             3. EMPLOYMENT &
                                                                                                 ENTREPRENEURSHIP . . . . . . . . 33
    1. ACTIVE LIVING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20                                           Nova Scotia Works .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 33
    Community Activities .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .           20      Starting a Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
    Nova Scotia Public Libraries. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                    20      Volunteering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
    Internet and Online Training.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                   21
    Services for Newcomers.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                21      4. FINANCES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
    Sport and Recreation. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .          22      Financial Assistance .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .            38
    Lifelong Learning Opportunities. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                          24      Financial Planning .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        39
                                                                                             Pensions and Other Benefits .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                       39
                                                                                             Taxes and Tax Credits.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .            39

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5. HEALTH & WELLNESS . . . . . . . . 45                                                               Legal Matters .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .           62
Provincial Health Services .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                 45   Nova Scotia Department of Justice. . . . . . . .                                            62
Community Health Boards .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                    45   Managing your Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                 62
Nova Scotia Health Insurance (MSI) .  .  .  .  .                                                 45   Personal Directive Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                62
Ambulance Services .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                          46   Legal Information Society of
                                                                                                         Nova Scotia (LISNS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                   62
811—Health Information and Advice.  .  .  .  .                                                   47
                                                                                                      Other Legal Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                  62
Seniors’ Pharmacare Program.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                          48
                                                                                                      End of Life. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   63
Private Health Insurance. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                               48
                                                                                                      What to Do When Someone Dies. . . . . . . . . .                                             63
Dental.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   48
Addiction Services. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                      48
                                                                                                      8. TRANSPORTATION. . . . . . . . . . . 66
Mental Health Programs & Services .  .  .  .  .                                                  48
                                                                                                      Licenses and Safe Driving .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                             66
Preventing Falls.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                 49
                                                                                                      Driver’s Licence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           66
Services for Seniors .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                        50
                                                                                                      Accessible Parking, Licence Plates,
In-Home Meal Programs. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                  50       and Permits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            66
Telephone Contact Programs.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                        50   Veteran Plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          66
Health Equipment and Services.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                           51   Driver’s Licence Refunds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                   66
                                                                                                      Seniors’ Safety Driving Discount Program. .                                                 66
6. HOUSING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
                                                                                                      Driver Evaluation Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                    67
Housing Nova Scotia – Grants and Loans. .                                                        52
                                                                                                      Transportation Services by County .  .  .  .  .  .                                          67
Home Efficiency, Heating &
   Independent Living .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                             53
Independent Living .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                       54   INDEX
Housing Options .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                    54   Index of Programs and Services. . . . . . . . . . . 71
                                                                                                         An index of all the organizations, agencies,
Housing Nova Scotia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                      54      and government departments featured within
Assisted Living Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                     55      the publication.
Boarding Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                   55
Residential Tenancies Act. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                         55

7. SAFETY & SECURITY. . . . . . . . . 57
Emergency Numbers.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 57
Emergency Medical Information .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 74
Personal Emergency Response Systems .  .  . 58
Adult Protection.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 58
Senior Abuse Awareness .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 58                                       « This symbol indicates that the government
Seniors’ Safety Program.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 58                                          department, organization, or agency is able to
                                                                                                               respond in French to questions and concerns.
Office of the Fire Marshall. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 60
Human Rights .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 60                      « Ce symbole indique que le ministère, l’organisme
                                                                                                               ou l’agence du gouvernement qui offre ce service
Consumer Protection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
                                                                                                               est en mesure de répondre en français aux
Consumer Complaints for                                                                                        questions et aux préoccupations du public.
    Regulated Businesses. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 61

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Important Numbers

    EMERGENCY – Call 911 
    Ambulance – Fire – Poison – Police
    911 is for emergency situations anytime a person’s health, safety, or property is threatened and
    help is needed right away. Language interpretation services are available in over 100 languages.
    911 service is available to teletypewriter (TTY) users.

    NON-EMERGENCY: INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
    211 Nova Scotia                                                             411
    Helping you find the right community or                                      Local directory assistance
    government program and service in Nova Scotia                                511
    • available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week                                   Helping you find information about provincial
    • f ree, confidential, and available in over                                roads in Nova Scotia
       100 languages                                                             • a
                                                                                    traveler information telephone line and
    • a
       vailable to the hearing impaired by dialing                                web-based map
      1-888-692-1382                                                             • p
                                                                                    rovides information on road conditions and
    Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . dial 2-1-1 in Nova Scotia                    construction projects on provincial roads
    E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  help@ns.211.ca             Call 511 or view the map at
    Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21167   www.511.novascotia.ca/en/map
    Search comprehensive database at www.ns.211.ca                               811 
    311                                                                         For health information and advice when you
    Helping you find Halifax Regional Municipality                               have a health concern or questions
    Government Information and Services                                          • a confidential health line
    • 311 is a free municipal government service                                • r egistered nurses 24 hours a day, 7 days
    • language interpretation services available in                                a week
       over 100 languages                                                        • n
                                                                                    urses assess symptoms, provide health
    • n
       on-emergency service requests submitted                                    information and advice
      online at www.Halifax.ca/311                                               • b
                                                                                    ilingual nurses provide service in English
    • a
       vailable to the hearing impaired (TTY)                                     and French
      by calling 902-490-6645 or                                                 • interpretation services available in over
      (toll-free) 1-866-236-0020                                                    100 languages
                                                                                 • access for the hearing impaired: call 711
                                                                                 Visit our website at www.811.novascotia.ca

