Posted on: March 4, 2020

Dear Members,

I would like to invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, March 25 @10 am in our Community Cafe. Since 2019 has been a very successful year with a lot of positive changes, the Board and the Staff team are eager to share with you about all of that. Also, the AGM is a great opportunity for you to better understand the status quo and future of the Centre. I look forward to seeing you there.

I again want to re-emphasize why a community hub like Westend Seniors Activity Centre (WSAC) is so important to face the challenges of our aging population. WSAC not only is a place that you can register for classes and drop-in activities, but also a place where you can receive support and make friends. This organization is not a “COLD” organization that is strictly business, but a “WARM” and “Welcoming” place to form relationships, connections, and even “family-like” friendships. Over the past few weeks, we have had several staff and WSAC members lose loved ones; fortunately, they have us here to support them and provide any necessary assistance they may need. For example, one of our long-term volunteers here told the staff and her friends, “People here are my family. This Centre is where I get all the hugs!” Therefore, let’s continue to work together and build WSAC to be one of the most caring and welcoming community hubs in the City.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Below, I’m going to keep you informed about the potential health risks that may affect our seniors. As you already know, there are two strains of the flu (i.e., Influenza A and B) going around the province. At the same time, people are concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential spread. What I want to share with you is that:

  • Alberta Health Services stressed that the current overall risk to Albertans is still considered low by medical experts.
  • There are NO confirmed or probable cases of the COVID-19 in Alberta at this time.

To help protect against the flu and COVID-19, Alberta Strongly advised that:

  • Use good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing
  • Stay at home and away if you are feeling ill and call Health Link (811) for advice.
  • Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate medical attention.

Also, just my personal advice:

  • Exercise at your own capacity. I strongly recommend resistance training because that, to me, is the only type of exercise that I can actually gain something (i.e., strength, muscles and confidence) that is functional.
  • Drink enough healthy liquids, especially water. Hot, cold, tea, smoothie, anything healthy.
  • Take enough Vitamin C. You need at least 1,000mg per day.
  • And most importantly, be happy, be positive, ask your staff and friends at WSAC for support if needed.

I wish everyone a very healthy 2020. Let’s get through this hurdle together.

Haidong Liang

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