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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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June Is Senior’s Month–We would like to raise awareness of Elder Abuse

Posted by Janesgtacafe on June 17, 2016 in Elder Abuse & Awareness |

With June being Seniors’ Month, a month dedicated to celebrating all the contributions seniors make to our society, all of us at Mosaic Home Care Services would like to bring awareness and attention to elder abuse in our society and the community.

Mosaic is a proud member of the North York Elder Abuse Network, with Jane Teasdale being one of the chairs of the group. Preventing elder abuse is important to all the members at Mosaic to ensure seniors in the community are safe and not being exploited. Elder abuse can come in many forms and it is important for seniors, their family members, friends and caregivers to understand when someone they know is a victim of elder abuse. Identifying the abuse, whether it is financial exploitation, physical abuse, neglect or emotional abuse, can help to prevent elder abuse from happening. For more information on elder abuse, visit Elder Abuse Ontario for more information and resources on elder abuse.

This June 15th was also World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day recognized by the UN. The UN recognizes elder abuse as:

“Elder abuse can be defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”. Elder abuse can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.” From the UN Website.

According to the UN, elder abuse is underreported, with their estimates ranging from 1 – 10% of cases being reported.

As vulnerable members of our community and our society, we have to do better to protect seniors from elder abuse! This year, look to raise awareness about elder abuse in your community, in community centers, libraries and other places where people meet through education. If a senior you know is suffering from elder abuse, show them or their caregivers where they can find information and resources to help them in their situation. As important members of our community that have been making contribution their whole lives, let’s help those seniors that are suffering from elder abuse by raising awareness, educating, and providing them with resources!

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Walk With Your Doc!!

Posted by Janesgtacafe on June 3, 2016 in Community, Health and exercise, Nordixx Pole Walking, Walk With Your Doc |

In May, Mosaic Home Care Services was excited to host one of the most well received events in recent memory:

Dr. Scott Levine, a brain based chiropractor, from the Vita Health Clinic came to Mosaic. Dr. Scott Levine took his “Walk with Your Doc!” talk to both our Markham and Toronto Community Resource Centre’s to re-teach the community how to walk properly.

Dr. Scott Levine’s talk taught the community about the power of proper walking on stimulating the brain and the spine to promote a healthy posture, avoid degeneration and pain in the body and retrain the brain.

The “Walk with Your Doc!” event provided the community with useful information on proper walking techniques and three simple exercises to improve walking.

Dr. Scott Levine started the talk by informing attendees about the relationship between walking, the brain and the spine.

Walking is the best way to activate the brain and activating the brain is good for health while reducing stress.

According the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health institutions, 90% of disease are caused by stress and is one of the world’s largest health problems.

Stress affects us in three different ways: chemical stress, physical stress, and emotional stress.

Managing each of these three types of stress is important to our well-being. Another great way to promote health that Dr. Scott Levine mentioned was drinking lots of water.

Only 1 in 20 people drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day.

After describing the importance of stress management and drinking the right amount of water daily, Dr. Scott Levine went into greater detail on how to walk.

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Dr. Scott Levine talking about proper walking techniques at the Mosaic Toronto Office at the CNIB.

To learn how to properly walk, Dr. Scott Levine took everyone back to the basics.

He described how babies had to crawl before they could walk, and that the motion they make activates the brain.

Activating the brain helps to create “super highways” in the brain that are good for our health, and these can be created by changing the stimulus to the brain by walking.

Dr. Scott Levine told the community that a proper walking technique involves a cross action pattern, similar to when we crawl, that engages our spines as we walk.

Moving our spine in this fashion is also good for our brain helping to reorganize the brain and activate, stimulate and build those “super highways” in the brain.

To start walking properly, Dr. Scott Levine mentioned to move your shoulders as you walk, as this helps to create that cross action pattern that is good for our spine, and to not hold things in your hands as this restricts our shoulders from moving freely.

After an informative talk on the brain, the spine and proper walking techniques, Dr. Scott Levine made attendees put to practice what they learned and showed everyone 3 simple exercises to help promote proper walking techniques that are good for our brain and spine.

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Let’s get moving! Attendees at the Toronto Office learning how to walk properly with Dr. Scott Levine.

Dr. Scott Levine showed attendees three simple exercises to help promote proper walking techniques for better posture and brain health.

These simple techniques can be down for 10 minutes a day, with the hope that they will spill over into everyday walking to get individuals to walk properly all the time.

The first technique looks to get the spine more involved in walking by engaging the shoulders and the hips to create the “cross pattern”.

