Open to Edmonton area seniors (you do not have to be a member of our centre to attend these presentations!)

Friends of WSAC “Toonie Talks”

Come join us in our Community Cafe – Cost $2.00
Please pre-register at our Front Desk

Here is what attendees said about the Toonie Talks they attended! 

“Exceptional. A well educated facilitator with excellent presentation skills”

“Very informative approachable, clear, knowledgeable, inviting and motivating”

“Excellent session. Thank you very much”

“Excellent info. I would never have considered such situations. Very enlightening”


– Presented by Miranda OBrien and Dominic Li of Scotia Bank
Tuesday, January 14th at 1:30 p.m.

So you’re 59 years old, is it time to apply for CPP? So you’re 64 years old, how about now? So you’re 70, What do I do about my RRSPs? I’m 55, what about me? I’m over 70, don’t forget about us! A frank discussion about CPP/OAS/RRSP/LIRAs and Pensions, and what to do with each or all of them.


Annual 2019 Global Financial Markets Review and 2020 Outlook
Presented by Wei Woo of Mackie Reseach
Friday, January 24th at 10:00 a.m.

Join Wei Woo as we discuss the latest updates on political, economic, and market developments in the world that is currently affecting your retirement savings and investment strategies now and into the future. We will review what has happened in 2019, and look at forward guidance on what to expect for 2020.”


The Art of Downsizing- When less equals more.
Presented by Jody Lambertus of Century 21
Monday, January 27th at 1:30 p.m.

Are you thinking of downsizing or moving but not sure where to start or when? Downsizing can be an overwhelming process and is a task that can take longer than expected at every turn. The number one trick to downsizing successfully is to start before you think you need to and, to develop a plan. will cover the Art of Downsizing and the financial, emotional, and health benefits of planning your move in advance. You will enjoy interactive learning through workbooks and checklists designed to help you navigate through the downsizing process so you can move forward with confidence and a plan. All attendees will receive a Workbook called “When less equals more” (covers the when and how of downsizing and factors to consider when deciding where to live next?


“What’s your Cruise Personality?”
Presented by Travel Agent Next Door
Tuesday, January 28th at 1:30 p.m.

Discover the 10 major differences between Ocean and River Cruises. Learn from travel agent Alison Phillips who has experienced both types of cruises and can answer any questions you may have!


Real Estate Law And Selling Your Home
Presented by Masuch Law
Monday, February 3rd at 1:30 p.m.

Downsizing? Selling Your Home? What you need to consider before listing. We will explore a residential real estate sales contract and discuss some important considerations you need to make whether you are just thinking about selling your home or it is already on the market.


Heart Disease and Diabetes: Guide to Self-management
– Presented by Terra Losa Pharmacy
Thursday, February 6th at 1:30 p.m.

Getting older can bring senior health challenges. By being aware of these common chronic conditions, you can take steps to stave off disease as you age. Older adults are disproportionally affected by chronic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. About 80% of people over 65 have at least one chronic condition, and nearly 70% have two or more. Heart disease and diabetes are two common chronic conditions can bring serious health risks for seniors if remained uncontrolled. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to lower your risk for and improve your overall long-term health outlook. Self-management represents a key-role in managing these two chronic conditions. Learn some strategies and health tips to give you control over your health concerns.


Reducing Fall Risks & How to Get Up from a Fall In-Service
Presented by Phillips Lifeline
Tuesday. February 18th at 1:30 p.m.

Missteps, slips and falls. What is the nastiest of them all? Staying active, should not be this scary. Please join us for a discussion on Fall Safety for our everyday living so we can stay active and independent while staying safe. There is also a very helpful demonstration from invited Healthcare Professional on How To Get Up from a Fall as well as brief discussion on what available subsidies are there for Alberta Seniors Benefit members. Attendees will receive information on the topic as well as freebies to take home.


The Act of Downsizing
Presented by Jody Lambertus of Century 21
Monday, February 24th at 1:30 p.m.

The act of downsizing, You will learn how to get your home ready for sale, evaluate your sale price and how to budget for your next purchase or move. Mortage expert Stefan Chewaniak will speak about your mortgaging option including; reverse mortgages, home equity lines of credit, porting mortgage balances to avoid penalties and other applicable mortgage advice. Everyone in attendance will receive “The 10 step process to downsizing” – Checklist and Handouts that cover where and how to start the downsizing process.


NOT Your Grandfather’s Hearing Aids!!
Presented by Standford Hearing
Tuesday, February 25th

Are you nervous about paying too much for hearing aids or not paying enough to get the right technology you need? We frequently hear about people’s perceptions of hearing aids from their Grandparents or Aunt and Uncles devices that were big, bulky and squealed. Gone are the days of those hearing aids. Over the past 20 years, we have seen incredible improvements in hearing aid technology. To help decide which hearing aids are best for you, we offer free complimentary trial hearing aids that you can use in your own environment. Join us to learn more about how you can Try Before You Buy!


When I’m 64: A Must Do Checklist
Presented by Service Canada and Alberta Seniors and Housing
Wednesday, Feb 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Did you know there are several seniors’ benefits you need to apply for BEFORE you turn 65 years of age?  come learn how to access federal and provincial benefits. Presentation with a Q&A to follow Handouts from both levels of government will be given to all attendees
Please note: This is not a financial planning course.


Chemical Awareness Workshop: Your Environment and Your Health
Presented by Health Canada’s Environmental Health Program
Monday, March 2nd at 1:30 p.m.

Do you know what goes into the products you use each day?

