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Deck the Halls! GraNDPareNts Get cOOkiNG

With your teenage grandkids at Saanich Recreation

christmas activities

Gingerbread Exhibit Festival of Lights Christmas Light Drive and Centennial Square Light-up by bus

aGiNG iN PLace

Living in Victoria’s spectacular Songhees harbourside community


Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

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Live Well at Aquara By Candy Ho Director and Vice President, Element Lifestyle Retirement


ully embracing an active retirement community, Aquara by Element Lifestyle Retirement offers a range of living opportunities for seniors looking to age-in-place. Aging-in-place describes living in a residence for as long as you are able as you age. This includes being able to have services and support over time as your needs change. Aging-in-place allows people to enjoy a full and active retirement, confident they will not have to move again due to increased care needs.

around-the-clock Aquara envisions registered nursing. seniors moving in while Removing the social and they are young and active. physical strain of bigger Supportive living is moves provides maximum available on-site if continuity and familiarity and when it’s needed. for everyone involved. Supportive living can The Aquara developinclude small amounts ment by Element Lifestyle of help scheduled for the Retirement is a harbourside same time each day or community in Songhees in each week, and is available Vic West. Its built-in care to help people stay in their for 65+ seniors combines home as long as possible in maximum quality of life a healthy, safe way. “This is a gathering place for all generations, from with support as needed. Aquara recognizes that Aquara’s lifestyle couples don’t always age grandparents to grandchildren, neighbours and continuum is attentive but at the same rate. They can friends. We encourage our residents to invite any not intrusive, have different challenges friends or family regularly — not just on special providing homes for active due to health or differences occasions.” and independent seniors, in age, requiring different and those needing greater services at different times condo or rental where all the needs assistance and intervention, with for each individual. We make it of aging were met as they arose, up to 24-hour care. easy for couples to stay together with proactive decisions based on and receive the help they need. Keeping Together desire, pride and social, physical Making a Move

One of the most dramatic changes seniors face is leaving home for a senior living community. Doing so too early can feel unwarranted, and too late, or as the result of a health crisis, can be stressful for everyone. Often, nothing is available when the need does arise, whether in non-profit, government-funded or private-care settings. But what if transition could be made to a

and emotional wellness? Aquara has designed its spaces and policies to allow couples with different health requirements to stay in each others’ daily lives and receive customized nursing care. Seniors who live independently can stay in the same unit while receiving supportive services if their health changes (even on a temporary basis), or move on-site into the licenced care area for

renting in an aging-in-place retirement community that celebrates integration of all generations.” This intergenerational focus is unlike anything traditional retirement living offers. By removing the stigma and disconnection of retirement and nursing homes, its’ residents stay connected. Grandchildren are welcome. People can look forward to age-appropriate programming in a fun, clubhouse setting. Upon completion, Aquara will offer 47 condos, 75 rental suites and 35 care units. Now offering pre-sales and pre-leasing, Aquara Discovery Centre is open at #110 - 645 Tyee Rd. The Aquara development site is located at Kimta and Tyee Rd. aquara.elementlifestyleretirement. com

“We know seniors and younger generations both benefit when seniors are not isolated and they participate in our culture like everyone else, as they did before retirement,” says Candy Ho, director and vice president of Element. “We are unique in Victoria for our choice of either purchasing or

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away By Johanna Booy Care & Company Ltd.


hen I was a kid, I wondered what this saying meant: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Then, one day not so long ago, I came upon this saying on a site, and thought “it’s time to take a look at this!” The history behind this saying originates from a rhyme from Wales which stated “eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” In England, in 1913, the saying was changed to “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” with the premise being that eating healthily would certainly curtail the need for physician visits to the home due to eating nutritiously. Of course, adding any fruit to your diet would have these benefits.

So, should we debunk this great proverb? Definitely not! Not only are apples healthy, there are so many varieties available — Galas, McIntosh, Granny Smith, just to mention a few. Here are some of the great benefits of eating apples: 1. T hey are low in calories and sodium; apples contain no fat or cholesterol and are sweet to eat. They can also replace sugar cravings at snack time. 2. Apples are an excellent source of vitamin A which promotes vision and bone development. 3. Biting into an apple is healthy for your teeth! Eating an apple acts like a tooth brush to clean your teeth and reduce bacteria. 4. Don’t forget the peel — eat the peel for the fibre and antioxidant protection.

