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Meditation for Improved Health and Brain Function

affects the amount of pain that someone experiences. As people age, the amount of grey matter they have deteriorates. As seniors age, they have more pain. By increasing the thickness of the layers in this area of the brain, the amount of pain meditating seniors experience lessens.

by Jeremy P. Stanfords

A study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that people who meditate use a different part of their brain. People who do not meditate tend to center their brain activity in one portion of the brain, the right frontal cortex. Those who meditate use the left side at that time and are more calm and happier afterwards. Those continually using the right side of the brain are more prone to stress, depression and anxiety. Stress and anxiety have a number of physical effects on people, such as high blood pressure, which can result in stroke and heart attack. Those who meditate also have less activity in the area of the brain that processes fear. Grey matter in the brain affects the control that individuals have over their motor skills. As a result, the more grey matter they have, the better their coordination. Those who meditate increase the amount of grey matter in the brain. According to several recent studies, seniors who meditate can halt the decline of grey matter. grey matter also

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When seniors meditate for a minimum of 20 minutes each day for three successive days, studies show that they have a higher pain tolerance. Learning how to meditate can improve seniors’ health. This is something that is often taught in local community centres. It can also be taught by professionals with a home care agency. Meditation can be learned and practiced at the senior’s home for those that are not mobile or are limited by transportation issues. Some home care companies provide services that include transportation, companionship and special activities designed to engage and stimulate the brain and the memory. This not only improves the quality of life for those receiving home care, but improves their health as well. Supplied by about.com

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Yoga (and More) Over 60 by Helen Peterson

It’s not a stretch to say that seniors, like anyone else, can benefit greatly from staying in shape and reaching out to attain a healthy body and mind. Many seniors centres around Vancouver offer yoga, osteo-prevention and assorted agility-type classes on a regular basis. Often, they are geared at the senior who is older and perhaps more sedentary, or is dealing with mobility issues. For the senior who is younger and reasonably fit, there are other affordable options in the city that will help them get to the next level of fitness. Treloar is a physiotherapy clinic and fitness facility combo that has tailor-made programs that suit the 60-plus demographic and its particular requirements. “We feature Hatha Yoga classes that are suitable for a senior,” says co-owner Deb Treloar. “Approximately 30 per cent of our clientele in this class are 60 and over. It’s set at a level they are able to do, while still offering a challenge for all participants.” Treloar says one of the popular classes in the studio, which has been open for about a year and a half on West Broadway, is the “Group Fitness for the Older Adult” program. “This level one exercise class will

A senior at Treloar gets put through the paces

get you moving in a fun, supportive environment by reducing your risk of heart and lung disease, high blood pressure and type-two diabetes,” she says. “It incorporates strengthening and core exercises to make your muscles and bones stronger, allowing you to reach, bend, lift and carry.” Classes are taught by an instructor certified in kinesiology. As seniors, particularly women, know, reducing your risk of developing osteoporosis is paramount. The Treloar older adult class emphasizes flexibility, agility, and balance exercises, to keep your joints moving and to reduce your risk of slips, trips and falls. “I would highly recommend the Group Exercise Class for Older

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for February

Calling all seniors! Enjoy your Valentine’s with friends, treats, music and dance at the “Valentine Tea,” Monday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Killarney Community Centre. This dance will take place in the Killarney Gym and includes refreshments and prizes. Please note: food provided is not a full lunch service. Location – 6260 Killarney St. Note: All seniors clubs and groups are open to the public, but some may require membership and other fees. For more information, call the seniors programmer at 604-718-8208. For those living with osteoporosis, information is available, and it’s great to

