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WHITBY, ON, February 26, 2014 –

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Durham
Region Health Department encourages all men and women 50 and over to be screened for colon cancer.
According to Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Ontario. In addition, in 2013, CCO reported that approximately 8,700 Ontarians would be diagnosed with colon cancer, with almost 3,350 Ontarians (1,850 men and 1,500 women)
dying from this disease. continue reading…

Senior WritingOshawa This Week

OSHAWA — Senior citizens are invited to sharpen their pencils and their imaginations to write creative short stories incorporating the Oshawa Public Library.

To celebrate the Oshawa Public Library’s 150th anniversary, the eighth annual writing competition for seniors is challenging writers to incorporate the library into their stories.

Stories must be original, fewer than 1,500 words, must not have been submitted or accepted anywhere else for publication and must not have been entered in any other competition. Entries will be judged based on their originality, technique and sense of craft. continue reading…

SeniorsOlder Adult Strategy would identify the way forward for senior programming

Clarington This Week

CLARINGTON — As the number of senior residents continues to grow, Clarington could create a plan to accommodate them with an older adult strategy in the 2014 budget.

“We need the structure given to us by the older adult strategy,” said Cathie Ward, a volunteer on the Clarington Older Adult Association Board. “If we don’t go with an older adult strategy we’re going to be floundering.”

Clarington staff and the COAA worked together to decide what needs to be studied in an older adult strategy. The plan would look at program needs, facility options and review staffing and volunteering levels at the COAA. A committee — including Clarington Community Services staff, COAA board members, Region of Durham Social Services and members of the public — will be formed to oversee the project. continue reading…