Investor Protection Lunch and Learn

We gathered in the party room to hear from Ken Kivenko, on the topic of Investor Protection for Seniors. Ken is a fellow resident and a real expert on the subject as well as a passionate advocate for older people hurt by financial “advisors”.  He explained that seniors are perceived by the unscrupulous as having a combination of diminished capacity and money to invest, which inspires a temptation to take advantage in various ways.  Ken has dedicated himself to righting wrongs in the Canadian investment world, and he kept the audience of close to 40 residents in rapt attention.

Fall Alert Pendants

SOS fall alert deviceMore than fifty residents are experiencing a new sense of independence now that they are wearing devices designed to intervene in case of a fall.

IVV worked with the NORC group at UHN to enrol eligible residents in the Toronto Grace Health Centre Fall Alert Pendant program. Each applicant was given a pendant (that can also be worn on the wrist).  The device can recognize a fall, and wearers can also activate a button to call for help. All alerts are directed to the 24/7 call centre located out of Toronto Grace Health Centre. Please note that the alerts do not directly go to emergency services (911). The team will assess your situation and respond accordingly. Cottagers and travelers have been pleased to note that the alert device functions anywhere in Canada and can send help to you wherever you are using GPS.

In case you missed the clinic you can add your name to a waiting list, as IVV may be able to set up another clinic opportunity. Alternately, you can ask your family doctor to apply for the service.

Here is the device manual for your reference.

And a how-to video.

Easter Crafternoon

Kids and adults busy crafting

One of the IVV activities that has been particularly successful is our seasonal (cr)afternoons. It involves crafts for kids but it definitely attracts all ages – kids, parents, grandparents and great grandparents – everyon loves the (cr)afternoons.

Last Saturday was our Easter (Cr)afternoon with crafts to make and take, bunnies for colouring and an Easter egg hunt in the Fireside Lounge. Happy Easter to all!

Easter egg hunt

Falls Lunch & Learn

The NORC community arranged for Alicia Remark, an occupational therapist, to speak about preventing falls, and some steps we can take if we do fall. Fifty residents came for the presentation and it was evident that we were all giving her our full attention. So many of us feel that we are at risk of falling, and we realize the serious consequences, particularly for older people. The five practical steps for getting up from a fall are shown in this video.

We also learned about the Toronto Grace Hospital Remote Care program, in particular the GPS locating pendant for those at risk of falling.