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Government of Nova Scotia
                                                        – Provincial Programs 
                                                        To learn more about provincial government
                                                        services, programs, and initiatives, contact
                                                        Public Enquiries, Service Nova Scotia.
                                                        Phone (metro)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-424-5200
                                                        Toll-free
                                                        (within North America) . . . . . . . 1-800-670-4357
                                                        Telecommunication Device for the Hearing and
                                                        Speech Impaired (TTY)
                                                        Toll-free
                                                        (within North America)  . . . . . . . 1-877-404-0867
                                                        E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  askus@novascotia.ca
                                                        www.novascotia.ca

                                                        Frequently Requested Numbers
                                                        Continuing Care Services (Home Care,
                                                        Long-Term Care, Caregiver Allowance,
                                                        Adult Protection) . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-225-7225
                                                        Find a Family Physician  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 811
                                                        Home Repair Grants and Loans
                                                        (by regional office)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See page 52
                                                        Housing and Care / Housing Authorities
                                                        (by regional office) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See page 54
                                                        Income Tax (personal tax and volunteer clinics)
                                                         . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-959-8281
                                                        MSI (health cards) . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-563-8880
                                                        Pharmacare Program  . . . . . . . . 1-800-544-6191
                                                        Property Tax Rebate  . . . . . . . . . 1-877-296-9338
                                                        Pension Plans:
                                                        Provincial . .  902-424-5070 or 1-800-774-5070

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Service Nova Scotia (motor vehicles, vital                           • Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income
     statistics, licenses, land registration, consumer                    Supplement (GIS), and Canada Pension Plan
     services, Provincial Tax Commission)                                 (CPP) (English) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-277-9914
     Public Inquiries  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-424-5200         (Francais)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-277-9915
     or  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-670-4357   • Federal Pension Plans  . . . . . . 1-800-561-7930
     Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman                                 Social Insurance Number (SIN) 1-800-206-7218
     Provides an independent review of concerns                           Benefits Finder
     and complaints involving provincial and                              Answer the online questions for a customized
     municipal government programs and services                           list of benefits for which you may be eligible.
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-424-6780     The Benefits Finder may suggest benefits from
     Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-670-1111      both the federal and provincial governments. It
                                                                          does not collect or track your information.
     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . ombudsman@novascotia.ca
                                                                          Visit www.canada.ca; click on “Benefits” from
     www.novascotia.ca/ombu
                                                                          the top menu bar; select “Benefits finder.”

     Government of Canada –
     Federal Programs 
     For information about federal programs and
     services, call 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232)
     toll-free or visit. www.Canada.ca 
     TTY 1-800-926-9105
     Frequently Requested Numbers
     Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) 1-800-267-6999
     Employment Insurance
     (EI) benefits  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-622-6232
     www.canada.ca – click on “Employment
     Insurance and leave”
     GST/HST Tax Credit  . . . . . . . . . 1-800-959-1953
     Passports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-567-6868
     Pensions/Seniors  . . . . . . . . . . .  1800-277-9914

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Key Contacts

Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates                           Photo IDs 
                                                                   The fee for the photo identification card
Service Nova Scotia’s Vital Statistics Office
                                                                   service is $17.70, and the card is valid for five
issues birth, marriage, and death certificates for
                                                                   years. You can expect to receive your photo
people who were born, were married, or died in
                                                                   identification card in the mail within 14 calendar
Nova Scotia. There are restrictions on who can
                                                                   days of visiting an Access Nova Scotia or
apply for these certificates. You may apply for a
                                                                   Registry of Motor Vehicles office.
birth, marriage, or death certificate online:
www.novascotia.ca/sns                                              Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-424-5851
                                                                   Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-898-7668
(Click on the Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate
                                                                   www.novascotia.ca/sns
Online option.)

Vital Statistics Office                                            Societies Act / Registry of
300 Horseshoe Lake Drive, Bayers Lake                              Joint Stock Companies
Business Park
                                                                   Seniors’ clubs, councils, and other organizations
Mail Address
                                                                   may incorporate under the Societies Act for a fee
PO Box 157                                                         of $43.60, with an annual renewal fee of $31.15.
Halifax NS B3J 2M9
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-424-4381   Registry of Joint Stock Companies
                                                                   9 North, Maritime Centre 1505 Barrington Street
Toll-free (within Nova Scotia) . . 1-877-848-2578
                                                                   PO Box 1529
E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vstat@gov.ns.ca
                                                                   Halifax NS B3J 2Y4
www.novascotia.ca/sns
                                                                   Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-424-7770
Seniors’ Discounts                                                 Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-225-8227
Many price reductions and other benefits are                       E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rjsc@novascotia.ca
available to seniors. To receive them, you will be                 or . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rjsc.societies@novascotia.ca
expected to prove your age. Many businesses                        www.novascotia.ca/sns
will accept your Old Age Security identification
card, passport, driver’s licence, or a general                     Ageing Well Together Coalitions
photo ID card, such as the one available from                      Ageing Well Together Coalitions around
the Registry of Motor Vehicles.                                    the province work with organizations and
                                                                   communities to support awareness, action
                                                                   and change with a focus on falls prevention,
                                                                   physical activity, and other issues that affect
                                                                   seniors’ well-being.

