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to our first edition of Living 60 Plus! We recognize that our incredible senior community in Langley is active and vibrant, involved in volunteerism, recreation, politics, and living healthy. Seventy is truly the new fifty in the Langleys. Statistics predict that by 2031, close to 1.5 million British Columbians, or almost a quarter of the province’s population, will be over 65, and Langley is one of the leaders in that demographic. Living 60 Plus is a magazine designed to address global issues affecting seniors and put them into a local perspective. We hope to provide information and discussions that can educate and inform Langley residents on the day to day concerns facing everyone from the senior to the children or the caregivers. Our contributors are well known Langley writers or people active in the Senior community and we strive to bring
you first rate feature writing that will answer questions or stimulate discussions. Check out their handsome photos and bios in this issue. I would sincerely like to thank The Langley Times team who have shared their expertise and insight to guide this first of what we hope are many issues, particularly Sherri Martin whose gentle prodding and coaxing has brought out the best in all of us. A huge vote of thanks goes out to all our businesses who took the opportunity to advertise within this magazine. Without your support, it would never make it to the printer. Pour a coffee or a spot of tea, sit back and enjoy our first edition of Living 60 Plus. Your feed back is welcome and we encourage you to contact our editorial department at email@example.com. ~ Jim McGregor, Editor
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SENIORS OF THE YEAR Ambassadors kept busy Alice Kennedy and Alan Thain have had a busy year in their roles as Seniors of the Year for Langley and both of them have been proud and willing ambassadors for the community.
I was blown away when I found out I had been nominated,” shares Alice.” No one told me until the night of the banquet and then when I won, that was even more of a surprise. But what a delightful experience it has been. I have enjoyed every appearance with Alan and I have been asked to speak at luncheons and make a presentation at the Senior’s Centre which has allowed me to meet so many new people.” “I use every opportunity to tell seniors to get involved, volunteer; it is a perfect solution for loneliness or overcoming a loss of any kind. Being the Senior Lady of the Year has also renewed my responsibility to carry on with all the activities I am involved with. I promote volunteerism every chance I get.” The Senior’s of the Year are invited as guests to the City and Township Volunteer banquets, the Douglas Day Dinner and the Heritage dinner. They are regulars in all the local parades, Community Days in
Langley City, Aldergrove Days and both Aldergrove and Langley City Christmas parades. This year’s May Day Parade will be their last official appearance. “My favorite appearance of the year was the Christmas Parade in Langley City,” says Alan. “I loved being all bundled up on a chilly night and seeing all the children’s faces among the coloured lights waiting for Santa, that was great.” “I was humbled to receive the recognition as Senior Man of the Year. After all I don’t do the things I do for recognition but this experience, travelling with Alice, and being treated as a celebrity has been great. The Langley Community has such amazing volunteer spirit and this has been a great opportunity to promote that. Mind you I did take a lot of ribbing from my younger colleagues and the fines at Rotary increased.” Both Alice and Alan agreed that they will miss riding around in one of the Model A’s. Local antique car owner Rene’ Doyharbol has two restored
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NOMINATION FORMS can be picked up at the Langley Senior Recreation and Resources Centre, 20605 – 51B Ave. Langley, V3A 9H1. All nominations must be returned to the Centre by May 14th, 2012. For further info , call (604) 530-3020. The winners will be announced at the opening Ceremonies of Senior’s Week on June 4th, 2012.
THIS JUST IN Langley Seniors Community Action Table – meeting at Walnut Grove Community Centre May 16th 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Join us to discuss the results of the Ombudsperson’s report – The Best of Care: Getting It Right for Seniors in British Columbia. We will be following up on her talk held on Friday May 4th at the Langley Seniors Resource Centre. The Ombudsperson – Kim Carter, and Bruce Ronayne from Systemic Investigations spoke about the results of this report which covers seniors care in B.C. Follow this link to read the extensive report:http:// www.ombudsman.bc.ca/seniors/seniors-care-investigation/ seniors-report-part-two
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Model A’s, a roadster and a coupe. He shines them up and brings them out to carry Alice and Alan through the parades. The end of their official duties doesn’t mean the end of the tireless work these two for the community. Both Alice and Alan continue to give back to the Langley seniors. To nominate a candidate for the 2012 Senior of the Year, they must be over 65 years of age and have been a resident of the City or Township of Langley for at least 5 years.
