Category: Community

Advice for those with osteoarthritis: If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!

Reposted from Globe and Mail Our key take-aways: Stay active, mix strength and aerobic exercise Don’t be prematurely overprotective If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! If you’re among the three million Canadians whose joints are afflicted by osteoarthritis, then you face a puzzling dilemma. Regular exercise is among the most effective treatments available to…

City of Toronto Historic Sites will be honouring Canada’s 150th anniversary #C150TO #mycitymysix

Throughout 2017, City of Toronto Historic Sites will be honouring Canada’s 150th anniversary with commemorations, special events and exhibits. These celebrations are part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto’s year-long cultural love letter to the country. On this page you will find all events hosted by the City of Toronto Historic Sites – but there’s…

March 26 is International Purple Day @EpilepsyCanada @epilepsytoronto

March continues to be a busy month, with National Epilepsy Awareness Month being another great cause to get involved in. With the goal of raising awareness about epilepsy, seizures and seizure first aid, National Epilepsy Month encourages community members to get involved through events, campaigns, volunteering, fundraising and much more. This initiative allows those affected…

Town Hall Meeting on Affordable Housing – March 29th with @viraniarif @TOAdamVaughan

Our Government has taken important steps to address affordable housing: Budget 2017 included an additional $11 billion commitment to the new National Housing Strategy – that means access to affordable housing in Parkdale-High Park. Please join them and their special guest Adam Vaughan at a Town Hall to discuss the National Housing Strategy and affordable housing in Toronto…

Historian Madeleine McDowell leads nature walk from Lambton House for Earth Hour @earthhour @LambtonHouse

World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) Earth Hour shows us how each of us can be heroes for our planet, our home. Our actions today can change our tomorrow – together, let’s #ChangeClimateChange. Join the movement at earthhour.org today. In West Toronto, there will be a walk along the Humber River will be lead by Historian Madeleine…

Protect yourself against fraud @CanRevAgency

Beware of tax fraud schemes. If you get a call or email that sounds like a scam, it probably is. When the CRA contacts you, it makes sure your personal information is protected. The CRA will never: ask for personal information by email or text message; request payment by prepaid credit card; share your tax…

Cancer Screening Awareness Workshop – March 28th, 2017

The Ontario Society of Senior Citizens’ Organization presents the Cancer Screening Awareness Workshop. Hear first-person stories from seniors about why they got screened.  Learn more about the importance of colon, breast and cervical cancer screening. Rediscover why it’s important to maintain your health – because you matter to all of us! Presenter: Richard Bourdeau Date:…

Fraud Prevention Month: Cognitive Decline and Banking

According to a recent article in The Economist, studies suggest financial decision-making ability tends to reach its peak in a person’s mid-50s, after when deterioration sets in. But even “normal” ageing can cause cognitive change. Financial-management skills are often early warning signs, because they demand both knowledge and judgment. Not surprisingly, the article also suggested…

Brain Awareness Week is March 13 – 19, 2017

A global campaign to raise public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) takes place from March 13-19, 2017, uniting efforts of partner organizations worldwide. A celebration for all ages, BAW includes open days at neuroscience labs, exhibitions about the brain, lectures on brain related topics, social media campaigns,…

Need a reason to volunteer? Older adults who volunteer are happier and healthier

Did you know that older adults who stay active by volunteering are getting more out of it than just an altruistic feeling? They are receiving a health boost!  A study published in Psychological Bulletin shows evidence regarding the psychosocial health benefits and we thought it was worth sharing again. Among the key findings: Volunteering is associated with reductions in…

It’s not always Alzheimer’s: Getting the ‘Right” Diagnosis @AlzTO #InItForAlz

Each year 25,000 Canadians are diagnosed with dementia. Like many other health care professionals, we believe everyone needs to learn more about other dementias, including Lewy Body. The Alzhiemer Society Blog is full of useful stories reminding us that it’s equally important for care-givers to socialize and seek out new friends that can offer empathy…

