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Back to class for older adults

July 21, 2016

Living Life to the Full BooksCMHA Ontario is proud to announce many important updates to the Living Life to the Full program, including a rollout with the Francophone community and a new initiative that is bringing the program to caregivers 55-and-older in Toronto.

Living Life to the Full booklets are now available in French across Canada. CMHA Ontario is excited to offer one of the first Francophone versions of Living Life to the Full this September in Toronto. Following this course, bilingual Francophone facilitators will be trained to expand program.

Living Life to the Full for caregivers 55-and-older is a Toronto-based project that works to create community partnerships to deliver the course to individuals caring for a friend, family member, or neighbour. More than 80 caregivers have completed the Living Life to the Full program in Toronto, with another round of courses planned for September and October. Caregivers engaging in the program have been benefitting from new skills, and an opportunity to meet other caregivers in similar positions. Caregivers are learning how to care for themselves by re-engaging in the things that used to bring them pleasure and are learning how to cope with anger when relationships with the care recipient are tested.

These updates come as a story about the program re-aired July 20 on CBC’s flagship newscast, The National.

The National showed a story from November and provided an update, reminding audiences about the importance of seniors’ mental health and the power of changing thoughts and behaviours to feel better.

Interested in participating in Living Life to the Full, or referring a friend?

To find courses across Ontario, please visit: the Living Life to the Full website.

Caregivers 55-and-older in Toronto can find a course by visiting the CMHA Ontario webpage.

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