Health Promotion & Wellness

Learn about the latest health information from the experts. Wellness lectures and events provide an opportunity to learn about common health concerns and risk factors, and get tips on prevention and treatment options to best manage your physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. Take part in our various wellness events, workshops, support groups, health fairs and more!

For more information about health promotion and wellness programs, please contact Maria Lindgren at 416-225-2112, ext. 130 or


Join us every Thursday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for a weekly wellness lecture on various topics of health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, disease prevention, alternative therapy, mental health, and much more! Admission is free.

Isolation and Loneliness
Thursday, October 25
Loneliness affects us all. Learn about risk factors, the issues and how to break the cycle of social isolation as we age.
Speaker: Yvonne Bricks, Speech Therapist

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Thursday, November 1
Learn how a Naturopathic Doctor deals with sleep issues.
Speaker: Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, Naturopathic Doctor

Be Aware – Personal Safety
Thursday, November 8
The best way to stay safe is to be aware of your surroundings, join David Birkan as he discusses techniques to stay safe.
Speaker: David Birkan, Martial Arts Instructor

Vibrant Smiles Program
Thursday, November 15
The Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization offering health education and more to improve people’s health around the world. Join us for a pilot program where we integrate physical, mental and emotional well-being with music, movement and dance. Come give it a try!
Speaker: Smiles in Action, Smiles Foundation

Making a Will
Thursday, November 22
November is “Make a Will” Month. Learn from lawyers about the importance of having a will, powers of attorney for you and your family and special considerations to keep in mind.
Speaker: Ontario Bar Association

The Role of Libraries for Newcomers
Thursday, November 29
Did you know that libraries play an important role for newcomers to Canada? Learn about the fast changing library world and experiences about serving new immigrants to Canada.
Speaker: Guanxin Hua, Settlement Service Worker

Allergies Demystified
Thursday, December 6
Many people suffer from allergies. Learn more about the science behind allergies and vaccines with graduate students from the Immunology Department at the University of Toronto.
Speaker: Sci Chat, University of Toronto Immunology Department

Cooking for One – Part 1
Thursday, December 13
Cooking for one person can be difficult. Learn about meal planning, the updated Canadian food guide, grocery shopping tips, budgeting and more.
Speaker: Leah Shainhouse, Dietitian

Cooking for One – Part 2
December 20, 2018 Join us for a food demonstration on cooking for one and taste some samples!
Speaker: Leah Shainhouse, Registered Dietitian


Memory Boosters
Stay sharp and challenge your mind with riddles, puzzles, games and trivia as part of a fun and energetic group. Drop in.
Every Thursday • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Auditorium

Laughter Yoga
Learn the health benefits of laughter! No exercise required. Instructor: Joyce Solomon
Thursday, October 18
Thursday, November 15
Thursday, December 13
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Location: Auditorium

David A. Croll Memorial Wellness Lecture
“The future of aging with health, dignity and vitality, instead of pain, sickness, loneliness and dementia” Erik Landriault, M.Sc., Director, Innovation, Saint Elizabeth Health Care Join us for our annual David A. Croll Memorial Wellness Lecture as we look at the future of the health care system and how the Canadian health care system compares to other countries. See how technology and digital media plays a role in the future of health care!
Wednesday, November 14
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This event is sponsored by Senator David A. Croll Memorial Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto.

Retirement Living Fair
Connect with local agencies, health practitioners, senior service providers, community services and retirement homes! Includes a trade show, information seminars, demos, refreshments and more! This event is hosted by the Bernard Betel Centre in partnership with the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario and sponsored by the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.
Wednesday, November 21
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Mindfulness Meditation – CANCELLED
Would you like to know more about mindfulness and be guided through an 8 week meditation practice? Join us for a free mindfulness meditation class with Yulia Visheratina.
Friday, October 19 – December 7
11:00 am – 12:00 pm