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Council Task Force on Seniors working to ensure seniors can age in place Page 07

Over $286 million will be used to add RCMP officer positions over the next five years through the government of Alberta’s Police Funding Model. “Ensuring Albertans are safe, secure, and protected in their communities goes to the heart of who we are as a government,” said the Minister of Justice and

Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer. “We want to ensure we fund law enforcement in an equitable and sustainable way that will ensure we have more police in our communities. With the Police Funding Model, we are delivering on our promise to enhance public safety,” he said. During a rural crime tour, Schweitzer had the opportunity to hear Albertans’ concerns and fears

about rural crime, hear their stories about how they don’t feel safe in their communities, and the toll rural crime takes on Albertans. “The mental health issues it’s causing, the anxiety it’s causing where people are concerned about leaving loved ones on their properties, people are living in fear on Continued on Page 2 their properties

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New partnerships between the RCMP, municipalities, and the Government of Alberta will be forged to ensure rural Albertans feel safe in their homes at night,” Schweitzer said. “We want to make sure that we’ve told rural Albertans that we’ve heard you, we’ve listened to you, and we’ve taken decisive action throughout our mandate,” he said. Adding, “For me, it’s been eye-opening, and I appreciate all of the stories that they’ve told and shared. It’s allowed us to get to where we are today. Your feedback has been immensely powerful.” Through the Police Funding Model, new partnerships will be forged between communities who rely on the government to ensure their safety. Over $286 million will go into front lining policing, which will add 500 law enforcement personal in Alberta. “Every dollar goes right back into rural policing for the province,” Schweitzer said. Currently, there are approximately 1,600 RCMP members in Alberta, with the implementation of the Police Funding Model, roughly 300 police officers will be added. Under the Police Funding Model, support staff that will provide tactical units to provide technical expertise to investigate drug trafficking and organized crime will be hired, including scrap metal units, auto theft units, and call centre management to ensure better police call response times. The 400-person Rural Alberta Provincial Integrated Defence (RAPID) Force announced in November will be intergraded to help elevate pressures on local police. “Sheriffs, Fish and Wildlife Peace Officers and Commercial Vehicle Officers will be intergraded into this plan. This is important to help make sure the RAPID Force can help elevate pressures on our police across Alberta,” Schweitzer said. “We’re fixing a police funding system that we’ve been told is broken. Wide-open spaces, long distances, and backroads have long posed a challenge for police to cover such vast distances,” he said. Moving forward, to lay the foundation for sustainable policing in communities, every municipality will contribute to the Police Funding Model However, the new funding model will be phased in within four years, giving municipalities time to adjust.

“This funding model is a true new partnership with rural municipalities. With the funding comes a true new seat at the table,” Schweitzer said. “It’s my belief, and the feedback we’ve received that policing is at its best when you have leadership at the table helping set up the priorities,” he added. In addition to the Police Funding Model, an Alberta Police Advisory Board will also be implemented that will work in partnership with police to set the priorities of policing, addressing the priorities of municipalities, and how funds are spent. Under the Provincial Police Justice Minister and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer announced that new partnerships will be forged Service Agreement (PPSA), between RCMP, municipalities, and the Government of Alberta to ensure rural Albertans feel safe in their Alberta pays 70 per cent homes. Under the new Police Funding Model, over $286 million will be used to add over 500 Alberta rural of policing costs with the RCMP positions over five years. Photo submitted federal government paying the The municipal tax base will determine the policing costs for remaining 30 per cent, said a each community, and the population to calculate a base cost. Government of Alberta press release. Communities will also be eligible for other subsidies that that Under the Police Funding Model, additional investment from could impact the local policing costs. municipalities, and the federal share of the PPSA, rural policing “The creation of this government mechanism will ensure policing funding will increase over $286 million over five years, with every is in mind of the communities that fund it and the people being dollar being invested in frontline policing, the press release said. protected, ensuring Albertans feel safe in their communities is Rural communities, with some exceptions, will be contributing a paramount, and goes to the heart of what this government is trying portion of their policing costs in 2020. to accomplish,” Schweitzer said. In order for communities to adjust, the Police Funding Model Adding, “We want to make sure the funding model is sustainable, will be phased in, with communities contributing 10 per cent of and we want to make sure that we have the enhanced abilities to policing costs, followed by 15 per cent in 2021, 20 per cent in keep our rural Albertans safe and secure in their homes.” 2022, and 30 per cent by 2023.

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RCMP remind Albertan’s to take the proper steps to deter break and enters By Emily Rogers As many Albertans are preparing to get out of the cold weather, Alberta RCMP want to remind residents to properly secure their homes and property while they are away on vacation.

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timers on lights, disconnecting power to garage doors, investing in a home security system, locking all windows and doors, having someone shovel the driveway, and not making boxes from expensive gifts obvious in the recycling. Alberta RCMP is encouraging Albertans to ask someone who they trust to check the mail or use a hold mail service while away, as mail theft was high in January, second only to December in 2018. It can also be beneficial for Albertans not to post upcoming plans and photos during their vacation on social media that will show that their home is empty. RCMP encourages the public to report any

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Cannabis edibles available in Chestermere Lake City Cannabis is offering chocolates, candies, cookies and tea edibles for consumers

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Lake City Cannabis is now offering edibles in the form of chocolates, candies, cookies, and tea for consumers. Lake City Cannabis Owner Ryan Roch has seen an extremely high demand for edibles and is excited to fulfill the need for consumers. When consuming an edible, it is important to go slow, and dose low, as edibles can take up to two hours to kick-in, Roch said. Photo submitted by Ryan Roch

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“There’s a massive demand for edibles right now. A lot of people are looking for it, because

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Ryan Roch. Cannabis edibles have a different type of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which results in a different effect than what a smoked product would produce. An eaten product could affect the consumer for up to eight hours. The product will stay in the body for an extended period of time and have a prolonged impact. “It’s much more of an intensive feeling,” Roch said. Since Roch opened Lake City, he has

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Read for 15 showing the importance of reading

All members of the community are encouraged to read for 15 minutes, then call, comment or email the library to be counted

