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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Penticton Western News

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Sister M takes Challenge Mark Brett

Western News staff

At age 82, Sister Madonna Buder, aka the Iron Nun, thought the 2012 Ironman Canada Triathlon was to be her last — time to hang up the running shoes. But this year’s Challenge Penticton event breathed new life into her competitive soul with the addition of team relay events. “Last year was supposed to have been my swan song but when I heard about the change (in format) and they were having relays, I changed my mind,” said Buder, who lives and works in Spokane, Wa. “I thought this my chance to come back to Penticton because I love it so much here.” Shortly after making the decision to return, she began thinking about who would make up her team. One of the people who first came to mind was Dyane Lynch who now lives in Vancouver. For Lynch, who was the first and only woman in the initial Penticton Ironman three decades ago, she had no hesitation in joining the team with Buder, who is the world record holder for the oldest Ironman participant. Rounding out the team was Cranbrook’s Gary Billmark which gave the trio a combined age of 224 years. Buder took on the challenge of the 180-kilometre cycling stage, Lynch did the 42-kilometre run and Billmark the 3.8-kilometre swim. The team completed the entire race within the allotted time to earn their finishers’

honours, including a special medal. For Lynch, standing in the staging area waiting waiting and praying with Buder for the timely finish of their team mate, it was a sense of dejá vu. “Here I am standing beside Sister Madonna and I just feel so honoured and I’m just all tingly thinking about it,” said Lynch who was 40-years old when she did her first Penticton triathlon. “It was very moving. I was standing there and there were 29 of us there but it was so different, but having said that the people were all out in Penticton and it was thanks to the people of Penticton that I finished. “For me this year is very meaningful, it’s almost like a spiritual turning, I have so much to be thankful for.” Despite the fact it had been such a long time since she had attempted the race, and being nervous, Lynch called upon her inner strength she gained from that first event to do her best. “Like way back then I will just breathe and enjoy the process and just focus and still be aware of the beauty around me,” she said. “And like back then I can feel my energy and enthusiasm coming through. I will never forget that feeling standing on the beach in 1983.” For her part, Buder admitted doing just one third of the race is good. “Will I be back next year?” she said. “God willing.”

Sister Madonna Buder gets some moral support from teammate Dyane Lynch as she prepares to head out on the cycling course at the Challenge Penticton, Canada event in August.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Penticton Western News

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Auxiliaries an important part of hospital life From gift shops to smiles, volunteers provide care and comfort Every hospital in BC has them. You know the delightful volunteers who run the gift (or thrift) shops, hand out magazines, coffee/tea, water, give directions to friends and family of patients and most important; they know just when to smile. They are the auxiliary members. Predominately a women’s organization however, they are fast recruiting the men. As a group they volunteered more than a million recorded hours this past year. Truth is, this figure is only what was officially recorded. We know the number of unofficial volunteer hours are staggeringly higher. What you might not know is that every auxiliary group raises funds for their hospitals and I’m talking about “serious” fundraising. The kind of fundraising that makes a professional fundraiser twitch with excitement. In past years, the auxiliaries province wide raised nearly $6 million dollars and granted back out more than $7 million. They raised these funds in a variety of ways such as their local thrift shops, hospital café’s, organized events and donations. They support their own local medical

foundations and Auxiliary and the community hospiPenticton Hospital tals by purchasing Gift Shop. everything from They all support stretchers to beds our main regionWhat you might not to ultrasound maal hospital, their chines to MRI’s, know is that every auxiliary community hospiCT Scans and group raises funds for their tals, health centers digital mammogand the care facilihospitals and I’m talking ties for our most raphy machines. Everything elderly frail resithey purchase has about serious fundraising. dents. to do with medical Every year the — Janice Perrino equipment and or medical departpatient comforts. ments provide Another important fact is they help the medical foundations with a list of supplement what government money equipment they are unable to purchase isn’t able to fund. within their own budgets. The group is well organized and they The foundations call upon the auxilare an important piece of our history. iaries do what they can to support this In fact, some groups have been oper- vital work. ating since the late 1800’s. In our case the list reached well over Over the years, their total fundraised 150 items of equipment costing more dollars exceeds the $300 million mark than $2 million. and then some. Now that is a tremenWe ask for the publics support dous legacy! through donations and planned gifts (a The auxiliaries in our own region of bequest in a Will) however, without the the South Okanagan and Similkameen dedication of our health care auxiliaries, are the Summerland Health-Care Aux- we simply wouldn’t be able to fundiliary, the Penticton Hospital Auxiliary, raise enough to purchase much needed the South Okanagan Health Care Aux- equipment. iliary, the Princeton General Hospital Their work is essential to providing