share your experiences with like-minded people. This month, the Vancouver / Kerrisdale Osteoporosis Branch will host a lecture: “Breaking News (not bones) in Osteoporosis” by Dr. Larry Dian, Prohealth Clinical Research Centre, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7:00 p.m., at the Seniors Centre, Kerrisdale Community Centre, located at 5851 West Blvd. Free admission; info: 604-731-4755 or 604-224-5063. Have a Heart! For every tour conducted at all 22 Amica Mature Lifestyles communities throughout the month of February, Amica will donate $20 to the “HELPING HANDS” community program, in support of less fortunate seniors. For more information, contact your nearest Amica community. Help them reach their goal to donate $1,000 from each community. Your local Amica residences include Arbutus Manor: 2125 Eddington Drive, Vancouver, ph. 604-736-8936; Amica at Rideau Manor: 1850 Rosser Avenue, Burnaby, ph. 604-291-1792. If you have a non-profit event or activity focusing on Healthy/Active Seniors, contact: Helen Peterson or e-mail: hpeterson@ vancourier.com; or by fax: 604-738-4739. One listing per organization, please.

For every tour we conduct at all twenty-two Amica Mature Lifestyles communities throughout the month of February, we will donate $20.00 to the Amica HELPING HANDS community program, in support of less fortunate seniors. Call or come in and help us, help others. For more information, please contact the Amica community below or visit www.amica.ca/helpinghands. Help us reach our goal to donate $1000.00 from each community. Help support the

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Vancouver movie theatre impresario Leonard Schein invites all seniors to the new and highly anticipated “Seniors’ Film Series,” showcased at the Ridge Theatre. It is on screen every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Admission is $5.00 (for everyone), including free tea and cookies. “Seniors need more entertainment options geared at their tastes, and the Ridge delivers!” said Schein. Upcoming films confirmed include: Feb. 2 Julie & Julia; Feb. 9 The Blind Side; Feb. 16 Mamma Mia! For further listings, go to www.festivalcinemas.ca.


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SPOTLIGHT ON:

the seniors go on a fun outing!

South Granville Seniors Centre compiled by Helen Peterson

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You’ve taken care of your home your whole life. Now let your home take care of you.

The South Granville Seniors Friendship Centre Society provides programs and services to promote healthy and independent life styles for seniors in the South Granville and Fairview districts and the surrounding communities. This is accomplished by dedicated volunteers and staff working together in a manner that builds and maintains friendships with seniors, their families and the community. This team provides quality programs and outreach services. Alanna Larsen, program and volunteer coordinator, says South Granville Seniors Centre is a fun and friendly place where you can participate in a wide array of recreational, social, and wellness services and programs, meet new people and get connected to your community. “We offer programs and services for everyone ages 55-plus,” she enthuses. “You can exercise your brain by learning something new with oneon-one computer lessons, ESL classes, Spanish lessons, recorder group, or photography and drawing classes; keep in shape with weekly stretch and strength classes, osteo-arthritis fit program, yoga, tai chi, line dancing and our TOPS (Take

Off Pounds Sensibly) group. “Or, you can pamper yourself with low-cost massages, reflexology and facials, gentle hand and foot care, hair care, or our spontaneous art-making art therapy group; socialize and have fun with bridge, bingo, Scrabble, book club or our knitting group,” she says. She recommends seniors take part in the many celebrations, special events, outings, movies and free seminars. “We also offer tax clinics and legal clinics, and plenty of volunteer opportunities to suit your lifestyle.” Coming to a special event is a great way to get acquainted with the South Granville Seniors Centre. “In February, we are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a gourmet luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 12:00; it’s $9 for members, $10 for non-members.  Or, you can come to see spectacular traditional Chinese dance at our free Chinese New Year party on Friday, Feb. 11 at 12 noon.” An annual membership to the Centre is $20 – but is not required for all programs and services. Alanna says: “We hope to see you soon!” South Granville Seniors Centre is located at 1420 West 12th Ave.; call 604-732-0812 for full details on programs and events.

SENIORS’ CINEMA 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. Coming up: “Letters to Juliet” at 1 pm on Wed. Feb. 2 and “Nanny McPhee” on Wed. Mar. 2 at 1 pm. 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). www.oakridgecentre.com; seniors’ centre: 604-263-1833.

