Toronto Community Housing celebrates Seniors� Month

Toronto Community Housing celebrates Seniors� Month

August 13, 2007

Seniors' Month is a chance to recognize and value the contributions made by seniors every day in our communities. The theme this year is Active Living: Share Your Experience.

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 5 - Scarborough/Warden

  • The CHU works with community agencies to give tenants access to a variety of programs including faith support, lunches and learns and food banks.

  • Tenant driven social clubs operate community kitchens serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and weekly BBQs in the summer. They also provide volunteer opportunities for tenants in the kitchens and community gardens.

  • Tenants are also the lead on the Friends on Guard program at one building. The group organizes volunteers to visit each other daily.

CHU 10 - Spadina/Downtown
  • To celebrate Seniors' Month, there were education programs planned for seniors at three different buildings. At one, tenants heard about preventing falls. At another, the topic was fire prevention. Finally seniors at another building were given a presentation on crime prevention.

CHU 17 - North York West
  • Different faith groups work with the CHU so that tenants can participate in a variety of religious programs in different communities.

  • Fun social events like Bingo and tea parties are run by local social clubs and Tenant Reps at some buildings.

  • There are women's groups for tenants led by tenants and community groups in some communities.

CHU 20 - Don Valley/East York
  • Tenants at one building can enjoy a wellness program or participate in the Seniors in Cyber Space program that teaches seniors how to use the Internet.

  • At another building, there are wellness and active living programs, memory and garden projects as well as religious programs.

CHU 21 - Scarborough/Kennedy
  • There are many programs going on at one building in this community, including a number of social programs with activities like bingo, exercise and various recreational activities. Some programs are in partnership with community partners and others are tenant led.
CHU 25 - Davenport/Midtown
  • The CHU works with St. Clair West Services for Seniors. Two times a week there is a community dining initiative where seniors from different communities come together for lunch and to hear guest speakers. The aim of the program is to reduce isolation and promote activity.