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the best medical care available. If you’re considering volunteering in your spare time and you want to know your work will be valued and that it’s important to the community, the auxiliary is an organization you ought to consider. The work is enjoyable, requires all types of skill sets and means everything to the staff, patients and their families. You might hear them call themselves “little old ladies” (or old men) or “I’m just a volunteer” but they are dynamos at their work and they make a profound difference in all of our lives. The care and comfort auxiliaries give to patients is what we all know about, but they also help provide the newest and best technology in medical equipment found anywhere in the world. We are indeed fortunate to have them. Join your local auxiliary today and if you aren’t able to help right now, be sure to say to them; thank you. They are our everyday heroes! For more information, call the British Columbia Association of Health-Care Auxiliaries head office at (604) 7142392. Janice Perrino, CFRE, is Executive Director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

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Penticton Western News Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Community Centre helps seniors stay active Seniors, active-agers, mature exercisers, there are many ways to describe them but whichever one you choose there is no denying their importance to the Penticton Community Centre. Chuck Loewen, General Manager Facilities, Museum and Recreation Services, believes that a healthy senior population is critical to the community, “We identified the importance of activity in healthy aging and ensured greater accessibility by adding a Super Senior rate,” said Loewen. “And for the first time the Recreation Guide includes a quickreference for recreation programs specifically for seniors.” The Penticton Community Centre was built with access for everyone in mind. Senior admission rates start at 60 years and the new Super Senior rates at 75 years means that the pool and fitness room are affordable and accessible. The Fall and Winter Recreation Guide features an information page for recreation programs just for older adults. Page 63 of the recreation guide also includes an icon in the shape of the ‘club’ card suit that indicates programs that are specifically designed or adapted for older adults. Look for Senior Splash, an aquatic fitness program designed for the ‘mature exerciser.’ Water exercise is extremely low impact so it has immense health benefits. There is easy accessibility to all three pools, sauna and steam room and flexible scheduling means that lane swimming is always available. Other identified exercise and health programs in the recreation guide are

Therapeutic Chi Gong, Gentle Tai Chi, Zumba Gold and Stand StrongSafety Strategies for Seniors elevate your personal safety and learn how to respond to potentially dangerous situations at your home or in the community. The fitness room has a weight circuit that makes exercising safe and fun with treadmills and recumbent stationary bikes with easy access. Fitness Room Orientation - Active Agers is a program designed just for you if you need instruction to use the fitness equipment. There are lots of other programs at the community centre that are suitable but not exclusive to seniors. Dropin sports include badminton, senior volleyball and pickleball - the craze that is sweeping the country. The new Level 1 Pickleball workshops is perfect if you’ve never played before but are keen to try. Learn basic strokes and strategy and all equipment is included. Get involved and stay active with lifestyle programs like pottery, soup or soap making, diabetes management, watercolour painting, drawing, photography, ballroom dancing and even learn how to drive in winter conditions. Or get outside with cross-country ski, a class offered in partnership with Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, go kayaking or hit the powder with snowshoes. And all programs are taught by experienced, professional instructors who know their stuff. For more information contact the Penticton Community Centre at 250490-2426 or go to recguide. Ted Hagmeier is the Acting Business Development Officer Recreation for the City of Penticton.

