Winter 2022 – Smart Aging – Core Program – Online

Feb 1, 2022 - Mar 29, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 Online via Zoom

About Smart Aging Online:

Many seniors make significant life decisions in crisis moments. When this happens to you or your family, you often don’t have adequate tools, resources and information to make the best decisions for you, or your loved ones.

Smart Aging Core Program Online is a series of eight weekly, interactive workshops covering key topics facing seniors today. Each workshop is designed to provide you with the information you need, before you need it, to make smart decisions at key transition points in your life.

Note:  This online course includes an introductory week for Zoom orientation.  Participants are expected to attend all 9 workshops.

seniors on zoom
An elderly man with his daughter
A group of elderly people at a table playing card games
A group of happy elderly people in exercise attire
Old man on hospital bed
Old man on wheelchair going up a bus assisted by his wife
A senior lady holding a small toy house
An elderly woman holding a credit card at her computer
An old lady with her family behind

Core Program Orientation

In this one-hour orientation, participants will meet other course participants and facilitators, familiarize themselves with basic Zoom functions, review the 8-week course content, and more.

Core Program Workshop 1: Understanding My Aging

Participants will have the opportunity to explore their thoughts about their lives now and in the future and determine for themselves which topics need their attention regarding their own aging.

Core Program Workshop 2: Staying Socially Connected

Participants will assess their own levels of connectedness, both social and in other forms, look at ways to improve their connectedness, and consider meaning and purpose in their lives.

Core Program Workshop 3: Taking Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle 

Participants will identify their concerns about their health as they age, review physical changes of normal aging, and consider their own expectations and motivational tendencies in approaching their concerns.

Core Program Workshop 4: Preparing for a Health Crisis

Participants will consider scenarios including both sudden and gradual changes and will be provided with useful information, tools and resources that will help them to know what to do when health challenges arise.

Core Program Workshop 5: Getting to Where You Need to Go

Participants will learn effective methods to continue driving as safely as possible for as long as possible and be informed of the options available when driving is no longer possible.

Core Program Workshop 6: Exploring Housing Options

Participants will consider where they might want to live 2, 5, or 10 years from now, the numerous factors that may influence their preferences and decisions, and what options are currently available in Ottawa.

Core Program Workshop 7:  Addressing Common Financial Concerns

Participants will review the most common financial concerns of seniors, which ones are of greatest concern to them, and what they can do to address or alleviate those concerns.

Core Program Workshop 8:  Engaging in My Aging

Participants will be provided with a recap of the entire course, look at what they have accomplished, and consider actions still to be taken as they move forward.


Dates:  Tuesdays, February 1 - March 29, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Link:  A confirmation email with the ZOOM link
will be sent to you the morning of  the event.
Materials: A binder of course materials will be sent to your home. Please include your current mailing address.
Cost: $99 for individual Non-Members
  $69 for individual COA Members
Notes: Prices shown are for individual registrations. Couples require two tickets. Limited complimentary admissions are available for individuals for whom this is cost-prohibitive.
In order to participate online you will need a webcam and microphone on your device. A tablet may be loaned to you if your device does not have these features. Please note that quantities are limited.
Registration closes Friday, January 28


Contact: 613-789-3577 ext. 4