Elder travel

There are a number of things to consider about elder travel:

-it is a good idea to accept wheelchair assistance

-it is a good idea to provide copies of the itinerary to family members

-explore units with kitchenettes, some hotels also offer a shopping service, which is a good way to avoid having to carry heavy items such as oil or milk, and other staples

-consider cruising, cruise ships are “floating hotels” offering a myriad of services such as doctors, nurses, hairdressing, lectures, wine tasting, and cooking classes

-elders with pets (under 70 pounds) should consider the QM2 (Queen Mary 2) which accepts pets

-after the trip, involve your elders in writing online reviews

-if long-distance travel seems too daunting, consider local gettaways

Bon Voyage !

Calm Pond

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Staying healthy: eating well

Hope you like our new banner. It was taken by Karyn on one of her neighbourhood walks.

With the weekend coming up and farmers’ markets now open, we thought it would be a good time to think about the items we put in our shopping basket. The  following healthy eating tips are thanks to Dieticians of Canada.

Dial up the flavor
Cut down on salt by substituting your favourite herbs, spices, mustard, salsa or a squeeze of lemon.

Try something new
Experiment with alternate protein sources such as beans, tofu, peas and lentils.

Load up on veggies with a stir-fry

Stir-fries make healthy meals that are quick to cook and will taste great with almost any combination of veggies you have in your fridge. Dietitians of Canada suggest using a combination of red, green and yellow peppers to add colour, or creating a Asian theme by incorporating bok choy, water chestnuts and miniature corn. Thinly sliced carrots, celery and even cabbage add flavor, colour and nutrients.

Treat yourself
Don’t  worry too much about an occasional treat or less-than-healthy food. They say an indulgence now and then is acceptable. What’s important is maintaining a healthy diet most of the time.

Snack between meals
Once considered an unhealthy eating habit, snacking between meals is now recommended as a way to keep energized throughout the day and to keep blood sugar from fluctuating. The Dieticians of Canada recommends  eat ing every three to four hours throughout the day. They suggest keeping healthy snacks such as fruits or low-fat dairy products on hand and drinking plenty of fluids.

Take out your magnifying glass
Read those labels. Foods that are truly low-fat must contain less than 3 grams of fat per serving.

Don’t forget the fibre
Oatmeal isn’t just a healthy breakfast, it makes a great snack. Cook some up and add a handful of your favourite dried fruit for extra flavor and nutrients.

Speaking to a qualified dietician is as simple as picking up the phone and calling HealthLink BC at 811. The HealthLink BC dieticians are helpful and willing to answer any diet-related questions. The service is free.
To find a dietician, visit the Dieticians of Canada website, www.dietitians.ca , or call HealthLink at 811.

by Josie 

Chi Whiz That Feels Good!

On May 3rd I attended the ‘Heart and Soul of Caregiving’ event. We all enjoyed the beautiful view and also the rousing singing session in which we took turns singing Gospel songs. Then we were treated to a fascinating talk on the art and science of Acupressure by energy worker Alicia Kent.
She follows the Jin Shin Do method of acupressure.

Alicia told a very empowering story about her life, her journey has not been easy but she has triumphed over many challenges. We worked on some acupressure points and I could tell they were helping, not only for me but the other participants.

I had to leave early unfortunately but Alicia gave us all a very thorough handout so we can work on acupressure on our own.

Thanks Alicia!

Calm Pond

Caregivers, in my opinion

Caregivers, in my opinion, are the silent heroes of our society. They are largely selfless, infinitely resourceful, and show creativity and resolve in the most difficult circumstances. Yet no caregiver can do it alone. Caregivers need support, information, and answers to their most difficult questions. -Carrie Steckl (Dr. Chill)

We’re celebrating BC Family Caregiver Week from May 3-9th. We gathered for the Heart and Soul of Caregiving on May 3rd to enjoy live music, conversation, hearing other caregivers’ experiences, and learning some acupressure points for relieving stress and fatigue.

People commented that they felt invigorated, inspired, and more relaxed at the end of the event. I felt a strong sense of community in the room, as people really listened to one another’s stories, laughed and chatted together, and shared tea and snacks.  It was a time of nourishment for body and mind; to honour the love, dedicated attention,  and energy caregivers share with their care partners each day.  A little space to breathe, learn some tools for self-care, and be with others who understand that some days are not easy, and that there is a lot of  learning in how to best relate to your care partner in the current situation.

Caregivers: You are appreciated, for all the unique skills, personality, and resources you bring to your role. You are waterfalls of kindness, humour, and generosity.

-KDFabric & boquet