Staying healthy

There are a number of resources available to you to monitor and maintain both your physical and mental health – and others to provide support if you need it.

Assistive devices

Assistive Devices program: this program from the Ontario government can provide help to pay for assistive device equipment and supplies

Go for it! A guide to choosing and using assistive devices: Health Canada guide covering issues seniors, veterans, individuals with a disability and their caregivers need to consider before starting the process of obtaining assistive devices

Home oxygen: if you qualify for Ontario's Assistive Devices program, you may also get help paying for home oxygen therapy

Tetra Society of North America: innovative solutions for people with physical disabilities to overcome environmental barriers, providing greater independence, quality of life, and inclusion.

COVID-19 Resources in Ontario

MROO wants to make it easier for our members to find local updates and resources to help them during the pandemic. We’ve assembled a list of websites with useful information and organized them by MROO Zone. If you’re not sure what zone you live in, please see MROO’s Zone Maps.

 Zone 1

County of Essex – COVID-19 Updates

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – COVID 19

CK (Chatham-Kent) Public Health – COVID-19

Daily Update on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and Testing in Chatham-Kent

Lambton Public Health – Novel Coronavirus

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County

 Zone 2

Southwestern Public Health (Oxford, Elgin, St. Thomas) – COVID-19 Community Update

Elgin County – COVID-19 information

Middlesex County – COVID-19 health information

Middlesex Centre – Information on COVID-19

Huron County – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Huron Perth Public Health – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Oxford County – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Haldimand and Norfolk Health and Social Services – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Norfolk County – COVID-19

Grey Bruce Public Health – COVID-19


 Zone 3

Hamilton – COVID-19

Haldimand and Norfolk Health and Social Services – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Brant County Health Unit – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

County of Brant – COVID-19

Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health – COVID-19 Information

Wellington County – Coronavirus Information and Updates

Niagara Region – Coronavirus

Region of Waterloo – 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Halton Region – Coronavirus

 Zone 4

Toronto – COVID-19

York Region – COVID-19

York Region Public Health – COVID-19 Guidance for People Over 70

Durham Region – COVID-19 Update

Peel Region – Coronavirus

 Zone 5

Northumberland County – Coronavirus

Peterborough Public Health – Coronavirus

Peterborough County – Response to COVID-19

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health – Coronavirus

Prince Edward County – COVID-19

KFL&A (Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington) Public Health – Coronavirus

County of Haliburton – COVID-19 Information

 Zone 6

Ottawa Public Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 in Ottawa

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Counties SDG (Stormont Dundas Glengarry) – COVID-19

Eastern Ontario Health Unit – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Renfrew County and District Health Unit – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 Zone 7

North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit – Coronavirus/COVID-19

North Bay Regional Health Centre – COVID-19

Public Health Sudbury & Districts – COVID-19

Algoma Public Health – Novel Coronavirus

Porcupine Health Unit – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Timiskaming Health Unit – COVID-19 Support Request

 Zone 8

Thunder Bay District Health Unit – COVID-19: Information for Older Adults

Northwestern Health Unit – COVID-19 in northwestern Ontario

Kenora – COVID-19 updates

 Zone 9

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit – COVID-19

Grey County – COVID-19 Information and Updates

Grey Bruce Public Health – COVID-19

Dufferin County – Resources and Information for Residents

District of Muskoka – Coronavirus (COVID-19)


General information

Aging with confidence: Ontario's action plan for seniors: Ontario government's plan to support seniors at all stages of life, so that they can remain independent, healthy and active, safe and socially connected

Canada's health care system: Health Canada overview of Canada's health care system (Medicare)

Demand a Plan: Canadian Medical Association initiative to develop a new health care strategy for seniors in Canada

Get coverage for prescription drugs: you may qualify for prescription drug coverage under Ontario's Drug Benefit program

Introduction to older adults and substance abuse: age-specific approaches to managing substance abuse from the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly

Ontario Partnership on Aging and Developmental Disabilities: this group is focused on ensuring that older adults with developmental disabilities enjoy the same service and support as every senior in Ontario

Mental health

Brain Health Assessment by Cogniciti: a free, private assessment tool clinically researched by Baycrest Health Sciences to help you determine if you should seek medical help regarding your memory

Oral and dental health

Dental Health for Seniors: the Canadian Dental Association has produced a comprehensive guide to maintaining good oral health as a senior

Physical health

Canada Pension Plan disability benefits: you and your dependent children may be entitled to disability benefits through the CPP based on your contributions if you're disabled and cannot work at any job on a regular basis

Food safety for adults age 60 and older: Health Canada guidelines on how to avoid food poisoning

Guide to living a healthy lifestyle for seniors: an article by Active Life Choices for Older Adults (ALCOA) on how to incorporate healthy habits into your life as you age

Strength training for older adults: article on building strength and endurance by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute

Tetra Society of North America: innovative solutions for people with physical disabilities to overcome environmental barriers, providing greater independence, quality of life, and inclusion

The necessity of exercise for older people: one of a series of articles published by Active Life Choices for Older Adults (ALCOA)

Support services

Alzheimer Society Canada: support for those living with dementia and those who care for them

Canadian Association for Long Term Care: CALTC is a national organization of provincial associations and long term care providers that deliver publicly-funded health care services for seniors across Canada

Canadian Home Care Association: CHCA is dedicated to ensuring the availability of accessible, responsive home care and community supports to enable people to safely stay in their homes

Canadian Red Cross: home care services: personal support and homemaking services for seniors and those recovering from illness or injury

VON Canada: provides innovative clinical, personal and social support to people in their own homes and communities

Vision care

Cataracts: details regarding cataracts – what they are, how they form, diagnosis and treatment from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Eye health: information on keeping your eyes healthy from CNIB

Seniors and Aging - Vision care: details from Health Canada on how to preserve your vision as you age