Living With Dignity workshops in Etobicoke aim to educate seniors

Community Feb 03, 2017 by Cynthia Reason Etobicoke Guardian

A special speaker series recently launched by Ukrainian Canadian Social Services aims to help local seniors live life to the fullest.

Initiated in October, the Living With Dignity workshops tackle a wide range of topics specific to seniors — from psychological health, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, to legal and financial advice and estate planning tips, to sessions about the various government programs and services available to the elderly.

Ann Semotiuk, president of the Toronto branch of Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, said the impetus behind the Living With Dignity project is to ensure seniors live at “the highest level of quality possible, in the best health physically, mentally and financially.”

“There are so many people in the community who are aging, but many are not aware of the services available to them until they really need something. It’s usually a crisis that precipitates them needing to look into it and, at that point, it becomes a very stressful time for them,” Semotiuk said.

“So we thought, instead of waiting for a crisis, why not educate people ahead of time. Education is always the best way to help people because the more you know, the better prepared you can be, and the better you’re able to cope with things.”

With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ukrainian Canadian Social Services has so far hosted six of the 10 Living With Dignity workshops they have planned so far — each one featuring special expert speakers who have drawn an average turnout of 40 to 50 people per session at different venues across the GTA.

No registration is required to attend the workshops. The four remaining sessions are as follows:

— Sunday, Feb. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Psychological Health in the Elderly

Presenter: Dr. Rostyslav Shemechko

Location: St. Josaphat Cathedral, 143 Franklin Ave.

— Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.

Topic: Government Programs and Services for Seniors

Presenter: Olena Lezhanska SSW

Location: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius, 3338 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

— Sunday, March 5 at 11 a.m.

Topic: Government Programs and Services for Seniors

Presenter: Olena Lezhanska SSW

Location: Orthodox Church of St. Andrew the Apostle, 1630 Dupont St.

— Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Topic: Estate Planning

Presenter: Nadia Harasymovych

Location: Knights of Columbus Sheptytsky Council #5079, 195 Park Lawn Rd.

With nothing but positive feedback so far, Semotiuk said she’s hoping to continue running the Living With Dignity sessions on an ongoing basis.

“People have told us that they think (the workshops) are of tremendous value and that they hope we continue them, so we hope to be able to do about four or five sessions a year going forward,” she said.

“This project has demonstrated that there is an interest and there is a need. So we’re going to do what we can to ensure we continue to provide the community with the knowledge and access to information that’s going to improve their aging and lifestyle as they grow older.”

For more information, go to http://tor.ucss.info/

Living With Dignity workshops in Etobicoke aim to educate seniors

Community Feb 03, 2017 by Cynthia Reason Etobicoke Guardian

A special speaker series recently launched by Ukrainian Canadian Social Services aims to help local seniors live life to the fullest.

Initiated in October, the Living With Dignity workshops tackle a wide range of topics specific to seniors — from psychological health, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, to legal and financial advice and estate planning tips, to sessions about the various government programs and services available to the elderly.

Ann Semotiuk, president of the Toronto branch of Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, said the impetus behind the Living With Dignity project is to ensure seniors live at “the highest level of quality possible, in the best health physically, mentally and financially.”

“There are so many people in the community who are aging, but many are not aware of the services available to them until they really need something. It’s usually a crisis that precipitates them needing to look into it and, at that point, it becomes a very stressful time for them,” Semotiuk said.

“So we thought, instead of waiting for a crisis, why not educate people ahead of time. Education is always the best way to help people because the more you know, the better prepared you can be, and the better you’re able to cope with things.”

With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ukrainian Canadian Social Services has so far hosted six of the 10 Living With Dignity workshops they have planned so far — each one featuring special expert speakers who have drawn an average turnout of 40 to 50 people per session at different venues across the GTA.

No registration is required to attend the workshops. The four remaining sessions are as follows:

— Sunday, Feb. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Psychological Health in the Elderly

Presenter: Dr. Rostyslav Shemechko

Location: St. Josaphat Cathedral, 143 Franklin Ave.

— Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.

Topic: Government Programs and Services for Seniors

Presenter: Olena Lezhanska SSW

Location: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius, 3338 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

— Sunday, March 5 at 11 a.m.

Topic: Government Programs and Services for Seniors

Presenter: Olena Lezhanska SSW

Location: Orthodox Church of St. Andrew the Apostle, 1630 Dupont St.

— Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Topic: Estate Planning

Presenter: Nadia Harasymovych

Location: Knights of Columbus Sheptytsky Council #5079, 195 Park Lawn Rd.

With nothing but positive feedback so far, Semotiuk said she’s hoping to continue running the Living With Dignity sessions on an ongoing basis.

“People have told us that they think (the workshops) are of tremendous value and that they hope we continue them, so we hope to be able to do about four or five sessions a year going forward,” she said.

“This project has demonstrated that there is an interest and there is a need. So we’re going to do what we can to ensure we continue to provide the community with the knowledge and access to information that’s going to improve their aging and lifestyle as they grow older.”

For more information, go to http://tor.ucss.info/

Living With Dignity workshops in Etobicoke aim to educate seniors

Community Feb 03, 2017 by Cynthia Reason Etobicoke Guardian

A special speaker series recently launched by Ukrainian Canadian Social Services aims to help local seniors live life to the fullest.

Initiated in October, the Living With Dignity workshops tackle a wide range of topics specific to seniors — from psychological health, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, to legal and financial advice and estate planning tips, to sessions about the various government programs and services available to the elderly.

Ann Semotiuk, president of the Toronto branch of Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, said the impetus behind the Living With Dignity project is to ensure seniors live at “the highest level of quality possible, in the best health physically, mentally and financially.”

“There are so many people in the community who are aging, but many are not aware of the services available to them until they really need something. It’s usually a crisis that precipitates them needing to look into it and, at that point, it becomes a very stressful time for them,” Semotiuk said.

“So we thought, instead of waiting for a crisis, why not educate people ahead of time. Education is always the best way to help people because the more you know, the better prepared you can be, and the better you’re able to cope with things.”

With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ukrainian Canadian Social Services has so far hosted six of the 10 Living With Dignity workshops they have planned so far — each one featuring special expert speakers who have drawn an average turnout of 40 to 50 people per session at different venues across the GTA.

No registration is required to attend the workshops. The four remaining sessions are as follows:

— Sunday, Feb. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Psychological Health in the Elderly

Presenter: Dr. Rostyslav Shemechko

Location: St. Josaphat Cathedral, 143 Franklin Ave.

— Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.

Topic: Government Programs and Services for Seniors

Presenter: Olena Lezhanska SSW

Location: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius, 3338 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

— Sunday, March 5 at 11 a.m.

Topic: Government Programs and Services for Seniors

Presenter: Olena Lezhanska SSW

Location: Orthodox Church of St. Andrew the Apostle, 1630 Dupont St.

— Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Topic: Estate Planning

Presenter: Nadia Harasymovych

Location: Knights of Columbus Sheptytsky Council #5079, 195 Park Lawn Rd.

With nothing but positive feedback so far, Semotiuk said she’s hoping to continue running the Living With Dignity sessions on an ongoing basis.

“People have told us that they think (the workshops) are of tremendous value and that they hope we continue them, so we hope to be able to do about four or five sessions a year going forward,” she said.

“This project has demonstrated that there is an interest and there is a need. So we’re going to do what we can to ensure we continue to provide the community with the knowledge and access to information that’s going to improve their aging and lifestyle as they grow older.”

For more information, go to http://tor.ucss.info/