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It’s not too late for flu shot

As if being in the middle of a pandemic wasn’t enough, here we are in flu season again.

I never really used to think about the flu. I’d get a cold about once a year. I’d increase my Vitamin C intake, get more rest, and keep my distance from others, and that would be all I really needed to do to fight it off in a few days. But as I get older, and as I now work closely with elderly people, I am learning just how important it is to protect ourselves and others from the flu.

What can you do to protect yourself and your elderly loved ones? Wear a mask. Wash or sanitize your hands at every opportunity. Keep your distance from others. And get a flu shot.

According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the flu vaccine is a safe, effective way to help people stay healthy, prevent illness, and save lives. And having done it now for eight years, I can tell you that it’s quick and painless. In Saskatchewan, it’s also free. Getting vaccinated is especially important for elderly people—who are at high risk of influenza complications—and for their caregivers. And the earlier you get your flu shot, the better protected you are.

Can you still get influenza if you get a flu shot? Well, yes, for a number of reasons. One reason can be exposure to a flu virus in the two-week period after vaccination that it takes the body to develop immune protection.  But, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, chances are it will be a milder case.

And if there was ever a time to avoid the hospital, this is it. Because of the pandemic, hospital beds are in short supply, and our medical professionals are exhausted.

This flu season’s vaccine is available now through public health clinics across the province, some physician and nurse practitioner offices, and at local pharmacies. Click here for a list of clinic locations in Saskatchewan.

And if you’re elderly and in need of someone to take you, give me a call. I’d love to help.

Pandemic was far off … until it wasn’t


Whoa, now that was a long hiatus! When I was planning startup of the business in 2013, I really wanted to have a blog. People told me that it would be tough to keep a blog going as a one-person operation. I thought, nah, I will be able to keep it going in my “off hours”. Well, those people were right. My blog fell down the list of priorities over time as things got busy.

But I’m back! Although I do wish it was on a lighter note.

I think we all knew deep down that a pandemic would happen one day far into the future, but certainly not in our lifetime, right? Well here we are, eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic and not an end in sight. We’ve all been affected in ways we probably never could have imagined. But no matter how challenging it’s been for us, imagine for a moment what it would be like to be an elderly person, whose family and friends can’t come to visit, or who are not allowed to leave their care home—maybe not even their room—except to attend a crucial medical appointment.

It’s important to keep connections with the elderly people we know and love while protecting their health. We have to be creative in how we connect in the absence of human contact and touch.

Call them by phone. Send them cards and notes. Set up a window visit. Drop off flowers or treats. If technology is an option, send an email or text or video message. Share photos and stories of happy times and memories. Do whatever you can, whenever you can, to let them know that they are loved and not forgotten.

Little gestures go a long way. And, honestly, isn’t it the least we can do? They have done so much for us and for the society we all enjoy today.

This pandemic won’t last forever. Keep your spirits high, and keep smiling behind your mask. We will be able to safely visit in person and give hugs again one day soon.

Hug your friends. Sometimes they need it. : aww

Who’s Your Family?

Today is Family Day in Saskatchewan (and a few other provinces), a superb opportunity to spend quality time with our biological family members, our in-laws, our friends, our significant other, our neighbours, or whomever we love like family.

Not only do I have a special sister and brother, wonderful in-laws, and an amazing husband, I also have a few close friends that are just like family to me. They lift me up when I’m down, they make me laugh, they celebrate with me when I reach a milestone, they hold judgment if I say or do something unorthodox, they listen when I babble, and they help me learn from my mistakes. All together, these beautiful people make up my large and colourful family, filled with uniqueness and love.

I am the luckiest person in the world. And today’s the perfect time to remember with fondness the family members I’ve lost and to be thankful for everyone who’s in my life and supporting me on life’s journey.

Whatever you are doing today, I hope you are connecting in some way your family … whomever it includes.

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Remembering isn’t always easy

Each November 11th, we stop our busy lives and remember our veterans, past and present, and honour their courage, service, and sacrifices. Hundreds of ceremonies take place across the country to commemorate Remembrance Day. It’s a day that unites us as Canadians.

For the generations that follow veterans, we want to learn as much as we can from them and their missions, partly to honour them and partly in the hope that we can prevent future wars. But for many veterans, remembering isn’t easy … not because their memory is failing, but because it’s so excruciating. Continue reading

This week is all about seniors

Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 is Seniors’ Week in Saskatchewan, which coincides with National Seniors Day and International Day of Older Persons on Oct. 1. Seniors deserve special attention all year, but this week in particular is to recognize how important seniors are in our families and communities and to celebrate their many positive contributions—past and present.

According to the Ministry of Health, one in seven people in Saskatchewan is currently 65 years of age or older. That’s a big portion of our population! And this number is expected to climb to one in six by 2020.

Think for a moment about a senior who positively impacted your life in some way. Continue reading

Historic Bell Barn the perfect venue for barn dance

Now that it’s September, it kind of feels like summer is over. But not just yet. There’s one more Olde Tyme Barn Dance coming up on Sept. 27 at the beautiful Historic Bell Barn in Indian Head, just 40 minutes from Regina.

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Queen City Ex for all ages

It’s exhibition time in Regina! The Queen City Ex runs from July 30 to Aug. 3, but there’s plenty happening today to kick off the event:

  • A Strawberry Social takes place at the downtown City Square Plaza today from 11:30-1:00, featuring Regina’s own Rory Allen. Hot dogs, strawberry shortcake, coffee and lemonade will be on sale, and all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Canada.
  • A parade starts at 7:00 PM at Cameron Street and Dewdney Avenue, heads east to Broad Street, goes south to Broadway Ave., and concludes at the Tartan Curling Club.
  • Fireworks will cap the day at dusk in Wascana Park.

All of this before the Ex even officially begins! Continue reading

Canada is cool!

We live in the best country in the world! We enjoy breathtaking landscapes, clean water, fresh air, exceptional food, and beautiful people. I love it all. To me, the best part of our amazing country is the freedom we enjoy. Freedom to speak. Freedom to be ourselves. And freedom to choose our leaders, our career, our friends, our life partner, and how and what we celebrate.

I know what you’re thinking … What about the weather in Canada? Continue reading

Celebrating 50+

What are you doing this Sunday, May 25?

The Regina Senior Citizens Centre will host its seventh annual “Celebrate 50 Plus—Just the Beginning” showcase and tradeshow at Queensbury Convention Centre (Salons A, B and C) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Designed to create awareness of the healthy, vibrant and exciting lifestyle choices available, “Celebrate 50 Plus” incorporates all aspects of life, including hobbies, investing, vacations, lifelong learning, retirement living and more! Continue reading

Summer blossoms in full bloom

Who doesn’t love flowers? They’re little bursts of sunshine that make us smile. If you’re like me, you’re anxiously awaiting warmer weather and the vibrant colours of blossoming tulips, my favourite spring flower. Perhaps you’re also waiting for our overnight frosts to fully disappear so you can plant your summer flowers. It’s been a colder-than-normal spring in Regina, and it’s taking a heck of a long time for the tulips in my yard to do their thing.

My impatience might be my own doing. Continue reading