Celebrating Seniors' Month

Celebrating Seniors' Month

June 19, 2008

Seniors' Month is a chance to recognize and value the contributions made by seniors every day in our communities. The theme this year is Consider the Possibilities.

There are many things going on at Toronto Community Housing during Seniors' Month and many of these are ongoing throughout the year.

Often we partner with a community agency and work with tenants to help plan these events, which include recreational, cultural and social activities. There are also health and educational programs.

Check out some examples below.


CHU 10 - Spadina/Downtown

To celebrate Seniors' Month, there are education programs planned for seniors at four different buildings.� At Beverley Manor, on June 19, tenants heard about fire prevention. At Collegeview on June 18 the topic was crime prevention. At Kensington Manor on June 23 seniors will be given a presentation on fall prevention.� And at Hydro Block lounge on Baldwin Street, July 9 there was a fire safety and prevention seminar.

At Collegeview on June 25, they are holding a SocialCise launch. This event involves the official introduction of the SocialCise program to tenants and to Toronto Community Housing.� SocialCise is a program that was conceived from Social Investment funds.� It includes gentle exercise routines for seniors led by trained instructors.� Other elements of the program include learning english as a second language in an informal setting and socializing with other seniors at the end of the workout.

The Hydro Block Tenant Association with support of CHU 10 is hosting Neighbors Night Out on June 17.� It will include a barbeque, potluck and recycling reminder.�

CHU 12 - Don River

Seniors Month at CHU 12The Seniors Wellness Fair happened on June 12 at Blair Court in CHU 12 � Don River.� Through the cooperative efforts of staff, tenants and community partners, the event was a success.� It included 21 displays, three workshops and over 200 senior tenants from Toronto Community Housing and the surrounding community.�


CHU�13 - Sherbourne/Dundas

On Monday, June 23, the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, George Smitherman, will be visiting CHU 13 � Sherbourne/Dundas for an afternoon tea.� This social event will give senior tenants a chance to interact with each other and those in the community.


CHU 15 - North Toronto

11:00am, June 24 at the Sherwood, there will be presentation of a plaque awarding Senior friendly designation.�

Sanderling Place plans to show their support for Senior's Month by holding a barbeque June 25.� The event will encourage a sense of community and interaction among tenants.�


CHU 21 - Scarborough/Kennedy

Gus Harris Manor intends to conclude the month with a celebration. They will be holding an Asian and South Asian Heritage and Seniors Month celebration June 25.�


Other Events

June 15, was the 3rd Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).� It is an opportunity for communities to raise awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.� In support of the United Nations International Plan of Action, this day aims to promote the significance of elder abuse as both a public health and human rights issue.� At Toronto Community Housing, about one third of our tenants are seniors.� World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an important one for us to recognize.�

On June 16, In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Family Service Toronto launched a safe haven for seniors experiencing abuse.

June 19 PEACE (Prevention of Elder Abuse Abuse Coalition Etobicoke-York) hosted a community health fair event at York Fairbanks Centre on Dufferin Street.� There will be a variety of displays from local community organizations and agencies.� Exhibitors include: Hand Massages by Giulianna's, Royal Bank-Dufferin and Stayner branch, Shoppers Drug Mart, St. Joseph's Heath Care Centre-Dietician and Wellness, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, Toronto Public Health-Falls and Injurty Prevention and Toronto School of Traditional Chinese�Medicine.��Tenants from Doug Saunders and the surrounding neighborhood will be attending.