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january 2011 special advertising feature



of Wartime by Jacquie Hooper, contributing writer

As each new year comes to pass, I can’t help but remember those times I spent in the CWACS - the Canadian Women’s Army Corps - from 1944 to 1946. It was two fascinating years with Army girls, mostly teenagers from across Canada. I lied about my age (you had to be 18) when I enlisted in the old Hotel Vancouver at Georgia and Granville, saying that I had been born in Coventry and it’d been badly bombed - I couldn’t obtain my birth certificate. I was just 17, but had no intention of missing the 1939-45 war. The Wrens (Navy) and W.D.’s (Air Force) were no longer recruiting, but I managed to squeeze into the army in ‘44.  From Vancouver, I travelled by train to Kitchener, Ontario, for six weeks of basic training and cleaning toilets, even donning a gas mask and entering a gas-filled hut! Next was a several-months stretch of driver training at S5CD&MS, Woodstock, Ontario, managing to operate every kind of vehicle from Dodge Stake trucks to Willy’s jeeps and Chevy staff cars. Then I was off to Halifax, to Glacis Barracks at the foot of Citadel Hill. We drivers got to know the town well, and drove all over Nova Scotia to army establishments. At first we carried goods to different army stations like the German prisoner of war camp in Debert, but

later, as the war wound down to its conclusion in ’45, we were busy taking soldiers returning from overseas to their out-of-the-way homes all over Nova Scotia. The roads were awful, more potholes than tarmac, and I wrecked my back jouncing around in the driver’s seat of a jeep. I still collect a small disability pension for that! The men I carried were often injured or disabled, but they wanted to get home as quickly as possible so I was careful, but fast. One time, the roads were so bad that the carburettor fell off my motor. Thankfully, we learned mechanics.  The soldiers coming home were quite a sight - the disembarking of thousands of troops from the big troopships like Louis Pasteur, Ile de France, Mauretania and others, even the original Queen Elizabeth.  At Christmas in 1944 and ‘45, some of us were given a precious “96” - four days of vacation, which we spent hitchhiking to New York and singing lurid army songs at the U.S.O. Centre in Times Square, gathered around an old piano with American, Canadian and British troops. Anyone remember… The North Atlantic Squadron?

Part two of Women of Wartime continues in the March edition of Seniors.

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Call Julia to arrange a personal visit 604.738.8380 1570 West 7th Avenue Vancouver

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Insuring Seniors’ Health:

Pay Attention to Your F.E.E.T.S. by Peter Silin, contributing writer

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F.E.E.T.S. is an acronym that we developed to provide caregivers with a checklist of five areas that are important to monitor regularly. F.E.E.T.S. stands for Feet, Eyes, Ears, Teeth and Sleep. In Part Two of Insuring Seniors’ Health, we look at the Ears, Teeth and Sleeping habits.

Ears Impaired hearing and problems in the ears can lead to tinnitus, dizziness and falls, social isolation, and inappropriate diagnosis of cognitive impairment. Someone with a hearing impairment may be embarrassed when they are unable to hear, and will pretend that they do in order to maintain dignity. They also may avoid social situations in which they are unable to hear. Hearing aids which might help older people cope with hearing loss are often not used for several reasons. It can be difficult to become accustomed to using a hearing aid effectively. Even if one is worn, the battery may not be changed often enough. Or a person may be unable to adjust the hearing aid properly due to cognitive impairment, physical impairment or arthritis.

For good hearing: 1. Have an ear exam regularly to avoid a build-up of ear wax. Syringe regularly by a physician or qualified nurse when necessary. 2. Maintain a regular and frequent schedule of battery changes and maintenance of hearing aids. 3. Plan activities that are appropriate

for someone with impaired hearing. Examples of these are one-onone interactions and activities in areas where there are not a lot of background noise and disturbances. 4. Have a hearing test yearly. 5. If a hearing aid is more than five years old, find out whether a newer one can provide easier use or better hearing. 6. When speaking to an older person, ask if they have a hearing impairment. If they do, speak to their better ear, speak so they can see your mouth, and let others know that this may be an issue. 7. Someone with dementia should continue to have their hearing checked and if appropriate, fitted with a hearing aid; it can be important to their quality of life.


Problems with teeth and gums or other areas of the mouth are often undetected. When untreated, they can lead to the loss of teeth, infection in other parts of the body, and pain. Someone with untreated pain in the mouth may stop eating.  Infections in the mouth have been associated with cognitive impairment, some cancers, and heart disease. Poor oral hygiene, including regular visits to a dentist or hygienist, can occur because someone is unable to travel, because they cannot (or believe they cannot) afford it, or because they think it is unnecessary. They may not be able to carry out the fine motor skills needed for brushing or they may forget to maintain good oral hygiene because of memory loss. A caregiver may not bring someone to the dentist because they fear the

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seniors person will be too agitated or anxious to sit through an exam or treatment. Good oral hygiene includes regular cleaning and care of dentures, plates, and of gums.

For good oral health: 1. See a dental hygienist and dentist regularly. There are dental hygienists who will treat someone in their own home. If necessary, find a geriatric dentist. Their expertise focuses on dental health in older people. 2. Use an electric toothbrush if a manual one is too difficult. 3. Encourage mouth rinsing daily with a dentist recommended mouthwash. 4. Make sure that dentures fit well and are cleaned properly. 5. Hire home help or a companion whose job description includes assisting in oral hygiene. 6. If someone is in assisted living or residential care,  ensure that oral hygiene is part of the care or service plan. 7. Discuss with a dentist alternatives to dentures such as implants.