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o you remember the anticipation of opening that dusty old chest in Grandma’s attic? Would there be actual treasure in there or just the golden memories of long ago? The folks at the British Columbia Farm Museum in Fort Langley want you to relive that experience. The Pioneer Chest program plans to prepare ten collections of memorabilia, all original artifacts from the museum, and make them available to groups or organizations. “We want to connect the participants to the material by engaging all their senses through hands on activities, visuals, music and more,” explains Dwayne Rose, one of the Farm Museum’s volunteers. “We hope that by taking these collections out to Senior’s facilities, schools or events, we can stimulate some interest in what we do here at the Museum in Fort Langley.” Long time volunteer, Syd Pickerell adds, “We are open here from April until Thanksgiving then we’re closed up for five months. These Pioneer Chests are going to give us an opportunity to keep our volunteers engaged over the winter
and hopefully give us an opportunity to show off some of our amazing collection.” The first two chests they have available are A Pioneer’s Chest, and A Pioneer Puzzle. Ira Alexandra an educational consultant with Lodestar Educational Consulting has come on board to help develop the interactive components of the chests. The development of the other eight proposed chests will come as funding is received. “We have included photos, magazines, pioneer games and crosswords. The participants can share in the recipes, hymns and music sheets we supply with the artifacts.” Ira explains, “we have designed the chests as a package that can be displayed with or without a presenter. You can either pick up the chest and follow the lesson plan for $60.00 a session or we can send along a presenter for $100.00 a session. Either way you can have fun Identifying tools, sewing items, or test your memory with some of our mind stimulating activities.” The British Columbia Farm Museum, located at 9131 King St. in Fort Langley, started with a single donation of a plough in 1953 and now has the largest Pioneer collection in British Colum-
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bia. In 2011, over 11,900 hours of volunteer time was donated to the museum. “We currently have70 to 80 volunteers but we’re always looking for more,” says Dwayne. “There is plenty to do, from major restoration projects to manning the front door, it all helps. Last year we had visitors from over 26 countries and it has become a destination site for many tour groups.” Many of the Museum’s tractors are favorite entries in the annual May Day Parade in Fort Langley, this year on the May 21st. “Another big day for us is Sunday June 3rd explains Syd. “That is Model A Sunday and we expect over 40 restored vehicles at the museum along with a BC Heritage Fair display. We have many events happening throughout the summer and we encourage folks to stop by and pick up a brochure or check out our web site at www. bcfma.com. If you would like to book a presentation of the Pioneer Chests or have any other questions about the British Columbia Farm Museum, call Dwayne Rose or talk to one of the volunteers at (604) 888-2273.
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A highlight of this summer for active seniors, volunteers or just spectators will be the 25th BC Seniors Games, which run from August 21 to 25 in Burnaby.
angley is part of Zone 3, the Fraser Valley, which is expected to send a large contingent to the event, both as participants and observers. In two years it will be Langley’s turn to host the games (September 9-13, 2014) and preparations for that event are starting to take place. It will be a joint effort of both the City and Township of Langley. The 2013 Games are in Kamloops in late August. The 2012 Burnaby games are expected to draw more than 4,000 participants, who must be age 55 plus to compete. The Games remain a totally volunteer effort even after 25 years. The purpose of the founding society and games also remains the same: “to promote an active healthy lifestyle for all BC 55 plus residents.” The large Fraser Valley zone usually has many participants in the games as it includes residents of communities from Coquitlam east on both sides of the Fraser River to Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, and Boston Bar, including Surrey and the two Langleys. It
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pendently, we lessen the impact on our health system and benefit from a lifetime of experience. Langley leaders saw this also two years ago. The Langley Healthier Community Partnership comprised of: Fraser Health, Langley Seniors Resource Centre, Langley Meals on Wheels, City of Langley, and the Township of Langley worked with the United Way Lower Mainland to access program funding to create a Langley Seniors Planning Table in keeping with the United Way’s mandate to assist seniors. There are needs that are universal to all of the seniors throughout the various communities of Langley. There are also specific localized needs for the seniors in each area, and the Action Table wants the seniors to determine and discuss these needs. Transportation is a major universal challenge for all of Langley, and therefore the importance of ensuring that effective programs, activities and opportunities exist in each area for seniors and are accessible is paramount.
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The most effective way of connecting the seniors is to strengthen the opportunities for seniors in each area; and then link the areas to each other. Langley is home to over 16,000 seniors aged 65 and over. Using age 55 and over, there are 22,000 seniors. During one of the early meetings of the Planning Table, the seniors made it clear that they wanted ‘action’ and not just ‘planning’, hence the name Langley Seniors Community Action Table. The seniors interact with various levels of government, community organizations, businesses, service providers and individuals to improve their own leadership, mobilization and involvement throughout the community areas of Langley. Isolated and vulnerable seniors will be engaged in the process of these activities with other seniors. The Action Table
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has spent most of his life helping to organize others in pursuit of their goals. Now David Esworthy is being recognized for his many achievements. On September 20, Esworthy will be the first equestrian representative inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame builder category for his volunteer work and other involvements in the horse industry. “It wasn’t something I ever thought about. It came as a complete surprise,” said Esworthy. “It was the last thing I would have contemplated. I knew nothing about it.” Induction recognizes excellence in sport, contribution to sport and the impact on sport in British Columbia, in the categories of athlete, team, builder, media, pioneer, and the W.A.C. Bennett Award. A selection committee comprised of members of the BC Sports Hall of Fame board of trustees, the media and the sport community made the final decision. After reviewing more than 120 nominations, the selection committee chose nine individuals and one team. It is said that Esworthy’s biggest impact is in the countless individuals he has mentored in B.C., Canada and beyond, who themselves have gone on to become accomplished athletes, officials and administrators. The 2012 inductees will be formally inducted at the 44th annual Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 20. While no longer active in the horse industry at age 83, he still keeps very busy helping others with business development ideas, mostly for small business, and serving the Langley community in many different ways. He doesn’t really understand the word “retirement”. He says there is no real need to. “I like to keep active and there are many opportunities out there. I am interested in a lot of things, and the great people you get to meet - and work with - make it very, very rewarding.” A Langley resident, who has called Walnut Grove home since 1996, came here from Richmond with his wife Patricia. They have been married for 62 years. (December 8,1949 in Vancouver.) Esworthy has dedicated his life to equestrian activities in British Columbia, ■ MAY 2012 ■ Published by THE LANGLEY TIMES
