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…

Aging in Different Cultures Around The World

Aging in Different Cultures

We know that people are living much longer today – and this is good news! However, some cultures treat their elderly with more respect and dignity than others. Different cultures have different attitudes and practices around aging and death, and these cultural perspectives can have a huge effect on our experience of getting older. Here’s…

Workshop: Housing & Healthy Discussions – Dec. 6th, 2016

When: Tuesday December 6, 2016 between 3-4:30 pm Where:  333 Wilson Ave. Suite 405 More info below: A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is committed to engaging our readers with relevant community news and access to resources, services and programs in our community.   As part of our communications, we write articles about…

Attend a Free Documentary Preview Screening: Work and Later Life Career Development, Nov. 30, 2016 @ceric_ca

Redirection

The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) invites you to attend a free documentary preview screening with other professional peers who have a stake in career development for older adults. DATE AND TIME Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM EST LOCATION Foundation House 2 St Clair Avenue East, Suite 300…

Understanding reasons for hoarding and strategies for coping @Alz_Live @AlzToronto

Hoarding

According to the Alzheimer Society and well documented in medical journals, persons with dementia experience memory loss, mental confusion, disorientation, impaired judgment and behavioural changes. But did you know that one of these changes may include “hoarding”? Read this fact sheet. We have summarized some key points below: Hoarding behaviour may be harmless, but it…

The 2017 Safe Seniors Calendar is now available!

BASSIC Safe Senior Calendar

With support from Co-operators Insurance, the B.A.S.S.I.C. partners  develop and print a calendar every year for older adults focusing on safety. The calendar offers tips and suggestions on how seniors can keep safe in their homes and communities. The calendar is launched each fall and  distributed through various B.A.S.S.I.C. partners. To get one you must: Visit…

Save the Date: Special Event @AlzToronto November 22, 2016

Caregivers! The Alzheimer Society of Toronto would like to invite you to their 2nd Fall 2016 Speaker Series event. They will discuss the most common questions posed to their Intake Coordinators, and how to approach the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and other community supports. There will be a discussion to follow about services needed in Toronto, and…

Holiday Open House and Charity Soup Festival on Nov. 19th @BabyPointGates

The Baby Point Gates BIA invites the community to get into the holiday spirit at their 5th Annual Baby it’s Cold Outside Holiday Open House and Charity Soup Festival set for Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Baby Point Gates’ merchants delight in decorating their stores for the holiday season and offering special sales for community members who have supported…

World Kindness Day is Sunday November 13 @VolunteerTO

All of our wonderful volunteers are committed to forming a world where the elderly can live independently and with dignity for longer, feel respected, supported and counted. Volunteers invest their precious time and talent either on an occasional or a consistent basis.  Once a year we recognize all our Volunteers at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.…

Living with Dignity: a series of FREE information sessions #UkrainianCanadianSocialServicesToronto

Seniors, their Families and Caregivers are invited to a series of FREE information sessions “Living with Dignity”, organized by Ukrainian Canadian Social Services-Toronto. Many important topics are being discussed in both English and Ukrainian, such as: government programs, healthy aging, getting help as a caregiver, and managing your finances in retirement. Mark your calendar and plan…

Have you filled out an Emergency Contact Sheet (ICE Form)?

As part of our bi-annual health and safety promotion, we are reminding everyone to keep their Emergency Contact Sheet (ICE Form) up to date! Emergency situations can be hazardous, especially seniors and adults with disabilities. As part of our continuing support, we’ve posting this bi-annual reminder.   Please ensure it’s up to date and keep it…

Townhall on Seniors’ Issues with MP Arif Virani @viraniarif – Thurs. Nov. 10th

Town Hall Meeting

Please Join Arif Virani, your Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park to discuss issues facing Seniors in our community: Canada Pension Plan Old Age Security Guaranteed Income Supplement International Benefits Veterans Affairs When: Thursday, November 10th, 2016 Time: 3:00 – 4:30pm Where: Rousseau Room – Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Ave.) Register:  Call (416) 769-5072…

Annette @torontolibrary and @Green13Toronto present: Winterizing Your Home with guest speaker Greg Labbe of @BlueGreenGroup

