Welcome to the Memory Café/Alzheimer’s Café, starting next week!

The First Link® Memory Café, York Region and the Toronto area Memory Café start next week!

Welcome to a café style environment geared towards people diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease and/or related dementias, their care partners as well as those who worry about memory problems. The cafés provide a friendly atmosphere where people can socialize and share experiences over a cup of coffee or tea/refreshments.

The “café environment” idea was pioneered by Dr. Bére Miesen, a Dutch clinical psychologist in 1997, with his key message:

“Do not hide away – come and participate with us, in this safe space, and in society and life as much as you can. You did not ask to get dementia, and it could happen to any of us. Here we understand – and want to talk about it and learn to live with it.”

According to Dr Marco Blom “an Alzheimer’s Cafe is much more than a social gathering. Its purpose is to reduce the stigma surrounding dementia by facilitating social contact and providing education about dementia, for everyone affected by and interested in all types of dementia…..topics relating to dementia are presented and discussed knowledgably, sensitively and openly with people with dementia their carers/caregivers

These programs can be held in community/senior centres, clubhouses or any place with a relaxed atmosphere where individuals can socialize, play games, listen to guest speakers, and ask questions in a non-threatening environment. Support staff from the Alzheimer’s Society, social workers and other professionals are there to provide support and guidance.

According to Dementia Partnerships, a UK organization:

Peer support and social contact, without stigma, rapidly becomes the main focal point of the service…..Many people make friendships as a result and are able to support each other outside the Memory Café setting. This informal setting provides emotional support and also reduces the isolation often felt by people with dementia, their carers and families.”

We find that our own café members thoroughly enjoy themselves and many say the Memory Café feels like “home”.   We always look to have a number of interesting speakers, activities as well as outings that make our cafés a place to look forward to.  

Mosaic hosts two memory cafes one in the Toronto Area, the other in York Region.  The York Region Café is organized by the Alzheimer Society of York Region and partners with Mosaic Home Care Services & Community Resource Centre.

The First Link® Memory Café in York Region: to find out more information contact www.alzheimer-york.com or call 888-414-5550 and ask for Jonathan.    The First Link ®Memory Café at Mosaic will run the last Tuesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  To contact Mosaic please call 905-597-7000 for more information.

Toronto area Memory Café: last Wednesday of every month from September to May, held at Mosaic’s mid-town office at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind – Call 905-597-7000 for more information.

Cafés usually feature educational sessions from community organizations and professionals; discussion topics and conversation; a focus on the arts (music, movement and art), interesting hobbies and hands on workshops

To find an Alzheimer’s Café in your area: contact your local Alzheimer Society for Services and information. Alzheimer Society in your area at www.alzheimer.ca/on or call 800-879-4226

Jane Teasdale

Director of Business Development & Community Relations

Aromatherapy: A complementary treatment for Chronic Pain by Tara Johnston

Posted by admin on February 16, 2018 in Essential oils, Health and alternatives |

Unfortunately, pain is something we have all faced or will face in our lifetime; anything from a tooth ache or cold to a severe injury or chronic conditions which may have limited treatments. But symptoms don’t necessarily present with just physical pain as I have discovered with my own health journey.

Anxiety, insomnia, stress, isolated, depression, digestive issues, fatigue as well as side effects from countless medications have all affected me in the last four years alongside chronic pain in my back, hips & legs. I have seen nearly every holistic & medical specialist available to me, changed my diet numerous times, meditated, exercised and tried a pile of medications & supplements purported to treat all of my symptoms. These things helped marginally in one way or another but they couldn’t address the big picture nor could I feasibly do some of these things every day for one reason or another.

Fast forward to about a year ago when I was introduced to aromatherapy. I was hooked in a serious way. After doing some initial research on my own, I went to a workshop and walked away with a small collection of oils which I could use for various things. Most importantly, I had something for everything and I felt empowered to go home and start diffusing right away!

Lavender was the first bottle I went through. I diffused it & topically applied it to help relax me. It helped to calm me before bed; relaxed my mind when I had anxiety along with my pain & eased my headaches. Gradually, coping with my pain was not so overwhelming if I was using Lavender essential oil along with my prescribed treatment.

I soon became so intrigued with the inherit benefits of using Lavender to relax me that I branched out to some more uplifting oils such as Lemon to brighten my mood, Digize blend for digestive discomfort; Peppermint for my joint & muscle pain; and diffused R.C. blend when I came down with a cold to help ease my symptoms.

