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June Newsletter & Activity Calendar – Columbia

Nominations are open for our Annual Seniors of Distinction Awards!

Help us recognize retirees in Lethbridge and area who make a difference in our community.

The Seniors of Distinction Awards is an occasion to recognize local seniors and the valuable contributions they have made, and continue to make, in our communities, workplaces, and families. Learn more…

Seniors can be nominated in the following categories:
  1. ARTS: visual, performing, literary, enabling or supporting the arts in the community, etc.
  2. LEADERSHIP: service to associations, not for profits, support groups, etc.
  3. COMMUNITY SERVICE: volunteerism, community fundraising, etc.
  4. HEALTH LIVING: sports, gardening, recreation, participation, etc.

Let us know about a senior in your life who inspires you! 

Summer time weather is here!

It is warming up outside and that means spending more time outside enjoying the sunshine! Here are a few things to remember before you venture outdoors:

  • Wear light coloured loose fitting clothing.
  • Use sunscreen SPF 15 or higher. Choose SPF 30 if you plan to spend an extended amount of time outdoors. Sunscreen should be placed everywhere, including ears, chin and neck—even if wearing a hat.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Find shade to remain cool.
  • Avoid being outdoors between 11:00am and 4:00pm when UV Rays are most powerful.

June is Brain Injury Month

The Brain Injury Association of Canada, its partners and community of survivors, caregivers and health professionals, designates June as National Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada to highlight awareness on the effects and causes of acquired brain injury across Canada. It is estimated that close to 4% of Canadians are living with an acquired brain injury.

As incredible as this may sound, brain injury in Canada is a silent epidemic. In Canada, brain injury is the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44. Statistics further indicate that incidences are two times greater within the male population.

Acquired brain injury is defined as a non-degenerative and non-congenital insult to the brain that may result in a diminished or altered state of consciousness, and result in impaired cognitive, physical, emotional and/or behavioural functioning.

Automobile and pedestrian incidents, sports injuries (a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury), cycling incidents, victims of crime, falls, tumours, aneurysms, and other non-degenerative conditions are all leading causes of brain acquired Brain Injury in Canada. www.biac-aclc.ca

Friendly Reminders

  • Due to allergies of residents and staff, residents, staff and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing strong perfumes or cologne in the building. Thank you.
  • Please remember if you are visiting someone at Columbia, you must sign in at the front reception area or at the Entrance of Phase 2. Fire regulations require that visitors sign in.
  • A reminder to residents who may be going away for vacation or visiting, to please let the care staff know prior to your leaving.

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