A Community Gem in North York!

September 21, 2013 in Community, Events |

Thank you North York Seniors Centre for providing a wonderful space in our community!


Rosie Leung, Case Coordinator, April Stevens, In-Home Supervisor and Linda Rataj, Director Organizational Development at the North York Seniors Centre.

North York Senior Centre provides programs and services to promote the physical, emotional and social well-being of adults 55+ living in our diverse community.”

I visited North York Senior Centre twice this week.  The occasion of the first, on the evening of 17th September, was an Open House for the very important “Day Away Club”.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to get out of the house and spend a day with friends, but need a little help to make that happen, our Day Away Club is what you are looking for.

The ADA provides older adults with physical frailties or cognitive challenges an opportunity to socialize, be active and have fun in a safe and caring environment. The activities are led by trained, professional staff that provide personal assistance and ensure a fun filled day. Daily activities include:

Lively group activities
Light exercise
Nutritious lunch and snacks
Special events
Arts & crafts
And more…

This program also allows caregivers a much-needed break in their schedule to attend to personal needs, or simply rest and relax.”

It was nice to see so many familiar faces from North York Seniors Centre such as Krista and Rosie and a wonderful spread of food was provided by Delmanor Retirement.

The second visit was for the Active Living Fair 2013 – you can see a picture of me in action below:


Every September, the North York Seniors Centre opens its door to the community and allows the many for profit and not for profit service providers to show their wares and talk to the community: Community Care Access, retirement homes, private home care service providers,medical supply organizations, the North York Horticultural Society and many others are there.

Having turned out for the last 12 years to this event, I have to say it is one of my personal favourites.  It allows the public to connect with the many elder care services and resources available in the community and to hear about the wonderful events that the North York Seniors Centre provides.

Making sure that seniors stay active and included in our society is very important and the NYSC is a role model for the way in which this should be done.  This was acknowledge by Mario Sergio, the Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs, who spoke about the importance of having community centres like the NYSC to provide programs, events and to encourage socialization.

Over 150 people attended this event.  One of the benefits for all was the large and varied spread of food and refreshments provided by the many different organizations who attended.


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