Life after a fall

Posted by Janesgtacafe on November 22, 2016 in Keynote |

It was a beautiful day for a walk in the park with friends and my new rescue dog of two weeks, Buddy. We were in the woods and Buddy was having the time of his life being off-leash. So much so, that as he ran by me he knocked me to the ground. Boy, did that take me by surprise!

Dina and Buddy

While sitting for a few minutes to catch my breath, all I kept thinking was, my parents are going to say ‘I told you so’ for rescuing a dog that weighs over 100 lbs! It took a while to get back to my car as I had severe pain in my wrist and ankles.

I didn’t want to go to the hospital – they are so busy there! But, I knew I had to. After a few hours and increased pain level, I finally bit the bullet and went to the fracture clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre via taxi as I couldn’t drive.

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Mosaic’s Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Shops on Steeles and Don Mills – 2016

Posted by Janesgtacafe on October 27, 2016 in Community, Events, Mosaic, Remembrance |

Please visit Mosaic’s Community Resource Centre in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day to visit our “Table of Honour” and pick up free information on the Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian military history and Remembrance Day for all ages.

If you would like to attend our Remembrance Day Ceremony this year, please give Mosaic a call at 905 – 597 – 7000 to register.

Our Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 11th, starting at 10:30 in the morning until about 11:30 a.m.


Stop by Mosaic to take a look at the materials on our “Table of Honour”.

This Remembrance Day, Mosaic Home Care Services and The Shops on Steeles & Don Mills will be hosting a Remembrance Day Ceremony in honour of our troops, past and present for our community in the Markham area.

We are proud to offer this ceremony to the community in recognition of all the sacrifices that have been made over the years by Canadians; whether it be fighting in wars, natural disaster relief or peace keeping missions today. This invitation extends to anyone in the community who would like to join us in honouring those who gave up so much for us.


Pick up free information on the Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian military history, and Remembrance Day.

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We will have a brief presentation, including videos celebrating those who fought for us, the singing of our national anthem, followed by a respectful minute of silence to honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Our event will also have a few guests from the Canadian Armed Forces, who we are honoured to have with us during the ceremony.

If you would like to attend our Remembrance Day Ceremony this year, please give Mosaic a call at 905 – 597 – 7000 to register.

You can also stop by our Resource Centre to visit our Remembrance Day displays, collect information and register with helpful Mosaic staff inside. We hope to have you present this November 11th when we take a moment to honour those who sacrificed so much for us.

Lest We Forget.


Slides from our upcoming OSCO presentation showing our community outreach programs designed to encourage social interaction and education

In case you are unable to attend this Thursday’s OSCO’s Overcoming Loneliness and Social Isolation Symposium, where I will be speaking, here is a sneak preview of some my slides showing some of the events held at our resource centres over the last two years and a number of other guests: 







Overcoming Loneliness and Social Isolation: Celebrating Best Community Practices Symposium

Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know I will be one of the speakers at this Thursday’s OSCO’s Overcoming Loneliness and Social Isolation Symposium

There is a wealth of experience on a good size panel, each of whom will be speaking for 15 minutes on their area of expertise.   I think this is a must for anybody with older adult family members concerned about their parents’ social interaction and for health care professionals who might want to catch up on where best practices currently stand.

OSCO Symposium as jpeb from pub


Neil Roxburgh in Concert: decorated pianist returns to hometown to perform fundraiser at St Luke’s Lutheran Church Bayview

Posted by Janesgtacafe on October 5, 2016 in Events, Music and healing, North Toronto |

Neil Roxburgh is a good friend of the Hicks/Teasdale family.  The family friendship goes back 50 years. 


Neil Roxburgh receiving the Tagore Medal at the Royal College of Music from the Queen Mother

Neil is coming back to his roots in the Toronto area to play at St. Luke Lutheran Church to raise money for the Music Teachers Association which helped and encouraged Neil Roxburgh when he was younger.


The Date:  Saturday October 22, 2016, Time:  3:00 p.m.

Place:  St. Luke Lutheran Church 3200 Bayview Avenue Willowdale – Finch and Bayview Area.

For tickets contact Leslie Duncan at ldduncan@sympatico.ca

18 and Under $15.00 Adults $20.00

The Pieces to be played:


Sonata in B Minor, K87




Six Bagatelles, Op.126


La Cathédrale engloutie

Ce qu’a vu le Vent d’Ouest


Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op.27 No.1

Polonaise-Fantasie, Op.61

Neil Roxburgh, a brief bio

Born in North York, Neil Roxburgh’s fine reputation as pianist and teacher has led to a varied and multifaceted professional career.

At ease with a wide range of classical repertoire, from traditional to more contemporary styles, a particular affinity with the music of Debussy and Ravel has earned much praise and recital programmes convey his versatile and often intimate playing style.

