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Spring 2010

GREYPOWER GAZETTE

Published by the Killarney Community Centre Seniors Association

What’s New!... “A Word From The Seniors Programmer” To our valued Seniors, Post Olympic greetings to all! As many of you already know I was on “special assignment” to the Olympics for most of the month of February, and I am very happy to be back at Killarney. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the Chinese New Year celebration (Senior’s Association members, staff and attendees), for making it such a success. I would also like to thank (again) Roy Liu for taking care of business while I was away. As life returns to normal around Killarney, Spring is in the air and the Spring session is upon us. There are many great activities planned, including a trip to the Bradner Flower & Garden Show (April 10) and an Indian Lunch Gathering (April 28). Looking forward to seeing everybody around the centre and participating in the programs. Sincerely, Chris Podlecki, Programmer 604-718-8208

Convivial Gathering

Join others for an afternoon of socializing, dancing, and lots of fun! No session April 5 & May 24 Room 205 -Aki Minato On-going Mon 1:15pm-3:15pm $6.00 for a 6 visit card Member Drop-in: $2.00/1hr, Non Member Drop-in: $2.50/1hr

It’s Ba ck! Walking Club

Come and enjoy walks in some of the lower mainland’s most scenic areas. All walks will take place at various sites in the lower mainland and will be guided by Simon Yan. April 6, 13, 20, May 18, 25, June 1 Tues 9:00am-12:30pm April 29, June 24 Thurs 9:00am-12:30pm June 28 Mon 9:00am-12:30pm $37.50/9 classes, Drop-ins: Member $4.00/1 class, Non Member $4.50/1 class Drop-ins available space permitting Check Out Our Feature “Senior’s Health”: Page 14

KI LLARN EY COMMU N ITY CENTRE

Recreation Centre, Pool, & Rink 6260 Killarney Street, Vancouver, BC, V5S 2X7 Website: www.killarneycentre.ca Phone: 604-718-8200 Fax: 604-718-8219


Greypower Gazette: Killarney Seniors Association Other Facilities & Services at Killarney Community Centre

The KCCSA Greypower Gazette newsletter highlights only some of the facilities and services offered at Killarney Community Centre for Seniors. Here’s a list of what else can be found at Killarney Community Centre:

Killarney Community Centre Seniors Association

The Killarney Community Centre Seniors Association (KCCSA) is an officially registered BC Society. Its purpose is to develop, promote and provide programs, activities, services and community special events for older adults at Killarney Community Centre in conjunction with the Killarney Community Centre Society and the Vancouver Park Board. The Board of Directors meet the second Tuesday of the month (except summer months). Anyone who is a Seniors Association member is welcome to attend as a guest.

Board of Directors for 2009-2010

President John Pawluk Vice-President Pat Louie Treasurer-Secretary Alma Pasker Chinese Seniors Rep. Angela Yeung Ballroom Dance Rep. Sue Chow Luk Tung Kuen Rep. Him Wing Chan Happy Gang Bingo Rep. Santa Siciliano Social Bridge Club Rep. Coro Bradsen Everygreen Tai Chi Rep. Margaret Lum Directors at Large: Alma Battersby, Kathy Horvath, Jennie Lowe, Art Lum, Helen Pawluk, Fern Ramage

Membership Information

A valid Killarney Community Centre Society membership is required to participate in any programs or services offered by Killarney Community Centre and the Seniors Association. Anyone 55 years of age and over who has a valid membership is a member of the KCCSA which means you have voting rights at our Annual General Meeting. Membership Fees: Seniors (65 yrs+) $3.00, Adults (19-64 yrs+) $4.00

Front Of‌fice Hours

The front office schedule is in effect Apr 6 – Jun 30, 2010 and is subject to change without notice. We are open from 1:005:00pm on Statutory Holidays. Holiday hours will be in effect on May 24. Monday to Thursday Friday Saturday & Sunday

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8:45am - 9:30pm 8:45am - 8:00pm 8:45am - 5:00pm

• A full Fitness Centre with cardio machines, weights and fitness attendants to help with personal fitness plans or general fitness questions. • An Ice Rink that is closed til September 2010 • A Leisure Swimming Pool that has been retrofitted and is now new and better than ever! • A public Computer Lab that offers drop-in times and instructional courses as well as seniors only time. • Adult Courses such as Instructional Pottery, Yoga, Pilates, and Belly Dancing For detailed information on what programs and services are available at Killarney Community Centre, please pick up a copy of the Spring 2010 Killarney Community Centre Program Guide at the centre.