5. Apples fight inflammation and act as natural health-boosting antioxidants. 6. Apples are packed with pectin, vitamin C, phytonutrients, boron and quercetin. Pectin is a prebiotic that feeds probiotics — these are the healthy bacteria in our stomach. An apple is a great anytime snack that’s good for the whole family, and they’re a good food to add to your diet during flu season. The vitamin C is a natural immune booster. When you feel a cold coming on, add apples to your diet. Apples pack a lot of great health benefits. But do they keep the doctor away — not always! Be sure to eat a balanced diet and include a variety of foods. And don’t forget the apples!

What do I do now? By Laura Van Sprang Sands Funeral Chapel Cremation and Reception Centre, Victoria


hen a “first call” comes into the funeral home and there has been a death in the family, we are usually faced with one of these following statements: “We have made pre-arrangements and have things in place to move forward”, or; “We have been through this before and have a pretty good idea of what to expect”, or; “We have never done this before…What do I do now?”. In any of these cases, we are standing by, ready to assist and guide the family through the next steps. I’d like to share some information that may help you feel a little more prepared if you should be faced with assisting in a loved one’s final arrangements, or thinking about organizing your own in advance.

First detail some are not aware of is that Power of Attorney ends at death. The Executor of the Will would then have the authority to move forward with making arrangements. If there is no Will, we look to the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act/ Control of Disposition, which lists, in order, who is legally allowed to then handle all arrangements for the disposition and funeral. The Executor or authorised Next of Kin, will need to contact a funeral home to assist you. A funeral arrangement can sometimes take a few hours depending on the services chosen and details to be discussed. An appointment should be made before heading to the funeral home to ensure time is set aside to answer your questions and that your wishes can be discussed. We will be there to guide you through and always take into consideration that grief is present and needs extra patience, comfort and care.

The death certificates can be issued once the doctor has signed the medical certificate of death and the vital statistics have been obtained at the arrangement. We work under the Privacy Act so all information given is protected. The family can order as many death certificates as they need at $27 per certificate, which will be paid to Vital Statistics Office. Your funeral director will work with you and your family to create a meaningful service that will fit into your budget. Rest assured there will be educated, compassionate professionals there to guide you, from that difficult “first call” all the way through the arrangements and services, and also set you up with valuable information and resources to prepare you for the task of settling an estate For information or questions about “What to do?”, please do not hesitate to call: 250-388-5155.

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December Events Sands Candlelight Service of Memories

Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 to 9 p.m. Sands Funeral Chapel Colwood, 317 Goldstream Ave. Join Sands to Light a Candle in Memory and Fill the Room with Light. The holiday season is often difficult and very different than years past. You are invited to honour, cherish and remember that special person who is no longer with you. Receive a personalized candle in memory of your loved one. If you would like to include their photo on the candle, either come in and drop one off in person, or email one to with their name in the subject line. sandsvictoriafh@ Bring in non-perishable food, warm clothing and/or unwrapped toys to be given to the Westshore Christmas Hamper. RSVP by Dec. 4 to: 250-478-3821.

Live Music Series Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward

Oak Bay Recreation Centre Upstairs Lounge Saturday, Dec. 7, Doors open 6 p.m. Expect an exhilarating blast of blues, soul and funk from this California based duo. Pocket-heavy renditions of vintage blues and classic vintage pop, covers of Nina Simone, The Animals, Bessie Smith and Terence Trent D’Arby included. | Tickets at Oak Bay Rec reception, or online:

Indoor Community Market Monterey Rec Centre

Sunday, Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Local artisans and food producers selling jewelry, pottery, baking, textiles, hand knitting, jams, candy and more. Also a garage sale corner with gently used, quality, pre-loved items. Free admission and parking. Fresh baking and coffee in the Fern Café. Details: 250-370-7300.

Heads Up: Intro to Brain Health Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Yakimovich Wellness Centre

Alzheimer’s Society of BC, Victoria presentation. Healthy aging is important for everyone. This workshop encourages participants to actively engage in protection and maintenance of their brain. Learn strategies and set goals to improve the health of your mind, body and spirit. Anyone interested in brain health is welcome to attend.

Seniors Bus Trips

Sewage as a Treasure Trove for Magically Relevant Data

Thursday, Dec. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Yakimovich Wellness Centre Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry and Microbiology, UVic, and UVic Speaker’s Bureau A summary of research on infectious disease epidemiology, development of antibiotic resistance, drug and substance patterns, and more, derived from data obtained from municipal sewage.

