Opening and Closing Dates for Sri Om Centers 2015/2016


Please find the Opening and Closing Dates for All of the Centers:

Pennant Hills Center:

Last Date: 14th Dec 2015

Opening Date: 18th Jan 2016

Toongabbie Center:

Last Date: 16th Dec 2015

Opening Date: 20th Jan 2016

Seven Hills Wednesday Group:

Last Date: 23rd Dec 2015

Opening Date: 6th Jan 2016

Chester Hill Center:

Last Date: 17th Dec 2015

Opening Date: 21st Jan 2016

Seven Hills Friday Group:

Last Date: 18th Dec 2015

Opening Date: 8th Jan 2016

Chester Hill Seniors outing to Sai Mandhir and Gurudwara


Spiritual day with seniors    Aarthi VasudevanIMG_20150702_111702

It was a early day for all the seniors.The first pick up was at 7.30am and all the seniors were at Chester community centre at 9.45am. The bus was ready to leave and we left chester hill at 10 am. Our first stop was at Sai mandhir, Strathfield. We had morning tea at Sai mandhir. The pandit did a great service to all our seniors by preparing hot indian tea and snacks.Seniors had a good dharshan of Shirdi sai baba and also sang bhajans on praise of the lord. The pandit gave a small speech about Shirdi sai baba and also thanked the seniors for giving him such an opportunity to do service to them. Seniors had a lovely time at the temple. We sung bhajans in the bus and it made our mind so peaceful.

From there we left to parklea Gurudwara and we reached parklea around 12.30. All of us had a good dharshan at Gurudwara as it was mid day and not much people around. Langhar was prepared for us at the temple and we had lunch there. Few of our seniors also wanted to do service at the temple like serving food, cleaning dishes, We had seniors of different religious backgrounds but it was good to see enjoy the visit. One of our senior said ” It doesnt matter what religion you are as long as you do good and your thoughts are good”.



Fact Sheet – Vegetarianism


 By Priyanka Rohit

 Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat, red meat, poultry, seafood and the flesh of any  animal. The goal of nutritional vegetarian diet should be to help the elderly to achieve a healthy, purposeful and independent living. The purpose of living brings about physiological, psychological and immunological changes which influences our nutritional vegetarian diet.

There are three types of vegetarian diet.

  • Lacto – vegetarian which excludes eggs but includes milk and milk products.
  • Ova – vegetarian which includes both eggs and milk products.
  • Vegan does not include any products from animal kingdom. This is along with the normal vegetarian diet of vegetables, fruits, beans, grains nuts, sprouts mushrooms, tofu, soya, etc. For a healthy diet we need to consume food which has a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fibre, vegetables and fruits. A vegetarian diet requires higher emphasis on vegetables and fruits.

1Carbohydrates are starches and sugars which are found in foodstuffs and they are the main source of energy. Health authorities recommend that we eat more starchy food, such as potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and maize and cut down our intake of sugars particularly refined sugars found in cakes, biscuits, chocolate etc. Natural sugars do occur in foods like milk and fruits. Refined sugar has no nutrient value and it just has empty Calories.


  Protein2s are required for the growth and repair of our body cells. Protein can be plant or animal in origin but some of the plant protein sources may lack some of the essential amino acids. Proteins are found in eggs, dairy products, whole – grain cereals, pasta, beans, maize, peas, nuts, etc. Combination of plant foods are valuable sources of protein for vegetarian diet. Food containing mixture of pulses (beans, lentils, peas, etc) and cereals (wheat, rice, soyabeans, rye, barley) provide with protein source as good as animal protein. Soyabeans, soyamilk, tofu often replace eggs, milk, and milk products in vegetarian diets as they contain proteins of high nutritional quality.3

 Nuts and seeds when pureed are also useful sources of protein so adequate levels of essential amino acids can be obtained from plant protein. Thus it is easy for the Vegetarian to have entirely satisfactory protein intake but difficult for vegans, though they latter tend to eat a bulkier meal

Fats are also used as the energy source. Saturated fats are found in dairy foods like milk, eggs, biscuits, crisps, chocolates and some vegetable oils. e.g. coconut and palmoil.4

There are two ty5pes of unsaturated fats. Polysaturated fats are found in soft margarine made with unsaturated oils. Monosaturated fats are found in olive oil, peanut oil, avocado and olives. The fat intake of vegetarians is higher in polysaturated fatty acids and monosaturated fat so it should thereby convey a health advantage. A diet with not more than 30% fat is recommended.

