It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of the Year!!
Events and Reminders
• CSPC Xmas Luncheon Saturday Dec 1st at Cultivate Café
• UCFV Elder College has invited Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors to their Nursing Students “Ageing Gala”. This will be held on December 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m in Building A, Room A2209. The students will be presenting projects on Ageing that demonstrate a wide range of topics. There is no registration required.
• Connect Café is on Dec 6th at Homers and Dec 13th at IHop. A Christmas Meal Menu will be available on both days.
• CSPC Yearly membership dues for 2019 are payable in January. The cost is $10.00 for the year.
• There was a good turnout at the Roundtable on November 13th. A very informative discussion on Depression was given by Darryn Botha. The next Roundtable will be on January 16th at 9:30am.
Please Note: The CSPC office will be closed over the Holidays from December 24th 2018 until January 2nd 2019.
- Shirley Lepin
- Lynda Loranger
Joke of the Day
Luigi was asked at a Marriage Seminar how he managed to stay married to the same woman for 50 years. Luigi replied that he tried to always treat her well and spend money on her but the best thing he ever did was take her to Italy for their 20th anniversary.
The Minister said: “Luigi, you are an inspiration to all husbands here today. Please tell us what you plan for your 50th anniversary.” Luigi proudly replied: “I’m gonna go and get her.”
Keeping Warm and Healthy in the Winter Seasons
When winter rolls around it brings inevitable illnesses such as coughs and colds. However, for many people and especially the elderly, winter can cause a number of more serious health complaints. For those over 75 or with pre-existing medical issues, winter can be a fatal time of the year.
Why is it important to keep warm in winter?
The cold can have a significant effect on your health and as such, keeping warm during the winter months is vital. To fight off illness, your best chance is to keep warm in the home.
Without sufficient insulation, heat can easily be lost through the walls, roof, windows, doors and even floor. As such, it can cost a fortune to heat the home and many people choose not to increase the temperature through fear of expensive energy bills.
However, it’s important to take the temperature of your home seriously especially in winter. You’ll be more susceptible to flu, heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression if:
- You’re aged over 65
- You’re receiving a low income
- You suffer from a long term health problem
- You are disabled.
Preparing your home for the cold weather
When winter is drawing in, it’s important to be prepared and ensure you’re as ready as possible for the long, cold months ahead. Temperatures will plummet below freezing and without adequate insulation, heat will be sucked from your home.
However, there are some crucial checks to make in the build-up to winter:
- Have your boiler serviced
The chances are your boiler will have been switched off over the summer months, so when it’s turned on around October/November time, this is when problems frequently strike. Have your boiler serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer and ensure it’s ready for the tough winter ahead. The last thing you need is a breakdown in the heart of winter when call-out fees often double.
- Insulate your home. Heat can be lost through the walls, loft, floor, windows and even doors. Contact your energy supplier and find out if you’re eligible for free insulation.
As the end of this year approaches, we can reflect on all that we are grateful for. We want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Enjoy the Peace and Love of this beautiful Season.