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Review: Halton Chapter January Meeting in Burlington

Once again a great turn out for our Halton Chapter Community meeting in Burlington, we had 98 members and their friends in attendance. There were just a few empty seats as the meeting began.

Our Chapter chair Tom Carrothers welcomes everyone and as usual gives a brief but passionate talk about current issues that affect seniors in Halton.

We welcomed a number of sponsors to this meeting and we sincerely thank them for their support. They each gave a brief overview of their business and the valuable services they provide for seniors in Halton. We hope that those in attendance took the opportunity to chat with them and to find out more about them and how they could be of service. These sponsors were:

Yvonne Griggs of Alert Best Nursing,  “Condo Don” Bassindale, Tim Turcotte of Heart to Home Meals and Meghan Begg representing Chartwell Retirement residences.

Our featured presentation was all about Scams and Frauds focussing on some of the most common scams, what you need to look out for and how scammers trap you into believing they are genuine. The most common means scammers use to contact you are by email and phone. NEVER give personal details such as banking information, credit card numbers etc. to someone you have not verified as genuine. Calling them back on the number they will give you does not confirm they are the real thing. If you must call back call the number you have for the institution they claim to represent, not the number they give you nor the one that appears on your phone display.

D/Cst Nadine Clarke, seen below, from Halton Police Vulnerable Persons Team, Elder Abuse and Frauds, was a most informative speaker. D/Cst Clarke was accompanied by partner D/Cst Derek Gray. They can be contacted at 905 825 4747 Ext 5345

Here are links to very valuable TIP Sheets on some of the most common scams and frauds.

Grandson Scam

Frauds and Scams

Identity Theft

On-Line Safety

Privacy Protection

Seniors Crime Prevention

Please click here to go the Halton Police website where you will find lots of additional information.

At our Burlington meeting we also had a display from Halton S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together). We hope you took the time to visit with them and to take advantage of the information they had available.

After a very interesting Q&A session our meeting came to a close. As usual this was time for our prize draw. Heart to Home Meals donated two Tim Hortons cash cards and “Condo Don” Bassindale donated two VIP tickets to the Home Show. Unfortunately we did not get a photo of those winners but we did of our 50/50 draw winner. Barbara Martin is shown below receiving her winnings of $140 from Chapter volunteer Hugh Cass.

Halton Chapter Community Meetings in February

 

For our February Community Meetings in both Milton and Burlington we will feature a forward thinking network of professionals who help you maintain control of your life and estate.

We will have a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, a Financial Advisor Specialized in Seniors and an Estate Lawyer who will discuss some very interesting scenarios and share ideas on life in general.

There will be lots of time for a question and answer period at the end.

Our  Milton meeting will be held on Wednesday February 8th, 2017 at the Seniors Activity Centre, 500 Childs Drive, Milton

Our Burlington meeting will be held on Tuesday February 28th, 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.

Both 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. Please support your Chapter. We look forward to welcoming all members and their friends.

ElderTalk: A Mental Wellness Group for Seniors

Are you an older adult who would like to explore your experience of aging with others?
Lets talk!!
Program runs for 12 weeks starting Tuesday March 7th at 1.00pm
St Lukes Community Centre
3114 Dundas St W., Oakville

For more information about this FREE program please contact Jenny Terwood at 905 693 8771 ext 344 or by email jterwood@shhalton.org

Research Opportunity – Technology and Learning Approaches

The Sheridan Centre for Elder Research is pleased to share a student-driven research opportunity with you. 

Kaye Mao, a 4th year student in the Interaction Design program is completing her independent thesis with the Centre. (You may recall that we sent out a recruitment notice for the first phase of her project back in November 2016; this is now the second phase of the work.)

She is interested in how we learn to use new technologies, specifically mobile touch screen technologies. She is looking for older adults 60+ who would be willing to discuss their opinions and experiences about the process of learning how to use new technologies. She will be conducting brief interviews and then working with participants to develop and test new learning approaches. 

If you are interested in taking part in this study please email Kaye Mao directly at maok@sheridancollege.ca to schedule an appointment.  

Join the Food for Life Team in Milton

“Food for Life” is looking for a group of 3-4 individuals to make up a volunteer team in Milton

When: 1st Tuesday of the month
Time: 11:45am-1:30pm
Where: 40 Ontario Street, Milton, Ontario

“Food for Life” brings fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat and bread to those struggling to make ends meet. This program at 40 Ontario Street, helps our seniors who are living on a fixed income eat more nutritiously at no cost to them. We are looking for a group to help run this program on the noted Tuesday at the given time. To help run this program, there is no cost involved to you, we just need your time and energy.

“Food for Life” would love to have you join the team, as we run over forty of these programs within Halton Region.

To discuss this opportunity or just talk about “Food for Life”, please call Donna at 905-635-1106 x221 or email donna@foodforlife.ca.

I look forward to hearing from you.

CARP Halton Chapter’s Community Meetings in January

 

For our January Community Meetings in both Milton and Burlington we will have speakers from  the Halton Region Police Services Seniors’ Liaison Team. The focus of their presentation will be:

“How to protect yourself from Scams and Frauds and Seniors’ Safety”

As seniors we are a very vulnerable demographic. Scammers and Fraudsters know this and take every opportunity to prey on this vulnerability. In addition they are coming up with new scams all the time. And as a result seniors are duped out of 100’s of millions of dollars every year.

So….how can you be prepared? How can you protect yourself? What do you need to know? What do you need to be aware of? What are the latest schemes aimed at separating you from your money?

CARP Halton Chapter believes this is of vital importance to seniors and encourage you to come to one of these meetings. With all of the known scams and  new ones coming along almost every day…..you simply cannot be over prepared on how to deal with them……

Our  Milton meeting will be held on Wednesday January 11th, 2017 at the Seniors Activity Centre, 500 Childs Drive, Milton

Our Burlington meeting will be held on Tuesday January24th, 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.

Both 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 presentation.

As usual we will have a number of sponsors for both meetings. We will be very pleased to welcome them we thank them for their support. They will have tables where you will be able to chat with their representatives and pick up additional information.

Sponsors:

​Alert Best Nursing: offers a wide variety of services, including: in-home nursing care; attendant care for persons with injuries, disabilities or chronic illnesses; palliative care; and staffing solutions for hospitals, long-term care facilities and retirement homes.

Heart to Home Meals: provides free delivery of delicious and nutritious frozen meals, soups and desserts directly into the homes of seniors. With 3 different meal sizes, 150+ menu items and specialty  meals, seniors have many tempting selections to enjoy.

Don Bassindale “Condo Don” Remax Aboutowne Realty Corp: Helping seniors find their ideal home.

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. Please support your Chapter. We look forward to welcoming all members and their friends.