National PROBUS Month – March 2021

PROBUS' goal is to provide Fellowship, Friendship and Fun for men and women 55+. They are a volunteer-based, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian fellowship organization with over 4,000 clubs worldwide, 255 being Canadian clubs made up of over 38,000 members. Their clubs are all about encouraging healthy minds and bodies and socializing with other retirees in the community.

PROBUS Pickering Lakeside currently has 334 members, and is one of two in the City of Pickering, the other being PROBUS Pickering Club. PROBUS offers new experiences and a social network. PROBUS Pickering Lakeside offers a variety of guest speakers, interesting activities (examples being hiking, bridge, book clubs, cooking classes, trivia, theater, lunch and breakfast groups) and social events, stimulating conversation and the chance to explore your community, Canada and the world with new friends. Their website highlights some of the Pickering activities (City of Pickering 55+ group programs, Senior Centers without Walls) and any Pickering events that may be of interest.

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World Lymphedema Day – March 6, 2021

Lymphedema is a chronic swelling of a body part caused by an accumulation of lymph fluid. It can result from cancer treatment, surgery, trauma or a genetic deficiency that has affected one’s lymph nodes. Though not curable, it can be managed with effective intervention including self-care. If left uncontrolled, it can become a debilitating condition. We believe that more than approximately 388,000 Ontario residents currently have lymphedema.

The Lymphedema Association of Ontario (LAO) is a patient-advocacy organization committed to providing resources and information to those affected by lymphedema. The LAO has continued to provide direct information via an info-line to many callers, attended or hosted several educational and awareness events, distributed many informational resources and operated a therapist listing that attracts numerous views.

Awareness and knowledge, for patients, caregivers and health-care providers, is key to combatting this challenging condition. For more information, visit the LAO website.

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Emergency Preparedness Week – May 2 to 8, 2021

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national initiative to increase awareness about individual and family preparedness. Participation of individual municipalities will help raise awareness of emergency preparedness and thereby build more resilient communities.

Emergencies can happen anywhere and anytime. During an emergency, response agencies focus their efforts first where the need is greatest – that is why individual emergency preparedness is so important. While most people recognize the importance of being prepared, surveys have shown that less than half take the steps needed to be prepared. Emergency Preparedness Week provides an opportunity to engage Ontarians on how to prepare, and the opportunity to elaborate on how doing so can reduce the risks and consequences of an emergency.

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Personal Support Workers (PSWs) Day – May 19, 2021

We recognize all of the Personal Support Workers (PSWs) who are the frontline of our healthcare system.

PSWs have selflessly and tirelessly provided care to our community’s most vulnerable through an extraordinarily challenging year, a year made more precarious by a Pandemic the likes of which many of us have never seen. Through all of this they have been, and continue to remain, steadfast and true.

They have given so much of themselves every day, sacrificing their own health, safety, time with their families, and even their own lives, to ensure the safety and care of our seniors and most vulnerable.

PSWs ensure that people in long-term care facilities or in their homes are safe and cared for. They make every effort to provide the best possible care to them, and do it with a sense of compassion and empathy that is the badge of honour of every PSW.

Now, more than ever, we are thankful to our PSWs along with all health-care workers on the frontlines caring for those who are affected by COVID-19.

PSWs truly deserve our recognition and respect for everything they have done through this Pandemic and through the working conditions that they face every day, especially in the Long-term Care setting.

PSW Day is an opportunity to celebrate their contributions to our community, and to our loved ones.

Thank you to all the PSWs and frontline health care workers who continue to provide this essential and vital work that directly impacts the lives of so many every day.

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