Oakville Public Library: Seniors’ Series Spring 2017

Join us on Wednesdays to learn about new topics from our guest speakers and get to know others at these informative and informal sessions!

Everyone is welcome.

April 19 – Invasive Species: Learn How to Identify & Control Them, presented by the Halton Environmental Network
April 26 – Meet & Greet with Rob Burton, Mayor of Oakville
May 3 – Palliative Care & Advanced Care Planning, presented by Acclaim Health
May 10 – Combating Isolation and Neglect in Seniors:  What You Can Do, presented by SAVIS
May 17 – Oakville’s Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Survey Results, presented by the Town of Oakville’s Age-Friendly Committee
May 24 – Eating Healthy on a Budget, presented by The Tomato Ladies
May 31 – Finding Quality Health Information Online, presented by OPL
June 7 – Online Learning with Lynda, presented by our Digital Resources Librarian

Age: 55Y and up recommended (but all are welcome)

Date/Time: Wed, April 19th to June 7th from 10:30am – 12:00pm

Location: Oakville Public Library, Central Branch Auditorium. 120 Navy St., Oakville

Cost: Free No preregistration required. Drop-in and bring your friends!

Tulip Sale At Oakville Place For Parkinson’s Awareness Month

The Tulip is the floral symbol of Parkinson’s Disease

Shoppers at Oakville Place Mall will be able to load up on fresh cut tulips on April 13th and 15th and support people living with Parkinson’s disease at the same time.

Volunteers and organizers of the annual Oakville SuperWalk held each September at Oakville Place will be selling tulips to raise funds. They will also be reminding people to mark Sunday, September 10th, in their calendars now and to plan to participate in this year’s SuperWalk.

More than 100,000 Canadians live with Parkinson’s. And every hour of each day, another Canadian will be diagnosed. Parkinson’s is a disease of the brain that touches almost every aspect of daily living, including: movement, mood, speech, ability to smell, eating and drinking, sleep and cognitive abilities. It worsens over time, robbing a person of their independence through increasing disability, and ultimately results in premature death. A cure can’t wait!

About Parkinson SuperWalk

Parkinson SuperWalk provides the opportunity for participants to raise funds and awareness on behalf of all Canadians living with Parkinson’s. Since 1981, Parkinson SuperWalk has raised more than $35 million, which is invested in communities across Canada to provide support services, education and advocacy for people affected by Parkinson’s and for Parkinson’s research into improving treatments and finding a cure.

As she was last year, Oakville SuperWalk coordinator Nicole Medcalf will be at Oakville Place this year on Thursday, April 13th and Saturday, April 15th selling fresh cut tulips to raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease and the Oakville SuperWalk for Parkinson’s coming in September.

For more information please contact: Bill Warelis905.599.9757bwarelis@gmail.com

CARP Halton Chapter Community Meetings in April: Advance Care Planning

At our CARP Halton Chapter community meetings in April we will have speakers from the Townsend Smith Palliative Care Hospice Foundation and Acclaim Health Halton will discuss Advance Care Planning: Let’s Start the Conversation

Advance Care Planning is about letting family and friends know what kind of health and personal care you would want in future if you become incapable of consenting to or refusing medical treatment or other care. Join us to continue your thinking about future health care wishes and choices. Benefit from the knowledge and experience of our speaker,   and an Advance Care Planning Workbook.

Our  Milton meeting will be held on Wednesday April 12th, 2017 at the Seniors Activity Centre, 500 Childs Drive, Milton

Our Burlington meeting will be held on Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at the Seniors Centre, 2285 New Street, Burlington.

Our meetings at both locations will be held in the evening. Doors will open at 6.30pm with the main meeting taking place between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. Coffee and tea will be available.

As usual we will have a number of sponsors at both locations. We will be pleased to welcome Burlington Memorial Gardens at both locations; Driving Miss Daisy and Marion Goard will join us at Burlington. We encourage you to visit their displays, to chat with their representative and gather more information about the services they provide. Halton Chapter thanks them for their support of our meetings.

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.

Driving Miss Daisy: Driving Miss Daisy prides itself on improving the quality of life for seniors and those with special needs through accompaniment and companionship, including personal transportation services. Michael and Cathy Walker are pleased to be celebrating their first year, providing these support services in Oakville and Halton Region.  We can personalize and customize our support services to meet the individual’s needs including doctor appointments, visiting loved ones or general errands. We are much more than transportation.

Marion Goard, Sales Representative, Master-Accredited Senior Agent & Seniors Real Estate Specialist: As well as being a licensed real estate professional, Marion is a Master Accredited Senior Agent® (M-ASA) and Senior Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) specializing in helping Seniors’ and their families through every stage of later-in-life real estate transactions.

The meetings will begin with a short welcoming address from our Chairperson, Tom Carrothers. Tom will also provide a brief update on your CARP Halton Chapter and CARP National activities.

This will be followed by our featured speakers.

There will be a break at the midway point in the presentation which will allow time to socialize with fellow members and to visit our sponsors.

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 of putting on our meetings.