To start put one foot forward…..Next, lean in the opposite shoulder forward and move your hip as well to engage the spine.……When you take a step forward, alternate your foot forward with the opposite shoulder……Then put your hands in your front pockets when doing this motion to get a better feel of what the movement should be like. It looks similar to an individual walking down a cat-walk.

This exercise is great to engage the spine when walking.

The second technique looks to improve push through our feet when we walk and to get the butt engaged when we walk.

Start by sticking your foot out as if an airplane were to land, then following through and then pushing off with your big toe. This exercise looks to engage the butt and get a better walking stride

The third and final technique looks to improve strength in the legs and calves by introducing a bounce in your step.

When walking, look to extend up when you are at the end of your stride. This bounce will help to improve strength going up and down.

Dr. Scott Levine recommended doing these exercises for about 10 minutes a day to develop proper walking techniques. These three exercises are a simple way to improve your walking to ensure you are engaging your brain and spine while you move!

This summer is a great time to commit yourself to becoming healthier through walking. Dr. Scott Levine and other members at the Vita Health Clinic will be hosting summer walks.

Walks at Vita are every Tuesday at 12:10 and will focus on different health topics, just meet right in front on the sidewalk.

Mosaic will also be hosting pole walking this summer at both Markham and Toronto locations.

These are great opportunities to learn and get healthy at the same time! For more information on the Vita Health Clinic summer walks contact Dr. Scott Levine at 416 – 962 – 2000 or drscottlevine@vitahealthclinic.com. For more information on Mosaic’s Pole Walking Club this summer contact Mosaic at 905 – 597 – 7000 or email Kevin at kevin@mosaichomecare.com. This summer make a commitment to get yourself moving!

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Today is Personal Support Worker Appreciation Day in Ontario!!

Posted by Janesgtacafe on May 18, 2016 in Keynote |

It’s a day to recognize all of your very hard work, your dedication and your care that you provide everyday to those in need. We recognize that your role can be very demanding but also very rewarding.

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Each and every one of you make a difference in the lives of those that you help as well as their families. Because of you, families can worry a little less knowing that you are there when they cannot be…that you have all of the training, skills, patience & compassion to provide the best care for their loved ones. .

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You are there on many special occasions…helping Mom’s, Grandmothers, Sisters & Aunts on Mother’s Day…helping Dad’s, Grandfathers, Brothers & Uncles on Father’s Day…for long weekends, over nights and holidays. You are there with their first smile and greeting in the morning to wishing them a restful sleep at night. You are there.

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On behalf of our entire Mosaic Team, we want to thank you for all that you do.

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Happy Personal Support Worker Appreciation Day!

May 19/2016

Kimberly Davies

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A trip down memory lane with the North York Historical Society (NYHS).

In late April Mosaic took a trip down memory lane with the North York Historical Society (NYHS). Mosaic and the community was excited to have long-time North York resident and former president of the NYHS Bill Aird come into our community resource center for a nostalgic presentation. His presentation titled “Memories of North York” focused on the places and people of our North York community throughout our history. Attendees were treated to a guided trip back in time in the North York community thanks to Bill!

Bill’s presentation focused on the history of the people of North York. He started his presentation by talking about the history of the Golden Lion, the symbol of North York. The Golden Lion was carved from oak for a local North York Inn, going as far back as 1834. The Golden Lion currently sits in a glass case at the North York Library. After describing the history of the Golden Lion, Bill went on to look at discuss pictures throughout the history of North York.

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Picture of the Golden Lion at the North York Library.

Bill from the NYHS took attendees on a trip through the history of North York. The presentation was filled with vintage photos of farmers, harvests, radio cars, old classrooms, and famous North York residents like Canadian illustrator C.W. Jeffries. Bill went into the history of each photo, like the importance of farming, how communities were arranged, how the community evolved, how public transportation evolved, and the importance of education in the area. Sharing his vast knowledge on the history of North York community, attendees were glued to Bill as he informed everyone about the history of their community. This was one of Mosaic’s most well received events in recent memories, with all the attendees wishing for Bill to return with another history lesson!

Looking for more fantastic Mosaic events?

Stop by the Mosaic events page to find out what other fantastic events Mosaic will be hosting at both our Markham and Toronto locations. Be sure to attend Mosaic’s “Roaring 20’s” event on June 3rd, 2016 where we will celebrate Senior’s Month with a spectacular event that will be a lot of fun for Mosaic and the community!

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Spring is here and Mosaic’s latest quarterly newsletter is out!

