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Social Activity & Aging Well

According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), research links social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for certain physical and mental conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease. Many things can contribute to isolation, including the death of a spouse or partner, separation from friends or family, retirement, loss of mobility, and lack of transportation. Studies show that engaging in meaningful, productive activities with others can help people live longer, maintain their wellbeing, improve their cognitive function, boost their mood, and have a sense of purpose.

Available Positions:

Friendly Visitor – If you have a passion and love for conversations and would like for seniors to stay connected and remain independent, become a friendly visitor. This rewarding position gives seniors a sense of social belonging. Friendly visiting allows you to establish a professional relationship and trust during your 1:1 with clients. If you are interested please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shannen, at 604-531-9400 ext. 203 or email shannen.kealy@comeshare.ca
Telephone Tree Volunteer – If you’re someone who has a busy schedule and prefer working from the comfort of your own home, telephone tree is the program for you. This rewarding position entails calling clients once a week and checking in on them. These check in calls allow for seniors to feel a sense of purpose and helps maintain their social skills. If you are interested please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shannen, at 604-531-9400 ext. 203 or email shannen.kealy@comeshare.ca
Yard Maintence Volunteer – seniors struggle the most when it comes to lawn mowing and gardening. This seasonal position could really benefit seniors who have a hard time bending and pushing heavy machines. If you have a passion for lawn maintence and are a reliable gardener, apply today!
Caregiver Support – We are looking for a passionate and caring volunteer to lead a weekly Caregiver Support Group. Help make a difference in the lives of caregivers by giving them a place to share and feel heard. If you are interested please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shannen, at 604-531-9400 ext. 203 or email shannen.kealy@comeshare.ca

Join Today

Seniors Come Share Society allows individuals to stay engaged in the community even if it’s from the comfort of their own home. We offer programs that stimulate individual’s cognition, provide emotional support, food security and have them engaged in physical activities. Our priority is the well-being of the seniors in our community, therefore we take initiative in advocating for them and assisting them in navigating support. Visit comeshare.ca or SHAREvirtually.com for a list of our programs and events.

Book Club: Whose Mind Is It Anyway?

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Lisa Esile & Franco Esile. Most of us spend our lives trailing after our minds, allowing our brains to take us in directions that are safe and secure. In a colorful, funny, and nonthreatening way, it answers the difficult question of how we can take control of our self-defeating behaviors.

Community Spotlight: Happipad

Happipad is a leader in providing companion housing solutions that help people live in a way that is more sustainable, resilient, and socially conscious. Through partnerships, technical innovation, and thought leadership, we strive to make it safer and easier for individuals to share homes with compatible people. We do this to improve affordable housing opportunities, promote social inclusion, and support healthy aging in place. We are a team of people who believe in working towards a more sustainable and resilient way of living. We believe everyone should have a home they can afford in a community where they feel safe, welcomed, and supported.

Avoid Magnesium Deficiency

Did you know a third of adults are not consuming the recommended amount of magnesium? A processed diet with mainly cooked foods can lead to a magnesium deficiency. This can result in fatigue, irritability, insomnia, confusion, or poor memory. Decreased levels of magnesium can also be linked to high blood pressure, kidney stones, and heart disease. Magnesium is considered the anti-stress mineral because of its natural tranquilizer/relaxer effect on skeletal and smooth muscle, including the blood vessels and heart! Eat your dark leafy greens, legumes, nuts, and fatty fish to get more magnesium in your diet.

7 Days of Self-Care

Self-care refers to any activity we do purposefully to take care of ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. On July 24 each year, people celebrate Self-Care Day – but any time is a great time to start practicing self-care. Why not try seven days of self-care to create new, healthy habits? Day 1: Unplug from technology for the day. Day 2: Declutter your physical space and mind. Day 3: Nourish yourself with food, water, sleep, and exercise. Day 4: Create something with your hands. Day 5: Listen to your feelings. Day 6: Express yourself to others. Day 7: Explore something new!

Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing is a pathway from your doctor or nurse practitioner’s office to local, non-clinical services for people who could use a little help connecting to their community or learning how to take care of their health and wellbeing. It provides support to seniors who could use a little help connecting to their community or learning how to take care of their health and wellbeing.

Legal Clinics

We know the expenses involved in legal services, which is why Seniors Come Share Society offers free legal clinics twice a month. This 30 minute session allows you to speak to our lawyer regarding POA and other matters related to Wills and Estates. Limited spots available. To sign up, please contact 604-531-9400 ext. 201.

Wellness Trivia Questions:

.1 What nut has the most antioxidants? 2. What is the strongest muscle in your body?
3. What is the purpose of goosebumps? 4. True or False? No matter how flexible you are, you can’t kiss your elbow? 5. What foods can help regulate mood and sleep? 6. What does the Rx mean on prescriptions? 7. How many muscles do you use to take a single step forward?

Senior Summer Safety Tips

Skin cancer is one of the most common and preventable forms of cancer. Apply SPF of at least 30 to 50—every two to four hours you are outdoors or riding in a car. Routinely wearing a quality pair of sunglasses protects the eyes from cataracts, a condition common among older adults. Look for a pair with a label showing they block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. As we grow older, the body doesn’t adjust to changes in temperature and humidity as quickly as in younger days. This puts seniors at higher risk for dehydration and sun-related illnesses, like heat stroke – so make sure to keep hydrated!