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Just can’t find the right word? “Memory Clutter” rather than cognitive decline

If you sometimes have difficulty trying to find the right word or remembering an event or conversation, researchers say there’s probably nothing wrong with your brain or memory. And, more importantly, It’s not necessarily a symptom of cognitive decline. Rather, it’s more likely a symptom of how well your brain has been working over the years, absorbing, retaining and storing information. And it’s a normal cognitive situation that develops with healthy aging. Beginning in middle age and onward, retrieving a word or a memory, especially under pressure or in the moment, can be challenging simply because the brain has accumulated so much data.

Reassuring Findings

That’s the reassuring finding of a study by the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest Health Sciences published recently in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences.  “Older people do worry about these memory lapses because they might be indicative of a more serious problem,” acknowledges study co-author Dr. Lynn Hasher, senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute and professor emerita of psychology at the University of Toronto.  She explains that with normal cognitive aging, “One of the problems in getting the word you want is that you know it, but other words closely related to it, sometimes phonetically, sometimes in meaning, get in the way.” 

The research suggests it’s “clutter” that’s built up in the brain that gets in the way of extracting target information it’s needed immediately. “Older adults’ memories contain more non-target features and, thus, are cluttered with excessive information,” according to the published paper. This clutter includes “recently activated but no-longer-relevant information, prior knowledge cued by the ongoing situation, as well as irrelevant information in the current environment.” In other words, says Hasher, “We’ve just got too much stuff in our heads as we age.” As well, says Dr. Tarek Amer, a co-author of the paper and post-doctoral fellow at Columbia and Harvard University, “Certain flashbacks or mind wandering — not necessarily related to current tasks — stem from this reduced selective attention.”

One example: cooking in the kitchen and forgetting to add the salt because the smell of an ingredient conjures up the memory a restaurant meal you once had in your foreign travels and your mind wanders to that experience. “Cues can trigger a memory that you’re not actually aware of,” explains Hasher. “A lot of memory happens incidentally.”

The Upside to Memory Clutter

The good news is that there is a significant upside to this clutter of information and experience, suggests psychologist Amer. “There are advantages in other contexts, in tasks involving decision-making and creativity,” he explains, “for example, coming up with novel solutions to open-ended tasks.”

Older people can call upon more information and experience to support that decision-making or novel solution even though they may have trouble finding a target word or remembering a movie title in the instant it’s needed.

“As we age, we rely more on knowledge accumulated over a lifetime rather than building on that knowledge as younger people do,” suggests Amer. “Cluttered memories might contribute to this wisdom, because we do accumulate a lot of knowledge over a lifetime.” This store of knowledge, memories and experience, though it may come with glitches like forgetting names, serves us well. 

“Older adults, past 60 or older, are very valuable contributors to society,”  Amer says, “and they are often in positions of power making important decisions.”

A specific example Hasher offers: older adults are better at keeping meetings and discussions on track and focused. “At a committee meeting, Person A says something, Person B says something else, Person C says something else. The older person is likely to return to the topic (initiated by Person A). That’s because older people hold on to the recent past even while they consider new information. Younger people go with the new information.”  She adds, “That may be irritating to younger people and may contribute to the prejudice against older people.”

Hasher says that may explain why it’s often the case that older people’s comments are dismissed by younger colleagues who are impatient with their elders.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: From “Everything Zoomer Wellness Edition” April 11, 2022

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DIABETES – INFORMATION SESSION WITH THE EXPERTS OKA and SVBF in collaboration with the South Asian Diabetes Chapter and Konkani Association of California, U.S.A. will be holding this information session on Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 11 AM to 1:00 PM (EST). The topics covered will include the effects of exercise, diet, medication, and Lifestyle Changes.  Reputed diabetes experts Dr. Ally Prebtani and Dr. Tayyab Khan will debate on whether Lifestyle Changes is better or Diabetes Medication is better for the management of diabetes. You would not want to miss this unique event. For the details, please see the attached flyer.

ABBOTT FREESTYLE LIBRE VIRTUAL CLINIC: Abbott Laboratories Diabetes Cre in collaboration OKA and SVBF will be holding this virtual clinic on Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (EST). All the registrants for this clinic, upon request, will receive a complimentary sample of this continuous glucose monitor. Details to follow.