Heart Health inspired by Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, remember that according to online resources, chocolate, red wine, and other expressions of love can be good for you (everything in moderation of course!). Ready to start your heart-healthy diet? Here are eight tips to get you started: 1. Control your portion size 2. Eat more vegetables and fruits 3. Select whole grains…

Valentine’s Day in #WestToronto – Things To Do

It’s Valentine’s Day (Feb 14)! And it’s not too late to do something special for the one’s you love – care-givers, family and friends. Did you know that according to RateSupermarket’s annual “Cost of Love” survey, the average Canadian spends $305.56 for a “fancy” date night (which includes a nice dinner and theatre tickets). Wow! But here are several…

Income Tax Clinic for 55+

It’s that time of year again! WTSS will be hosting its annual tax clinic again between Feb and April of 2017. The program is provided in part by the CVITP (The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program) whose objective is to help eligible taxpayers who do not know how to prepare their income tax and benefit returns,…

What are the best professions for working past age 65? @globeandmail @changepaths

The Globe and Mail recently interviewed Lisa Taylor, a trail blazer intent on challenging outdated career thinking. She understands how demographics are driving strategic changes to today’s workforces, and in this interview, Lisa challenges the assumptions we have about working past the age of 65. As you’ll see in the video, it’s important to know…

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop – Feb. 9

This popular workshop returns for another 6 weeks beginning Feb. 9th. Location:  1700 Bloor St. W. Cost: Free To Register: Call Salma at (416) 855-1066 or email salma@4villages.on.ca See below for more info:   A Community News blog post As part of our communications at West Toronto Support Services (WTSS), we write articles about events…

Workshop: Moving to Long Term Care – Jan. 21st

Moving to Long Tern Care This workshop aims to give family members an overview of issues related to long-term care and information about the application and moving process. There will be time to address questions and concerns that you may have.  When: Saturday, January 21, 10am to 12:30pm Where: Alzheimer Society of Toronto, 20 Eglinton…

Advice from seniors for 2017

Imgur.com recently compiled a list of advice from seniors and we couldn’t resist sharing! Perfect timing as we reflect of our 2017 New Years Resolutions and focus on what really matters: friends and family. 1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them…

The Benefits of Exercise for a Healthy Brain

The latest finding, published by researchers at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, is that exercise helps kick-start a repair process that strengthens existing brain connections. That’s incredible news! The research shows that exercise helps by fixing the myelin “insulation” that protects nerve fibres in the brain. That’s particularly intriguing because myelin damage…

Aging in Different Cultures Around The World

Aging in Different Cultures

We know that people are living much longer today – and this is good news! However, some cultures treat their elderly with more respect and dignity than others. Different cultures have different attitudes and practices around aging and death, and these cultural perspectives can have a huge effect on our experience of getting older. Here’s…

Workshop: Housing & Healthy Discussions – Dec. 6th, 2016

When: Tuesday December 6, 2016 between 3-4:30 pm Where:  333 Wilson Ave. Suite 405 More info below: A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is committed to engaging our readers with relevant community news and access to resources, services and programs in our community.   As part of our communications, we write articles about…

Attend a Free Documentary Preview Screening: Work and Later Life Career Development, Nov. 30, 2016 @ceric_ca

Redirection

The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) invites you to attend a free documentary preview screening with other professional peers who have a stake in career development for older adults. DATE AND TIME Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM EST LOCATION Foundation House 2 St Clair Avenue East, Suite 300…

Understanding reasons for hoarding and strategies for coping @Alz_Live @AlzToronto

Hoarding

According to the Alzheimer Society and well documented in medical journals, persons with dementia experience memory loss, mental confusion, disorientation, impaired judgment and behavioural changes. But did you know that one of these changes may include “hoarding”? Read this fact sheet. We have summarized some key points below: Hoarding behaviour may be harmless, but it…

