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OPH program helps businesses connect seniors to health resources

Ottawa Public Health has launched a program that trains people to help connect isolated seniors to health assistance.

The Community Connect program is aimed at people who deal with seniors on a regular basis to recognize signs of failing health.

One of the program's main targets is people who work at businesses.

Sue Phypers, with Ottawa Public Health, says these business staff maybe the only people a senior living alone will come in contact with all day.

“Some people don’t want to interfere in others’ lives, and it’s just a matter of being friendly and asking some questions and seeing if they do need more support if you notice they’re starting to have some problems,” she said. “Just knowing where to refer somebody can make it easier to start the conversation.”

The program is free, and Phypers says they can come to a workplace to provide the training.

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