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By Emily Rogers The Chestermere Public Library is showcasing the importance of reading through the third annual Read for 15. On Jan. 27, Chestermere residents are encouraged to read anything from a book or magazine, to posts on social media, for 15 minutes, then call, comment, or email the library to be counted. Every individual will receive one point for reading for 15 minutes, regardless of how much they read throughout the day. “We believe in reading for entertainment, not everyone will always get there, but it’s important to bring awareness to how important reading really is, how much fun it can be,” said the Chestermere Public Library Acting Director Cathy Burness. This year, Burness is hopeful that over 700 readers will participate in Read for 15. “Literacy is important to us. The more that people read, the better they can write, the better

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they can speak, and the better they can do in school because reading is the key to so many learning experiences,” Burness said. Reading can also slow down or prevent cognitive decline while promoting better sleep, improving readers’ empathy, and decreasing depression. In 2013, a study published by the Journal of Science stated that individuals who read fiction have the ability to understand that people’s beliefs, desires, and thoughts are different to their own. It expands your horizons,” Burness said. “It’s a real community spirit kind of thing, it’s bonding over reading, to me that’s a big deal,” she said. Burness added, “Being cognizant of the fact that you should be reading every day, you probably are reading every day, and getting together with other readers and celebrating that.” For additional information on Read for 15, please visit the Chestermere Public Library Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ ChestermerePublicLibrary/.


Council Task Force on Seniors working to ensure seniors can age in place

The Council Task Force on Seniors housing, health, and supports and services sub-committee’s presented recommendations on how to provide appropriate care for seniors to safely age in the community By Emily Rogers The Council Task Force on Seniors presented the final reports from the Housing, Health, and Supports and Services SubCommittees during the Jan. 14 Committee of the Whole meeting. “Everyone appointed to the task force is here because of special interest in seniors’ needs,” said the Council Task Force on Seniors Co-Chair Cathy Burness. “The goal of the task force was to determine seniors housing requirements, and to identify additional needs of seniors as they age,” she said. She added, “We needed to know what services and supports are already in place, as well as supports that are presently unavailable or those that are not entirely meeting the needs of seniors.” During the first Council Task Force on Seniors meeting, three sub-committees, housing, health care, and supports and services, were created. “Throughout the past year, the members of the sub-committees have worked tirelessly to produce comprehensive reports,”’ Burness said. The Council Task Force on Seniors Housing Sub-Committee took into account many factors while creating the final report, such as what age is a person considered a senior, their ethnic background, what are the housing options, and what aging in place means. “Aging in place is important, but the health and well-being of a senior is paramount,” said the Council Task Force on Seniors Chairperson of the Housing Sub-Committee John Beal. “People will reach an age when they may or will need alternative housing arrangements in our community,” he said. It’s also important to consider what is involved for aging seniors when they decide to move. “Most would like to stay in their own home as long as possible. Some are more proactive than others in making future housing decisions. Sadly, many seniors don’t make any decision until there is a major change in health or death,” Beal said. He added, “This is all very important as it helps us determine what different housing requirements there are.” The housing sub-committee recommended that the City of Chestermere will ensure seniors are able to age in place and have a safe place to live in Chestermere. “The City of Chestermere should develop promotional information that identifies why the City of Chestermere is an amazing place to live,” Beal said. In addition to developing promotional information, the housing sub-committee encouraged the City of Chestermere to continue to push for and develop a partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), to have more age-related health and medical services. “The City of Chestermere should actively continue to communicate with and engage with developers to develop seniors’ housing and age-related amenities,” Beal said. He added, “The City of Chestermere should promote and encourage residents to plan for seniors’ needs in the future.” Along with ensuring Chestermere seniors can age in place, the appropriate health services must be available and easily accessible. “The task force for seniors has been a leap forward for seniors in this community,” said the Council Task Force on Seniors Health Sub-Committee Co-Chairperson Leslie Racz. “Our scope was to determine the health services required for seniors to age in place safely,” she said. Racz has watched the health resources in Chestermere evolve over the years from one clinic to four medical clinics, a new health centre where AHS operate public health services, lab services, mental health, addiction services, home care, and palliative care. The Council Task Force on Seniors Health Sub-Committee

has many strategies to create an age-friendly community and recommended that the City of Chestermere advocate and ensure health-related services will be in place so seniors can age in the community. The medical strategies the city can implement to ensure seniors have the appropriate health services include enhancing Chestermere’s partnership with AHS, physicians working in Chestermere, and EMS services while promoting the need for the development of a senior’s day clinic. The community supports the city can implement include promoting the business opportunity for a private radiology service, supporting the development of a senior’s resource book, supporting community support services, enhancing communication with seniors, and following through on the commitment to make Chestermere an age-friendly community. The Council Task Force on Seniors encourages the City of Chestermere to continue to guide and facilitate the requirements for all levels of seniors housing and continuing to promote transparency and communication for seniors by addressing residents’ feedback. Along with addressing the housing and health needs of seniors, the Council Task Force on Seniors also addressed the supports and services required for seniors to age in Chestermere. The Council Task Force on Seniors Supports and Services SubCommittee’s scope of work was to identify and establish seniors’ services required to support seniors aging in place. The supports and services sub-committee recommended that the City of Chestermere improve the communication to and from seniors in the community. A resource book can be created to ensure there is communication. The resource book will cover topics such as seniors housing, supports and services, health services, professional services, and other community resources that assist seniors as they age in place. January 23, 2020 // theanchor.ca

The resource book will be a single point of reference for organizations, and services available to seniors, and will be updated every two years. It’s important the City of Chestermere advocate for an Advisory Committee, which is committed to the Supports and Services SubCommittee. The Supports and Services Sub-Committee recommended that the city improve senior transportation services to connect seniors both within and outside of the community and provide a senior’s centre that meets all seniors’ needs. The sub-committee also suggested the city collaborate with the Chestermere Whitecappers Association to enhance services and resources. For the Council Task Force on Seniors Co-Chairperson Sherri Standish, it was important to get involved with the task force to ensure seniors can age safely in the community. “I hope that finally, something will be done so our seniors can age in place. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to meet the needs of Chestermere seniors and to satisfy the recommendations,” Standish said. The Council Task Force on Seniors is confident the recommendations will translate into a to-do list, engage staff, community partners, and all levels of government to participate and collaborate. “From day one, we have seen that our mayor and council are very much in support of this idea of aging in place, to keep our treasured seniors here in Chestermere, near their friends, families, and community,” Standish said. “We are confident that council will continue to show their commitment by following through on the recommendations given, and we are very excited and proud of the work that we have done,” she said.