USEFUL INFORMATION

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 one may contact Harjinder Bilku of Chapel Ridge Funeral Home at (905) 305-8128 or (647) 966-0093.

Additional information about OKA Seniors’ Forum is posted on www.ontario-konkanis.com

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

ONTARIO GUIDE TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR SENIORS: Please click on the following link for the latest upgraded guide.A guide to programs and services for seniors.

SENIORS HOUSING AND HOME CARE DIRECTORY: Help for Mom has developed this very helpful publication which is about 130 pages, softcover and Readers Digest size.  To get a copy send an email to helpformom.com or call Mary (647) 967-9821.

The following organizations disseminate very useful information either through regular news release and/or seminars, webinars and workshops:

Canada India Foundation www.canadaindiafoundation.com

C.A.R.P. Canadian Association of Retired People) www.carp.ca

Diabetes Canada www.diabetes.ca

Indus Community Services www.induscs.ca

UHNF (University Network Foundation) www.uhnfoumdatiom.ca

(Articles by and for seniors under this section are always welcome)

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UPCOMING EVENTS

COOK WITH CHEF SIVA Session 2.– DIABETES FRIENDLY RECIPES:  SVBF in collaboration with OKA, South Asian Diabetes Chapter, and ChezSiva Cooking School will hold an online Lecture-Demo on April 17, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST). In this show, you may follow along with Chef Siva cooking South Asian meals that are low GI and diabetes-friendly. Siva will also talk about Diabetes Friendly Cooking and answer your questions.

Siva Swaminathan is the Executive Chair and one a founding member of the South Asian Diabetes Chapter.  After being in the IT field for 12 years, she pursued her dream of being a chef by attending the George Brown Culinary program, where she worked with many Canadian top chefs. She apprenticed in Germany and Switzerland for two years and now operates Chezsiva Cooking School, which offers a variety of cooking classes and services. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 15 years ago and has been using her culinary skills to develop low GI, healthy meal plans for people with diabetes, celiac and heart disease.  Siva has also been the driving force behind developing culturally relevant patient literature. Siva is now working on her next dream, which is authoring a cookbook. 

DIABETES – INFORMATION SESSION WITH THE EXPERTS: OKA and SVBF in collaboration with the South Asian Diabetes Chapter will be holding this information session on Sunday, May 29 2022 from 11 AM to 1:00 PM (EST). Details to follow.

USEFUL INFORMATION

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 one may contact Harjinder Bilku of Chapel Ridge Funeral Home at (905) 305-8128 or (647) 966-0093.

Additional information about OKA Seniors’ Forum is posted on www.ontario-konkanis.com

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

ONTARIO GUIDE TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR SENIORS: Please click on the following link for the latest upgraded guide. A guide to programs and services for seniors

The following organizations disseminate very useful information either through a regular news releases and/or seminars, webinars, and workshops:

Canada India Foundation www.canadaindiafoundation.com

C.A.R.P. Canadian Association of Retired People) www.carp.ca

Diabetes Canada www.diabetes.ca

Indus Community Services www.induscs.ca

UHNF (University Network Foundation) www.uhnfoumdatiom.ca

(Articles by and for seniors under this section are always welcome)

Learning Avenues

UPCOMING EVENTS

COOK WITH CHEF SIVA – DIABETES FRIENDLY RECIPES:  SVBF in collaboration with OKA AND South Asian Diabetes Chapter will hold two online Cooking Shows on March 27 and April 17, 2022. In these shows, you will follow along with Chef Siva cooking South Asian meals that are low GI and diabetes-friendly. 

Siva Swaminathan is the Executive Chair and one a founding member of the South Asian Diabetes Chapter.  After being in the IT field for 12 years, she pursued her dream of being a chef by attending the George Brown Culinary program, where she worked with many Canadian top chefs. She apprenticed in Germany and Switzerland for two years and now operates Chezsiva Cooking School, which offers a variety of cooking classes and services. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 15 years ago and has been using her culinary skills to develop low GI, healthy meal plans for people with diabetes, celiac and heart disease.  Siva has also been the driving force behind developing culturally relevant patient literature. Siva is now working on her next dream, which is authoring a cookbook.  