Registration Guidelines for Seniors Bus Trips and Special Events

• Registration MUST be done in person. Phone registration is only accepted if authorized by the Seniors Programmer. All registration is on-going until the programs or bus trips are FULL. • Bus trips and special events are subsidized by the Killarney Seniors Association, and age verification is mandatory. Please have ID ready when registering. • Availability in most bus trips and special events is limited so you may only register for yourself and one other person. • Persons under 55 years cannot register for a bus trip until two weeks prior to the actual date of the trip. Prices for people under 55 years are NOT subsidized. • If the program you want is full, please remember to put your name on the WAITING LIST. If someone cancels, you will be called and asked to register. On occasion, we do open new programs and bus trips if the waiting list shows sufficient demand. • If you are unable to attend a bus trip, please request a refund 5 days before the start date so that we can sell your spot to another person. • Boarding of the bus will commence at the front of the Community Centre. Registration guidelines and procedures differ for regular community centre programs. Please see the full Killarney Community Centre Program Guide for other registration procedures.

Phone: 604-718-8200 www.killarneycentre.ca


Greypower Gazette: Killarney Seniors Association Services offered through our Aff iliated Groups & Clubs

The below Seniors Clubs and Groups are affiliated with the KCCSA but operate independently. Their activities and services are targeted towards improving the quality of life for the seniors in our community. All groups meet on an on-going basis and all group members MUST have a KCCSA membership. Some additional fees and membership charges may apply for some groups. Each group plans their own special events: potlucks, celebrations, bus trips and more. Every Group sends a representative to sit on the KCCSA Board of Directors. For the meeting schedules of each group, please see the WEEKLY SENIORS PROGRAMS SCHEDULE on page 6 & 7 Killarney Chinese Seniors Group The goal of this group is to enrich the lifestyle of Chinese Seniors through social activities, community integration and understanding. Sessions are in Cantonese. (Tue 10:30am to 12:30pm) Killarney Luk Tung Kuen Association Luk Tung Kuen is a set of health exercises which consist of 36 forms. Our group is dedicated to healthy lifestyles through physical fitness and social activities. No sessions May 23, 24, & Jun 25 (Jun 18 ends at 8:00am) (Mon-Fri 6:30am to 8:30am; Sat, Sun 7:30 to 8:45am) Stroke Recovery & Prevention Club This is a therapeutic recreation program designed to help people recovering from a stroke. Instructor: Stroke Association of BC (Tue 9:30-12:30pm) Killarney Seniors Ballroom Dance Group This group aims to improve dance skills for seniors while emphasizing health and social well-being. Lessons on Sundays for group members. (Mon-Fri 6:30am - 8:30am; Sat & Sun 7:30am-8:45am) Evergreen Tai Chi Club We meet every morning for exercise and aim to promote the practice of Tai Chi as a part of daily living to improve health. No sessions May 25 (Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri: 7:30am to 10:30am, Tue: 7:30am to 9:00am, Sat & Sun: 7:30am to 11:30am) Seniors Social Bridge Club Come out and enjoy an afternoon of bridge; the emphasis is on fun! Tea is sometimes provided. Prior knowledge of Bridge is required. (Thu 1:00 to 4:00pm)

Happy Gang Bingo Group This group of seniors meet to play bingo. Bingo cards are 25 cents each. All proceeds from card sales are divided and paid out to game winners. Bring your own snacks for the break. Meet new friends and have fun! (Tue 1:00 to 3:30pm)