Solo and collaborative performances have taken him throughout the United Kingdom as well as to Europe and further afield, with recognition for “finely graded playing” (The Times) and “consummate  professionalism” (The Independent), and he has featured in broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM in the UK as well as some Canadian media. He also regularly appears as guest artist, giving piano recitals on a number of international cruises.

Following preliminary lessons in Ottawa, Neil studied twelve years with Ronald Schmoll in Thornhill and, in 1987, was awarded a major scholarship to study piano with John Barstow at the Royal College of Music in London, England. Whilst there, he received numerous honours for his playing;

the Dannreuther Prize for his performance of the Samuel Barber Piano Concerto was a highlight, and his RCM studies culminated in him being presented with the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal as outstanding male student.

A committed and respected teacher, he has taught piano and chamber music in the Royal College of Music Junior Department since 1995 and currently also holds teaching positions at the historic King’s School in Canterbury and the renowned St Paul’s Girls’ School in London, which counts Gustav Holst amongst its past Directors of Music. Neil additionally gives master classes, adjudicates music festivals and regularly examines nationally and internationally for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He is a long-standing member of the charitable Royal Society of Musicians, and lives in London.


Neil Roxburgh receiving the Tagore Medal at the Royal College of Music from the Queen Mother


Mosaic’s Monthly Feature: September is National Arthritis Awareness Month

Posted by Janesgtacafe on September 13, 2016 in Arthritus & Awareness, Community, Events |


September is National Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada. Over 4.6 million Canadians, adults and children, with arthritis suffer every day. This month we take time to consider what it means to live with chronic pain, and how we can help them. Throughout the month of September, The Arthritis Society encourages people to share their comment about arthritis on their social media platforms. Sharing stories and experiences will help to change perceptions around the disease and improve the fortunes of those living with it. This is a great time to help raise awareness arthritis and help raise the spirits of those who live with it!


Drop by Mosaic’s Community Resource Centre at The Shops on Steeles and Don Mills to grab literature on arthritis during Arthritis Awareness Month. Throughout the month of September Mosaic has information from The Arthritis Society set up outside our Resource Centre. We encourage members of the community to stop by and grab a brochure on arthritis and learn about it. We will have more information inside so stop by and grab what you need!


Check This Out: Doc Mike Evans YouTube Page

Posted by Janesgtacafe on September 5, 2016 in Community, Health and exercise |

Have you stumbled across the Doc Mike Evans YouTube page?

This great page offers “edutaining” videos on health and wellness that are engaging and informative. Dr. Mike Evans is a founder of the Health Design Lab at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. His videos provide the latest research fused with useful advice into an engaging, well-illustrated video. Here is a sample of some of his videos.

1. What’s the Best Diet? Healthy Eating 101

Looking to eat better? This video covers it all, from dieting, to losing weight, to healthy eating and to evidence on what works and what doesn’t. Most importantly this video gives practical ways to control your eating and tips and tricks to eat healthier.

2. 23 and ½ hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

Have you ever wondered what is the single best thing you can do for you overall health? This “medicine” that Dr. Mike Evans prescribes a half hour of exercise a day and shows the huge benefits that come with a daily walk, every day. This video might get you to go on daily walks!

3. Quality Improvement in Healthcare

How do we create quality improvement in our healthcare system? In this video Dr. Mike Evans goes into detail on how we need to change our attitude and outlook to improve our health care outcomes. This great video gives practical ways to implement small changes that can have huge health outcomes.

Dr. Mike Evan’s videos are engaging, informative, well-researched and often provide practical solutions. With his YouTube page covering a wide range of subjects, take a few minutes to browse his page where you can find great advice and a wide range of health and healthcare subjects. Each video will keep you engaged with its beautiful illustrations, and well researched subjects. Take a few minutes to browse his channel and his videos you won’t regret it!


Young & Old, Side-by-Side

Posted by Janesgtacafe on August 17, 2016 in Community |

What happens when the young and old live together, side-by-side?

Australian television program Dateline ventured to the Netherlands in a mini-documentary called “My 93-Year Old Flat Mate” to showcase a unique arrangement:

In the city of Deventer, near Amsterdam, students are offered a place to live for free in the aged care home Humanitas. In return for free rent, students must spend 30 hours a month with the seniors, helping them with chores, taking them out, and socializing with them. Both young and old offer each other the opportunity learn, share experiences in a unique set-up that helps to create dynamic relationships that nurture inter-generational friendships.

In the documentary we see how each generation benefits from interacting from the other. The seniors get a chance to feel young, sharing experiences with their younger roommates and being involved in their lives reinvigorates them with youthful energy. From gossiping and teasing the students after a night out, to playfully flirting with the students this intergenerational relationship helps the seniors feel young once again. Tech-savvy students also help the seniors navigate the internet and new technologies, helping them understand how to use them. These relationships blossom to the point where the seniors see the students as a part of their own family, even their sons or daughters.