Canada and internationally through the Federation Equestrian Internationale (FEI). Esworthy has been described as a true horseman, in that he served in virtually every role possible in the sport - as a rider, judge, steward, horse show organizer, horse show chair, and industry advisor. He says he was forced to retire from horse show judging because of mandatory retirement rules at age 70, but continued on for a few more years as he was granted two extensions and stayed involved internationally until age 75. He still stays involved teaching at clinics to develop new judges.. Beginning as a young cowboy wrangling horses on a ranch to his career as an Equine Canada and FEI steward, judge, and clinician, Esworthy has experienced the sport at all levels for more than 50 years. Always working to give equestrians greater recognition and credibility, Esworthy has served as president of Horse Council BC, Equine Canada, and assisted in the preparations for equestrian events at both the 19?6 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games. He was also involved with the annual horse shows at the Pacific National Exhibition. Esworthy says his life in Langley has been very rewarding and that is because he has been involved with so many organizations from the Chamber of Commerce to the Langley Township Economic Development Advisory Committee. He is the former chair of the Langley Horse and Farm Federation, former chair of Langley’s Spirit of BC Community Committee in the lead up to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and was the recipient of the 2008 H.D. Stafford Good Citizen of the Year Award. He was also named 1999 Horse Person of the Year by Horse Council BC. Esworthy has served on many boards and committees, including serving as a member of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University board, Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver General Hospital trustee, Employment Canada board of referees, the B.C. Property Assessment review panels and as a former chair of the Vancouver-Richmond Regional Health Board. He especially enjoys the lifestyle in Langley. He says “Langley is such a broad area. Whatever you like - or don’t like - can be found somewhere in Langley.” He adds that it seems to take him twice as long to shop as it “still has that small time feeling. People like to just stop you and talk. It makes for a much more pleasant environment.” Mel Kositsky is a freelance writer, who is a long-time Langley resident. He has had a career in the media, local government and the horse industry and has been involved with many community and government organizations. Lıvıng
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serve to live life to the fullest in every sense of the word. A - Avoid STDs First the good news: According to a new British study adults between the ages of 50 and 90 are having more sex than ever before. The bad news? There’s been a corresponding rise in social diseases or in today’s terminology STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases). According to a recent article that appeared in Reuters News, a Viagra revolution is afoot and seniors are having a lot more sex but forgetting the lessons they taught their kids and grandkids. But this isn’t the case in Langley! According to local doctors and nurses, they’re not seeing the same spike in STD’S. One local doctor attributed it to the fact that Langley has more couples who are growing old together. “Many seniors began life with someone they met, married and grew older with. And those who have lost a spouse to age or infirmity are very cautious in their choice of partners.” she said. A local nurse suggested that it could be due to the nature of
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prime-timers sexual health. She explained that because people are living longer and are healthier they go through at least four different stages in their intimate lives. People in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s have very different behaviour in the bedroom. As couples age the sexual act gives way to more cuddling and lying together. But this isn’t always the case. Another local doctor commented that an octogenarian couple visited her office because they wanted to have sexual intercourse. Perhaps however, you find yourself alone and ready to move on. Before you take those first steps into today’s dating scene look in the mirror. Have the same talk that you had with your kids about attracting the wrong kind of action! Blush if you must, but it still happens today. A Langley Public Health nurse advises, “Seniors should take the same precautions as young people do: Use a condom and ask your potential partner to get tested for HIV/AIDS.” Condoms are available free of charge at the Langley Public Health Department and HIV tests can be booked through the North Surrey Public Health Unit or through your family doctor. Today’s social diseases are more than an embarrassment or an inconvenience, some of these bugs can kill you. So take precautions!
nights ago but today feels so wrong? To avoid the above situation perhaps you may want to meet a companion differently. The age of computers is here and online dating is a reasonable option. There are a number of online sites however ‘Plenty of Fish’ has more local members. eHarmony and Lava life members live farther away. One gregarious 76 year old reports that she tried Plenty of Fish and had two experiences. One good and one bad. “The first gentleman was a real gentleman but the other guy turned out to be a real jerk.” she said. If you decide to try online dating here are a few tips she recommended.
B - Be Fit Nothing can dampen a beautiful moment more than an inopportune Charlie horse. Unless you’re a masochist the first words out of your mouth shouldn’t be OUCH! THAT HURTS! According to local Yoga instructor Barbara Pelly being fit is important to maintain a healthy and happy physical relationship. “Exercise keeps the body strong and supple. Our aging process cannot be halted; but we can make good choices to maintain a good quality of life.” she said. “If your quality of life includes sexual activity - or you want it to - then ‘Keep on Moving.’ This is the mantra of a 96 year old woman I have had the pleasure of knowing for the last 25 years. She is always happy. Her daily walks, chair yoga, bowling, mindful activities and good nutrition keep her healthy.” “So whether it’s dancing, walking, Tai Chi, Yoga or general fitness classes give it a try. Don’t be a quitter”, said Barbara. “Do it with discipline and in a matter of days you will notice the difference. Attitudes and a sense of contentedness replaces that “Oh, I don’t feel well today” state of mind. You will avoid falls that can lead to hip replacements and your joints will work easier. Your quality of life will improve because you have made a choice.” You have decided to ‘keep on moving’ and that’s a great way to avoid those pesky Charlie horses.
