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…

Valentine’s Day in #WestToronto – Things To Do

It’s Valentine’s Day (Feb 14)! And it’s not too late to do something special for the one’s you love – care-givers, family and friends. Did you know that according to RateSupermarket’s annual “Cost of Love” survey, the average Canadian spends $305.56 for a “fancy” date night (which includes a nice dinner and theatre tickets). Wow! But here are several…

Income Tax Clinic for 55+

It’s that time of year again! WTSS will be hosting its annual tax clinic again between Feb and April of 2017. 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,…

Dementia 101: Dementia Care Training for Family Caregivers – Feb. 9th @AlzToronto

This workshop will provide family caregivers with an overview of Alzheimer’s disease focusing on the importance of early diagnosis and illustrates the progression of the disease. WTSS is delighted to host our first workshop from the Alzheimer Society of Toronto at our new office and we hope you’ll join them for this informative event. When:…

What are the best professions for working past age 65? @globeandmail @changepaths

The Globe and Mail recently interviewed Lisa Taylor, a trail blazer intent on challenging outdated career thinking. She understands how demographics are driving strategic changes to today’s workforces, and in this interview, Lisa challenges the assumptions we have about working past the age of 65. As you’ll see in the video, it’s important to know…

Who to call at WTSS

At West Toronto Support Services we have one Telephone number to call when you wish to reach us.   Our knowledgeable reception staff will redirect your call to the appropriate person as required. However, we’ve listed below our most active departments with names and extensions to make your job a little easier when contacting us.…

We want to hear your Feedback

Please keep us informed about your opinions for 2017.  Contact West Toronto Support Services any time you have  constructive criticism or positive remarks  regarding any of our services or staff.   We’re also open to feedback on our news blog, newsletter and ways we can better communicate with you. Complaints  For a complaint or concern,…

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop – Feb. 9

This popular workshop returns for another 6 weeks beginning Feb. 9th. Location:  1700 Bloor St. W. Cost: Free To Register: Call Salma at (416) 855-1066 or email salma@4villages.on.ca See below for more info:   A Community News blog post As part of our communications at West Toronto Support Services (WTSS), we write articles about events…

Workshop: Moving to Long Term Care – Jan. 21st

Moving to Long Tern Care This workshop aims to give family members an overview of issues related to long-term care and information about the application and moving process. There will be time to address questions and concerns that you may have.  When: Saturday, January 21, 10am to 12:30pm Where: Alzheimer Society of Toronto, 20 Eglinton…

Client Satisfaction Survey Results for 2016

Our 2016 client satisfaction survey results have been tallied and summarized into a detailed report.  A huge thank you to all clients that participated to help us continually improve our services. The surveys were conducted by several outstanding volunteers and reported anonymously. The 2016 client satisfaction survey was developed in order to give clients and…

Advice from seniors for 2017

Imgur.com recently compiled a list of advice from seniors and we couldn’t resist sharing! Perfect timing as we reflect of our 2017 New Years Resolutions and focus on what really matters: friends and family. 1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them…

WTSS Holiday Hours

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday this season from West Toronto Support Services (WTSS)!  Please note that we have holiday hours. 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 Hours The West Toronto Support Service offices will be closed on…

The Benefits of Exercise for a Healthy Brain

The latest finding, published by researchers at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, is that exercise helps kick-start a repair process that strengthens existing brain connections. That’s incredible news! The research shows that exercise helps by fixing the myelin “insulation” that protects nerve fibres in the brain. That’s particularly intriguing because myelin damage…

Gordon Hefford’s Story

It was an ordinary Monday, October 3, 2016 when I met an extraordinary individual named Gordon Andrew Hefford. Gordon’s thoughtful demeanor and calm disposition was noticeable immediately.  He was born August 15, 1965, the youngest of five children being the only boy he was surrounded by love and brought joy to all he encountered.  It…

Holiday Celebration 2016 at 1709 Bloor St. W.

This years’ annual Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 8th at 1709 Bloor St W. was another success! A great team effort by all partners, staff and volunteers and BMO who served a hot turkey meal for over 100 people! The popular Colors Duo returned to provide entertainment and even Santa appeared. The event was organized…

WTSS Membership Renewals for 2017

West Toronto Services for Seniors (WTSS) was founded by community members to serve adults 55+, frail elderly, adults with disabilities and caregivers.  Members bring the voice of the community to the agency and enhance our service.  Be involved by becoming a member of WTSS! You will enjoy these benefits of membership: Opportunity to provide a…