Seniors Column Submitted by Alma Battersby Now that the hooplah of the Olympics are over we can resume a “ normal” life. The spring weather has not yet decided what it wants to do but the old saying goes... SUN AND RAIN... WIND AND SHOWERS... ALWAYS GO TOGETHER... YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BIT OF EACH... TO MAKE SPRING WEATHER. The glories of spring are here and just enjoy them as much as you can. SPRING CLEANING I have the easiest spot remover ever. A carpet cleaner told me this secret last month. Mix 1Tbsp ofsalt and cup of white vinegar and add a cup of very hot water. Pour on carpet stain (could be pet stain, wine or just about any other stain)put clean cloths or paper towels on it and press hard. Best way is to step on it. It’s miraculous and so cheap. I use old hand towels which are more absorbent. WHAT’S FOR DINNER? Tasty BBQ chicken Crush BBQ taco or potato chips and add paprika. Dip chunks of chicken in beaten egg and roll in crushed chips. You may add BBQ sauce for a stronger flavor. Bake in 350 for about 20+ minutes. ( works with pork as well). This is easy to make as little or as much as you wish. SOME HINTS: Reheat pizza in a skillet. It will retain its crispness... Squirrels hate cayenne and plants don’t mind it. So sprinkle cayenne around your plants to keep the squirrels away... Get a chalkboard eraser at the $ store and keep it in the glove compartment . It is the handiest to wipe off fogged up windshields. Have you ever wondered about how many spring flowers are yellow? See how many you can name. Weeds as well can be counted. You will be surprised... Start with dandelions... Many flowers have girl’s names... Try naming them as well. Start with Iris... Lots coming up to celebrate … Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day and July 1st and more. Show the kind of pride we showed the world during the games… We really did it up brown!!!! HAVE A GREAT SPRING AND SUMMER!

Phone: 604-718-8200 www.killarneycentre.ca

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Greypower Gazette: Killarney Seniors Association 小組及社區服務 Group & Community Services

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Killarney Mandarin Seniors Group

中僑奇蘭尼國語耆英會 2010 April to June Program Schedule

二零一零年四月至六月份活動表 April

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耶穌受難日休會一周

四月

9 季度活動介紹

Good Friday, no activities Intro to program activities

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郊遊 (櫻花節賞櫻)

Cherry Blossom Festival

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互動討論

Mutual Sharing Time

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加拿大中老年服務

Senior Services and Benefits

及福利概述

(Wyatt Wang)

耆英顯才華 (手工藝)

Sharing: Arts and Craft

May

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五月

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耆英顯才華 (才藝表演)

Sharing: Seniors Got Talent

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互動討論

Mutual Sharing Time

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老人骨質疏鬆須知

About Osteoporosis

June 六月

4 慶祝端午節聚餐

Dragon Boat Festival Party

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互動討論

Mutual Sharing Time

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郊遊 (格蘭佛島)

Outdoor Activity (Granville Island)

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老人健康飲食須知

Healthy Eating for Seniors

Remarks 備註: 1.

Program may be cancelled in time of poor weather conditions. 如遇天氣惡劣, 節目將會除消。

2. Program may be changed without notice. 節目如有更改,恕不另行通知。 Time: 時間 Location: 地點: Enquiry: 查詢

Every Tuesday morning from 9:00am to 11:00am 逢星期五上午九時至十一時 Killarney Community Centre, Room 201 (6260 Killarney Street) 奇兰尼社区中心 201 室 (临近东 49 街) Please call Danny Li at 604-408-7274 Ext. 1083 請致電 604-408-7274 內線 1083 與李丹卉小姐聯絡 The City of Vancouver has contributed funding to this project.

本計畫獲得溫哥華市政府資助

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Phone: www.killarneycentre.ca Last 604-718-8200 Updated on: February 22, 2010


Greypower Gazette: Killarney Seniors Association 小組及社區服務 Group & Community Services

中僑奇蘭尼國語耆英會 報名須知 1. 歡迎 50 歲或以上、說國語/普通話、居住於溫哥華、並有興趣認 識新朋友、瞭解社區資源及參與社區的長者參加。 2. 凡欲加入本會,須出示奇蘭尼社區中心有效會員證,並向中僑職 員辦理加入耆英會手續。會員費一經繳付後,恕不退款。 3. 參加者須填寫登記表,並提供姓名、出生日期、居住地址和緊急 聯絡人名字及電話號碼。 4. 會員須每年辦理中僑奇蘭尼國語耆英會及奇蘭尼社區中心會續 期,即使放棄亦將無法退費。 5. 除免費資訊講座外,參加者需支付活動費、影印及材料費,每季 加幣 $2。所有費用一經繳付後,恕不退款。 6. 基於消防安全條例,活動房間祇能容納最多三十人。 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Every Friday mornings from 9 am to 10:50 am 逢星期五上午九時至十一時 Location 地點: Room 201, Killarney Community Centre 奇蘭尼社區中心( 201 室) (6260 Killarney Street 夾東 49 街) Enquiry 查詢: Please call Danny Li at 604-408-7274 Ext. 1083 請致電 604-408-7274 內線 1083 與李丹卉小姐聯絡 時間:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The City of Vancouver has contributed funding to this project.

