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September 30, 2004
Toronto Homes for the Aged issues the 10-minute challenge
On October 1, 2004, communities around the world will join in observing the
International Day of Older Persons. To celebrate this important day, Toronto
Homes for the Aged encourages citizens across Toronto to take 10 minutes to
enrich the life of a senior. Activities could range from making a phone call to
an older relative, to dropping by the neighbour's house for a quick chat, to
volunteering in a long-term care facility or retirement residence. The goal of
the challenge is promote community connections that remind seniors that they
play a vital role in our society.

In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 1 of each year as
the International Day of Older Persons. This day is meant to commemorate older
persons and raise awareness about the challenges to older persons and to
announce or highlight important global aging events.

The 10-minute challenge is part of a world-wide action plan to ensure that
people everywhere age with security and dignity, and continue to participate in
their societies as citizens with full rights.

Castleview Wychwood Towers is helping Toronto Homes for the Aged launch the day
by hosting an open house on Thursday, September 30, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at 351
Christie St. This event will feature guided tours, and will offer guests an
opportunity to meet representatives from over a dozen community organizations
that are hard at work every day enriching the lives of seniors in the community.

Toronto Homes for the Aged operates 10 long-term care facilities serving over
2,600 residents. Each home is a thriving and active community, where a care
team works with residents, families and volunteers to respect, support and
enable residents to enjoy the highest possible quality of life. Toronto Homes
for the Aged also provides a variety of services to help seniors continue to
live independently in the community.

Media contact:
Kathy Varley, Manager, Fundraising and Volunteers, Toronto Homes for the Aged,



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