Category: Resources

Resources for seniors and adults with disabilities to check out. Websites, magazines, books that collect info and distribute.

The #1 Secret To A Long, Happy Life + 3 Other Habits That Matter

Secret of Long Life

Reposted by Josh Mitteldorf of Mindbodygreen (MBG) We’re at an exciting juncture for medical science. Life spans have been expanding for 150 years. We’re living seven years longer than our parents’ generation, and they lived seven years longer than their parents. We’re grateful for this—but we also want more. In labs, scientists are significantly expanding animals’ natural…

Video: Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how…

Are you downsizing? Wondering what to do with your used furniture?

Furniture Bank has been helping people in the Greater Toronto Area establish their homes since 1998 by enabling the transfer of gently used household furnishings from donors to individuals in need. The organization operates a year-round furniture removal service – picking up furniture from donors and delivering items to clients transitioning out of homelessness or…

Warning Signs Elderly Parents Need Help with Finances

Help with Finances

Expert and geriatric psychologist, Dr. Melissa Henston, provides some guidance on how to spot whether there might be financial problems that often signal other issues for your elderly parent. Originally published here. Here are some warning signs that your parents may need assistance: 1. Bills and Mail Are Piled up and Unopened Take a look around your parents’ house…

June Is Stroke Month #StrokeMonth

Stroke Warning Signs

Stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age. Gear up with lifesaving information, not just for yourself, but also for your family, your friends, and others around you. Stroke happens when blood flow to your brain is interrupted, and cells are damaged or die as a result.   Among other physical…

4 Questions to Ask Before Getting a Senior a Pet

Getting a senior a pet

Ongoing research seeks to pinpoint the therapeutic benefits of pet ownership (such as reduced blood pressure), but we don’t really need science to tell us about the many ways pets enhance our lives. They offer amusement, loyal companionship and unconditional love. No wonder 57 per cent of Canadian households own a pet. Pet ownership can hold…

National Sun Awareness Week – June 6-10

The following article has been re-posted from St. John’s Ambulance, Ontario Sun Awareness Week Since 1989, the Canadian Dermatology Association’s annual initiative has been to educate Canadians about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. With the majority of summer activities taking place under the harmful rays of the sun, learning about prevention and first aid…

Need help with your lawn and leaves?

There are several community agencies across the GTA that offer light home maintenance such as: grass cutting, raking leaves, odd yardwork and eavestroughs cleaning.  Prices are usually more affordable than private help and the agencies are non-profit or funded in part by the government. Unfortunately, not all services are available in all parts of Toronto and…

How to cope when a loved one has dementia and still drives

Summary reposted from The Star. Source: http://www.thestar.com/life/2016/03/28/how-to-cope-when-a-loved-one-has-dementia-and-still-drives.html A 2004 study from Queen’s University reported that by 2028, there will be approximately 100,000 drivers within Ontario that suffer from dementia. Driving requires many skills that diminish with the onset of dementia: the ability to remember destinations, quick judgment, remembering rules of the road, reaction time and…

Toronto’s Free Tree Program

Toronto has adopted the goal of increasing tree canopy coverage from 26.6 – 28% to 40% across the city.  One of the primary ways of achieving this goal is through planting of new trees, with a focus on planting large canopy species. Get a Free Tree Program Urban Forestry plants trees on City-owned land in…

Preparing to be a caregiver @Baycrest

Dementia is a long journey. Caregiver’s must learn to re-group, get informed and get support. Start by watching this helpful video. A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is committed to engage our readers with relevant community news and access to resources, services and programs in our community.  A healthy community is a…

2016 Community Environment Days

Pick-up recycling at your sidewalk curb can account for a large amount of materials and more often we are using the blue bins over our regular garbage ‘grey’ bins. However, you can do even more to re-use and re-cycle.  Community Environment Days are organized by the City of Toronto in partnership with Live Green Toronto.  They are conveniently organized…

Chronic stress and anxiety can damage the brain, increase the risk of major psychiatric disorders

Toronto, Canada – A scientific review paper warns that people need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia. Led by the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences, the review examined brain areas impacted by chronic anxiety, fear and…

Community Garden Grant Available @transitionTO

Are you involved in a school, faith group, community garden, or non-profit organization helping to grow your community’s sustainability? Do you have a sunny patch of land where you can grow and nurture fruit trees, fruiting shrubs and other perennial crops? Are you committed to caring for these plants in the years to come? If…

West Toronto Community Legal Services

West Toronto Community Legal Services (WTCLS) is a non-profit community legal clinic and housing help service for low income people in Toronto’s west end. WTCLS can help with legal matters relating to: Landlord and Tenant Law Social Assistance (including Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program) Employment Insurance Workers’ Rights and Consumer Law They also prepare affidavits and…

Are you prepared for the next ice storm?

Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighbourhood or be confined to your home. What would you do if your basic services—water, gas, electricity or communications—were cut off? On Tuesday January 26th at Annette Street Library (145 Annette Street) local residents participated in a 2 hour…

Nutrition Month begins! @OPHA_Ontario

TORONTO, ON — March is Nutrition Month and Dietitians of Canada is challenging Canadians to Take a 100 Meal Journey by pledging to make a small change to their eating habits and to stick with it, one meal at a time. The national 2015 Tracking Nutrition Trends survey revealed a significant 35 per cent drop in people who…

New City of Toronto website allows residents to see when streets get plowed and salted @TO_WinterOps #plowTO

Are you wondering where those snow plows are and when they’re going to do your street? The City of Toronto has created a new website that enables residents to see when their streets and sidewalks get plowed and salted. Appropriately called, PlowTO, this new feature gives detailed information on the location of the snow maintenance…

Why is February 29, 2016 special?

It’s a leap day! Some Trivia: Nearly every four years is a leap year which has 366 days, as opposed to a common year, which has 365 in the Gregorian Calendar. Leap years have 366 days, not 365. When Is the Next Leap Year? The Next leap day is today –  February 29, 2016. Last leap day was February 29, 2012.…

5 Hidden Costs of Family Caregiving @APlaceForMom

Community Resource: How has caregiving impacted your own family? Were their costs that you did not anticipate? A Place for Mom recently posted an excellent Blog Post worthy of sharing. There are many clouded costs to family caregiving that should be considered before committing to becoming the full-time caregiver for an older loved one. Being aware of…

Enjoy your golden years with these tax credits and benefits #CRAtax

Community News for #Seniors: The Canada Revenue Agency recently posted some excellent tips for Seniors and we’re passing them along to you! (Source)  Did you know there are several credits and benefits designed for seniors? Age amount – You can claim this amount if you were 65 years of age or older on December 31, 2015, and your net income…

Join a Citizen’s Panel: Help shape your local health care @TC_LHIN

Community News:  The Toronto Central LHIN’s goal is to ensure that all Toronto Central LHIN strategies and initiatives are grounded in and guided by what matters most to the individuals, families and communities they serve. To help them achieve this goal, they are currently building a Citizens’ Panel.   The Panel will: Provide advice and recommendations…

Senior health: How to prevent and detect malnutrition

Research News: The Mayo Clinic recently published an excellent article on nutrition that is worth sharing because malnutrition is a serious senior health issue.  It is helpful to know the warning signs and how to help an older person you care for avoid poor nutrition. Malnutrition in older adults can lead to various health concerns, including:…

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…

The Power of Music Therapy @AlzToronto

Community News: The Alzheimer Society of Toronto has been a wonderful advocate of Music Therapy for many years. More recently, JAZZ.FM91 and Alzheimer Society of Toronto have partnered to bring awareness of the importance and impact that music has on those suffering with dementia. Every Tuesday morning, Garvia Bailey presents the popular feature “Music Memory” on Good…

Are You Ready For a Power Outage?

Community News: Power outages can happen at any time, particularly during severe weather. While winter has been mild so far, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. On the second anniversary of the ice storm, Toronto Hydro has released a video to help you learn about emergency preparedness.  The video follows the story of Sara and…

Sidewalk Snow Removal for Seniors and the Disabled

It’s time to be a good neighbour! In much of Toronto, the City provides mechanical sidewalk snow clearing. But in some parts of Toronto, (mainly the core area), the city is unable to provide this service. That’s why the City asks all residents and business owners in those areas to clear the ice and snow from sidewalks adjacent…

Do you need to find a Family Doctor?

3 Ways to Find a Health Care Provider: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s Doctor Search is a free service that provides information about Ontario physicians. www.cpso.on.ca/docsearch Health Care Connect is a program that refers people without a regular family health care provider to physicians and nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients in…

Regional Geriatric Programs (RGPs) of Ontario

Regional Geriatric Programs or RGPs provide specialized geriatric services to help treat illness and disability in older adults who have multiple and complex needs. Working in collaboration with primary care physicians, community health professionals and others, these programs seek to meet the needs of the most frail and vulnerable seniors. For information about services, see the…

Compassionate Care Benefit Program

Caring for a gravely ill family member is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Caregivers face many emotional, physical and financial demands. During this stressful time you should not have to choose between keeping your job and caring for your family. Compassionate Care Benefits are federal Employment Insurance benefits paid to those who have to be away…

Recognizing Seniors’ Contributions

Do you have a special occasion that deserves recognition? Here are some tips from the Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario. You can mark a special occasion by requesting a congratulatory message from Her Majesty The Queen, The Governor General of Canada, The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Prime Minister of Canada, and The Premier of Ontario!…