D - Don’t Mix Medications Heart medications don’t mix with erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra and Cialis. Because the ED drug’s function is to bring blood to the penis, it can interfere with the heart drug that keeps you alive. You don’t want your beautiful moment to be your last and there are alternatives to the sex act itself. A local couple reports that necking and petting are very satisfying ways to get close. “I always swoon in his arms” she said, “and necking is a whole lot easier on the ‘ticker’. she smiled.
C - Choose your partner wisely In a retirement community the person you share a wonderful night with could be the same person you will have breakfast with and then lunch with and then dinner with, day after day after day. So choose your new friend wisely. Do you really want to spend your golden years hiding around corners or peering behind posts to avoid that person who seemed so right a few
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1. Choose a reputable site. 2. Fill in your profile honestly; this will avoid potentially awkward situations later. 3. Always arrange to meet in a public place. Tell friends or family where you are and when you will return. 4. Take your own vehicle and cell phone. The Internet has lots of sites to choose from but be careful. Sites with names like SeekingArrangement.com and Be-naughty.ca might be good ones to avoid.
E. - Enjoy You’ve come this far and you can take it from here. Enjoy life, just like my girlfriend. ~ Lilianne Fuller with Barbara Pelly
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tion. Each day in our office, we receive inquiries as to how singles can match up with other single travellers to enjoy those low, double-occupancy rates that are proudly printed in your local newspaper. Finding great value for single travellers requires understanding as to why singles are normally charged so much - often double. For cruises, it’s all about onboard spending. Cruise lines love to maximize their cabin occupancy to increase the amount of people strolling their ship and spending money. A single traveller means less onboard spending than a cabin occupied by two or more guests. As a result, most cruise lines have to capture more money in the initial fare for singles. Is there relief for the single cruiser? Yes. Some travel agencies may collect phone numbers and allow you to exchange your telephone information with another single traveller in the hopes of finding a suitable companion. In our office, this is occasionally successful, but not often. To find someone with the same destination, departure time and accommodation preferences is unlikely. Finally, will the person be as cheery on the trip as they are over the phone? Considering the investment of time and money, our clients often find this to be too risky. Alternatively, there is often great value to be had with smaller, more inclusive cruise lines - lines that include more onboard purchase options in your upfront fare. Since more is included, the dependency on on-
but eliminated. Azamara and Oceania are two great cruise options for single travellers. Single fares are often just 25% more than double occupancy fares. What’s more, lower single fares attract more single travellers. It is not uncommon to find 25% of the ship population aboard an Oceania cruise to be travelling without a companion. This creates the ideal environment for single travellers to meet others and enjoy the trip together. We often see singles meeting others aboard and planning and taking their next cruise together. Travel is really one of the few adventures we can enjoy until very late in our lives. Just when we think we’ve seen all that the world has to offer, there’s a wonderful, new experience to enjoy. Travelling alone can leave you more open than ever to enjoying the world and meeting new people. Plan carefully and you can enjoy it all on budget! ~ Robert Elmore, Cruise Encounters Ltd. www.cruiseencounters.com For 26 years, Robert Elmore has led the team at Cruise Encounters - a Langley-based travel agency specializing in cruise travel. Robert has served on several cruise line advisory boards and his agency enjoys strong support from their loyal clients. Robert lives locally with his wife and 5 children.
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Many seniors hang on to their driver license longer than is safe and some even continue to drive without a license because they think there are no other options. Living in a beautiful, rural location suddenly becomes a handicap when you can’t get out for groceries, medical appointments or social connecting opportunities. So, seniors need to become creative in finding ways to get their needs met. Many are well supported by family members, friends and neighbours in getting rides when needed. It is a fact, though, that many seniors live
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a move closer to amenities while others become isolated and struggle to get the basics. There is a bare bones transit system in Langley that can serve some needs but many seniors live too far from the bus stop or worry about safety. Some of the basic services available to seniors in Langley are: • Handydart is a door to door bus service for those that qualify and is very affordable.
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help prevent these abuses from occurring. . Members of the Langley CRN include Fraser Health, Seniors Planning Table, Meals on Wheels, Seniors Resource Centre, Langley Lodge, Langley Association of Community Living, Stepping Stone, Ishtar Transition Housing Society and others. The Langley CRN is part of a province-wide movement of Community Response Networks which belong to the BC Association of Community Response Networks (BCACRN). The BCACRN provides mentor support for all the CRNs in the province, funding to help with activities and projects, a website www.bccrns.ca which
has a wealth of information and resources and material to help support World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is held every June 15 and has been designated by the United Nations in an effort to draw world-wide attention to Elder Abuse and to advocate for its prevention. Keeping our seniors safe from any form of abuse is a community-wide responsibility. Langley is now proudly part of this growing movement. Please wear purple
on June 15 to show your support. For help in finding the right resources if you are being abused, or know someone who is being abused, you can call Ishtar Transition Housing Society at 604-534-1011 or Home Health (which is required to investigate reports of Elder Abuse) at 604532-6500. The Langley Seniors Centre has an outreach line at 604-530-3020 Ext. 306. Of course, if a crime has been committed or if a life is in danger, you should call 911.