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Advance care planning Alberta RCMP urge helps you document your drivers to follow rules of healthcare wishes the road Submitted by AHS The start of a new year is a good time to start advance care planning. Advance care planning is a way to help you think about, talk about, and document your wishes for healthcare. It’s a process that can help you make healthcare decisions now and for the future. If there’s a time when you aren’t able to speak for yourself, it’s important that your loved ones and your healthcare team understand your wishes for healthcare. Planning today makes sure that your wishes are known, no matter what the future holds. Advance care planning may bring comfort and peace of mind to you, your family, and to those who may have to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. • What are your values, wishes, and goals for your healthcare? Think about what’s important to you. • Do you have beliefs that influence your healthcare wishes? • Are there conditions under which you do or don’t want a certain treatment? • Where would you want to be cared for? • Have you had experiences with family or friends where healthcare decisions had to be made? • Have you considered Organ and Tissue donation?

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By Emily Rogers The Alberta RCMP are reminding Albertans to maintain safe driving habits on all road types in rural and urban areas. It’s important that drivers slow down when approaching an intersection, stop, and check all traffic before proceeding, obey traffic signs and signals, make a full stop when at red lights and stop signs even when turning right, use the signal light when making a turn, and remember that pedestrians have the right of way. “You should always be prepared for the unexpected at intersections. Pay attention to pedestrians, changing lights, slippery road conditions, and other drivers before proceeding through an intersection,” said Supt. Rick Gardner of Alberta Sheriffs. Adding, “Intersection safety entails consistently watching the road and other drivers and pedestrians to avoid dangerous collisions.” To ensure pedestrian safety, Alberta RCMP

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urge pedestrians to never jaywalk, always check traffic before crossing and only proceed when it’s safe, always use crosswalks and pedestrianactivated signals, and don’t be a distracted pedestrian, remove headphones and put away electronic devices. “According to Alberta Transportation, over 85 per cent of collisions involve a driver error. The most common driver errors identified in casualty collisions at intersections include left turns, stop sign violations, and disobeying a traffic signal,” said Supt. Gary Graham of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “Intersection safety is a shared responsibility. Together, we have the ability to reduce the number of collisions and save lives,” Graham said. Alberta RCMP will continue to work with Alberta Sheriffs, law enforcement, and safety partners to ensure Albertans make the right driving decisions.


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The following Development Permit(s) have been approved in accordance with the City of Chestermere Land Use Bylaw 022-10, as amended:

Any person deemed to be affected by the above approval(s) may choose to appeal this decision to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. Any appeal must be in writing to the Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and forwarded to the City of Chestermere along with the required fee of $200.00 within 21 days from the date of this publication. Further information regarding the above mentioned approval(s) may be obtained by contacting our office at 403-207-7075 during regular business hours.

Notice of Public Hearing - Bylaw 029-19 Pursuant to the provisions of Section 692 of the Municipal Government Act, Chapter M-26 of the Revised Statutes of Alberta, 2000, and amendments thereto, the Council of the City of Chestermere is considering Bylaw 029-19, being a bylaw to amend PART 10, SECTION 10.10.5 (c) (TOWN CENTRE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT-TC), Sites 5 and 6- Discretionary Uses. The proposed changes to the LUB 022-10, as amended, include: 1. The addition of Residential Care Facilities under the list of Discretionary Uses. A Public Hearing will be held in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE CITY OF CHESTERMERE, on TUESDAY FEBRUARY 4th, 2020; at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of considering verbal and/or (preferably) written representations from interested individuals or groups affected by the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment. Written submissions should be received at the City of Chestermere Office by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 29th, 2020. Note: any submission received after this time will be considered an oral submission and may be read into the record at the Public Hearing by the writer, or read on his or her behalf. Copies of the proposed bylaw may be reviewed on the City Website at chestermere.ca or at the City of Chestermere municipal building, 105 Marina Road, during regular office hours. Further information regarding the above may be obtained by contacting Community Growth & Infrastructure at 403-207-7075.

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Seniors Task Force Presents Recommendations to City Council Submitted by City of Chestertmere Monday, January 20, 2020 Chestermere, AB – After a whole year of investigation, research and consultation, the Chestermere Seniors Task Force presented their recommendations to City Council last Tuesday. “We are so pleased to receive the report from the Seniors Task Force,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “They have done a great deal of hard work to identify everything we need to consider to ensure our seniors can age in place in Chestermere. While we haven’t made any decisions about how to move ahead yet, this report helps us better understand where we are at and what we might need for our seniors.” The report identified six recommendations for City Council to consider to support seniors in our community. These include: 1. Housing: The report recommends that the City improve seniors housing options in Chestermere by working with partners and stakeholders. Suggestions include working with developers, seeking a community site that would include seniors’ housing and identifying housing gaps. 2. Home Support: The report recommends that the City advocate and ensure healthrelated services are in place to help seniors age in their home. Examples include exploring enhanced medical partnerships, advocating for extended services and pursuing a Seniors’ Day Clinic. 3. Community Support: The report

recommends exploring improved services for seniors, including the development of a senior’s resource book, enhanced services from Community Support Services and commitments to advisory groups for seniors’ issues. 4. Communication: The report recommends improving communication to and from seniors in Chestermere. Suggested strategies included providing regular senior-focused communication, a dedicated Senior Services Coordinator, and improving connections with existing partnerships and advocacy groups. 5. Transportation: The report recommends improving transportation services to help connect seniors within and outside of Chestermere. Strategies included developing a transit solution to accommodate mobility aids, expanding the Handibus Service, and exploring affordable transportation options for seniors. 6. Seniors’ Centre: The report recommends that the City provide a Seniors’ Centre that meets all seniors’ needs. Detailed suggestions to make that happen included collaborating with the Whitecappers group and liaising with Alberta Health Services to explore mutually beneficial options. “The presentation of this Final Report was an exciting culmination of the hard work and many hours put in over this past year. The six recommendations from the Task Force’s Housing, Health and Supports & Services SubCommittees are supported by specific strategies that I hope will become City Council’s ‘To-Do List’ to be addressed and implemented over the next one to five years. Once implemented, these strategies will benefit Chestermere residents of all ages, not just our seniors,” said Sherri Standish, the Task Force Co-Chair. After the presentation, City Council decided to create a Council Advisory Committee on Seniors so the City can continue to move ahead on addressing the identified needs. “Improving senior support services is a big

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priority for us as a City Council and thanks to the hard work of the Task Force, we now have a better understanding of what we have, what we need and the work that needs to be done,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “The report lays out important recommendations for us to consider as we make decisions about strategies, priorities and budgets in the coming years, and we thank the Task Force for their contribution.” Information about how to join the new Council Advisory on Seniors will be provided in the coming weeks.