Is there a health risk or hazard? How can you reduce the risks to yourself and those in your care? The CALM workshop can help you answer them!


Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention
Presented by Catholic Social Services – Children, Family and Community Services
Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:30 p.m.

Come join us as we discuss the following topics:
· What is Elder Abuse?
· Elder Abuse in our community,
· Types of Elder Abuse, and the Resources available in Edmonton.


Picking The Right Paint & How Best To Apply
Presented by The Brilliant Brush
Tuesday, March 10th at 1:30 p.m.

Did you know that the paint product you pick is as important as the colour! Learn a little science about paint to help understand why there are so many paint product choices. This understanding will help you pick the right product for your project. We will then give an overview of the industry standard application sequence and give you some tips and tricks when applying.


Could you be the next victim
Presented by Jeremy Nicols, Senior Fraud Investigator – Servus Credit Union
Monday, March 16th at 1:30 p.m.

Come learn about common scams including – internet, telephone scams, face to face, plastic cards and bank accounts. Jeremy will also give solid practical ways to keep yourself safe in today’s modern environment.


Doing Your Taxes. Seniors What’s In It For You?
Presented by Canada Revenue Agency
Tuesday, March 17th at 1:30 p.m.

The role of Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Outreach Officers is to meet with community organizations, to build relationships and to promote CRA’s resources and services. Our goal is to ensure that seniors don’t miss out on benefits and credits they are entitled to, and are made aware of the various online tools and resources available to them. Come to an information session to find out about GST/HST credit, Medical Expenses, Pension income splitting, Disability tax credit, and more. Don’t get scammed and get all your benefits on time!


Reverse Chip Mortgage
Presented by Alexis Hlady – Realtor
Monday March 23rd at 1:30 p.m.

You don’t always have to sell your home. A Reverse Chip Mortgage could be one product that may work for you. A Reverse Chip Mortgage allows you to access up to 55% of the equity in your home. Come join realtor Alexis Hlady and mortage broker Sandra Forscutt as they outline key points about Reverse Chip Mortgages


3 Things you need to know before you buy your next set of glasses
Presented by Everywhere Eyecare
Tuesday March 24th at 1:30 p.m.

Remember when life was easier and your vision was perfect and you didn’t need to wear glasses? (I was not that lucky but many of you were). There are so many styles of lenses you can have but if you don’t do these 3 things you may get something you don’t want and miss out of the very things you need to get the vision that you deserve from your glasses. We have big expectations from the glasses we wear, make sure you know what to look for and what to ask about for the next time you are ready to replace your existing pair or pairs of glasses.


The Joy of Downsizing and moving forward
Presented by Jody Lambertus of Century 21
Monday, March 30th at 1:30 p.m.

During this session, you will learn the pros and cons of purchasing vs renting and aging in place and how to evaluate and determine the best options available for your lifestyle, budget, and peace of mind. moving forward. Everyone will receive a Workbook to make your next move count and a look at all the options available: This talk will cover the pros and cons of independent living, assisted living and aging in place


Tax Saving Strategies for Retirees
Presented by Miranda OBrien and Dominic Li
Monday, April 6th at 1:30 p.m.

What is income splitting? RRSP at the age of 71? TFSAs? CPP pension sharing, Pension income tax credit. These and other strategies available to you and the potential impacts of getting it wrong.


Presented by Widow 2 Widow
Tuesday, April 7th at 1:30 p.m.

If you were to list eight crucial behaviours for individual and community well-being, what would they be? What behaviors and attitudes can you adopt to support your health and foster positive connections with other people?


Healthy Aging
Presented by Catholic Social Services – Children, Family and Community Services
Tuesday, April 14th at 1:30 p.m.

Healthy Aging. We have all heard that term but what does it mean? What is “active aging”? Why is it important? Come learn the different areas of aging and what can be expected. This presentation will also cover how to prepare for transitional aging and provide you with resources on these topics.


Part One – Dementia/Alzheimer’s – “Having The Conversation”
Presented by Home Care Assistance Edmonton
Tuesday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m.

How to recognize if a loved one may have Dementia/Alzheimer’s ( Having the Conversation ) Your loved one just heard three difficult words: “You have dementia.” Then your head starts swirling with a million questions: “Why did this happen to my mom/dad?” “What could we have done to stop it?” “What should I do, What should I say — or not say — to my loved one?” Suddenly you’re a caregiver. Now what? We will discuss navigation through the ups and downs: Getting prepared and having a plan to introduce the idea of getting supports Listening for the meaning behind words, body language, and tone of voice Next, we will provide you with tips on Interacting with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementias in all phases.


Your Third Ear
Presented by Cindy Gordon, Program Director Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
Monday, April 27th – 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The program takes participants on a path of:
– understanding their own hearing loss, recognizing unrealistic expectations they may have of hearing aids, and
– accepting their reality of hearing loss and tips for moving forward as hard of hearing individuals.

Included will be a discussion about:
* Hearing Aids…. how it works … or doesn’t!
* Assistive devices and available community services.
* Emotional impact of hearing loss.
* Communication Tips.


Part Two – “Dementia/Alzheimer’s – Having The Conversation”
Presented by Home Care Assistance Edmonton
Tuesday, April 28th – 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Financial Assistance Programs for Seniors needing support for home care services or home maintenance services.
– Overview
– How the process works
– Navigating for home care, supplies, and personal support care

Alberta Seniors Benefits Private Home Care Assistance for high caliber, quality care services
– Overview
– Process
– Services that can be provided
– Navigation through home care agencies and what to look for regarding caring for your loved one.