Category: Community

Keeping Warm on a Budget

Heating a home can be expensive and not everyone lives in one that is 100% efficient.   Below are a few tips to help save money in the colder months ahead. Consider installing a programmable thermostat. It will turn the heat up before you wake, turn the heat down when you leave home and back up…

What Is Advance Care Planning? Full Workbook Download

Imagine—one day, without warning, you find yourself in a hospital. You can’t communicate Who would speak for you? Who will make healthcare decisions for you? Most people will develop a chronic illness during their lifetime. It’s important to plan ahead, for a time when you may not be capable of making your own healthcare decisions.…

Town Hall on Rights for Disabilities – Aug. 16th, 2018 @viraniarif

On June 20, 2018, our government introduced the Accessible Canada Act: An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada. The Accessible Canada Act represents the most significant piece of federal legislation for the rights of persons with disabilities in over 30 years – we are finally putting “Nothing about us without us” into action, legally requiring the participation of…

BBQ Safety tips at home

Source: St. John Ambulance Ontario is the best place to take advantage of street festivals and social activities. However, don’t let the fun distract you from your number one priority – safety! Thankfully, St. John Ambulance is here to help you keep your head above water by providing you with the latest health and safety tips.…

Weston Farmer’s Market

WTSS joined the Weston Farmer’s Market again this year on June 16th for their opening Day celebration – a festive, fun-filled event, that commemorates the opening of the market, and celebrates the rich diversity of the Weston community, and local enterprises! Watch the video: A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure…

Learn more about #SmartCityTO and get involved

THINK BIG! How would you improve Toronto through data and technology? The City of Toronto will compete in the Federal Smart Cities Challenge and we need your help. Using data and technology, smart cities have the potential to improve all aspects of livability and opportunity in a city– from transportation, the environment, economy, communities, engagement and social…

Help to Get You Through Cold and Flu Season

How do you protect yourself and those you care for from the cold and flu this winter. Courtesy of everythingzoomer.com 1) The minute you feel a cold coming on rinse out your sinuses This helps to flush out the virus invaders and reduce your risk of the infection settling in, says Julie. You can use the…

New Year’s Resolution: Get More Sleep

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? We suggest getting more sleep in 2018! Nearly one out of five people sometimes have trouble with insomnia. It is often difficult to say why someone is sleeping poorly. Using relaxation techniques and changing sleeping habits can help you fall asleep faster and get more restful sleep. The…

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month #ilivewithdementia

The Alzheimer Society announced today that while awareness about dementia has increased, stigma and negative attitudes around it continue to persist. The Society is releasing findings of a new survey to coincide with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in January and to kick off its new social awareness campaign –I live with dementia. Let me help you…

WTSS Holiday Hours 2017

Wishing you a safe and happy Holiday Season from the West Toronto Support Services Team! Please note that we have holiday hours below. Contact your program staff if you have any questions or need assistance over the break.   We’ll be back in the New Year! WTSS Holiday Season Hours The West Toronto Support Service offices…

#DementiaFriendlyTO Toronto has joined the global movement to build dementia-friendly communities!

In a dementia-friendly community, people living with dementia are included in all aspects of community life and their rights are respected. Community members, businesses, and organizations promote the independence and safety of people living with dementia by learning, raising awareness, and working together. The Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s goal is to change social and physical environments so…

Did you know the following programs are offered FREE? @AlzToronto

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto hosts amazing Events. Did you know the following programs are offered FREE? Increase your knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia by registering for FREE dementia workshops hosted by Alzheimer Society of Toronto. Their workshops are led by  social workers and education coordinators and are held on a regular…

Overuse of Technology Can Lead to ‘Digital Dementia’

Reposted from Alzheirmers.net Undeniably, modern society is dictated by our constant connection to technology. Plain and simple, we are married to it – for better or worse. But it’s actually quite serious. In fact, more and more young people who’ve been raised in a digital age are showing signs of short term memory dysfunction as…

Benefits Pets Bring to Seniors

Pets provide a comfort system and actually produce  a chemical chain reaction in the brain that helps to lower levels of of the stress-inducing hormone, cortisol, and increase the production of the feel-good hormone, serotonin. In fact, pets have been shown to reduce blood pressure and stress levels in humans and can actually help lower cholesterol, fight…

Reasons to Get a Hobby. Hint: They are Important.

Having a hobby that we enjoy brings us joy and enriches our lives. It gives us something fun to do during our leisure time and affords us the opportunity to learn new skills. And did you know that volunteering is a hobby? According to Psychology Today you need hobbies because: Hobbies help you structure your time.…

What Is Advance Care Planning? Full Workbook Download

Imagine—one day, without warning, you find yourself in a hospital. You can’t communicate Who would speak for you? Who will make healthcare decisions for you? Most people will develop a chronic illness during their lifetime. It’s important to plan ahead, for a time when you may not be  capable of making your own healthcare decisions.…

Self-care for caregivers

Attention caregivers! Read these tips about taking care of YOU. Thank you McMaster Universitiy for the researsch Did you know that 80% of older adults with long-term health conditions are cared for at home by family and friends? While informal caregivers take a huge amount of stress off the healthcare system, they take on a…

October 1 is National Seniors Day #SayThanks

October 1 is National Seniors Day. Celebrating the day annually will help raise awareness about seniors’ contributions and the important roles they play in Canadian society. The Government of Canada is proud to pay tribute to the seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian communities, workplaces and society.…

World Heart Day is Saturday September 29

Since 2000, heart disease has remained a leading cause of death in Canada. To raise awareness about the many ways in which we can prevent heart disease in our lives, the World Heart Federation organizes World Heart Day every September. This year, the World Heart Foundation wants you to “share how you power your heart…

FREE Brain Health Workshop with @AlzToronto @WTSSorg. RSVP Required.

Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay. Let’s celebrate big strides, like #NationalDementiaStrategy, and keep advocating for awareness & support. Yesterday, Alzheimer Society of Toronto conducted an excellent workshop right here at the West Toronto Support Services Office and there is another one scheduled for October 18th. Please see details below! All of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto workshops…

Social isolation: what is it and why is it important to your health?

Media outlets from around the world continue to report on the ‘loneliness epidemic’ as a major risk to optimal health.  Mounting research evidence confirms that social connections are a fundamental human need – crucial to both wellbeing and survival. Loneliness and social isolation are linked to depression, cognitive decline, decreased mobility and early death.  Many…

Support Group for Portuguese Speaking Caregivers @WestNHouse

What is the CARERS program? The CARERS program is a therapeutic skills training designed to address the needs of family CARERS who provide care at home to individuals with dementia. Participation in the program will help you: Develop more effective problem solving skills. Develop skills to improve communication and manage dementia related behaviours. Learn new…

What’s Open & Closed Labour Day Weekend in Toronto

Please Note:  The West Toronto Support Services offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2017 for the Labour Day long weekend. Contact your program supervisor if you have any questions or concerns. For an up to date list of what’s open and closed this Labour Day Weekend in Toronto, check out this link: http://www.toronto.com/things-to-do/whats-open-closed-labour-day-weekend-in-toronto/ Looking for some long…

Annual Community BBQ @HumberSeniors – Fri. August 18th

Join the team at Humber Community Seniors’ Services for their annual BBQ Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12 noon. 1167 Weston Road (Eglington and Weston Rd.) Everyone welcome! More information below:   A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services writes articles about events and news in the community that closely align with our…

Toronto Seniors Strategy: Towards an Age-Friendly City

A recent article in the Globe and Mail titled “How should cities prepare for more seniors?”, reminded us to share the Toronto Seniors Strategy which demonstrates our city’s commitment to continually measure and improve. The article also suggested that “none of the 91 recommendations under the Toronto seniors strategy were given to the province or federal…

Power of Attorney: Planning for the future @AlzCanada

Most people will develop a chronic illness during their lifetime. It’s important to plan ahead, for a time when you may not be capable of making your own healthcare decisions. Read this Blog Post about Advance Care Planning. A Power of Attorney for Property is a legal document that gives someone else the power to…

Canada to become 30th country with national dementia strategy @AlzheimerOnt

The Alzheimer Society of Canada celebrates the passage of Bill C-233, An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Canada will now become the latest country to develop a national dementia strategy to address the overwhelming scale, impact and cost of dementia. “For the more than half a million Canadians living with dementia and their families,…

Celebrate #Canada150

Canada turns 150 on Saturday and celebrations are being held in every community in the country. In Toronto, the four-day party starts today and runs until Monday, July 3rd. 2017 marks a significant moment in the History of Canada. 150 years ago, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – united to create the Canadian Confederation,…

Five tips to stay healthy at home

Posted from McMaster Optimal Aging. Thank you Dr. Maureen Dobbins. Your home is your castle, so they say. But that doesn’t mean you can let down your guard when it comes to staying safe and well. If you’re like most people you want to “age in place,” which means maintaining your independence as you grow older…

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15

June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. What is elder abuse? Elder abuse is any action or lack of action that brings harm to an older person by someone who is in a relationship of trust (such as caregiver and even a family member). The definition of elder abuse has expanded over time to include…

June is Stroke Awareness Month

People of all ages should be aware of the symptoms of stroke because early diagnosis and treatment are vital. Your risk of stroke increases with age and it can be particularly debilitating and even life threatening for older adults. Adapting healthy lifestyle behaviours including exercising regularly, quitting smoking, managing stress and maintaining a healthy weight…

Seniors’ Month in Toronto and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The Toronto Seniors’ Forum gives a voice to seniors not often heard. Their dedicated members work to ensure the City of Toronto meets its commitment to provide services equitably to all senior residents. Register for the Seniors’ Month in Toronto Event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seniors-month-tickets-33700952456 DATE/TIME Thu, 15 June 2017 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT LOCATION Toronto…

Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend and Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Queen Victoria

Please Note:  The West Toronto Support Services offices will be closed on Monday, May 22 for the Victoria Day long weekend. Contact your program supervisor if you have any questions or concerns. What’s a long weekend without some festivities? Ontario Place will have a Drone Show on Victoria Day weekend! The grounds are open for the Culinary Ontario…