Pets Have a Positive Effect on our Health–Pets Appreciation Corner, Mosaic Homecare Services & Community Resource Centre

Posted by admin on February 14, 2017 in Health and exercise, Loneliness and isolation, Pets |


Meet Maize who looks like he provides his owners with happiness!

Welcome to Pet Appreciation Corner at Mosaic! Mosaic Home Care Services asks the community to share with us their pet pictures and stories to show our appreciation for pets and the positive impact they have on our lives.

Studies from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Lincoln in the U.K and the University of Missouri have shown the incredible health benefits that pets have, providing an important role in our lives. A number of great articles on the benefits pets have on seniors can be found on the Pets for the Elderly Foundation website and the Humane Society of Canada, which helped to provide the statistics below. In 2008 the Humane Society of Canada released a report, “Silver Paws: The Role of Pets in Reducing Human Health Care Costs” looking at how pets could reduce costs on the healthcare system, referencing an Australian study that found:

  • · people who own pets typically visit the doctor less often and use less medication
  • · pet owners, on average, have lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure
  • · pet owners recover more quickly from illness and surgery
  • · pet owners deal better with stressful situation
  • · pet owners are less likely to report feeling lonely

The studies from the Pets for the Elder Foundation and the Humane Society of Canada have shown to increase physical activity, lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, and stave off loneliness. The strong bonds that we share with ours pets are especially beneficial to seniors and people who are ill, by providing a social connection and comfort in their time of need. Pets help to improve our quality of life and both physical and mental health. Here are a number of benefits pets can have on our health:

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Short Film Series “Free to Be”: thriving with dementia…fundraising for Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy

Posted by admin on January 11, 2017 in Dementia, Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy |



Mosaic Pet Appreciation Month–More Entries Please

Posted by admin on January 9, 2017 in Health and exercise, Lifestyle Services, Loneliness and isolation, Mosaic, Pets |


Share your Stories and Photos with us!

This January Mosaic is showing our appreciation for our beloved pets! As companions, family members and best friends, pets play an important part in our lives. They help keep us healthy and reduce our stress. For all the positive things that our pets do for us, we want to take the time to appreciate them. Share with us your stories and photos with your pets. How has your pet had a positive impact on your life? Can you recall a time that your pet helped you through a tough time? Mosaic will combine and share all the photos and stories we receive throughout the month. Here are a few photos we have already received!


Jane Teasdale takes time away from Mosaic to relax with her dog Bella over the Christmas Holidays.


Opie, a friend of Mosaic’s Kevin, looks a little shy before having his photo taken!

Show your appreciation for your pets with us this January by sharing a photo and/or story with Mosaic! Send your submissions to Kevin at Mosaic will be sharing photos and stories on our website, Twitter and Facebook page as we receive them, so be on the lookout throughout the month!


Join Mosaic This January for Fun Events!

Enjoy Mosaic’s new events like the Healthy Living Now and The Joy of the Opera series and returning favourites like the Pole Walking Club and the First Link Memory® Café at Mosaic.

You can register for Mosaic events by emailing us at or calling at 905 – 597 – 7000. We look forward to seeing you at our events in 2017!

Here is a sneak peek at the events Mosaic will be hosting this January:


Mosaic Open House (Markham) – Thursday, January 12th, 2017.

Have you been to our Community Resource Centre yet? Come visit us on January 12th for our Open House to take a look at all of resources and learn about our upcoming programs. Drop in for refreshments and chat with Mosaic staff about our services, our programs and all that we offer the community. We will also have members of Evergreen at our Open House who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our upcoming joint program, the “Healthy Living Now Series”.


The Joy of the Opera (Markham) – Friday, January 13th, 20th and 27th, 2017.


This 3-part series explores the increasingly popular art form of the Opera. Mosaic is excited to have opera aficionado Marcel Deuvorst present the History of Opera with biographies on three composers featuring live performances of their most popular works on DVD. Marcel has spent a lifetime studying, listening and attending live performances and has taught opera and classical music appreciation courses at the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University for the last 10 years.


Mosaic Indoor Winter Pole Walking Club (Markham) – Friday, January 20th, 2017.


