Edition 07 Volume 14
Reach Your Goals
Seniors Tip: No Need to Change Batteries in Newest Smoke Alarms
Joke or Quote of the Month:Success and Failure
Heart Healthy Recipe:Summery Vegetable and Spaghetti Salad
Did You Know? Don’t Let Phantom Energy Power up Your Hydro Bill

Reach Your Goals

news 1As one sage put it, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”. And yet many of us do not have specific goals to focus on and motivate us to “get up and go.” In fact, a lack of goals may be robbing us of an active, interesting life as a senior.

Goals make a difference no matter what your age. You may have heard of the kindergarten teacher who walked around her classroom observing each child’s artwork. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing the girl replied, “They will in a minute.” That little girl knew exactly what she wanted to accomplish, a drawing of God, one minute from now. That was her goal statement; a clear, concise statement of an end result.

Most people don’t spend much time thinking about their goals. They accept what comes their way and move with the flow wherever it takes them. Seldom do they stop to think that they can in fact control their time and their life if they want to. That’s because most people are not sure what they want. If you happen to be at a fork in your road, anxious to change but unsure of what to do, start taking control of your life by setting goals and establishing priorities. Goal setting will cause you to focus on what you really want, and move you in the direction of a more fulfilling lifestyle. For the 50-plus group there are at least six goal categories worthy of pursuing: family, health & wellness, financial, educational, social & pleasure, and spiritual. 

Your goal must be a clear, concise statement of an end result or desired outcome. Follow these five guidelines to get that result.

Put it in writing: When you write a goal you create a contract with yourself and set in motion a process that helps you carry through. Furthermore by putting your goals in writing you clarify your thoughts and arrive at a precise statement of what you want to accomplish. 

Get personal: Your goals must belong to you and state what you want to achieve for your own reasons. 

Make it measurable: A written goal statement must be specific and include such things as dates, times and amounts so that your achievement or lack of it can be measured. If for instance, you write a goal statement about becoming more physically active, you must include a start date.

Be realistic: When writing a physical activity goal, take into account your present age and your health. If you are not sure, consult with your health-care professional. Don’t set your goals so high there’s no hope of achieving them, for then you’re sure to fail and that’s no fun. 

Focus on results: When preparing your goal statement, focus on the goal, not the action steps of how to get there. By its very nature, a goal is a statement of something you intend to accomplish in the future and that’s your focus.

Here’s a Health and Wellness goal statement. Note that it’s personal, measurable, realistic, and identifies an end result.

By June 15th, I will be walking briskly for at least 30 minutes, 4 days a week.

Action Steps: Your goals will not become a reality just because you write them down, or because you would like to see them accomplished. You must take action to make them happen. To identify the steps necessary to reach your goal, ask yourself these questions. What information, knowledge or skills do I need to achieve this goal? What assistance or resources do I need? What roadblocks will I have to overcome?

Possible Steps required to accomplish the above goal 

  • Develop a plan that will allow you to start off slowly, increase your distance, and your pace over a period of time.
  • Decide upon one or more walking routes.
  • Find a walking partner to help you stick with it.
  • Find out what the community centres have to offer in your area.
  • Learn more about the health benefits of regular activity.
  • Determine what activity alternatives are available during the winter months.

Write your own ‘Health and Wellness’ goal statement and action steps

Your Goal and Action Steps required to reach your goal. Goals are not cast in stone, they reflect your best judgment today and they are subject to revision as your life changes. Good luck.

Article by Jim McDonald, Reprinted with permission from Senior Living Magazine, www.seniorlivingmag.com


Heart Healthy Recipe: Summery Vegetable and Spaghetti Salad

news 2Spaghetti gives this pasta salad fun kid appeal, and adults will love the colour and flavour of grilled vegetables.  It’s good served warm or cold. Makes 6 servings.


4 oz (125 g) spaghetti, broken in smaller pieces

2 carrots, sliced lengthwise

1 eggplant (about 1 lb/500 g), sliced lengthwise

1 each orange and yellow pepper, quartered

1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise

1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil

2 cobs of corn, husked

3 tbsp (45 mL) apple cider or balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable broth

1 tbsp (15 mL) prepared basil pesto

Pinch freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped fresh basil 

Directions– In pot of boiling water, cook spaghetti for about 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain well and place in large bowl. In another large bowl, toss carrots, eggplant and zucchini with oil to coat. Place on greased grill with cobs of corn over medium high heat for about 10 minutes, turning once or until vegetables are tender and golden. Place vegetables on cutting board and cut into bite size pieces; add to spaghetti. Cut kernels off cob of corn and add to salad. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, broth, pesto and pepper. Pour over vegetable mixture, add basil and toss to coat evenly. 

Nutritional Information Per ServingCalories: 180, Protein: 5 g, Total Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Fibre: 5 g, Sugars: 5 g, Sodium: 55 mg, Potassium: 363 mg 

Recipe developed by Emily Richards, PH Ec. Reprinted with Permission from ©Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Seniors Tip: No Need to Change Batteries in Newest Smoke Alarms

Keeping your family safe just got a whole lot easier. A new line of ‘worry-free’ smoke alarms addresses the most common complaints about current devices, namely: “They go off when I cook; They chirp in the middle of the night when the battery needs changing; I don’t know which alarm to install where; and, I’m not sure when to replace them.”

Based on consumer research, leading home fire safety company Kidde developed new models that substantially reduce nuisance alarms by using “intelligent” photoelectric technology. This new technology is deemed to be better at determining if smoke is from a real fire or another source. As well, new product packaging clearly suggests where to install each model. And, alarms will now chirp near the end of their 10-year lifespan, reminding you it’s time to replace them. 

But the loudest kudos from consumers and firefighters relate to the 10-year sealed lithium batteries built into the “worry-free” alarms. They cannot be removed and most importantly, they never need to be changed for the entire lifespan of the alarm.

“Consumers spoke and we listened,” says Carol Heller, a home fire safety expert for Kidde. “Homeowners love the convenience of never having to replace batteries and they appreciate the money that they save. The new line includes carbon monoxide alarms too.” 

More information and family safety tips are found at www.safeathome.ca 

Article by www.newscanada.com


Did you know? Don’t Let Phantom Energy Power up Your Hydro Bill

Did you know that up to 40 per cent of the electricity used by home electronics is consumed while they’re turned ‘off’? Sometimes called ‘phantom load’, ‘idle current’, ‘vampire power’ and ‘wall wart’, this phantom usage sucks extra energy from the grid into your home when you don’t need it.  Phantom energy can account for about 10 per cent of an individual home’s electricity use.

The most common culprits include: 

  • Chargers for cell phones, cameras, and laptops;
  • Televisions, DVD players, computer monitors;
  • Clocks with permanently illuminated digital displays;
  • New larger appliances, such as washing machines and air conditioners. 

By conserving energy at home or investing in new appliances, you can cut down on hydro bills and even qualify for tax-free government rebates. Here are some tips from Sears Home Services: 

  • Unplug devices that aren’t being used. Plug TVs, DVD players and computers into power bars and shut down the bars when you aren’t using them.
  • Rather than setting your gadgets to “standby”, ensure they’re completely shut down. Standby or phantom power load can range from a few watts to as much as 20 or even 40 for each device.
  • Consider replacing battery-powered devices, such as cordless phones or rechargeable razors, with corded alternatives. It cuts down the standby power required to charge the battery and reduces energy lost while charging or from discharging inefficiencies. 

Article by www.newscanada.com

Joke or Quote of the Month: Success and Failure

“Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.”

Napoleon Hill