Why use a Denturist?

This post was written by guest blogger Jeffrey Choi, DD

First things first, let’s take a step back and define what a Denturist actually is. A Denturist is a formally trained and licensed primary dental health care provider that specializes in the fitting, the construction and the delivery of removable prosthodontics - also known as dentures. They are trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients who are missing some or all of their teeth. In addition, Denturists study the technical art of fabricating partial and complete dentures and are able to create treatment plans for patients and fabricate their dentures for them in their own onsite laboratories. 

Services that Denturists may offer:

-        Complete and Partial Dentures

-        Implant Overdentures (Fixed or Removable)

-        Denture Repairs, Relines, Rebases

-        Denture Cleanings

-        Mouth guards

-        Teeth Whitening

What are the advantages of using a Denturist?

When a denture is made with a dentist, the dentist or in some cases the dental assistants takes the impressions, the bite registration and selects a tooth shade. After this is done, they send the information to a lab. In many cases, the technician at the lab only has the details that are written on the prescription pad from the dentist. The problem with this is sometimes patient’s requests and small details are lost in translation. The technician has no idea what the patient looks like, his/her oral tendencies or how the appointments went. He can only work with what is in front of him and what is written on the prescription pad. The process can also be longer if adjustments are needed to be made as the dentist needs to send the denture back and forth with the lab.  With all this being said, Dentists can still provide you will a fully functional denture.  However unless the dentist is a specialized Prosthodontist, it is safe to say that the vast majority do not do their own lab work. 

Having a Denturist make your dentures means that you get to work personally and directly with the “artist” who will design your new smile.  The Denturist has an onsite laboratory which ensures adjustments quick and easy. You will have direct input and communication during the entire process and there will only be one set of eyes working on your case so that you will get a more reliable and consistent result.  We are your denture specialists who work on denture related cases all day, every day. We may not be a ‘jack of all trades’ that provide a plethora of services, but we are masters of one skill, and that is fabricated dentures. 

Do you have any questions of concerns about your dentures?  Feel free to ask me personally on Thursday, November 24th at the Active Living Centre for my educational and helpful denture seminar.  

 

Jeffrey Choi, DD is a licensed Denturist and owner of North York Denture Clinic.  He is a member of the College of Denturist of Ontario, Denturist Association of Canada, Denturist Association of Ontario, and Denturist Group of Ontario. 

416- 723-8838

www.northyorkdentureclinic.com

info@northyorkdentureclinic.com

1575 Steeles Ave East, Suite 103

North York, ON

M2M 3Y7

Music in Canada, Past and Present

This guest blog post was written by John Beckwith. 

The definitions for “Music” and “Canada” have changed many times over the years. The late U. S. musicologist H. Wiley Hitchcock liked to refer to past music in two broad categories – “cultivated” and “vernacular.”  Today we have become accustomed to using the terms “classical” and “popular,” though musicians are sometimes uncomfortable with them.  How useful are they?  And when we speak of “Canada,” do we intend the political entity formed in 1867, or the geographical area now known as Canada, first given that name by Europeans or, again, the territory before it received that name? 

I have composed music regularly for roughly sixty years.  However, my professional musical experience also includes teaching and research in music history, often specifically that of our own country.  A major breakthrough in this area of study, the publication in 1960 of A History of Music in Canada, 1534 to 1914 by Helmut Kallmann in 1960.  Is it clear why Kallmann, a naturalized Canadian of German origin, chose those dates to indicate the scope of his book?  Still widely quoted, when it was published it was the most comprehensive study in terms of both its time span and its geographical inclusions. However, subsequent historians have extended its coverage by delving into the musical life of different (especially earlier) eras and different cultures (especially those of the First Nations).  During my talk on Friday, October 21st, I want to discuss some of the advances in Canadian music history that have occurred in my lifetime.   Topics include:

IDENTITY

Are there distinguishing traits by which the creative music and the musical involvements of Canadians can be identified?  If so, how do they come about? 