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and resilient. The use of phytobiomes, big data in agri-food and the use of precision agriculture are all making farming practices more sustainable. Geographic information systems (GIS) farming and robotic production should also be showcased this year. Our growing rural-versus-urban divide is causing consumers who live in urban centres to be less knowledgeable and appreciative of what modern agriculture is all about. Recent advances are impressive and should be promoted for the betterment of society and for better policies. But again, this is about equal access to technologies, data and knowledge across the entire globe. At the epicentre of agricultural systems are plants. Plant health initiatives should focus on how we share our knowledge and expertise with other nations. Climate change knows no borders and neither should science. And when it comes to plant science, Canada is a force to be reckoned with. It’s not the first time the UN has focused its energy on plants – 2016 was the International Year of Pulses. For 12 months, pulses were heavily promoted. As one the world’s largest producers and exporters of pulses, Canada benefited from their rise to stardom. A few years later, food policies around the world encourage citizens to consume pulses as much as possible. As a result, more people know what pulses are and include them in their diets. Most would agree that the UN’s choice to promote pulses was as appropriate as it was needed, and it was successful. But a simple declaration is typically not enough. We should be constantly reminded of what’s at stake with the health of plants. The year 2019 was dedicated to the periodic table of chemical elements. Most would agree there wasn’t much fanfare about the table in the last 12 months. Other than acknowledging its existence, there wasn’t much promotion of a table that’s been in our classrooms and labs for decades. As a result, we barely heard about it. But picking plant health as a theme has great potential – if the work is put in. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is senior director of the agri-food analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University. © Troy Media

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Every year, the United Nations promotes something that it believes warrants attention and it has declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health. Celebrating plant health and bringing more awareness to the issue is well worth pursuing. Plants represent about 80 per cent of everything we eat. And animals raised on farms, of course, eat plants. Most Canadians recognize how important plants are to global food systems but few would how vulnerable our plant-based ecosystem really is. This year should highlight efforts to provide disease resistance for many crops around the world. Many vulnerable crops are grown in regions where plant science is underdeveloped. In fact, diseases threaten foods most of us take for granted. Bananas, citrus, coffee and cocoa are all affected by climate change and relentless diseases. Since most of these crops are grown in impoverished regions where farming practices have hardly evolved over the last several decades, economic powerhouses like Canada should think about supporting production outside our borders. Food consumption is more globalized than ever and many Canadians may be unaware of how lucky they are, having access to great food choices, year-round. We are in an era of acute focus on climate change. The impact of weather on plant disease occurrence and development is critical for plants and deserves more support and attention. Every day, Canadians pay for the impact of climate change on crops. We don’t know the extent to which food prices are affected but we know that the influence is real. Epidemics and climate events affected leafy greens and many other produce prices in 2019, and we expect more of the same in 2020. The spread of disease and pests, and the introduction of new diseases in a changing climate is something all nations need to mitigate against. And technological advancement hasn’t been idle. Despite significant challenges, modern civilization has seen a decent number of successes in plant science. Gene editing and genetic engineering are helping agriculture become more efficient

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Catch the Next Wave A Social Club for people 50+ years Guests & New Members Welcome! Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9:30 am to 12:00 noon (Located at the South end of the Recreation Centre)

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SPECIAL EVENTS Tuesday, January 28th – POT LUCK SUPPER - ROBBIE BURNS NIGHT! Doors open at 4:30pm. Supper at 5:30pm. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share! Wine and beer available to purchase. **************************************************** REGULAR WEEKLY PROGRAMS DROP-IN COFFEE HOURS: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings 10:00 am. Drop by for coffee, cookie and a chat; share some laughs! MONDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am – 12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Dropin. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00pm. More players are welcome! BRIDGE – 1:00pm – Guests Welcome! CIRCUIT TRAINING MONDAY EVENINGS - 5:30 – 6:30 pm. A self-paced class, designed for all ages and abilities. Incorporates strength, balance and cardiovascular health. **Please bring your own hand weights if you have them. TUESDAYS: CRIBBAGE FUN NIGHT - First Tuesday of every month – **NOTE: cancelled over winter months. Back in March or April. DROP IN WALK FIT CLASS – *Time changed to: 9:30 –10:30 am and may change again. No charge for members. $2/non-member. Walking indoors. Meet at Whitecappers. LINE DANCING – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. No charge for members and $2/nonmember. No sign-up. Drop-in. Great workout & mind exercise. WEDNESDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am –12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Dropin. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00 pm. More players welcome! THURSDAYS: QUILTING – Starts at 9:30am – Making “Comfort Quilts” donated to charities DROP IN WALK FIT CLASS – *Time changed to: 9:30 –10:30 am and may change again. No charge for members. $2/non-member. Walking indoors. Meet at Whitecappers. ARTISANS OF CHESTERMERE – 1:00pm – 3:30pm - All levels of skill! FRIDAYS: SENIORS’ CHAIR EXERCISES – 11:00am – 12:00 pm - Focus is on Strength & Balance. Drop In Class! No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. TAI CHI INTRODUCTORY CLASSES – 1:00 pm – Drop in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. Wear comfortable clothing. FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES – Starts at 6:30pm - Come enjoy a night of games and socialize! SATURDAYS: POOL & SHUFFLEBOARD – Cancelled until further notice. COME SEE WHAT’S NEW AT THE WHITECAPPERS!

