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Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases

Carefirst Family Health Team in partnership with SSN,provides group education sessions and one-on-one counselling every month at our Markham Community Hub.  Education is facilitated by a registered nurse and dietitian on nutrition, healthy lifestyle and how to prevent and manage diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and what and how to check your blood sugar.


Aging Positively  - Current Project

Aging Positively is a project focused on reducing social isolation and increasing the community capacity of South Asian seniors in the York Region. The program participants enjoy Yoga every Thursday and later have a  healthy snack to socialize with the group in various healthy discussions.


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Memories from Home -  Completed.

Project provides opportunities for isolated seniors, especially, those who have language and culture barriers, to participate in social activities in a culturally safe environment.  Social activities are organized such as outings, celebration of cultural events, e.g. Eid, Diwali, Navroz, Pongal and mainstream events, such as Christmas, Valentine, Fathers’ Day,  Mothers’ Day, Canada Day, etc. and celebrated with seniors and youth together.  

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Peer Mentorship Café  - Current Project

Program provides peer mentoring to the diverse ethnic individuals to access culturally and linguistically specific group activities, drop in sessions and one-one support, to promote social inclusion and decrease isolation.   Programming takes place at the SSN Markham Community Hub and is aimed at low to moderate income residents.  Activities such as yoga, laughing yoga, Chai Socials, cooking demonstrations and education awareness of various topics affecting the seniors are held at the Centre on weekly basis. 

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South Asian Adult Day Program (SAADP) - Current Project.

This is a partnership program with Unionville Home Society and is funded through the Central Local Health Integrated Network (CLHIN).  It takes place every Saturday and Sunday.

It is FREE and designed to help older adults regain their independence and enjoy each day through a range of supervised activities for the frail elderly.

SAADP delivers an integrated(cognitive/frail elderly) ethno-specific program in a culturally sensitive manner and is delivered by a professional team comprising of a Personal Support Worker, Activity Programmer and a Team Lead speaking Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Tamil.

The program provides transportation and includes a nutritious hot vegetarian lunch, a light breakfast and an afternoon snack.

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Armadale Community Centre-  Armadale Seniors Hub - Current project.

The seniors come every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m to access wellbeing programs. Programs such as Yoga, Laughing Yoga, Chi-Gong, Mild Mobility Exercises, Bridge Club, Sewing Club and other activities take place. Provide wellbeing activities to seniors

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Mental Health Awareness & Support Seniors Drop-In Centers - Current project.

Objective of the program is to raise awareness of Mental Health and Wellbeing programs and supports for ethno cultural seniors through mainstream service providers delivering awareness sessions at Seniors Drop-In Centres. 

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Strengthen Outreach and Connections within the South Asian Community  - Project successfully completed.

Outreach and connections within the SA community will be strengthened to ensure better access to culturally and linguistically sensitive services and supports that promote better health.

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Focus On Family Literacy - Project successfully completed. 

This project consists of a series of courses for parents and grandparents in the GTA's many multicultural, multilingual communities.

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Mobile Computer Lab - Project successfully completed.

This project provides basic computer skills to seniors in Markham and Richmond Hill.  Training was held in Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati and Tamil.  

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Building a Safe Community for South Asian Seniors - Project successfully completed.

This project will allow the Social Services Network to act upon the Family Violence Initiative’s specific recommendations on how to address elder abuse in South Asian families. These recommendations include; education to seniors and families before and after the immigration process, awareness training for frontline service providers on identifying the signs and symptoms, culturally and linguistically sensitive family counselling programs, cross–sectorial collaboration, more support for adult children and families, peer to peer support and public awareness campaigns in faith settings and using South Asian media for raising awareness.

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Taking Care of ME!  - Project successfully completed.

CHATS – Community and Home Assistance for Seniors in collaboration with Social Services Network developed a tool kit made up of six workshops entitled, “Taking Care of Me!  A Tool Kit for Organizing and Facilitating Health & Wellness Workshops for South Asian Seniors” which was translated into Tamil and Punjabi and for these two communities.  

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Increasing Seniors Abuse Awareness Within The South Asian Community - Project successfully completed.

Raise Awareness of Elder Abuse through information and support groups held in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu and Gujarati.

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