Workshops

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Monday, March 30, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, for pregnancy and parental leaves. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Facilitator: Kaye Francis, Manager, Family Care Office

Registration required. All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 are welcome.  If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disability — What’s Available and What’s Possible

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Join us for this discussion on parenting concerns for children with disabilities. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Understanding learning disabilities, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Management of the disability at home and at school
  • Discussing with your child about their learning disability
  • Advocating and finding supports for your child
  • Question and answer period

Speaker: Pearl Levey, Ph.D., Disability Advisor, U of T Accessibility Services.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Online Chat for Prospective and Current Student Families

Dates:

  • Friday, January 24, 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Location: Online (link will be emailed)

Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:

  • Child care & child care subsidies
  • Schools
  • Children’s programs
  • Balancing study and family (and work too, if that is your case)
  • How to get connected with a peer mentor
  • Other issues that student parents have to deal with

All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

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Teaching Kids About Consent 

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Teaching Kids About Consent is a fun, interactive workshop that gets real and specific about how you can teach your children about healthy affection, body boundaries, and personal safety. Whether you’re a consent-pro who’s looking to fine tune your skills, or you have no idea where to start the conversation, this session has something for you! We’ll even talk about that inevitable moment your child says you can’t make them brush their teeth because they did not consent!

This workshop will cover:

• Age-appropriate starting points for family lessons about consent.
• An understanding of how you can use your child’s difficult emotions as teachable moments.
• A list of resources and a personalized plan to help your kids practice consent at home.
• Effective strategies that will help you reduce your child’s risk of exploitation.
• Techniques to talk to your kids about sexual abuse without scaring them.

Facilitator: Dr. Nadine Thornhill, Ed.D is an educator specializing in child and adolescent sexuality. For over a decade, she has been helping folks have honest, open conversations with their kids and teens about bodies, relationships, and more!

A light lunch will be served.

This workshop is a collaboration between the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre and the Family Care Office.
Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Dates (2020)
Faculty Monday, February 3

Monday, April 6

Staff Friday, February 14

Friday, March 13

Thursday, April 16

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for pregnancy / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff and faculty are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Positive Parenting (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Davis Building – UTM Room (formerly the Faculty Club), 3rd floor

This practical and informative presentation helps parents develop a strong foundation of parenting that will help their children develop skills of social development and well-being. Participants will also learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour.

During this 1hour wellness session participants will:

  • Discuss how to develop a strong foundation of parenting
  • Use this foundation as a springboard to parenting practices that help your child develop skills of social development and well-being
  • Learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour

Facilitator: Homewood Health

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Breastfeeding 101

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Room 313

An opportunity for women planning/trying to breastfeed to ask questions and to learn valuable tips on how to breastfeed.

Facilitator: Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

Please register early, space is limited!  All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

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Baby & Toddler Talks: Sleep Issues

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

In this workshop, you will learn and understand your child’s sleep patterns. Healthy sleep habits will be discussed including:

  • The importance of bedtime routine
  • How to deal with frequent night waking
  • How to cope with early morning risers
  • How to encourage your toddler to sleep in their own bed.

Facilitator: Dr. Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, Associate Professor at Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Adjunct Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

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Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 FULL
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Facilitator: Stephen Offenheim has been practicing law since 1994. His practice focuses on will and estate planning. He is committed to assisting people protect their family, by having appropriate estate planning documents prepared in an affordable manner.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

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Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 FULL
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UofT Scarborough; EV152, Catalyst Centre, Environmental Science & Chemistry Building

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Facilitator: Stephen Offenheim has been practicing law since 1994. His practice focuses on will and estate planning. He is committed to assisting people protect their family, by having appropriate estate planning documents prepared in an affordable manner.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

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Elder Care: Healthy Caregiving

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Caregiving is very special. Watching someone you love become ill and gradually lose his/her memory and abilities can be very hard on you as well as your family. You need to take care of yourself and make sure that you stay healthy.

This workshop will focus on:

  • What are some of the risks of caregiving?
  • What are some of the rewards and joys of caregiving?
  • We will also address resources and navigating the system.

