June is Seniors’ Month, and the theme for this year is “Working for Seniors”.

SPLC has been working to create supports to help seniors and older adults stay connected and enjoy a high quality of life for over 45 years.

Those with dementia, in particular, are in need of these kinds of supports. They face serious mental, emotional, physical, and social challenges. The progression of most dementias can’t be stopped. This means that finding ways to keep these seniors active and connected is key for maintaining quality of life.

Day Program at Home

As part of increasing community supports, we have been ramping up and redesigning our Adult Day Programs. We piloted a Day Program at Home project for seniors with dementia or cognitive changes unable to attend in-person services.

We built on last year’s project with an enhanced activity package aimed at improving individuals’ overall well-being. This holistic package included exercise, learning, creativity, play and “getting to know me”. We also ensured that clients were paired with the same staff members over time to build connection and comfort.

Caregiver Support Group

Family members of those with dementia often have to take on new responsibilities, and caregiver burnout is common. This year SPLC launched a Caregiver Support Group for caregivers of Day Program clients. Participants had a chance to confide in others with similar experiences, discuss challenges and resources, and share the rewarding aspects and “wins” along their journeys.

Dimetra is caregiver for her father, 93, who is a Greek Day Program participant. Her mother, who passed away in 2019, also attended the program. She joined the support group to share her story and hear from other caregivers. “I enjoy hearing others’ experiences and learning I am not the only one going through the stress involved in caring for an aging parent. I thank SPLC staff for all your outstanding work and support.”

Dimetra also appreciates the chance to learn about assistive technologies through the group, including video monitoring options and velcro fastenings for clothing.

How you can support Seniors’ Month

Send a “Thank You” message to a senior in your life, either in person, over the phone, by mail or email, or on social media.

Nominate a senior in June for an Ontario Senior Achievement Award.

Share health and fitness tips for seniors.

Post info about seniors’ events taking place during Seniors Month.

Feature topics of interest to seniors (retirement, financial scams and fraud, elder abuse, housing, driving, health and well-being) in your posts.

What’s on at SPLC during Seniors’ Month

Support and Social Groups

Mondays  10:00am – 11:00amKorean Senior Support GroupTeleconferenceClara (416) 493-3333 Ext. 325
Mondays1:00pm – 3:00pmBoard Games* (mahjong, carrom board, scrabble)Recreation RoomExt. 288
Mondays  3:00pm – 4:00pmTamil Seniors – Entertainment (games, trivia, movie clips)ZoomElsa Ext. 305
Tuesdays  3:30pm – 4:30pmCantonese Conversation CircleTeleconferenceKei Ext. 230
Wednesdays  10:00am – 11:00amMandarin Seniors GroupZoomTracy Ext. 229
Wednesdays10:30am – 11:30amOne-on-one tech supportComputer labExt. 288
Wednesdays6:00pmChessRecreation RoomExt. 288
Thursdays4:00pm – 5:30pmTamil Seniors – Health TalksZoomElsa Ext. 305
Thursdays4:00pm – 5:30pmTamil Seniors – Caregivers Support GroupZoomElsa Ext. 305
Thursdays Jun 13, 27English 2:00pm -3:00pm, Chinese 3:00pm – 4:00pmKaraoke*Recreation RoomExt. 288
Friday Jun 283:30pm – 5:30 pmMovie AfternoonRecreation RoomExt. 288
*Drop in for free for your first session!

Healthy Living

Mondays  9:00am – 10:00amFalls Prevention Exercise – MandarinZoomTracy Ext. 229
Tuesdays  9:00am – 10:00amWalk in the Neighborhood – MandarinBridlewood MallTracy Ext. 229
Tuesday Jun 111:00pm – 2:00pmGentle Fitness Drop-inRecreation RoomExt. 288
Tuesdays1:00pm – 3:30pmDiabetes Self-Management ProgramSPLC- Seminar Room CElsa Ext. 305
Wednesdays9:30am – 12:00pmChronic Pain Self-Management ProgramZoomElsa Ext. 305
Wednesdays9:45am – 11:00amIntermediate Line Dance Drop-inRecreation RoomExt. 288
Wednesdays6:00pmChessRecreation RoomExt. 288
Thursdays10:00am – 11:00amGentle Exercise for Fall Prevention – MandarinNorth York Mandarin Alliance ChurchTracy Ext. 229
Thursdays3:00pm – 4:00pmGet Fit to the Beat Drop-inRecreation RoomExt. 288
Fridays Jun 14, 21, 2810:00am – 11:00amGentle Exercise – KoreanSPLCClara Ext. 325
Fridays3:00pm – 4:00pm  Zoom YogaZoomElsa Ext. 305


Jun 7 (Fri)3:00pm – 4:00pmSeniors’ Month CelebrationRecreation RoomElsa Ext. 305
Jun 8 (Sat)9:30am – 2:30pmTrip to Oshawa Peony FestivalOshawaElsa Ext. 305
Jun 11 (Tue)2:00pm – 4:00pmFilipino Gathering (Philippine Independence Day)Recreation RoomExt. 288
Jun 14 (Fri)10:00am – 12:00pmPedestrians & Drivers Safety CampaignBridlewood MallElsa Ext. 305
Jun 14 (Fri)11:00am-12:30amActive Body and MindMilliken Mills LibraryTracy Ext. 229
Jun 17 (Mon)1:00pm – 2:15pmFather’s Day CelebrationRecreation RoomExt. 288
Jun 18 (Tue)10:00am-11:30amHealthy EatingZoomTracy Ext. 229
Jun 18 (Tue)4:30-5:30pmSri Lankan/Tamil GatheringRecreation RoomExt. 288
Jun 19 (Wed)1:00pm- 4:00pmTrip to Edwards GardensEdwards GardensTracy Ext. 229
Jun 21 (Fri)10:00am – 11:00amMuscle Strengthening & Falls Prevention for Older Adults & SeniorsZoomElsa Ext. 305
Jun 25 (Tue)1:30pm – 6:00pmStudent Solo ConcertSt. Paul’s L’Amoreaux ChurchExt. 288
Jun 26 (Wed)10:00am-11:00amActive Body and MindSteeles LibraryTracy Ext. 229
Jun 27 (Thu)10:30am – 12:00pmElder Abuse PreventionZoomElsa Ext. 305
Jun 28 (Fri)10:00am – 11:00amProtect Your MoneyZoomElsa Ext. 305
Jun 29 (Sat)11:00am-2:00pmSPLC Services DisplayDon Valley Bible ChapelTracy Ext. 229