Posted by Janesgtacafe on May 5, 2016 in Community, Events, Keynote, Newsletters |

Spring is here and Mosaic’s latest quarterly newsletter is out! Stop by one of our community resource centres to pick one up or view it on our website. As the winter weather slowly fades away and the sun’s warmth begins to heat everything up, Mosaic is excited about the upcoming events that are being hosted at both the Markham Office at The Shops on Steeles and the Toronto Office at the CNIB Centre. This spring and summer join Mosaic for a number of fun, educational, and active events that include pole walking, a history lesson, and a trip back to the 1920s to celebrate Senior’s Month in June.

Mosaic’s Foot Care Clinics and First Link Memory Café’s return. Mosaic’s monthly Foot Care Clinic’s return to both the Markham Office and the Toronto Office. Get your feet pampered and treated by Mosaic’s foot care nurse who will treat calluses, ingrown toenails, corns and fungus. Clinics are held on the third Monday and Wednesday of the month at the Markham Office, and the third Tuesday of the month at the Toronto Office. The Alzheimer’s Society of York Region will be returning this spring to host the First Link Memory Café at Mosaic at the Markham Office yet again. The Memory Café is a great opportunity for individuals with or interested in memory issues to socialize and network with others. The Memory Café will return in September after a summer break.

Mosaic’s Markham Office will be hosting a number of fantastic events during the spring and summer. In late April Mosaic invites Bill Aird from the North York Historical Society to talk about the “Memories of North York” focusing on the history of the North York area during the 20th century. In May Mosaic welcomes Dr. Scott Levine from the Vita Health Clinic who will be hosting a fun and interactive presentation on how to walk properly. In celebration for Senior’s Month in June, Mosaic will be travelling back to the 1920’s with a wonderful celebration that will include food, music and a special presentation by Lianna Harris. Make sure you join Mosaic for this special celebration! Finally, Mosaic will continue its Pole Walking Club this spring and summer. The club will meet on Friday mornings once a month in April, May and June before moving to a weekly schedule in July and August. Join our Pole Walking Club to get fit this summer! A full list of Mosaic’s events at the Markham Office can be found here with more information on each event.#

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Mosaic’s Toronto Office will also be hosting a number of fantastic events for the community over the next few months. Starting in April, Mosaic welcomes back Deborah Maw for an afternoon of flower arranging and design. This will be another hands on event after Deborah hosted the well-received garden plants class a few months ago. In early May, Mosaic welcomes back Kelly James from Delmanor, Tridel-inspired retirement communities & Ranjith of Priya Yoga for an afternoon of chair yoga and relaxation and meditation. This program was well-received in the past, and Mosaic is happy to bring it back to the community. In late May Mosaic will be bringing back Dr. Scott Levine to the Toronto Office for an encore of his presentation on walking properly. Finally Mosaic is excited for the return of the Pole Walking Club to the community around the CNIB Centre. Last summer’s Pole Walking Club was well-received by the community, and Mosaic will be hosting the club once again during Thursday mornings in July, August, September and October. For more information on events at the Toronto Office take a look at our events page here.

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Mosaic is excited to host a number of fantastic events at both Markham and Toronto Office’s this spring and summer. To register for these events please contact Mosaic at 905 – 597 – 7000 or info@mosaichomecare.com. Interested in more information about Mosaic? Register to receive our quarterly newsletter on our website to receive it as soon as it is done. Mosaic’s events fill fast, so contact Mosaic today to make you do not miss out on an opportunity to learn and socialize!

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High Tea @ The Ritz..2016

Posted by Janesgtacafe on April 15, 2016 in Downtown, Events |

A belated post with pictures and commentary from “High Tea at The Ritz 2016 An Afternoon of Design, Dance and Festivities” that Kimberly Davies and I (Jane Teasdale)  attended on 3 April.

Supported by the Interior Design and Architectural Community, Canada Cares High Tea at The Ritz is a star-studded affair that brings together the who’s who in the Toronto design community. With a flare for what’s trending, unique, and of course, the latest take on all that’s gorgeous, High Tea at The Ritz is now in its fourth magnificent year.

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The day, a blustery cold winter’s day, could not have been different from the upcoming sunny weekend we have before us. 

But what a lovely afternoon! So thank you to the organiser Canada Cares Canadian Abilities Foundation.

Mosaic Home Care Services and Community Resource Centres had an information table at this event (held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Downtown Toronto).

