August 10, 2020

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Everybody’s Talking

Uphill Ride: A grandmother of six from Bolivia isn’t afraid of a challenge. Mirtha Munoz is the oldest person to ever participate in her country’s Skyrace. This race is entirely uphill and takes place on the “Death Road,” so named for its dangerous 60-kilometre (37-mile) route from lowland to mountain peak. Munoz has been biking for many years, so did not think the race was a big deal. However, it’s very different from the leisurely rides she and her grandchildren enjoy together.

Cash Giveaway: Some people living in a low-income district of Istanbul, Turkey, recently had something to cheer about. A mysterious man came into the neighbourhood and paid off their debts. The man went into a grocery store wanting to know who owed money to the store. After asking to meet some of these folks, he came back to the store and paid their debts. The unknown man also placed cash in envelopes and put them on the steps of the homes of families in need. When the grocery store owner asked who he was, the man would not say, but suggested they could consider him Robin Hood.

Luxurious Water House: Anyone wanting to live in a luxurious home, which is also a boat, can fork over $5.5 million (USD) to buy a floating home called the Arkup. It is set up like a real home, complete with livingroom, lounge, four bedrooms, a kitchen, and lots of windows through which to enjoy ocean views. Available in Miami, Florida (U.S.), it is a perfect vessel for touring coastal waters, although it’s not built to travel in rough seas. It has a rainwater purification system and solar energy, as well as hydraulic stilts, should the owner choose to raise it out of the water.

Clean Water: In a city in Japan, colourful koi fish swim in the drain channels that border the streets. The city of Shimabara is located on Kyushu Island. The water is exceptionally clean in these drain channels because of an earthquake that happened over two centuries ago. The quake caused freshwater springs to gush. In more recent years, city officials decided to stock the channels with the fish, which today are a tourist attraction. Shimabara is known as the City of Swimming Carp. There are only a few other towns in Japan with fish swimming in their drain gutters.

Quoteable Quotes

“Nothing endures but change.”

~ Heraclitus

“there is a luxury in being quiet in the heart of chaos.”

~ Virginia Woolf

What’s Happening

THURSDAYS - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

Aug. 12 - Options for Care

Options for Care will focus on giving participants the opportunity to explore the care options that support persons living with dementia in the moderate to late stages of their journey.

Join us as we explore:

– Choosing the right level of care: aging at home, retirement or long term care

– Learn the process around long term care application

– Explore options for discussing the long term care move

– Explore moving day strategies

– Learn about the resources to navigate the transition to alternate levels of care

Aug. 19: Long Term Care Transitional Self-Help

A Long Term Care Transitional Public Forum

For care partners of a family member that has had a recent admission to Long Term Care.

 

Topics to be discussed:

– When and how to visit your loved one in Care

– Meaningful visits and communication

– Working with Long Term Care staff

– Loss and grief

 

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

August 17-31 Niagara Pumphouse Online Fundraising Auction

Be ready to place a bid in the online fundraising art auction on August 17-31st. Included in the auction are paintings, photographs, sculptures Muskoka seating by Ontario artists. Visit niagarapumphouse.ca for more details.

Trivia

1. An entertainer who performs in silence is known as what?

A Mime

2. If you are disingenuous, are you quiet or insincere?

Insincere

3. What is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides, off the coast of Scotland?

Isle of Skye

4. In children’s nursery rhymes, who “could eat no fat”?

Jack Sprat

5. Does honey ever go bad - Y/N?

No

 

Games

Did You Know?

Big Cities: India is the largest of the South Asian countries. It is also the most populous, with numerous big cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru

Play Ball: The United States has a number of large football stadiums. These include the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California; MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; and FedExField Stadium in Landover, Maryland.

Big Box: People from the Philippines who live abroad send balikbayan boxes home to their families. These boxes, which are inexpensively shipped by ocean cargo, are filled with such things as toys, clothing, books, and food.

The Far North: The Earth’s most northern region is the Arctic, the border of which is the Arctic Circle (66°30’ N). It includes Greenland, Baffin Island, and the far northern parts of Canada, Europe, and Alaska (U.S.)

Smelly Fruit: Like blue cheese, durian fruit is smelly. This large, oval fruit has a shell that is covered with spikes, but the fruit inside is rich in vitamins and minerals. However, many people can’t get past its disagreeable odour.

On the Lighter Side

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday did not happen today.

Patient: “I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes.”
Nurse: “Have you seen a doctor?”
Patient: “No, just spots.”

What type of book has only characters and no story? A telephone book.

He doesn’t get lost; he discovers alterative destinations.

What starts with E, ends with E, and has only 1 letter in it? Envelope

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