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 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,…

A 150th party for Canada’s birthday @WTSS.org

Yesterday, WTSS, LA Active Living Centre and LAC hosted their largest Canada Party yet to celebrate our countries 150th birthday. With just over a hundred guests and some Canadian music by the FiddleStix, attendees were treated to a fun afternoon.  Special guests included MP Arif Virani and Executive Assistant, Bhutila Karpoche for MPP Cheri DiNovo. Thank you…

Celebrate #Canada150

Canada turns 150 on Saturday and celebrations are being held in every community in the country. In Toronto, the four-day party starts today and runs until Monday, July 3rd. 2017 marks a significant moment in the History of Canada. 150 years ago, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – united to create the Canadian Confederation,…

Five tips to stay healthy at home

Posted from McMaster Optimal Aging. Thank you Dr. Maureen Dobbins. Your home is your castle, so they say. But that doesn’t mean you can let down your guard when it comes to staying safe and well. If you’re like most people you want to “age in place,” which means maintaining your independence as you grow older…

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15

June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. What is elder abuse? Elder abuse is any action or lack of action that brings harm to an older person by someone who is in a relationship of trust (such as caregiver and even a family member). The definition of elder abuse has expanded over time to include…

Volunteer Appreciation Night 2017

An evening of dinner and entertainment was organized as part of our annual Volunteer Appreciation night on Thursday, June 16, 2017. We had a very successful turnout!   Shirley, our Volunteer Coordinator and Thom Burger, our Executive Director both gave passionate speeches about the values of volunteering.  The time and effort these individuals put into…

June is Stroke Awareness Month

People of all ages should be aware of the symptoms of stroke because early diagnosis and treatment are vital. Your risk of stroke increases with age and it can be particularly debilitating and even life threatening for older adults. Adapting healthy lifestyle behaviours including exercising regularly, quitting smoking, managing stress and maintaining a healthy weight…

Seniors’ Month in Toronto and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The Toronto Seniors’ Forum gives a voice to seniors not often heard. Their dedicated members work to ensure the City of Toronto meets its commitment to provide services equitably to all senior residents. Register for the Seniors’ Month in Toronto Event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seniors-month-tickets-33700952456 DATE/TIME Thu, 15 June 2017 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT LOCATION Toronto…

Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend and Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Queen Victoria

Please Note:  The West Toronto Support Services offices will be closed on Monday, May 22 for the Victoria Day long weekend. Contact your program supervisor if you have any questions or concerns. What’s a long weekend without some festivities? Ontario Place will have a Drone Show on Victoria Day weekend! The grounds are open for the Culinary Ontario…

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…

Feeling the effects of the “winter blues”? Try Light Therapy Lamps free @torontolibrary

Spring is around the corner, but if you’re feeling ‘blue’ in the last throes of winter, you might want to visit your library. Research by the Canadian Mental Health Association suggests that 2-3% of the general population of Ontario have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and another 15% have a less severe experience. Light therapy lamps…

WTSS Proposed Merger with Humber Community Seniors’ Services

West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is very pleased to announce that we are looking at an important new partnership with another agency serving adults 55+ and adults with disabilities in west Toronto. WTSS and Humber Community Seniors’ Services (HCSS) are looking into bringing our two organizations together and forming one organization. By becoming one organization…

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…