Community News
Aging At Home

Many seniors would prefer to stay at home than move into a senior care home, but there are some challenges to consider. Factors like finances, physical mobility, social network, health concerns, and safety in the home are all things to think about. If you decide to remain in your home, discuss your plans with your family or a trusted advisor. It’s important to prepare your home to ensure you can live comfortably and safely there, using various aids and tools to make things easier. In-home care can also provide much-needed day-to-day support, as well as transportation to appointments and gatherings.

Surprising Sleep Tips

According to the Canadian Government, one-quarter of adults report problems with falling or staying asleep, most, or all of the time. Here are some surprising tips to improve your sleep. #1- Close your eyes and roll them backward. Rolling your eyes causes your brain to release melatonin, a natural sleep hormone. #2- Breathe through your nose, not your mouth. Breathing through the mouth can have a stress effect on the brain. Breathing through the nose sends relaxation signals to your brain. #3- Tell yourself “I’m not going to sleep”. Reverse psychology works better than you think. Give these tips a try tonight to help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.

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.

The Place to Turn for Dementia Support

After Sheila Anderson’s husband was diagnosed with dementia, she reached out to the Alzheimer Society for support. They received helpful resources and information, which gave them the opportunity to join a support group.
“The Society is a place you know you can turn to for support,” says Sheila. “Being able to talk to people in the same position as you is so helpful because we all understand what dementia is really like.”
Sheila and Bruce are now regular monthly donors. Donating to the Society helps to continue services like one-to-one counselling, support groups, education sessions, dementia-friendly programming and more. To learn more about the Alzheimer Society and how to donate, visit our website.

What Happens When You Quit

The quitting smoking timeline varies from person to person, but generally follows a similar pattern:
20 minutes: Blood pressure and heart rate drop.
12 hours: Carbon monoxide levels in the blood decrease.
2 weeks to 3 months: Circulation improves, lung function increases, and physical activity becomes easier.
1 to 9 months: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease as lung function continues to improve.
1 year: The risk of heart disease is halved compared to a smoker’s risk.
5 years: Stroke risk is similar to that of a non-smoker.
10 years: The risk of lung cancer is halved compared to that of a continuing smoker, and the risk of other cancers decreases further.

The Healthy Book Club

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Men’s Health – distills 25 years of research on men’s health into a comprehensive resource. It covers diet, exercise, supplements, and diseases like prostate cancer. The guide also offers advice on alcohol consumption, stress control, and navigating the healthcare system, making it an essential reference for men’s health. Ask at your local bookstore.

Don’t Fear Fats!

Eating healthy fats is essential for overall well-being. Healthy fats provide a range of benefits for the body, including supporting brain function, promoting heart health, and aiding nutrient absorption. They are a rich source of energy, help maintain healthy skin and hair, and assist in hormone production. Incorporating foods like avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and fatty fish into your diet can increase your intake of these beneficial fats. However, it’s important to consume them in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Remember, not all fats are created equal, and opting for healthy fats can contribute to a healthier, more nourished body.

June Fitness Classes

All fitness classes are led by certified instructors who are experienced working with older adults.
Our regular programming is outlined below and may allow drop-ins if space is available.
Mondays: Yoga Fit Flow- (9:00 – 9:45 AM), Chair Yoga- (10:00 – 10:45 AM), Chair Yoga II – (11:00 – 11-45 AM)
Tuesdays: Line Dancing- (10:45 – 11:45 AM), Functional Movement – (11:00 – 12:00 PM
Thursdays: Art – (9:30 – 11:30 AM)
Fridays: Let’s Move Let’s Dance – (9:30 – 10:30 AM), Chair Pilates- (10:45 – 11:45 AM).
Please check our website for additional information.

Who We Are

Archwood 55 Plus is a community-based non-profit, charitable organization offering lunches, art and fitness classes, social activities, bus trips and other services to adults ages 55 and older living in the Winnipeg area. Our goal is to encourage graceful aging and empower older adults to lead healthy and active lives while socializing with their peers http://archwood55plus.wildapricot.

June Events

Pickleball, Games and Billiards :
Open court Pickleball for members only occurs on Monday and Thursday mornings and afternoons. Games can be purchased for $20 for 10 sessions. Games and billiards also occur on Monday and Thursday mornings and afternoons are no charge to members. Winnipeg Goldeyes vs. Kane County Cougars – Wednesday, June 05, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM @ Blue Cross Park. Enjoy an afternoon at the park. Limited # of Tickets are FREE! Winnipeg Goldeyes vs. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks – Friday, June 21, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Blue Cross Park. Enjoy an evening of baseball at the park. Limited # of Tickets are FREE!

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for our membership to help out with activities to make our programs a success. We have people act as escorts on our bus trips or help out setting up or serving our monthly lunches. Pickleball nets do not set themselves up. To find out how you can help, call 204-416-1067 or email us at Archwood55@shaw.ca. Remember we are a club of people that look out for each other, and volunteering is an important way to give back!
Annual memberships are just $30. For more information, call 204-416-1067 or email Archwood55@shaw.ca
Mail: 565 Guilbault Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R2J 0R2
Phone: (204) 416-1067