Category: Health Education

Presentations, Seminars regarding health open to community by other agencies

Can a positive attitude help guard against memory problems?

Positive Thinking

WRITTEN BY: RELAXNEWS Positive and optimistic feelings about the future can reduce deterioration in memory, problem solving and judgment, according to new US research. Optimism has previously been linked to partaking in positive health behaviors, such as exercising and eating healthier diets, and a lower risk of various health conditions including stroke and heart attacks.…

Fall prevention tips for older adults

Community Safety: Every year, one in three Canadians over age 65 will take a fall – often with serious consequences. It’s important to talk to a health professional, such as a chiropractor, about evaluating your health risks. A few steps of prevention can help you stay safely on your feet: • Remove your reading glasses…

Tips to avoid heat illness at home

While extremely hot weather can put everyone at risk, older adults are especially susceptible to conditions such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, fainting and swelling of the hands and feet. Left unchecked, heat-related illnesses can become dangerous, even fatal. In fact, anyone with the following conditions should be particularly careful about extreme heat this summer: • Breathing…

Helping You Stay Cool

Just in time for summer… Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to keep your body healthy in the heat.  As we age, our sense of thirst lessens, often causing older adults to not realize they’re thirsty until it’s too late. Drinking enough water every day is one of the smartest, simplest ways to…

Tips to help you get enough sleep

Do you suffer from insomnia? If yes, you are at risk for numerous health issues. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), more than 50 percent of people older than age 65 suffer sleep disorders that ultimately shorten their lives. This deprivation of sleep is called sleep debt. In an interview with WebMD, Susan Zafarlotfi,…

What You Can Do if Someone Doesn’t Know They Have Dementia

If you are caring for someone with dementia, have you found yourself dealing with anosognosia as well? (Anosognosia is the lack of awareness that there is cognitive decline in oneself.) Not surprisingly, it is very difficult for caregivers and family members to make progress with a person’s illness when they are showing signs of anosognosia. Yet, the…

Understanding Geriatric Depression: Video and Tips for Caregivers

What does depression look like in those over 65 years of age? Baycrest Health Sciences’ Dr. Robert Madan sits down with Steve Paikin to explain how geriatric depression presents itself. Here is the short video and below we give some important tips to support our caregivers. If you think an elderly friend or relative suffers…

The Brain Health Movement

West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) believes in the brain health movement – a global community dedicated to aging well and preserving a lifetime of memories. That’s why we partner with the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto, leverage their research and more recently, participate in the 2015 Walk for Memories @AlzToronto. Life expectancy is rising in Canada which…

Alzheimer Society – Free education webinars

    Enjoy these free webinars offered by the Alzheimer Society Toronto coming next month. 1.   Webinar: Dementia and Communication Wednesday, January 14 from 12p.m. to 1p.m. Description: Use your computer, internet connection and phone to participate in a live presentation for family caregivers. Learn how dementia affects communication and strategies to improve communication…

Free Community Forum – Retirement and Pensions

Free community forum – Retirement and Pensions – of special interest to those not on a company Pension Plan. Bring a friend, neighbour or one of your adult children. Since 1969 Ontario’s Canadian Pensioners Concerned has had income security as a priority. Retirement for present and younger generations is our concern. Join us on Tuesday, November…

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