COSTI’s Encuentro Latino, is a weekly encounter group for Spanish-speaking seniors. Seniors receive information, orientation and peer support on various issues affecting their lives as older adults and newcomers. The goal of the group for Spanish speaking seniors is to reduce isolation and to provide a supportive environment where seniors can discuss issues affecting their lives and share common experiences and solutions.
Weekly group sessions on various topics include: health issues affecting older adults; social activities; experiences of the elderly as immigrants; safety; and community and government resources for seniors.
Services are available in English and Spanish.
Who is Eligible
Encuentro Latino is open to any Spanish speaking senior 55 years and older residing in Toronto who does not require nursing or paramedical care.
Tuesday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pmDownsview Acres: 2195 Jane Street, Recreation Room
This Program is Located at:
This service is free of charge.
COSTI's Encuentro Latino group is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
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I am 58 years old and my husband died two months ago. Am I entitled to any benefits?
There are three types of benefits:
- The death benefit is a one-time payment to, or on behalf of, the estate of a deceased Canada Pension Plan contributor.
- The survivor's pension is a monthly pension paid to the surviving spouse or common-law partner of a deceased contributor.
- The children's benefit is a monthly benefit for dependent children of a deceased contributor who are the ages of 18 and 25 and in full-time attendance at a school or university.
It is important to apply for Canada Pension Plan benefits as soon as possible. If you do not apply, you may lose benefits you are entitled to receive.
For more information or to obtain an application form, contact the COSTI North York Centre at 416.244.0480.
I suspect my elderly neighbour is being abused by his family. What should I do to help him?
Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, financial, neglect or violation or rights.
If you see actual abuse, or someone tells you that they are being abused, listen carefully and reassure the person that it is not their fault and let them know that there is help available.
If you know someone who is experiencing elder abuse, please call the Victim Support Line in Toronto at (416) 314-2447 or toll-free at 1-888-579-2788. For any emergency situation, call 911.
I am a 67 year old senior and have been in Canada for four years. Can I apply for the Old Age Pension?
A person, who cannot meet the requirements for the full OAS pension, may qualify for a partial pension or may qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement if they have little or no other income.
To determine the amount for which you may be eligible, it is best to contact the Department of Human Resources and Social Development at 1.800.277-9914.
Arranging For Homecare
Several Community Care Access Centres located across Ontario provide case management and assist clients to arrange for services that best meet their needs.
To find a Community Care Access Centre in your community, call 416-314-5518, or visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/contact/ccac/ccacloc_mn.html.
For information about the Ontario Homecare Association, visit http://www.homecareontario.ca.