Facilitator: Elaine Kohn, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, and Susana Braslavski, MSW, RSW, Social Worker in Seniors Counselling and Referral Services at Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System 

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Navigating Special Education in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB)

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George Street – #101 Baldwin Rm

The workshop will focus on development of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the Identification Placement Review Committee (IPRC) process. It will also look at how learning challenges identified in the IEP are addressed in the classroom, and provide a brief overview of the gifted program. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the language and process of Special Education in the TDSB.

Facilitator: Special Education Inclusion Consultant

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Life Management Series for Students: Negotiating Time for Family (webinar)

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar (link will be emailed to you before the session)

A workshop series designed to empower students to balance their academic priorities and self-care, while caring for others.

What happens when family responsibilities clash with academic expectations? Thinking about how to start a conversation with your graduate supervisor about family priorities can be stressful. Join the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (Grad CRC) for a 30 minute webinar designed to empower students to balance family and academic priorities using negotiation and self-advocacy strategies.  This webinar will help you to:

  • Feel more confident about having a discussion with your supervisor about family issues and obligations;
    • Identify helpful campus supports and resources; and
    • Learn key negotiation strategies that may be useful as you prepare for discussions with your supervisor around family interests.

Facilitators: G2G Peer Advisors, Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (Grad CRC)

Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved.  Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome.

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Elder Care: Dementia 101 (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Monday, March 2, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UTM, Davis Building, UTM Room (formerly the Faculty Club)

A dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming and often we don’t know where to start.

Come join us for this workshop as you begin this journey.  The topics covered include:

  • What is Dementia?
  • What changes can I expect?
  • What are some common symptoms?
  • How can I communicate effectively?
  • How can the Alzheimer Society Peel help me?

Facilitator:  Danielle Farrell, Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Peel

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

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Online Chat for Prospective and Current Student Families

Date:

      • Monday, March 2, 2020, 9:00 – 1:00 am

Location: Online (link will be emailed)

Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:

  • Child care & child care subsidies
  • Schools
  • Children’s programs
  • Balancing study and family (and work too, if that is your case)
  • How to get connected with a peer mentor
  • Other issues that student parents have to deal with

All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

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Stress Management for the Sandwich Generation (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Monday, March 9th, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UTSC Catalyst Centre, EV152

Are you juggling the responsibility of caring for aging parents while supporting your own children? Have you ever felt that there is too much going on? That there is so much on your plate? Between your job, commute, dreams, family, (insert your issue here), you can’t find time to breathe? You are not alone! Learn how you can alleviate your stress and take control of your response when you are juggling multiple responsibilities. Join us for a 90-minute session, where you will discover 3 simple keys to managing stress in healthy ways, and you will walk away with transformational tools that you can use to minimize the chaos right away.

Facilitator: Tara Rhodes is a certified life and leadership coach, speaker and trainer, dedicated to helping people gain clarity on the life that they want to live, and developing the healthy habits to make it a reality. She firmly believes that life is too short to live a life that makes you unhappy and is on a mission to free her clients from guilt, imposter syndrome and unworthiness so that they can share their gifts and dreams with others. A wife, and mom to two lively boys, she actively practices what she preaches to maintain a healthy balance and presence in her day-to-day. Find out more at www.tararhodes.ca.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

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Worrying? Anxiety In Children

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George St., Cumberland Room 102

Everyone, including children, experiences anxiety from time to time. Anxiety becomes a problem when it interrupts our lives and stops us from doing things we want or need to do.

In this interactive workshop, parents and caregivers will learn more about the topic of anxiety in childen. We will explore how anxiety feels, physically and emotionally. Parents and caregivers will learn how anxiety can impact thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  As well, they will learn how to recognize anxiety and how to support kids who may be experiencing it. We will discuss signs, strategies and options to gain additional support and share supplementary resources. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions and learn from each other’s experience.

Facilitator: Rebecca Higgins has worked in community and social services for over 17 years, specializing in mental health education since 2010. She has designed and facilitated workshops for a wide range of groups, including library staff, tenants, security guards, business improvement associations, customer service professionals, youth, educators, and parents.

In addition, Rebecca has served as a panelist and presenter at conferences, delivered keynote speeches on mental health, and provided consultation support to community mental health initiatives.

