Category Archives: Seniors Corner

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.