In this interactive presentation, guest speaker Greg Labbé of BlueGreen Group will talk about ways you can get your home ready for winter. With a balance of theory and practice, he’ll cover the elements owners of typical Junction/High Park homes should focus on to lower energy costs for the winter and make their living space more comfortable. From attics to basement…

Free Workshop for Brain Injury Survivors – Sat. Nov. 5th @BrainInjuryTO

BIST Support Group

A Free Workshop for brain injury survivors, family/friends & Professionals When:  Sat. November 5th, 9AM – 12PM Where: Davenport-Perth Community Centre, 1900 Davenport Rd. To Register:  Call 416-830-1485, email info@bist.ca or visit http://www.bist.ca and follow the links. More info on image below: A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is committed to engage…

Halloween visits 100 High Park

Witches, monsters and other scares came out to a Halloween Party at 100 High Park Ave. today. The party is an annual event and was organized in partnership between WTSS and LOFT. For anyone who was brave enough to stick around, a dark chocolate cake was served to all the guests. See for yourself and…

Scientists are discovering that exercise has more ways of improving your neural wiring than previously suspected @sweatscience

Exercise is good for you

In case you missed it, the Globe and Mail published an excellent article worth sharing “Canadian researchers reaffirm the benefits of exercise for a healthy brain” by Alex Hutchinson. Here are some highlights for all our busy caregivers and clients: For your brain’s sake, the safe bet is to start (or continue) exercising now. (Exercise) has potentially…

Advance Care Planning

Advanced Care Planning

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.…

Share your feedback & help develop a dementia strategy for Ontario @DrEricHoskins @DipikaDamerla

Developing Ontario's Dementia Strategy

Ontario is launching consultations across the province to help develop a new dementia strategy, which will improve access to quality care for people living with dementia and boost support for those who care for them. The province is inviting Ontarians to share their views on the new strategy through an online survey and will hold in-person consultations this fall.…

A Changing Melody Forum – Sat. Oct. 29th @AlzToronto

Join The Alzheimer Society of Toronto at the fourth annual forum for a day of sharing and learning for persons living with MCI or dementia, families, friends, and professionals Come join them to: Empower yourself through learning Connect with others Get supported Get inspired When: Saturday, October 29th 10am – 3pm Where: Oakham House at Ryerson University,  63 Gould St. Cost:…

Celebrating Our Volunteers #communitysupportstories

In honour of Community Support Month and in celebration of our recent Thanksgiving event, WTSS is thankful for the amazing hard working and dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers help us continue to support the independence of our clients who wish to remain at home and bring respite and support to their caregivers. A West Toronto Support Services…

Hearing Loss Presentation – Oct. 28th @CHSCanada

Canadian Hearing Workshop

Are you having difficulties with Hearing OR know someone, who is suffering from Hearing Loss? Come join us for a presentation by Ana Borges Marques from Canadian Hearing Society followed by a Clinic. When: Friday, October 28th, 2016 from 1pm onwards Where: at 100 High Park Ave. in the Recreation Room For Clinic reservations please…

Free Symposium: Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation Oct. 20th, 2016

Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation: Celebrating Best Community Practices Symposium free for adults 55+ OCTOBER 20, 2016 9:30 AM – 3:00PM at North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge St, Toronto Come to this Symposium. Learn about Ontario’s best practices in tackling loneliness and social isolation. You will find out and understand: what social isolation is…

The #CommunitySupportStories initiative driven by the Ontario Community Support Association @OCSAtweets

ocsa

We are sure you have noticed that October is Community Support Month, an opportunity to celebrate the services which help seniors and people with disabilities live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. The #CommunitySupportStories initiative is driven by the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) and WTSS is a proud member of the OCSA so…

This week our #CommunitySupportStories acknowledges Meals-on-Wheels @OCSAtweets @VolunteerTO

CommunitySupportStories

All Ontarians deserve the opportunity to live in the comfort of their own homes and communities. In Toronto, West Toronto Support Services has made an impact with all our programs and we’d like to highlight the amazing volunteers in our Meals-on-Wheels Team as part of this week’s #CommunitySupportStories. Why volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels? Support your Community: by volunteering, you’re not only…

