Feeling alone is no way to spend the coming months and few people choose to be socially isolated. For seniors, particularly those with mobility issues, the grey skies and wet streets of winter make many feel as though there is no alternative. Believe me, there are lots of fun things going on in our community even during the colder, wetter months. So dig out those umbrellas and let’s go.
Do you love bingo? Pack yourself a lunch and visit the Killarney Community Centre on Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. or South Vancouver Neighbourhood House on Fridays from noon to 2:30 for good fun and a chance to meet some great people.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to knit, a group meets at the Champlain Heights Community Centre every Thursday, both in the afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. and in the evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring some yarn and needles, and join your neighbours for some chuckles while learning a new skill. Everyone is welcome. Just register at the front desk. There is no charge although you should get a membership to the Community Centre for $3 a year.
Did you know there is a movie matinee program specifically for seniors at the Champlain Heights Community Centre? On Wednesday, Dec. 5 About a Boy will be shown. It’s the story of a cynical, immature and selfish young man who is taught how to behave by a little boy. The Centre is located at 3350 Maquinna Dr. and the No. 26 bus stops right in front. It is elevator and wheelchair accessible. I hope you’ll come by about 12:45 p.m. and enjoy some light refreshments. Show time is at 1:15 p.m.
Although it may not be fun exactly, don’t forget to mark your calendar so that you won’t miss the annual flu clinic at Killarney Community Centre. on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for seniors.
These are just a few of the events that are happening around you. Have you heard about the Seniors Hub project? Our community centres and the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House have pulled out all the stops to create a “hub” that will provide access and information to interesting outings, events and programs for seniors. And, best of all, there’s even a bus, provided by Killarney Community Centre Association to help get you around to the special programs on the menu. Go to theseniorshub.org where you can learn about weekly programs and special events.
If you don’t have a computer, drop in to any of our local Community Centres or the Neighbourhood House and look for a printed copy of the Seniors Hub newsletter or your Community Centre brochure.
Scientific studies show that social isolation amongst older adults contributes to many serious health risks, including depression, heart disease, mobility issues and a loss of mental acumen. If you know of or have a parent, grandparent, neighbour or friend who might be feeling a little lonely, particularly at this time of the year, encourage them to be a part of the many events happening in their community today!
Next time we’ll cover some of the more energetic and dynamic dance and exercise programs that are ongoing as well as Pickle Ball, all designed for active fun and geared to many fitness levels. Until then, get connected, stay active and enjoy every day. Sharing a laugh and a cup of tea makes even grey skies seem brighter!
Lorna Gibbs is a long time seniors activist from the Champlain
Heights/Killarney neighbourhoods. Gibbs will be awarded a Queen’s Jubilee
medal for her efforts Nov. 14.