Category: WTSS Agency News

General news about West Toronto Support Services

Giving Tuesday

Because we were saving ourselves for something better. Giving Tuesday. GivingTuesday is a National Giving Day on Tuesday Dec 1st, 2015. It’s a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to…

Join us December 8th at 7:30 p.m. and Learn How to Manage Caregiver Stress with @AlzToronto and @VHACaregiving

Are you caring for a loved one with dementia? We understand the importance of self care for the caregiver. Please join us for this useful session: What? Managing Caregiver Stress Information Session, facilitated by Amanda Schmukler@AlzToronto When? Tuesday December 8th, 2015 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Where? 1709 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor For more…

Partner Highlight: Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)

CCACs are local non-profit community agencies that provide simplified access to home and community care.  CCACs can help you to live independently in your own home for as long as possible. For example, your CCAC case manager can help to coordinate in-home services, including nursing, personal support (help with bathing, dressing, etc.), physiotherapy, occupational therapy,…

FREE Legal Clinic @4VillagesCHC

The clinic offers 30 minute free summary advice, information, and referrals. Family law and immigration clinic runs the last Tuesday of the month alternating between Four Villages Bloor and Dundas Sites. Assistance with human rights and employment law may also be available upon request. Appointments must be booked in advance. When: Tuesday November 24, 10:00…

Falls Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of injury among seniors and roughly half of these falls occur at home. Every year, one-third of seniors fall and often experience serious consequences to their health, independence and quality of life.  Fortunately, many falls are preventable. Reduce your risk by following these tips: Exercise regularly. Adults aged 65 years…

Did you know Seniors can Volunteer @WTSSorg?

The Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario highlights two important ways that Seniors can find volunteer work opportunities. But did you know that you can volunteer with West Toronto Support Services? There are many reasons to volunteer with WTSS! You will work with a dedicated team alongside other staff and volunteers. Plus, light refreshments…

How to know when aging parents need extra care & how to combat the signs of frailty

How to know when you need extra care? The “sandwich generation” is increasingly caring for both their children and their elderly parents  (many say they do not feel totally confident about these responsibilities). How do we know, for example, if and when a parent or elder friend needs help to remain in their own home,…

October is Community Support Month #OurCommunitySupport

Each year, nearly a million seniors and people with disabilities use the services offered by Ontario’s Community Support Service (CSS) providers, like West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) – and that demand is growing. Even if you’ve never heard of these unsung heroes of the health care system, you’ve benefited from their work. October is Community…

2015 Annual General Meeting Highlights

On Thursday October 1, we held our 30th Annual General Meeting at our 1709 Bloor St. W. 2nd Fl. location.  A special thank you to all Members, Volunteers and Special Guests that actively participated. Our Executive Director, Thom, expertly led the meeting’s agenda complete with staff and volunteer recognition, plus a review of our financials.…

Ella – the latest addition to our Adult Day Service Family!

Our Adult Day Service (ADS) provides social and recreational activities in an environment that is responsive to the needs of individuals who are cognitively impaired, frail or physically disabled. We have a strong and dedicated team that is full of positive energy. We are pleased to announce the latest addition to our WTSS ADS Family – Ella! As…

Invitation to the WTSS 2015 AGM (Oct. 1, 2015)

West Toronto Support Services welcomes you to attend their 30th Annual General Meeting (AGM). Thursday, October 1st at 5:30pm Please RSVP to Tim at (416) 653-3535 Ext. 233 or email tanderson@wtss.org by September 28th. This years event will be held in our Adult Day Services space at 1709 Bloor St. W. 2nd Fl. near Keele…

Labour Day, September 7 (Office Closed)

Our offices will be closed for the Labour Day holiday on Monday, September 7th. Labour Day in Canada is a federal holiday and is celebrated on the first Monday of September.  It’s also observed in the United States on the same day. This holiday officially celebrates workers and the labour union movement, however, most of…

Why Delirium is Such an Important Problem

What is Delirium – Symptoms and Causes Delirium is a state of worse-than-usual mental confusion, brought on by some type of unusual stress on the body or mind. It’s sometimes referred to as an “acute confusional state,” because it develops fairly quickly (e.g., over hours to days), whereas mental confusion due to Alzheimer’s or another…

Activities for Grandparents and Teens

Grandparents and young adults can use summer vacation to bridge the generation gap and take a break from technology. Next time your young adult takes too much screen time, encourage your child to spend some quality time disconnecting from devices and reconnecting with his or her grandparents: 1. Volunteer for the Same Cause Volunteering builds character, self-esteem, and…

