Community News
Moving Aging Parents

Selling your senior parents’ home and moving them to a new home or retirement/assisted living community can be an involved and emotional experience. Your realtor can help make the sale and purchase of the homes easier. Here are some important things to share with your realtor during this process: 1) Basics about the property and circumstances prompting the move. 2) Financial impacts and potential obstacles to selling the home. 3) Details about what is needed for the new home (size, location, price, desirable features, etc.). 4) Any important information about the timeframes for the sale and purchase of the homes.

Activate Your Mental Wellbeing

Physical activity is not just beneficial for maintaining a healthy body, but also for improving mental health. Regular exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, boost self-esteem, enhance cognitive function, and reduce symptoms of depression. Physical activity is a natural stress reliever because when you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals that help reduce stress and anxiety and at the Golden Circle we offer a variety of fitness programs from Yoga to Zumba, to a Stretch Flex and Strengthen class and Sit and Be Fit. We have an all-year Bocce group, Carpet Bowling and a Hardy Walkers Club who walk year-round!

Golden Circle Meal Program

Maintaining a balanced diet is essential for physical and mental health. The Golden Circle’s Homestyle Frozen Meal program offers a wide selection of affordable, nutritious and ready-to-eat meals made, packaged and frozen for your convenience right here in our own commercial kitchen.

We also offer in-house dining:
Soup and Sandwich – Mondays from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.
Hot Lunch – Wednesdays from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.
Breakfast – Fridays from 8:30 am – 11:00 am.

Men’s Breakfast on the fourth Fridays of each month from 8:30 am – 10:00 am.
Ladies Breakfast on the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30 am – 10:00 am.

You don’t have to be a member to purchase frozen meals or even to come join us in person in the Dining Room, but if you are a member, you get a discounted rate on in-house dining!

Board Games for a Sharp Mind

Engaging in mental activities can help improve our cognitive function such as planning skills, decision-making, and short-term memory.
We have weekly board and card game offerings to keep your mind sharp, like Canasta, Bridge, Cribbage, Pinochle, Mahjong, Scrabble and Euchre.

Mental Health Awareness Week May 15-21

Mental health is a vital aspect of overall health. As we grow older, we can experience changes in physical health, social connections, and daily routines that can significantly affect our quality of life, our mood and well-being. While many people in Canada struggle with their mental health, certain groups face unique challenges because of systemic racism, discrimination, socio-economic status, or social exclusion. Among these communities, seniors have experienced many challenges to their mental health.

Become a Member Today!

Golden Circle Membership is easy and affordable. Did you know that keeping up social connections with your family, friends, and community is also a great way to maintain good health? Maintaining relationships and connecting with others are so important at all ages but especially as we get older. Joining a local organization like the Golden Circle will help you stay connected with others and support a feeling of community and belonging. Membership fees provide important financial support for our operations and members get some excellent benefits as well like preferred rates on Fitness Classes, Special Event Tickets, In-house Meals and In-house Foot Doctor appointments. Members receive a weekly e-mail outlining activities and events happening at The Golden Circle and priority access to special event tickets. Annual membership fee is $25.00 for an individual or $45.00 for a couple. Call: 403-343-6074
Stop by: 4620 47A Avenue in Red Deer. Visit our website for more information. Amber Mack ~ Executive Director.

Sprout into Spring

Spring is about all things green and at Mortar and Pesto we have plenty of amazing green products to help you maintain and improve your overall health and wellbeing. We carry sprouting kits that allow you to grow nutritious microgreens in your own home, perfect for adding a nutrient-dense boost to your day. We also have greens powders, sea veggies, and high-potency broccoli capsules for those who want to achieve therapeutic doses for epigenetic support. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is also liver season – a great opportunity to check out the many plant-based products we have that help the gallbladder and liver!

Book Club: Stop Overthinking

23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present. Stop Overthinking is a book that understands where you’ve been through, the exhausting situation you’ve put yourself into, and how you lose your mind in the trap of anxiety and stress. Acclaimed author Nick Trenton will walk you through the obstacles with detailed and proven techniques to help you rewire your brain, control your thoughts, and change your mental habits.What’s more, the book will provide you scientific approaches to completely change the way you think and feel about yourself by ending the vicious thought patterns.

Hailey’s Horoscope

On April 20, we will feel a NEW MOON ECLIPSE in Aries. Effects of this can be felt for up to six months after this date. This eclipse will challenge anything to do with personal plans, strong feelings, and independence. This is all about new beginnings regarding these issues that arise, so stay positive because this just means that long term changes are on the rise! We should be able to now see where we struggled to be authentic and can now understand that changes and endings are for the greater good. This is a good time to take action, with a positive mindset.

Egg Muffins on the Go

1 Tbsp olive oil; 1 cup red pepper, chopped; 1 cup green pepper, chopped; 1 cup yellow onion, chopped; 2 cups spinach, chopped; 1 cup mushrooms, chopped; 4 eggs; 4 egg whites; 2 cloves garlic; salt and pepper to taste. DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, peppers and onions. Sauté for 5-7 mins. Add in spinach and mushrooms and cook for additional 2 mins. Add in minced garlic and salt/pepper and remove from heat. Crack eggs/egg whites into a large measuring cup and whisk then add in cooked veggies. Pour mixture evenly into muffin pan. Bake for 15-20 mins, until tops are firm. Cool slightly and serve immediately!

Treatment for Seasonal Allergies

Spring is finally here, and that means seasonal allergies will be on the rise. Seasonal allergies develop when the immune system overreacts to something in the environment, like mold spores or pollen. Do you have any of the most common symptoms – runny nose, sneezing, itchy & watery eyes, itchy sinuses, throat, or post-nasal drip? You are most likely experiencing allergies. Your pharmacist will be happy to discuss preventing seasonal allergies and minimizing the severity of your symptoms. They will help you choose the right medication for you, how it works and how to use it.