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MISSION SENIORS A monthly guide to events, resources and services for Mission Seniors

Healthy heart tips for all weather Find ways to stay active throughout the year


he weather and temperature outdoors can have a large impact on energy levels and motivation to exercise. Warm, sunny weather can beckon one outdoors, while cold or rainy weather could keep one hibernating inside‚ which is not good for the spirit or the body, including cardiovascular health. Staying active when the weather seems to be pitted against you can be challenging. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

If it’s cold outdoors or if there’s residual snow, sledding or skiing remain fun ways to burn calories. All of these activities count as moderate to vigorous exercise, which is recommended daily for most people.

Walking briskly around a mall is good exercise and you can window shop in the process. Lift heavy items around the house in place of dumbbells. Doing regular household chores with more vigor

• Workout indoor. This doesn’t necessarily mean heading to the nearest gym. It’s possible to get recommended exercise at home or at another location.

is another way to get blood flowing and your heart pumping. • Eat right. Eating the right foods to maintain a healthy weight goes a long way toward protecting the heart. Be sure to eat breakfast every day, and choose fruits and vegetables as snacks over sweet and salty items. Canned varieties are See PAGE 34

April 2013

Introducing Mission Seniors Living 55 Plus Seniors are a vital part of our community and as their numbers grow, it is important for them to stay healthy and active. This new section is dedicated to these cherished citizens, whom we hope to motivate and keep active, stimulating their minds and exercising their bodies. Mission Seniors Living 55 Plus will be published on the last Thursday of every month. In this inaugural issue, we will introduce six organizations for seniors that have helped launch this new section. The profiles are listed on pages 2 and 3. We welcome story submissions and photos from events and your daily lives. Submissions can be e-mailed to Gordon Dainard at gdainard333@

• Head outdoors. Instead of the regular workouts you do, consider something that makes the most of the weather outdoors. If it’s hot outside, try walking by the seaside where the ocean mist can keep you cool, or having your feet in the laps of water reaching the sand. Don a raincoat and take a brisk walk around the neighbourhood.


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Weather can affect older adults more

From PAGE 33 just as healthy as fresh produce and can offer a variety of flavours when certain foods are not in season. Also include plenty of foods high in fibre.

Old Age Pensioners Organization

your plans with a physician. He or she can determine if you are physically capable of moderate exercise or if any illnesses may impede your ability.

• Dress appropriately. Weather is often unpredictable. Dress in layers so you can remove or add clothing as needed to remain comfortable. Children and older adults are more susceptible to the effects of cold weather. According to Jersey Shore University Medical Centre, when temperatures are low, your heart works harder to keep the body warm. Dressing warmly can help avoid taxing the heart. The same caution applies when the temperature is extremely warm. It’s easy for the elderly to overheat and become dehydrated. Dress in light clothing and remember to drink plenty of water. Before starting any exercise regimen, it is important to discuss

The Old Age Pensioners Organization (OAPO), Mission Branch #28 is a branch of the B.C. Old Age Pensioners Organization which has branches throughout British Columbia and Canada. The organization has been advocating governments on behalf of pensioners for 80 years, to acknowledge and respect the needs of pensioners in our community, province and country. Membership is open to persons 55+, interested in promoting matters pertaining to their welfare and social activities. We have a monthly meeting, a birthday party, teas in the spring and fall, and a Seniors Week barbecue all held at the Mission Seniors Activity Centre. For more information please contact local OAPO president Sophie Zehner at 604-820-9121 or Darlene Bruntlett, secretary at 604-826-8974.

Mission Community Services Society The mandate of Mission Community Services Society

(MCSS) is to help people, change lives and build community. Founded in 1972, MCSS is now one of the largest providers of social services in the District of Mission and outlying areas. MCSS provides a broad range of programs in eight service areas including Early Years, Youth, Families, Seniors, Multicultural, Housing, Mental Health, and Emergency Services. MCSS believes in enriching the lives of the residents of Mission through outreach and activity programs. For more information call Felice at 604-826-3634 or e-mail felice.clements@

Lifetime Learning Centre Society For 25 years, Lifetime Learning Centre Society has provided active living and healthy aging opportunities through its community and general interest adult education programming. We serve not only Mission’s older adults, but anyone interested in Continued on next page

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intellectual and wellness pursuits. The centre holds a wide variety of programs and annual fundraisers such as our Fashion Show, and Golf Tournament, bringing together participants, volunteers, and the community. Join us in celebrating a quarter century of intergenerational activities, healthy aging, and productive partnerships. We look forward to our next milestone as we promote an elder-friendly community and programs that enrich our lives. Lifetime Learning is located at 32444 Seventh Ave. For more information call 604-820-0220.

