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April Seniors’ Events at RDPL

Downtown Walk & Talk (every Tuesday at 12:15)
First Thursday Concert Series (first Thursday of each month)
Travel Memories (first Wednesday of each month)
Book Clubs (various dates/times)
Beginner Adult Yoga (online every Wednesday at 7 p.m.)
Gardening for Beginners (April 11)
Get Money Smart! Making Cent$ of Money: Budgeting 101 (online on April 16)
Meet & Mingle: 50+ (April 16)
Red Deer Cancer Connect (April 2 & 16)
Readers’ Theatre (April 18)
Sip n’ Stitch (April 18)
Crib, Cards, Coffee and Conversation (April 21)

Why is Volunteering Important to Us?

At the Golden Circle we rely on volunteers to help support a variety of aspects of our operations from assisting in the Kitchen and Dining Room, to supporting special events and fundraisers, providing supportive transportation to medical rides, delivering groceries and frozen meals from our own kitchen, and doing friendly visiting over the phone. We cherish our volunteers and could not do this important work without them!

Join us April 14 through 20 as we celebrate our individual and collective actions in creating a strong, interconnected and vibrant community! Volunteering weaves us together, strengthening the fabric of our community by sharing our time, talent and energy to support one another and to build community better together.

Claiming Care Medical Expenses

Navigating the financial challenges of supporting aging parents, special needs children, or spouses with severe illnesses often involves significant attendant care expenses. The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) allows individuals to claim annually for attendant care fees incurred in Canada. Eligible expenses include nursing home or full-time care, group homes, in-home attendant care, retirement homes, special schools, or training institutions. Other eligible disabilities span vision, mobility, hearing, feeding, dressing, elimination functions, and mental capacities crucial for daily life. Approval for the (DTC) is necessary to claim these expenses.

MEALS AT THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

The Golden Circle is your one-stop shop for nutritious meals! We currently offer in-house dining Mondays for Soup & Sandwich lunch, Wednesdays for Hot Lunch, and Fridays for breakfast, every week. But have no fear the rest of the days of the week as we have a Homestyle Frozen Meals program accessible to all. Offering beef, pork, chicken, fish and omelette options, all meals are made fresh in our commercial kitchen and frozen in individual portions for your convenience. We also have Pot Pies and soups, as well. Check the website for the menu www.goldencircle.ca

Membership is not required for either in-house dining or to purchase the frozen meals, but Golden Circle members get a $2.00 discount on every in-house meal as well as many other benefits. Call 1-403-343-6074 or email info@goldencircle.ca for more information on our meals and the benefits of membership!

SCREEN-8

The prevention of malnutrition in community-dwelling older adults requires a solid partnership between healthcare and community-based organizations. Over the last few years, the Golden Circle has taken part in a project with the Primary Care Network to screening for nutrition risk and make appropriate referrals for follow-up care. All of our Outreach Client intakes provide the opportunity to go over this optional SCREEN-8 nutrition risk screening tool.

For more information on this tool, connect with one of our Outreach Team members by calling 1-403-343-6074 or emailing info@goldencircle.ca

MARCH IS NUTRITION MONTH

According to research, poor nutrition is a highly prevalent issue among older adults. The consequences of increased nutrition risk include malnutrition, frailty, decreased quality of life, hospitalization, and higher mortality rates. In Canada, approximately one-third of adults aged 50 and older are at nutrition risk.

Did you know:
• Not getting enough nutrition puts someone at nutrition risk.
• Nutrition risk means there is a chance of developing health issues or diseases that may affect physical functioning due to muscle loss, bone loss, and malnutrition.
• These complications can lead to serious health problems that can affect the ability to be independent.
• Asking specific questions about nutrition can find people who are at low, medium, or high risk of developing health problems. This is called nutrition screening.
• The Golden Circle’s Outreach program does nutrition screening for all their clients!

Book of the Month:

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig.
The Comfort Book is a collection of little islands of hope, a gathering of consolations, and stories that give us new ways of seeing ourselves and the world. Matt Haig’s mix of philosophy, memoir and self-reflection builds on the wisdom of philosophers and survivors through the ages. This is the book to pick up when you need the wisdom of a friend or the comfort of a hug, or just want to celebrate the messy miracle of being alive.
Available to borrow from Red Deer Public Library.

Nutrition and Arthritis

Arthritis, an inflammatory joint disease with acute crises and dormant periods, brings fatigue, joint stiffness, and pain. Focusing on your diet can help manage symptoms: Control Weight: Excess weight strains joints; maintain a healthy weight through balanced meals. Embrace Omega-3: Fish with omega-3 fatty acids may ease inflammation. Sardines, herring, and mackerel are rich sources, or consider supplements. Balanced Diet: Contact a nutritionist for a personalized plan, adjusting during crises if needed. Seek Assistance: Arthritis’s impact on daily activities may necessitate help, enhancing overall quality of life. Consult with one of our pharmacists to explore how we can assist you.

Nourishing Seniors, Building Communities

In retirement communities, mealtimes are vital for seniors, fostering socialization and delivering essential nutrients. To ensure a wholesome diet, communities prioritize well-balanced meals with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Seniors, prone to health risks, must maintain good nutrition to avoid weight loss, depression, and weakened immune systems. The National Resource Center on Nutrition & Aging reports over 5.5 million seniors facing food insecurity. Retirement communities address nutritional challenges by providing chef-prepared communal meals. This approach ensures proper nutrition, fosters a social atmosphere, and creates a well-rounded dining experience for residents.

March Seniors’ Events at RDPL

Downtown Walk & Talk (every Tuesday at 12:15)
Book Clubs (various dates/times)
Beginner Adult Yoga (online every Wednesday at 7 p.m.)
Readers’ Theatre (March 21)
Sip n’ Stitch (March 21)
Red Deer Cancer Connect (March 19)
Breaking Cover: Red Deer Players (March 23)
Crib, Cards, Coffee and Conversation (March 24)
First Thursday Concert Series (first Thursday of each month)

MEALS AT THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

The Golden Circle is your one-stop shop for nutritious meals! We currently offer in-house dining Mondays for Soup & Sandwich lunch, Wednesdays for Hot Lunch, and Fridays for breakfast, every week. But have no fear the rest of the days of the week as we have a Homestyle Frozen Meals program accessible to all. Offering beef, pork, chicken, fish and omelette options, all meals are made fresh in our commercial kitchen and frozen in individual portions for your convenience. We also have Pot Pies and soups, as well. Check the website for the menu www.goldencircle.ca

Membership is not required for either in-house dining or to purchase the frozen meals, but Golden Circle members get a $2.00 discount on every in-house meal as well as many other benefits. Call 1-403-343-6074 or email info@goldencircle.ca for more information on our meals and the benefits of membership!