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Senior Buddy Program at Shannon Oaks

The students of Tecumseh Elementary in Vancouver's Victoria-Fraserview are part of sea-change taking place in BC's educational curriculum, but as far as the kids are concerned, today's field trip is just another welcome opportunity to visit some of the seniors at the Shannon Oaks retirement home.

"Dorothy is my Senior Buddy," says 11-year-old, Henry Situ. "She's a very good talker and has lots of really intriguing stories to tell."

The Linzer Torte Challenge

Our Team loves challenges, especially when it involves food. A few days ago Kurt came to visit his wife Verena at one of our communities in Kelowna. He had saved the last of her baking in his freezer and he had decided to share it with her that day. The Team quickly learned of the visit and they challenged Deb to bake a fresh sample. Kurt replied that it was impossible but he would get the recipe.

Unlock Your Snack Potential

During the month of March Dietitians of Canada celebrate Nutrition. This year the theme is to "Unlock the Potential of Food", we celebrate how food can fuel, prevent and heal our bodies. Without a doubt, food possesses powerful properties which can ultimately enhance our lives. In this article we offer ten tips for healthy snacking, which could be just the fuel you need to keep you going throughout the day. 

March 17 | We can all be Irish!

All Kelowna seniors are invited to a St. Patty celebration, with entertainment by Vic Ukrainetz with a delicious lunch.

Date: March 17 at 12:00PM

Menu: corned beef, roman salad, roasted potatoes, carrots and dessert.

Location: West Kelowna Seniors Activity Centre | 3661 Old Okanagan Highway

Purchase $10 tickets at Village at Smith Creek, Westside Health Network or call Kate 250-215-1500.

March 15 | We can all be Irish!

All Kelowna seniors are invited to a St. Patty celebration, with entertainment by Vic Ukrainetz with a delicious lunch.

Date: March 15 at 12:00PM

Menu: corned beef, roman salad, roasted potatoes, carrots and dessert.

Location: Rutland Centennial Hall | 180 Rutland Road, Kelowna

Purchase $10 tickets at Sun Pointe Village or call Kate 250-215-1500

Embrace Aging Month

Don't miss out on the Fifth Annual Okanagan Embrace Aging Month. Four of the following events are proudly hosted by our Baptist Housing Communities in Kelowna. On March 22 our very own Rachel Lewis will be facilitating Transition in Care: Improving the outcome.

Alzheimer Café

An Alzheimer Cafe is a type of post-diagnostic group intervention, held monthly, that provides education, information about dementing illnesses, as well as various types of support for people with dementia and their carers, and interested others. Alzheimer Cafes take the form of 'a social gathering' in a cafe-like setting where people meet easily. They help support people with dementia and their family or friend carers to stay connected.

Mandala Moments

Our Residents at Grandview Towers have embraced an adult colouring program and we are encouraged by the results. I think of Irene, she participates in our Residents of Seniors Supportive Housing Program and she has been creating mandala drawings for over a year and a half. During her mid 50's, she acquired Parkinson's Disease and this has caused some limitations such as writing changes and loss of automatic movements. At first, when she started the adult colouring program, the colors were out of the lines and often unorganized.

Heart Smart Eating Tips

The month of February, or the month of love, seems like a prime opportunity to talk about heart health.  There are several lifestyle factors that play a key role in maintaining a healthy heart. You can show your heart some love by choosing adequate amounts of physical activity, avoiding or limiting the use of tobacco and alcohol; and of course, practicing healthy eating. Let's focus on some key heart smart tips.

Feeding My Mother

In reflection of Alzheimer's Awareness month we recommend reading Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden.

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Biography, Family Relationships, Health

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