SENIORCENTRIC WEEK ENDING OCT 9, 2021

Scanning the globe for news by, for and about Senior Citizens

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Old age, also called senescence, in human beings, is the final stage of the normal life span. Definitions of old age are not consistent from the standpoints of biology, demography (conditions of mortality and morbidity) employment and retirement and sociology. For statistical and public administrative purposes, however, old age is frequently defined as 60 or 65 years of age and older.

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Victoria Landing residence honouring acclaimed artist Bill Reid

Brandon’s Victoria Landing Retirement Residence will be one of 33 Seniors Care residences across the nation celebrating iconic Canadian artist Bill Reid on Oct. 21.

It was important to explore the legacy of Reid’s work with a series of special events, said Ronna Goldberg, regional event planner, community engagement at All Seniors Care Living Centres. Goldberg said she is excited about the upcoming event, adding it was made possible through close collaboration with the educational director of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver.

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Third-dose Thanksgiving: immunocompromised guests still wary of gatherings

Christiane Coopman’s Thanksgiving plans don’t include an elaborate stuffed turkey dinner or the excited chatter of her grandchildren around the dining table.

Just like last year, Coopman’s Thanksgiving will be a subdued affair, with turkey sandwiches shared with her husband and a video call from the kids.

Coopman, a 73-year-old blood cancer patient in Chilliwack, B.C., and her husband who suffers from melanoma, both received booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine two weeks ago. But their vulnerable health conditions still leave them wary of holiday get-togethers.

“For blood cancer patients, we don’t generate (much) protection after two doses, and now that I have a third dose, it’s possible I have 90 per cent protection, but it’s possible I have six per cent,” said Coopman, who was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia eight years ago.

“If I get COVID, it would take one week and I’d be dead. Why would I risk that?”

Coopman is one of many immunocompromised Canadians deciding to forego or modify their traditional Thanksgiving plans this weekend. Despite high vaccination rates across the country, the COVID-19 virus continues to circulate, causing anxiety among those most susceptible to it.

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The Oldest Man In Canada Just Revealed His Secrets To A Long Life & It’s The Cutest Thing

This B.C. man is officially the oldest in Canada, and for his birthday this year, he gave us all some much-needed advice.

On September 23, Mr. Ja Hyung Lee turned 111 years old — meaning he was born in 1910!

He celebrated the big birthday with a saxophone player and traditional Korean dancing. The celebration took place at Amenida Seniors Community and he took time out of his day to drop some words of wisdom.

“The secret to celebrating a 111th birthday is to exercise daily, smile often, surround yourself with good people – friends and family – practice your faith, and try not to get too stressed out about day-to-day life,” Lee said.

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