The Heart of Ottawa: Hintonburg and Mechanicsville

DANGER: Seniors losing their marbles?!?!

Posted in Uncategorized by nicbaird on March 2, 2010

Elderly Person XingI found this crossing sign on Wellington Street, in front of the Hintonburg Community Centre.

Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington Street)

The centre runs fitness programs for the elderly. Large exercise balls are used in many of the programs, though no “bounce moves”, says Karen, who works at the centre. I was puzzled about the number of Hintonburg seniors who are struck chasing the balls across the street. Karen says she doesn’t think that’s ever happened.

Hintonburg’s dense population of seniors are the oldest in the region, says Lee McCarthy, executive director of the Ottawa West Community Support. The group is a non-profit organization helping seniors and disabled persons who need assistance to continue living at home.

Hintonburg seniors range from those living in non-profit institutions or subsidized housing to those in richer retirement homes,

The Ottawa West Community Support (1137 Wellington Street)

says McCarthy. For Hintonburg’s independent seniors the biggest issue is mobility. The OWSC offers transportation, and a range of programs for the elderly in the area. In The Salvation Army’s Grace Manor, across the street from the OWSC, many of the seniors need wheelchair help, and there are cases of dementia which need constant attention, says McCarthy. “I don’t think a senior will chase a ball across the street.”


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