LISTENING.

 My talk is punctuated with several recorded-music examples of significant music, both “cultivated” and “vernacular” from various periods, including our own.  Two examples will provide a sharp contrast for discussion: one is an excerpt from a work of musical theatre from roughly 1808, and the other, a composition for symphony orchestra dated 1973.  The first is by an immigrant composer from France, Joseph Quesnel, and the second by a prominent native-born composer, R. Murray Schafer.

If you are interested in learning more about Music in Canada, join John at on Friday, October 21st from 12pm -1pm at the ALC to hear his talk on Music in Canada, Past, and Present. Please reserve your spot by calling 416 733.4111. 

 

JOHN BECKWITH was born in Victoria and received his musical education in Toronto and Paris.  He has composed over 160 works, among them four operas, a dozen orchestral works, choral and chamber pieces, songs, and solo pieces.  He is the author, editor, or co-editor of ten books, a former programmer and script writer for CBC Radio, and a former music columnist and reviewer for the Toronto Star.  He was associated for about forty years with the University of Toronto music faculty, including seven as its dean and five as founding director of its Institute for Canadian Music.  

The Dog Days of summer are here!

As the mercury rises higher and the sun makes it summer home in the sky, some older adults may be feeling the heat in an unhealthy way. Heat stress and heat stroke are more likely to develop in older adults than younger ones.  Some of the reasons for this include:

  •  As one grows older, their body cannot adjust to sudden changes in temperatures as well as before.
  • Certain chronic illnesses that may develop with age changes normal body responses to heat
  • Certain prescription medications hinder the ability to produce sweat and regulate body temperature.

Types of Heat-related Illnesses

Heat stroke

The most serious type of heat illness is a result of body heat overload. Signs of heat stroke may include a core body temperature of more than 40°C/104°F, complete or partial loss of consciousness and/or reduced mental ability.15 Sweating is not a good indicator, as there are two types of heat stroke:

  •  Classic - accompanied by little or no sweating, usually occurring in children, those who are chronically ill and older adults.
  •  Exertional - accompanied by an increase in body temperature because of strenuous exercise or occupational exposure in combination with environmental heat, and where sweating is usually present.

Heat exhaustion

Caused by excessive loss of water and salt. Symptoms may include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, headache, diarrhea and muscle cramps.

Heat fainting (parade syncope)

Caused by the loss of body fluids through sweating and by lowered blood pressure due to pooling of blood in the legs. Symptoms include temporary dizziness and fainting resulting from an insufficient flow of blood to the brain while a person is standing.

Heat cramps

Caused by a salt imbalance resulting from a failure to replace salt lost through excessive sweating. Symptoms are sharp muscle pains.

Heat rash (miliaria rubra)

A result of inflammation of clogged sweat glands and accompanied by tiny red spots on the skin, which may give a prickling sensation.

Heat edema

Heat-induced swelling frequently noticeable in the ankles, feet, and hands, and most often seen in people who are not regularly exposed to heat.

Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, 2005.

How you can protect yourself

If the weather is calling for a scorcher of a day, here are some steps that you can take to help protect yourself from heat-related illnesses.

  • Rest
  • Wear lightweight, light coloured clothing
  • Stake a cool shower or bath
  •   Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages such as water or juice
  • Remain indoors in the heat of the day ( between 2-4pm)
  •   Seek and an air-conditioned environment. On heat alert days the City of Toronto implements Cooling Centres to help people stay cool if they don’t have access to an air-conditioned environment.
  •  Do not take part in strenuous activities

If you think that you or someone else if having a heat related emergency, call 911, move the person to a cooler spot (air conditioned environment or a shady spot if you are outside) and try to cool the person down.

With a little extra planning, everyone can enjoy this summer to the fullest.  

Mindfullness Meditation

If there is one truth in life, it is this: we all age and we cannot stop it. 
Unfortunately, many individuals fear aging. Much of this fear is driven by the stereotypical ideas of what aging is – it’s all downhill, filled with impairment and frailty – a stereotype further fueled by the multi-billion-dollar anti-aging industry.  

