Older Adult Peer Support

  • Are‌ ‌you‌ ‌55+?‌ ‌
  • Going through a hard time?
  • Talking about it can help. That’s why NISA started it’s Older Adult Peer Support (OAPS) Program

Established in 2019, the OAPS program offers free, comfortable, confidential, and in-person peer support to older adults in the Sudbury area.

You don’t even have to come in to NISA to take part: The OAPS program runs regular groups throughout the city, and can send a peer supporter to meet with you one-to-one wherever you’re most comfortable.

Mental Health in Older Adults

Globally, the number of people over 60 will nearly double over the next 30 years. With 1.8 million older adults in Canada living with mental health challenges, and dealing with multiple layers of stigma due to age and illness, it’s critical to take care of your health, mental health included.

Some common causes of emotional or mental health challenges in older adults include:

  • Loneliness
  • Social isolation
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Physical illness
  • Memory problems
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Housing changes

What is Peer Support?

Peer support is based on the idea that people with first-hand experience of mental health challenges are uniquely equipped to help others find insight, resources, and ultimately, hope. NISA’s peer support workers have “been there,” and know what it’s like.

NISA’s peer support is self-guided, culturally sensitive, and available in English and French.

Is this for me? 

  • For this program, older adults are defined as anyone who is 55+
  • Older adults living within the Greater City of Sudbury
  • Older adults who are facing emotional or mental health challenges of any sort
  • Older adults who are struggling with social isolation

How To Get Peer Support

If you’re interested in getting peer support — or volunteering as a peer supporter for other older adults — you can learn more about the program by getting in touch with the Program Coordinator Chelsea Gauthier at:

705-222-6472 ext. 342 | olderadults@nisa.on.ca

The OAPS program is supported by Health Canada / Santé Canada 

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