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STAYING Connected WITH TECHNOLOGY

THE Importance OF GIVING BACK A s a good corporate citizen, Seasons Retirement Communities designates a portion of community relations budgets for supporting events and programs within our respective communities every year. FOOD BANKS Donated $40,000 Seasons Retirement Communities first chose to partner with Food Banks Canada in 2016, after learning that an increasing number of seniors aged 65 and older are needing to access its services. This direction allowed us to focus our corporate giving efforts on local food banks in the cities and towns that our residents and team members call home. Since then, including the most recent $40,000 donation directly to Food Banks Canada to support its coronavirus response efforts, the company has donated a combined total of $120,000 to food banks. PENNIES FOR POPPIES 5,115 Paper Poppies ‘Planted’ Seasons is home to many heroes. In November, each retirement community takes the opportunity to recognize and thank our veterans who fought for our freedom by collecting pocket change for the Royal Canadian Legion and planting a visual display of poppies in the gardens. These ‘planted’ paper poppies serve as a promise to honour the brave men and women who bravely served our country. To further support our local Legion branches in 2020, our communities hosted a "Legion Week" event which featured an array of fun games,

activities, and raffles for residents to participate in. In total, $7,000 was raised and donated to local Legion Branches with Seasons Dufferin Centre in

Trenton raising the most at $1,150! SHOEBOXES FOR SHELTERS 260 Gift-filled Boxes Donated

International Women’s Day, on March 8, provides an important opportunity to recognize women’s achievements while calling for greater equality. To celebrate this important day, Seasons partnered with The Shoebox Project for Shelters. All 20 of our communities worked together to collect and distribute over 200 gift-filled Shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness in communities across Canada. SENIOROSITY ® Seniors + Generosity Since launching in 2018, this Seasons Signature Program has been implemented at all our communities across Ontario and Alberta. It is designed to provide opportunities for residents to connect with their neighbours and others in the community while finding meaning through the spreading of joy! Activities include surprising hospital workers with baked treats, sponsoring a family in need, or donating toys and other supplies to a local animal shelter. It’s a powerful thing when people come together in the hopes of making a difference. We hope that by taking part in these initiatives, both our residents and staff can feel good about making a difference.

A s technology becomes an increasingly Several Seasons communities offer access to computer labs and shared devices to keep in touch with loved ones with the help of team members. Examples include: > Phone calls are a simple, yet enjoyable way to keep in touch with those you care about. Seasons volunteers have been calling in to chat with residents regularly. Staff have also coordinated phone calls and pen pal programs between residents as a fun way to get to know each other better. > Skype is a video conferencing platform that can be important tool for us, Seasons residents are utilizing the resources available to them. installed on a phone, laptop, or tablet. It’s user friendly and provides opportunities to connect face-to-face with loved ones. Skype is one of the platforms our team members have been using to connect residents with their friends and family. > FaceTime It is an alternative video conferencing software that comes pre-installed on Apple

devices. It is also simple to use for audio or video calls to friends and family. Several Seasons communities have shared devices available for residents to use with assistance from staff. A family member from Seasons Royal Oak Village notes, “The extra effort to enable families to communicate with our loved ones goes a long way in helping us maintain a sense of connection during these unprecedented times. Your dedication and commitment are truly honourable and we offer our deepest appreciation for your caring service.” Newer Seasons communities offer public Wi-Fi for residents to access. Since an internet connection is needed for video conferencing, they are welcome to connect and communicate with whomever they like. We understand that many older adults are becoming increasingly fluent when it comes to internet use, however, some are still learning. If you find a quick guide helpful when using these platforms on your own, we suggest visiting the Seasons website and reading our blog article, "Technology that Helps Connect Us with Loved Ones".

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