Edition: July 2011
July 21, 2011
Volume 2, Issue 2
Creating Age-friendly Businesses
A new age-friendly guide to help businesses attract and keep older customers and employees is now available. Creating an Age-friendly Business in B.C. was developed based on input from seniors and small businesses around the province. The guide includes ideas on how to better
serve older customers, and a checklist to enable business owners to assess the “age-friendliness”
of their business.
Creating an Age-friendly Business in B.C. can be found in the “Age-friendly BC” section of the SeniorsBC.ca website (www.seniorsbc.ca/agefriendly). To order a printed copy, contact the Health and Seniors Information Line (in Victoria call 250-952-1742; elsewhere in B.C., call Toll Free 1-800-465-4911).
Communicating With Seniors: How Can We Do It Better?
Where do you go to look for information you need? What’s the best way to reach you and other seniors?
These were among the questions seniors were asked to discuss at a series of recent Information and Outreach focus groups held around the province. The Seniors’ Healthy Living Secretariat was seeking input on how best to support seniors with information and resources. About 90 seniors and others took part in focus groups in seven B.C. locations—Cranbrook, Kelowna, Parksville, Prince George, Vancouver, Vernon, and Victoria.
Spinach Salad With Orange Sesame Dressing
This salad is a nice change from lettuce and tomato. If you are saving a portion for the next day, save the dressing separately. This recipe and others like it can be found in the Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook. This handbook can be viewed at www.seniorsbc.ca/healthyeating and copies can be requested by calling the Health and Seniors Information Line at 250 952-1742 (In Victoria) or 1 800 465-4911 (toll free).
Preparation and cooking time: 20-30 mins
Per serving: Calories: 82, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 5 g, Carbohydrate: 7 g, Fibre: 2 g, Sodium: 36 mgs, Calcium: 62 mgs.
2 cups (500 mL) chopped fresh spinach
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped red or green onion
1½ tsp (7 mL) olive oil or canola oil
½ tsp (2 mL) sesame oil (optional)
¼ tsp (1 mL) honey or sugar
1 pinch powdered ginger
1 pinch pepper
½ tsp (2 mL) orange rind
1 tbsp (15 mL) orange juice
1 tsp (5 mL) sesame seeds, toasted
Parliamentary Secretary's Message
Seniors and Elders enrich all our lives... as parents, grandparents, neighbours, friends, workers, volunteers, and in so many other ways. During B.C. Seniors Week this year, June 5-11, British Columbians of all ages recognized the contributions of seniors and Elders by taking part in a variety of events and activities celebrating older British Columbians.
In this issue of the SeniorsBC e-Newsletter, you will find articles about a few of those activities, including the Circuits 4 Seniors open houses held at Seniors’ Community Parks in 11 communities, and the many fun events hosted by the BC Seniors Living Association and its members around the province.
In B.C., we know that seniors are a valuable resource, sharing their skills, knowledge and life experience, and contributing their energy and commitment to help build vibrant communities. We know, too, that by supporting older adults to stay healthy, active and independent we are benefiting all British Columbians.
Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid
Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors
to the Minister of Health
Active Aging Tip
Over 4000 Reasons to Eat Your Vegetables and Fruit! Phytochemicals are compounds that occur naturally in vegetables and fruit. Over 4000 phytochemicals have been identified. Many help prevent disease by acting as anti-oxidants that help to protect against various diseases. ActNowBC
Seniors Celebrate Seniors Week
In celebration of B.C. Seniors Week, June 5-11, 2011, the BC Seniors Living Association (BCSLA)
and its members across the province hosted an assortment of social events, entertainments
and activities for residents, friends and family.
Events in different locations gave seniors a chance to shine in talent and fashion shows, share their flair for art and story-telling, and exercise their brains at a spelling bee and a brain fitness
Circuits 4 Seniors
Over 200 people celebrated B.C. Seniors Week, June 5-11, and got tips on keeping fit, by taking part in Circuits 4 Seniors, a series of open houses held at Seniors’ Community Parks across the province.
Circuits 4 Seniors events were held in Burnaby, Courtenay, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, North Cowichan, Oak Bay, Prince George, Richmond, Terrace and Vancouver. Certified trainers were on hand at each of the community parks to lead participants through a series of movements on the outdoor fitness equipment. Participants included not just seniors, but people of all ages.
Talking To Seniors About Planning
Planning for healthy aging can help prepare each of us to deal with unexpected changes and transitions in our lives. The Seniors’ Healthy Living Secretariat is exploring ways to raise awareness of the importance of planning for healthy aging.
On June 9, 2011, the Secretariat hosted the fourth B.C. Active Aging Symposium in Vancouver. The theme of the symposium was “Planning for Healthy Aging,” and the Secretariat was able to collect input on this topic from about 120 seniors, policy makers, health care providers and others who took part.