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…

Terry Fox Run in High Park @TOparksrec @TorontoComms

Terry Fox Run Toronto 2016

The Terry Fox Run in High Park is an event for the entire family that raises money for cancer research in the name of a great Canadian hero! Run/walk/wheel/ride with others from your community in an impassioned event to help cure cancer. There is fruit, water and granola bars provided as well as entertainment such…

World Alzheimer’s Day Open House – Sept. 21, 2016

Celebrate with The Alzheimer Society of Toronto as they celebrate their NEW satellite office at St. Clair West Services for Seniors. When: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm Location: Eglinton Hill Centre, 2562 Eglinton Ave. W. Cost:  Free! Please read below for additional details and agenda for the day   A Community News blog…

Free Dental Clinic @4villagesCHC @TOPublicHealth

Toronto Public Health’s Mobile Dental Clinic is back at Four Villages! You may be eligible for the Mobile Dental Clinic if you meet all three of the following requirements: You must live in the City of Toronto.AND You must be an adult aged 18 to 64.AND You must be on OW or ODSP. (see link…

Cyber Senior Program @torontolibrary

Cyber Senior Program

Did you know that the Toronto Public Library offers a Cyber Senior Program? This program will pair you with a youth volunteer for one-on-one computer help and support. The goal “is to engage youth mentors in bridging the technology gap by empowering older adults to use technology to expand their social and physical worlds.” The Program…

Helping you better manage Caregiver Stress @AlzTo Workshop

This FREE workshop is to help caregivers identify their sources of stress and develop coping strategies Objectives of workshop: Explore the different types of stress caregivers may experience and develop coping strategies to deal with the stress Increase awareness of the importance of self care for the caregiver Develop an understanding of supportive services in…

Watch: Seniors – Not the Same Story

TVO's The Agenda

A massive portion of Ontario’s population is reaching retirement age and beyond, and it is a cause for concern across many industries and services. What do Ontarians owe seniors, what do seniors have to offer Ontario and what services are feasible for them as budgets are strained? The Agenda panel explores the role of seniors…

2016 Davenport Community BBQ!  – Sept. 3

BBQ

On Saturday, September 3rd Cristina Martins, MPP for Davenport will be hosting the second annual Davenport Community BBQ  from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin Park Ave). Come for free food, entertainment and fun in the park! RSVP at cmartins.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or call 416-939-4749.   A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services…

WTSS 31st AGM – September 15th, 2016

Join West Toronto Support Services for our 31st  AGM on Thursday, September 15, 2016. RSVP before September 9th at tanderson@wtss.org or (416) 653-3535 Ext. 233   A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure to subscribe to get news updates directly to your email inbox. Read more about WTSS services

Caregiver depression: Prevention counts

Caregiver Depression

Learn the signs of caregiver depression in this resource. If you have similar symptoms, help prevent depression by asking for help, expressing your feelings in a journal, taking time for yourself and staying positive. Caregiver depression can take a toll on you and your ability to care for your loved one. Understand the signs of…

Can a positive attitude help guard against memory problems?

Positive Thinking

WRITTEN BY: RELAXNEWS Positive and optimistic feelings about the future can reduce deterioration in memory, problem solving and judgment, according to new US research. Optimism has previously been linked to partaking in positive health behaviors, such as exercising and eating healthier diets, and a lower risk of various health conditions including stroke and heart attacks.…

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” at 93 Years Old

Keep dancing! A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is committed to engage our readers with relevant community news and access to resources, services and programs in our community.  A healthy community is a diverse and connected community! Sign-up to our news blog to receive more community news!

FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop – Fall 2016 Registration Open!

Chronic Disease Workshop

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,…

The #1 Secret To A Long, Happy Life + 3 Other Habits That Matter

Secret of Long Life

Reposted by Josh Mitteldorf of Mindbodygreen (MBG) We’re at an exciting juncture for medical science. Life spans have been expanding for 150 years. We’re living seven years longer than our parents’ generation, and they lived seven years longer than their parents. We’re grateful for this—but we also want more. In labs, scientists are significantly expanding animals’ natural…

Video: Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how…

10 Good Things About Getting Older

Reposted By Alexandra Rosas, Purple Clover At just about any age, we make up our minds just how happy we want to be. There are the days of childhood, where we whine that we just want to be all grown up, so we can do what we want. When we’re in college, we want to graduate…

Free Computer Training Classes for 55+

Take some time this summer to learn a little more about computers. Classes are hosted at two different locations in the west end, 1709 Bloor St. W. and 55 Rankin Cres. Call Claudia to sign-up at (416) 452-4530 Classes are provided in collaboration with LA Centre for Active Living and Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organization. See below…