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

“Aging Wisely” Series a BIG Success: Summary and Photographs


On March 11th and 18th, 2017, CARP Halton Chapter Partners successfully delivered their Aging Wisely Educational and Information Series at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre in Oakville.  There were over 125 people in attendance with a considerable number who attended all sessions both days. The presentations were well received by everyone and there were very positive comments from many of the attendees.

This series was originally created by a representative with Solutions for Aging, a CARP Halton Chapter Partner.  It was then fine-tuned by all Partners to become a 9 session series which was delivered once a month over a 9 month period during 2015/2016. In 2017, the present CARP Halton Chapter Partners Group offered to deliver it as two full day sessions.

To help with funding for the two days we were also pleased to be able to take advantage of the Province of Ontario’s Senior Community Grant Program.  The Seniors Community Grant Program, the first grant program in Ontario dedicated solely to seniors, was introduced to give seniors more opportunities to participate in their communities by providing funding to not-for-profit community groups for projects that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for seniors. Partner Sherri Moro, Sutton Quantum Realty, prepared the application form for the grant on behalf of CARP Halton Chapter and we were successful in securing a grant for the program to be delivered by March 31, 2017.

CARP Halton Chapter Partners consists of a group of companies offering services, products and resources with ready access to people within the Halton Region. The companies are not competitors. The evolution and strength of the CARP Halton Chapter Partner Program is the networking that is happening between the Partner companies. They are also open with each other about the Halton marketplace because they are compatible businesses rather than competitors. It is this underlying strength that enabled the Group to effectively define, fine tune, and deliver the Aging Wisely sessions.

Each Partner took on the responsibility for at least one session. This included identifying the presentation content and either delivering it or arranging for a subject specialist to deliver the content. All sessions started and concluded on time and were educational, informational and inspiring. Legal Shield provided pads for each table and many people did use them to take notes during the sessions. Some of our presenters are shown below:

Each Chapter Partner was assigned an exhibit table for both days. Traffic to the tables both before the presentations started and at each of the breaks was excellent. One-on-one discussion was appreciated by Partner representatives and by attendees. The sessions verified the depth of expertise each Partner company has with the services and products they provide. That depth was further enhanced through the one-on-one discussions. As can be seen below many of the attendees took advantage of the opportunity to chat with our presenters and partners:

Angie Molezzi from Halton Healthcare arranged for Thai Chi sessions at the breaks on both days. As our photos show, attendees and presenters took advantage of the sessions guided by A Taoist Tai Chi Gerry Wiley, seen below in his red shirt.

An excellent lunch was generously provided each day by Chartwell Oakville Retirement Residence. Desert for each day was generously supplied by Heart to Home Meals.

Draws for prizes provided by CARP Halton Chapter Partners were held after lunch and at the conclusion of the sessions each day. People were advised they had to be present to win. The following shows our draw and a few of our many prize winners:

Coupled with the very positive comments we received for the two days and the information presented we were also delighted that quite a few of the non-CARP members in attendance saw the value in being a CARP member and have taken out CARP membership. Information about membership was readily available at our CARP display.

CARP Halton Chapter thanks everyone for coming and thanks all Partners and Presenters for making our Aging Wisely Series a resounding success.











Halton Healthcare Community Hospitals Survey

Halton Healthcare are conducting an online community survey to ask for your feedback regarding our three hospitals. Your feedback is appreciated and will be used to shape future communications and engagement activities for our communities.

Please access the survey through this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCS6NXT  or https://www.haltonhealthcare.on.ca/home.html as it is featured on the rotating banner on the homepage. 

The survey is quick and should take no more than five minutes!

Your support would be really appreciated.

CARP Burlington Meeting February 28th in Pictures

CARP Halton Chapter’s Community Meetings in both Milton and Burlington in February featured three speakers who discussed many ideas that will help seniors maintain control of their life and estate.

CARP Halton Chair, Tom Carrothers, introduced the speakers and got the meetings underway with a few opening remarks.

Seen below from left to right the speakers were Nathan Kapusa who is a Financial Advisor Specialized in Seniors and Founder of Solutions for Aging, Health and Wealth Care, Estate Lawyer Andrew Brown and Randy Renolds who is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist.

They discussed some very interesting scenarios and shared ideas on life in general. An overall theme was that seniors need to have control of their Physical and mental health, Financial health and Legal Health.

For more information please contact this “Seniors Navigation Team” at 905 331 4334 or send an email to SNT@solutionsforaging.ca

CARP Halton Chapter also sits on the Halton Older Adult Advisory Committee (OAAC) and invited Marshall Horner (below) of the OAAC to explain what this committee does and how it can influence the Regional council on senior’s issues in Halton. Marshall also had a display where additional information was available.

Interaction with the presenters and fellow CARP members Is encouraged at these meetings as can be seen in the following photographs.

With almost 100 members and their friends in attendance this was a very informative meeting. The evening came to a close with the 50/50 draw and Jim Dyer is seen below collecting his winnings of $80 from long time Halton Chapter volunteer Hugh Cass.