Community News
Connections Matter on Father’s Day

Father’s Day offers a poignant reminder of the vital role mental health plays in the lives of our aging parents. For seniors residing in independent living homes, the benefits extend beyond physical care. These communities foster crucial social interactions that can stave off the loneliness and depression often faced by those living alone. Friendships formed in these environments provide emotional support, joy, and a sense of belonging. Celebrating Father’s Day in such a setting underscores the importance of a strong support network. By prioritizing companionship and mental well-being, we honor our fathers not just with gifts, but with the invaluable gift of connection.

Maximizing Impact – Matching Donations

Peace Arch Hospital urgently needs to upgrade its medical imaging department. Outdated equipment causes inefficiencies and discomfort for patients. We’re close to reaching our $10 million goal for new equipment but need $1 million by August 25. Generous matching donors, the Surrey and White Rock Firefighters Charitable Societies, will match donations up to $500,000. Your contribution, big or small, will have double the impact. Together, let’s transform healthcare. Join us in Making a Difference. Support is crucial for this project. Whether through donations, advocacy, or spreading the word, every action shapes our community’s healthcare future. Donate today –

Local Spotlight: Angels There For You

At Angels There For You – Home Care, it is our mission to uplift seniors and support their families in Langley, Surrey and Richmond. We fulfill this by providing compassionate, person centered, and holistic home care provided by a network of highly competent caregivers and nurses. Our care vision is to help seniors to age in health and wholeness. Our holistic approach to home care is provided by our team of caregivers who are passionate about what they do. Angels prides itself on its record of caring for thousands of seniors and people for the past 24 years. Reach out to our team today so you can start experiencing our care.

Caregiver Support Groups

We understand being a caregiver can be difficult, but we are here to help. Come together with caregivers on a similar journey to yours to share, listen, and learn. The Caregiver Support Group is beneficial to caregivers in all stages of their caregiving journey. This group focuses on providing education, support, camaraderie and relaxation. There are 2 sessions being offered on a bi-weekly basis on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 12:30 PM to 2 PM. For more information or to register contact our Care Coordinator, Nisa, at nisa.moman@brellasociety.ca or call 604-531-9400 ext. 219.

Better at Home Services

Better at Home supports seniors by meeting their non-medical needs. By providing assistance with these simple, day-to-day tasks, Better at Home assures older adults continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities. Services vary from community to community but may include the following:
• Friendly Visiting
• Transportation
• Light Housekeeping
• Grocery Shopping
To find out more about the services, please contact Elizabeth at 604-536-9348 Ext. 201.

Brella’s Online Events

Looking for engaging and informative online programs? Look no further than Brella! Our online programs cover a variety of topics, including health and wellness, arts and culture, technology, and more. Our programs are designed to be accessible and engaging for people of all ages and backgrounds. Join us online for interactive workshops, educational sessions, and fun activities. Visit our website for more information on upcoming online programs and to register today!
For assistance: Call (604) 531-9400 Ext. 220 Email: isaiah.clemente@brellasociety.ca

Day Program

Are you or your loved one struggling to thrive? Would you or your loved one like to maintain or improve your physical and cognitive functioning? Are you a caregiver who could use a few hours of respite during the week? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be a perfect candidate to access Brella’s Adult Day Program! People who participate in our Adult Day Program report: ·Enhanced cognitive and physical functioning. ·Feeling more connected and less lonely. ·Enjoy warm lunch and snacks provided. ·Look forward to coming back and participating in activities.
Find out how to access our Adult Day Program and we can help find the location nearest to you
Raj Sahota at 604-531-2502 ext. 210 or email raj.sahota@brellasociety.ca
Angela Nial at 604-599-0034 ext. 302 or email angela.nial@brellasociety.ca

Happy Healthy Feet

As temperatures rise, care for your feet during summer activities is crucial. Hydrate by drinking water to prevent dryness and cracking. Choose breathable footwear to avoid sweat buildup and fungal infections. Wash feet thoroughly, especially between toes, and apply sunscreen to protect from sunburn. Trim toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails. Moisturize daily, focusing on dry areas like heels. Take breaks to rest and elevate feet to reduce swelling. Rotate shoes to prevent odor and bacterial growth. Seek professional help for persistent issues. So, slip on those sandals, hit the beach, and let your feet take you on your next summer adventure!

Say Hello to Allergy Season

It’s important to know the difference between seasonal allergies easily treatable with a simple OTC antihistamine and more serious symptoms that may require more attention. Seasonal allergies typically cause a runny nose, itchy or teary eyes, sneezing and sometimes itchy skin or a mild rash, and are caused by pollen or other airborne particles. If more serious symptoms like hives, difficulty breathing, a rapid heartbeat or feeling faint appear suddenly it may be the result of a more serious allergic reaction and immediate medical attention should be sought. Our pharmacists are always happy to provide you with the medication suitable for your symptoms if appropriate!

Telephone Tree

The Telephone Tree program offers support services to older adults over the phone. Our volunteers make weekly social calls offering participants a chance to be heard by providing emotional support, companionship and a sense of community. Volunteers can also provide you with information and referral services as well as keep you informed about the programs and events in the community. It is a great way to stay connected with the community from your home. Call us today if you would like to receive weekly calls. For more information, please contact Nisa Moman
604-531-9400 ext. 219
Email: nisa.moman@brellasociety.ca

June Events:

If you are interested in any of the events, please call 604-531-9400
Coffee Club – June 5th and 19th 1:30-2:30pm
Cloverdale Coffee – June 11th 10:30-12:00pm [Drop in]
Care Giver Support Groups – Every Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-2:00pm
Surrey Libraries’ Mobile Library June 28th 2:00-3:00pm [Drop in]
Philosophers Corner – Every Friday 1:00pm – 2:30pm [Drop in]
Please Visit Online to see any upcoming events at [brellasociety.ca/online-events]