The Rotary Club of Toronto makes big impact on WTSS Transportation Service

West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) received a new vehicle for their fleet this month thanks to the Rotary Club of Toronto. They provided us with a new vehicle to replace our aging sedan in a timely and very supportive move to help WTSS continue delivering service to the Toronto community through our Transportation service. The new four-door sedan…

Celebrating Canada’s 149th Birthday

Yesterday, over a hundred people attended the Canada Day Celebration at 1709 Bloor St. W. There were plenty of hamburgers, watermelon, chips and fruit punch for attendees who were ready to catch an early celebration of the popular holiday.  Celebrating Canada has been an annual tradition for many years at LAC for tenants and those in…

Expanding programs and services for 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people in the City of Toronto @PrideToronto #PrideMonth #TorCen #SeniorPrideNetwork

Pride Toronto

This June marks Canada’s first ever Pride Month when we celebrate the achievements and history the LGBTQ2S community in their fight for equality of rights and opportunity. Toronto has long been a place of inclusion for all groups facing discrimination and the message of Pride to embrace diversity and to love each other is a…

Are you downsizing? Wondering what to do with your used furniture?

Furniture Bank has been helping people in the Greater Toronto Area establish their homes since 1998 by enabling the transfer of gently used household furnishings from donors to individuals in need. The organization operates a year-round furniture removal service – picking up furniture from donors and delivering items to clients transitioning out of homelessness or…

Music Show & Lunch Cruise on the Grand River #syme55

Boat Cruise

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Pickup:    8.45 a.m., Syme Centre, 33 Pritchard Ave. Return:    5:00 p.m., Syme Centre, 33 Pritchard Ave. Price:       $85.00 for members, $90 non-members, all-inclusive Register: At Syme reception or 416-766-O388. Agenda: Beginning the day in “The Landing” with complimentary coffee and muffins and shopping in the Craft Shop. Enjoy the fascinating…

Strawberry Social with Friends & Family

The annual Strawberry Social at WTSS’ Adult Day Services (ADS) was held today from 1 to 2pm. Strawberries?  Yes!  Lots of them! Entertaining music?  Yes!  Thanks to everyone’s favourite, Jay Franco and his OneManBigBand! Dancing?  Definitely! The traditional Strawberry event is organized by ADS staff to bring caregivers together with clients.   Friends and families enjoyed an agenda of…

Exercise Programs for 55+ @DPNCHC

Stay Active Seniors

Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre (DPNCHC) Seniors’ Services offers free programs that promote better health & wellness for adults 55+.  Below is an update of fitness programs for June: Mondays  9 – 10am – Walk Fit @ Galleria M. 11:30–12:30pm–Dance Fit 12:30-2:30pm–Ping Pong & Bocce Tuesdays 9–10am–Urban Poling Walking-Wadsworth Pk. 2:30–3:30pm–Zumba Gold with Get…

Warning Signs Elderly Parents Need Help with Finances

Help with Finances

Expert and geriatric psychologist, Dr. Melissa Henston, provides some guidance on how to spot whether there might be financial problems that often signal other issues for your elderly parent. Originally published here. Here are some warning signs that your parents may need assistance: 1. Bills and Mail Are Piled up and Unopened Take a look around your parents’ house…

First Day of Summer!

First Day of Summer

Today is the first day of Summer! The start date of summer is figured out based on the summer solstice. The solstice is when the sun is in the sky at the most northern point, which means that we’ll get sunlight the longest on that day in comparison to other days of the year. You…

Rural Garden Tour – Sat. June 18th

Presented by the Swansea Horticultural Society, this tour will give you the opportunity to meet enthusiastic gardeners and share the delights of a variety of rural garden venues. Date:  Saturday, June 18th, 2016 Cost: $79.00 per person Hurry up and register!  Call Ellen at (416) 767.2574 See below for Agenda and further details    …

June Is Stroke Month #StrokeMonth

Stroke Warning Signs

Stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age. Gear up with lifesaving information, not just for yourself, but also for your family, your friends, and others around you. Stroke happens when blood flow to your brain is interrupted, and cells are damaged or die as a result.   Among other physical…

Toronto Seniors Summit – June 18th

Toronto Seniors Summit

You are invited… to a celebration of seniors in Toronto and the recent designation by the World Health Organization as a Global Age-Friendly city! Also learn more about: the Toronto Seniors Strategy government services for seniors ethno-cultural and LGBTQ specific services and initiatives Keynote Speakers: Minister Mario Sergio, Responsible for Seniors Affairs Councillor Josh Matlow,…

4 Questions to Ask Before Getting a Senior a Pet

Getting a senior a pet

Ongoing research seeks to pinpoint the therapeutic benefits of pet ownership (such as reduced blood pressure), but we don’t really need science to tell us about the many ways pets enhance our lives. They offer amusement, loyal companionship and unconditional love. No wonder 57 per cent of Canadian households own a pet. Pet ownership can hold…