Saanich Silver Threads Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 5 to 7 p.m. Christmas dinner with roast turkey and all the fixings, pumpkin pie and whipped cream for dessert. Entertainment by Rosie and Corrine. Volunteer drivers are available to pick up guests between 4 and 5 p.m. and bring them to the centre. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. Entertainment follows from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Guests using Volunteer Driver Service return home with the volunteer driver around 7 p.m. Call the Saanich Centre at: 250-382-3151 to make your reservation by the Monday before the dinner. 286 Hampton Rd.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance with Groove Kitchen

Oak Bay Rec Centre Upstairs Lounge Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. Dinner at 6, music and dancing at 7:30 p.m. Ring in the New Year with dinner, dancing, champagne and party favours. Tickets at Oak Bay Rec Centre reception, or:

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Gingerbread Exhibit + Festival of Trees (Cost: $2)

Christmas Light Drive + Centennial Square Light Show (Cost: $2) Working in partnership with Silver Threads, James Bay New Horizons and the Cook Street Village Activity Centre, this monthly bus program offers offsite trips the second Wednesday of the month, and occasional bonus trips. Contact the Centre at: 250-384-6542 for coming destinations and reservations. Limited seating so reserve early.

Self care Finding your inner balance


s we age, we realize the need for self care. Our full lives can carry a lot of stress. Even taking care of others can lead us to a point where we say, “Enough, I need to take care of myself today.” Massage is a viable option that can work wonders, both physically and emotionally. The benefits of massage are far reaching. Not only does it feel fabulous, but it delivers a lot more than you think. Physical Benefits of Massage

There’s a relaxation response — this is a state where your heart and breathing slow, your blood pressure and stress hormones decrease, and there is an increase in your serotonin levels. Massage of the soft tissue can improve blood and lymph circulation — key to delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. As cellular health improves, tissues function more efficiently, leading to removal of waste products and excess fluid. Massage can also relax muscle tissue and reduce inflammation and strain. Researchers at McMaster University in Canada found that massage affects the activity of certain genes, which directly reduce inflammation in muscles — the same results that would occur if a person took pain medication. Researchers tested people who exercised and received massages afterward against a control group, discovering that “massage dampened the activity of proteins known as inflammatory cytokines, which cause inflammation and pain. It also increased levels of proteins that signal the muscles to produce more mitochondria, the cell structures that produce energy and help muscles recover from activity.” Inner Balance Massage is a holistic studio that’s been helping people in their healing and self care since the early ‘90s. Located in a tranquil garden cottage in Victoria, you can choose from classic Swedish massage, acupressure, or add to your relaxation and healing with soothing heated stones or warm bamboo. Gift certificates are available for the special people in your life. For further info or to book an appointment, call: 250-893-2256. Visit:


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Vitamin D helps to treat Alzheimer’s Disease

There is nothing more worrisome than ignoring memory decline until it becomes an urgent issue.

“There are several options to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, these steps are helpful in preventing a multitude of diseases.“


By Your Friendly Neighbourhood Heart Pharmacist

s there anything Vitamin D cannot help? Apparently not. This hormone, yes, vitamin D is a hormone, seems to be in the news quite often. We know it can help maintain strong bones and teeth. Adequate intake of vitamin D is also associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease, depression and diabetes. So what is this about vitamin D helping to treat and prevent progression of Alzheimer’s disease? First, what is the difference between a hormone and a vitamin? Vitamins help with chemical reactions in the body. For example, vitamin C helps convert iron into a form that is useable in the body. They don’t directly act on the body they work in concert with. Hormones act directly on the body to alter their function. The hormone ‘adrenaline’ can increase heart rate and dilate the pupils. So back to the hormone Vitamin D and Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, a small study followed patients with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease who were given Vitamin D. The dose given was 800iu daily, so relatively low doses. After 12 months, these patients had improvements in cognitive function and reduced levels of amyloid beta in the blood. Keep in mind that this was a small trial of only 210 patients. Vitamin D is a safe product and these study results are promising. It might be a good idea for anyone concerned with Alzheimer’s disease to speak with their doctor or pharmacist and determine whether vitamin D supplementation would be suitable. I mentioned amyloid beta and Alzheimer’s