However, there is another camp of thinking, one that states that aging is a privilege, an opportunity for continued learning and growth. By acknowledging aging as an opportunity for growth, it allows the individual to take ownership over what their aging process will look like. 

Although we cannot stop aging, we can age well, a concept known to many as Optimal Aging, Healthy Aging, or Successful Aging.  Although our genetics play a role in development, lifestyle behaviours become more important as we age. Research shows that there are three vital behaviours that determine healthy living: proper nutrition, physical activity, and stress management.  Through the cultivation of mindfulness, we can deliberately practice these lifestyle behaviours by being present in our daily lives.  

Research shows that there are three vital behaviours that determine healthy living: proper nutrition, physical activity, and stress management.

Mindfulness is often defined as the practice of paying attention, in the present moment, without judgment. The practice of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation stems from the Buddhist tradition and was secularised by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s. Through the practice of mindfulness, we cultivate several important attitudes:  non-judgment, acceptance, letting go, trust, patience, non-striving, and beginners mind.  The practice of compassion, for the self and others, is also integral to the cultivation of mindfulness.  

So how does the practice of mindfulness facilitate healthy living and optimal aging? 

The formal practice of mindfulness meditation consists of the daily practice of focused attention, commonly using the breath as an anchor to the present moment. By focusing on the breath, we are refraining from reflecting about the past or worrying about the future, two activities that our mind loves to do without our conscious awareness.  By refraining from daily contemplation and worry, we learn to respond rather than react to our environment, which can at times be perceived as stressful, regardless of age, sex or gender. 

To learn how mindfulness interacts with lifestyle behaviours to enhance health and well-being, please join Dr. Alexandra Fiocco on May27th 2016 at the North York Senior Centre for her speaker series " Just Breathe: Cultivating Mindfulness for Healthy Living. 

About the Author: 

Dr. Alexandra J. Fiocco is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University and Director of the Stress and Healthy Aging Research Lab where she conducts research on predictors and promotion of optimal aging.  For further information on her research please visit her website: http://psychlabs.ryerson.ca/starlab/

 

 

OSTEOPOROSIS – TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR BONE HEALTH

This guest post was written by Occupational Therapist, Azeena Ratansi 


When you think about Osteoporosis, do you picture the following?

 

Or does this come to mind?

Osteoporosis:  signs and prevalence

Osteoporosis often conjures up images of frail, elderly individuals – some of whom have a stoop or “Dowager’s Hump. However, its’ prevalence may surprise you. Approximately 1 out of every 4 women over the age of 50, will develop osteoporosis. The incidence doubles once you hit 60 when it becomes 1 out of every 2 women. It can affect younger individuals as well; particularly those with intestinal conditions such as Colitis or celiac disease, as well as people on certain medications such as long-term corticosteroid therapy and anticonvulsants.

Often, a broken bone is the first sign that you have a problem, though many people will tend to rationalize why their fracture occurred. Take for instance, the woman who slipped on her icy driveway and ended up fracturing her wrist. As she explained, “anyone would have broken their wrist, I landed on such a hard surface”. This example is a classic one illustrating a typical osteoporotic fracture. Fortunately, our bones are designed to withstand these types of stresses, which is why fractures due to falls, are often the first sign that your bone health may be compromised.

Bone Mass Density

How does one test for osteoporosis? A bone mass density (BMD) test is the gold standard and consists of a simple type of dual x-ray imaging of your spine and hip area.

When should you get a BMD?

Usually, your first bone mass density (BMD) occurs once you have hit menopause – this is often referred to as your baseline BMD. The results help to establish your fracture risk in addition to guiding management.  BMD alone, does not guide fracture risk but in conjunction with other factors, it is an important marker of bone health

Osteoporotic fractures of the spine

Falls and fracture prevention are going to be the key focus of my presentation on Friday ‘Osteoporosis: Prevention strategies for falls and compression fractures’. I’ll be explaining how fractures of the spine (commonly referred to as compression fractures) occur. Hint: most are NOT due to falls.  You’ll also learn practical strategies on how to change the way you perform many of your routine daily activities to lower the risk of these compression fractures.