Rebecca has lived and worked in Ireland, Honduras and Brazil. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a BA in English. Her first book, a collection of short stories called The Colours of Birds, is out now.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Introduction to Fertility

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St W., Room 2211

Attend this workshop to get the facts on fertility from Dr. Marjorie Dixon, the CEO & Medical Director of Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health.
During the one-hour session, Dr. Dixon will cover:

  • An overview of fertility
  • Issues, symptoms and causes
  • Fertility myths
  • Treatments and costs
  • Supports and services in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

Facilitator: Dr. Marjorie Dixon is the founder of Anova Fertility – Canada’s first full service fertility centre with a next generation embryology laboratory. Dr. Dixon is a graduate of the McGill University’s School of Medicine. Her initial postgraduate training was at the University of Toronto, in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her passion for reproductive medicine continued during her postgraduate training with a 3-year subspecialty, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology accredited fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Vermont. Dr. Dixon is an active member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and holds the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, where she actively participates in medical student and resident education. She continues to be an invited speaker at both national and international conferences in her field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Planning for Pregnancy and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Join us to find out how to make healthy choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle and promote wellness during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum. The session, created by Dr. Yolanda Kirkham, will address participants’ specific concerns on a range of topics including: questions around conceiving, health concerns and risks during pregnancy, health care provider options, antenatal care and screening tests, and post-partum issues. Participants will be able to access resources that support the information provided in the workshop.

Facilitators: Drs. Meghan McGrattan and Dana Soroka, U of T Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk (U of T Mississauga)

Date:  Thursday, April 2, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Maanjiwe Nendamowinan Building (formerly the New North Building), room 5128

Communication is key to positive and respectful relationships. In this workshop, we will explore both listening and speaking as you learn to engage cooperation through respectful communication. Learn how to use reflective listening skills and “I-messages”.

Facilitator: Kolleen McIlveen, Family Education Centre. Kolleen has been working for the Family Education Centre since 2010, and became a Parent Educator in 2012. She has been involved in the field of parent education since 2004 when her child was a toddler. Kolleen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in Marketing and International Management.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Fatherhood: A Father’s Guide to Building Character in Children

Date:  Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Myhal Centre, 55 St. George Street, Room 350

The job of a parent is to help our children figure out how to live productive lives as they grow.  Too often we fall into the trap of focusing on behaviour and we miss the opportunity to encourage and teach them to build good character.  This workshop will give us some ideas of the importance of character over behaviour and how to instill good character as a pattern for our children’s growth.

Facilitator: Brian Russell is a marriage and family therapist focusing on men’s and couple’s issues, as well as, the Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: To be confirmed

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. At this session you will:

  • Find out what are the childcare options available
  • Learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers
  • Learn how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers
  • Learn about the latest changes in the system
  • Find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

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Elder Care: The Role of the LHIN for the Caregiver

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George St., BA 2135

This workshop presented by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will:

  • Focus on in-home and community services available to assist you in providing care to an elderly person
  • Provide you with information on the application process for admission into a long term care home and other community housing options
  • Address caregiver stress and burnout with a focus on proving specific coping strategies

Facilitators: Jennifer Thomas MSW, RSW is a Care Coordinator with the Seniors Integrated Care Team, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, and she has over 15 years of experience working with seniors and their caregivers at home and in the community.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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Elder Care: Exploring Senior Housing Options (U of T Mississauga)

Date:  Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UTM, Davis Building, UTM Room (formerly the Faculty Club)

This is a workshop for family caregivers who are coming to the difficult realization that their elderly loved one may no longer be able to live in their current home and may have to relocate to a care facility.

Join, Esther Goldstein, social worker and author of Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®, as she explores:

  • How you discuss relocating with your loved one
  • The emotional aspects for both the caregiver and the loved one
  • The options for lifestyle choices from in-home supports to a facility
  • Retirement homes and long-term care homes

Facilitator: Esther Goldstein is a social worker and author of the Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®. She worked as a hospital social worker in the GTA primarily with the geriatric population, and now currently works full-time on her publication and the affiliated website www.senioropolis.com

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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