disease. The exact causes of this memory stealing disease are not known. However, one theory is that a protein called ‘amyloid beta’ forms clumps in the brain. These protein clumps tangle brain neuron connections leading to memory impairment. At this point, blood measurement of these amyloid beta proteins are reserved for scientific studies. This is not a test you can request from your family physician. There are several options to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, these steps are helpful in preventing a multitude of diseases. The number one step is to get regular exercise. Exercise increases blood flow, reduces stress hormones and improves mood. You don’t need that much exercise to gain the benefits, not to say that more isn’t better. But even 15 minutes of moderate exercise daily is enough to notice health benefits. Diet can also be helpful. Focus on eating more fruits, veggies and fatty fish while reducing intake of other animal products. Social connections and challenging mental tasks can also help. These activities stimulate the brain to form new connections. Regular sleep cannot be overlooked. Your body heals while it sleeps. If you are concerned with cognitive or memory issues, speak with your physician. There are treatment options available. But if nothing else, this is an opportunity to plan ahead in case memory issues become a serious concern. There is nothing more worrisome than ignoring memory decline until it becomes an urgent issue.

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Achilles Tendinitis


chilles tendinitis can be a very difficult condition to resolve. Three muscles come together to join into one of the body’s largest tendons. These muscles are very active every time we stand up; therefore it is really difficult to rest this tendon for healing. There are many treatment options available for this condition and often all the options are necessary to resolve this problem. Common anti-inflammatory treatments to this tendon include: ultrasound, laser, acupuncture, medications, and an icing regime are all good options. Modifying activities is important and should include avoiding stairs, walking up or down hills and sports. Using rigid soled footwear, heel lifts and orthotics can also be helpful in reducing the stress on the Achilles’ tendon. Patients are often resistant to using crutches but they are one of the best treatment tools to rest this injury. Severe tendinitis could require both a cast and crutches.

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By Mary Homer Goward House Society raditional Chinese brush painting has developed over a period of more than 6,000 years. It not only looks different from Western art, but is conducted in a different manner. Each brush stroke of Chinese brush painting is a defining move that is neither improved upon nor corrected. No sketch is prepared and no model is used. From beginning to end, the artist must thoughtfully apply paint to paper or silk, getting it right the first time. There are no watercolour corrections or over-painting which is common in Western art. In viewing Chinese brush paintings, you may notice that a full plant is never painted, but rather a few blossoms to represent the plant itself. This form of art is meant to be more of a representation or symbolic in expression. The brush strokes give the painting rhythm and beauty and depict the subject’s outward and inner qualities. At the same time, they reveal the individuality and style of the painter. Chinese brush paintings may contain a poetry inscription in calligraphy; special seals are used and are part of the painting itself. This popular contribution was first made by scholar painters. The simplest inscription consists of the artist’s name and the date. When using a red seal on a monochrome painting, it is said to be ‘adding the eye to the dragon’.


Goward House Society invites you to view an art show of Chinese Brush Paintings Nov. 29 to Jan. 22, 2020

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“I always encourage patients to be aggressive in treating this condition, as it can worsen quickly and often takes months to years to fully resolve if not treated aggressively,” suggests Dr. Butler. Dr. Kent Butler D.P.M graduated with honours from the California College Of Podiatric Medicine. He then completed a one year surgical residency followed by a one year biomechanics fellowship at the Pacific Coast Hospital in San Francisco. Specializing in biomechanics helps him accurately assess a patient’s foot and function during the gait examination. As a student he worked four years making prescription orthotics for podiatrists. Here he learned various fabrication techniques and modification skills to facilitate orthotic function. Dr. Butler is the only podiatrist who personally handcrafts every step of each custom orthotic for his patients. Dr. Kent Butler is located at Royal Oak Shopping Centre, #207-4480 West Saanich Rd. Phone: 250-704-1178.


Members of The Studio of Harmonious Endeavours meet weekly to share their common passion for Chinese Brush Painting. The studio was founded by accomplished local artist, Nenagh Molson, who continues to share her wisdom and skills in occasional workshops. She now comprises approximately a dozen artists working at various levels. In weekly sessions, members explore avenues inspired by local flora, fauna and other resources,

Glass Wren By Ann Gibbard

practice techniques acquired in lessons and share their work. Afternoons together promote mutual encouragement and skill-sharing, as well as a great ‘harmony of spirit’ — so necessary to artistic development. New members are welcome. Goward House hosts two additional art groups: Portrait Painters meet on Tuesday afternoons weekly, and Drop-In Art painters who meet on Wednesday mornings. All levels of experience are welcome. Come by and check them out. Your first visit to each group is free. Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Rd., is a non-profit society that operates as an adult activity centre Monday to Friday, an art gallery and a rental venue. For details, phone: 250-477-4401, or visit:


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Care for the wild birds this winter Some birds will puff up to retain heat; others will seek shelter in dense foliage or cavities to avoid the elements. Many birds will huddle together to share warmth.