USEFUL INFORMATION

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 one may contact Harjinder Bilku of Chapel Ridge Funeral Home at (905) 305-8128 or (647) 966-0093.

Additional information about OKA Seniors’ Forum is posted on www.ontario-konkanis.com

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

ONTARIO GUIDE TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR SENIORS: Please click on the following link for the latest upgraded guide.A guide to programs and services for seniors

LONG TERM HOME FINDER WEBSITE: The Ontario government has created an excellent website where you can find out how to choose a long-term care home, how to apply, and what happens when you move in. Please click HERE to visit this excellent website. Or copy and paste this link into your browser https://www.ontario.ca/page/long-term-care-ontario

WHAT EXECUTORS NEED TO KNOW AND WILL PREPARATION. At the ZOOM meeting on January 27th Dale Barrett of Barrett Tax Law gave THIS excellent presentation which provided a brief overview of wills, why they are essential, the role of the executor, what an executor needs to know, and what is involved in probate. This presentation can be viewed by clicking this link. https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/GK7H5XtozyOKhPpRWhRSZPHEwQjCfl1o-FLT5u5ns5k2QqTajhBILE9o_oTenq1F.PjQ1wau_9Wt4Y-pp

Passcode: 4$pBPb&3

(The above Other Useful Information was obtained from the C.A.R.P. Halton Chapter Mid February Newsletter)

SERVICES FOR SENIORS provided by Indus Community Services is helping seniors to stay in their homes longer than ever, and alleviating pressure on the hospital and long-term care centers. Health Services is also highly regarded for providing respite and support to caregivers. Through these programs, they provide client-centered care to frail and/or cognitively impaired individuals in a safe and encouraging environment.

Their services promote healthy aging, encourage an active lifestyle, and ensure that the privacy and dignity of all participants remain intact. Indus offers culturally and linguistically appropriate services to the entire community and has special expertise in South Asian Cultures.

The Health Services offered include:

  • Adult Day Services
  • Friendly Visiting
  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Assisted Bathing Services
  • Foot Care Services
  • Seniors Wellness Groups

Indus Community Services is an accredited, not-for-profit community benefit organization that has been serving local communities for over 35 years. It provides services to newcomers, families, women, and seniors. They have offices in Brampton, Mississauga, and Oakville.  Their Head Office is at 3038 Hurontario Street, Suite 206 Mississauga, ON L5B 3B9 Canada, Phone: 905-275-2369 Email: info@induscs.ca

The following organizations disseminate very useful information either through a regular news releases and/or seminars, webinars, and workshops:

Canada India Foundation www.canadaindiafoundation.com

C.A.R.P. Canadian Association of Retired People) www.carp.ca

Diabetes Canada www.diabetes.ca

Indus Community Services www.induscs.ca

UHNF (University Network Foundation) www.uhnfoumdatiom.ca

(Articles by and for seniors under this section are always welcome)

Learning Avenues

The next SVBF/OKA webinar “COVID 19 Vaccination/ Immunization: Expert Recommendations and Debunking Common Myths” will be held on Sunday, February 6, 2022, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Please see the attached flyer for details. If you have any questions to the panelists, please send them in advance to sadanand.mankikar@gmail.com

COOK WITH CHEZ SIVA – DIABETES FRIENDLY RECIPES:  SVBF in collaboration with OKA AND South Asian Diabetes Chapter will hold two online Cooking Demonstrations on March 27 and April 17, 2022. Chef Siva is the Founder and Executive Director of South Asian Diabetes Chapter and owner of CHEZ SIVA where she offers cooking training and demos. Details to follow.

TWO SVBF EVENTS SPECIALLY DESIGNATED FOR SENIOR’S WELLNESS: 

1) Active Seniors – Active body and mind through the dance movements by Karthiha Partiban, Artistic Director and trained classical dancer from Kalakshetra, India. Fridays and Wednesdays 11 AM to 12 NOON in February, starting from 4th. To register and for additional details, please see the attached flyer.

