National Volunteer Week @WTSSorg – #NVW2018

Join us for National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2018 as we “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections, and community”. Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service,…

2018 Lawn Care Service

The 2018 lawn care season is fast approaching, and we look forward to again providing you with our professional and reasonably priced lawn cutting service between May 1 and November 30. Pat Chapelle, our lawn care specialist, will again look after your lawn cutting needs this season. Pat has over 15 years experience in providing…

Join us for Fish & Chips!

Enjoy some traditional English fare this month with 2 different popular Fish & Chips restaurants this month.   Register quickly for these popular events and take note of the different telephone #’s for sign-up. WTSS Humber location Our team will take you to the Olde Yorke Fish & Chips on Wednesday, April 18th. The Escorted Monthly program…

Elder Abuse Workshop series finishes with Self Defence

Elder Abuse Workshop

Our monthly interactive elder abuse workshop series have come to a successful close. All five sessions were free to the community and provided a ‘lunch and learn’ opportunity in elder abuse. The final workshop on March 21st featured a lesson in self defence for seniors with a guest speaker from SAFE International.   They provided an effective…

An Irish Celebration #SaintPatricksDay2018

On March 17, the world came together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day which is a holiday dedicated to St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. People typically celebrate by wearing green, drinking beer, and singing Irish folk songs. Parties are very popular on this holiday. It’s a time to celebrate friendship, family, and beauty of the Irish…

Income Tax Clinic for 55+

It’s that time of year again! We will be hosting our annual tax clinic again between March and April. 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, and…

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…

Welcome to our new agency!

As of January 1st, West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) and Humber Community Seniors’ Services (HCSS) have become one agency called West Toronto Support Services.   We would like to thank our staff and volunteers for their dedication to clients and commitment to building an even stronger organization for the future.  We look forward to continuing to…

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…

Congratulations to staff for 10 years plus!

At our recent AGM, we recognized those staff members that have provided dedicated service for over 10 years at WTSS (an amazing 30% of our entire staff) for their unfailing commitment. We are very proud of the outstanding service of all our staff and volunteers. These 10 plus tenured staff members embody our values, values…

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…

11 yrs & 11 climbs in support of @unitedwaytyr

Celebrate with us by watching our video below! The CN Tower climb is an annual tradition for our agency.  2017 marks the 11th consecutive time we’ve gathered a team in support of the United Way of Toronto & York Region. The climb is an important pillar in kickstarting our workplace campaign for West Toronto Support…

#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…

We did it! 1,776 steps to a good cause #UP4COMMUNITY

West Toronto Support Services completed another early morning climb last Saturday.  144 floors or 1776 steps up the CN Tower to be precise. It’s our 10th consecutive year at this annual fundraising event.  Thanks to our climbers, returning and new, and all the donors who helped make this possible.  Together we raised over $1,000 All…

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.…

5 Free Workshops on Financial Abuse and Fraud – registration required @WTSSorg @LACseniors

Financial Abuse and Fraud  A Free Workshop Series for 55+ West Toronto Support Services is please to announce the launch of monthly interactive workshop sessions in partnership with LA Centre for Active Living and Loyola Arrupe Corporation. Join us for practical hands on tools and a self-defence class. Registration is required and space is limited…

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…

World Mental Health Day is October 10

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs…

Thanksgiving Day is October 9th

Please Note:  The West Toronto Support Services offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 for the Thanksgiving long weekend. Contact your program supervisor if you have any questions or concerns. We are grateful for our clients, caregivers and volunteers! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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…

WTSS 32nd 2017 AGM Highlights

“We are confident that, by combining our agencies’ strengths, we will be able to expand the services that enable clients to live independently in the community, and better serve west-end seniors and adults with disabilities.”  ~ Annual Report 2016/2017 On Thursday September  27, 2017, West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) held its 32nd Annual General Meeting…

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 Helpline (416) 217-2077

The Toronto Seniors Helpline (TSH) is an easy way for seniors and caregivers to navigate community support and crisis services within Toronto. To receive help with community supports, crisis services, care at home, supportive counselling or caregiver resources and support, call (416) 217-2077.

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…

History on the Humber Walk @historyonhumber #WalkThe6West – Aug. 5, 2017

A one-day theatrical event exploring some of the personalities from West Toronto’s past. Saturday, August 5th, 2017 At Etienne Brule Park (by Old Mill Subway Station) Enjoy a living history featuring performances by various people along your walk. Reserve your FREE tickets by visiting pvhs.info/historyonthehumber or by calling (647) 675-1792 More information below:   A…

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…

FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop – Fall 2017 Registration is Open!

What is Chronic Disease Self-Management? This workshop helps people with long term health problems manage their health & quality of life with confidence. Who’s it for? Anyone living with or giving care to someone with a long lasting chronic condition Topics to be covered: Positive Thinking, Goal Setting, Problem Solving, Physical Activity, Decision Making Skills,…

Update re: WTSS and HCSS Proposed Merger

We are pleased to inform you that the amalgamation of West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) and Humber Community Seniors’ Services (HCSS) has been approved by the Boards of both organizations and their respective memberships in May, and was accepted by the Toronto Central LHIN at its Board meeting on June 28, 2017. For more information…

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,…