he arrival of winter forces us to confront the changes synonymous with the season, and local wildlife is no exception. Low temperatures, harsh winter storms and a scarcity of food can make it challenging for wildlife, including birds, to thrive throughout the winter. Even though several species of birds are migratory and travel to warmer climates to wait out winter, others stay put. The Audubon Society says keeping close to home helps some species of birds maintain their territories. Some birds will puff up to retain heat; others will seek shelter in dense foliage or cavities to avoid the elements. Many birds will huddle together to share warmth. Another way of keeping warm is building up fat as an insulator and energy source. The Audubon Society says more than 10 per cent of some birds’ winter body weight may be fat. That can be challenging to maintain when common sources of food such as insects and berries disappear as winter wears on. This is when some human intervention can prove handy, advise ornithologists. A few simple efforts may benefit birds and other wildlife that may not hibernate winter away or escape to the tropics. • Have a supply of food, bird feeders, houses, and any other bird-related gear ready. • Invest in nutritious food such as black oil sunflower seeds or blends that are high in black oil sunflower seeds. Also make available foods that are high in fat such as suet, peanut butter and even whole peanuts. Mother Nature Network suggests adding meal worms if they can be found. • Choose feeders that keep seed dry, otherwise it will be prone to bacterial and fungal growth. • Don’t discard fallen leaves, downed twigs or pruned boughs from trees. These gives birds material for creating shelter and hiding when the weather gets especially brutal. When the Christmas tree is finished for the season, place it in the yard as a windbreak for birds. • Put shallow water sources around so birds can drink. Replace them frequently if water freezes. A few simple efforts may benefit birds and other wildlife that may not hibernate winter away or escape to the tropics. —MC

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Come paint the town red and green! “One of the nicest gifts you can send and receive is a gift certificate from the Social Butterflies — for one of their many exciting events!” A warm and wonderful Christmas to all and a happy and successful new year!


t’s that magical time of year once again and The Social Butterflies have put together many exciting outings for your enjoyment. No more evenings spent home alone and lonely — break out of your cocoon, come paint the town red (and green!) and celebrate the holiday season with other like-minded, discerning seniors — having fun and enjoying the best entertainment Victoria has to offer. Let the Social Butterflies take care of the details, while you relax and have fun, making new friends and new memories. Each outing includes convenient door-to-door transportation, a

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leisurely dinner, gratuities, taxes, best seats in the house, and includes Greater Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. Costs are all-inclusive, no membership fees and happiness guaranteed!

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A great idea for those special, hard to please family and friends, and with no expiry date. This is what they really want and they will thank you for it.

Dec. 11: Every Brilliant Thing, Belfry Theatre


Dec. 15: Magic of the Holidays, Victoria Symphony, Royal Theatre

Dec. 14: Yellow Point Christmas Spectacular, McPherson Theatre

Seniors must be mobile, mentally alert and aware, as these challenges are not covered by their insurance. To make a reservation, further information, or calendar of events, phone: 250-383-4386. Book-on-line:

Dec. 18: Sidney traditional, home-style Christmas Dinner and lights tour. Jan. 1, 2020: A Viennese New Year’s matinee concert, Victoria Symphony

South Island Harmony + Joy of Song

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Memory PLUS Programs Memory PLUS is a Silver Threads program for people 55+ who would like to improve their memory in an active and social group setting. PLUS stands for Practice, Laughter, Useful Strategies. Memory PLUS is a weekly two-hour program where participants connect with peers, explore techniques, play cognitive games and do other challenges to increase cognitive function. Ten-week sessions are offered in various locations in Victoria. Details: 250-382-3151

events. At the Saanich Centre, the Hampton Singers will lead a variety of songs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. At the Victoria Centre, join elves Susan and Becah for some holiday classics between 1 and 2 p.m. No charge to join in. The Saanich Centre is located at 286 Hampton Rd., call: 250 382-3151 for details. The Victoria Centre is located at 2340 Richmond Rd., call: 250 388-4268 for details. Visit: We would love to meet you! The only thing better than singing, is more singing. — Ella Fitzgerald

Enjoy a word scramble all about the holidays! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

dilayoh tsighl tormnane amnnows gatogbognni yiflma nendir nestsrep igvign gkostinc