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Provincial Office                                                  Antigonish/Guysborough Senior Citizens’
     Anne Corbin, Executive Director                                    Council #63

     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-422-0914   Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-232-2113

     Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-855-253-9355    Cape Breton Council of Senior Citizens and
                                                                        Pensioners
     E-mail . . . . . . . .  director@nscommunitylinks.ca
                                                                        Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-736-2174
     www.nscommunitylinks.ca
                                                                        Colchester/East Hants Seniors’ Council

     Regional Coordinators                                              Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-662-2536
                                                                        Cumberland County Senior Citizens’ Council
     Western Nova Scotia
     E-mail . . . . . . . .  nswest@ageingwelltogether.ca               Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-597-3664
                                                                        Inverness-Victoria Council of Seniors &
     Central Nova Scotia                                                Pensioners
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-863-5040
                                                                        Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-625-3704
     E-mail . . . . . .  nscentral@ageingwelltogether.ca
                                                                        Kings County Senior Citizens’ Council
     Eastern Nova Scotia                                                Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-678-1658
     Noreen MacLean
                                                                        Pictou County Council of Seniors
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-224-7481
                                                                        Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-382-2279
     E-mail . . . . . . . . . .  nscb@ageingwelltogether.ca
                                                                        Richmond County Senior Citizens’ Council
     Capital Region                                                     Claire Marchand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-345-2499
     Anne Corbin                                                        Sackville Seniors’ Advisory Council
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-422-0914   Charlene Nolan  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-864-5591
     Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-855-253-9355    Yarmouth County Senior Citizens’ Council
     E-mail . . . . . . . nscapital@ageingwelltogether.ca               Eileen Pothier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-663-4700
     www.nscommunitylinks.ca
                                                                        Seniors’ Clubs and Centres

     Seniors’ Councils, Clubs,                                          Metro Region
     and Centres                                                        Chebucto Links
                                                                        Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-422-3525
     About a dozen seniors’ councils and over 150
                                                                        Email . . . . . . . . chebucto.links@ns.sympatico.ca
     seniors’ clubs are active in Nova Scotia. The
     clubs offer a wide variety of programs and                         www.chebuctolinks.ca
     social events for seniors. To find out if there is a
     club in your area call 211.                                        Campbell’s Cole Harbour Senior Citizens Club
                                                                        Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-435-0106
     Seniors’ Councils                                                  Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . campbellsseniorclub.ca
     Councils are comprised of representatives
                                                                        Dartmouth Seniors’ Service Centre
     from each seniors’ club. They serve as a forum
     for sharing information and addressing local                       Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-465-5578
     seniors’ issues.                                                   Email . . . . . . . .  j.garrison@dartmouthseniors.ca

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                                                                                   When you don’t know
                                                                                   where to turn.
Community Recreation & Wellness – Northwood                        Western Region
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-454-3351
                                                                   Bear River New Horizons Centre
Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . crec@nwood.ns.ca     Phone . . . . . . .  902-467-3919 or 902-467-3930
www.northwood.care
                                                                   Nouveaux Horizons de la Baronnie
Pauline Potter Fitness Centre                                      Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-762-2655
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-493-5641   Tiverton Super Seniors
H.O.P.E. Centre                                                   Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-839-2244
H.O.P.E. Centre: offers a drop-in-centre, trustee                  Westport Super Seniors
program, income tax service, a summer day for
                                                                   Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-839-2015
persons with special needs and also a Dial A
Ride service.                                                      HOPE Centre and Dial a Ride
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-742-8910   Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-742-8910
E-mail . . . . . . . . . . hopecentre@ns.sympatico.ca              www.Facebook.com/HOPECentreanddialaride
Facebook page . . . . . . @hopecentreanddialaride
                                                                   Other Nova Scotia Seniors’
Spencer House Seniors’ Centre                                      Organizations
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-421-6131
Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ed@spencerhouse.ca       Indo-Canadian Seniors Group of
                                                                   Nova Scotia
www.spencerhouse.ca
                                                                   This group promotes healthy living and
Cape Breton Region                                                 organizes recreational, cultural, and fundraising
                                                                   activities. It offers presentations on a variety
Steelworkers and Sydney Pensioners Club                            of topics, including health issues, investments,
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-539-8000   insurance, estate planning, literacy, social
                                                                   benefits, exercise, and meditation.
North Shore Region
                                                                   Mr. Sunder Sharma, President
Club 60
                                                                   Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-423-1988
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-863-6976

Greenfield Oldsters Club                                           Nova Scotia Centre on Aging (NSCA)
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-833-2230   For 25 years, the NSCA at Mount Saint Vincent
                                                                   University has advanced knowledge on aging-
Pictou County New Horizons Seniors’ Centre                         related issues through research, education,
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-485-2573   and community engagement. The NSCA’s main
                                                                   areas of expertise are focused on issues related
Seniors Outreach/Help Line c/o Valley View Villa                   to family and friend caregivers, home-care
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-752-8400   human resources, age-friendly communities,
Email . . . . . . .  marymaclellan100@hotmail.com                  dementia care, nursing-home residents’
                                                                   quality of life, and abuse of older adults. The
South Shore Region                                                 NSCA conducts local, provincial, regional, and
Bridgewater Senior Citizens’ Club                                  national projects in collaboration with a wide
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-543-5719   range of public and private sector partners,
                                                                   including other universities and not-for-profit

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organizations. The NSCA has developed a                            All seniors and seniors’ groups are encouraged
     sound reputation for producing high-quality,                       to make their views known to us, as our
     relevant materials that link research to policy.                   representation and advocacy is not limited to
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-457-6546   the nine organizations.

