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Strength and Power Training for Older Adults – December Meeting Reminder

Our December meeting will be at 1:30 PM at the Wellness Center on December 11th.

Our subject area expert will be Nuri Bonada. Nuri is a rehab graduate and member of our peer group. She is a personal trainer at the wellness center and many of her clients are “older adults”.

At the meeting you will learn;

  1. What strength and power training are and what they can do for you

  2. How aging changes our muscle profile

  3. The many benefits of strength and power training

  4. The specific role of strength and power training in reducing heart disease risk

During the meeting Nuri will lead us through some strength and power training so make sure you are medically cleared to exercise and bring your favorite bands or hand weights.

You will leave the meeting with a personalized action plan for 2020 and tips on staying motivated.

Note: All information presented is courtesy of Harvard Medical School.

Don’t miss this one!

 

Added sugar: Where is it hiding?

Added sugar is everywhere in the food supply. It’s so ubiquitous that you might find some packaged and processed foods unappetizing without it. The Harvard Medical School has provided a tightly written summary of the major sources of added sugar as well as exploring alternative sweeteners. You can view this article at the link below. This has also been added to the Eating Well section of the Peer Group website.

Added Sugar Sources

Got Questions – Have Answers

Our Pharmacist Guest Speaker is looking forward to addressing your “tough” questions about medications, what they are supposed to do, why sometimes they do not work the way they were intended, side effects and long term effects. See you November 13 at the Wellness Center Room A 1:30.HitByABrick

Join us for an interactive session on Cardiac Medications – November 13th, 1:30 PM at the Wellness Center

Our November meeting will be all about medications. Our guest subject area expert is Dipesh Patel a Pharmacist with Shoppers Drugmart on Lansdowne. Dipesh also has a special designation in the treatment of Diabetes so let’s take advantage of this opportunity to gain some insights into the management of diabetes.

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Bring a list of your medications with you. Let’s share stories about our experiences with medications and get some discussion going. We will also talk about other ways of achieving similar outcomes that we expect from our medications.

Diabetes Medication Survey

 

Our guest pharmacist for the November meeting has expertise in all of the usual heart health medications we may be using but he is also a specialist in diabetes treatment and medications. There are a large number of medications used to treat diabetes so we want to narrow the discussion to the ones being used by our peer group. Below you will find  a link to a confidential survey.

If you have a prescription for diabetes medication please complete this survey before November 8th!

Here is the link

Diabetes Medication Survey

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Educational Events – January to June 2020

STEADY ON YOUR FEET – IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE

Donna St. John – Certified Fitness Coach

January 8th – The Wellness Centre – 1:30 pm

Donna will discuss the importance of all adults achieving and maintaining practical physical balancing skills. Gaining a better balance is a critical ingredient in effective fall prevention. Helpful balancing exercises will be practiced. Please wear comfortable clothing, as some balancing practice will occur. Q+A to follow.

WOMEN AND HEART HEALTH – REVISITED

Dr. Karen Wagner – Cardiologist

February 12th – The Wellness Centre – 7 pm

Karen will be revisiting her popular evening of teaching and discussion about heart health in women. Last February, her talk packed our meeting room and created a buzz of excitement and honest enquiry about this topic. You asked us if Karen would do it again and we’ve listened. Come out, bring your friends. Q+A to follow.

PLANT-BASED FOOD – CAN IT EVER TASTE ANY GOOD?

March 11th – Location tba

[this is a ‘Munch and Learn’ event. The content is still under development]

DIABETES AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

April 8th – The Wellness Centre  – 1:30 pm

[the event content is still under development]

DEALING WITH NUTRITIONAL TRAPS – SALT, FAT, SUGAR AND BOOZE

Tiffany Watson – Registered Dietician – Peterborough Family Health Team

May 13th – Board Room, PFHT – 1:30 pm

Our daily nutritional choices often contain unhealthy quantities of salt, sugar, fat and alcohol. Tiffany will review the known health risks for each of these ingredients. Strategies to reduce or eliminate these harmful elements from our diet will be discussed. The current trend of plant-based meat alternatives will be commented upon. Q+A to follow.

STOP. LOOK. LISTEN. OUR YEAR IN REVIEW+GOING FORWARD

Our executive group – Mike, Peter, Don, Helen and John

June 3rd – The Wellness Centre – 1:30 pm

Before we end our program cycle and pause for the summer, we are checking out the takeaway learning from our program events so far. The discussion will help inform topic choices for our next program cycle beginning in September. It’s also the ideal opportunity to get feedback on how our program events and resource people have met some of your essential needs to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.

SUMMER BREAK

June 4th to September 9th, 2020

A Date With The Pharmacist

Mark your calendar for November 13th, 1:30 PM at the Wellness Center – Room A. Our meeting will be all about prescription medications (and alternatives) with a Pharmacist in attendance.

  • Questions about your medication it’s benefits and possible side effects?
  • Stories to tell about your experiences with medications?
  • What other things create similar effects to your medications?

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