Saanich Centre 286 Hampton Rd. 250 382-3151


Also performing will be the Hampton Singers and the Saanich Songmen. Tickets are still available. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Richard Bird and the South Island Harmony Barbershop Quartet will perform at the Victoria Centre from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Their Christmas tunes will put you in the mood for the holidays. Tickets are available. Refreshments will be provided at both concerts. One of these concerts might inspire you to join a Seasonal Sing-a-long. On Monday, Dec. 16, both centres will host

holiday lights ornament snowman tobogganing family dinner presents giving stocking

We are a charitable, not for profit society that enhances social connections and well-being for seniors. We provide programs and services for those 55 years of age or better with two centres and outreach programs to serve you.

hether it is listening to, or making your own, Silver Threads Service will hit the right musical notes this holiday season. For your listening pleasure, The Greater Victoria Police Chorus (GVPC) Christmas Concert will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Saanich Centre, from 1 to 3 p.m. The GVPC is comprised of serving, retired and reserve police officers, plus some non-police members — all proud to be serving their community in this entertaining way.

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‘Tis the time of year to bring some beautiful music into your life.


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Intergenerational Cooking

Tip of the month: Windows 7

Engage with your teenage grandchildren

Do you have a PC or laptop running Windows 7?

Did you know this operating system is being phased out and is no longer going to be supported by Microsoft with updates as of Jan. 20, 2020? You are either going to have to get a new computer/laptop or buy Windows 10 to install. Having said that, your computer is probably more than five years old, possibly 10, so you may want to think about getting a new device. If you don’t do anything, you will be opening yourself up to an insecure system, as the weekly or monthly updates will no longer work. Some of the software will also stop working. Drop down to the Victoria Computer Club to learn how to check if your device is using Windows 7 and what you can do. There’s lots of help at Silver Threads, Saanich Centre, 286 Hampton Rd. Website: Call: 250-382-3151 for details.


s grandparents of young toddlers or preschoolers, its easy to entertain and find activities to keep them busy. Conversation is easy and sometimes amusing, but when they get older, how do you relate to them? They no longer find you funny and don’t need you as a babysitter. Grandparents can find the bond between them drifting as they grow into teenagers and are no longer enamored with Disney movies or the local playground. Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services offer a great opportunity for older adults and teens to enjoy each other’s company and find out how more alike they are than different. Intergenerational Cooking nights, held once every few months at Gordon Head Recreation Centre, give grandparents and teens a chance to cook together and share unforced conversation as they muddle their way through recipes. An instructor is on hand to make sure everyone has a job to do. All the groceries and recipes are included — you just bring containers for the leftovers! This is not a cooking instruction class, but a relaxed, fun, social evening centred around food. At the end of the session, everyone enjoys a meal that they

created together, discuss current events, plans they may have for the holidays, and for those brave enough, participate in a sing-along. Grandparents can share their childhood stories of holidays when they were young and teens can share what is happening today for the younger generation. You don’t need to have grandchildren to participate. In fact, older adults without grandchildren and teens without grandparents are encouraged to attend to help bridge the gap between these age

groups. Come and find some common ground, share in the joy of cooking, and come away inspired and full of good food and friendship — this is what the holiday season is about. Next Intergenerational Cooking night will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the GR Pearkes Recreation Centre. $4 per person. For program details, email Laura Van Dyk: To register, call Gordon Head Recreation Centre: 250-475-7100. Space is limited.

Green burial doesn’t mean inexpensive


reen burials are becoming more popular here in British Columbia as we baby boomers age and head for the great beyond. We want to leave a smaller footprint on the planet regarding how we dispose of our body. And there will be lots of bodies to dispose of with more than 916,000 of us living here in B.C. If you are wondering about green burial and live on Vancouver Island, there are several choices for you to consider and to chat with as you do your information gathering. The Royal Oak Cemetery Society in Victoria and Yates Memorial in Parksville are two such locations. In Vancouver you could contact either Heritage Gardens in Surrey, or Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, who also both offer green burial options. If you are looking for green burial information, you could visit:

Victoria Computer Club where you will find, on their website, a great description of what green burial is, and a complete list of approved green burial providers. Here is a brief definition of green burial; “Green Burial is a statement of personal values for those who seek to minimize their impact on the local and global environment. For people who are mindful of the cyclical nature of life, green burial is a spiritually fulfilling alternative to conventional burial or cremation. It is an environmentally sensitive practice: the body is returned to the earth to decompose naturally and contribute to new life.” If you are intending to have a green burial, remember to include these green burial arrangements in your All Ready to Go Binder, available from the Memorial Society of B.C.

