Edition: October 2011
October 1, 2011
Volume 2, Issue 3
Age-friendly British Columbia
Age-friendly British Columbia (AFBC) is a renewed strategy to help B.C. communities create age-friendly environments that improve quality of life for older residents, and for people of all ages and abilities.
New age-friendly resources and incentives for B.C. communities will include:
- A new recognition program to celebrate B.C. communities that have taken important steps towards becoming more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible to people of all ages.
Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook – Now Available in French
The French-language version of the popular Healthy Eating for Seniors handbook (Alimentation et santé des aînés) is now available. Healthy Eating for Seniors is designed to help older adults make healthy eating choices.
The handbook provides information and tips about food safety, supplements, and shopping, and includes a selection of healthy recipes.
Indian Curry Sauté
This is a very light curry, full of healthy vegetables, fruit and fibre. Serve it with brown rice or couscous. The recipe can be doubled, but we do not recommend freezing it. Instead, save it in the fridge for the next day. 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/HealthEating 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: 40 minutes – 30 minutes to get everything chopped and in the pot, and another 10 minutes to finish cooking.
Per serving: Calories: 271, Protein: 7 g, Fat: 9 g, Carbohydrate: 42 g, Fibre: approx. 8 g, Sodium: 336 mgs, Calcium: 85 mgs
2/3 cup (150 mL) finely diced carrots
1/3 cup (75 mL) finely diced celery
1/3 cup (75 mL) finely diced apples
1/3 cup (75 mL) finely diced onions
1 tsp (5 mL) curry powder
1 tsp (5 mL) canola oil
¼ cup (60 mL) water
¼ low-sodium bouillon cube
1/3 cup (75 mL) chickpeas
2 tsp (10 mL) toasted sliced almonds
Variation: Use black beans, pinto beans, diced cooked chicken or diced cooked beef instead of chickpeas.
Senior Athletes Shine in BC Seniors Games
We do not stop exercising because we grow old - we grow old because we stop exercising.
- Dr. Kenneth Cooper, Cooper Institute
Three West Kootenay communities – Castlegar, Nelson and Trail – co-hosted the 2011 BC Seniors Games with the motto “Three Cities, One Goal.” Held from August 16-20, this year’s games gave more than 2,800 older athletes a chance to shine – in events ranging from ice hockey, dragon-boating, and archery to cribbage, horseshoes, and one-act plays.
Parliamentary Secretary's Message
There’s a lot of buzz about seniors these days. The 2011 BC Seniors Games in August drew crowds – as well as senior athletes and volunteers – from across the province to the beautiful West Kootenay area. In September, when local government representatives gathered in Vancouver for the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual convention, they discussed how communities could adapt to better support our aging population. And, once again, the first of October provides an opportunity to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons and, here in Canada, the first National Seniors Day.
That’s why it’s a particularly exciting time for me to take on the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors. As a parent and grandparent myself, I know that seniors and Elders, in all their diversity, are an important part of strong, healthy families and strong, healthy communities – and I look forward to working with the Minister of Health and our government and community partners to continue promoting healthy, active aging for all British Columbians.
Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors to the Minister of Health
Active Aging Tip
Being physically active doesn’t just mean playing sports. Start off by adding more activity to your daily routine. If you drive to work, try parking a few blocks from the office. Change your weekly coffee date with friends to a walk (you can put your coffee into a To-Go cup!). Healthy Families BC
35th Annual BC Elders Gathering
Qepóthet te Mestiyexw – “Bringing People Together”
The 35th Annual BC Elders Gathering was hosted by the Stó:lo and Coast Salish Communities, July 12-14, 2011, in Abbotsford. The Gathering is an opportunity to honour and celebrate Elders, and gives Elders a chance to socialize, share cultural teachings, and make connections with youth and other community members. Over 4,000 Elders from communities across the province traveled to Abbotsford to take part in this year’s Gathering.
The Elders Gathering is also a time to learn. Speakers, workshops, and display booths presented information on health and wellness, education, safety, residential school settlements, and much more. Among the many speakers and dignitaries at the event were the Honourable Steven Point “Xwe li qwel tel,” Lieutenant Governor of B.C., and Her Honour Mrs. Gwendolyn Point “Shoshqelwet.”
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Volunteer Profile: Helen Henley, Campbell River
Helen Henley stays active and involved in her community as a volunteer for the Campbell River Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association (MISA) and other non-profits like the Salvation Army. Born in the Philippines, Helen immigrated to Canada in 1967, first settling in Port Arthur, Ontario.
Q. It can be challenging for new immigrants to settle in smaller communities, which typically have less cultural diversity and fewer services than larger urban centres. What drew you to settle in Port Arthur?
A. My husband Cecil drew me to Port Arthur. We met in the Philippines, and we were pen-pals for years before he asked me to come to Canada and marry him.
3rd Annual Seniors Health & Wellness Fair
October 6, 2011
Nanaimo Senior Services Network presents the 3rd Annual Seniors Health & Wellness Fair on Thursday, October 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Beban Park Recreation Centre (2300 Bowen Road) in Nanaimo. For more information, call 250-739-5768 or email email@example.com.
20th Annual Seniors Symposium
October 19, 2011
South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society hosts the 20th Annual Seniors Symposium on Wednesday, October 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. This year’s theme is “Volunteering & Healthy Aging”. For more information, visit www.seniorswellnesssociety.com.