CARP Halton Chapter Community Meetings in April: Hearing and Hearing Loss

At our CARP Halton Chapter community meetings in April in both Milton and Burlington we will be very pleased to welcome experts from our National Affinity partner Hearing Life.

Did you know that almost half of adults over 60 have some degree of hearing loss? Did you know that in most cases this goes undiagnosed even if you have regular health checkups with your doctor?

Even more importantly are you aware of the impact hearing loss can have on your quality of life and how this can lead to even more serious health issues? Research has found connections between hearing loss and health problems like social withdrawal and isolation, depression and mental fatigue. Hearing loss can also increase the risk of developing dementia. The good news is that research has also found that wearing a hearing aid can reduce these risk factors.

Given the prevalence of hearing loss in adults over 60 and the impact this can have on our health we feel that this will be a very valuable topic for our April meetings. The following is a summary of the presentations.

Hearing & Hearing Loss

  • How we hear
  • Types of hearing loss
  • Wax removal
  • Signs of hearing loss
  • Types of hearing aids
  • Available funding

Please join us at either location for what will be a very interesting and informative evening.

Our Milton meeting will take place on Wednesday April 10th from 7.00pm to 8.45pm at the Seniors Activity Centre, 500 Childs Drive, Milton.

Our Burlington meeting will take place on Thursday April 25th from 7.00pm to 8.45pm at the Seniors Centre, 2285 New Street, Burlington.

Doors will open at both locations at 6.30pm. The program will begin at 7.00pm and wrap-up at 8.45pm. Coffee and tea will be available. Treats for our Milton meeting will be supplied by Revera and at Burlington by Chartwell Retirement Residences. We would like to thank them for their generosity.

As many of you will know our Community meetings are gaining in popularity and we have been experiencing a high level of attendance at Burlington. Since we hold exactly the same monthly meetings in Milton we encourage anyone who can do so to please consider going to that location.

Typically there is more space available at Milton. Please CLICK HERE to see a map of the Milton location.

Please be aware that building safety code regulations govern attendance levels and if room capacity limits are reached we may have to restrict entrance in order to comply with those regulations. Also once seating has been set out and people begin to take their places again for safety reasons we are not permitted to bring in more chairs as doing so increases the risk of accident or injury.

Both meetings will begin with a short welcoming address from our Chapter President Tom Carrothers. Tom will also provide a brief update on your CARP Halton Chapter activities.

This will be followed by our featured presentation.

There will be a break at the midway point which will allow time to socialize with fellow members and to visit our sponsors. We encourage you to chat with our sponsors and gather more information about the services they provide. Halton Chapter thanks our sponsors for their support at all of our meetings.

Our Sponsors in April are listed below. Their names are linked to their websites so that you can click through to find more information.

At our both our Milton and Burlington meetings we will be pleased to welcome:

Gravitate Travel: Travel That Revolves Around YOU

Burlington Memorial Gardens: Established in 1979, Burlington Memorial Gardens features over 100 acres of beautifully landscaped and immaculately manicured gardens. Part of the Arbor group of cemeteries and funeral homes, the property is part of the historic Niagara Escarpment.

Hearing Life: “Your hearing is our expertise” We give you access to the most advanced hearing aid technology, expert clinical support and the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment.

In addition at Milton we will also be pleased to welcome:

Carole Dianne Budworth; Royal LePage – Meadow Towne Realty Inc:
With over THIRTY-EIGHT AWARD WINNING YEARS of experience in Milton, and surrounding areas, we are looking forward to serving you.

And at Burlington we will be pleased to welcome:

Burlington Orthotics: Our professional staff of Pedorthists, Athletic Therapists and Chiropodist, strive to educate and inform you on the best approach for treating your foot care needs and biomechanical abnormalities.

Both meetings will conclude with a few closing remarks from Tom and our 50/50 draw. We encourage you to support this draw as proceeds help defray the costs incurred in putting on our meetings. The lucky winner at Burlington usually takes home well over $125.

Our meetings are FREE. All are welcome. Please support CARP Halton Chapter. We look forward to meeting our members and friends.

Rock ‘n’ Roll at Burlington Legion

Those of you who have attended Little Peter & The Elegants performances would agree that their high-energy Rock ”N’ Roll music and ‘greater-than-life’ stage presence creates a very FUN, uplifting (that is, a winter-doldrums-shedding) experience. If you haven’t had that pleasure, you should definitely plan to attend this spring’s appearance.

Tickets are still available at the bar and via Linda Flear.

Dine Out for Dementia – tickets now on sale!

Help Transform dementia care in Halton

“Dine Out for Dementia” will feature the fabulous food of Trattoria Timone and is a great way to spend time with friends and family in support of this innovative new dementia care centre.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Trattoria Timone, 2091 Winston Park Drive in Oakville
Tickets: $150 until April 30th, $160 afterwards

You’ll experience an inspired three course sit down Italian meal at the elegant Trattoria Timone, including cocktails, wine and more. Enjoy mixing and mingling with friends, colleagues, community leaders and family while bidding on exciting silent auction items all in support of a great cause.

All proceeds from the event will support the new state-of-the-art dementia care centre. Scheduled to open mid-2020, the centre will bring the first dementia-specific overnight respite beds to Halton and give 300+ people living with dementia the chance to engage with their peers and socialize in a meaningful way.

Additionally, the centre will support 1,500+ family caregivers through courses, workshops, support groups and individual consultations to help them cope with caring for their loved one.

