Learning Avenues

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young"...Henry Ford

TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS FOR SENIORS: Ria Koppikar, grade 11 student from Minneapolis ALONG WITH Aditya Pai and Ananya ai of Ontario have developed unique series of virtual workshops to help seniors become confident and comfortable in handling modern communication technology. These workshops will be sponsored and promoted by Ontario Konkani Association, Canada and Super Tech Savvy Seniors, U.S.A. in collaboration with Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, Canada, Chitrapur Heritage Foundation, U.S.A. and Saraswat Foundation, U.S.A.

The next session on Sunday, August 8, 2021 will cover everything about phones including smartphones, iPhones, iPads, texting, google maps, as well as social media such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Facetime, Tweeters etc. Details will be shared at a later date.

Future sessions on dates to be determined will cover other devices and systems. Suggestions may be emailed to Ria at supertechsavvyseniors@gmail.com

In addition to these sessions, Ria is also planning to set up groups of teens to provide one-on-one technology support to seniors across North America. Anyone needing assistance may send an email to Ria. Any teenagers who are interested in actively participating in this project may also contact Ria.

DIABETES CANADA PEER CONNECT PROGRAM: Register for the Type 1 or Type 2 Peer Connect Series to enjoy four virtual evenings of peer support and education. We attended the first session in the Type 2 series on April 28 and found it not only informative but also very entertaining. Each series will feature topics and presentations aimed towards the uniqueness of the type 1 or type 2 diabetes community. Each session will be themed around a specific topic and provide an opportunity to hear from knowledgeable speakers, connect with a panel of experts, and provide an opportunity to discuss with peers in breakout discussions.

If you are an individual affected by diabetes, family member or caregiver, this series is for you. Just grab your laptop, tablet or even your phone, and take part in this amazing networking and learning opportunity.

Peer Connect – Type 2 Series

  • Session 3 – Blood Glucose Monitoring
    Wednesday, August 25, 2021; 7:00 – 8:50PM, EDT. Speakers: TBD
  • Session 4 – Mental Health
    Wednesday, October 27; 7:00 – 8:50PM, EDT. Speakers: TBD

Peer Connect – Type 1 Series

  • Session 3 – Blood Glucose Monitoring
    Thursday, August 26, 2021; 7:00 – 8:50 PM, EDT. Speakers: TBD
  • Session 4 – Mental Health
    Thursday, October 28, 2021; 7:00 – 8:50PM, EDT. Speakers: TBD

For more information, visit  event page or contact DC-ontario@diabetes.ca

About the Author
Sadanand Mankikar is the Past President (2004-2005) of the Ontario Konkani association and has been instrumental in the initiation and maintenance of the OKA Seniors Forum.