Elder Citizen Action Coalition The Elder Citizen Action Coalition (ECAC) is a private owned and operated, apolitical, non-profit and non-denominational advocacy group. We seek to represent the interests and values of all seniors. ECAC diligently strives to improve

the lives of seniors, demand respect for seniors and create an environment of unity in challenging times. For more information contact George Evens at georgefevens@

Mission Seniors Advisory Committee The Mission Seniors Advisory Committee (MSAC) is an umbrella organization comprised of seniors, service providers, representatives from senior’s organizations, individual members, and city council. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Seniors Activity Centre, 33100 10 Avenue. Our vision is for seniors in Mission have the right to live with dignity, free from abuse of any kind. Our mission is to promote the interests of seniors and provide a recognized voice for seniors in the

community is critically important, if we are to have a dedicated, thriving, self-managed centre. There is a wide range of activities and suggestions for new endeavours are always welcome. Mission Seniors There is also a need for Centre Association volunteers to carry out a variety of tasks. We look forward to The Mission Seniors Centre Association (MSCA) has embarked having you come and participate in our programs as well as upon a process to establish and forging new relationships and relocate to a permanent seniors friendships. The Mission Seniors centre in our community. To realize the goal of achieving a Centre is located at 10 Avenue and Taulbut Street. new, autonomous and inclusive facility, as well as maximizing For more information, phone use of the current centre, you 604-814-2188 or e-mail are invited to come and join us between in taking advantage of an 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. incredible opportunity. Monday to Friday. Broad participation by the senior District of Mission. For more information about MSAC, call 604-814-2188.


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The Artist in the Cloister Daphne Sleigh launches latest book Deroche author Daphne Sleigh will be introducing her newest book The Artist in the Cloister on Saturday, April 27 at the Mission library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (For more information call 604-826-6610).

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Deroche author Daphne Sleigh’s latest book (above) tells the story of Father Dunstan Massey (left).

journey of Dunstan’s life, Sleigh’s book also displays some of this artist’s impressive works. Sleigh was born in England and moved the Vancouver with her husband Frank in 1957. She was Maple Ridge Museum’s first curator. Other titles she has penned include Discovering Deroche: From Nicomen to Lake Errock, and The Man Who Saved Vancouver: Major James Skitt Matthew.

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Sleigh’s latest literary piece features Father Dunstan Massey and his impressive artwork on display at the Westminster Abbey in Mission.

From paintings to sculptures, his work is on display throughout the monestary, some shining on pillars and walls, while others are tucked away in secret corners.


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A second book launch will take place three days later at Lifetime learning on Seventh Avenue. (For more information call 604-820-0220).

Dunstan is the Abbey’s artist in residence and is considered one of the greatest artists in B.C. of his generation.


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Activities are planned monthly. Be sure to stop by the lounge or into one of the social activity programs listed. Seniors Activity Centre (located at the Mission Community Activity Centre) 33100 - 10th Ave Mission, BC V2V 4K4 604-814-2188

The Lounge… The lounge will be open Monday Friday from 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. Come, sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee/tea. There will be a variety of events taking place in the lounge area. The centre re-opens Jan. 2nd. Lunch Lunch for participants is available in limited quantity every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a low cost.

Weekly schedule Mondays 11:00-1:30pm Drop-in Bingo 1:30-3:00pm Seniors Mixed Bridge 7:15-9:00pm Crib at Cedarbrook Chateau Tuesday 9:30-10:30am Drop in Line Dancing 10:00am-Noon Crafts-Knitting/ Crochet/Greeting Cards/Water Colour Painting Wednesday 9:15-10:00am Chair Fitness Exercise 11:00-1:00pm Drop-in Crib 12:30-3:30pm Golden Ear Bingo

Thursday 9:15-10:00am Drop-in Line Dancing Friday 9:15-10:00am Chair Fitness Exercise 11:00-1:00p, Drop-in Crib

Activities Lots of people to meet and fun things to see and do at your activity centre. Bingo - Drop-In Come for fun, fellowship and the chance of yelling “Bingo” Mondays 11:00am-1:30pm Birthday Parties The Old Age Pensioners Organization hosts a party on the 4th Friday of each month at 1:00pm. Pot Luck/catered lunches. Book Club Do you like to read Would you like to discuss books with others? Please call the Seniors Centre 604-814-2188 for more information. Cribbage - Drop-in We encourage all to come and join us. Golden Era Bingo Try your luck at a rousing game of bingo. Contact Ray Johnston 604-826-7095 Seniors Chair Exercise Get a great workout. Suitable for those with mobility issues, arthritis & fibromyalgia. Taught by a certified professional. Contact the office at 604.814.2188

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• BC Seniors Ombudsperson May 31 at 1 p.m. Seniors Ombudsperson, Kim Carter, will be presenting “The role of the office of the Ombudsperson in ensuring seniors are treated fairly in B.C.” Seniors Activity Centre (33100 10 Ave.).