     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . nsca@msvu.ca    For further information please contact the
                                                                        Chair, Bill Berryman, at www.bberryman@nstu.ca
     www.msvu.ca/nsca
                                                                        or 902-633-2211.

     NSCA Endowment—                                                    CARP—A New Vision of Aging
     Dr. F. R. MacKinnon Fund                                           for Canada
     The Dr. F. R. MacKinnon fund supports the                          CARP is a non-partisan, non-profit organization
     mandate of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging to                      committed to a new vision of aging for Nova
     promote education for seniors, practitioners,                      Scotia. CARP promotes social change that will
     and caregivers; to consult with seniors’                           bring financial security, equitable access to
     organizations and decision makers; and to                          healthcare, and freedom from discrimination. Our
     support research initiatives that benefit seniors.                 mandate is to promote and protect the interests,
     To donate, please contact:                                         rights, and quality of life for Canadians as we
     Dr. F. R. MacKinnon Endowment Fund                                 age. We have over 8,000 members in Nova Scotia
                                                                        age 45 years and over.
     University Advancement
                                                                        CARP Nova Scotia (Ron Swan, Chair)
     Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax
                                                                        Phone  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-495-8284
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-457-6470
                                                                        E-mail  . . . . . . . . . . . chair@CARPNovaScotia.ca
     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . giving@msvu.ca
                                                                        www.CARPnovascotia.ca
     www.msvu.ca/nsca
                                                                        Community Links
     Seniors Advisory Council of Nova Scotia                            Community Links is a provincial non-profit
     The Seniors Advisory Council of Nova Scotia,                       group dedicated to ensuring older adults
     formerly called the Group of IX, serves as                         are informed, respected, and engaged.
     an advisory body to Government through                             Members include seniors’ clubs, senior-
     the Department of Seniors to facilitate the                        serving organizations, and individuals 55+
     development of government age-related policies,                    who address aspects of ageing well, including
     programs, and services. The Council is dedicated                   physical and mental health, active living, social
     to improving the inclusion, well-being, and                        connection, transportation, and appropriate,
     independence of older adults living in Nova Scotia.                affordable housing. Our regionally-based
     The Seniors Advisory Council is an independent                     Ageing Well Together Coalitions offer members
     body of elected volunteers representing nine                       opportunities to increase their collective impact.
     seniors organizations. With over 100,000 older                     Community Links is affiliated with the National
     adults affiliated with those organizations,                        Pensioners Federation.
     this representation strengthens the voice and                      Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-422-0914
     presence of seniors in influencing government
                                                                        Toll-free:  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-855-253-9355
     decision making.
                                                                        E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@communitylinks.ca
                                                                        www.nscommunitylinks.ca

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                                                                                   When you don’t know
                                                                                   where to turn.
National Association of Federal Retirees                             democratic institutions by exercising their full
(NAFR)                                                               rights and responsibilities by voting at elections
The NAFR protects the benefits and promotes                        Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-865-5050
the interests of people (and their spouses and                     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . office@nsgrea.ca
survivors) who have retired from the ranks of
                                                                   www.nsgrea.ca
the Public Service of Canada, the Canadian
Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and
                                                                   Regroupement des aînés de la
federally appointed judges.
                                                                   Nouvelle-Écosse (RANE) 
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1-855-304-4700      Le RANE est l’organisme porte-parole des
E-mail:  . . . . . . . . . . service@federalretirees.ca /          aînés de l’Acadie de la Nouvelle-Écosse. En
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .service@retraitesfederaux.ca        plus de faire valoir les points de vues, désirs et
www.federalretirees.ca / www.retraitesfederaux.ca                  besoins des aînés de cette communauté auprès
                                                                   des diverses instances gouvernementales et
Federation of Senior Citizens and                                  communautaires, le RANE favorise et valorise la
Pensioners of Nova Scotia (FSCPNS)                                 contribution des aînés à la collectivité.
The federation was formed in 1973 and today                        VISION DU RANE: Les ainés acadiens et
the membership represents the active affiliation                   francophones de la Nouvelle-Écosse contribuent
of 12 councils and 130 clubs from all areas of                     pleinement à la vitalité de leur communauté, à la
the province. It is affiliated with the National                   pérennité de leur langue et culture en s’engagent
Federation of Senior Citizens and Pensioners.                      à l’atteinte de leur Mieux-être.
The FSCPNS monitors seniors’ programs and
                                                                   Le Regroupement compte des membres
services and advocates for improvements as
                                                                   répartis dans plus de dix régions acadiennes et
necessary. A provincial annual meeting held
                                                                   francophones de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Pour de plus
in Truro provides affiliated councils and clubs,
                                                                   amples renseignements au sujet des activités du
through resolutions and debate, an opportunity
                                                                   Regroupement ou pour devenir membre, n’hésitez
to have issues forwarded to the appropriate
                                                                   pas à visiter leur site Web au www.rane.ns.ca ou à
government department for action and response.
                                                                   communiquer avec le bureau du RANE au
Alma Johnston-Tynes, President                                     902-304-9533 ou par courriel dg@rane.ns.ca.
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-434-1829   Leonard LeFort, Président
E-mail . . . . . . . . . . afjohnston@ns.sympatico.ca
                                                                   Retired Teachers Organization of the
Nova Scotia Government Retired                                     Nova Scotia Teachers Union
Employees Association (NSGREA)                                     The Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) of
The aims of NSGREA are to                                          the NSTU is the official body representing
• a
   dvance the economic and social welfare of                      the retired teachers of Nova Scotia. The
  its members                                                      organization’s mission states that the RTO will
                                                                   advance, promote, and protect the welfare of its
• m
   ake presentations to governments that                          7,200 members.
  would benefit the membership
                                                                   The RTO is well informed about the issues and
• s
   ecure legislation that will safeguard and                      opportunities for seniors in Nova Scotia through
  promote the principles, rights, and liberties
                                                                   contact with members and is positioned to initiate
  of members
                                                                   responses, alone or in partnership with regional,
• assist groups with their retirement programs                    provincial and national organizations, that engender
• encourage members to participate in their                       a healthy, active, and engaged life in retirement.

