Edition: June 2010
June 29, 2010
Volume 1, Issue 3
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
In 2010, for the fifth year in a row, the Province of British Columbia joined jurisdictions around the world in proclaiming June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).
For many organizations and individuals, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is both an opportunity to bring attention to the issue, and a catalyst for action. For all of us, this day is an important reminder that we still have work to do to ensure that older British Columbians are supported to be healthy, to be active, to be safe, and to live with dignity.
This low-fat cobbler is moist and full of nutrition. Enjoy it warm with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or a spoon of yogurt. Keeps in the refrigerator for the next day.This recipe and others like it can be found in the Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Per serving: Calories: 189, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Carbohydrate: 27g, Fibre: 2.8g, Sodium: 211 mgs, Calcium: 94 mgs
During June 6 - 12, B.C. Seniors’ Week was celebrated throughout the province. This week provides an opportunity for us to come together to acknowledge and celebrate the integral part seniors play in communities across British Columbia - as friends and family, mentors and volunteers. Many communities around the province held events during Seniors’ Week, including:
Port Clements: On June 8 seniors were invited to participate in a wheelchair-friendly trip to the museum and a walk through the new Millennium Park, Golden Spruce Tree Trail and the Birdwatching Tower. This was Port Clements’ inaugural Seniors’ Week event and it was well attended with 40 participants.
Richmond: The City of Richmond hosted several events over the week including a cooking class where a chef and nutritionist cooked and discussed healthy eating, an Aquasize class and social event, a yoga class, a nature park walk, and a perennial plant exchange. There was also a Fall Prevention Fair on June 9, attended by more than 250 people, with many displays and resources for seniors.
North Vancouver: On June 9 a Healthy Aging Fair was held at the Lynn Valley Centre. The Fair featured 25 local businesses offering everything from homecare services and housing, recreation and fitness, to hearing and health. Experts were available on site to answer questions and supply older adults with information.
Meet Angela French from the Health and Seniors Information Line!
Angela French loves her job! She is one of the seven information analysts who answer the BC Health and Seniors’ Information Line. The analysts answer an average of 173 calls per day from all around British Columbia, Canada, and the world. Last year they answered 43,806 calls. The analysts provide information to seniors and the general public on government services and programs. We sat down with Angela to learn more about the Health and Seniors’ Information Line and to talk about why she enjoys her job.
SeniorsBC: How long have you been working at the Health and Seniors’ Information Line? How did you come to be there?
Angela: I have been working on the Health and Seniors’ Information Line for just over a year now. I came here by having a conversation with my supervisor about my past history where I spoke about my work on the front lines in health care in Sidney, BC. I worked for many years in a medical office in Sidney for two wonderful doctors. The practice had many senior patients who lived in the Sidney area. I miss them all tremendously.
ActNow BC Seniors' Community Parks - Riverside Fit Park, Courtenay, B.C.
Set in Riverside Park underneath a towering oak tree and protected by the great weeping California redwood, the yellow and grey exercise units look like garden sculptures guarded by great columns of ten foot high hedging cedars. Outside the cedars, the Courtenay River flows by, often carrying kayakers. In the distance are the fields of Lewis Park. Paths lead from one exercise station to the next. The whole atmosphere is cheerful and inviting.
The motto on the yellow sign in front of the park reads: “Every Move is a Good Move”, and since its opening day, folks have been visiting the park, using the equipment, enjoying it and having fun.
I watched a young man do chin ups on the Pull Up Bracket. He was delighted with the equipment and relishing his outdoor workout. I lamented that my chin up days were over, still I was able to have a great but modified workout on the same piece of equipment. My favourite is the Air Walker, because it helps relieve my arthritic hip.