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“Dedicated to Excellence”

December 2012

Volume 13, Issue 153

December 2012

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RECIPE: Beef and Vegetable Stew


Templeton Newsletter Mailing Address:

LIFE 1. The best is yet to come.

Ingredients: 1 lb ................. Beef stew meat, cubed 1 tbsp ............. Vegetable oil 1 ..................... Onion, thinly sliced 1 can (6 oz) ... Tomato paste 1 can (14.5 oz) Low fat, low sodium beef broth 3 ..................... Potatoes, cubed 1 sprig ............ Fresh rosemary 1 tsp ............... Dried thyme 1 ..................... Bay leaf 1/4 tsp ........... Red pepper flakes, crushed 10 oz .............. Button mushrooms, quartered 1 (10 oz) package, Frozen green peas, thawed Directions: 1.Remove any bits of fat from the meat. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Saute the meat in the oil for 10 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Remove meat and set aside. 2.Add onion and tomato paste to the pot and sauté over medium heat, 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring often. Return the meat to the skillet along with the beef broth, combining with the onion and tomato paste mixture. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until meat is tender. 3.Add carrots, potatoes, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, & crushed red pepper flakes & simmer, covered, for another 45 minutes. (Note: It may be necessary to add some water if the stew seems too thick)

4.Finally, add the mushroom and the green peas and allow stew to heat through, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf and rosemary sprig before serving.

2. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 3. Forgiveness heals everything. 4. When you awake alive in the morning, don’t take it for granted —embrace life. 5. Do the right thing. 6. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6. 7. What other people think of you is none of your business. 8. Try to make at least three people smile each day. 9. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. 10. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

204– 2929 Nootka Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 4K4 Canada Published every month, if possible. Contributions are always welcome. The articles should be in, not later than day 25th day of every month. Disclaimer: The views expressed in Stroke Recoverer’s Review newsletter: articles, submissions and spotlights are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Templeton Branch-SRABC or the editor of Stroke Recoverer’s Review. Editor reserves the right at any time to make changes as it deems necessary. It is the purpose of this periodical to share a variety of viewpoints mostly from stroke survivors. December 2012 Contributors: Loy Lai Ollie Stogrin Deb Chow Carol Roycroft Jim Walmsley Werner Stephan Jose Suganob Production of SRR: Jose Suganob Email: Printing Pick-up Person: Ollie Stogrin

Inside this issue:

—submitted by Loy Lai Recipe...Beef & Vegetables Stew Templeton Branch-SRABC

QUOTE When you have it, grab it. There are second chances, but there are no REWINDS.




Last Month’s Happening


BLAST...Jim Ijoke...


Jose Notes...And, God created...


Winter Reflections...


Don’t waste your second chance... “There’s life after stroke”

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LAST MONTH’S HAPPENING —by Ollie Stogrin, Templeton Stroke Recovery Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a nice break from your weekly stroke recovery meetings. I’m sure our Templeton members had a busy family time or time with friends. It is the year 2013, it’s Templeton’s 18th year. We started out being called ‘Britannia Stroke Recovery.’ We were at Britannia Community Center, we were there for a year, then we moved to Templeton Park Pool which had a larger space and we have been there ever since. Templeton staff are great. Many of our members enjoy the pool, which is so handy we have enough so all is well here. We closed Dec. 20 and we start the new year on Jan. 10, 2013. So many places are closed between Christmas and new year and as we forever short of volunteers. We need to ‘rewind’ as Key and I have 18 years behind us, and neither are 18 years younger but 18 years older… When we started at Britannia, we had to have 10 members to start a stroke recovery group? Excuse me??? I had a husband that had stroke and Key had a