本計畫獲得溫哥華市政府資助

Last Updated on: February 22, 2010

Phone: 604-718-8200 www.killarneycentre.ca

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Greypower Gazette: Weekly Seniors Program Calendar TUESDAY (CONT’D)

MONDAY Luk Tung Kuen Association

6:30-8:30am

Ballroom Dance

6:30-8:30am

Evergreen Tai Chi

7:30-10:30am

Seniors Billiards

9:00-12:00pm

Line Dancing 9:00-12:00pm $25.00/10 visits card, $3.50/member hr. drop-in Computer Lab Drop-in

10:00-12:00pm

Badminton Court Rentals Fees: $10.00/hour/court

8:30-9:30pm

Convivial Gathering 1:15-3:15pm Fees: $2.00/member hr. drop-in OR $6.00/6 visits card Sing Along 7:00-8:15pm Fee: $22.00/55yrs+/5 classes, $4.75/member hr. drop-in

TUESDAY Luk Tung Kuen Association

6:30-8:30am

Ballroom Dance Group

6:30-8:30am

Evergreen Tai Chi Club

7:30-9:00am

Beginner/Intermediate Badminton 9:00-10:30am Fees: $44.50/12 classes Stroke Recovery Club

9:30-12:30pm

Chinese Seniors Group

10:30-12:30pm

Computer Lab Drop-in

1:00-3:00pm

Happy Gang Bingo

1:00-3:30pm

Yuan Ji Dance Fees: $15.00 for 3 months (Apr-Jun)

1:45-3:45pm

Social Dancing 2:00-4:00pm Fees: $2.75/drop-in or $11.00/10 visit card

WEDNESDAY Luk Tung Kuen Association

6:30-8:30am

Ballroom Dance Group

6:30-8:30am

Evergreen Tai Chi Club

7:30-10:30am

Intermediate Badminton Fees: $22.50/12 classes

9:00-12:30pm

Yuan Ji Dance Fees: $15.00 for 3 months (Apr-Jun)

1:00-3:00pm

Karaoke Club 1:15-4:30pm Fees: $2.00/drop-in or $12.50/10 visit card Table Tennis Drop-in 7:00-10:00pm Fees: $3.25 drop-in OR $25.50/10 visits card Computer courses: All participants Under 55yrs cannot register until two weeks prior to the course start date. All courses are taught in English. For more detailed information on courses, please refer to the centre brochure, page 28. Basics Computer for Beginners (May 19-Jun 23) Fees: $34.00/55yrs+/6 classes

9:30-11:30pm

Intermediate Computer Course (Feb 17-Mar 24) Fees: $34.00/55yrs+/6 classes

9:30-11:30pm

Intro to E-mail & Internet (Apr 7-May 12) Fees: $17.00/55yrs+/6 classes

12:00-1:00pm

Programs Are Free Unless Otherwise Noted Refer To The Spring Recreation Guide For Dates & Details On All The Above Programs!

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Phone: 604-718-8200 www.killarneycentre.ca


Greypower Gazette: Weekly Seniors Program Calendar WEDNESDAY (CONT’D) M.S. Word (May 19-Jun 23) Fees: $17.00/55yrs+/6 classes

FRIDAY (CONT’D)

12:00-1:00pm

THURSDAY Luk Tung Kuen Association

6:30-8:30am

Ballroom Dance Group

6:30-8:30am

Evergreen Tai Chi Club

7:30-10:30am

Friday Art Club

9:00-1:00pm

Mahjong Fee: $1.00/each

11:00-2:00pm

Intermediate Badminton Fees: $18.75/10 classes

11:00-2:00pm

Social Dancing 1:30-4:00pm Fees: $2.75/drop-in OR $11.00/10 visit card

SATURDAY

Beginner/Intermediate Badminton 9:00-10:30am Fees: $44.50/12 classes

Luk Tung Kuen Association

7:30-8:45am

Computer Lab Drop-in

10:00-2:00pm

Ballroom Dance Group

7:30-8:45am

Social Bridge Club

1:00-4:00pm

Evergreen Tai Chi Club

7:30-11:30am

International Ballroom Dancing 11:00-12:15pm Fees $20.00/6 classes, $5.50/drop-in, space permitting Table Tennis Drop-in 12:00-3:00pm Fees: $3.25 drop-in OR $25.50/10 visits card Social Dancing

