Edition: March 18, 2010
March 18, 2010
Volume 1, Issue 1
Welcome to the e-Newsletter
The SeniorsBC e-Newsletter, featuring current information on services and programs available to B.C. seniors, will be delivered to subscribers via e-mail several times a year. Readers can also look forward to feature stories on active seniors, healthy eating recipes and active aging tips.
We encourage you to share the e-Newsletter with friends, family and colleagues. You can subscribe to the e-Newsletter through the SeniorsBC website and have a copy delivered directly to your inbox!
Meet the Seniors’ Healthy Living Secretariat
In September of 2008, the Provincial government released Seniors in British Columbia: A Healthy Living Framework (Framework), an action plan designed to support British Columbia’s aging population. The Framework introduces four cornerstones: Create Age-friendly Communities, Mobilize and Support Volunteerism, Promote Healthy Living, and Support Older Workers.
The Seniors’ Healthy Living Secretariat, housed within the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, is leading implementation of the framework across the provincial government and with other key partners including local governments, the business community and community organizations.
"Physical activity is vital to a healthy life. It keeps you strong, reduces your risk of certain diseases and chronic conditions, and helps you maintain your health and independence. Try for a moderate amount of activity (30-60 minutes a day) on most days of the week for full benefits." ActNowBC
Herbed Lentil and Barley Soup
This soup is easy, healthy, colourful, delicious, and almost as thick as a stew. It’s a great source of fibre and protein, which makes it especially good for vegetarians. It is also inexpensive and freezes well. You can serve it with a slice of whole wheat bread, a small green salad and low-fat yogurt or fruit for dessert. This recipe and others like it can be found in the Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1½ hours
Per serving: Calories: 202, Protein: 8g, Fat: 7g, Carbohydrate: 25g, Fibre: 5.2g, Sodium: 287mgs Calcium: 78mgs
Welcome to the first edition of the SeniorsBC Newsletter. When Government launched Seniors in British Columbia: A Healthy Living Framework in fall 2008, we committed to improving our information and outreach services for seniors. We’ve updated the popular BC Seniors’ Guide, continue to support the Health and Seniors Information Line and now we are pleased to launch the new SeniorsBC website. Our goal is to ensure that important information on government programs and services is readily available to B.C. seniors and their families, through as many different communication channels as possible.
Using an idea from our Seniors' Healthy Living Advisory Network, we’ve now developed this e-Newsletter, which will feature regular updates on new programs, initiatives and events. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Check out SeniorsBC.ca
SeniorsBC.ca is a new website that provides information about government programs and services for older adults. Included on the website are sections on health care, finances, benefits, housing, transportation and more.
Users can find answers to timely questions in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section. Resources such as the BC Seniors' Guide and Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook can be found in PDF format on the website.
Check back regularly for up to date content, announcements of events, BC government programs and feature stories showcasing the achievements of older British Columbians.
Promoting Healthy Living Through Lifelong Learning
The senior population across British Columbia is booming. In fact, adults 65+ now make up about 600,000 people across the province, with projections expected to reach 1.35 million by 2031. But the news gets even better. Older adults are also living longer, healthier lives. According to Statistics Canada, the average male in the province can expect to live well into his late seventies, with the average woman reaching her early eighties. Indeed, this province enjoys one of the highest life expectancy rates across Canada. It seems that for most seniors, a growing commitment to physical exercise is already showing results. And the good news is, even if you start later in life, studies show you can still noticeably improve your flexibility, balance, strength and endurance.
But fewer people are aware of the many health benefits of lifelong learning. For decades, studies have shown that a person's level of education is one of the strongest socio-economic predictors of self-perceived well-being. Advocates for lifelong learning see many other benefits. Educator Nancy Merz Nordstrom explains that third-age learning teaches us new things, while also providing a forum for meeting people and sharing ideas. She explains that socializing in groups "opens our minds and brings us to a whole new level of enlightenment." Education can also be the key to unlocking your own self-discovery, says Nordstrom: "Understanding the whys and the whats of previous successes and failures help us understand ourselves better," she explains.
Meet Pamela Wray - 2009 QuitNow Contest Winner!
This is an interview with Pamela Wray, a senior living in Fort St. John in northern BC, who had been smoking for over half a century. We chose to feature Pam in this newsletter, because she is living proof that you are never too old to make lifestyle changes. Since Pamela gave up smoking she is walking more and is taking art classes.
Pam was 72 years old when she quit. She had wanted to give up smoking before, especially when her son Shane quit, but she finally decided to do so one chilly evening when it was 40 below and she couldn't justify warming up her car for 20 minutes to drive a couple of blocks for cigarettes. As she was preparing to leave the house, a television advertisement about the BC Lung Association's QuitNow & WIN contest came on. This was the added incentive Pam needed to quit.
She decided to enter the contest there and then, but one of the contest rules was that she needed to enlist the help of a support buddy, someone she could call anytime she had cravings and who would help her overcome them. She called a friend and he immediately agreed to help her. Pam threw away the rolling papers, washed and hid the ashtrays and hid anything else she thought might tempt her to change her mind. The next day, when she told her two best friends, ages 54 and 65 about her resolution, they too decided to quit so that they could continue to spend time with her.