Community News
What is a Green Burial?

Green burials, also sometimes called eco-funerals or natural burials, provide a simple, green option for saying goodbye to a loved one. Green burials typically don’t involve embalming – instead, family and friends may choose to wrap their loved one in a shroud made of eco-friendly, biodegradable material and choose an eco-friendly casket. Using land sustainably for burial purposes, such as choosing communal memorialization and planting with native plants, is also often part of a green burial. Your local funeral director can provide advice about and help you plan a suitable green burial for your loved one.

Hearing Loss and Heart Disease

It might come as a surprise, but there is a connection between heart health and hearing. Both rely on blood flow, so heart problems that cause plaque buildup in the arteries and restrict blood flow can potentially damage ears. Nerves in the ears can also be damaged by poor circulation. Studies have shown that the better someone’s cardiovascular health, the better their hearing tends to be. It’s important that older adults eat a healthy, balanced diet; get regular exercise; quit smoking and have their hearing tested every two years, to help maintain a healthy heart, and therefore healthy ears.

Eating Smart

Eating right plays a major part in a senior’s quality of life. Some important dietary factors that should be considered include: Sodium – OK in moderation, as long as the foods are high-quality. Fats – Monitor saturated and trans fatty acids, and lean more towards monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (like omega-3s). Carbohydrates – Spread carbohydrates throughout the day to manage blood sugar. Protein – Increase protein intake to maintain muscle mass. Fibre – Eat plenty of fibre and drink plenty of water. Sugar – Consume in moderation. Vitamin D – Consider taking a daily vitamin D3 supplement if sun exposure and dairy intake are limited.

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

Where Acquaintances Become Friends

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 (Archwood 55 Plus Inc. – HOME (weebly.com)).

Heading Back to the Club in September

Registration for classes and expired memberships starts Tuesday, September 7, 8 and 9th by appointment at Archwood Community Club at 565 Guilbeau St. Archwood 55 will restart on site activities like pickleball and billiards starting Monday October 4th,
Exercise classes by chair yoga, yoga, functional fitness, drums alive will come back in October as well. Please check our website Archwood 55 Plus Inc. – HOME (weebly.com) or call us at 204-416-1067 for details.
Double vaccinated individuals or members with a medical certificate are welcome. Contact us if you have questions.
We are still planning to have a return of monthly lunch programs when it is safe to do so. Once capacity improves, planning is occurring to bring members back together for coffee and socializing with old and new friends. Please check your emails, mail, and our website for new information.

We miss seeing our Members in-person

Archwood understands that some of our members held off on renewing their memberships till we are fully reopened. We understand. We will be keeping you in the loop with our new programming and reopening plans. We do rely on memberships to sustain the club financially especially when we get back to regular programing at the Archwood site. Annual memberships are just $25. For more information, call 204-416-1067 or email Archwood55@shaw.ca

Getting Essential Feedback from Members

We will be sending our member surveys to get feedback around old and new programming ideas.
Let us know:
Whatever rocks your socks
Whatever tickles your pickle
Whatever ruffles your truffles
Whatever bakes your cakes
Whatever humps your camel
Whatever toots your horn
You get the idea…. Look for emails, snail mails and our web site in the coming months. Looking forward to seeing all of you.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in giving back? Whatever your skill or your age, we can find a place for you. We have a newly elected Board of Directors and will be reviewing our intermediate term and long-term services. Knowing who is out there to keep our programming vibrant and interesting will assist us delivering the best services for our members. To find out how you can help call 204-416-1067 or email us at Archwood55@shaw.ca

Fall Prevention Tips

Falls in the home are all too common and making a few modifications in the home can prevent dangerous situations, such as slippery floors, poor lighting, loose rugs, electrical cords and clutter. Visit each room in your home. Then look at the space objectively and ask: Is this safe? Are there objects or items that present a falls risk? If so, think about the many ways to create a safer home: wear non slip socks or slippers, use night lights in dark hallways, remove throw rugs, keep electrical cords safely hidden behind furniture and organize your projects so they are off the floor and out of walkways.

Good Fit for Home-Care Services?

Because home care covers such a broad variety of services, there is not just one condition that makes someone a good fit for in-home care. Home care aides can be hired to assist a client with any of their needs, whether that be getting transportation to appointments, or grocery shopping and cooking meals. You may be a good candidate for in-home care if you’re in need of any of the following: Assistance with daily tasks, housekeeping, mobility assistance, medication management, short-term care (if you’re recovering from an illness or surgery and need extra assistance), or even companionship if you’re living alone and struggling with feeling isolated.