Civic Holiday 2015 @WTSSorg

Please note that the WTSS office will be CLOSED this Civic Holiday (Monday, August 3rd) Wondering what to do around Toronto this Civic Holiday? Did you know that the first Monday in August is a Civic Holiday in much of Canada, but it goes under different names in different parts of the country. Here in Toronto…

Thank you to our Volunteer Team! #volunteer

Our Volunteer Recognition dinner was held on Thursday, July 9th.   It’s our annual event to personally say a big THANK YOU and show appreciation to all our hard working volunteers.    Our Volunteer team is an integral part of our organization and you’ll find them in many of our departments, such as Adult Day Service,…

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…

Did you miss our General Meeting with the LA Centre for Active Living?

Don’t worry if you missed our General Meeting with the LA Centre for Active Living on June 16th – here are the important highlights! First, you should know that the purpose of the meeting was to explore the needs and wants of the West End Community for social and recreational programming for adults 55+. In…

@BMO Volunteers lend a hand for lunch

As part of the BMO Volunteer Day last week on June 11, four employees from the Bank of Montreal spent the day and became our Community Dining Team.   Alongside our Community Dining Coordinator, they helped run the show! From setting up the dining room, prepping the food, serving and chatting up the dining guests, they were…

Same agency, new look!

We’re excited to reveal a new logo and brand colours for West Toronto Support Services! Why the new look? Some of our clients will remember our West Toronto Services for Seniors or Silver Circle names. About a year and a half ago, we issued a survey that went out to our clients, members, staff and…

Yoga for 50+ @4villagesCHC

According to an article that quotes experts in the field,  there are many benefits to practicing Yoga if you’re over 50.  From increasing your body movement without the strain, increasing your flexibility, promoting good bone health and keeping your mind sharp. Consider joining a free Yoga for 50+ program at the Four Villages Community Health Centre located…

A journey in volunteering @VolunteerTO #VolunteersofTO #NVW2015

As we mentioned in a previous post, volunteering has many benefits.  In fact, several staff at West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) started out as volunteers for many reasons.   Some wanted real world experience, wanted to help the community or in some cases were newcomers to Canada looking to get work experience. The following video…

Runnymede Public Library FREE Event: Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

West Toronto Support Services is a huge advocate for our beautiful Toronto Public Libraries. In our catchment area, we are lucky to have the Runnymede Branch (a Heritage site since 2008). There are many fun, free and engaging programs at the Runnymede Library. Since our new location is close to the vibrant High Park, we are highlighting the event: Unusual…

Volunteer Profile: Ikue Kisa

Ikue discovered us last fall and has been regularly helping us in a big way.    She spends most of her days each week assisting with our Adult Day Services (ADS), whether it’s socializing with clients, helping with food, exercises or games.   She really enjoys working with the clients and staff.   Willing to help in a pinch,…

7 April is World Health Day 2015 #SafeFood

Just in case you didn’t get a chance to Like or Comment on our Word Health Day Facebook Post we are sharing the link: World Health Day will be celebrated today (7 April), with The World Health Organization (WHO) highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food…

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…

Great Advice on #Downsizing from Your Family Home

Updated with more resources: Instead of just downsizing into a condo or one-storey bungalow, researchers say, retirees should consider what their broader surroundings may offer as their needs change. Here are five things to look for in an age-friendly community (thank you @AdrianaBarton). Have you been tasked with the challenge of downsizing your Family Home? The situation may…

What kinds of false alarms have you experienced as a caregiver?

We were inspired by a recent blog post by Joy Johnston, author of The Memories Project. Joy started The Memories Project as a tribute to her father, who died at the age of 79 from Alzheimer’s complications. But now, the blog serves as an advocacy tool for Alzheimer’s awareness and for increasing support for family caregivers. What an inspiration!…

Peggy Nash, MP hosts Income Tax clinics in Parkdale-HighPark

Peggy Nash, MP is once more hosting a series of community tax prep clinics throughout the riding for those in need. Her service is provided in partnership with volunteer Chartered Professional Accountants and is available to individuals living in Parkdale—High Park: Eligibility: • Without dependants with a gross household income of less than $25,000 •…

Income Tax clinics for 55+

It’s that time of year again! We will be hosting our annual tax clinic again at Loyola Arrupe Centre (1709 Bloor St. W.) 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…

Seniors and Income Tax

The Canada Revenue Agency is pleased to host a free interactive webinar about important tax topics for seniors in Canada. This webinar will provide an introduction to topics such as: pensions, benefits, and tax credits for seniors pension income splitting installment payments If you are interested in learning about income tax topics for seniors, please…

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