• Philosopher’s Cafe, presented by Lifetime Learning Centre. This month’s topic will be Canada’s military role in the world. The session will take place May 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cedarbrooke Chateau, 32331 Seventh Avenue. For more information call 604-820-0220.

• Carnival in Guatemala, a travel presentation by Daryl Krahn and Stan Rempel at Lifetime Learning Centre Society. Experience the colours and costumes of the carnival and hear about visits to remote villages on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 32444 Seventh Ave. For more information call 604-820-0220.


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• Shopping Transportation/ Delivery, presented by Mission Community Services Society. Cost is $5/two hours locally. For more information call 604-826-3634. • Meals on Wheels. Meals delivered by Mission Community Services Society Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., except stat holidays. Cost is $6. Frozen meals available Fridays. For more information call 604-826-3634.

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• Bus tour to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens, presented by Lifetime Learning Centre, with optional lunch in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Bus departs May 7 at 8:30 a.m. from 32444 Seventh Ave. For more information call 604-820-0220. • Piano music, presented by Lifetime Learning Centre, at Carrington House, 32700 Seventh Ave., on May 16 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more info call 604-820-0220. • Canadian History Films, presented by Lifetime Learning Centre, at Carrington House, 32700 Seventh Ave., on May 27 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more info call 604-820-0220.

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Picture Perfect If you have a photo you would like to see in this section, please e-mail Right: Yodel le hee hoo! with Elizabeth Sakali, her duaghter Anne, and Elmar Billinger at Cedarbrooke Chateau on Seventh Avenue.

Above: Seeing is believing for Mary Pearson.

Shirley and Carol Cameron and Lydia Guse are the Jitterbug Trio.

Left: Karen Holmgren and Queen Mum Lilian Dudfield lead the Seniors Parade.

Cheers to Lydia Guse and Elmar Billinger.

Volunteers, mark your calendars!

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Friday, April 26th, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. At The Cedars - 7380 Hurd Street

Cedar Valley Manor: the perfect way to downsize! • Tired of rattling around in a house that’s too big for you? • Tired of the endless expense of maintaining it? • Tired of being tied down instead of being free as a bird? • Tired of wondering how you can simplify your life but still leave something for your kids? The Mission Association for Seniors’ Housing (MASH) has the answer: Cedar Valley Manor, a 42 unit apartment building that will start construction this summer in Mission. Cedar Valley Manor is a life lease, one of the most popular ways for people to downsize. Even better, MASH will operate Cedar Valley

Manor Connect, your one-call access to all the help you might need as time goes on. Find out how Cedar Valley Manor can simplify YOUR life! Have coffee and goodies with us on May 7th at McConnell Creek Hall When: May 7th, 1:30 PM Where: McConnell Creek Hall, 35483 Hartley Road, Mission For more information: Call toll-free 1 877 432-9393 Bring your friends and relatives along too. We don’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to find the community of their dreams at Cedar Valley Manor.

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, The Cedars is holding a volunteer appreciation breakfast to thank all our outstanding volunteer community members, board members and partners. Your tireless efforts help us provide Mission seniors with safe, affordable living options — and an engaging community. Special thanks to our Busy Bus contributors, who have made the fantastic Busy Bus outings for seniors possible. Thank you all! We couldn’t have done it without you.

New Volunteers Interested in helping out in your community but not sure how? New volunteers are always welcome and needed at the Mission Association for Seniors Housing. Give us a call at 604826-2194 or drop by our office at 7380 Hurd Street in Mission.

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Travelling in comfort Many styles of compression stockings available by Chrystal Robinson



pring is a time to get out and about, get active and travel. More seniors are travelling by car, bus or plane than ever and travel-related leg discomfort is on the rise. During travel, blood circulation within the leg is reduced while your movement is constrained. Lack of movement can cause many symptoms such as heavy fatigued legs, pain and discomfort, varicose or spider veins and swollen feet or ankles. Prolonged sitting is also a risk factor for developing a blood clot which may result in pulmonary embolism. Graduated compression therapy is the application of external pressure to the limb via a stocking

to reduce venous pressure within the limb. Wearing a compression sock will support your vein, increase circulation, reduce swelling and alleviate the tired achy feeling of legs. These are not the stockings your grandma used to wear. They are available in all colours of the rainbow and fashionable fabrics. There are even sports styles for athletes and dress socks for men. Along with the application of compression stockings, here are a few tips for long distance travel: • Keep your feet moving. Foot exercises make the calf muscles work and help to pump blood back up to the heart. Point and flex your toes. Walk the aisle in a plane. In a car make regular rest stops to stretch your legs.


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