I since have been educating others around me how to safely use oils, make all-natural cleaning & personal care products, and identify oils that fit in with their personal self-care journey.

So how can Essential Oils help you?

· Headaches

· Acne

· Cough or Cold

· Eczema & Dermatitis

· Rheumatoid Arthritis, Strains, or Sprains

· Digestive Discomfort

· Burns, Cuts, Bruises, & other minor skin irritations

· Stressed & uptight

Not all Essential Oils are created equally. To find out more about using oils, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting a workshop at Mosaic Home Care Services Resource Centre located at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) on Friday, Feb. 23rd/18 @ 1:30pm. Located at 1929 Bayview Avenue, Suite 215H. For more information contact Mosaic at 416-322-7002 or visit our website at www.mosaichomecare.com

* The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with the appropriate healthcare providers before making any health decision.

Rani Glick’s Bon Appetit!

Posted by admin on February 9, 2018 in Keynote |

10 Essential Tips to save you time and money for meal prep and meal planning!

Rani Glick is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, (CNP) and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP, RNCP).

Today, we live in a society of extreme planning. Everything is broken down into lists for self-help goals, career development, children and family events or managing our own health care. But one thing we don’t do is plan for the food we eat!

Meal planning can save you time, money and energy!

When I plan about what I’m going to make each week, I find it is more cost effective and I purchase less stuff. Besides, home cooking has much more nutritional value than restaurant or prepared meals. It’s also less stressful!

In a study by the Food Marketing Institute, the average household wastes 14% of the food they buy due to poor planning and wastage. If you spend $100 a week on groceries, 14% is the equivalent of three homemade gourmet meals.

The question is how do you figure out what meals to make each day?

Do you plan for each day or for the week?

You can begin planning your meals anytime throughout the year! Just because your kids are out of the house or that you live on your own, it doesn’t mean you can’t think about menu planning.

Here are 10 tips for setting up an easy menu plan for the week:

Read more…

Restocking your Kitchen by Rani Glick

Posted by admin on February 9, 2018 in Health & Nutrition |

Rani Glick is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, (CNP) and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP, RNCP).


Good healthy living is all about adding variety into your diet! Restock your kitchen with a variety of ingredients that are tasty, delicious and nutritious to enjoy.

This is a recommended list that you can buy in advance or purchase as needed.  You may have some of these ingredients already in your kitchen.



black beans, white northern beans, kidney beans, chick peas, adzuki beans, lentils (black, green, red), green peas, yellow peas, mung beans, edamame, tempeh, miso, tofu.

Recommended to buy cumin powder and seeds and coriander powder and seeds*

Grains selected here are gluten free recommendations. Recipes will indicate substituting gluten free grains from wheat based grains. If you wish to use white rice, spelt and others no problem.

Many of these products can be purchased in larger supermarkets. Some sweeteners, oils and grains are available at health food stores.

Rani Glick is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, (CNP) and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP, RNCP). She has followed her love of food and cooking to nutrition and applying its healing properties towards living with better health. Her health coaching practice is dedicated to educating active ageing adults about living well through food, fitness and mindfulness. For more information visit:

www.thewellnesswagon.ca or by email at rani@thewellnesswagon.ca


Rani Glick’s Menu Planning and Shopping List Templates

Posted by admin on February 9, 2018 in Health & Nutrition, Meal Planning |

Menu Template:


Shopping List:


Rani Glick is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, (CNP) and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP, RNCP). She has followed her love of food and cooking to nutrition and applying its healing properties towards living with better health. Her health coaching practice is dedicated to educating active ageing adults about living well through food, fitness and mindfulness. For more information visit:

www.thewellnesswagon.ca or by email at rani@thewellnesswagon.ca


Staying Socially Engaged Within Your Community

Posted by admin on January 16, 2018 in Community, Events, Life and art, Loneliness and isolation, Social networks, Talks |

Mosaic will be teaming up with North York Seniors Centre on Friday, January 19th for an informative event at our Markham Office where you can learn ways to contribute to the community, techniques to connect with others, and discover programs and services that are available to you.

North York Seniors Centre will speak about the programs that they offer to the community.

A week later on Friday, January 26th Mosaic will host the same event at our Toronto Office, this time featuring a speaker from the Anne Johnson Health Station along with Mosaic’s Jane Teasdale.

