Friends of WSAC “Toonie Talks”

  • Invite a friend! You do not have to be a WSAC member to attend our presentations
  • Members: Please pre-register on MyActiveCentre or at our front desk
  • Non-members: Please send an email to yunxuan@weseniors.ca with the subject “Toonie Talk” to register for our Toonie Talks
  • Cost $2.00
  • All presentations will be held in our Games Room
  • Limited spots available due to physical distancing requirements

 

Want To Watch Our Toonie Talks Online?
We will be hosting our Toonie Talks live at our centre in our Games Room
PLUS online via ZOOM! Your ZOOM Link will be emailed to you at the time of registration.

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”

 

 

Part 1 – The Art of Downsizing- When less equals more
– Presented by Jody Lambertus at Century 21
Wednesday, September 23rd from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

  • Are you thinking of downsizing or moving but not sure where to start or when?
  • Do you need help navigating your next move or purchase?

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. Clarity helps create action, and taking action now means more space, more freedom, and more money.

This three-step the course will provide you with:

  1. clarity on where to start,
  2. who should be involved and
  3. what to do at each step from getting your home ready for sale and finding and securing your next home moving forward.

The course outlines:

  • the necessary but sometimes difficult conversations to have with friends and family,
  • what questions to ask when hiring an advisor, realtor, lawyer, and mortgage expert,
  • 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”

Part 1- “Dementia/Alzheimer’s – Having The Conversation”
– Presented by Homecare Assistance Edmonton
Monday, September 28th from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Your loved one just heard three difficult words: “You have dementia.” Then your head starts swirling with a million questions:

  • “Why did this happen?”
  • “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 support
  • 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.

 

Part Two – “Dementia/Alzheimer’s – Having The Conversation”
– Presented by Homecare Assistance Edmonton
Monday, October 5th from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Part Two of this presentation will cover Financial Assistance Programs for Seniors needing support for home care services or home maintenance services.

  • How the process works, and
  • Navigating for home care, supplies, and personal support care

It will also cover Alberta Seniors Benefits Private Home Care Assistance for high caliber, quality care services

  • The Process,
  • Services that can be provided and
  • Navigation through home care agencies and what to look for regarding caring for your loved one.

 

3 Things You Need To Know Before You Buy Your Next Set Of Glasses
– Presented by Everywhere Eyecare
Wednesday, October 7 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Remember when life was easier and your vision was perfect and you didn’t need to wear glasses?

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

Burial Or Cremation?
Presented by Len Gierach from Westlawn Funeral Home
Wednesday, October 14 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

A number of options and choices linger for all of us in choosing the final arrangements we desire and creating a solution for the inevitable problem for our future executor. This talk will discuss the pros and cons of the options, leaving you more knowledgable to help yourself and others. Frequently asked questions to be discussed:

  • Is cremation less expensive than burial?
  • Can we use burial space for additional interments?
  • What is the average cost of a funeral?
  • Do we have to have an urn?
  • What happens if I donate my body to science?
  • What are the laws concerning “scattering”?

 

                      Reverse Chip Mortgage
– Presented by Realtor, Alexis Hlady
Monday, October 19th from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

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 mortgage broker Sandra Forscutt as they outline key points about Reverse Chip Mortgages

Part 2 – The Act of Downsizing- When less equals more
– Presented by Jody Lambertus at Century 21
Wednesday, October 21 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Are you thinking of downsizing or moving but not sure where to start or when?
Do you need help navigating your next move or purchase?

In Session 2, 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.

Wills 101
– Presented by Andrew Geisterfer at Masuch Law
Friday, October 23 from 9:30 to 11:00 am

If you have ever wondered:

  • Do I really need a will?
  • What is an Estate?
  • What is Probate?
  • What does a Personal Representative do?

This Toonie-Talk is for you!  Join us in a discussion around why it is important to have a Will and what considerations are important when planning your own.

Strokes – Homecare Assistance
– Presented by Homecare Assistance Edmonton
Monday, October 26th from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Join us as we learn about Strokes:

  • What is a stroke?
  • How big is the problem?
  • What should you look for?

ACT FAST:

  • What should you do or not do?
  • What Disabilities can result from a stroke?

POST RECOVERY:

  • What can be done to prevent a stroke?
  • Planning for Discharge and Post Hospitalization Recovery after a Stroke.
  • Recovering at home.

 

Personal Care Directives and Powers of Attorney
– Presented by Masuch Law
Friday, October 30 from 9:30 to 11:00 am

What are they? Why do I need one? Join us to explore what each of these documents can do for you. In addition, we will look uncover some commonly held misconceptions surrounding health care and financial decision making that are important to know when you are considering whether you should have your own personal directive and power of attorney.

Top 5 Secrets Of The Eye Industry
– Presented by Everywhere Eyecare
Wednesday, November 4th from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Join Everywhere Eyecare to discuss the top 5 industry secrets for buying glasses, both in stores and online. We’ve heard a lot about how corrupt the spectacle industry is and how cheap it is to buy glasses online. Is it all true or is it buyer beware? You’ll hear at least 5 things you’ll be glad you know before your next purchase of eyewear, no matter where you get them.

COVID-19 and how it affects your retirement income and investment portfolio
– Presented by Wei Woo at Mackie Research
Friday, November 6th from 10:00 to 11:30 am

In these unprecedented times, we are in with very unique health, social, and financial challenges, there have been high levels of anxiety on how to deal with this crisis. Understandably, seniors are very concerned with how the financial markets will impact them directly in terms of cash flow, as well as how they are financially positioned during the crisis with their retirement portfolio. Just as important, strategies they can use to best navigate their situation. Come join Wei Woo as we discuss this timely topic.

Part 3 – The Joy of Downsizing
– Presented by Jody Lambertus at Century 21
Wednesday, November 18th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

  • Are you thinking of downsizing or moving but not sure where to start or when?
  • Do you need help navigating your next move or purchase?

In this final session of our 3 part series, The Joy of Downsizing and Moving Forward, you will learn:

  • the pros and cons of purchasing vs renting and ageing in place
  • 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 including the pros and cons of:

  • Independent living,
  • Assisted living, and
  • Ageing in place

 

Please Note:

Opinions expressed by program presenters do not necessarily reflect the views of the WSAC Program Administration or WSAC Board of Directors.


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