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Thursday, Dec 5th, 4-7pm Gordon Head Recreation Centre Call 250-475-7100 to register #26070 • Only $4.00/person


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Put your mind at ease


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llow Your Personal Concierge™ (YPC) to assist you to do what matters most to you in your life. YPC provides assistance to you and your loved ones in your everyday living by performing tasks that you can no longer do for yourself or prefer not to. We are here for you to whatever degree you need us to be. Family is either far away or really busy and they are not always able to help as much as they would like. We understand this, and that’s why we are here to assist you when you need us to be there for you. Whether it’s for personal shopping, running errands, driving to your appointments, caring for your pet — we have a long list of services we can help you with. Whatever you want us to do, we will do, as long as it is reasonable and within our scope of our capabilities. YPC will, if need be, liaise with your loved ones to share relevant information about your health, medications, doctors appointments, or any concerns. YPC is fully insured, bonded, and each personal concierge goes through a thorough background check before attaining employment with Your Personal Concierge™. YPC offers its services throughout Greater Victoria, including surrounding areas such as Central and North Saanich, Sidney by the Sea and the Westshore. YPC will organize personalized city and island tours for you. Or, if family is in town and you need a break, send them on a tour with us. For a free consultation, call us at: 250-812-1677.

What to say to someone who has lost a parent


loved one passing away is one of the most difficult things in life. Whether it’s the passing of a close friend or a relative, this is one of the hardest and most emotional times one can ever experience. Losing a parent is never easy, no matter their age or their circumstance. Death is, of course, a natural part of life. But for some, this isn’t much help to the grieving friend or family member who has just lost their parent. For the people surrounding those who are grieving, it can be difficult to know what to say to someone who lost a parent. To make matters more complicated, there isn’t one single statement that can make every grieving person feel better. Certain things might comfort one person while making another person feel worse. That’s why it’s important to use your best judgement when offering your condolences or comforting a grieving individual. So, what do you say to someone who has lost a parent? Read on for some helpful suggestions on what to say to a bereaved person, how to say it in a way that conveys

your true sorrow, and when to offer your condolences. What to Say to a Grieving Person

It’s not easy to know what to say to someone who lost a parent. For the people surrounding a grieving person, there are many things that could be said. But what are the things that will actually offer comfort and let the person know you’re there for them? At the end of the day, something as simple as “I’m so sorry for your loss� or “I’m so sad for you and your family, please accept my deepest condolences� is always appropriate. You might want to offer something a little deeper than this, especially if you are close to the bereaved. Generally speaking, make sure that what you say does at least one of the following: Acknowledges the bereaved person’s feelings and emotions, reminds them that you are there for them, or shares favourite memories of the person who has passed. Your condolences can do just one of those things, or several at the same time.

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Grieving during the holidays Create a special decoration and give it a place of honour.

families in our community since 1985. Each year hundreds of tributes are hung on our Celebrate A Life Trees. Place your tribute on the Virtual Celebrate A Life tree online, or in person at one of our Celebrate A Life tree locations.

Throughout the month of December, Victoria Hospice hosts Celebrate a Life, an event to remember your loved ones by hanging a personalized tribute ornament on a tree. The annual event has become a tradition for many

Remember your loved one this holiday season. Hang a personalized tribute at

In memory of

My Mom

Tillicum Centre, December 2–8

I miss you every day, . . . . . .especially . . . . . . . . . . . . .at . . .this .......... . . . . . . . .time . . . . . . of . . . yea . . . . . r. .........

........................... My message


Love always, Ca rol


For additional locations, visit You may also fill out the form below and mail it to Victoria Hospice. We will be honoured to hang your tribute on your behalf. Thank you for your support of end-of-life care.

Celebrate a Life My message (print clearly) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


he holiday season can be a stressful time for many, but for people grieving a loved one, it can be especially challenging. Memories of past celebrations with family and friends who are no longer here can magnify feelings of loss. Year-round, Victoria Hospice provides bereavement counselling and support to the community. During the holiday season, they offer tips for coping when you are grieving. As the holiday season approaches, it can be helpful to share concerns, feelings and apprehensions with someone. Let those around you know what is difficult and accept offers of help. Grief has a timing of its own. You may be enjoying yourself one moment and in tears the next. Feelings of grief can return or increase, even years after the death, and you may feel surprised or concerned. The experience of heightened feelings at particular times of the year like the holiday season is a common and normal aspect of the grieving process. You may wonder why you aren’t feeling something and feel guilty or concerned. Grief can disappear and reappear when we least expect it. This ebb and flow is natural and a sign of healthy coping.