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‘Green’ not a buzzword but a way of living for seniors The senior demographic is quite possibly the best generation to emulate when trying to live an environmentally responsible lifestyle. That’s because so many of the guidelines for being green are concepts that have been a part of seniors’ lives for decades. A portion of today’s seniors grew up during the Depression, when recycling and conservation weren’t the trends du jour, but survival strategies. In a time when money was scarce, many people made due with the resources they were dealt, stretching dollars just to stay afloat. Many of the concepts associated with today’s environmental movement are strikingly similar to the ones employed during the Depression. The behaviors of an elderly parent or grandparent that may have seemed eccentric or odd at one time are now turning out to be what many people are embracing in order to live green. Concepts like relying on reusable handkerchiefs instead of disposable tissues; reusing lightly-soiled napkins; collecting discarded items from the curb and repairing them for renewed use. Savings can also be found in reusing cans to store other items; buying local products from smaller vendors; and similar things are methods of living ingrained in the persona of many older people. Frugality and awareness of what things cost and what constitutes waste are also concepts seniors know very well. Many have never adapted to the notion that products are disposable, preferring instead to hold onto appliances, electronics, clothing, and other items because they still have utility, not because the current season dictates they should be upgraded. In 2008, Harris Interactive polled baby boomers ages 45 to 62 about their interest in the environment. Of the respondents, 94 per cent said

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Social relationships important for a happy retirement One unforeseen side effect of aging is the diminishing of social networks, which means there are fewer people in our lives. With retirement, the social interactions provided by work slowly fade away. Parents may have passed away, families may have already moved away and friends may move or pass away. This gradual erosion may not be noticeable at first but there may come a day when people realize that they are much more alone than they once were. It may take a specific event to bring this loss into focus: such as being widowed, going through a serious illness, giving up a driver’s license – or perhaps just a yawning emptiness under the Christmas tree. Less mobility and health challenges can make it harder to develop new relationships to replace those which are gone. The ever-accelerating pace of our lives also makes

it increasingly difficult to maintain those relationships that remain, especially with family members who are still in the workplace and juggling multiple demands on their time. But social isolation is not an automatic by-product of the senior years. Nor should be it swept aside as unimportant. Studies show a strong correlation between maintaining social contacts and maintaining good health. Regular interaction with friends or family encourages a healthier lifestyle with more activities, often including more physical activity. If there is someone else at the dining table, a senior is less likely to adopt the stereotypical tea-and-toast diet of the lonely and isolated. As we age, it is vital to keep renewing our social networks. Options include joining churches and clubs, becoming involved in hobbies, taking courses or re-connecting with previously estranged family. Although it is not a human

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What to look for in an elder care facility As men and women enter their golden years, many decide they can no longer maintain their homes and choose to downgrade to something smaller, be it an apartment or a condominium. For millions of others, health plays a significant role when deciding where to move when it’s time to sell their homes. According to the AARP, slightly more than five per cent of people 65 years and older reside in nursing homes, congregate care, assisted living, and board-and-care homes. Statistics Canada notes that by 200405, the most recent year for which sta-

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Square dancers stepping for fun and fitness Kristi Patton

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It’s a mental and physical workout and square dancing isn’t just for backyard barn hoedowns and country fairs anymore. “You simply walk to the beat of the music. Music like, Haven’t Met You Yet, Moves Like Jagger and All Night Long puts a little spring in your step. It’s so much fun,” said Diane Tucker who is a new dancer to the club. “Dancing for two hours is like walking eight kilometres, I’m glad I put this fitness program on my bucket list.” The Penticton Squares square and round dance club are enjoying the mix of the traditional form and revitalized recreational activity with the injection of contemporary music. It is why they joined the provincial government in recognizing square and round dance week Sept. 15 to 21. The province and local dancers are encouraging everyone to get involved in the dance form that improves physical, mental and social health of young and old alike. “This type of dance is good for all ages. The music is so uplifting and the dancers are so friendly that they make me feel comfortable. On top of that, I made new friends,” said Penticton dancer Armida De Michelis.

After taking three free lessons she was hooked, just like the thousands who once flocked to Penticton during Peachfest to stomp their feet on an outdoor floor at King’s Park. Square dancing and the Peach Festival have a history dating back to 1954 with the first jamboree taking place on a small outdoor wooden floor in Queen’s Park and 200 couples registered. In the years that followed thousands would register to dance at King’s Park on an 18,000 square foot floor. The jamboree is now a separate event, but still held the same weekend as Peach Festival, and took place at the Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre. Jim and Vicky Kosowan admit their initial steps on the dance floor were challenging but the assistance they received from the outset made the introduction easy. “Thanks to angels (dance assistants) and the patient teacher, we learned them. They were very forgiving if we made errors,” said Vicky. “We enjoy the experience and the camaraderie very much and will continue. The more we dance, the more we enjoy it.” Now the Penticton couple are finding their reaction to the square dance call is becoming automatic. Round dancing is also part of the fun for the Penticton Squares. This is choreographed ballroom

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Square dancers Sharon Boggs and Ken Boyd at a recent jamboree held at the Seniors Drop-In Centre during the Penticton Peach Festival in August.