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Here at the Chestermere Public Library we go the extra step to always make sure that our community receives the highest level of service that we can manage. We strive to have enough staff on any given shift, and we pride ourselves on our levels of customer service. Our residents asked for extended open hours in past years and we made sure that happened. We have been feeling financially stretched in the last few years and the number of people we serve and the number of items in and out of our Library increases every year. By far, our largest expense is wages for our staff, even though their wages are far below rates earned by people in similar positions in Libraries around the province. These ladies are also our greatest asset and we know how much you love them, because you aren’t afraid to let us know. We truly appreciate that. Well, budget time has come and gone. Unfortunately, our City of Chestermere Appropriation has not increased in the last 3 years, and we find it necessary to decrease our hours of operation. Starting February 1, 2020, we will no longer be open on Sundays. We will also be closing at 5:00pm on Mondays going forward. Read For 15 Friday, January 27th Save the date! Read for 15 minutes on Monday, January 27 and report it to the Library. Any kind of reading counts; newspapers, emails, even videogame text. Just read for 15 minutes and remember to let us know on the day of January 27th. Baby Rhyme & Storytime Wednesday, 10:15am-11:30am We are partnering with Chestermere Parent Link Centre to bring you this program on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 am. Parents/ caregivers and babies (0-12months) are invited to join us for stories, songs, and rhymes to promote bonding, and the development of your baby’s language, communication, and early literacy skills. No registration is required, as this is a drop-in program. Board Games Saturday, January 25 11:30am—3:30pm All ages are welcome to join us for board game fun at the Library. No registration is required. This monthly activity features games like Pitchcar, Catan, Dixit, and more. Save the date - Harry Potter Book Night Thursday, February 6th, 2020 We are busy planning final touches for our Harry Potter Book Night. This is an annual event and has been very popular in past years. There will be activities, crafts and the staff will be all decked out in our finest wizarding world outfits. You will want to mark this in your calendar and decide on your witch, wizard, Hogwart’s student or muggle persona. For more information about what’s happening at the Library, check our website and sign up for our newsletter online or pick up a newsletter next time you’re in. Don’t forget to follow and like us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Library Hours Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Closed on statutory holidays Chestermere Public Library 105B Marina Road Chestermere, Alberta T1X 1V7 403-272-9025 www.chestermerepubliclibrary.com


Chestermere photographers capturing lasting memories for families Chestermere photographers specialize in maternity and newborn photography By Emily Rogers Two Chestermere photographers are giving families an opportunity to capture lifelong memories by opening a local photography studio. Pursuing photography was extremely important for Photography Studio Co-owner Lisa Rego, as she enjoys capturing moments in time that families can look back on. “A photo can bring back so many memories that get lost in daily life. They are what we will have left to look back on of loved ones and what we can pass on to generations to come,” Rego said. Rego purchased her first camera with the intention of travel photography roughly nine years ago. However, after purchasing the camera, she quickly fell in love with the art. “That turned into doing random photos for friends and family. That made me realize I wanted to do it as a career,” Rego said. In 2014, Rego turned her hobby into a part-time business and created Elle R Photography. “In 2018, a year after having my daughter, I quit my full-time job and went full-time with photography, and I haven’t looked back since,” Rego said. While photography began to interest Photography Studio CoOwner Nicole Mamdani in high school, her interest continued to grow after she received a camera as a graduation gift.

Photography Studio Co-Owner Nicole Mamdani found her love of newborn photography after having her son, as she was in love with photographing him and capturing every milestone. Photo submitted by Nicole Mamdani

“I started taking photos of friends and family. It slowly started branching out into referrals and paid sessions from there,” Mamdani said. She added,” I decided to take the photography program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) after high school to further my knowledge.” Rego and Mamdani both found their passion for maternity and newborn photography after having children. “I was so in love with photographing him and capturing his tiny details and little milestones. I decided then that I wanted to specialize in newborn photography,” Mamdani said. “I have always loved babies and the beauty of pregnancy. It is such a miracle what a woman’s body can do and then the precious new life it brings,” Rego said. “Being a mother myself, I know all too well how fast this time flies by. One day you have a newborn, and then you blink, and your baby is two years old. I feel it is so important to capture them when they are so tiny and still curl up as they did in your belly because they are only that little for so long,” she said. A typical day for Rego when she has a photoshoot includes preparing the night before, pulling out all of the props she wants to use, and getting the studio set up. In the morning, once the baby arrives, Rego begins the photo session right away. The photoshoot can last between two to four hours, depending on the session type and how the baby is doing. After Rego completes the session, she cleans up the studio, and has a snack while uploading and editing the sneak peeks for the clients. Although Rego is passionate about capturing moments in time, learning a work-life balance has been a challenge. “There has been a lot of 3 a.m. editing nights. When you work from home, and your work is always staring at you, it can be hard to shut it off,” Rego said. “I have to remind myself to walk away and that it is OK to take nights and weekends off just like everyone else does,” she said. Despite the challenges Rego has had to overcome, opening a photography studio has been a dream come true. “I have been eying the space for about two years now and wanted so badly for it to become my studio but could never have afforded the overhead on my own,” Rego said. “Nicole and I became friends over the last little bit, and we started talking about the space. Time-wise it worked out perfectly for both of us. We went to see the space together and signed the lease not long after,” she said. After opening the photography studio, both photographers plan to keep their personal businesses, Elle R Photography and Face 2 Face Photography and their own clients. However, they will refer each other to clients when one is unavailable and assist each other

Initially, Photography Studio Co-owner Lisa Rego wanted to pursue travel photography. However, after becoming a mother, she found her passion for maternity and newborn photography. “I have always loved babies and the beauty of pregnancy,” Rego said. Photo submitted by Lisa Rego

when needed. By opening the studio, Rego is hopeful that she will continue to grow her business while meeting residents in the community. “I am hoping this helps grow my business more, so I have the opportunity to meet and photograph many more clients while giving them a warm, and welcoming space for their sessions,” Rego said.