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Is it a good idea to buy strata property? M
any of my senior clients have heard horror stories from friends of friends who have purchased a strata property only to find they have big expenses after the purchase. The quick answer is Yes owning a strata property can be great, BUT (and there is always a but) you have to do your homework and know what you are doing. Hopefully after you read this article you will be better informed to make those decisions A Strata property is a special way of subdividing a building into strata lots with common property. A strata corporation has the legal capacity of a natural person. In other words, the corporation can enter into contracts, sue or be sued the same as a real person. Obviously everyone in the strata complex cannot deal with the day to
day requirements that come up. As a result the law recognizes the need for an executive body that can carry out the duties of the strata corporation between the annual general meetings. This executive body is your Strata Council. This council is elected from all the strata lot members at the annual general meeting. The number of members on the council is determined by the by-laws for the corporation and their term is for one year. Another big question is what are maintenance or “strata” fees and how long do I have to pay them? Well, you have to pay them for as long as you own your strata and they could go up as they are reviewed each year at the AGM. These fees are very important as they go into two separate funds. The operating budget which is for all the operating expenses which occur usually once or more during the year,
such as snow removal, grass cutting, insurance etc. The other portion goes toward a Contingency Reserve Fund which is for expenses that occur less often that once a year. It is important to know how much is in this fund as it gives you an idea of the health of the unit you are considering. The amount will be confirmed when you receive all the forms after you have an accepted offer. The form “B” will have all this information. There is a formula in the Strata Properties Act which determines how much should be in the fund. Ask your Realtor The biggest concern when purchasing a strata is to ensure there will be
no Special Levy surprises soon after you make your purchase. There are several ways to protect yourself from these. The best way to protect yourself is to READ THE MINUTES of the strata meetings for at least the last 2 years. Problems issues are discussed at length in these meetings. The second line of protection is to build in holdbacks in your offer to cover any levies coming up. Last but by no means least READ ALL THE DOCUMENTS YOUR REALTOR GIVES YOU, such as minutes, by-laws and the Form B and don’t be afraid to ask your Realtor questions.
Keith Macdonald, a Realtor with Royal Lepage Wolstencroft has lived in Langley for 37 years and has volunteered as a coach in hockey, lacrosse and football. Along with his wife, he now volunteers at the Langley Senior Resource Center. Please feel free to contact Keith with any Real Estate questions at 604 530 0231or go to his web page at www.iamlangley.ca
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very adult who owns assets or has a spouse or children should have a will. Surprisingly, many people don’t have one. The few hours that you spend planning your estate could save your spouse, children and other beneficiaries much time, effort and money. By not having a will, you lose control over who gets how much of your estate. A legally prepared document will drastically decrease the costs required to administer your estate. It is important to appoint an executer and advise them where your will be accessible to them. You should store your original will in a safety deposit box at your bank so that you have a permanent, safe and fireproof location. Your original will is what your executor will need to present to the Probate Registry in future, not a copy. It’s recommended that you keep other important documents in your safety
deposit box too, so your executor has what he or she requires when the time comes. You can file a wills notice with the Vital Statistic Agency. A wills notice sets out who made the will and where it can be found. It helps if you have the following information ready before you meet with your lawyer: • A list of everyone in your immediate family with their full names and contact information, their relationship to you and the ages of all your children, including stepchildren. • The names and addresses of any other people or organizations to whom you want to give gifts. • A list of all your assets, such as your home, car, investments and any personal items of significant value • A document that shows whose name is on the title of any real estate or house you own. • Details of any insurance policies you own, and, specifically, who the beneficiary is.
• Details of any pensions, RRSPs or other investments, and the beneficiary of these. • Information about the structure of any business you own or operate • Any separation agreements or court orders that may be in effect.. • The person or company who you want to be the executor and guardian. You should still think about changing your will whenever your financial or personal circumstances change or if there’s a change in the beneficiaries. A death, birth, divorce or re-marriage in the family are all reasons to review your beneficiaries It’s a good practice to review your will every three to five years to ensure that it still reflects your current wishes. A little preparation time now can save your family months of confusion and frustration later on. ~ Jim McGregor
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SATURDAY JUNE 2ND Crown, Crumpets, Tea & Trumpets - Come mark the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Langley Centennial Museum $10.00 Call 604.532.3536 to register. SUNDAY JUNE 3RD Loonie Admission- 8-9:30am Come for a swim or a work out for $1.00. Walnut Grove Community Centre. Self-guided Historic Walking Tour June 3, 1-4pm. June 4-9, 6-9 Langley Centennial Museum. Free. Seniors Line Dancing - you’re invited to see the Intermediate Class 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Brookswood Seniors Centre. Free. Paws 2 Dance – dogs can be the Senior’s Best Friend – come by &
learn about dancing with dogs – 8:15 am to 10:30 am. Brookswood Seniors Centre. Drop by to view the class. Also June 5, 7:00 pm MONDAY JUNE 4TH Healthy Living Fair 9-11am** Lobby & Studio #3. W.C. Blair Recreation Centre. Free. Weight Room Orientation Plus 9:00-10:00am. W.C. Blair Recreation Centre. Free. Arthrosize – 9:30am. W.C. Blair Recreation Centre. Free Aqua fit 45 – 10:00am. W.C. Blair Recreation Centre. Free. AQ Independence in Motion 10:30am. W.C. Blair Recreation Centre . Free - Viewing only . Weight Room Orientation Plus 10:45-11:45am. Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre. Free. Lunch with the Stars 12-2:30pm. W.C. Blair Recreation Centre. $2.00. Welcome Announcement to “Seniors of the Year” 11:00 am. Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Free. TryIt! Table Tennis. Langley Seniors Resource Centre. .
