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 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…