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Bill Berryman, President                                           SSRD acknowledges the importance of the
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-633-2211   Department of Seniors’ foundation document
                                                                        “Strategy for Positive Aging in Nova Scotia,”
     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bberryman@nstu.ca       released in 2005.
     www.rto.nstu.ca/documents.html
                                                                        Dr. Margaret Casey, Chair
     Royal Canadian Legion, Nova Scotia/                                Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-429-2238
     Nunavut Command                                                    E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . margaret.casey@dal.ca
     The RCL is a not-for-profit, dues-supported
     organization that advocates and secures benefits                   Health-Related
     and support services for veterans and their
     families. The members of the Royal Canadian
                                                                        Organizations
     Legion are the keepers of Remembrance in
                                                                        ALS Society of New Brunswick and
     Canada. The RCL also delivers and supports
                                                                        Nova Scotia
     programs for youth and seniors through
                                                                        The ALS Society of New Brunswick and Nova
     community branches and provincial, territorial,
                                                                        Scotia is committed to supporting individuals
     and dominion Commands.
                                                                        living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-429-4090   by providing equipment free of charge, caregiver
     Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-877-809-1145    support, information, and referrals, and by
                                                                        funding research to find a cure.
     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@ns.legion.ca
                                                                        Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-454-3636
     Section of Senior and Retired Doctors of                           Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-625-7257
     Doctors Nova Scotia
                                                                        E-mail . . . . . . . . . . supportservices@alsnbns.ca
     The mission of the Section of Senior and Retired
     Doctors (SSRD) is to                                               www.alsnbns.ca

     • p
        romote the health and welfare of senior                        Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
       physicians
                                                                        The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is
     • a
        dvocate for evidence-based actions and                         committed to alleviating the personal and social
       policies that improve the health status of all                   consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other
       Nova Scotians, with particular attention to                      dementias and to promoting the search for
       issues affecting seniors                                         the causes, treatments, and cures. We provide
     The SSRD is a leader in the movement to                            information, education, and support programs for
     establish a national section for senior and                        people living with dementia, and for their families,
     retired physicians. About 22 per cent (585                         the general public, and healthcare providers.
     members) of the members of Doctors Nova                            Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-422-7961
     Scotia (DNS) are aged 65 or older. The SSRD                        Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-611-6345
     connects with the Canadian Medical Association
                                                                        E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  alzheimer@asns.ca
     via our provincial organization, DNS.
                                                                        www.alzheimer.ca/ns
     Recognizing that the social determinants of
     health are responsible for three-quarters of                       Aphasia Association of Nova Scotia
     the health status of individuals and population
                                                                        Aphasia Nova Scotia promotes and supports
     groups of all ages and the traditional healthcare
                                                                        the participation of people with aphasia in
     system is responsible for one-quarter, the
                                                                        their own communities. Programs include the

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                                                                                   When you don’t know
                                                                                   where to turn.
Expressive Cafe support group for people with                      38A Withrod Drive, Halifax, NS, B3N 1B1
 aphasia, their partners, families, and friends in                  E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ccans@eastlink.ca
 Halifax, Antigonish, Sydney, and Berwick, and
                                                                    www.ccans.info
 the Aphasia Camp, an annual recreation camp
 for adults with aphasia.
                                                                    Diabetes Canada Association
 Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-445-4960
                                                                    Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-453-4232
 E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AphasiaNS@gmail.com
                                                                    Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-326-7712
 www.aphasians.squarespace.com
                                                                    E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NSinfo@diabetes.ca
 Arthritis Society                                                  www.diabetes.ca
 The Arthritis Society provides education
 programs, information and support to the one in
                                                                    Easter Seals Nova Scotia
 four people living with arthritis in Nova Scotia.                  Our charity advocates for a barrier-free Nova Scotia
 The Society is dedicated to providing leadership                   and delivers top-quality programs promoting
                                                                    mobility, inclusion, and independence for Nova
 and funding for research, advocacy and solutions
                                                                    Scotians with disabilities.
 to improve the quality of life for Canadians
 affected by arthritis.                                             Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-453-6000
 Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-429-7025   E-mail . . . . . . . .  easterseals@easterseals.ns.ca
 Toll Free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-321-1433    www.easterseals.ns.ca

