Community News
Winter Wellness: Hormone D

In the New Year, prioritize your body’s health with the essential Hormone D. Often referred to as “Vitamin D,” this compound functions as a steroid hormone with vital roles in every cell. Despite its nickname, our bodies manufacture it through regular sun exposure. However, during winter, obtaining sufficient levels becomes challenging. Individuals with unique requirements, such as breastfed babies, children, shift workers, those with surgical menopause, chronic inflammatory conditions, osteoporosis, malabsorption, and the elderly, need tailored approaches. Ensure a healthy start by consulting your pharmacist for a simple blood test to determine your specific needs before commencing any treatment regimen.

Brokered Workers Needed!

The Golden Circle has a Brokered Worker program through our Outreach Department which provides support for older adults to age in the place that is right for them. Our Outreach Coordinators receive requests from clients who may no longer be able to perform tasks around their home. An assessment is conducted along with a home visit and then the Outreach Team assigns the tasks to a screened service provider – which we are currently recruiting for! We are in dire need of Brokered Workers for Red Deer and surrounding communities for light housekeeping, lawn care and snow shoveling.

Reimbursement is $20.00/hr with a two (2) hour minimum charge for housekeeping, with a one hour minimum for snow shoveling and clients pay the Brokered Worker directly.

Are you interested in becoming a Brokered Worker through the Golden Circle? Connect with us for an Application Package. You will need to include a copy of your resume and three (3) references. Phone: 403-343-6074. Email:

Sharing a Meal Improves Mental Wellbeing

Eating with others involves nutrition and socialization, which is a great combination. When we choose to bond over a meal with another person, we are making key connections in our brain that help us regulate our emotions, and the release of oxytocin is known to aid in the digestion of foods as well – it’s win-win!
Did you know that the Golden Circle offers drop-in in-house dining three days per week? Mondays are Soup and Sandwich lunch, Wednesdays are Hot Lunch, and on Fridays we serve breakfast. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy our in-house dining, but you get a discount if you are one, so please, come on down to the Golden Circle, pick up a monthly calendar of events, take a tour of the building, sign up for membership, and join us for a meal or three; we look forward to dining with you!

Book of the Month:

Wintering the Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May
Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.
Available to borrow from Red Deer Public Library at

Making New Holiday Traditions

The first holiday season after a move to a senior community can sometimes be stressful and difficult for your senior loved one. Creating new traditions can help with the transition and make the holiday season less stressful for everyone. Although your family holiday events may have been held at your senior loved one’s home in the past, holding gatherings at another family member’s home going forward can make things easier. Have your senior loved one help with one or two tasks that keep them involved without overwhelming them, and take advantage of the many fun holiday events this season!

Getting Enough Magnesium?

The composition of what we eat and the quality of our foods has drastically changed over the past hundred years, and this has made it difficult for even the most health-conscious Canadians to get enough magnesium. Magnesium is involved in many processes throughout the body. Overstimulating these processes will result in an increase in our magnesium requirements. For instance, when we suffer from high stress, our body produces a hormone protein called cortisol. Producing and regulating this hormone means spending and excreting more magnesium. Not all magnesium supplements work the same in your body, reach out to our integrative medicine pharmacists’ to discuss which one is right for you!

Donations Graciously Appreciated

When you are planning your end-of-year giving, we hope that the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre will be top of mind as your charity of choice. We are more than just a drop-in centre for older adults, we are an intergenerational gathering space and resource centre, providing important outreach services to older adults to help them actively age in the place that is right for them by offering services such as: supportive transportation to medical appointments, grocery delivery, housekeeping, snow removal, lawn care and elder abuse support just to name a few. We have a wide range of social activities as well which help to increase social inclusion of older adults such as cards, quilting, an art club, carpet bowling, registered exercise programs, in-house dining, a frozen meal program and much more!

Every dollar truly makes a difference to our non-profit society. You can go to our website to find a donate button through Canada Helps, or feel free to drop in to donate, we’d be happy to take you on a tour of our amazing facility!

The Golden Circle has been an important part of Red Deer and area since 1977, and your generous support is vital to allowing us to continue to do the important work we do every day for older adults in our community!

Seasons Greetings: Tax Benefit Opportunities

“As the year draws to a close, it’s a time to reflect on gratitude and generosity. I wish you joy and cheer this season. Remember, amidst the festivities, there may be untapped opportunities to ensure financial wellness. As a disability tax specialist, I encourage you to explore potential tax benefits available to you. Let this season be not only about celebration but also about securing your financial future. May the holidays bring you comfort, and may the new year shine light on possibilities for a more prosperous tomorrow. Wishing you and your loved ones a season filled with happiness, while keeping your financial well-being in mind.”

Healthy Peppermint Bark

Dark Chocolate Layer: 2 cups Greek yogurt; 1/2 cup maple syrup divided; 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract; 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder. White Peppermint Layer: 2 cups Greek yogurt; 1/4 cup pure maple syrup divided; 1 tsp peppermint extract; 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. For the dark chocolate layer, combine 2 cups of yogurt, cocoa powder, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, and 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract. Stir to combine. Spread the mixture onto lined baking sheet. Freeze 30 min. For the white layer, combine the remaining yogurt, remaining ¼ cup pure maple syrup, 1 tsp peppermint extract, and ½ tsp vanilla extract. Spread the white layer over the frozen chocolate layer, and freeze for 3-4 hours. When completely frozen, break into bite-size portions and enjoy!