Capturing lasting memories for families to look back on, is extremely important for Chestermere photographers, and now business partners, Lisa Rego and Nicole Mamdani. Going forward, both photographers are excited to work out of a studio space. However, they plan to keep their own personal businesses and clients but will refer clients to each other if unavailable. Photo submitted by Nicole Mamdani

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Leela Sharon Aheer MLA

Provincial News Hello Chestermere! Happy New Year, Happy Lohri, Pongal, Sankranti, Maha Shivratri and Happy Lunar New Year, Year of the Metal Rat. We honour these joyous occasions in our communities and hope and pray for everyone’s continued blessings and prosperity as we head into a New Year. I am so honoured to have been invited to so many wonderful celebrations and festivals in various communities across Alberta, to have tried some amazing food, and to experience first hand the colour, the festivities and the taste of the many cultures that are the beautiful tapestry of Alberta. Chestermere-Strathmore is home to a wide variety of agriculture and agri-business. We even have a shrimp farm! Are you involved in agriculture as a producer, agribusiness, student, 4-H member, academic or home gardener? Whatever your interest, I want to hear from you! The Government has launched a Farmer Led Research Engagement. We want to hear from stakeholders about your priorities for agricultural research. This could be anything from, for example, pure research on the life cycle of Club Root, initiatives to develop plants that are better adapted to our climate to ideas on private sector partnerships to advance technology, to complete “blue-sky” ideas. Agriculture is a huge and growing part of our economy and we want to build on our many strengths. Please join me and representatives from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry on Friday January 24, 2-4 PM at the West Room, Strathmore Civic Centre, 102 Brent Boulevard, Strathmore. For further information check out the ad in this week’s Anchor. To register, visit https://www. alberta.ca/farmer-led-research-engagement. aspx and scroll down to the Strathmore link, call my office at 403-962-0126, or email me at Chestermere.Strathmore@assembly.ab.ca. We are committed to tailoring our agriculture research to meet your needs. You have certainly heard of the Fair Deal Panel that is touring the province to get your input on a better deal for Alberta within Canada. Please watch for an upcoming announcement next week on my Fair Deal Town Hall, coming soon. Alberta government has declared Red Tape Reduction Awareness Week. It has been amazing to see how many submissions have come from all of you to our website at CutRedTape. Alberta.ca. We have had over 4500 submissions, we have held town halls, and we are so grateful for your help in identifying how we can cut red tape. We have some great momentum, and our goal is to cut red tape by 1/3, and in doing so help in getting our folks back to work. We need to inspire our job creators, innovators and all Albertans and reducing the regulatory burden is one of the ways to create a fast-flowing economy. We look forward to continued discussions and reducing the red tape burden on our businesses, job creators and

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every Albertan together. Thank you to Associate Minister Grant Hunter for his great work on this important initiative. The province launched its Support Our Troops program in 2014 and Albertans have responded strongly – purchasing nearly 45,000 plates since then. This public support has resulted in almost $2.5 million raised for Support Our Troops. The Canadian Armed Forces official charitable cause is operated by Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. Support Our Troops provides financial support and assistance to military members and families who make Alberta their home. I want to personally thank Minister Nate Glubish and our Military Liaison Brad Rutherford for their work on supporting our troops through the specialty licence plate program. Canadian Armed Forces representative Sean N. Cantelon, who is the CEO of the Canadian Forces for Morale and Welfare Services was able to share and express their thanks for this campaign. “The men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces provide a tremendous service to our province, country and the international community and it is difficult to find ways to express our appreciation to them and their families for their service and sacrifice. This program enables Albertans to show their support in a small, but meaningful way. It is inspiring to see these plates on so many Alberta vehicles, knowing the significant difference these donations have made to the lives of military families.” Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta “There is no higher form of public service than to risk one’s life in defence of our country or in maintaining public safety. Albertans share a great pride in our military members and so does our government. We are proud to support the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families with the Support Our Troops licence plate program, which provides funding for an array of important services. I encourage all Albertans to participate in this valuable program.” Brad Rutherford, MLA for Leduc-Beaumont, liaison to the Canadian Armed Forces “We truly appreciate the Province of Alberta’s endorsement and support of this program, which serves as an excellent role model for other provinces who are putting in place similar programs.” Sean N. Cantelon, CEO, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services Funds raised from the Support Our Troops specialty licence plate program help current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families in Alberta through organizations that provide support for children’s programs, scholarships, family assistance, veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and other initiatives. As always, we love to hear from you.

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Brazilian Wine When we think about wines from South America, Malbec from Argentina and Carménère from Chile are the ones that immediately come to mind, but there is a wine industry slowly developing in Brazil as well. The history of wine in Brazil goes all the way back to 1532, when Portuguese conquistadores claimed the land now known as Brazil as part of the Portuguese Empire. Unfortunately, most of Brazil is too close to the equator to successfully grow grapes, so early attempts at a domestic wine industry were mostly unsuccessful. The domestic wine industry finally gained momentum in the 1870s, driven by waves of Italian immigrants who brought old-world Italian vines and winemaking expertise to Brazil. Unfortunately, Brazil was governed by a succession of military dictatorships from 1889 to 1985, which enforced very closed economies, preventing the trade of wine in or out of the country. During this time, grape varietals that are native to the Americas were used for cheap table wine destined only for local consumption. The markets finally opened up in the 1990s, which led to much uprooting of the native varietals, and plantings of the noble European vines, as the international export markets had no demand for the hitherto unfamiliar local varietals. If you glance at a world map, most wine grapes are grown between the 30th and 50th parallels, and you will note that much of Brazil is too close to the equator, but the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul is right on the 29th parallel. This would still be a bit too warm for the old world varietals, but the region is mountainous, and the vineyards are located at higher elevations to avoid the heat. The winemaking industry in Brazil tends to follow Italian traditions, due to large waves of immigration from Italy in the 1870s, particularly in the mountainous regions best suited for wine grapes. Brazil’s biggest impact on the world wine market has been in the form of sparkling white wines, mostly made from Chardonnay and Semillon grapes, usually in the Spumante or Prosecco styles first made famous in Italy. Well-stocked booze merchants in Alberta do carry a few Brazilian wines, mostly from the