Save the Date: Special Event @AlzToronto November 22, 2016

Caregivers! The Alzheimer Society of Toronto would like to invite you to their 2nd Fall 2016 Speaker Series event. They will discuss the most common questions posed to their Intake Coordinators, and how to approach the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and other community supports. There will be a discussion to follow about services needed in Toronto, and…

Holiday Open House and Charity Soup Festival on Nov. 19th @BabyPointGates

The Baby Point Gates BIA invites the community to get into the holiday spirit at their 5th Annual Baby it’s Cold Outside Holiday Open House and Charity Soup Festival set for Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Baby Point Gates’ merchants delight in decorating their stores for the holiday season and offering special sales for community members who have supported…

Living with Dignity: a series of FREE information sessions #UkrainianCanadianSocialServicesToronto

Seniors, their Families and Caregivers are invited to a series of FREE information sessions “Living with Dignity”, organized by Ukrainian Canadian Social Services-Toronto. Many important topics are being discussed in both English and Ukrainian, such as: government programs, healthy aging, getting help as a caregiver, and managing your finances in retirement. Mark your calendar and plan…

Have you filled out an Emergency Contact Sheet (ICE Form)?

As part of our bi-annual health and safety promotion, we are reminding everyone to keep their Emergency Contact Sheet (ICE Form) up to date! Emergency situations can be hazardous, especially seniors and adults with disabilities. As part of our continuing support, we’ve posting this bi-annual reminder.   Please ensure it’s up to date and keep it…

Townhall on Seniors’ Issues with MP Arif Virani @viraniarif – Thurs. Nov. 10th

Town Hall Meeting

Please Join Arif Virani, your Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park to discuss issues facing Seniors in our community: Canada Pension Plan Old Age Security Guaranteed Income Supplement International Benefits Veterans Affairs When: Thursday, November 10th, 2016 Time: 3:00 – 4:30pm Where: Rousseau Room – Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Ave.) Register:  Call (416) 769-5072…

Annette @torontolibrary and @Green13Toronto present: Winterizing Your Home with guest speaker Greg Labbe of @BlueGreenGroup

In this interactive presentation, guest speaker Greg Labbé of BlueGreen Group will talk about ways you can get your home ready for winter. With a balance of theory and practice, he’ll cover the elements owners of typical Junction/High Park homes should focus on to lower energy costs for the winter and make their living space more comfortable. From attics to basement…

Scientists are discovering that exercise has more ways of improving your neural wiring than previously suspected @sweatscience

Exercise is good for you

In case you missed it, the Globe and Mail published an excellent article worth sharing “Canadian researchers reaffirm the benefits of exercise for a healthy brain” by Alex Hutchinson. Here are some highlights for all our busy caregivers and clients: For your brain’s sake, the safe bet is to start (or continue) exercising now. (Exercise) has potentially…

Advance Care Planning

Advanced Care Planning

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.…

Share your feedback & help develop a dementia strategy for Ontario @DrEricHoskins @DipikaDamerla

Developing Ontario's Dementia Strategy

Ontario is launching consultations across the province to help develop a new dementia strategy, which will improve access to quality care for people living with dementia and boost support for those who care for them. The province is inviting Ontarians to share their views on the new strategy through an online survey and will hold in-person consultations this fall.…

The #CommunitySupportStories initiative driven by the Ontario Community Support Association @OCSAtweets

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We are sure you have noticed that October is Community Support Month, an opportunity to celebrate the services which help seniors and people with disabilities live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. The #CommunitySupportStories initiative is driven by the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) and WTSS is a proud member of the OCSA so…

This week our #CommunitySupportStories acknowledges Meals-on-Wheels @OCSAtweets @VolunteerTO

CommunitySupportStories

All Ontarians deserve the opportunity to live in the comfort of their own homes and communities. In Toronto, West Toronto Support Services has made an impact with all our programs and we’d like to highlight the amazing volunteers in our Meals-on-Wheels Team as part of this week’s #CommunitySupportStories. Why volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels? Support your Community: by volunteering, you’re not only…