October 5 is Congregate Dining Day #CommunitySupportStories @OCSAtweets

Community Support Stories

Join our team to provide nutritious lunches to older adults in a community setting! Share your kitchen and culinary skills with a non-profit agency. Volunteers will help to set-up, prepare and serve food at one of our dining locations. Must enjoy working in a team environment with other volunteers, staff and socializing with the older…

October is Community Support Month #CommunitySupportStories

Community Support Month

There’s more to health care than doctors and hospitals – Ontario’s not-for-profit community support services providers are the quiet heroes of the health care system, and they have some amazing stories to share. October is Community Support Month, an opportunity to celebrate the services which help seniors and people with disabilities live independently in their…

Book your Calendar for @mindfestTO – Wednesday, October 5, 2016

mindfest

Let’s stop mental health stigma together! Join the 4th annual Mindfest – an all-day mental health and wellness fair, Wednesday, October 5, 2016  as part of National Mental Illness Awareness Week. At Hart House, University of Toronto (click for Map) Mindfest aims to raise awareness about mental health, highlight the support systems available to those who need them, and…

Junction Seniors Gathering – everyone welcome!

Junction Seniors

Join The Junction Seniors for conversation and make new friends. The Junction Seniors gather twice a week for a social hour in the Junction neighbourhood: Tuesday mornings 10 to 11 am at Agora Cafe, 3015 Dundas Street W. Friday afternoons 2 to 3 pm at Pascal’s Baguette & Bagels, 2904 Dundas Street W. The group has…

More Library Branches to Open On Sundays @torontolibrary

Toronto Public Library (TPL) has recently announced that more branches will be open on Sundays; including our local Runnymede Branch! Effective September 11, 2016, TPL will introduce Sunday service from September to June at six branches: Bridlewood, Centennial,Fort York, Mount Dennis,Runnymede and Scarborough Civic Centre. This brings the total number of branches that are open on…

Annual Health Fair 2016 – Sept. 29th, 2016 #syme55

Join the gang at Syme55+ Centre for their very successful  ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR! When: Thursday, September 29th  between 10am and 2pm Where: 33 Pritchard Ave. (Syme55+ Centre). Contact: Call 416-766-0388 for more information Lunch provided!  *while supplies last*   A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is committed to engage our readers with…

Are you a caregiver? Over 55? Join this workshop!

12 Hours that can Change Your Life Four Villages and the Canadian Mental Health Association are excited to offer the Living Life to the Full course! Living Life to the Full is an 8-week course delivered in groups of 10 to 15 people. The course, also known as “12 Hours That Can Change Your Life”,…

Personal Finance Workshop – Retiring on a Low Income

Attend a very informative workshop regarding your finances – Learn about: Old Age Security Guaranteed Income Supplement Canada Pension Plan Ontario Disability Support Cost: Free! Time, Date & Location: several dates and locations available – see poster All are welcome!   Call your selected library to find out more information. Refreshments provided.   A Community News…

Music Therapy: Join the @AlzToronto Choir

Music Therapy Choir

Did you know that the Alzheimer Society of Toronto has a choir that is conducted by an accredited music therapist? Join today and enjoy the benefits of FREE music therapy! When: Fridays, September 23 to December 9, 2016 | 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Music Therapy Centre , 1175 Bloor St West , Toronto,…

WTSS AGM and Annual Report 2015-2016 Highlights

The 2015-16 year has been a pivotal time for WTSS, yielding remarkable successes and exciting opportunities. On Thursday September 15, we held our 31st Annual General Meeting at our office on 1709 Bloor St. W. 2nd. Fl.  A special thank you to all Members, Volunteers, Staff and Special Guests that actively participated, including LA Centre…

Craving Perogies after the #WestToronto Festivals? Ukrainian Meals-on-Wheels @HumberSeniors is available to all our clients

Ukrainian Meals on Wheels

We hope all our clients enjoyed the local #WestToronto Festivals this weekend. If you didn’t get your fill of perogies and cabbage rolls, perhaps you’d like to try some Ukrainian Meals-on-Wheels? Offered through Humber Community Seniors’ Services (HCSS), the Meals-on-Wheels service provides hot, nutritious, meals 5 days a week for older adults and adults with disabilities. Ukrainian meals are prepared…