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largest two producers, Miolo and Salton, who both have a range of white and reds available. The domestic consumption of wine in Brazil leans heavily towards sparkling white wines, likely because they are more refreshing in the hot and humid weather than red wines. Interestingly, Merlot is the most popular red grape for domestic consumption, but is typically served cold like a white wine. Grape varietals native to the Americas are more suited to the Brazilian climate, so make up the mainstay of domestic consumption, as well as being blended with the more familiar French and Italian varietals for export markets. My first introduction to Brazilian wine was at the Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse, boasting 5 locations across Alberta. In Brazilian cuisine, grilled meat is referred to as churrasco, and Brazilian restaurants employ roving waiters with enormous chunks of grilled meat on large skewers, which are carved off into thin slices for each diner at the table. Since my first taste of Brazilian was at a Brazilian BBQ, my wine choices leaned towards the more full-bodied reds, mostly made from the Tannat and Cab Sauv grape varietals. Tannat is an interesting grape, originally from the Basque region bordering France and Spain, but has adapted well to South America, and is increasingly popular in Brazil and neighbouring Uruguay. When grown in Europe, Tannat is a very tannic and astringent wine. However, the terroir of South America produces a much softer and fruit-forward wine, often blended with Merlot for balance. Like most countries in South America, beer and spirits are the tipple of choice, with domestic wine consumption only about 2 litres per capita per year, much lower than Canada’s 15 litres of wine per capita, and dwarfed by France, whose citizens down close to 50 litres per capita per year. Brazilian wines can be found at well-stocked booze merchants across Alberta, as well as at the many Brazilian restaurants in nearby Calgary, should you be in the mood for mounds of grilled meat served in the gaucho style. Leave that Malbec from Argentina on the shelf and try a Brazilian wine instead!


PAWS for Thought

Steve King is the President of Community Therapy Dogs Society email: info@ctds.ca

Why THAT dog? Whether you set a New Year’s resolution to like everyone or not, with the best will in the world it is extremely unlikely that you will in fact like everyone you come across. So it is for dogs. If you’re like me, I’ve often wondered what it is that makes one dog attractive to another dog and yet on meeting a different dog they are completely indifferent towards it.

A City of Makers What do you make? This is a question that our community, Lake Ridge Community Church, is discussing together we start the New Year. It’s a question that can get under our skin in some good ways. It nudges us towards thinking about our identity, our purpose, and more. It ponders how we make and re-make, and how that shapes some of the most important parts of our lives.

As discussed in previous weeks, dogs do a lot of their communi-

As a boy I remember my mom and dad teaching us kids how

cation through body language and through the nose. And it doesn’t

to make a snow fort. With scarves trailing behind, and mittens

have to be up close and personal: dogs can observe another dog’s

soaked, we would carve tunnels out of a snow pile beside our

body language and detect the body odour from quite a significant

driveway. Making something so amazing, with people who loved

distance. As an example, you may see two dogs both crouching

me, filled me with that good kind of pride that has you stand back,

down 20-30 (or more) yards apart, eyeing each other, almost daring the other dog to blink first. Is this the canine equivalent of the stand-off at the OK Corral? No! In fact, it’s the complete opposite. By both dogs crouching low, this indicates they are reducing their size in the eyes of the other dog and indicating that they are friendly and want to play. Pretty soon both dogs are bounding towards each other eagerly looking forward to a game of chase. A lot of dogs just simply prefer to be with humans rather than other dogs. There is a belief that the more dogs have become domesticated, the more this trend has evolved. Of course, it may also be that humans feed them treats and other dogs don’t! For dogs that are afraid of other dogs or are aggressive towards other dogs, this may have arisen because of a negative experience

put your hands on your hips, and nod slowly in satisfied approval. Our snow forts were epic and we could spend the day making, and re-making our creation. We were made to make. We have been given an abundance of tools to make good things. Our brains can imagine, our hands can craft, and we can pull together to make even more than we could on our own. Our words can turn a moment of chaos into peace, and our presence can heal wounds. We can make more good in this world than we often think we can. My neighbour is a baker. He makes bread for our family, and it’s delicious. Our other neighbour makes financial plans and has helped us so much. Another neighbour fixed my door, and another

they have had in the past or because the dog they dislike looks or

leaves delicious food on our porch. Our neighbourhoods are full

smells similar to a dog that has been aggressive to them previ-

of makers.

ously. Aggression towards other dogs may also come about if a

Yet our making goes beyond bread, plans, and repairs. Each of

dog is excessively protective of its owner. Another dog approaches

these small acts of creativity does so much more; we are making

and the protective instinct kicks in.

a neighbourhood and a city together. As we build trust in making

Another twist on how dogs react/greet each other is whether dogs are on leash or not. Dogs that would be sociable to other dogs when off leash can become aggressive to the SAME dogs if on leash. So, when meeting another dog, there are several combinations to consider: 1) both dogs off leash, 2) one dog on leash, the other off leash and 3) both dogs on leash. Some dogs feel too restricted when on leash and, through frustration at not being able to have the freedom that being off leash brings, will become aggressive to other dogs. Finally, the ritual of dogs sniffing each other. They do this to learn, amongst other things, the state of the other dog’s health, whether they are “in season” and their time of life. What makes me smile is that, having gone through what can be quite an extensive sniffing exercise when they first meet, is then repeated

small things, we begin to see that we can do more. Together we can create safety, create buildings that benefit our community, design services that help others, plant forests our children will enjoy, and become people of peace and hope. We are more than ‘wanters.’ More than ‘consumers.’ More than ‘wishers.’ More than ‘demanders.’ We are makers. The very best communities are full of people who have discovered that they have within their ability the power to make things together. Makers see others, and their community, as full of possibility. Makers decide daily to turn their criticism and demanding complaints into peaceful creative action. Instead of brooding, we can offer words of encouragement. Instead of being a professional in discovering the problems and pointing them out to others, we