Falls and their risk factors

In addition, we’ll learn about falls and which muscles are key to strengthen to reduce your falls risk, what some of the common environmental hazards are (not always ice or snow) and which behaviours play a key role in preventing falls. For instance, did you know there is a right and wrong way to position a chair when you stand on it to reach for things? Another frequent consideration is whether you’ve had a fall in the past 12 months. This is important because the evidence shows that once you’ve had a fall, your risk of another fall increases by 3 times.

Curious to learn more about how to minimize falls and osteoporotic fractures? Please join us on Friday May 13th at the Active Living Centre for an interactive and informative workshop.

I look forward to seeing you there………..

For more information and to sign up for this workshop, please contact reception at 416 733.4111


Azeena Ratansi is an Occupational Therapist with over 20  years of experience in the area of Osteoporosis. She is the past recipient of a Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation research grant and has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the International Osteoporosis Foundation. She is a Lecturer with the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.

National Volunteer Week

 

National Volunteer Week is a great time to show appreciation for the wonderful NYSC volunteers whose time and dedication make all the difference!

 Here’s a story….One day an elephant saw a hummingbird lying on its back with its tiny feet up in the air. “What are you doing?” asked the elephant.  The hummingbird replied, “I heard that the sky might fall today, and so I am ready to help hold it up, should it fall.” The elephant laughed cruelly. He said, “Do you really think that those tiny feet could help hold up the sky?” The hummingbird kept his feet up in the air, intent on his purpose, as he replied, “Not alone, but each must do what we can.  And this is what I can do.” (Chinese proverb)

For National Volunteer Week, we thank each and every NYSC volunteer who, like the hummingbird, generously give the gift of time, and,  provide support and encouragement to help make things that much better for the seniors at the Centre. Volunteers bring life experiences, skills, abilities, intellect and humour and ask for nothing in return; yet receive friendship, appreciation, and satisfaction.  Lasting friendships, social activities and fun may be just some of the unexpected rewards that is gain from a volunteering experience.

 Please know that we genuinely appreciate and value your commitment to NYSC, and for this, we thank you!

Thank you, for being “hummingbirds” to NYSC!

Volunteers are an integral part of our organization. Our volunteers show compassion and integrity in everything that they do. No job is too big or too small , and it is always completed with a smile. Thank you to all of our volunteers! You make NYSC great!

 

This guest blog was written by Mimi Lee, HR Coordinator at NYSC 

 

 

$50,000 to store gloves for 20 years? (Don’t get caught in the storage trap.)

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Blog written by Red Coats Moving 

One of the biggest challenges when downsizing to a smaller residence is what to
do with the things that won’t fit into your new home.

People often think they will just store items while they think about what to do with
a couch that won’t fit, boxes filled with things they haven’t had time to go through,
or a dining room set and china they want to save for the kids.

This may be a good strategy for a few months, as a 10’ x 10’ storage locker is
about $200/ month. However, storage can get very expensive over time. We
recently helped a client clear out her father-in-law’s storage locker which he had
held onto for 20 years.

When they had finished going through everything, all they ended up keeping were a
couple of pairs of mitts. They totaled up what he had spent over two decades and it
was well over $50,000.00! Ouch! Don’t get caught in the storage trap.

Here are 5 tips to avoid the storage trap:


1 Allow yourself time to appreciate the emotional connection you have to things, then
let go - this is the hardest part of downsizing

2 When planning a move start sorting through your home early. We recommend 9 –
12 months ahead of time

3 Make an inventory list for each room and allocate a destination (new home, family,
selling or donation, recycling, etc.)