The Mosaic team worked hard in providing a wonderful display in keeping with the event “High Tea at The Ritz”. We had a large British Flag as a back-drop behind our booth, a large Spode Antique teapot with cups and saucers, a lovely light teapot which was the design of our own Kimberly Davies, sachets filled with Twining’s of London teabags and some candies as give-a-aways. We also had a wonderful book of British Greats displayed on our table featuring Teatime in Britain (Jane Pettigrew). We also provided our Mosaic Home Care Information and resources for those individuals who are caring for a loved one needing additional care and support.

There was a wonderful assortment of small afternoon sandwiches and appetizers on the tables there were lovely spring flowers and an assortment of small scones, with clotted cream and then an assortment of delectable desserts.

David Carter took the stage and spoke he capitated the audience with his very British demur and London accent. David is a London based interior designer who works in high end residential projects both in the UK and abroad. He had mentioned to the audience that this was his first time visiting Toronto. He states in the program for the event “Tea at the Ritz” in the article about David Carter. Carter’s grand designs are driven by strong ideas and conviction that a successful interior should reach out and touch our emotions. By mixing glamour, luxury and wit with his uncompromising commitment to quality and sharp eye for detail, his work succeeds in doing just so.

David Carter also has a boutique hotel called the 40 Winks http://www.40winks.org/ which has been operating since 2009 and located in the east end (a very trendy area of London) that has been called “the most beautiful small hotel of the world” by German vogue while The Economist calls him “the worlds most extraordinary hotelier”.

His boutique hotel can only host three guests at a time making every stay seductive, memorable and enchanting according to the write-up in the Canada Cares High Tea at The Ritz programme for the event.

Apologies to Kimberly Davies whose photo seems to want to display itself upside down!

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Mosaic’s Art Day

Posted by Janesgtacafe on March 30, 2016 in Community, Life and art, Lifestyle Services |

On a warm Monday morning in March, Mosaic Home Care Services & Community Resource Centre welcomed Patricia Moore to our Community Resource Centre to teach our eager guests a simple and fun way to create their own personal pieces of art.

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At the end of the session, the new artists left with their own creative masterpieces and the knowledge of how to create their own abstract art with cheap and simple tools.

Participating in the art class was a relaxing, entertaining experience and fun experience for everyone involved. After creating an artful masterpiece one can easily see the amazing health benefits that painting has. A small painting session left everyone feeling creative, helped foster positivity, and helped relieve stress. It was an easy and fun way to get involved, creative and spread positivity!

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Social Work Week: Our aging population and the “Retirement Community” concept.

Posted by Janesgtacafe on March 17, 2016 in Community, Education, Life and art, Retirement homes, Social networks, Social work |

Last week was “Social Work Week” in Canada and I thought this post from Jen Beninato, a social service worker and MemoryPlus Manager for Delmanor Elgin Mills Retirement Residence, would be appropriate to help mark that week.

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The global population is aging at an accelerated rate. In 1950, just over 5% of the world’s population was 65 years or older. By 2006, that number had jumped to 8%. By 2030, experts anticipate that older adults will comprise 13% of the total population—one in eight people will be 65 or older[1]. Seniors are also living longer, therefore coordinating care with seniors and their families and complicated service networks is vital. With this in mind, more and more seniors are making the decision to move into a retirement community. Seniors are unique and can have a multitude of challenges throughout their life that don’t resolve once they set foot through the door of their new home.

Some of the challenges older adults and seniors face include depression, isolation, addictions and poor coping skills when faced with failing health and mobility. Where do the staff and Residents turn when they are faced with family dynamics, need service navigation and access to resources? Social Workers and Social Service Workers play a significant role in the provision of care. They set the stage for an ongoing relationship, provide a contact that Residents, families and staff can turn to for assistance. They act as the advocate and assist Residents in dealing with personal and social problems by delivering counselling, community services and social support[2] (Social Workers or Social Service Workers who are specifically trained and educated in the challenged seniors face can act alone, or with members of the interdisciplinary team, to advocate for services that promote health and wellbeing, while maintaining the Residents dignity and autonomy). Social Workers and Social Service Workers can also work with staff to develop strategies to ensure the resident has optimal quality of life. Social Workers/Social Service Workers play a key role in the care planning for residents. Their feedback is vital in ensuring residents are being treated with dignity and respect. With this being said, why are so many retirement communities lacking a Social Worker/Social Service Worker on their teams?