sometimes only minutes later, as if, in that brief interlude, the dog

can join in with our neighbours to make repairs. Our city need

has changed its entire personality. I’m sure there’s a good reason

makers. What are you uniquely suited to make? Your answer

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Lakeside Quilters’ Guild Meeting each month at the Chestermere Recreation Centre on the first Wednesday of each month. Sew days are on the third Wednesday of each month and a sew Saturday each month, excluding summer. Quilting experience not required, new members welcome. For more information please contact Carole at 403-519-0379. St. Gabriel the Archangel Knights of Columbus (14492) Meets on the second Thursday of each month at St. Gabriel the Archangel High School library. Meetings start at 7:00 pm. Must be a member to attend regular council meeting. Inquiries can be emailed to (Jeff) jgdesrochers@gmail.com or call Patrick @ 403-923-0099. The Rotary Club Of Chestermere Our Meetings are from September till June We meet for a Buffet Lunch every 2nd and 4th Tuesday 12:15 am to 1:30pm (Doors open at 12:00 Noon) at Camp Chestermere, 1041 East Lakeview Rd. Guests are most welcome but must register for the Lunch Buffet. Please contact us through our website www.rotarychestermere.org or email us at rotarychestermere@gmail.com The Chestermere Fine Art Guild The Chestermere Fine Art Guild meets every Thursday at 1pm, at the Recreation Centre North side, upstairs in room 2. Come and explore your artistic potential. Welcoming new members beginner to advanced. Like us on Facebook and email chestermereartguild@gmail.com The Walking Connection It’s a great way to connect with other people in your community, improve your mental health and to get some fresh air and gentle exercise. Meets every Monday between 1:30 – 3:00 Ongoing The group meets in front of the Chestermere Public Library, at the gazebo in good weather. Includes: a gentle walk, coffee & connection. There is no charge for this group and we would love for you to join us.(However, coffee is at your own expense) For more information call Yvonne Harris at 403 365-5401 or email yvonne.harris@ahs.ca The Chestermere Lions Club Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, September to June at the Chestermere Rec Centre at 7pm. Check out our website at e-clubhouse.org/sites/Chestermere/ or \email us for more information at chestermerelc@gmail.com Chestermere Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Meet and Greet Show “n” Shines every 2nd Tuesday Starting may 21st . thru Oct. at The Dockside Marina starting at 6.30pm. Come and meet other car enthusiasts and share your passion. 50/50 draw proceeds to local charity. See us on Facebook, Lakeside Kruzers @gmail.com. Contact Roy Spanko, rtspanko@shaw.ca 403 285-8309

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Prescription medications are a necessity for many people. The American Academy of Family Physicians says that, each week, four out of five adults in the United States will use prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and/or various supplements. Approximately one-third of adults take five or more medications at the same time. The potential for adverse drug events is elevated when people are taking multiple medications at one time. For example, mixing pills has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. Doctors, patients and pharmacies must work together to ensure that medication is taken safely. One of the best ways to prevent errors with medications is for patients to take an active role in their health care management. ¥ Know your dose. Children are at an especially high risk for medication errors because they require different doses than adults, offers the Mayo Clinic. Adults of different weights who share medications can run into trouble as well. It is key to follow the dosing instructions, as even a minor error in regard to dosage can potentially cause a big problem. ¥ Follow up with your doctor. Certain medications can cause side effects that only can be noticed by lab testing, such as an impact to the

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liver. Doctors also may be under an obligation to follow up with patients taking psychological drugs to ensure the efficacy of treatment. Make sure you keep all follow-up appointments. ¥ Maintain a current list of meds. It is up to patients to share information with prescribing doctors regarding any and all products being taken to avoid harmful interactions. Using the same pharmacy for all prescriptions also is helpful. ¥ Be honest about height and weight. Medication labeling and package inserts typically use metric units to correlate dose to a person’s physical attributes. Individuals should know their information in metric measurements and be honest with themselves about what they weigh. ¥ Use medications correctly. It is important not to chew nonchewable pills or cut pills unless the pharmacist or doctor has said it is safe to do so. Accurate dosing also requires using the right spoon or syringe, not silverware. Store certain types of medications, such as eye drops and ear drops, separately so they’re not mistaken for one another. These are just some of the ways to prevent medication errors. People can consult with their doctors and pharmacists for more assistance in staying safe.

Vision should never be taken for granted. Appreciating one’s sense of sight involves scheduling routine eye exams and taking steps to protect oneÕs eyes. But safeguarding vision also involves understanding the various conditions that can affect eye health. Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that can lead to progressive damage to the optic nerve. People who experience glaucoma can lose nerve tissue and eventually suffer vision loss. Understanding what contributes to glaucoma can help people take the steps necessary to reduce their risk. The Optometric Association says that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 60 although it can occur at any age. The Mayo Clinic states that many forms of glaucoma produce no warning signs and changes in vision may occur so gradually they are not detected until the condition has reached an advanced stage. There are various types of glaucoma. However, primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form, affecting about three million Americans, indicates the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Primary open-angle glaucoma occurs when the eye’s drainage canals become clogged over time and fluid cannot drain out of the eye. As a result, intraocular pressure rises and damages the optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting signals from the eye to the brain. People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans over age 40 and Hispanics over the age of 60

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have an increased risk, says the AOA. Those with thin corneas, which is the outer layer of the eye, also are at an elevated risk of developing glaucoma. A less common type of glaucoma is called acute-closure glaucoma, which occurs due to an abrupt and rapid increase of eye pressure. This is an emergency situation that requires prompt care to prevent vision loss. An eye doctor will conduct various tests to determine if a patient is at risk for glaucoma. The Mayo Clinic says tonometry is commonly used to measures intraocular pressure. During this test, the eye surface will be anaesthetised with special drops. A tonometer will be applied lightly to the cornea, indenting it slightly. The resistance will be measured and calculated to determine if pressure is present. Other tests include the following: ¥ imaging tests that look for optic nerve damage that involve a dilated eye examination; ¥ visual field tests to check for areas of vision loss; ¥ pachymetry, which measures corneal thickness; and ¥ an inspection of the drainage angle of the eye. The effects of glaucoma cannot be reversed, but glaucoma can be caught early. Medications and lifestyle changes, like more frequent eye exams, can improve symptoms. Prescription eye drops can reduce the production of aqueous humour (fluid) in the eye and improve outflow of that fluid. Oral medications and surgery are other options as well.


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Oatmeal is a versatile ingredient found in desserts, breakfast foods, savoury dishes, and so much more. While it is enjoyed in many different dishes, for cookie lovers, oatmeal shines brightest in cookie recipes. Homemade cookies not only fill the kitchen with delicious aromas, they are a comfort food prepared and enjoyed with others. Many recipes are even passed down among generations. This recipe for Pecan Toffee Oatmeal Cookies from Laurie McNamara’sSimply Scratch: 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy (Avery) could become a family favorite in no time.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing and scraping down the sides of the bowl after adding each egg. Gradually add the flour mixture until just combined. With the mixer on low, stir in the oats, pecans and toffee bits. Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, measure out the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway during bake time for even baking. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before using a spatula to transfer to a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining dough. These cookies are extra delicious when served warm.

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