Sleep It is not true that older people need less sleep than other adults. In fact, they may need more time to sleep, because of changes in sleep during aging. These changes include more time in stage one sleep and less time in stage four sleep. Stage four sleep is the deep sleep that revitalizes and provides rest. Poor sleep can result from a number of medical conditions that are frequent with

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older people. These include arthritis, diabetes, kidney disease, prostate cancer, dementia and pain. Also, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea may be present but undetected and causing sleep disruption. Both may be treatable. In addition, many of the medications that older people take can adversely impact sleep. These include antihistamines, thyroid medications and antidepressants.

For healthy sleep: 1. Make sure that medications prescribed for sleep are appropriate for the problem. 2. Try melatonin. 3. Nap as needed during the day. A two hour nap can provide for what is lost during impaired sleep at night. 4. Review pain treatment and adjust as necessary. 5. Conduct a thorough medication review. 6. Look for undetected health problems. 7. Create appropriate ambience in sleep area. 8. Teach or encourage yoga and meditation. 9. Ask about sleep patterns and habits, and how restful sleep is. 10. Discuss further sleep investigations from a public or privately funded sleep disorders clinic. Article supplied by Diamond Geriatrics, a geriatric care management, counselling, and consulting company based in Vancouver; website: www.

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a little time and assistance to recover – or perhaps a physical impediment makes it hard to immediately return to your fully independent lifestyle, consider a short-term stay at Amica at Arbutus Manor to bridge the gap. Our special respite and convalescent program is ideal for anyone requiring short–term care and/or medically supervised recovery. Registered Staff provides excellent personal care services, which can include bathing, dressing, grooming, medication supervision and nursing services 24/7.

Open House Week January 5th through January 11th, 2011 ~ 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily Call today for your personal tour and stay for lunch, compliments of our Executive Chef Robert!

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Brighten your smile this winter seniors Svetlana Lopareva R.D.BPS

(Biofunctional Prosthetic System) Certified Denturist

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WESTSIDE SENIORS PEER COUNSELLING PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Are you 55 years or older and interested in helping others? If so, consider volunteering to be a Seniors Peer Counsellor with the Westside Seniors Peer Counselling Program. Our program provides free one-on-one peer counselling and referral services to seniors on the Westside who are feeling isolated, lonely or depressed. The free 9-week training course will cover communication skills, self responsibility, self-awareness, problem management techniques and ethics in counselling. After the training has been completed, Seniors Peer Counsellors will be equipped to offer emotional support, problem management guidance, and empathy to peers troubled by loneliness, depression, social isolation, loss of loved ones, intergenerational conflict and life changes. The goal is for trained volunteers to offer listening support and information to enable seniors to help themselves. Training will take place once a week for 9 weeks, commencing Friday, February 11, 2011 and is being made available with the financial support of VCH – Smart Fund. The minimum volunteer commitment is one year.

To apply for this volunteer position or for further information please contact:

Vinyse at 604-736-3588 ext. 31 or

Welcome to ‘Our House’ The Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia (ANHBC) has a diverse and rich history of working with neighbours in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Originally founded in 1894, the Association has operated a hospital, an orphanage, a “fresh-air camp,” a neighbourhood house and more recently an association of eight neighbourhood houses and an outdoor centre. Today, neighbourhood houses are hubs for local community development activities and for programs and services that address local needs; there are thousands of neighbourhood houses in more than thirty countries around the world.

History Alexandra House, affectionately known as “Big Pink” because of its colour, once dominated the corner of 7th Avenue and Pine in Vancouver. It was a place filled with love and charm and the beginning of what was to become a long heritage of service to Vancouver’s neighbourhoods through Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia. Alexandra House began as an orphanage in 1894, and later was established as British Columbia’s first Neighbourhood House. It was an active neighbourhood centre open to all families, with programs ranging from preschool daycare to seniors dropping in to meet friends. It was also used as a youth hostel from 1969 to 1971.

A fundraiser for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, seniors 55 and older are invited to see big screen films by donation (min. is $2 per person; tickets at the door).

Coming up: “Date Night” at 1 pm on Wed. Jan. 5 and “Letters to Juliet” at 1 pm on Wed. Feb. 2.; seniors’ centre: 604-263-1833.

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If you are over 65 years of age, have limited physical mobility, and receive more than 2 hours of help per week from an unpaid caregiver; you and your caregiver may be able to participate.

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Go to for full info. on Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhood houses.

Oakridge Centre is happy to showcase these great movies during Seniors’ Cinema at the Empire Theatre, located inside the shopping centre’s Atrium at 41st and Cambie.

CALL TODAY! Hastings Denture Clinic (604)255-9433


In 1975, Alexandra House was destroyed by fire. The property was sold and the monies used to establish the Alexandra Foundation for Neighbourhood Houses. Today, Association of Neighbourhood Houses of B.C. continues to care for Vancouver neighbourhoods by providing programs and services through its eight neighbourhood houses and camping/outdoor unit.


Free Consultation

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Seniors drop-in Japanese tea ceremony at Kits Neighbourhood House - November 2010.

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Friedrich H.G. Brumm, D.D., B.A. Denturist Friedrich Brumm Susan Leung exp Nader Eslami 22yrs Denturist


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