Our Pole Walking Club returns this January! Stay in shape this winter with Mosaic by joining us for our monthly indoor pole walk. Mosaic staff will lead the walk from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with refreshments provided after the walk. Learn about the benefits of pole walking and test out the poles for yourself! The Pole Walking Club continues throughout the year on the 3rd Friday of the month.


The Joy of the Opera (Toronto/CNIB Center) – Wednesday, January 25th, 2017.



Marcel Deuvorst brings his “Joy of the Opera” series to the community at our Toronto Office for a day. Learn about the classical composer Mozart and listen to selected works from one of the most famous classical composers with Marcel.


Blood Pressure and Informational Clinic (Markham) – Thursday, January 26th, 2017.


Mosaic will be hosting a free blood pressure and informational clinic for the community at our Community Resource on Thursday, January 26th. Sit down with one of our Mosaic nurses who will take your blood pressure, answer any questions you have, and give you a blood pressure booklet to keep a record of your results. You are also welcome to come into our Community Resource Centre to look through our resources and enjoy a cup of tea!


Healthy Living Now Series (Markham) – 6 Weeks, Starting Thursday, January 26th, 2017.


This program runs on Thursdays: January 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and March 2nd.

March 9th is a rain-date in case of a cancellation.

Please Contact Evergreen for registration at 416 – 499 – 2185.

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Join Mosaic and Evergreen for a FREE six week workshop to help people overcome emotional and physical distress caused by chronic conditions. This program will help people reduce stress from things like: pain, anxiety and depression, poor quality sleep, juggling nutrition and exercise and dealing with your healthcare team. This program runs from January 26th to March 2nd.


First Link® Memory Café at Mosaic (Markham) – Tuesday, January 31st, 2017. clip_image011

Our First Link® Memory Café returns this January for another year! Mosaic welcomes the Alzheimer Society of York Region and the community for an afternoon of socializing and sharing stories. If you are interested in memory related issues, dementia or Alzheimer’s you can speak to a representative from the Alzheimer Society of York Region over a cup of tea. Our memory café is designed to get people active: because being active physically, socially and mentally is good for our brains!

If you are interested in attending any of these events this January, contact Mosaic Home Care today to register!


Happy Holiday Season from Everyone at Mosaic!

Posted by admin on December 28, 2016 in Community, Events, Festive Teas, Holidays - Christmas |

Over the past few weeks Mosaic has been spreading the holiday spirit in the community. Jane Teasdale and Dina Campeis have been travelling to different organizations and groups providing refreshments and photo-ops.


Heather leads attendees at the Holiday Festive Tea at the Markham Community Resource Centre.

At both of Mosaic’s Community Resource Centre’s, Mosaic was able to treat the community to our annual Holiday Festive Tea, partnering with Delmanor, Tridel Inspired Retirement Communities.

With tasty treats, warm beverages and props for photos, attendees were serenaded with Christmas carols by the wonderfully talented Heather who led the singing at both events. Mosaic was excited to be able to provide Christmas cheer for the community!

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Lianne Harris explored the stories & symbols of Christmas

Posted by admin on December 8, 2016 in Community, Events, Holidays - Christmas |


Mosaic offered me a wonderful opportunity to explore with its guests a 1-hour presentation on Christmas: Stories & Symbols on November 25th, 2016.

We looked at the roots of the Christian tradition of Christmas, understood how the pagan elements in Scandinavian, Germanic and Celtic cultures were fused into this creating our current full array of symbols (from candy-canes to mistletoe), how the Restoration period actually cancelled Christmas for English-speaking people (such killjoys!) and how it was all brought back again (yay!).  Lastly,  we finished off with an look at the evolution of Santa Claus–and were even treated to a composited picture of St. Nicholas–the real Santa Claus!–whose bones and image have forensically analyzed and reconstructed by scientists.

Symbols are an important part of learning and retaining information.  But symbols are useless if we don’t use them to our benefit. As for Christmas today, I often hear people say, “Christmas is for kids”.  I don’t think that’s true at all.  Christmas is for everyone–everyone should be part of time in the year where we remember to hopefully be kinder, warmer, friendlier, and more willing to spend time with each other.

Lianne Harris currently works as a Social Studies Resource Specialist Consultant with the Toronto Board of Education and curriculum advisor for Upper Canada College.

Lianne’s e mail contact:


Life after a fall

Posted by admin 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 admin 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.

More Ceremony Details

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

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