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.
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.