A recent study suggests that playing video games for 30 minutes a day could help older adults gradually fight the effects of dementia by improving memory function. Games that involve a 3D environment with more advanced graphics appear to be more effective, as they offer more immersive gameplay. During the study, participants were asked to play video games for about 30 to 45 minutes per day over four weeks. Improvements in both cognition and memory skills were found in the group that played video games with 3D graphics. This could offer a simple and fun anti-dementia approach for older adults!
Golden Circle Outreach services connect people who need help to our basket of services or other services in the community that will make their life easier and safer. Our staff have helped apply for the Action Bus, connect them to Red Deer Meals on Wheels, so that they can get a hot meal delivered at noon Monday to Friday. We help them get a Lifeline system from the Friends of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Help with Alberta Senior Benefits and income tax. Staff have helped people fill out application forms for CPP and OAS as well as AISH. We are here to help people get the supports and services they need to remain independent. Please reach out, ask your questions and we will help you get the information that you need. We are only a call away at 403-343-6074.
Many of us are fully aware we don’t get enough sleep at night. Did you know just one night of even minor sleep deprivation (6 hours or less) can wreak havoc on your heart? Several published studies from the European Heart Journal concluded that just one night of sleeplessness can put your heart at risk for many pathologies, increasing one’s risk of cardiovascular disease by 48%. Studies showed that your chance of death by coronary artery disease (CAD) almost double with continual sleep deprivation. For more information check out our blog on our website www.dreamsleep.ca
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin
The Prevention information You Need to Know
Falls. One of the leading causes for hospital visits for people of all ages throughout our Province. In 2017, Albertans visited the Emergency Room or an Urgent Care facility 154,004 times and 17,489 Alberta’s were hospitalized due to falls.
Falls can happen in your home, while playing your favourite sport, while chasing your babies/grandbabies around the house or the park, on vacation while your craning your neck to take in all the sights and sounds or if your like me… walking up the stairs.
While activity is key to healthy aging, so is falls prevention. There are several excellent resources the Golden Circle circulates through the community and with Falls Prevention Month kicking off in November, you can bet we will be sharing even more to our community to support active living and falls prevention.
The Golden Circle was fortunate to receive a donation from the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Red Deer to continue a painting initiative that started with the December fundraiser, Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp Quarantine Art Auction. The auction was held online with several of the World Junior players and staff participating. Funds raised went to local charities and the Golden Circle was one of the recipients. We have organized an opportunity to connect new senior artists online with an instructor to learn acrylic painting to inspire a new creative outlet. Thank you once again to the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Red Deer.
Did you know that previous research suggests that hearing loss and abnormalities in the eye are tied to memory loss and a higher Alzheimer’s risk? New evidence now indicates that addressing hearing and sight problems can slow down cognitive decline. Existing studies have pointed out that there is a link between the quality of a person’s hearing and their eye health and their exposure to cognitive decline. For those who adopted hearing aids, the scientists found the rate of cognitive decline was 75 percent slower following this intervention.
Do you hide your mouth because you feel embarrassed about missing teeth? Missing teeth not only affects your general health and appearance, it may also contribute to depression and low self-esteem. Social embarrassment as a result of missing teeth and poorly fitting dentures may result in people avoiding social interactions. Don’t let tooth loss or improperly fitting dentures affect the quality of your life. Your denturist can explain the best ways to restore the function and appearance of your smile. Properly fitting dentures can help restore your self-esteem and bring back your smile.
If you are naming an executor (or alternate) who is not your spouse, consider having that person review a draft before it is finalized. Their questions and input may be useful in ensuring that your wishes are carried out and problems are avoided. They should also know where to find the original of your Will and a summary of your current assets and liabilities, which they will need to complete the probate application. Making sure that your executor understands your wishes as set out in your Will and has access to the necessary information will ensure that they can complete their role with as little stress as possible.
The Golden Circle frozen meal program made and distributed 22,571 frozen meals between March 16, 2020 and April 9, 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also provided 668 potpies and 1,137 servings of soup. Our frozen meal program has been in high demand and we have had to add a number of freezers to keep up with the demand. We deliver the meals on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays free of charge during COVID so people do not have to go out. If you want to try our meals because you’re tired of cooking or are not cooking for yourself, please give us a call at 403-343-7064. Our frozen meal menu is also available on our website at www.goldencircle.ca. When you are ordering your frozen meals, consider ordering one of Grandma’s Pies for dessert, which are being delivered along with the frozen meals.
Golden Circle Outreach services connect people who need help to our collection of services or other services in the community that will make their life easier and safer. Our staff have helped people apply for the Action Bus and connect them to Red Deer Meals on Wheels, so that they can get a hot meal delivered at noon Monday to Friday. We help people get a Lifeline system from the Friends of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, as well as help with Alberta Senior Benefits and income tax. Staff have also helped people fill out application forms for CPP and OAS, as well as AISH. We are here to help people get the supports and services they need to remain independent. Please reach out, ask questions, and we will help you get the information you need. We are only a call away at 403-343-6074.