2) Music, Mindfulness and Intergenerational Approach by Smt. Sandhya Srivatsan, Gerontologist and Director of Ganavarshini School of Music. On February 2, 23, March 2, and 23, 7 PM to 8 PM. To register and for additional details, please see the attached flyer.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

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, one may contact Harjinder Bilku of Chapel Ridge Funeral Home at (905) 305-8128 or (647) 966-0093.

Additional information about OKA Seniors’ Forum is posted on www.ontario-konkanis.com 

Learning Avenues

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

SOME USEFUL INFORMATION:

HEART HEALTH FOR SENIORS – Part II : At the webinar held by the Marathi Bhashik Mandal’s Senior’s Forum on Sunday, October 24, 2021, Dr. Ashok Wardekar made a highly informative and beneficial presentation on Cardiac Health. Once again, he has kindly permitted us to share his presentation.

The following links will give access to his recording and the slide deck of his Part II webinar.

Heart Health for Seniors – Part II Recording https://youtu.be/vRMWuaQYLP8

Heart Health for Seniors – Part II Presentation https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AYbTELjE1iFQjxDiAdehiAjPi6HZ_sZd/view?usp=sharing

Following are the links for Dr. Wardekar’s Part 1 recording and presentation:

Heart Health for Seniors – Part I Recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?

Heart Health for Seniors – Part I Presentation https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s9jHqz6zyvsquktb79ky_Qpq7jzRleVe/view?usp=sharing

TECHNICAL SUPPORT RPOGRAM FOR SENIORS: “Super Tech Savvy Seniors” is the brainchild of Ria Koppikar a 11th grade student from Minneapolis to help seniors feel confident and comfortable in the use of the emerging Technology. Under this program, we have already organized three highly productive and beneficial Technical Support Workshops each of which were attended by close to 70 seniors from all over North America. Now Ria with her team members Aditya Pai, Ananya Pai and Kiran Swan, all from Canada, is ready to help seniors online. Those who need any assistance in handling emails, phones and computers/programs may email their questions to supertechsavvyseniors@gmail.com. Ria is also looking for youth to help her on the Team. Those who want to volunteer should send an email to the same address. This program is mutually beneficial. We thank Ria for this initiative and wish her all the very best.

INDUS COMMUNITY SERVICES: This organization provides very helpful service to South Asian seniors. They had held a Town Hall on Monday, November 29, 2021. At this highly informative session, the Director of Health Services shared updates on Health Services and programming while the CEO shared updates on a Long Term Care facility that Indus will be running for the South Asian community. The session also involved discussions about what supports the community requires. For the presentations, please visit https://www.induscs.ca/seniorstownhall/

 If you want to stay connected with Indus, you may sign up for their newsletter here https://us10.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=221bf58d23739503b62d39139&id=86c5f11ff4

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.ontariokonkanis.com.


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.

Learning Avenues

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

DIABETES CANADA PEER CONNECT PROGRAM: Register for the last Type 1 or Type 2 Peer Connect session. It 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.

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

DIABETES TECHNOLOGY NIGHT: TECHNOLOGY. RESOURCES. ANSWERS.

Diabetes technologies have shown to improve health outcomes – learn how they can help you! You’re invited to join this free virtual session for an evening of presentations on the latest in diabetes technology. Industry experts will share information on device innovations in the areas of insulin pumps, sensor technology, glucose monitoring, and diabetes apps.

  • Type 2 Diabetes Tech Night info: Wednesday, November 24, 2021; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
  • Type 1 Diabetes Tech Night Info: Thursday, November 25, 2021; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST. Click here to REGISTER.

WEBINAR ON SENIOR’S COMMUNITY:  The webinar on Retirement/Senior’s Community held on Sunday, September 26, 2021 was attended by close to 100 families. At this virtual Session Mahesh Nileshwar of Nirvana, Raghu Krishnamoorthy of RetCom GTA and Sandeep Duphar of Jeevan Niwas familiarized us with the progress of their efforts to build Retirement/Senior’s Residences for our community. Sadanand Mankikar shared some important facts and stats to start the session. Anita Nayak moderated a lively Q&A session. Please view the event recording here Event Recording.  

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.ontariokonkanis.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.


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.

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.

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.