 E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@ns.arthritis.ca
                                                                    Epilepsy Association of the Maritimes
 www.arthritis.ca/ns                                                (EANS)
                                                                    EANS provides education and resources to persons
 Cancer Information Service                                         living with epilepsy and their communities,and
 The Canadian Cancer Society offers a toll-                         supports ongoing research.
 free information service staffed by caring,
                                                                    Services include education, support groups,
 knowledgeable personnel who provide
                                                                    advocacy, programming, scholarships, and
 information on all aspects of cancer.                              bursaries. Seizure first aid and epilepsy awareness
 Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-639-0222    education is provided to schools, employers,
 www.cancer.ca                                                      caregivers, first responders, community groups.
                                                                    Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-429-2633
 Cancer Connection                                                  Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-EPILEPSY
 This toll-free, telephone-based one-on-one peer
                                                                    E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ed@epilepsyns.org
 support program connects people living with
 cancer to people who provide support based on                      Facebook  . . . . . . . facebook.com/epilepsyns.org
 similar cancer experiences.                                        www.epilepsyns.org
 Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-639-0222
                                                                    Kidney Foundation of Canada
 www.cancerconnection.ca
                                                                    The foundation funds research and clinical
 Continuing Care Association of                                     education, provides services for the special needs
                                                                    of individuals living with kidney disease, advocates
 Nova Scotia (CCANS)
                                                                    for access to high-quality care, and actively
 CCANS represents continuing care facilities and
                                                                    promotes an awareness of and commitment to
 service providers in the province through networking,              organ donation.
 education, lobbying, and strategic partnerships.

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Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-877-453-0533        Cumberland County:  . . . . . . . . . 902-762-2192;
     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . linda.garwood@kidney.ca               . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-664-4666

     www.kidney.ca/atlantic                                                 E-mail  . . . . . . . . . . etnurserushton@gmail.com
                                                                            www.ostomyhalifax.ca
     March of Dimes Canada—Conductive                                       www.ostomycanada.ca
     Engagement and Integration Services
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-717-6145       Psoriasis Society of Canada
     E-mail . . . . . . . . dlwilliamson@marchofdimes.ca                    The society provides information to those who
     www.marchofdimes.ca                                                    have psoriasis, provides assistance to find a
                                                                            doctor to treat psoriasis, offers support, and
     Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada                                  forms support groups.
     The society works to find a cure for multiple                          Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-443-8680
     sclerosis (MS) and is dedicated to improving the                       Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-656-4494
     quality of life for people living with MS.
                                                                            E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . judymisner@eastlink.ca
     Atlantic Division, Dartmouth
                                                                            www.psoriasissociety.org
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-468-8230
     Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-268-7582        Serving Seniors Alliance Co-operative
     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . info.atlantic@mssociety.ca              Serving Seniors Alliance Co-operative is a group of
                                                                            high quality, trusted service providers for seniors
     www.mssociety.ca
                                                                            and their families. Most of our members provide
                                                                            their products and services directly in the comfort
     Ostomy Canada Society Inc
                                                                            of your home. Many of our members also provide
     Community Ostomy Support Groups
                                                                            services across the province. With more than
     Halifax:  . . . . . . . 902-473-0414; 902-412-1730                     25 businesses as members, we provide a wide
     E-mail  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@ostomyhalifax.ca;             range of services—everything from accounting,
     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bill.power@powerforward.ca             blood collection, and mortgages to fitness, speech
     Kentville:  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-538-7900       therapy, moving and storage, junk removal, and
                                                                            even travel. Whether or not you consider yourself
     Bridgewater  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-521-6117            a “senior,” chances are that one or more of our
     Cape Breton: . . .  902-562-1367; 902-862-6849                         businesses serve you or your family’s needs.
     E-mail  . . . . . . . . . . . . stasiadigou@hotmail.com                Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-499-4122
     Pictou County  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-485-4822            E-mail . . . . . servingseniorsalliance@gmail.com
     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . adoreenmacleod@eastlink.ca                  www.servingseniors.info
     Yarmouth: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-762-0352
                                                                            Victorian Order of Nurses (VON)
     E-mail  . . . . . . . . .  anndurkee@ns.sympatico.ca
                                                                            VON Canada is a national non-profit and
     Clare Municipality  . . . . . . . . . . 902-769-3252;                 charitable home and community-care organization
     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-778-0113   serving Canadians coast to coast. VON provides
     E-mail:  . . . . . . . . . .  captchristian@hotmail.com                healthcare, home-support, and community-
                                                                            support services to people and their families.
     Truro: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-899-2747
     E-mail  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . tritzee@eastlink.ca        Programs and services help seniors live
                                                                            independently in their homes. Care and support
                                                                            services vary by site, and may include visiting

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nursing, rehabilitation, palliative care, caregiver
support, bereavement follow-up, homemaking,
                                                                            Federal Government:
personal care, and respite care. Care is provided                           Aging and Seniors
in consultation with a physician and is available                           Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)
seven days a week.
                                                                            See page 31.
Charitable services include adult day programs,
meals programs, transportation programs, seniors’                           Veterans’ Independence Program
exercise, volunteer visiting, and more. Many                                See page 31.
interesting volunteer opportunities are available
through your local VON site.
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
www.von.ca