Retirement that lives like a resort.™ ����������� ��� �������� ������� ��� ������ �� ����� �������� ����� �������� �� ��� ���� ���� �������� ����� ���� � ������� ����� ���� ��������� ���� ����� �� ������ ��� ���������� ���� ��������� ���� ���� ��� ���������� ���� ���� ��������� ��� �������� ����� �����® ������� ������ � ��������� ������ ������ � � � �

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seniors

Retirement Living in Grand Style. MOVE IN SOON & SAVE UP TO $8,000 IN RENT*

SPOTLIGHT ON:

the seniors go on a fun outing!

South Granville Seniors Centre compiled by Helen Peterson

Suites le b AvailaW! NO

Plus select complementary moving services!

Call 604.742.2693 or email jrenner@retirementconcepts.com to arrange a personal visit. 1570 West 7th Avenue (beside Seymour Medical Clinic) terracesonseventh.com

*Three months free rent if you sign up before April 30, 2011. Two months free rent if you sign up before May 31, 2011. One month free rent if you sign up before June 30, 2011.

You’ve taken care of your home your whole life. Now let your home take care of you.

The South Granville Seniors Friendship Centre Society provides programs and services to promote healthy and independent life styles for seniors in the South Granville and Fairview districts and the surrounding communities. This is accomplished by dedicated volunteers and staff working together in a manner that builds and maintains friendships with seniors, their families and the community. This team provides quality programs and outreach services. Alanna Larsen, program and volunteer coordinator, says South Granville Seniors Centre is a fun and friendly place where you can participate in a wide array of recreational, social, and wellness services and programs, meet new people and get connected to your community. “We offer programs and services for everyone ages 55-plus,” she enthuses. “You can exercise your brain by learning something new with oneon-one computer lessons, ESL classes, Spanish lessons, recorder group, or photography and drawing classes; keep in shape with weekly stretch and strength classes, osteo-arthritis fit program, yoga, tai chi, line dancing and our TOPS (Take

Off Pounds Sensibly) group. “Or, you can pamper yourself with low-cost massages, reflexology and facials, gentle hand and foot care, hair care, or our spontaneous art-making art therapy group; socialize and have fun with bridge, bingo, Scrabble, book club or our knitting group,” she says. She recommends seniors take part in the many celebrations, special events, outings, movies and free seminars. “We also offer tax clinics and legal clinics, and plenty of volunteer opportunities to suit your lifestyle.” Coming to a special event is a great way to get acquainted with the South Granville Seniors Centre. “In February, we are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a gourmet luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 12:00; it’s $9 for members, $10 for non-members.  Or, you can come to see spectacular traditional Chinese dance at our free Chinese New Year party on Friday, Feb. 11 at 12 noon.” An annual membership to the Centre is $20 – but is not required for all programs and services. Alanna says: “We hope to see you soon!” South Granville Seniors Centre is located at 1420 West 12th Ave.; call 604-732-0812 for full details on programs and events.

SENIORS’ CINEMA 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. Coming up: “Letters to Juliet” at 1 pm on Wed. Feb. 2 and “Nanny McPhee” on Wed. Mar. 2 at 1 pm. 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). www.oakridgecentre.com; seniors’ centre: 604-263-1833.

Retirement that lives like a resort.™ ����������� ��� �������� ������� ��� ������ �� ����� �������� ����� �������� �� ��� ���� ���� �������� ����� ���� � ������� ����� ���� ��������� ���� ����� �� ������ ��� ���������� ���� ��������� ���� ���� ��� ���������� ���� ���� ��������� ��� �������� ����� �����® ������� ������ � ��������� ������ ������ � � � �

Book your tour today. Call 604-636-1943 or visit www.PacificaLiving.ca Great Value – Affordably Priced

2525 King George Blvd, White Rock/Surrey

Premier Homecare Services Now Offering

FOOT CARE SERVICES!

Premier Homecare Services ~ Vancouver Westside ~

Specializing in Alzheimer’s & related dementia care.

604.636.1902

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