4 Keep the word ruthless top of mind. If you haven’t used it, worn it or read it for the
last 2 years, chances are you don’t really need it in your life

5 Think to yourself, “I am turning over a new chapter in my life, and I don’t want the
burden of carrying around things I have had for many years.” Start fresh!

If you would like to learn more on downsizing, join Red Coats Moving Red Coats Moving  at the ALC on Friday, March 18th at 11 am as they present Red Coats Moving: Decluttering and Downsizing.

For more information Red Coats Moving can be found on Facebook 

Asking : Where are you from?

As one stranger to another in Toronto, here's how to do it without being offensive. 

"Where are you from?"

If you ask me that, I'll tell you right out.* But I know that some take umbrage when asked that, whether they are Canadian or not Canadian. 

David Mackell

I moved to this metropolis of five million (you know that means Toronto) 10 years ago. I didn't know a soul here. All my friends in the other Capital had died except two: my pharmacist and my barber.  

Toronto has this reputation for being friendly. Oh? Five million strangers all intent on personal survival, 24/7? 

One week after I moved here I gave up driving. Don't ask why! Sold my car. I became totally dependent on the TTC ( Toronto's public transportation system of buses, trains and streetcars; none of which seemed to have a coordinated schedule). Missing a bus, or waiting interminably for the next one, was a daily commonplace. 

Persons of all ages and all types would gradually accumulate at the bus stop. None ever looked, to me, familiar.  All seemed to be glum; some were glued to their cellphones, other looked anxious. Torontonians, I soon decided, were indifferent, if not outright unfriendly. 

So I was challenged: How do I break the ice? 

As I looked around, I would surreptitiously catch the eye of one who happened to glance up. I would gently smile (not grin), raise my eyebrows, and shrug with palms up, as if to say, non-verbally " We're in this together!" Holding her (usually a "her") gaze, after a few non-verbals; I would venture a word, say about the sky, or the long wait. Aha! A verbal response forth came. 

Assuming an innocent look, I would ask an innocuous question, say, " Do you live nearby?"

I would gentle smile (not grin), raise my eyebrows, and shrug with palms up, as if to say, non-verbally “ We’re in this together!”

If "Yes," then, " So do I. Have you lived here long?"

Say,"Yes." Then, "How long?"

Say, "Five years," Aha! I think. I speak, "Where did you live before?"

Say, " Costa Rica." "Oh, I've been there. Hoblas tu español?" 

Now there's just the two of us, oblivious of the bystanders. Instant relationship.  

Or if she says, "Iran," I answer " Est-ce que vous parlez français?" Some of my friends took French as a second language in school in Iran. Maybe she emigrated to Montreal ( French) then to Toronto ( opportunity). And so on. Instant relationship. 

These 10 years, friendly, not indifferent. That's my Toronto.  Now, the bus is coming.  Later, we " well-wish" and part forever. 

 

* Ask me? Sure. Canada. Canadian. Seventh Generation. Quebec. Quebec City. Do I speak French? Of course. But that's a whole other story. 

 

This piece was written by David Mackell, who is a member at the ALC.  David is 90 years young and is a lifetime ALC member.   He is a writer, cartoonist and volunteer. He has rabbit ears for his TV and no internet, and loves it that way. 

Happy Holidays from NYSC

The holidays are here, and NYSC and the ALC are getting into the holiday spirit. From staff getting into the Holiday fun to decorations throughout the ALC, there is no shortage of holiday cheer here. 

The holiday season is all about getting together with friends and family. Whether it is catching up over coffee or sharing a meal, social interaction plays a large role this time of year. Some seniors in our community are not able to share in these social interactions due to a number of factors. These factors may include health, distance from family, or financial circumstances.

