Learning Avenues

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

WEBINAR ON SENIORS COMMUNITY: As the demographic is changing and the over 65 group is expanding, there is a great deal of interest in knowing about Retirement Communities, especially, catering to the needs of ethnic groups. Following a highly successful webinar on Senior’s Living on Sunday, July 25, 2021, a number of attendees have asked whether there are any Retirement Communities, especially, for immigrants from India.

At our next virtual Information Session to be held on Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM, Raghu Krishnamoorthy of RetCom GTA and Sandeep Duphar of Jeevan Niwas will familiarize us with the progress of their efforts to build Senior’s Homes for our community (see flyer in upcoming events).  If you have any questions for the speakers, you may send them to sadanand.mankikar@gmail.com.

DIABETES CANADA PEER CONNECT PROGRAM: Register for the Type 1 or Type 2 Peer Connect Series to enjoy the remaining two virtual evenings of peer support and education. We attended the first two sessions in the Type 2 series and found them informative and entertaining. Each series will feature presentations aimed towards the uniqueness of the type 1 or type 2 diabetes community 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.

Peer Connect – Type 2 Series, Session 4 – Mental Health
Wednesday, October 27; 7:00 – 8:50PM, EDT. Speakers: TBD

Peer ConnectType 1 Series, 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

OKA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM: Estate, Will and Power of Attorney and End of Life Planning are two major elements of this OKA Seniors Forum Program.

For preparing Wills and Powers of Attorney you may contact Marvin Talksy (905) 405-0199 ext.  257 or Mary Bojkovski (905) 405-0199 ext. 276 of Nanda & Associate Lawyers. For additional information or assistance, you may also contact Raghunath Kamath or Ashok Bhatt.

For End of Life Planning please contact Harjinder Bilku of Chapel Ridge Funeral Home at (905) 305-8128 or (647) 966-0093.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KITS: If you have not received complimentary kits, for a limited time, you may obtain them by sending an email to sadanand.mankikar@gmail.com. Additional small, medium and large size kits at cost may be obtained by sending an email to the same address. For more information , please visit Emergency Preparedness Program tab on www.ontario-konkanis.com.

OKA AADHAR CHAT: This interactive, the web-based chat was established in 2017 as a part of the OKA Seniors Forum to facilitate communication amongst seniors and soon to be seniors. Since then, we have started posting upcoming events and relevant information on this chat. Members may post any questions and we will attempt to get answers. We invite everyone, young and old, seniors or not, to join this chat and share information including their experiences and expertise. To join this chat group, please email shraddhapai.home@gmail.com.

DESIGNATED SITES TO SCATTER ASHES: The following link provided by the Hindu Federation lists a few specific locations: https://www.hindufederation.ca/disposition-of-creamtion-ashes

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.