1:00-3:00pm

Fees: $2.75/drop-in OR $11.00/10 visit card

FRIDAY Luk Tung Kuen Association

6:30-8:30am

Ballroom Dance Group

6:30-8:30am

Evergreen Tai Chi Club

7:30-10:30am

Social Dancing 3:00-5:00pm Fees: $2.75/drop-in OR $11.00/10 visit card

SUNDAY Luk Tung Kuen Association

7:30-8:45am

Ballroom Dance Group

7:30-8:45am

Evergreen Tai Chi Club

7:30-11:30am

Table Tennis Drop-in 1:45-4:45pm Fees: $3.25 drop-in OR $25.50/10 visits card

Mandarin Speaking Seniors Group 9:00-11:00am Seniors Billiards

FREE

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9:00-12:00pm

Computer Lab Drop-in & Seniors Only Billiards Phone: 604-718-8200 www.killarneycentre.ca

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Greypower Gazette: Workshops Introduction to: Emergency Social Services Who takes care of people affected by disaster? Your local Emergency Social Services (ESS) team!

How to Sell Your Home

If it’s time to Sell Your Home and you need help, this is the seminar for you! Let a Professional Realtor teach you about the current market conditions, pricing your home and formulating a plan of action. Some of the topics include: legal documents, staging and de-cluttering, marketing, multiple offers and helpful tips. Whether you are moving up or down in the market, this helpful seminar teaches the most efficient way to maximize your return and minimize the disruption in your life. Don’t sell your home without getting informed first! Room 202 – Doug Williams May 13 Thu 7:00-9:00pm FREE

How to Buy Your First Home

Have you considered purchasing your first home or want to buy again but don’t know where to start? This is the seminar for you! Guest speakers include the four professionals you will need to complete a home purchase. A Mortgage Broker, Licensed Realtor, Home Inspector and a Lawyer answer all your questions and get you informed about the real estate market. Don’t buy your first home without getting the right information Room 202 – Doug Williams May 20 Thu 7:00pm-9:00pm FREE

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Are you interested in getting involved? There are no special skills required, just the desire to help others in the aftermath of a disaster. This Workshop will help inform you as to what Basic Emergency Social Services are available, how the City of Vancouver emergency structure works, and what our Vancouver Community Based ESS Program is and how to get involved. These workshops are free and are designed with Adults and Seniors in mind. Preregistration is required. Please go to www.vancouver. ca/ess or call 604-871-6377 for more information.

Phone: 604-718-8200 www.killarneycentre.ca


Greypower Gazette: Bus Trips & Special Events APRIL Bradner Flower & Garden Show

The Bradner Community Club invites you to come and celebrate the 81th anniversary of the show and see the hundreds of varieties of beautiful daffodils that will be on display for you to enjoy. Flower show in Bradner Hall in Abbotsford, tearoom for lunch, tea and goodies, plant sales, souvenir sales and other exhibits. (Lunch not included) Apr 10 Sat 9:00am-2:30pm $10.00/55yrs+, $15.00/Under 55yrs

Minter Garden Tour

Senior’s Bus Trips + Special Events

Registration for Seniors Bus Trips & Special Events begins Wednesday, March 31 at 9:30am for 55 yrs + Numbered pre-registration forms are REQUIRED and will be given out starting at 8:30am at the front desk. Note: Registration for all Senior’s Programs except Bus Trips & Special Events begins Sunday, December 6 at 9:00am

Registration Guidelines & Procedures

• Participants must complete and sign a waiver of liability form when registering for all bus trips. • Registration MUST be done in person. Phone registration will only be accepted if authorized by the Seniors Programmer. All registration is ongoing until the programs are FULL. • Bus trips and special events are subsidized by the Killarney Seniors Association, and age verification is mandatory. Please have your ID ready when registering. • Space on most bus trips and at special events is limited, so please register early for yourself and one other person. • Persons under 55 years of age cannot register for a bus trip until two weeks prior to the actual date of the trip. • Prices for people under 55 years are NOT subsidized. • If the program you want is full, please remember to put your name on the WAITING LIST. If someone cancels, you will be called and asked to register. On occasion, we do open new programs and bus trips if there is sufficient demand. • If unable to attend a bus trip, please request your refund 5 days before the trip so that we can fill your spot.