Gifts from the Davis Group

Gifts from the Davis Group

 We here at North York Seniors Centre are delighted to be taking part in Be a Santa for a Senior. This program is put on by Home Instead and pairs local businesses with local senior organizations. This program was put in place to bring the holiday cheer to isolated seniors.  This year we were able to help 35 isolated seniors with the help of partner company, The Davis Group. Employees at the Davis Group were very excited to share the holiday cheer with our seniors. We provided them with details about the 35 seniors (likes/dislikes, age, gender) and they went out and purchased a gift for each senior.

Our In-Home services team is also getting into the holiday spirit with the help of Amica Retirement residences, through their Amica Helping Hands Charity. Amica has been helping us do this for the past 3 years by providing gift baskets that include toiletries, non- perishable food items and a blanket. These will then be delivered to seniors that have a hard time getting to the grocery store. 

The program office with the help of ALC members created an angel tree for less fortunate children.  Members were encouraged to take a paper angel off the tree that had the gender and age of a child on it. They would then bring in a new unwrapped toy specific for that gender and age group. We were able to deliver 35 gifts to less fortunate children in the area. 


We hope that you have a safe a happy holiday season. 

 


#GivingTuesday

 

You might have seen this hashtag or title around lately and are wondering what it is all about.  Well you are in luck, this blog post will explain what you need to know about #GivingTuesday and how you can help NYSC participate.  Like most things in Canada, it took us a while up adopt #GivingTuesday from the United States. It started just like Black Friday, the states had been doing it for a while, and then their little sister Canada decided that even though it was over a month her Thanksgiving she would do it too.  Coincidentally,  #GivingTuesday started as a little sister of Black Friday. #GivingTuesday takes places the day after cyber Monday, which is the Monday after Black Friday.  It is kind of like the unoffical kick off to the holiday season. 

Like cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday mostly focuses on online donations.  Organzitions use social medi as well as email blasts to get their message across and encourage donors and supports to give on #GivingTuesday. It is also a grass roots movement that encourages multiple organziations to work together for the good of everyone. It really is about working together and helping not only yourself ( on Black Friday and Cyber Monday) but your community by giving on #GivingTuesday.

We are going to be doing our first ever #GivingTuesday this year. We are very excited to be able to participate in such a great event.  Your support on #GivingTuesday will help seniors in your community. Your dontations will go towards making sure that there is a place in your community where seniors can come and play bridge or line dance. You can help makesure that caregivers have the support they need with support groups and respit care. You can also makesure that more seniors are able to stay in their home by providig PSW services and transportation.  If you are itntersted in participating NYSC’s #GivingTuesday check out our #GivingTuesday page here  This #GivingTuesday we can make a different in seniors lives in the North York community.  

NYSC Speaking Series

Join us for an informative speaking series featuring various professionals from the community every Friday at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for the month of May 2015. This series is FREE to attend! To register, visit ALC Reception or call 416 733.4111! 

Friday May 1: Emergency Preparedness & Fire Safety for Seniors This informative presentation will give seniors and older adults the tools and information to be better prepared for emergencies. During this interactive session, participants will be reminded of the importance of fire safety, how to make their homes fire and carbon monoxide safe and what to do if a fire occurs. 
Presented By: Jude Kelly & Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal & Emergency Management 
Refreshments sponsored by Canterbury Place 

Friday May 8: A Conversation on Senior’s Health & Fitness Learn more about assessing your “functional” age, safe lifting and exercise techniques, as well as common management strategies for your joint pain relief. With National Physiotherapy Month in May, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the profession and recognize the expertise and care that physiotherapists provide to promote good health, prevent injury and improve physical function and well-being. 
Presented By: Owen Wong, Physiotherapist, Judith Guide 

Friday May 15: Accident Awareness Accident Awareness is an educational organization targeting motor vehicle collisions, fatalities and ways to prevent them by knowing what and how they happen. This presentation addresses senior issues regarding the highways and will also look at the new testing for license renewal. 
Presented By: Bob Annan, Accident Awareness 
Refreshments sponsored by Canterbury Place 