mother that had a stroke and we were not qualified? We were more qualified, then the provincial staff was telling us that were not qualified. It sounds like a story? Well, we are still trying to qualify. Ahh, funny and 18 years, we are still here!! Along with some of our first members, like Jose Suganob (everyone knows Jose) who publishes our newsletter and does a great job! Then, there’s Debbie Chow, who, along with 2 other stroke survivors have revived Easter Camp (BLAST) into its 3rd year. Key Akeroyd still Treasurer; Loy Lai who always says so many nice things about us and helps for our Xmas dinner. John Boynton, who had done so much in volunteering as a stroke survivor in stroke research. These are our long-term members with us from the start. So, many have moved from Vancouver area We have connected with so many nice Stroke Recovery Groups through Internet because of Jose’s “Stroke Recoverer’s Review” newsletter before, he mailed the newsletter all over BC. Thank heavens for e-mail and now, they can read the monthly newsletter. Now, I think our members are connecting on Skype and now on “There’s life after stroke”

“Face time,” maybe for some it’s Facebook? For me, on Apple, it’s ‘face time’ Times have changed since we started. We can connect with more people in a short time. We do so many more things with our members and with various Stroke Recovery Groups by e-mail. We have our yearly picnic at Trout Lake, a couple of bus trips a year. We go to Coquitlam Branch annual Luncheon. Our Xmas Dinner. ‘Strides for Stroke’ at Templeton (first in 2012), another idea of Debbie, which went so well. Naramata has vanished! Retreat for the Interior Groups is gone...and some where down the road, I’m sure this will happen, no stroke, no groups… In the mean time, we have to keep doing our best, with what we have. Let’s hope 2013 will be a good year for all our stroke survivors and volunteers. Who are out there, helping all of our members Without volunteers there’s no such a company called “Stroke Recovery,” eh? Next month, it’s Key’s turn to fill my spot! She doesn’t know it yet! — by Ollie Stogrin Templeton Branch-SRABC

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BLAST - Easter Long Weekend 2013


Another year has passed and we’re all a little older. Last summer felt hotter and winter seems much

BLAST (Building Life After Stroke Together)

March 29 to April 1, 2013 Good Friday to Easter Monday - 3 nights/4 days All inclusive. Charter pick up from Lower Mainland including ferry terminals

Only $225 Give the gift of BLISS (Better Life In Stroke Survival) Gift Certificates are available or maybe someone will give it to you. For more information: Please go to website: 85 days to go!!! And 40 people registered... Easter 2013 will be a



away. We used to travel often to places near and far. Now, we get sore bottoms from riding in the car.

We used to go out shopping for I rack my brain for happy thoughts, new clothing at the mall. But, to put down on my I-pad. But, lots now we never bother...all the sizes of things that come to mind just are too small. make me kind of sad. We used to go to night clubs and There was a time not long ago drink a little booze. Now, we stay when life was quite a blast. Now, at home at night and watch the I fully understand about living in evening news. the past. That’s, my friend, is how is and We used to go to weddings, football now, my tale is told. games and lunches. Now, we go to funeral homes, and after funeral So, enjoy each day and live it up...before you’re too darned old! brunches. We used to have hangovers from parties that were gay. Now, we suffer body aches and while the night

—i-joke submitted by Jim Walmsley Delta Branch-SRABC




Prior to the early ‘30s, traffic in downtown Vancouver would come to a stand still every time a CPR train would go from Waterfront Station to the False Creek Rail Yards. A 1,396 meter long ‘S’ curve tunnel was the solution. It was completed in July 1933 and was used by rail trains until 1982. Its transformation into the Skytrain tunnel that it is today. Because the “There’s life after stroke”

tunnel is only wide enough to accommodate a single track but with sufficiently high clearance, a superstructure was built was built inside the tunnel to carry the westbound Skytrain track above the eastbound track. This results in the two stations within the tunnel having a Split Platform configuration.

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AND, GOD CREATED...Submitted by Carol Roycroft, Burnaby Branch-SRABC

Art Therapy—Nov/Dec 2012 Charlotte and Rebecca are students at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute (Granville Island).