Come and join us on a tour to Minter Gardens. This garden is ever evolving, and each season offers a dramatic view. Close to 100,000 tulips, imported from Holland, welcome visitors each spring. More than 1000 rhododendrons provide riotous colour amid huge cedar trees and rock wall terraces. Lunch is not included in cost but there are 2 restaurants at the Minter Gardens. Apr 23 Fri 9:30am-3:00pm $18.00/55yrs+, $21.50/Under 55yrs

Afternoon Lunch Gatherings Food from Around the World

Interested in meeting new friends, socializing with old ones and exploring foods from other cultures? Register and come out to the “Afternoon Lunch Gatherings.” Room 203 Apr 28 Wed 12:00-1:30pm Indian May 26 Wed 12:00-1:30pm Italian Jun 23 Wed 12:00-1:30pm Thailand $5.00/55 yrs+. For Seniors 55 yrs + Only.

A couple of things to know about bus trips!

The benefit of community bus trips is that you don’t have to drive, you don’t have to pay for parking, group discounts on admission costs and friends to enjoy the day with! All bus trips, unless otherwise specified, are taken on the Killarney Centre’s 24-seater bus. For all bus trips, please arrive 15 minutes early. The time shown in the program description is the time that the bus will leave Killarney Centre. Please meet at the existing front entrance at time of departure. Lunch is not provided on any bus trips unless specified in the program description.All bus trips load in the order of registration.

All bus trips are subject to change or cancellation. Some trips are weather dependent..

Phone: 604-718-8200 www.killarneycentre.ca

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Greypower Gazette: Bus Trips & Special Events MAY Bowen Island

Seniors Week 2010 June 7-11 Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver Two weeks of celebration will take place at the Roundhouse Community Centre. May 31st to June 4th will be Aging Through The Arts, hosted by Arts and Health.

Opening For Seniors Week 2010

Experiences and Seniors Art Displays - This is the Opening for the “2010 Seniors Week” where our focus is on the Elders in our community and in Canada. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Jun 7 Mon 2:00pm-3:15pm FREE

Chance To Dance And Entertain

This FREE event showcases seniors dance groups and entertainment from the different Vancouver Community Centre giving you a good example of programs offered in other centres. There will be light refreshments. Jun 8 Tue 1:00pm-3:15pm FREE

Seniors Week Historical Art Walk

Get Active and enjoy the local public art pieces in the Yale town neighbourhood. Healthy snacks will be served. Jun 10 Thu 9:00am-10:30am FREE

Seniors Week Tea And Dance- 8th Annual

Join other enthusiastic seniors at our 8th annual event to celebrate Seniors Week 2010 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. This is a city wide Vancouver Park Board and Community Association sponsored event that will feature the swinging sounds of live music, light refreshments and treats, prizes, fun, friendship and lots of dancing . Space is limited so please register early. Ticket sales will close Tues. June 8. Please note that refunds will only be accepted up to seven days prior to the event Jun 11 Fri 1:00pm-4:00pm $8

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Travel to Bowen Island, an emerald island in the waters of Howe Sound. With a beautifully rugged landscape and friendly laid-back pace, Bowen Island is typical of the forested island retreats to be found along the coast of British Columbia. Go on a tour around the island, visiting local shops. Guide by Simon Yan (Lunch not included) May 17 Mon 8:30am-4:30pm $24.00/65 yrs+, $34.00/55 yrs+, $42.00/Under 55 yrs Participants 65 yrs+ must bring their BC Gold Card to show at the toll booth of the ferry. Those who do not bring a card will have to pay an additional $10.45 each way.

Mayne Island

Rolling orchards and warm rock-strewn beaches abound on Mayne Island, a rustic 21-square-kilometre island in the southern Gulf Islands chain of British Columbia. This friendly island midway between the lower mainland of BC and Vancouver Island is small enough for a day trip, but pretty enough for a lifetime. Come and enjoy a trip to this beautiful island. Guide by Simon Yan (Lunch not included) May 27 Thu 8:30am-7:15pm $38.00/65 yrs+, $52.00/55 yrs+, $65.00/Under 55 yrs Participants 65 yrs+ must bring their BC Gold Card to show at the toll booth of the ferry. Those who do not bring a card will have to pay an additional $10.45 each way.