Friday May 22: Naturopathic Approaches Naturopathic medicine is a complementary and integrative approach to primary health card aiming to address the cause of disease while supporting your body’s ability to heal itself. Learn about the naturopathic approaches to common senior’s health conditions as naturopathic doctors across Canada share the value of naturopathic medicine, healthy living and disease prevention for Naturopathic Medicine Week (May 11-17). 
Presented By: Teresa Tsui, Naturopathic Doctor 
Refreshments sponsored by Canterbury Place 

Friday May 29: Share Your Dreams, Build A Legacy It’s important to develop your estate plan to help share the future and ensure that your wishes remain intact. Join us to hear a fresh perspective on strategies to consider for preserving everything you’ve worked hard to build. Learn the value of having an estate plan – beyond a simple will, four key building blocks for an effective estate plan and what to consider when creating or updating your estate plan 
Presented By: Mac Mekawi, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones 
Refreshments sponsored by Edward Jone 

Managing Stress During the Spring and Summer Holidays

Opportunities to indulge, travel plans, and a change of routine all make the spring and summer months a special time of year. There are many happy moments to share however these can also become times of stress, and contribute to inevitable sickness. Here are some tips to stay healthy during these happy moments: 

Acknowledge and Manage Stressors
Preparations for special occasions, meeting expectations, and busy schedules can all be sources of stress. Ways to alleviate the stress include: 

  • Make sure you get enough sleep. 
  • Acknowledge stressors (such as people, events) by slowing down, setting realistic expectations, and notice how stress affects you. 
  • Adopt a predictable routine. 
  • Some herbs, vitamins, and mindfulness are helpful to increase the body’s resilience during stressful times. 
  • Adaptogens” can help the body combat stress – an example is Astragalus, a useful herb to prevent infection and improve your body’s resilience to stress. 
  • Certain B vitamins, vitamins C and D are also useful for improving our body’s response to stress. 

Speak with a qualified health care provider before taking any natural health products such as vitamins and herbs since they are not suitable for everyone. 

By acknowledging and managing stressors, along with adopting moderate behaviours, your spring and summer celebrations will be more enjoyable. Naturopathic medicine can also help you improve your body’s resilience during times of stress. 

About Naturopathic Medicine 
Naturopathic medicine is a complementary and integrative approach to primary health care aiming to address the cause of disease while supporting your body’s ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine is covered by most extended healthcare plans. 

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Teresa Tsui practices at the North York Seniors Centre on the first Friday of the month, improving the quality of life of seniors. To schedule an appointment, please call: (416) 733-4111. 

Updates & Updates!

We've got some really exciting things happening at the Centre this season! Read below for the news:

HARVEST FOOD BANK
Congratulations ALC! Together we collected a total of 265 pounds of food for the North York Harvest Food bank this fall! Because of all of you who contributed, we were able to share the joy of a healthy meal this past holiday/winter season. Let's double this amount next Year!

WI-FI INTERNET
The ALC is out-fitted with wifi for all of your internet-browsing needs. If you're wishing to stay connected, please visit reception for access to the password. 

FEEDBACK
Have an idea to make the centre better? We're looking for your ides on what programs and services you would like to see at the Centre. Let us know! The suggestion box is located in the main lobby of the Active Living Centre. 

DID YOU KNOW...?
We've got some handy statistics about our programming that we can't keep secret:
- 96% overall members are satisfied with the programs they are registered for,
- 97% overall members would recommend the ALC to a friend,
- 94% overall satisfaction of those who access the ALC's health & wellness services

Thank you for another fantastic season & looking forward to seeing you at the centre!

Introducing MY SENIOR CENTER...

The ALC has introduced an exciting new system to the lobby! My Senior Center is a touch screen software that has been installed in the ALC lobby to replace our current sign-in sheets. Pretty high-tech, eh?

How will this benefit you? My Senior Center will make signing in for classes faster, more accurate and is a more reliable system than the old school paper-version. 

Why did we switch? ALC relies on funding to keep the centre up and running, so the new system will help to improve our statistics which will help get better funding. It also enhances fire & safety evacuation procedures!