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                                                                                                  211 is available 24/7, in English and
                                                                                                  French and for the hearing impaired.
                                                                                                  There are also interpretation services
                                                                                                  available in over 100 languages.
                                                                                                  When you don’t know
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Active Living

     Community Activities                                               • information programs and seniors’ cafes on a
                                                                           wide variety of topics
     Seek out cultural, recreational, and social                        • music performances, book clubs, and other
     activities in your community.                                         cultural activities
     Call 211 or visit www.ns.211.ca                                    • computer classes covering basic and
     Contact your local                                                    advanced skills, and instruction in other
     • community centres                                                   applications
     • library                                                          • online collections of free e-books
     • Municipal Recreation Centre                                      • books in large print
     • places of worship                                                • free audio books, including CDs, Playaways,
     • seniors clubs and organizations (see page 12)                       and Daisy books
                                                                        • books in languages other than English
     Northwood Broadcasting Club (NWBC)                                 • a variety of electronic resources
     Besides offering a wide variety of music, NWBC
                                                                        • home delivery service for those unable to visit
     is an important source of information for
                                                                           a library branch
     older adults interested in events and leisure
     opportunities available in the community. NWBC                     • borrowing by mail
     is operated by volunteers and reaches listeners                    • special Seniors’ Week activities each October,
     throughout Nova Scotia and Prince Edward                              during Canadian Library Month
     Island via the Eastlink community channel in
     your area, each day 10 am to 12 noon.                              Visit your local library and sign up for your free
                                                                        library card. To find your nearest library, visit
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-454-6922
                                                                        our website or see the list below for contact
     Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-229-6922    information by region.
     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@nwood.ns.ca      www.publiclibraries.ns.ca
     www.northwood.care
                                                                        Annapolis Valley Regional Library

     Nova Scotia’s Public                                               Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-922-0229

     Libraries–Your Community                                           Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-538-2665
                                                                        E-mail . . . . . . . . administration@valleylibrary.ca
     Connection
                                                                        www.valleylibrary.ca
     With a network of 80 branch libraries and 4 mobile
     libraries, Nova Scotia’s public library system
     offers a wide variety of materials, programs, and
     services. Some of our special offerings that may
     be of interest to older adults include

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Cape Breton Regional Library                                         Western Counties Regional Library
Phone . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-562-3279      Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-742-2486
E-mail  .  inssc@nssc.library.ns.ca or info@cbrl.ca                  E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ansy@nsy.library.ns.ca
                                                                     www.westerncounties.ca
Colchester-East Hants Public Library
Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-632-9088
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-895-4183     Internet and Online Training
E-mail . . . . . . . . . . adltnstc@cehpubliclibrary.ca              @NS Community Technology
www.lovemylibrary.ca                                                 @NS provides communities with affordable
                                                                     access in close to 200 sites throughout the
Cumberland Public Libraries                                          province. In our community technology sites you
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-667-2135     can access the internet, learn basic computer
E-mail . . information@cumberlandpubliclibraries.ca                  skills, discover new and emerging technologies,
                                                                     access government services and online
www.cumberlandpubliclibraries.ca                                     education, and learn and share with others.

Eastern Counties Regional Library                                    If you would like to find a site in your community,
                                                                     visit our website at www.communitytechns.ca or
Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-855-787-READ (7323)
                                                                     call 211.
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-747-2597
E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  info@nsme.library.ns.ca          Services for Newcomers
www.ecrl.library.ns.ca
                                                                     Immigrant Services Association of
Halifax Public Libraries                                             Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-490-5753     ISANS works with newcomers to help them
                                                                     build a future in Canada, providing a wide
E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . asklib@halifax.ca
                                                                     range of services to immigrants, from refugee
www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca                                        resettlement to professional programs, from
                                                                     family counselling to English in the Workplace.
Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
                                                                     ISANS offers services in an inclusive manner,
Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-779-7761      respectful of, and sensitive to, diversity. For more
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-755-6031     information about the services, programs, and
                                                                     opportunities to get involved, visit www.isans.ca.
E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@parl.ns.ca
www.parl.ns.ca                                                       ISANS Mumford
                                                                     Main Office
South Shore Public Libraries                                         6960 Mumford Road, Suite 2120 (2nd floor)
Toll-free  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-877-455-2548      Halifax, NS
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-543-2548     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-423-3607
E-mail . . . . . . info@southshorepubliclibraries.ca                 Toll-free in Nova Scotia  . . . . . . 1-866-431-6472
www.southshorepubliclibraries.ca                                     E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@isans.ca