Tips to consider over the winter holiday season:

• If Christmas shopping is upsetting, it may help to shop early, by telephone or online. You could take along an understanding friend or have family help shop for you. • Consider alternatives such as developing new traditions, going away, eating at restaurants or buying gift cards. • Create a special decoration and give it a place of honour. Throughout the month of December, Victoria Hospice hosts Celebrate a Life, an event to remember your loved ones by hanging a personalized tribute ornament on a tree. • Remember that you can always do things differently next year. • More tips can be found at Victoria Hospice offers professional bereavement counselling and support groups that are open to everyone; no prior connection to Victoria Hospice is required. These services are located at the new Community Support Centre at 102-4450 Chatterton Way. Most of these services are free, thanks to generous donors. To learn more about Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services, call: 250-519-3040, or visit:

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The Vista Avenir Senior Living is proud to introduce The Vista to the seniors of Vancouver Island.


uilt and designed for seniors to enjoy an active lifestyle with amenities and supportive services, The Vista is one of a kind. Offering choices is what The Vista is all about, as it provides seniors the opportunity to age-in-place through the multiple living options it offers. At The Vista, a senior has the choice of purchasing a condominium, limited to only 38 locations on the ninth and tenth floors, or leasing one of the 95 independent and supportive living suites - each one offering patios and views. There will also be 48 studios for seniors who may need specialized memory care. The Vista allows you to move in and never have to be concerned or worried about relocating again. From the moment you enter the community, you’ll experience an environment of exotic and eclectic décor that’s reminiscent of the time and travels of Ernest Hemingway. With a twist of modern colonial design, The Vista offers an abundance of amenity areas, engaging activities and gourmet inspired dining choices that will keep your calendar and your stomach full. The main lobby is complete with a salon, fireside lounge and a 30-seat theatre for residents and their friends and family to enjoy. One

of the most unique features at The Vista is the 11th floor -16,000 square foot amenity area called The Grand Salon. This area is wrapped in floor to ceiling glass windows and offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Downtown Victoria and the surrounding ocean areas. The Grand Salon features indoor and outdoor dining, a piano lounge with dance floor, pub, fitness centre, bistro, library and a high tea lounge for ladies and gentlemen to embrace the traditions of the English heritage to which Vancouver Island is so well-known. All of amenity areas will be open to residents and their families and friends to enjoy every day while living at The Vista. The Vista is owned and operated by a Canadian family who are located and officed in Brentwood Bay, called Avenir Senior Living. Avenir is a leader in senior housing and brings more than 25 years of expertise to design, building and management in the day-to-day operations that you can trust. To learn more about Avenir, please visit: The community is located at 622 Admirals Rd. in Esquimalt and is now under construction - scheduled to open in the spring of 2021. For information about The Vista, register at: We are looking forward to meeting you!

Top causes of wrinkles


etting older brings about physical and emotional changes. Wrinkles are one such physical change that is widely associated with aging. Some people begin fighting wrinkling long before their first wrinkle even appears. A poll of 2,000 women conducted by DermStore found that around 30 per cent of women under 35 regularly use anti-wrinkle products. The average millennial user starts at age 26 compared to the average currently 55-year-old woman, who began using wrinkle-reduction products at around age 47. As skin ages, its natural tendency is to become less elastic. Understanding the main culprits behind wrinkles can help people combat them more effectively. • Exposure to UV light: The Mayo Clinic says that ultraviolet radiation speeds up the natural aging process and is the primary cause of early wrinkling. Using sunscreen and staying out of the sun as much as possible can help. • Exposure to pollution: Pollution can cause free radical damage that contributes to wrinkling, advises Maral Skelsey, M.D., Dermatologic Center of

Washington. Data indicates those who live in urban settings have more wrinkles and age spots than those who live in rural areas. Washing off skin contaminants from the air each day may be beneficial. • Smoking: The contaminants in cigarette smoke can damage skin and promote wrinkles, states skincare company, Nivea. Also, dragging on a cigarette purses the lips and can form deep wrinkles around this area of the face. • Poor diet and stress: Stress and eating unhealthy foods, such as a diet high in sugar, may contribute to premature aging of the skin. After sugar is ingested, it goes through a process called glycation, which involves binding to proteins in the body, including collagen and elastin. By binding to these building blocks of the skin, sugar weakens collagen and elastin and will lead to an appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Stress can increase cortisol levels that affect the skin’s ability to stay hydrated and elastic. Avoiding wrinkle triggers and following a dermatologist’s advice on skincare products and care can help people stave off wrinkles. — MC

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