Edition: April 2011
April 19, 2011
Volume 2, Issue 1
Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook - Now Available in Print
The Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook has been reprinted in English and Chinese
and is available for order.
The Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook is designed to help seniors make healthy eating choices.
The handbook addresses many of the barriers to healthy eating, and includes information about food safety, supplements and shopping, as well as tips and recipes.
You can order print copies of the handbook in English and Chinese from the Health and Seniors’ Information Line. In Victoria, call: 250 952-1742. In the rest of the province, call toll-free: 1-800-465-4911.
We Want to Hear from You!
As we mark the first year anniversary of SeniorsBC.ca and the e-Newsletter, we would like to hear from you!
Take the short e-Newsletter survey (less than five minutes) and let us know what you like, what you want to see more of and what’s missing from the current e-Newsletter.
And while you are at it, feel free to let us know your thoughts on SeniorsBC.ca by taking the SeniorsBC.ca survey.
Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback as we strive to make these resources as useful as possible for you and all British Columbians.
Quesadillas are a warm, tasty way to use up leftover cooked vegetables and small amounts of cooked meat. For a complete meal, serve with a piece of fresh fruit and a
glass of milk. This recipe and others like it can be found in the Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook.
Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
Per serving: Calories: 252, Protein: 12 g, Fat: 7 g, Carbohydrate: 33 g, Fibre: 3.4 g, Sodium: 308 mgs, Calcium: 236 mgs.
1 whole wheat soft tortilla (7 inch or 18 cm)
¼ cup (60 mL) shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
¾ cup (175 mL) cooked vegetables (use leftovers if you have them)
Cooked meat (optional)
Sliced olives or sun dried tomatoes (optional)Have one of these delicious muffins with fruit and a cooked egg for a tasty, healthy breakfast. The muffins freeze well, so you may want to double the recipe and freeze extras in an airtight freezer bag. You can then take them out one at a time as you need them. This recipe and others like it can be found in the Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook.
Active Aging Tip
“Most British Columbians do not get enough vitamin B6, which is important for brain functioning and protein metabolism (Vitamin B6 requirements increase after age 50). Folate, essential for healthy blood cells and your heart, is also missing. Whole grains, vegetables and fruit, are excellent choices to boost your intake of vitamin B6 and folate.” ActNowBC
Parliamentary Secretary's Message
As Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors, I am committed to working with seniors, their families and others to explore new and innovative ways to promote and support the health and well-being of older adults in this province.
In the months ahead, I look forward to keeping you up to date on our progress through the SeniorsBC.ca website and SeniorsBC e-Newsletter.
Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of SeniorsBC.ca. The website is designed to provide information on a wide range of topics that impact older British Columbians. The response so far to the website has been very positive, and we’re always looking for ways to make SeniorsBC.ca even better. That is why we are asking visitors to the website to complete an online survey. The results of the survey will allow us to ensure that SeniorsBC.ca is meeting the needs of seniors and other British Columbians who are interested in seniors’ issues.
In this issue of the SeniorsBC e-Newsletter, you will find updates on key programs and actions to support seniors, as well as tips and information on new resources to help seniors make healthy living choices. I am pleased to announce that the very popular Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook has been reprinted and is available for you to order (see sidebar on the left for ordering information).
Don’t forget to check out other content on SeniorsBC.ca for the latest information on some of the other activities underway to promote and support healthy, active aging for British Columbians.
Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid
Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors
to the Minister of Health
Community Action for Seniors’ Indepence (CASI)
Pilot communities share successes and challenges at February meeting
Seniors in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood of Vancouver are getting fit, and connecting with each other and with other services in the community, through the Community Action for Seniors’ Independence (CASI) walking club.
In Osoyoos, where public transportation is limited, older residents can now get a lift to doctors’ and other appointments in the CASI van, or with a volunteer driver.
In Dawson Creek, members of the Junior A hockey team are helping CASI clients cope with winter by providing snow-shovelling services.
In the Newton area of Surrey, CASI program staff members are busy recruiting volunteers who speak a variety of languages to reach out to immigrant seniors and let them know about available supports in this multicultural community.
And in Maple Ridge, where CASI services have been available the longest, seniors are accessing transportation, housekeeping and handyman services.
These are just a few of the stories and successes shared by CASI program coordinators and other community representatives while meeting at the United Way of the Lower Mainland offices in Burnaby on February 3, 2011.
Volunteer Profile: Mel Kotler, Kelowna
Mel Kotler is a familiar face in Kelowna: an active member of the community, he volunteers for many causes and campaigns. Past President of Fabricland Pacific Ltd., Mel has been retired for 10 years, and says volunteering helps to keep life interesting. Mel took time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions about his volunteer work.
Q: What inspires you to volunteer?
A: There’s a lot of need out there, and making positive change in your community makes you feel good about yourself.
Q: What kinds of volunteer work do you do?
A: Volunteering has been an important part of my life for a long time. I’ve volunteered on more campaigns and with more organizations than I can count. I do a lot of fundraising work, because that relates to my marketing background, and I also mentor organizations to help them meet their fundraising goals. I’ve worked on a number of United Way campaigns. I was part of the Major Acquisitions group for the Kelowna Cancer Lodge in the late 1990s, and I’ve been active in the Okanagan Jewish community since 1986/87.
Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming
SFU Segal Graduate School of Business, Vancouver
May 25-26, 2011
Population aging and global warming are two of the biggest challenges facing humanity this century. How will they affect each other and how will aging populations adapt to climate change?For more information on this event, visit www.sfu.ca/fc2011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15, 2011
For the sixth consecutive year, the Province of British Columbia is joining jurisdictions around the world in honouring and supporting its seniors by proclaiming June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. You can find more information and resources about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and elder abuse prevention on SeniorsBC.ca.