Seniors Outreach - October 10, 2018

I have a picture in my home office that continues to encourage me to look back into the past. It is a picture of an old fashioned threshing crew with two of the crew forking stooks into the threshing machine and one of the crew checking the belts and machine near where the grain & chaff comes out. This picture reminds me of both my father and my mother. My father, who for many years worked on such roving crews and worked hard in those days and my mother, because she cooked (using home grown foods) for such crews and kept house for a farming family for a number of years as well.

This picture, in some ways, is an icon of their lives and of the time period that many their age grew up with. They worked hard, they provided a livelihood for their families, and they developed unique ways to work within their situations. In other words, they invented ways to make the jobs more manageable but were still very physically involved and tactile in nature – being more in touch with their environment, their wellbeing, and their health.

In our day and age, such industrious actions are still possible, but are very different in their scope. We have begun to develop a technology-based society with machination and artificial intelligence as the basis of our work world. Computers, robots, cell phones, I-Pads, etc. have become the norm. The physical interactions that we have today come about when we exercise, play some physical games or work at labourer types of jobs, and enable our diet to take in more than processed/’fast foods’.

Perhaps it is not so strange since our parents tried to make life a bit easier for us and in our follow through we have tried to make life a bit easier for our children as well. What is challenging in this scenario is that our health and wellbeing have been on a road to some decline due to a degree of inactivity and at times a lack of inventiveness. What is intriguing is that for most difficulties, health wise, there has become a common mantra or focus:

EAT BETTER – eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc.

EXERCISE MORE – keep active. Walk, run, bend, do core exercises to keep your body moving.

KEEP UP WITH BRAIN HEALTH – try new mental activities in order to challenge you.

It is interesting that perhaps we have come somewhat full circle. Maybe our parents and grandparents were not too far off the track in keeping their health and aging through physical work and natural foods.

As our parents and their siblings pass away, it is astonishing to me, at least, that many of them are in their 90’s (at least in my own family). This is perhaps a meeting of both their lifestyle and our modern health supports. Both seem to be necessary. Balance is always important.

At Seniors Outreach we are extremely blessed by the number of volunteers who continue to commit and work at providing support for others. Thank you to each of them.

As a result of such volunteers and partnerships, Seniors Outreach is able to provide the following activities for seniors in Kneehill County:

1. Grief & Loss Support Group – with Janet Cullum, RSW, will continue to be held Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the old Provincial Building in Three Hills (128 – 3rd Ave SE) for 5 weeks more weeks: October 10, 17, 24, 31 & November 7.

2. Monthly Information Sessions: “CPR and AED (Defibrillator)” by Carol Terpstra (EMT) will be presented Thursday, October 18, 2018

- 10:00 a.m. at the CommUnity Drop-In Centre, Three Hills

- 2:00 p.m. at the Silver Willows Centre, Torrington

- 6:00 p.m. Potluck and 6:45 p.m. Presentation at the 50+ Club, Care & Share Centre, Linden.

Reminder: Community Bus Runs in Three Hills are on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon and a monthly bus run to Red Deer for seniors within the county is operated on the third Wednesday of each month (as numbers of riders warrant).

Call Seniors Outreach for information at 403-443-2555 (from Carbon – 1-888-443-2555)