Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division’s Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+ program was the subject of a feature article on toronto.com this week.
The story focuses on Cat Peever, an Etobicoke resident and graduate of the program, who described how Living Life to the Full has helped her overcome personal challenges to better support her 84-year-old father and 94-year-old neighbour who both deal with health problems.
The toronto.com story, which was also featured in print in the Etobicoke Guardian and North York Mirror, came on the heels of new research by Baycrest that showed Living Life to Full made significant improvements to participants’ mental health, including symptoms of depression and anxiety, low mood and feelings of loneliness.
Living Life to the Full is a fun and engaging eight-week course that provides people from all walks of life with effective tools to maximize their ability to manage life’s challenges. The group-oriented course is based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy, which focus on understanding how thoughts, feelings, and behaviours work together to impact well-being. Each 90-minute session focuses on a different topic, such as understanding unhelpful thoughts, engaging in enjoyable activities, coping with anger and solving daunting problems.