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dancing where a cuer guides dancers through each step so there is no need to memorize routines and nobody leads. The Penticton Squares are also hosting an open house Oct. 1 at the Seniors Drop-In Centre at 2965 South Main St. from 7 to 9 p.m. Three free Thursday dance sessions will follow on Oct. 3, 10 and 17 at the

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Care for thyself Caring for yourself is an important part of providing care to others Are you a caregiver to someone affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia? If so, remember that caring for yourself is one of the most important – and most often overlooked – things you can do. When your needs are taken care of, the person you are caring for will benefit, too. The following suggestions will help you stay fit and better able to manage your caregiving role. • First and foremost, if you need it, get some rest. Ask someone you trust to take over your duties so that you can take time to sleep, watch TV, read and collect your thoughts and feelings. • Create a realistic calendar that incorporates time for you to do what you enjoy or need to do to remain in control of your life. • Try to give time and attention to these important “F” factors: Family, Friends, Faith, Forgiveness and Fun. • Avoid stressing over unknowns;

consult professionals who can alleviate unnecessary concern. If possible, delegate this responsibility to another family member. • Use a personal journal to chronicle your feelings, concerns and thoughts. Don’t be afraid to write about your feelings of loss, anger or frustration but also be sure to record the little things that bring joy and happiness to your day. If you feel like the stress is beginning to take its toll, check for the following list of typical symptoms: weariness and exhaustion; inability to eat or sleep; inability to concentrate or think clearly; increased dependence on tobacco, alcohol or drugs; weight loss or gain; loss of contact with friends; and irrational outbursts or frequent moodiness. See your healthcare professional if you have any of these symptoms. A number of resources are available; start your search at and click on the resources menu to order your copy of our Caregiver Guide.

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Shingles vaccine can be a pain saver

Crafting SeniorS - Volunteer Linda flanagan looks over some of the many crafts and artwork at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. the varied items are available for sale at the South Main Street location of the facility.

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your loved one.

Shingles is a painful rash that usually occurs on one side of the body or face. It is caused by the herpes zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox, the virus stays dormant in the body and can come back later in life as shingles, The rash can last for several weeks but there is the potential for worse complications including nerve pain, postherpectic neuralgia, that can affect daily activities such as walking and sleeping. This pain can be burning or stabbing and linger for months or even years. Although antiviral treatments are available to reduce the length and severity of a shingles infection, getting the vaccine is the best defense to avoiding potential complications.

The risk of getting shingles starts to increase after the age of 50. It is not necessary to know whether or not you have had chickenpox in order to receive the vaccine, although it is thought that most adults have been exposed to chickenpox during childhood. The vaccine reduces the risk of shingles by 50 per cent in people age 60 years and older, and up to 70 per cent in those between the ages of 50 and 59. Even if you have had shingles in the past, it is recommended to receive the vaccine. It is not yet known if the protection from the vaccine lasts beyond four or five years. Side effects are minor. About half of the people immunized for shingles experience pain,

warmth or swelling at the injection site. The injection is given just under the skin of the upper arm, rather than in the muscle like other vaccines. People who are undergoing treatment for cancer or on other immunosuppressant medications should not receive the vaccine. Your doctor or pharmacist can determine whether or not the shingles vaccine is appropriate for you. In addition to the shingles vaccine, and flu shots of course, authorized pharmacists can administer many vaccines for travel as well as publicly-funded vaccines including tetanus, hepatitis, HPV and others. Tara Kamann is a pharmacist at Riverside Pharmasave


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September 25, 2013  

Section X of the September 25, 2013 edition of the Penticton Western News

September 25, 2013  

Section X of the September 25, 2013 edition of the Penticton Western News