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Tapping into Your Creative Side

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.

Diabetes Often Goes Unrecognized

Diabetes is a chronic disease which affects more than three million people in Canada. About one-third of adults with the condition are unaware they have it. Understanding diabetes, its symptoms and available treatment options is an important piece of an overall wellness plan. If you are 40 or older, you should get checked even if no symptoms are present, because many people who have Type 2 diabetes display no symptoms. Your local pharmacist can help you manage your diabetes. They understand your situation and the challenges diabetes can present.

Reducing Cognitive Decline

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.

Are Missing Teeth Affecting Your Life?

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.

Consider Your Executor

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.

Outreach Frozen Meal Program

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 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.

Outreach at the Golden Circle

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.

Home Sharing With Happipad

Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre has partnered with Happipad, the developer of Canada’s first web-based companion housing platform, to expand affordable shared housing opportunities specifically for vulnerable population segments, including seniors, students, people with disabilities, and recent immigrants. This partnership is supported in part by funding from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) under the National Housing Strategy Demonstrations Initiative. To learn more, please contact Monica Morrison at 403-343-6074.
Happipad is a Canadian technology company founded in 2017 and based in Kelowna, BC. Happipad is a leader in developing innovations to support and expand companion housing opportunities and has created Canada’s first companion housing web-based platform, which enables safe, peer-to-peer formation and management of cohabitation arrangements.

Medical Rides Available

Our Outreach program has volunteers who can drive seniors and people with disabilities to medical appointments, as well as to COVID vaccination appointments, if they are not able to get to appointments on their own. In order to access the service, please call the Golden Circle at 403-343-6074 and put in a request. If you have not received services from us before, we will open a file. The cost for transportation in the city is $8.00 round trip paid to the volunteer.

Natural Factors CLA & Green Tea

A balanced diet and daily exercise, along with high-grade supplements, are your best bets for achieving your weight management goals. Natural Factors CLA Tonalin® provides the highest-quality CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) available and is sourced from safflower oil. It is a natural fat burner that works by revving up muscle metabolism and increasing lean muscle mass. Combine it with Natural Factors HerbalFactors® Green Tea for even more weight management benefits. Green tea extract supports healthy weight loss by decreasing the absorption of fat in the digestive tract and helps the body turn fat into energy without increasing your heart rate.

Clean Eating Recipe

Lemon Herb Quinoa Salad INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ cups CO-OP GOLD PURE Quinoa, 2 ¼ cups water, 2 Tbsp fresh mint, leaves only, chopped, 2 Tbsp fresh basil, leaves only, chopped, 15 cherry tomatoes, halved, ⅓ cup finely diced red onion, 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest, 1½ Tbsp lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp salt. DIRECTIONS: Place water and quinoa in a medium pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 8 to 9 minutes, until tender. When cooked, remove from heat and spoon into a mixing bowl to cool. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well.