November’s Lunch & Learn had a timely topic – Easing the Transitions of Life. Our speaker was Christine Janev, M.A., RP, RSW, who works primarily with older people dealing with the life challenges that are involved in aging. She reminded us of the ways life can change suddenly or gradually as we age, and advised us to anticipate the inevitable challenges before they happen, make a realistic and manageable plan and work through setting up supports as much as possible before a crisis arises.
This month’s Lunch & Learn was presented by Emilio de Santis, Assistant Branch Head of Richview Public Library. He amazed residents by running through a long long list of services available there. Did you know that there is a 3D printer, or that you can gain free admission to local attractions through the library website? You can take an online course, or learn a foreign language, download movies for free or read magazines from around the world. Would you be interested to read consumer reports, or learn about your car? There is so much more than can be listed here. Libraries have certainly kept pace with the changing world.
After the presentation some residents stayed to get library cards and others gathered in the Bistro for coffee and treats.
Toronto Police 416-808=2222
Canadian Anti-fraud Centre 1-888-495-8501
Better Business Bureau 519-579-3080
Canada Revenue Agency 1-800-267-2384
Our Lunch and Learn about Recognizing and Avoiding Scams was well attended. Two officers from the local Crime Prevention department showed slides and videos. They explained how scammers operate and how to recognize fraud. The audience joined in too with questions and anecdotes that indicated how frequently this crime happens.
We were advised to take the time to think before reacting especially when we sense we are being rushed, and to never divulge private information. Scammers are relentless and although many frauds are deliberately targetted at seniors, everyone is vulnerable.
Pickleball has arrived at Islington 2000.The game has become extremely popular elsewhere but very few residents at Islington 2000 had joined the bandwagon. That has changed now.
Beginners were keen to enrol in two classes to be held on May 4. Unfortunately, that was the week when it either rained or threatened rain, so the classes were re-scheduled for Saturday afternoon. A number of residents who hadn’t heard about the change of plans showed up at the court and an improptu lesson ensued. Again on Saturday enough novice players showed up to easily fill two courts. There may be some more classes planned for future dates, but it certainly appears that Islington 2000 pickleball players are already hooked on the game.