Health & Wellness Resource Page

St Joe’s Health & Wellness Spring 2019 Initiative
Resources Suggested by our Community – Sept 2019




The Council on Aging in Ottawa
Email: [email protected]
Phone:  613-789-3577
The annual Bulletin booklet is a wealth of interesting article, news, and resources).
**Join their email list to stay updated

Compassionate Ottawa
(613) 232-4025
**Join their email list to stay updated

The Good Companion Centre
Lots of programming and resources here

Aging By the Book
A discussion group for people intrigued by the idea of using poetry, fiction, memoir, and other writing to explore aging.  Through the Ottawa Public Library

Cycling Without Age
3-wheel cycles rides (by a driver) give seniors a chance to get the wind in their hair.

Community Helpers Project
Through the Western Community Resource Centre
Training interested folks to support seniors in their communities.  Training includes healthy again, fall prevention, mental health, social isolation, life transitions, caregiver support, diversity and aging, elder abuse, and community resources.  Email:  [email protected]

LGBT Well-being Check-In Program
Sponsored by The Good Companions Centre, Champlain Support Network, and Ottawa Senior Pride Network.
For LGBT Seniors or LGBT adults living alone with a disability or [email protected]

Elder Dog
A national non-profit and charity dedicated to supporting the vital connection between seniors and their dogs. or 855-336-4226

Offered through the Ottawa library, seniors are connected with younger folks to be able to approach new technologies with more confidence and skill.
Ottawa Library or 613-580-2940


  • A Good Death by Sandra Martin
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • Die Wise by Stephen Jenkinson
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Kathy Butler
  • On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old by Parker Palmer
  • The Five invitations: Discovering what death can teach us about living fully by Frank Ostaseski
  • The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi



“The Farewell”




The Ottawa citizen ran a series of 5 articles on death and dying:

A hospice worker on dealing with the dying: ‘Most of us are afraid of the unknown’

A bereavement photographer on her work at CHEO: ‘I cry my head off, and families are OK with it’

Funeral director shares his thoughts on death: ‘What that person left behind; they’re never really gone’

Former Ottawa paramedic on his experience with death: ‘I’ve got a busload of people up here in my head’

A dad on losing his only son in a sudden crash: ‘Jonas was cheated’

An article on awareness, prevention, and response to elderly slips and falls


University of Ottawa’s Mini-Med courses

Ottawa Pastoral Care Training Program



CBC Radio The Current:  How to die well:
What David Maginley has learned from counselling hundreds on their deathbeds.

Pondercast by Laurie Brown EP07:  Death with Stephen Jenkinson – Waking up to Wisdom In Stillness and Community
Jun 15, 2019: A Palliative Care Doctor’s Learnings on Death and Impermanence

Pallium Canada – Browse Pallium’s video library to learn more about palliative care and the impact of our work.
For more videos, please visit our YouTube channel.

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