If you are looking to become an active participant within your community, and find meaning in contributing to your community these are great events to attend.

For those of you who know Mosaic, or have attended one of their many community events you will be aware of the importance it places on social integration through community participation.

The benefits of greater community involvement and social interaction are many. They include the physical and mental health benefits that contribute to longevity amongst older adults. But this is not the only reason older adults should become socially integrated. The wider community itself benefits from the older adults contributing to their communities, through their experience and knowledge acquired throughout their years.

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The Information Sheet on our recent award from the European Society For Person Centered Healthcare

Mosaic Home Care & Community Resource Centres: AWARDED THE GOLD MEDAL OF THE European Society For Person Centred Healthcare for its Person Centered, Community Focused Model of Care:


Mosaic is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare at the Society’s Annual Conference and awards held in London, the UK, in October of this year:

From the ESPCH: “The Gold Medal and its associated Certificate are awarded in recognition of your substantial contribution to the development of home and health care issues in the community and thus to a development of the person-centeredness of care when developing relations between healthcare professionals, home care providers, not-for-profit agencies and other important services providers that are needed to provide the wider levels of support often required by those in need in the community.”

At the conference Mosaic presented on its unique person centered care service in a talk titled ““The Meaning of Me®”: a Canadian blue print for addressing the complex whole that is the person at the centre of the community based homecare services model.”

From Jane Teasdale:“Mosaic’s blue print for Person Centred Care extends the notion that care based services should be implemented collaboratively with the individual and their families to one that also embraces the voice and the rich habitat of the mind and the being of the person being cared for.  It is one that is also especially sensitive to the importance of community, the person’s place in the community and the wider dynamic that encompasses a person’s many dimensions of being. ” 

Mosaic’s model of care looks to integrate for profit and not for profit community services and supports for home health care and to encourage a wider community involvement:

Mosaic has set up and funded community resource centres that combine both educational and fun events for individuals in need of care and their families with information on the many supports and services available in the community. It operates two resource centres across the GTA. Its resource centres provide socialisation opportunities for individuals, help for families and family caregivers, social integration of seniors within the wider community and the building of relationships with many service providers and businesses in the community.

“The Meaning of Me®”

Drawing inspiration from the Joseph Rowntree Report “A Better Life – What older people with high support needs value”, “The Meaning of Me” addresses the needs of the individual outside of the medical and support lens of the homecare model and develops a framework in which caregiver and client, family and client and ultimately the wider community and client can establish a richer set of conversations, relationships and connections. The Meaning of Me® is a journey of potential for the individual to reconnect with themselves, their interests and where possible their communities.

“The Meaning of Me®” closed the loop that Mosaic started with its community resource centres. It reached out to the community and drew it in and then reached out to the people in need of care and drew them in.

Mosaic has set standards and promoted the importance of community, person centred care and the importance of addressing the individual at the centre of care to individuals and families and the wider service and professional community. In so doing it is introducing new models and benchmarks of care.

Recognised as a best practise leader at home and abroad

Mosaic is recognized as a best practice leader in homecare services, and especially so in the way it addresses human values and social and community interaction..

Some Mosaic quotes regarding the importance of person centered health care in the home care model

“Looking more deeply at person centered care has allowed us to look beyond standard models of care, and their assessment processes, to areas that may also have impact with respect to the client’s physical and mental well being to greater extent; addressing typically “non care” areas, for older adults where complex care needs impact being, may well be of critical importance to the person in raising the quality of life otherwise achieved from outcomes limited to nursing and personal supports. “

“As providers of longer term home care service based relationships, that include a great many older adults with complex care needs, we also believe we have a responsibility, as gatekeepers of our specific environ, to address the importance of the person, outside of the typically defined care relationship, as a being rich in meaning, history and creative potential. We are especially aware of the gaps in care that relate to the person as a being of meaning and as a person existing within a wider community“

“To address the impact of gaps, especially those associated with loss of social interaction and reduced engagement in interests, activities and communities, we may have to be creative. “The Meaning of Me®”.”

“We know that loneliness and isolation can have quite dramatic impacts on health, for older adults, yet a healthcare system that does not address these issues somewhere along the chain of care does risk impaired health care outcomes.“

“Home care is one of the furthest points along chain of care that you can get for the older adult and occupies an important space in the care continuum, dominating essentially large parts of the person’s space and time.”