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ISANS Desmond                                                        Central Region (Halifax Regional Municipality):
     Bayers Road Professional Centre                                      Michelle Aucoin
     7071 Bayers Road, Suite 164                                          Email:  . . . . . . . . Michelle.Aucoin@novascotia.ca
     (Desmond Avenue entrance)
                                                                          Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902 424-7622
     Halifax, NS
     Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  902-406-3558     Fundy Region (Municipality of East Hants,
                                                                          Cumberland County, Colchester County):
     Email  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@isans.ca
                                                                          Peter McCracken
     ISANS Joseph Howe                                                    Email:  . . . . . . . peter.mccracken@novascotia.ca
     2717 Joseph Howe Drive, 2nd Floor Halifax, NS                        Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902 893-6215
     Phone:  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-406-7794
                                                                          Highland Region (Guysborough County,
     Email  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@isans.ca   Antigonish County, Pictou County):
                                                                          Rae Gunn
     YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs                                   Email:  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rae.gunn@novascotia.ca
     The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth offers
                                                                          Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902 863-7380
     various programs and services for youth,
     adults, and families who are new to Canada.                          South Shore Region (Counties of Yarmouth,
     The YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs                               Shelburne, Queens, and Lunenburg, and District
     provides an inclusive environment to serve our                       of Argyle):
     diverse community.                                                   Debby Smith
     65 Main Avenue, Halifax                                              Email  . . . . . . . . . . . debby.smith@novascotia.ca
     Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-457-9622     Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902 634-7505
     www.ymcahfx.ca
                                                                          Valley Region (Municipalities of Hants West and
                                                                          Clare; Counties of Digby, Annapolis, and Kings):
     Sport and Recreation                                                 Meg Cuming
     Regular physical activity is important for                           Email . . . . . . . . . . . . meg.cuming@novascotia.ca
     healthy aging.                                                       Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902 679-4390
     For information about physical activity, sport
     and recreation opportunities, and funding                            Canadian Senior Games Association
     programs, contact your regional representative                       (CSGA)
     (listed below) or visit the website:                                 The CSGA involves seniors in the planning,
     www.cch.novascotia.ca                                                leadership, and evaluation of the Canada 55+
                                                                          Games. The 55+ Games provides older adults
     Active-Living Regional Representatives                               with an opportunity to enhance their well-being
     Cape Breton Region (Cape Breton Island):                             through participation in sporting and recreational
                                                                          events. The host community has the opportunity
     Larry Maxwell
                                                                          to organize cultural events or demonstrate
     Email:  . . . . . . . . . . larry.maxwell@novascotia.ca              activities of cultures and interests within their
     Phone:  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902 563-2380     region. These national games attract over 1,500
                                                                          participants and supporters from across the
                                                                          country, including the Northwest Territories and
                                                                          the Yukon. The 2018 Canada 55+ Games were

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awarded to Saint John, NB; the 2020 games will                     Nova Scotia 55+ Games Society 
be in Kamloops, BC.                                                Jerome Tanner, President
www.canada55plusgames.ca                                           Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-543-1380
                                                                   E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . jtanner@ns.sympatico.ca
Hike Nova Scotia
                                                                   www.novascotia55plusgames.com
We encourage and promote hiking, walking, and
snowshoeing throughout Nova Scotia. Support
Hike Nova Scotia by becoming a member.                             YMCAs
                                                                   YMCAs offer a number of healthy-life programs
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-932-6902
                                                                   for older adults, such as aquafit, seniors swim,
www.hikenovascotia.ca                                              50+ fitness classes, strength-training, and yoga.
                                                                   Supervised strength-training programs available
Municipal Recreation                                               in some locations. For more Information check
Most municipalities in Nova Scotia have                            our website at www.ymca.ca/locations
recreation departments with trained                                or call 211.
professionals and volunteers available to support
the needs in their communities. For information                    Community Health Teams 
on recreation activities for seniors, contact                      Community Health Teams are part of Nova Scotia
Recreation Nova Scotia.                                            Health Authority and provide FREE wellness
                                                                   programs and services. The programs are offered
Recreation Nova Scotia                                             by healthcare providers. Topics covered include
We are a province-wide, not-for-profit                             healthy eating, physical activity and emotional
organization established in 1998 to promote the                    wellness. We also offer a service that helps
values and benefits of recreation and leisure. In                  connect you with resources in your community.
partnership with volunteers and the professional                   Community Health Teams are located in Bedford/
recreation community, Recreation Nova Scotia                       Sackville, Dartmouth, Chebucto and Halifax.
advocates on behalf of all Nova Scotians for high                  Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-460-4560
quality recreation and leisure opportunities.                      E-mail  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . cht@nshealth.ca
                                                                   www.communityhealthteams.ca
Lakeside Community Centre
1492 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Lakeside
                                                                   Northwood Pauline Potter Fitness Centre
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-425-1128
                                                                   The fitness centre is a full-service gym with
www.recreationns.ns.ca/connect                                     certified staff. It is wheelchair accessible and
                                                                   accessible to people with vision problems
Nova Scotia Connect                                                and those living with dementia. People of all
WWW.NSConnect.ca is an online recreation guide                     abilities welcome. There is a month-to-month
for communities in Nova Scotia. NSConnect.                         membership option. Each member receives a
ca is made up of several regional Connect.ca                       personal fitness plan at no additional cost.
initiatives that make use of online databases. These               2630 Gottingen Street
databases are gateways for information about                       (main floor of Northwood Manor)
active living and recreation. They are the go-to sites
                                                                   Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902-493-5641
for individuals, groups, and families to navigate
sport, recreation, and physical activity opportunities             E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  fcenter@nwood.ns.ca
in specific regions.                                               www.nwood.ns.ca/neighbourly-connections
www.NSConnect.ca

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