Seniors Week Kick Off Lunch & BBQ 11:00 am. Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Free. TryIt! Music Jam Session. Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Drop By. Chess Club – Upper Hall 7 – 10pm. Brookswood Seniors Centre. Drop By. TUESDAY JUNE 5TH Healthy Living Fair 9-11am In Main Hall. Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre. Free. Zumba Gold 9:30-10:30am. Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre. Free. Self-guided Historic Walking Tour 10am-4pm. Langley Centennial Museum. Free. Weight Room Orientation Plus 10:00-11:00am - Please phone ahead to register. Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre. Free Loonie Admission 10:30am12:30pm Come for a work out or a fitness class. Willoughby Community Centre. $1.00. Floor Curling. Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre.
Senior’s Tea 1-3pm. Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre. Free. British style games and activities – Pub Lunch at 11:30 am -1pm; (cost) darts, poker, shuffle board, snooker TryIt!. Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Free. The Mental Olympics – starts after 1 pm -Trivia type games, contests. Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Free. Food, Fire & Friends. City of Langley Fire Hall. Food & Friends Attendees $3. Knitting Club – bring your needlework & join the fun 10:30 am. Murrayville Library. Drop In. Close Knit Langley – all ages & abilities! 3:30-5:30 pm. City of Langley Library. Drop In. Internet Training – learn basic skills, web surfing & email 9:00 am. Walnut Grove Library. Free – to register call. Sewing Sisters – join the fun in the Upper Hall! 6-10 pm. Brookswood Seniors Centre. Drop by. continued on page 26
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WEDNESDAY JUNE 6TH Healthy Living Fair 9-10:30am In program room. Langley Centennial Museum. Free. Reminiscence Trunk 9-10:30am. Langley Centennial Museum. Free. Aldergrove Walking Club 9:30-11am. Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre. Free. Luncheon to honour “Seniors of the Year” 11:30 am – 2pm (roast beef, Yorkshire pudding). Langley Seniors Resource Centre. $17-$19 call ahead please 604.530.3020. Food, Fire & Friends. Fort Langley Fire Hall. Food & Friends Attendees $3. Canada Pension Plan & Old Age Security: a presentation by Service Canada 2:00 pm. Fort Langley Library. Free –to register call Knitting Circle – bring your knitting & meet friends 1:00-4:00 pm. Fort Langley Library. Drop In. Seniors Coffee Club – connect with others in the community 10:30 am. Murrayville Library. Drop In. Nine Patchers – join the quilting fun In the Upper Hall 10 am – 4 pm. Brookswood Seniors Centre. Drop by. Bridge Club – join this fun group! Lower Hall noon to 4pm. Brookswood Seniors Centre. Drop by. Also June 8th THURSDAY JUNE 7TH Healthy Living Fair 9-11:00am Walnut Grove Community Centre. Free. Carpet Bowling 9:30-11:00am. Walnut Grove Community Centre. Free. Badminton 9:30-11:00am. Walnut Grove Community Centre. Free. Chair Exercise 10:30-11:00am. Walnut Grove Community Centre. Free. Food and Friends 11:30-1pm. Walnut Grove Community Centre. Free. Pickle Ball 1:30-3:00pm. Walnut Grove Community Centre. Free. TryIt! Fitness – join a class in the morning or afternoon and see what you think. Langley Seniors ■ 26
Resource Centre. Free. The Swell Guys – let us entertain you at 1 pm. Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Free. Food & Friends – must call to reserve lunch 604.590.3888. Brookswood Seniors Centre. $3. Seniors Line Dancing – you’re invited to see the fun! 6-9 pm. Brookswood Seniors Centre. Free. FRIDAY JUNE 8TH Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration! Join us for your celebrity photo with “The Queen” 10:30-noon. Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Free. Royal Spelling Bee Event in the afternoon. Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Free. Loonie Admission 10:30am-12:30pm Come for a work out . Willowbrook Recreation Centre. $1.00. Fit 4 Life 10:45-11:45. Willowbrook Recreation Centre. $1.00. Senior’s Chair Yoga 12:301:30pm Please phone to register (#407351). Willowbrook Recreation Centre. Free. Seniors Art Exhibit Celebration Tea with Langley Arts Council, Mayor Froese & Council - 2-4 pm. Township of Langley Civic Facility. Free. Yvonne’s Sewing Group – join this super sewing group in the Upper Hall 10 am – 4 pm. Brookswood Seniors Centre. Drop By. Bingo! – Upper Hall 6:30-9:30 pm. Brookswood Seniors Centre. SATURDAY JUNE 9TH Loonie Admission 9:00-10:30am Come for a swim or a work out. W.C. Blair Recreation Centre. $1.00. High Tea in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – full high tea event to celebration the coronation June 2, 1953 – seatings at noon and 2 pm. Langley Seniors Resource Centre. $20 – please reserve a seat 604.530.3020.