On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”

Charlotte is originally from England and has been in Canada since the age of 9. Rebecca is originally from Vernon, BC. They have enjoyed their time working w it h th e members of the Templeton Stroke Recovery group! (Nov/Dec 2012) FEEL YOUNG & ENERGETIC—

in 10 minutes or less. Here’s how: CHEW GUM. The

scent of pepper mint incites the trigeminal nerve, which helps cue arousal and alertness, says Alan Hirsch, MD, a neurologist and founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. SNIFF THE HYDRANGEAS. Stopping

to smell—or even just look at—the flowers (any flowers) can help reduce anxiety and make you feel happier.

The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?” And, God saw that it was good. On the second day, God created the monkey and said, “Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty year life span.” The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?” And, God, again, saw that it was good. On the third day, God created the cow and said, “You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.” The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?” And, God agreed it was good. “There’s life after stroke”

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, “Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.” But, the human said, “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back? Then, I could live until I was around eighty...would that be okay?” “Okay,” said God. “You asked for it.” So, that is why for our first twenty years; we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey-like tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And, for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and ‘bark’ at everyone. Life has now been explained to you. There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I’m doing it as a public service. If you are looking for me, I will be, as usual, out on the front porch. —submitted by Carol Roycroft Burnaby Branch-SRABC

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WINTER REFLECTIONS and SNOWBIRDS—Werner Stephan, North Shore Stroke Recovery Center - West Vancouver Group Winter is not quite here yet (or maybe by the time you read this, it has arrived). Christmas is safely behind us, but not some bills for presents. It is possible to have a lot of snow this winter, if you want to believe the meteorologists. The picture below shows what can happen. It can scare me and quite likely you as well.

(This is not me, or my driveway or my street).

Some time ago, there was an article in ‘Newsweek,’ showing three seniors, each with an

oxygen mask, dancing at a beach in Florida. Far from being uplifted, I thought: is what I am supposed to look forward to in my ‘Golden Years’? Oxygen masks? Serious disabilities? An advertisement, showing a fancy motor home, caught my eye and I mused: ‘that is more like it.’ Each winter, when the snow is flying and the side walk and driveway needs shoveling, I reflect what it would be like to be a ‘snowbird.’ No more winter depressions, excessive heating bills, sweaters, snow tires for the car, just relaxing somewhere on a warm beach in swim trunks. Dream on I say, is that do-able? The parents of friends spend each year in the sun and so do thousands of other Canadians. So obviously, it must be possible, or is it? Most seniors go to the same resort every year, meet the same longtime friends and live the lifestyle they are comfortable with. It must be boring but I decided to look into this alternative more closely. Superficially looking at it, this lifestyle should almost every senior. What did I overlook? Let’s see: maintenance and security of the house or apartment? Sell it and buy a holiday condo! Tax implications? Maybe let the tax planner worry about that. Live abroad?

Health care? Taxation? Cost of living? All of that can be solved, but it might cost a pretty penny, with tax consultants, real-estate brokers and other consultant fees. Who cares? Think of: beach, sunshine, escape the winter. Let’s hope that money does not matter, but snow and ice do. That should greatly simplify the matter. Many websites give advice on ‘safe snow shoveling.’ One site even tries to cheer you up by telling you that you loose 408 calories every hour by shoveling snow by hand, rather than using a snowblower. Many other sites for snow birds stress the need for having valid health insurance, analyze tax regulations, credit card issues, investment traps and many other potential problems. One site invites viewers to tell them why they hate, rather than love, snowbirds. In all fairness, there is also a site to list all the reasons why viewers should love snowbirds. I have heard several times already the opinion that ‘Last Minute Cruises’ are preferred. Sure, if you have the money! I think that the cheapest solution for me is a shrink’s couch, and listening to: ‘Forget about Winter, Summer is Coming!’ —by Werner Stephan West Vancouver Group North Shore Stroke Recovery Center

“There’s life after stroke”

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