By Zee Chevalier
The first month of the year,
A perfect time to start all over again,
Changing energies and deserting old moods,
New beginnings, new attitudes.”
Charmaine J. Forde
I am not going to suggest making New Year’s resolutions, per se, but I am going to suggest that we all should make an effort to maintain a healthy diet. Eating well is important for everyone of any age; however, in order to maintain optimal muscle and tone strength, it is crucial that you consume a healthy diet. Poor diets can lead to physical weakness and fatigue, which increase an individual’s risk of falls.
One in three British Columbians over the age of sixty-five will fall once every year. Falls are the main reason why older adults lose their independence. There are many resources available to help to keep seniors injury-free.
Although the risk factor increases with age, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Anyone can fall, but as we grow older our bodies change in ways that can increase our risk of falling. The good news is that most falls are preventable. In the next column I will tell about ways to prevent falls at home.
On Dec. 5 the Clinton Seniors’ Association hosted their annual Christmas dinner and party in the Legion basement. In lieu of a gift exchange, the members made a contribution to the Clinton Food Bank. Thank you everyone!
The Foot Clinic will be Jan. 3 at the Clinton Seniors’ Centre at 217 Smith Avenue. To discuss your foot care needs, or to book an appointment, call Colleen Thom, RN, FCN, FCNEd at (250) 819-1632.
The Journal wishes Zee Chevalier a happy birthday on Jan. 29!
“In childhood, be modest, in youth temperate, in manhood, just, in old age prudent.”