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53. Adventure story 55. Animal disease 58. Unintelligible talking 62. Stout beating stick 63. Italian opera set 67. Hungarian Violinist Leopold 68. Cheremis language 69. 55120 MN 70. County in Northern Ireland 71. So. American nation 72. Pores in a leaf 73. Swiss river CLUES DOWN 1. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 2. 1973 Toni Morrison novel 3. Employee stock ownership plan 4. Finger millets 5. At peace 6. Nursing group 7. Tennis return in a high arc 8. Alias 9. Chinese fruit with jellylike pulp 10. Swell or distend 11. Unstressed-stressed 12. Whale ship captain 13. No baloney electronics mfg. 21. Entity designation
23. Fishing sticks 25. Shopping passageways 26. A slight or partial paralysis 27. Sped 28. Bastard wing 29. ___ and feathered 31. Of cheekbone 32. Unaccompanied 33. Black bird 34. To bear offspring 36. Educational cable channel 39. Before 44. Adhesive, ticker or duct 46. Sanskrit for color, melody 49. The common people 50. Dressing room by the sea 52. City on the Cibin River 54. Manila hemp 55. Canadian law enforcers 56. Winglike structures 57. Jefferson’s V.P. 59. Daughter of Ion 60. Jet or King 61. Sea eagle 64. Nine knotted cord whip 65. Consciousness of your own identity 66. 60’s veterans battleground
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TOP 5 SCAMS Targeting Seniors Grandparent Scams 1
Seniors need to be cautious for reports of scammers pretending to be their grandchildren who are in an emergency and need help. Seniors are instructed to wire or send money so their grandchildren can be bailed out of jail or other financial trouble. To protect themselves from this scam, the Better Business Bureau would like to offer the following advice: Confirm the person’s identity with other family members before taking any further action. Any request to wire money should be seen as a “red flag” and an immediate tip-off that the call may be part of a scam. Funds sent via wire transfer are hard to track once received by scammers and are usually not recoverable by law enforcement or banking officials. If you are a victim report it to local police departments and contact Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s hotline 1-888-4958501.
Lotteries and Sweepstakes
You cannot win money or a prize in a lottery unless you have entered it yourself, or someone else has entered it on your behalf. You cannot be chosen as a random winner if you don’t have an entry. Many lottery scams try to trick you into providing your banking and personal details to claim your prize. You should not have to pay any fee or tax to claim a legitimate prize. Don’t be fooled by claims that
the offer is legal or has government approval—many scammers will tell you this. Instead of receiving a grand prize or fortune, you will lose every cent that you send to a scammer. And if you have provided other personal details, your identity could be misused too. If you are a victim report it to local police departments and contact Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s hotline 1-888-4958501.
Don’t get hooked by phishing
Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Phishing is usually in the form of an email or text message on your phone. If you click the link provided in the email message it can connect you with a fraudulent website designed to capture your data. Some phishing scams may have a virus attached. Your computer may not appear slower, but there could be a program lurking in the background that may be
capturing your passwords and contacts. If you receive these messages just delete them and do not click on any them cancel your cards and re-issue new ones. Contact your local police and Canada’s main credit reporting agencies: Transunion Canada And Equifax Canada at Equifax.ca.
is claiming to be from, using the contact numbers found on their website. Do not provide any personal information to avoid identity theft. Never provide credit or debit card information for payment. Report any fraudulent activity to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 (888) 495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca.
Virus Fixing Scheme
In the case of the alleged caller from Microsoft, he/she claim to be phoning about a serious problem with the person’s computer. The caller warns that if the problem is not solved, the computer will become unusable. In order to “fix” it, the computer owner is directed to a website and told to download a program, plus pay a fee for a subscription to this preventative service. The catch: there was never anything wrong with the computer, the caller is not working for Microsoft, and the owner has downloaded to their computer damaging malware and spyware. QUICK TIP: Treat all unsolicited phone calls with skepticism. Check with the organization directly that the caller
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Each year a variety of unscrupulous door-to-door salespeople use high pressure sales tactics to frighten people into purchasing expensive, substandard - often unneeded products and services. Be wary of overly aggressive sales people selling everything from alarm systems to vacuums and air purifiers, as well as roofing, paving, window washing, painting, plumbing, heating, repair and landscaping services. QUICK TIP: Don’t give in to high pressure sales tactics. If you feel threatened by an aggressive salesperson, ask them to leave your property. If they refuse, call the police. Before making any purchase, take the time to do your due diligence, getting the name and location of the company and ensuring all details and verbal promises are included in a contract. Door-to-door contracts are regulated by Consumer Protection BC. Complaints or questions? 1 (888) 564-9963 or www.consumerprotectionbc.ca For more tips like this, visit the bbb website www.mbc. bbb.org. Lıvıng