The concept of a Retirement Community has evolved in the recent years. When the general population envisions a retirement community, they picture a group of seniors who are perfectly healthy, but were lonely in their own homes and seeking like- minded people. Currently, older adults and seniors are facing more and more challenges that require the expertise of a specially trained Social Worker/Social Service Worker. Families are also facing challenges as their parent or loved one moves into the next chapter of their life. Families are often left with feelings of fear, anxiety and confusion on how to best support their loved one. The SW/SSW can provide the space for families to talk through their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

While not as common in retirement as in Long Term Care, ethical issues can arise which cause feelings of discomfort for many staff. Having a Social Worker/Social Service Worker on site to help staff work through an ethical framework can help ease discomfort and provide support to conflicted staff.

Service navigation can also act as a challenge for staff in a retirement community. Social Workers/Social Service Workers play a vital role in building relationships with key stakeholders in the community. It is often left to the Health and Wellness manager to coordinate with CCAC and other outside agencies for services on behalf of the resident. Having a Social Worker/Social Service Worker on site for this purpose can allow the Health and Wellness Manager to focus on other tasks, while still remaining involved in the care/discharge planning of the resident.

By not having a Social Worker/Social Service Worker as a part of the leadership team in a Retirement setting, both Residents and Staff are missing out on a vital part of their overall wellbeing. The passion and dedication a Social Worker/Social Service Worker demonstrates is one that cannot be replicated.

Content by: Jen Beninato MemoryPlus Manager

80 Elgin Mills Road E.

Richmond Hill, ON  L4C 0L3

Phone:    905.770.7963
Fax:         905.737.7446
Email:      jbeninato@delmanor.com
Web:        www.delmanor.com


[1] Lopez, A.D., Mathers, C.D., Ezzati, M., Jamison, D.T., & Murray, C.J.L. (Eds.) (2006). Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors. Retrieved January 24, 2008, from www.dcp2.org/pubs/GBD

[2] What is a Social Service Worker? www.ocswssw.org/about-us/about-ssw

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March is Fraud Prevention Month!

Posted by Janesgtacafe on March 4, 2016 in Fraud Awareness Month |

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Pictures are taken from the Competition Bureau of Canada’s website

We all have banks, we all pay tax, we all buy things, many of us go on holiday somewhere occasionally, and most of us now have some form of electronic device linking us to the internet. We all have wants, needs and emotions that can be manipulated.

We get e mails saying “the CRA has a tax rebate/or pay up”, “there are problems with your account” so please click on the link etc. Some may get phone calls saying “your computer is compromised”, “you have won a holiday” and you may even still get a door to door visit from someone trying to sell you something.

It is hard to keep track of all the scams and frauds out there. Most can spot a scam a mile off, but every now and then you do wonder. Bona fide businesses and organisations do e mail you/call you send you letters for a number of reasons and most of our communication now is conducted electronically.

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So how do you know who to trust? The simple rule is trust no one.

Unless you have requested the information and initiated the communication, never click on a link sent by anyone or any organisation (whether you use them or not), never respond in any form (e mail, letter, internet, telephone) and never pass on any personal information. No matter what the promise, no matter what the threat, no matter how much sense it makes, DO NOT RESPOND!

If you suspect it is really from an organisation you deal with and that the communication is real then call them directly with your own access number or access your accounts through your usual way.

But the more vulnerable you are the less able you are to make these decisions. This means you have to trust someone to make decisions for you and when this happens you become even more exposed to scams and frauds and poor advice.

Vulnerability does not always mean that you are old and have cognitive challenges. You can be vulnerable if you do not have the necessary knowledge and expertise to make a decision on a purchase or an issue. The less you know about something the more you have to rely on others.

For financial, legal and medical decisions seek someone who has a fiduciary responsibility to look after you (i.e. do not use salespeople to make decisions for you), look for qualifications and professional associations that adhere to fiduciary standards. If you are looking for help with an aging parent you probably need help from a geriatric care management professional before you start selecting a homecare provider, and, if at all possible, avoid anybody offering advice for free or in return for commission.

For large purchases buy direct from reputable and well known organisations and do some research into the products using a number of different sources. If you want to buy on the second hand market then you will need to spend time researching what you need to know about the decision making process as well as the product. We are all vulnerable if we do not take care and for those who are vulnerable we need to take special care!   Do not trust anyone unless you know you can trust them and this trust is clearly specified in either  government regulation or professional body rules and code of ethics.  In all other relationships keep your distance and do your research. 

The Canadian Competition Bureau has a website (http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca) on fraud and page dedicated to fraud awareness month. More information can be found its THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF SCAMS.  And of course, you can find lots of information on scams and frauds on line.

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