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CSC Takes Action for Falls Prevention Month   

During the month of November, CSC is rallying alongside the community to help spread awareness about the importance of falls prevention. Falls are a serious issue with an estimated one in three older adults experiencing a fall each year. Falls can disable, cause mental distress and may result in a loss of independence, but the good news is that they are predictable and preventable! 

Regular exercise and learning about fall risk factors can reduce the chance of having a fall. Just 50 hours of standing exercise can prevent one fall! CSC's range of SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) group and in-home free gentle exercise programs are an excellent way for clients to maintain or improve their functional fitness. Falls Prevention consists of a series of 12 education sessions which run concurrent with the exercise program. To celebrate the month, CSC is giving away free branded water bottles to clients with 90% Falls Prevention participation, and is also offering a mini Falls Prevention series at one our Community Dining sites.

Are you or someone you know at a risk of falling? Here are some resources and tools you may find helpful:

- Stand Up to Falls Information Sheet - CSC Click here 
- Module 1: The Legend of the Fall & Chronic Illnesses - CSC Click here 
- Risks Assessment Questionnaire - Region of Waterloo Public Health Click here
- Home Safety Checklist - Region of Waterloo Public Health Click here   
- Visit http://fallpreventionmonth.ca/

Meet Katharine: Falls Prevention is Key to Staying Independent

A lifelong fitness buff, 87-year-old Katharine regularly attends free gentle exercise classes offered by CSC at her Cambridge retirement home. The classes are held on site three days a week, along with rotating falls prevention education sessions.
Katharine joined her late husband, Ross, in the retirement home just before her scheduled hip replacement surgery in 2014. After having the procedure, she was determined to stay independent and preventing a fall was at the top of her list.
“My biggest worry is having a fall. If I broke a wrist, or my arm, that would change my life. In the meantime, I’m working on it.” 
Health and wellness was always an important part of their lives, and Katharine is committed to carrying their shared passion for fitness forward. She credits CSC’s Gentle Exercise and Falls Prevention programming as vital to staying strong and healthy. Since starting the classes she has been able to get out for walks more often.

Katharine is very enthusiastic about CSC’s falls prevention sessions. She plans to participate in the program for a third time, because she knows learning about fall risk factors and how to reduce those risks plays a major role in falls prevention. She is willing to do whatever she can to reach her goal.
“I really want to stay independent as long as possible,” said Katharine.

CSC is privileged to be helping clients like Katharine live independently in their own homes! For upcoming exercise and falls prevention sessions click here, call our office at 519-772-8787, or visit www.communitysupportconnections.org. 

The Mayor's Souper Sampler Raises Over $4,300

It was a wet, windy day, perfect for warming up with a hot bowl of soup at the 7th Annual Mayor's Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels Saturday, October 22nd! Thanks to 15 local restaurants and caterers, our dedicated sponsors, volunteers, and more than 400 attendees, we raised over $4,300 for programs and services in Cambridge.

Congratulations to The Bruce Restaurant and Lounge who took home the Souper Sampler Trophy for their Ethiopian Chicken Berbere, roti crema and herb soup, 2nd Place Winner Beertown Public House, 3rd Place winner Zoup! Cambridge, and People's Choice Award Winner Ambertree Fresh Market Kitchen . A huge thank you to all of our amazing vendors who came out and donated all of their soup allowing 100% of the proceeds to go directly to our clients. 

Thanks as well to our Green Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors Veriform, Graham Mathew Professional Corporation, Chartered Accountants, Schiedel Construction Inc.

Media Sponsors KFUN 99.5, Kool FMCTV, Waterloo Region Record

Print Sponsor Westmount Signs

Click here to see event photos of the day. Click here to read our full thank you. We hope to see everyone next year!

Chef Paula Makes 100 Mile Feast Debut

CSC was proud to present the dessert course at the sold-out 100 Mile Feast: Bites of Brazil on Monday, October 24th at Proof Kitchen and Lounge. The annual event put on by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kitchener-Waterloo, consists of an evening of local food and wine pairings celebrating local agricultural and culinary talent. This year proceeds helped support physician recruitment in the region. 

Hosted by our friend Andrew Coppolino of CBC, Chef Paula had the opportunity to work alongside Tacofest vendors The Berlin, Public Kitchen & Bar, Taco Farm and The Culinary Studio. As you might have guessed, Chef Paula's caramel flan with cantaloupe and ground cherry sorbet with cachaça lime apple chips (pictured above) was a raving success! Not only did our kitchen staff prepare more than 350 meals that day, they went above and beyond to participate in this community event. Thank you Chef Paula and the entire kitchen team! 

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Photos

CSC celebrated our incredible volunteers on Thursday, October 6th at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held at the Holiday Inn in Cambridge. Though this event comes just once a year, the commitment, compassion and dedication of our volunteers is recognized and appreciated every single day. CSC simply could not exist without the support of our more than 700 volunteers helping over 7,000 clients live at home with independence and dignity.

 Click here to see all of the beautiful photos from the evening, courtesy of Crestina Photography.

GivingTuesday Waterloo Region
November 29th

CSC is joining the GivingTuesday Waterloo Region movement to celebrate this one day defined by generosity! Just as Black Friday kicks of the holiday shopping season, November 29th marks the first day of the giving season. Whether by making a donation, volunteering your time, or helping us spread the word, your support helps to extend our reach, enabling more of our clients to live at home with independence and dignity. 

Here are some ideas of how you can join the #GivingTuesdayWR movement!

  1. Follow @CSCMOW on Twitter and Facebook and let us know how you give back on GivingTuesdayWR using the hashtags #StayGenerous and #GivingTuesdayWR
  2. Take an #UNSelfie and tag @CSCMOW on Twitter
  3. Visit CSC’s booth at the Giving Fair on November 29th at Conestoga Mall 
  4. GivingTuesdayWR will kick off our annual holiday fundraising campaign! Click here to make a donation online, or call our office at 519-772-8787
  5. Check out our individual and corporate volunteer opportunities, click here.

Feature Volunteer Opportunity: Group & One-on-One Exercise Instructors

Are you passionate about health and wellness and want to make a difference in our community? Would you like to gain hands-on experience working with older adults? Then consider leading one of CSC's group and/or one-on-one gentle exercise classes!
 Group Exercise Instructors (WALC):

  • lead or co-lead one hour, low-impact exercise classes once a week Monday to Friday (daytime)
  • receive free in-depth training plus mentorship with a trained instructor

 One-on-One Exercise Instructors (Fab Fit):

  • visit housebound clients for approximately one hour weekly to provide guidance and support in performing 15 simple exercises over a 12-week period
  • receive six hours of free training prior to being matched with a client
  • flexible time commitment
Join our team by calling 519-772-8787 and asking for a member of the Volunteer Team or apply online at http://communitysupportconnections.org/volunteer/apply/.

Kitchen Garden Helping Hands 

Thanks to corporate volunteer groups Home Depot and Gore Mutual for helping out in our garden this fall! The Home Depot Team volunteered on September 27th to build our shed and help spread the soil. Gore Mutual stopped by on October 28th to help prepare the garden for winter by weeding and mulching. Thanks again to 100 Women Who Care Waterloo Region for making this project possible with their generous donation. We will actively be looking for Garden Volunteers this spring! If you are interested in joining the team, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for Yesenia at ext. 214.

CSC Offices Closed November 11th on Remembrance Day

CSC offices will be closed on Friday, November 11th, 2016 for Remembrance Day. Many of our clients are Veterans and we hope everyone takes a moment to remember their sacrifices. Consider wearing a poppy or attending your local Remembrance Day ceremony to show your support.

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