Posts Tagged ‘seniors’

Oakville Releases 2014 Budget Documents

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Yesterday, town staff presented Oakville’s proposed 2014 operating and capital budgets to the Budget Committee achieving Council’s direction to keep the total property tax increase in line with inflation.

Town staff recommended a 2.93 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill for an overall property tax increase of 1.3 per cent including estimated regional and education tax rates. The proposed  increase would see residential property taxes increase by $11.85 per $100,000 of assessment meaning that a home assessed at $400,000 would pay an additional $47.40 per year or $0.91 per week.

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Oakville Budget Committee wants your Input

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The Oakville Budget Committee heard from public delegations yesterday about the town’s proposed increases to its 2014 rates and fees. A number of seniors voiced concerns about the ongoing phase out of the seniors’ discount on recreational memberships and programs that began in 2012.

After hearing from delegations and staff, the Budget Committee recommended maintaining the current 20 per cent discount for seniors’ memberships, and directed staff to explore additional time of day discounts to enhance service levels.

“Seniors are a vital and contributing part of the Oakville community. We hope they continue to stay active and take advantage of Oakville’s outstanding programs and services,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Oakville’s seniors’ discount for fitness memberships is being maintained at the same level as Mississauga and Burlington and our membership prices continue to be lower than both neighbouring municipalities.”

Some delegates also shared concerns for seniors with limited income who fall below the poverty line making fitness opportunities difficult to afford. Staff highlighted Oakville’s RecreationConnection program which offers up to $300 in funding for eligible low income residents towards most programs and services offered by the Recreation and Culture department, including memberships. Residents are encouraged to visit oakville.ca to learn more.

Under the Municipal Act, municipalities have the authority to impose fees or charges for any activity or service provided, but cannot charge more than the cost to provide those programs and services. The main user fees paid by Oakville residents are transit fares, facility and field rentals, recreation program fees, building and planning permit fees, and parking rates.

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Find Unique Gifts at Holiday Bazaars

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Looking for a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday shopping list? Well look no further. All three Oakville seniors’ centres will host their annual bazaars and craft sales this November — just in time for the holiday season!

Have your pick of baked goodies, hand-knitted and sewn items, gently-used jewelry, books, gift baskets, Christmas crafts and more. Don’t forget to visit the tea room and refreshment areas for a break during your shopping spree at all three locations!

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Accessible Support for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Eva & The Thistlecreek Team

Eva Zatrak, the CEO and founder of Thistlecreek Health Care, has 20 years of experience providing in-home health care. Focused on serving the Oakville community, Thistlecreek Health Care offers a variety of services with a mission to support seniors and family caregivers through the sometimes difficult transition from independent to assisted living.

Thistlecreek Health Care believes everyone has a right to live in their own home for as long as possible and strives to make this a reality for everyone. They understand how important your home is to you. Those trees you planted for each of your children when they were born cannot be uprooted and hauled off to a retirement village. There are the memories linked to the swimming pool when the kids spent all day swimming with their friends in the summers of times gone by and let us not forget all our friends who pop in several times a week for a cup of tea and a chat.

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Depression in the Elderly – Why You Should Care

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Guest Speaker, Dr. Anne Braun

The Canadian Club of Halton Peel and the Federation of University Women Oakville hosted speaker Dr. Anne Braun, Associate Clinical Professor in the departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at McMaster University, who shared her views about “Depression in the Elderly – Why Should You Care.” The turn-out for Dr. Brown would suggest that there are a great number of people who are dealing with the issues and who certainly care about the seniors in our aging population, often family members.

Early in her medical training, Dr. Braun noticed that older patients accepted chronic illness and depression as normal aspects of the aging process. This attitude, together with a reluctance by older generations and many cultures not to talk about the subject, has resulted in incidents of depression being under-diagnosed and under-treated. Depression is not a normal consequence of aging and, once diagnosed, it can be treated effectively.

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