Community News
World Alzheimer’s Month

Worldwide, an astounding 50 million are diagnosed with dementia and over 23,000 of them live in Manitoba. Having a globally coordinated World Alzheimer’s Month sends a strong message to governments and policy makers, alerting them to the fact that dementia is a serious health issue that will have overwhelming implications on services and health systems around the world as the population grows older. We’ll be wearing blue on World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st to show our support. Will you? Make sure to post your photos to social media, tag us and use the hashtag #goblueforalz.

Time to Reconnect

Reconnect with old friends and make new friends. Our monthly lunch programs are coming back. We are finalizing our menu after we compile member feedback. We will bring members back together for coffee and socializing with old and new friends. Speakers are being arranged, with topics of interest to our members. Look to our newsletter and website for more information as we roll it out.

September Registration

Registration for classes and expired memberships starts Tuesday, September 7, 8 and 9th by appointment at Archwood Community Club at 565 Guilbault St. Appointments can be made by calling the office at 204-416-1067 beginning Wednesday, August 25th at 9 am.

Pickleball, billiards and games will begin Monday September 13th and will run every Monday and Thursday from 1 – 2:30 pm. Exercise classes will begin on Monday, October 4th. Please check our website Archwood 55 Plus Inc. – HOME (weebly.com) or call us at 204-416-1067 for details.

Your safety is our priority. Double vaccinated individuals or members with a medical certificate are welcome. Contact us if you have questions. Please check your emails, mail and our website for new information.
Annual memberships are just $25. For more information, call 204-416-1067 or email Archwood55@shaw.ca

Hearing Loss & Depression

Hearing loss affects one’s ability to communicate, which can cause stress, fatigue, social isolation, and, in turn, depression. Along with depression, clients with untreated hearing loss are known to experience anxiety, relationship problems, low self-esteem, and other negative emotions. However, hearing aids have been found to help combat these issues. A study by the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) found that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia, and they were less likely to participate in organized social activities compared to those who wear hearing aids.

Mindful Eating

To be a smart eater, you need to take a more considered approach to what is on your plate. Some health advisors suggest Mindful Eating. This involves eating slowly without distraction and learning how to distinguish between actual hunger and non-hunger triggers. Since it takes roughly 20 minutes for the brain to get the message from your stomach that you are full, eating quickly means there is more chance of unnecessary food being consumed. Mindful eating is based on appreciating your food and understanding the link between how you consume it and how it contributes to your well-being.

Volunteer Opportunities

The key to a strong vibrant club is our volunteers. Interested in giving back? Whatever your skill or your age, we can find a place for you. Archwood is finishing its strategic plan, and with that new programming. To find out how you can help, call 204-416-1067 or email us at Archwood55@shaw.ca

Welcome to Archwood 55 Plus

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.

Free Online Alzheimer Education

Learning new skills can help you face the daily realities of living with and caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is offering free online family education to help empower and inform people with dementia, their families and friends. Join us for a wide range of topics, such as navigating the first steps after a diagnosis and end of life care, so you can feel more confident on your dementia journey. To learn more about our sessions and to register, please visit our website at Alzheimer.mb.ca.

The Little Things That Matter

Often in life, the most meaningful moments are the moments spent with those who teach you something, with those who share laughs with you, and with those who support you no matter what. And within those moments, it’s the little things that become the most significant and valuable. Professional caregivers can be there for you, when you need a little extra hand around the house or someone to accompany you on your outings. Caregivers can help with the day-to-day tasks, so you have time to enjoy the little things in life, while remaining safe and independent in your own home.

A Good Night’s Sleep – Naturally!

A good night’s sleep does not come from a bottle because sleeping pills are not able to create natural, good quality, deep and refreshing sleep.
You may have already tried various strategies to manage sleeping problems or taking one or more medications to help you fall asleep or stay asleep. Interestingly, people who take sleeping pills are very often dissatisfied with their sleep despite taking one or more sleeping pills. On top of that, sleeping pills have longterm consequences. If you want deep, refreshing sleep, take a fresh approach. The research and medical community rank Cognitive behaviour therapy for sleep, which involves no remedies, the most effective and safest strategy. Happy zzzz!

Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month

Muscular Dystrophy is a term used to describe a group of more than 160 different neuromuscular disorders characterized by progressive deterioration of muscle strength. The causes, symptoms, severity and progression vary depending on the exact diagnosis and the individual. While some types of neuromuscular disorders are first evident in infancy, other types may not appear until later in life. People diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder may lose the ability to do things that are often taken for granted, like brushing their teeth, feeding themselves or climbing stairs. There’s no cure for muscular dystrophy. But medications and therapy can help manage symptoms and slow the course of the disease.