The leaves are changing colours, the air is getting crisper and it’s a perfect time to go out and enjoy some fall activities. Seniors’ centres, community programs and health foundations are all hosting fun-filled events for seniors and the home care community.
Below are our top picks for activities in the GTA this October:
National Seniors Day
Sunday October 1
What better way to start the month than with a national day for seniors? The Government of Canada is happy to celebrate seniors today and they’re providing a whole list of great resources to help make this day special. Head to the Government of Canada’s Seniors' Page for downloadable postcards, posters, a Do-it-yourself event planning guide and much more.
There are going to be plenty of events all over the country today and a lot of them can be found posted on the National Seniors Day Facebook Page.
Happy Seniors Day!
Islington Seniors' Centre Stroll-a-Thon
Tuesday October 3
Want to support recreational programs and support services at Islington Seniors’ Centre? How about supporting this great cause while taking a nice autumn stroll through West Deane Park? Head down to Islington Seniors’ Centre at 10AM to start the fun two hour stroll.
To learn more about the Stroll-a-Thon visit Islington Seniors’ Centre’s website.
Seniors' Excercise and Fall Prevention
October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3
The Toronto Public Library a free class for seniors about exercise and fall prevention. The class takes place at Lillian H Smith Library on College street from 10:30 to 11:30 on the dates above.
To learn more visit the Toronto Public Library's website.
ESS Support Services Dine for Dignity Gala
Sunday October 18
ESS Support Services is a not-for-profit that supports older adults and the caregiving community in Etobicoke. On October 18, they’ll host their annual fundraising gala at the Pantemonte Banquet & Convention Centre (Highway 27 & Finch). Vocalist Michael Vanhevel will be there to entertain the crowd and there will be a dinner and silent auction.
More information about the Gala can be found here.
My Home, My Community: Safety Starts Here
Tuesday October 20
The Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens’ Organizations (OCSCA) is hosting a one day information session about how to live safety in a retirement home setting. Featuring speakers from Toronto Police Services and Elder Abuse Ontario, the day long session will focus on how to have the safest and most comfortable housing situation for seniors. The event will run from 9:30 to 3:00 at North York Memorial Hall but you must register by October 6th.
To register, visit OCSCO’s event page.
The OCSA's Annual Conference
October 21 & 22
The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) is hosting it’s annual conference and trade show, Leading the Shift: The Power of Thinking Differently. The conference will feature industry leaders including Keynote speaker, Astronaut Dave Williams. For those in the caregiving industry, this event will focus on the future of home and community support.
The conference takes place at the Markham Hilton Suites. For more information visit the OCSA’s page.
Lots of great events are happening all over the city this month, so be sure to get out and enjoy them.
Some good options for event listings include:
If you have any questions, as always you can contact us at Qualicare.
Happy Seniors Day!