The younger generation also takes away life lessons from interacting with older generation. As the students interact with the seniors they learn to take their lives slow at times, to appreciate the moment. Through interacting with the seniors, the students realize that they are people too with their own experiences, likes and hobbies. The students also learn life lessons like the experience of death but at the same time find a rewarding experience in helping the seniors find happiness as their lives come to an end.

Creating environments for multiple generations to come together has benefits for everyone involved. For the older generations they can find happiness, share what they have learned in life and touch youth once again. While for the younger generations find rewarding experiences and learn life lessons from those who have lived it. It is important for everyone that we become a more open society, providing the opportunities and environment for inter-generational interactions. Everyone, young and old and in between would benefit from it.


Growing the Community, One Walk at a Time

Posted by Janesgtacafe on August 3, 2016 in Community, Events, Health and exercise, Nordixx Pole Walking |

Mosaic is proud to have started its Summer Pole Walking Club in early July with two wonderful sunny walks at both our locations; the Toronto Office at the CNIB Centre, and the Markham Office at The Shops on Steeles.

As the summer goes on, Mosaic is excited to see the Pole Walking Club as more people from the community join is in committing themselves to fitness this summer. Every week we hope to add another person to our club. Every week we will walk a bit further. Every week Mosaic hopes to grow a healthy community, one walk at a time!


Mosaic’s Pole Walking Club encapsulates Mosaic’s values of passion, compassion, and education. As the community gathers every week, these three values are ever present as we embark on our walks. Meeting every week and dedicating an hour of time to pole walking shows our passion.


A photo of the historic church our Pole Walking Club came across.


Jane and the Pole Walking Club from the Markham Office pose for a picture.


A lovely garden our group stumbled across during a walk.

If you or someone you know is interested in being a part of our Pole Walking Club, contact Kevin at 905 – 597 – 7000 or kevin@mosaichomecare.com. Mosiac’s Pole Walking club will run Thursdays (at the Toronto Office) and Fridays (At the Markham Office) starting promptly at 9:30am. The walk will be about an hour in length, going until around 11:00am. Refreshments will be served before and after our walk. Join Mosaic in growing the community, one walk at a time this summer!

Helping other members out with advice or encouragement shows our compassion. And providing sound fitness and nutrition advice, teaching each other new routes, and sharing local history shows our education. Each and every week we commit ourselves to these values!

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Summer Pole Walking Club: at both our Toronto Locations….Mid Town at the CNIB and Markham at The Shops on Steeles and 404!

Posted by Janesgtacafe on July 4, 2016 in Community, Health and exercise, Pole Walking |

Join Mosaic Home Care Services and the community every week this summer for our wonderful Pole Walking Club. This fantastic event will be running all summer and is great way to get exercise and make new friends in the community. Last year, Mosaic ran the club successfully at our Toronto Office at the CNIB, where the community would meet Thursday mornings for a wonderful walk through the area. It was a well-received event in the community and this year, Mosaic is proud to have it return to our Toronto Office at the CNIB and expand to the Markham Office at The Shops on Steeles and Don Mills!

Mosaic’s Pole Walking Club is a great opportunity to get in shape, make new friends and be a part of the community. Pole walking is great way to get exercise, especially for seniors. The benefits of pole walking include: burning more calories, engaging the upper-body, reducing pressure on joints, and using more skeletal muscles including other benefits. Being part of Mosaic’s Pole Walking Club is also a great way to make new friends and be a part of your local community. Meeting every week and sharing the wonderful experience of exercising together is a great way to make new friends from your community or enjoy an activity with your current ones. This summer join Mosaic and the community in being physically and socially active through our Pole Walking Club!

Mosaic’s Pole Walking Club will run Thursday and Friday mornings at both our locations throughout the summer. If you live closer to our Toronto Office at the CNIB Centre, join us Thursday mornings at 9:30am for a walk around the lovely wooded areas around Sunnybrook. For those closer to our Markham Office at The Shops on Steeles, join us Friday mornings at 9:30am as we walk around the surrounding area. Each walk should last around an hour to an hour and a half, and refreshments will be served before and after the walk. Make sure you bring comfortable clothing, your Nordixx Poles if you have them, and a water bottle to stay hydrated. Mosaic has 3 pairs of poles to lend out for those curious about how the poles work, and they can be borrowed for the walk. You can join Mosaic’s Pole Walking Club by emailing Kevin at kevin@mosaichomecare.com or calling Mosaic at 905 – 597 – 7000. Mosaic looks forward to helping the community get exercise and make new friends this summer!

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