This event will be a quick, fun evening that will have a huge impact on dementia care in Halton! By attending “Dine Out for Dementia”, you’ll help people with dementia live at home with their families, longer.

Buy Your Tickets Now – CLICK HERE

Contact
Laura Pizzacalla 905-827-8800 x2043

The Time for Universal Pharmacare is NOW

Halton Pharmacare Coalition
The Time for Universal Pharmacare is NOW
Dear Resident of Halton, with your help we can make this happen

Pharmacare means being able to access prescribed medicines without paying any fees when you hand over your prescription to a pharmacist.

This is important because Canadians pay more for their medicines than other people in most other wealthy countries and particularly because 10% of Canadians who are without private insurance, government assistance or who are dependent on government pensions, cannot afford their medicines on a regular basis. This results in more visits to doctors, stays in hospital and lost days of work which is costly to everybody

Pharmacare also has benefits for our provinces and our businesses because it will mean that the federal or the provincial government will be able to negotiate buying drugs from pharmaceutical companies at lower prices, which, of course, means a saving in costs to all concerned.

This is the improvement to health care that the current Federal Government is proposing: making medicines available according to the same ‘universal, one payer, free at point of access’ principles of the Canada Health Act that govern our access to doctors and hospitals for all Canadian citizens and legal residents.

But, and it is a big ‘But’, the pharmaceutical and private health insurance companies are opposed to this improvement in our health care. This is because such a development will decrease their enormous profits. These industries are very wealthy and very powerful and are willing, and determined, to dilute the Federal Government’s proposal as much as possible. Consequently the government appointed Implementation Committee, composed of representatives from government, business and health providers, is making slow progress and will not report on its recommendations by the original date.

The Halton chapters of CARP and The Council of Canadians, along with the endorsement of the Ontario Health Coalition, along with the other organizations whose logos are displayed, believe it is time for the public to make its voice heard. So we want you to do two things. The first is to attend a public meeting on Pharmacare that is going to be held at the Galaxy Hall at 7:00pm on Tuesday April 2nd, 475 North Service Road, Oakville L6H 1A5. Natalie Mehra, the Executive Director of “The Ontario Health Coalition” will be the keynote speaker along with other representatives of endorsing organizations.

Second we want you to send the following letter to your MP and MPP, whose contact details are listed below and indicate your support for universal, one payer, free at point of access Pharmacare, making prescribed medicines available under the same conditions as going to your doctor or the hospital.

We are also encouraging you to add, as a postscript, any experience you have had or that you know someone else has had, when they were not able to access, or regularly take, their needed medications because they didn’t have the money to do so.

It’s time for the public to make their voice heard.

Sincerely,
The Halton Pharmacare Coalition

Please CLICK HERE to download the following letter and send it to your MP/MPP.

Dear “MP/MPP’s name”

As a voter in your Riding I want you to strongly support the introduction of Pharmacare as a health care service provided according to the terms of the Canada Health Act. That is, Pharmacare should be available to all Canadian citizens and legal residents, paid for by government financing and requiring no payment for prescribed medicines at a pharmacy.

We believe that Pharmacare with these characteristics should mean receiving medicines in the same manner as we now receive care from our doctors and hospitals. It should be simple to understand and use and save money for patients, other health services, businesses and governments.

Above all it will improve the health, quality of life and prosperity of all our people and prevent any of them remaining ill and inactive because they cannot afford the medicines they need.

Please add your personal experiences here.

 

Ridings: MPs:  email addresses

Burlington: Karina Gould: karina.gould@parl.gc.ca

Wellington – Halton Hills: Michael Chong: michael.chong@parl.gc.ca

Milton: Lisa Raitt: lisa.riatt@parl.gc.ca

Oakville-North Burlington: Pam Damoff: pam.damoff@parl.gc.ca

Oakville: John Oliver: john.oliver@parl.gc.ca

Ridings: MPPs: email addresses

Burlington: Jane McKenna: jane.mckenna@pc.ola.org

Wellington-Halton Hills: Ted Arnott: ted.arnott@pc.ola.org

Milton: Pam Gill: pam.gill@pc.ola.org

OakvilleNorth-Burlington: Effie Triantafilopoulos: effie.triantafilopoulos@pc.ola.org

Oakville: Stephen Crawford: stephen.crawfordco@pc.ola.org

Spring Seniors Housing Options Open House

Back again by popular demand. Whether you’re a senior yourself or have seniors in your life this is an event that’s not to be missed!

Monday April 15, 2019
2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
3063 South Service Rd
Burlington
L7N 3E9

At this free event, older adults and their families will have a wonderful opportunity to learn about local housing and support services suitable for seniors – whether the goal is to relocate to a smaller home, retirement residence or rental property or simply age in place in their current residence. Gather information about innovative solutions such as life leases, tiny homes, co-housing, home sharing, and Sell ’n STAY TM, PLUS … in-home care and meal services, transportation and home reno’s, as well as reverse mortgages, how to grow and protect wealth, estate planning, local government resources and more!

Throughout the day presentations will include topics such as how to avoid being scammed and valuable information on medical cannabis.

Hosted by:
Marion Goard
Sales Representative, Master Accredited Senior Agent
Keller Williams Edge Realty, Brokerage

Amal Helbah-Dawson
Investment and Retirement Planner
RBC Royal Bank, Burlington

www.seniorsinhalton.ca / 289-208-1000