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is the new buzz word in health care these days. Since identifying the challenging effects caused by isolation, many studies have being done resulting in the development of programs designed to assist seniors who find themselves alone. Seniors of all ages can become victims of social isolation. There are those who retire from a vibrant work life who don’t find new ways to stay busy and connected. Others lose their life partner or have been caregivers and have to start over. Some senior’s health concerns preclude them from accessing social opportunities and others may have to live on limited income. It can happen to you! The health consequences of social isolation include: poorer nutrition, anxiety, depression, mental deterioration and worsening of chronic disease. Socially isolated seniors are more vulnerable to frauds, scams and elder abuse. In the City of Langley, 53% of seniors over 75 live alone. (United Way Seniors’ Vulnerability Report). The report also notes that “social isolation is more common among women than men, especially among those who are widowed, among working class older adults, and among those who are in poor health and have mobility limitations.” As more and more seniors live longer, the concern grows. Studies show, that social isolation negatively influences the elderly, by putting them at higher risk for developing depression and performing their activities of daily living such as, the ability to care for one’s own self, such as dressing, preparing food and caring for their home. Doctor offices commonly treat and see the elderly population on a regular basis, but fail to recognize this problem & address it. THE GOOD NEWS! There is help to begin re-connecting to your community! Langley has diverse social opportunities through Parks and Recreation, Service Clubs and organizations, The Arts, and many non-profit groups. The Langley Seniors Centre has many groups,
connected activities and a lunch program. Some other examples are Food and Friends through Meals on Wheels, Langley Hospice if you are grieving, or You’ve Gotta Have Friends to meet new people. Volunteering is a great way to feel a new sense of purpose and belonging. In particular, the Langley Seniors Outreach Programs focus on supporting seniors to connect. It isn’t always easy to walk into a new group and feel included. Sometimes, one needs a specific invitation, someone to go with, or someone to meet there. Seniors Outreach has staff and volunteers who will assist isolated seniors to venture out. There are also groups such as the Sharing and Caring Social, Coffee and Connecting or Flying Solo to get you started. A telephone buddy might be a gentle way to begin feeling more comfortable including others in your life again. Knowing what is available to you in your community gives you choices about where you would feel most comfortable connecting. The key ingredients to success are noticing if you might be at risk of social isolation and then calling someone you trust to help you get started. The prescription for social isolation? Eat, share, play and talk with others. Janice McTaggart is the Director of the Outreach Programs and can be reached at 604-530-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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had great intentions of working in the yard, just doing some pruning and edging, a bit of clean McGregor up. However, I found myself Says standing at the kitchen window watching the hail wage ‘shock and JIM MCGREGOR awe’ onto the buds and blossoms, so I watched movie instead. This is a frustrating time of year for people with green thumbs, they are twitching and itching to get back outside and get growing. Even if it’s applying some lime or raking out moss, they will find yard work to do. A good option to actually doing the work is going to the garden center to think about doing the work. I rummaged through a kitchen drawer and found a gift card from one of our great local garden spots and decided to get a quick gardening fix. Just walking through you can smell the plants, hear the display waterfalls and catch some warmth seeping through the greenhouse. It all looks so healthy and colorful, and it will look so great in your yard. You can spot the difference between the true gardeners and the week-end weeders. The gardeners are the ones buying the right stuff to put on the right stuff, they watch The Garden Show every Saturday morning and they know both the common names and the Latin names for all the plants in their yards. You will never hear them ask for ‘something red to go beside my white things.’ They know when to sew and when to reap. But you don’t even need to hear them talk to recognize a gardener. They come to the garden center in their garden clothes. The faded pants, baggy shirts, slip on boots or shoes and a hat that is stained from sweat on the inside and rain on the brim. They are prepared to lift bags or pots or shovel dirt. They pass by the pretty petal packaged garden tools and wrap their hands around the ergonomic handles of hoes or weeders. They are in training for the upcoming season. It won’t be long now, soon the temperature will climb, the gun will sound and we’re off. Now critics will tell me that I can buy vegetables cheaper than growing them, but the gardening experience is much better than driving, parking and bustling shoulder to shoulder in a noisy mar-
ket. It is positively therapeutic to stand in a vegetable garden early in the morning, hose in one hand and coffee in the other. A believe a garden reflects a lot about a person’s character. Some gardeners will have perfectly straight rows, well manicured edges, no weeds, perfect bean poles. My garden is not like that. It is somewhat orderly and yet a bit scattered, as I said it reflects the gardener. The pumpkins are for the grandkids and nieces and nephews, the parsnips stay in the ground til Christmas day, the peas are planted by my son and disappear shortly after filling on the vines, and the rest is for me or given away. I buy a Farmer’s Almanac every year and in that book of wisdom I gain many gardening tips, like handling pests such as rabbits or slugs. Slugs are a pest and I am convinced that they can move with lightening speed after dark, devouring complete rows in one night. One tip from the book is to put out a saucer of beer to attract them. I don’t think this kills them but they are drunk and hung over in the morning and, like your old roommate, easier to remove. My only concern is that, sure, it starts with one innocent saucer of beer for your slugs and then slugs from other yards show up uninvited and you have a ‘slugfest!’ It’s all fun until a potato loses and eye! Speaking of potatoes, I always have ‘volunteers’ growing in among my carrots. Obviously left behind from last year and tumbled around by the tiller in the spring. They usually do better than the seed potatoes I bought. No problem, I figure the potatoes and carrots are going to end up on the plate side by side so why not grow in the same row together. Maintenance is a tedious chore, and often I have left it too long and don’t take time to differentiate plants from weeds. I have a tip for you. If you aren’t sure if something is a weed or a valuable plant, pull on it. If it comes out easily, it was valuable plant. Hence the reason some of my rows look like the smile of an NHL hockey star, a few gaps here and there. The Almanac tells me, “A few rays of sunshine for pleasure, a sprinkle of raindrops for mirth, a man is closer to God in a garden, than anywhere else on Earth!” Plant the seeds, Nature pretty much looks after the rest. At least, that’s what McGregor says!
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