JUNE Whistler

Go to one of BC’s most popular tourist destinations without having to worry about driving. Spend the day in Whistler visiting local shops and have lunch at one of the many restaurants available in the village. Lunch is not included in the fee. June 18 Fri 8:00am-4:00pm $12.00/55yrs+, $17.00/Under 55yrs

Hatley Castle Tour - Victoria

Travel to Victoria, and head back in time to the turn of the century to Hatley Castle. This museum houses artifacts and exhibits from when it was a Coastal Salish Indian burial site to the present home of Royal Roads University. June 29 Tue 7:00am-7:30pm $27.50/65 yrs+ $47.50/55 yrs+ $60.50/Under 55 yrs Participants 65 yrs+ must bring their BC Gold Card to show at the toll booth of the ferry. Those who do not bring a card will have to pay an additional $10.45 each way.

Phone: 604-718-8200 www.killarneycentre.ca


Greypower Gazette: Apr 2010 Bus Trips/Special Events

April 2010 Nam  id  velit  non  risus  consequat  iaculis.    

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Phone: 604-718-8200 www.killarneycentre.ca

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Greypower Gazette: May 2010 Bus Trips/Special Events

May 2010 Nam  id  velit  non  risus  consequat  iaculis.    

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How To Sell Your Home 7:00-9:00pm

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How To Buy Your First Home

8:30-4:30pm

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Victoria Day!

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Afternoon Lunch Gathering (Italian)

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Greypower Gazette: Jun 2010 Bus Trips/Special Events

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Historical Art Walk

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Phone: 604-718-8200 www.killarneycentre.ca

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Greypower Gazette: “Senior’s Health” For Elderly, Giving Up Driving Can Be Tough Referenced from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_96624.html HealthDay News - For many Americans, driving equals independence -- the ability to run errands, go to church or visit family and friends as you please. So the decision to hand over the car keys for good can be a difficult one. To help doctors, seniors and their family members spot the signs of someone who is too old and too frail to drive, the American Medical Association this week released the Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers. It includes screening tests, information about medical conditions and medications that may impact driving, and ways of talking to seniors about what can be an emotional issue. Though largely directed at doctors, the guide is full of information that can help seniors and their families in determining if it’s time to park the car in the garage for good, experts say. “Most of the time, people naturally change their behavior as they get older -- they drive less, they only drive to familiar locations, they don’t drive at night,” noted Dr. James Goodwin, a professor of geriatrics and director of the Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “It only becomes a problem in those who don’t make that adjustment, but that is the exception.” Though few like to admit it, aging brings with it physical and mental changes that can compromise driving ability, including changes in vision, cognition (thinking) and motor function, added Dr. James Young, chairman of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Aging eyes can take longer to adjust to changes in lightness and darkness, making glare and night driving more difficult. Cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and stroke can all impact visual perception. Cognitive declines that come with age can also make driving unsafe. Driving is a complex activity that requires memory, visual processing, attention and executive skills, or the ability to multi-task, according to the AMA report. All of these factors can be affected by medical conditions and medications. Adding to the problem is the fact that 30 percent to 45 percent of people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease continue to drive after their diagnosis, according to a study in the March/April issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. That decision can have tragic consequences. Of 207 people with Alzheimer’s who went missing between 1998 and 2008 while driving, 32 were found dead, 35 were found injured and 70 remained missing, according to an analysis of news reports collected in the study. Arthritis of the neck or hands and stroke can also make it more difficult to turn the head, switch the foot from the accelerator to the brake and operate other controls, Young said. “I have had patients who have driven after a stroke and they’ve killed people,” Young said. “This is not something to be taken lightly.” In part because of age-related declines, drivers aged 75 and older are involved in significantly more motor vehicle crashes per mile driven than younger drivers, according to the AMA. They are also more likely to die in the accident. The fatality rate for drivers 85 years and older per mile driven is nine times higher than the rate for drivers 25 to 69 years old. But Goodwin said it’s also easy to overstate the risk. While safe driving is certainly a concern for the elderly, statistics can be somewhat misleading, he said. Older drivers get in more accidents per mile driven, but they also log far fewer miles, so their overall likelihood of getting in an accident is lower than for younger people, Goodwin pointed out.

