Media Advisory - Official launch of the CBAO Seniors Day Program

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - As a result of age, cultural and linguistic barriers, immigrant seniors are among the most disadvantaged and underserviced populations in the Greater Toronto Area. With a growing number of elderly in the region, the CBAO Seniors Day Program is unique in its mandate to support Italian-speaking seniors who have been diagnosed with early-stage dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease as well as their families and care partners. The unique rehabilitation program aims to moderate the decline associated with dementia through stimulating physical and mental exercises as well as socialization, all of which have been identified as beneficial to brain health.


Official opening of day program


CBAO Centre, 7730 Islington Avenue, SW corner of Islington and Hwy 7


 Tuesday, November 8, 2016 beginning at 10:30am

 From 10:30am to 11:15am with official remarks starting at 10:45am


Program sponsor: Calabrian Benevolent Association of Ontario (CBAO)

  • Ralph Chiodo, Chair, CBAO and owner, Active Green+Ross

Program operator: COSTI Immigrant Services

  • Mario J. Calla, Executive Director, COSTI Immigrant Services

Program's clinical advisor:

  • Dr. Giovanni Marotta, MD, FRCP(c), Geriatric Medicine via video

About the Calabrian Benevolent Association of Ontario
Established in October 2013, the Calabrian Benevolent Association of Ontario (CBAO) is made up of individuals who share a desire to contribute to community development in our province. With a mandate of helping develop social and cultural capacity in the Italian-Canadian community, it intends to become recognized by acts of benevolence. Learn more at

About COSTI Immigrant Services
COSTI has been providing employment, educational and social services to new Canadians and individuals needing assistance since 1952. With a staff of over 350 people who speak more than 66 languages. COSTI is a community-based, multicultural agency presently providing support to over 39,000 individuals annually.

COSTI is responsible for the operation of the seniors day program.

SOURCE Calabrian Benevolent Association of Ontario

For further information: For additional information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Susana Petti, CBAO Media Relations & Communications, T: 416.780.4549, E:; Mary Cellucci, General Manager, Marketing and Communications, T: (647) 631-1574, E:

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