Fibre A6lthough a diet high in fibre is generally beneficial an intake as high as 50g per day may first give sense of bloating will certainly produce considerable amount of colonic gas which may cause discomfort. In addition the fibre may reduce the intestinal absorption of iron, calcium and zinc and perhaps other minerals. We should aim to eat 25 g of fibre everyday. Fibre is part of vegetables, fruits and unrefined cereal grains. Fibre are found in a massive range of fruit and vegetables which includes cabbage, broccoli, carrots, strawberries, turnips, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, pineapples, tomatoes, green pepper, etc.


Vitamins such as cynocobalamin (B12) are not present in plants, so a vegan may become deficient in this nutrient. Vitamin B12 is present in milk so lacto or ova vegetarians are not at risk from lack of B12, D and B2 riboflavin. Vitamin – fortified soyamilk contains vitamin D B12 & B2 but this is not consumed by the vegans they may require supplements.

Calcium8 may also be lacking in vegans although it is present in Tofu, flours, corn meal, sesame seeds, almonds, etc. Milk and Milk products are a very important source of calcium.9

Iron Rich Foods For Vegetarians best source of Iron is from the green leafy vegetables like Spinach, Fenugreek, Dill, Amaranth and vegetables like capsicum, broccoli, beetroot etc. Iron from vegetables is harder to absorb into the body, but this can be helped by eating Vitamin C- rich fruits, i.e. Citrus fruits like lime, oranges, grapes, tomatoes, etc which aid the absorption of Iron. Black current (raisins), dates. jaggery is also good source of Iron.

Vegetarians need to have a balanced diet. Distribution of nutrients, quantity of meal, appetite level is very important while consuming the diet. Properly planned vegetarian diets are healthful and have found to satisfy the nutritional needs.10Link to the pdf document of this article is also available here Vegetarianism Fact Sheet

Chesterhill Open day – by Sunila Dass


Chester Hill Day Respite – 9th October 2014

Gr8 things happen on Open Day.

A day when members of public may visit an organisation or a place which they do not usually have access. This is how it sparked Annette to have an Open Day. Bringing in the people from Indian community, who were being wait listed, who qualify.

On a Bright Thursday morning; my team, Shweta, Medhi and a volunteer Sangeeta, turned in an hour early with lot of enthusiasm; to take over the arrangement & decoration of the entire hall. Our original respite group started to come in by 9.30 as told, so they could give warm welcome to the guests. As usual all our loved ones were at their best behaviours, exactly knowing what and how to be presentable. (I guess they had proper rehearsal by Shweta)

The bus arrived little bit later than expected. All the guests were refreshed with tea, coffee and juices. To me they looked weary but had sparkles in their eyes and smile on their faces. At first I was conspicuous whether it was the attractive and familiar looking faces or the appealing photos on the walls. It was like celebration and expression of one language- seniors’ get-together.

  • Shweta started with an introduction and great presentation about Sriom Care.
  • Annette spoke briefly about the advantage and incentives of being Australian Residence and funding seniors who are financially disadvantaged.
  • I had my share of contribution.

“The aged Indian Community is given an experience of having a day out and feel positive about themselves”. Day respite

  • Annie started with the regular exercise, somehow managed to fit in 42 seniors , throwing their arms around doing her famous 1990’s ‘Coco-Jambo’

‘Put me up, Put me Down, Put my feet back on the Ground

Put me up, Take my heart & make me happy

Ayyayaya Coco-Jambo yayaya Coco Jambo…

Lot of discussions regards active aging along with question and answers from the seniors.

Harmonious music was always backing the group of seniors. It was a tremendous work from our vocalists giving beautiful numbers that brought happiness and bit of emotions.

The appetizing lunch with aroma, was delivered by Radhika from ‘Meals On Wheels’ at 1pm along with. Healthy and Delicious Deserts. (Seasonal Fruits)

There was a positive vibration in the hall because our seniors came to take something back with them.

We are definitely expending our group to a bigger number and thinking of opening a new one in Liverpool. Once again, thank you team and management for giving us opportunity to be together and work hand in hand to make this Open Day successful. The same evening, I received a mail from Annette

Dear Shweta & Sunila (Mehdi & Sangeeta too!)


I just want to thank you all for a great Open Day event today.  You really did put a lot of work into it and it turned out to be a big success.  Congratulations!

I enjoy working with you and appreciate your care & enthusiasm toward the clients.

Again, congratulations on a successful Open Day event…

Sincerely, Annette


Sunila Dass

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