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Greypower Gazette: “Senior’s Health” To improve safety, experts recommend that older drivers install wider rearview mirrors, sold at many auto-parts stores. Swivel seats can make getting in and out of the car easier, too, and there are all sorts of adaptive gadgets for people with disabilities. Specially trained occupational therapists can also conduct a driver’s evaluation, including knowledge of the rules of the road, reaction time and behind-the-wheel driving abilities. These specialists are not available in all areas, however, and Medicare doesn’t cover the cost, which is several hundred dollars, Young said. If a senior who appears to be an at-risk driver refuses to give up the keys, doctors can make an anonymous report to their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Though laws vary by state, the DMV can often revoke driver’s licenses in this way. In discussing the issue with seniors, it’s important to be sensitive to their feelings and to use objective reports, such as vision or physical therapy tests, to make your case. Being prepared to suggest alternatives -- such as taxis, mass transit, senior-center shuttles or other community transportation for seniors -- can help ease the blow. And it’s important to remember that age alone is not the key measure of whether someone is safe to drive, said Goodwin. He pointed out that he currently sees 90-year-old patients who remain good, safe motorists. SOURCES: James Goodwin, M.D., professor, geriatrics and director, Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas; James Young, M.D., chairman, department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago; March 15, 2010, Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers, American Medical Association

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Greypower Gazette: Quick Reference Phone List The South Vancouver Seniors Council and the Seniors Peer Support Program at South Vancouver Neighbourhood House have developed this Quick Reference of telephone numbers for seniors living in the community of South Vancouver

EMERGENCIES Police, Fire, Ambulance 911 Power Outage 1-888-769-3766 Gas Leaks & Odours 1-800-663-9911 Telephone Repair Line 611 Crisis Line 24 Hours 604-872-3311

TRANSPORTATION Bus Route Information Annual Bus Pass Handi Dart Information Handi Dart Cancellation Taxi Saver Program Ferry Information

604-953-3333 604-682-0391 604-430-2742 604-430-2892 604-453-4634 604-223-3779

HOUSING INFORMATION Seniors Housing Info Program Home Owners Grant BC Housing Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters

604-520-6621 1-250-387-4083 604-609-7024 604-433-2218

GOVERNMENT OFFICES Ambulance Billing Vancouver City Hall Consumer Protection Government of Canada Income Security Land Tax Deferment Medical Services Plan Ombudsman Public Trustee of BC Revenue Canada Seniors Supplement Police Non-Emergency

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1-800-665-7191 604-873-7011 1-888-564-9963 1-800-622-6232 1-800-277-9914 1-250-387-0540 1-250-386-7171 1-800-567-3247 604-775-0202 1-800-959-8281 604-682-0391 604-717-3221

HEALTH SERVICES Canadian Red Cross Dial a Dietician Equipment Registry Family Respite Centre Lifeline Program BC Health Services Info Line Holy Family Hospital Mental Health Services Pharmacare Inquiries South Community Health Office

604-709-6600 604-732-9191 604-324-3670 604-327-9525 604-872-5433 1-800-465-4911 604-321-2661 604-266-6124 604-682-6849 604-321-6151

INFORMATION AND SUPPORT Arthritis Society Alzheimer Society BC Bereavement BC Coalition to Eliminate Abuse Better Business Bureau Caregiver Support Crime Prevention Office Diabetes Society Human Rights Centre Legal Services Society Osteoporosis Society Parkinsons Society of BC

604-871-4537 604-279-7120 604-738-9950 1-866-437-1940 604-682-2711 604-877-4699 604-717-2940 604-732-8444 604-656-2130 604-601-6300 604-731-4997 604-662-3240

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & SERVICES Killarney Community Centre 604-718-8200 Champlain Heights CC 604-718-6575 Adult Day Centre 604-430-6373 Seniors Peer Counseling 604-266-5301 VON Meals on Wheels 604-732-7638 Champlain Heights Library 604-665-3955 Fraserview Library 604-665-3957 Collingwood Library 604-665-3953 South Van Neighbourhood House 604-324-6212 Collingwood Neighbourhood House 604-435-0323 South Van Seniors Network 604-324-3670 BC Nurse Line (24 Hrs) 604-215-4700

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