Participating is this new system is mandatory, but don't worry: we are going to help you learn how to use My Senior Center. Staff and volunteers with be available to assit you through this transition and give you a hand whenever you need. 

Questions? Drop by the Program office and ask for an ALC staff member. 

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VOLUNTEERS

As of September, all volunteers working at the ALC location will be using My Senior Centre to sign-in your hours! Each volunteer will be receiving a key tag to use this new system. If you are also an ALC members, you will just need to use the same key tag that you already have to log in your hours. Staff and volunteers will be available in September to offer support on the transition to the new system.

NOTE: Please make sure you have a key tag in order to sign in! See Mimi if you don't have one. 

40th Anniversary

We're celebrating our past and growing into our future

It was in 1974 when a group of seniors asked Mayor Mel Lastman for a meeting place so they could socialize and enjoy recreation.  A modest storefront in Newtonbrook Plaza was found for them.  Over time we relocated to Empress Walk.

Through the years, we continued to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of people aged 55 years and older.  By 1987 we moved to our present home at 21 Hendon Ave. which is located on the Yonge subway line near Finch station. One year later, the popular Adult Day Services expanded and moved to its present home at 80 Sheppard Ave. West.

 We continued growing in 2009 through funding received from the Central Local Health Integration Network to provide a supportive housing program in two buildings; 5430 Yonge St. and 35 Park Home Ave.  In 2013, we became one of the first senior adult centres in Ontario to become an accredited organization. That’s quite a transformation coming from such a humble beginning.

 2014 marks our 40th anniversary and we’re celebrating with special open house events throughout the month of June. Stay tuned for more details about that. Oh! And there will be cake.

Mayor Mel Lastman was a big supporter of NYSC.

Mayor Mel Lastman was a big supporter of NYSC.

In 1979 with five years under our belt, it was time to celebrate with cake.

In 1979 with five years under our belt, it was time to celebrate with cake.

By 1994 it was time to celebrate 20 years and going strong. Time to celebrate with - what else? Cake!

By 1994 it was time to celebrate 20 years and going strong. Time to celebrate with - what else? Cake!


 

Baby boomers: don't call them 'seniors'

The baby boom generation is the most talked about generation in the Canadian population. They are the result of a 20-year bulge in the population in the post WWII years (ending in 1964). The earliest members are 68 years old. And by the end of 2014, they’ll all be 50 years of age and older.

This generation changed everything. In their teens, they questioned authority and insisted on a more egalitarian society through their consciousness revolutions. As young adult, they popularized new industries such as personal computing and natural products. Then in middle age, they’ve become dominant consumers of luxury products, cars, educational travel, financial services, second homes, healthcare services, wellness products and more. Baby Boom expectations of middle age departed ways from those of their parents. Baby boomers are determined to own their aging process and do it their way.

For starters, don’t call them ‘seniors’.

What do Baby boomers want to be referred to as they reach age 55 years and older? They’re confounding Senior Adult Centres (SAC) across the province who scramble to appeal to Baby boomers, the next generation of, well, seniors. Membership numbers are dropping as Baby boomers avoid associating themselves with the mention of the word ‘senior’. How did this word develop a stigma for baby boomers? Maybe part of the answer lies in their resistance to being categorized. Maybe a ‘senior’ is how they view their parents and their generation. That was the generation they rebelled against in their youth. It’s not who they are. Maybe that rebelliousness is showing itself again. Or maybe it never went away.

We appreciate the baby boomer’s attitude to aging because we believe that while getting up there may be mandatory, growing old is optional. We’re here to help both generations remain vital, healthy and connected to their community as they head toward retirement years (or for the lucky ones who are already retired). Check back to this blog, Growing Old is Optional for the latest information, opinions, and ruminations on aging so you can be in control of your own aging process. And that’s good news for anyone heading into their senior (shhhh!) years.

Getting up there is mandatory but growing old is optional.