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February 22nd, 2023

Ukrainian Dancers Delight Residents of Peace River

Points West Living Peace River

On February 10, Points West Living Peace River welcomed the Peace River Muzyka Dancers to perform for residents.  The Muzyka dancers have entertained audiences with their colour and rhythms since the club’s conception in 1976.

The essence of Ukrainian culture is experienced through food, music, and dance.

The Peace River residents clearly enjoyed watching the dance performance, which was made up of both children and adults.

 “It is amazing what they can do,” said Sheila Antoniette.

Alex Siry was happy to come out and watch especially as one of the performers was his own grandson. “They are all extremely talented, I hope they come back again.”

As the performance was coming to an end resident John MacMillian stopped a couple of the performers and said, “You guys were really good. I hope you come back sooner than later.”

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February 22nd, 2023

Imagine, Paint, Create!

Points West Living Stettler

It was a beautiful night of painting at Points West Living Stettler recently.

Independent resident Marie Brenchley painted for fun throughout her entire life. When asked what programs she would like to see throughout the community, she asked recreation coordinator Deidre Northrop if there was a chance to host a paint night. The planning took off from there.

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February 22nd, 2023

Penticton’s park gem gets a gift of love

Points West Living Penticton

Pictured: (Left) GM of Athens Creek Donna McBeth and (Right) Donna Schellenberg 

Last May Points West Living Athens Creek (Penticton) resident Donna Schellenberg wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper, the Western News, expressing how much she and other residents love the neighbouring Lion's Park and the Athens Creek which runs through it. 

In the letter, which was published in the paper, Donna explained that since she moved to Athens Creek Lodge, she has always wanted to thank the Lions Club and the City for their care of the little Lions Community Park. Part of Donna’s letter reads:

“I am fortunate to have many window views of all the green shades and now prolific dandelion yellows, which will soon be puffballs. The children’s park is always delightful when small children come to climb, slide and swing. Many of the residents use the pathway for daily outings and use the benches to visit with friends.

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February 21st, 2023

This Month's Winning Shot

Points West Living All

This photo of resident Ruth Dunlop of PWL Athens Creek Penticton is this month’s winning shot of PWL News. The photo tells the story by showing a wide array of craft items close up and Ruth further away all in a single shot. It’s a good example of depth of field. Congrats Athens Creek!

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February 21st, 2023

Painting the town red for Valentine’s Day

Points West Living Prince Albert

Residents and care partners at Points West Living Prince Albert came dressed in red and pink in the spirit of Valentine’s Day for a superb buffet lunch celebration.

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February 21st, 2023

Decorating Cards and Cookies at Cold Lake

Points West Living Cold Lake

Residents of Points West Living Cold Lake celebrated Valentine’s Day by decorating their own cookie and muffin desserts and with the help of Hospitality Aide Mabel Agudelo made Valentine's day cards followed by snacks and music.

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February 9th, 2023

The long journey of the ‘Alzheimer’s Wife’

Points West Living Penticton

Coles Books in Penticton hosted a book signing for author Barbara Jensen

When Athen's Creek resident Barbara Jensen’s husband of nearly fifty years was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, her whole life changed. In the years that followed, her role changed from mutual partner to primary caregiver.



In her book, Alzheimer’s Wife: The Journey from Endurance to Resilience, readers follow Barbara’s journey of loss and suffering as she watched a man who had been a large part of her, life slowly fade into a shell of what he once was. 
 
So many others who have had a loved one transformed by Alzheimer’s, will recognize how it feels to when a vibrant and loving relationship is stretched to the breaking point from the deteriorating effects of the disease, whether Alzheimer’s or dementia of another kind. 

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February 8th, 2023

Athens Creek Annual Crafts Fair

Points West Living Penticton

Blankets, sweaters, headbands, hats and baby booties and an assortment of hand-made towels and dishcloths.  Everything you need and all crafted beautifully with the expert skill of Athens Creek Penticton residents.

Ruth Dunlop made signs to advertise the annual craft fair that closed out the month of January. She, along with Marlene Phillips, made the goods for the craft fair. It is an event that gives the residents the opportunity to sell the products they have made themselves.

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February 8th, 2023

Boost Your Brain for Better Living

Points West Living All

Even though environment and family inheritance can be factors for loss of mental sharpness and some forms of dementia, there are ways to improve your overall brain health. 

1. Be physically active

Brain health is about exercising both your mind and your body. Physical activity pumps blood to the brain, which nourishes the cells with nutrients and oxygen. As well, regular exercise helps to reduce stress and improve your mood. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience depression, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and diabetes – all risks associated with loss of brain health.

  • Add a bit of physical activity to your daily routine. Many experts recommend walking as one of the safest and most effective forms of aerobic exercise. If you are able to, ride a bike, take a swim, or do some slow careful exercise sitting in a chair or led by a recreation leader. 
  • Choose activities that you enjoy, so that you will keep doing them regularly
  • If you have reduced mobility, try activities that can help you maintain your balance and prevent falls, such as gentle yoga or tai chi.
  • Plan to do physical activity with someone else or as part of a group. This way you are more likely to keep active while you also gain the benefits of social interaction.

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February 7th, 2023

The Christian Martyr who Inspired Valentine’s Day

Points West Living All

Valentine’s Day, as we celebrate it today, is said to come from a man named Valentine, a priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the Roman emperor Claudius II in ancient Rome.  

As the story goes, Claudius II banned marriage because he thought unmarried men made better soldiers. 

But Valentine thought this was unfair and decided to defy the emperor and perform Christian marriages in secret. But he was eventually caught and later killed on February 14 of the year 270 A.D. 

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