“Importantly the home is especially relevant to aging in place dynamics and community interaction and is therefore much closer to the personal centered care dimensions of the mind and community. It was this proximity to community and place, engendered by our long standing belief in the importance of community towards aging in place and age friendly communities, that helped gather our minds’ eye on “The Meaning of Me®” as an important interface to the person that we care for.”

How to Introduce a Paid Caregiver

Posted by admin on November 23, 2017 in Person Centered Care |

Good caregiver introductions arise from strength and depth in the wider care-management processes of a professional homecare services provider.

Please click on the link to read the article at Caregiver Solutions.ca.

November may be “Falls Prevention Month”, but the time, effort and the fun is all year round:

Posted by admin on November 23, 2017 in Health and exercise, Social networks |

November is Fall Prevention Month across Canada. Here are a few things you may not have known about falls: Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults? During Falls Prevention Month t we encourage you to share falls prevention information with the people around you, especially the older adults in your community!

Anyone can be a victim of a fall. However as we get older, the risk of falling becomes greater. What causes a fall? Falls can be caused by poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength, and unsafe conditions in and around your home. Falls can be prevented by making adjustments in your home and lifestyle, keeping yourself healthy and fit, and using devices to help keep you safe. A great way to start making adjustments is using a checklist to help you identify and remove hazards around your house. You can find a great falls prevention checklist’s online to help you get started on making your home safer.

Exercise can help with falls prevention and help keep seniors independent for longer. Regular exercise for seniors can lead to better strength, flexibility and balance, all if which is important in preventing falls and in maintaining independence. For seniors who are looking to exercise it is never too late to get started, but seniors must be aware that there are both benefits and risks involved with exercising at an older age. It is important to talk to your doctor about what you can and cannot do for exercise and to ensure that you have an exercise program that is especially tailored for you. But for seniors who have concerns about falls, an exercise program can help them prevent falls and keep them independent for longer.

With falls prevention being so important to the health of our seniors in the community take time to learn what you can do to help raise awareness about falls prevention this November.

Some useful community resources

You can contact North York Seniors Centre to learn about their events, classes and workshops that are held at their Active Living Centre. The Active Living Centre offers a number of classes in their fitness centre to help you get exercise including Pilates, Zumba, and dancing classes.

Lumacare also has a Healthier Living Centre (HLC) for individuals 55+ who want to be physically active and fit which include a walking club, group fitness classes and educational classes and workshops.

Toronto Parks “Get With The Program” – 13 older adult centres across the city

Circle of Care – Falls Prevention & Exercise Classes

The Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre “a wide range of programs specifically designed for older adults. WNC is proud to be recognized as an official Seniors Active Living Centre by the Province of Ontario”

Variety Village – Active Aging CLub

ESS Support Services Exercise Programs around the city

ConnectABILITY – Community Supports for Older Adults – scroll down for a list of community centres and exercise programs across the GTA

University Settlement designated an Elderly Persons Centre in 2009

Exercise and Falls Prevention Programs – Toronto Central Health with detailed lists of numerous programs across the city

The City of Toronto’s “The FUN Guide” is also a great place to learn what programs are available to you in North York. Get started on Falls Prevention to keep yourself healthier and independent for longer!

And there is much more…

Stop by your local community centre to ask if they have any information, workshops or events on falls prevention or exercise for seniors or pop into any one of Mosaic’s community resource centres in Markham and Toronto.

Picture of Nathalie Anderson and I receiving the Award of the Gold Medal of the European Society for Person Centered Health Care


“The Gold Medal and its associated Certificate are awarded in recognition of your substantial contribution to the development of home and health care issues in the community and thus to a development of the person-centeredness of care when developing relations between healthcare professionals, home care providers, not-for-profit agencies and other important services providers that are needed to provide the wider levels of support often required by those in need in the community.”

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We would like to thank The European Society for Person Centered Healthcare for recognising the importance of person centred community focused models of care to those many individuals in need of care, their families and their wider communities.

We would like to thank our clients and families, our caregivers, community partners and members, and our dedicated staff, for the inspiration we have drawn from them. 

We will use this award to encourage others to work together to push the boundaries of care and the ways in which we can all address the many dimensions of care needs and personal identity.

To have been invited to speak at the Society’s 4th Annual Conference for these two days in October, and to have been able to listen to those who are passionate and knowledgeable and share the same ideals of person centered care, has been an honour.  

Thank you.

Jane Teasdale and Nathalie Anderson

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