Seniors Outreach - March 27, 2019

The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes.

The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does.

3. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.

4. I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are: eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding?

That is my idea of a perfect day! [Source: “Oldies but Goodies” Humor for Senior Citizens - http://www.everyday-wisdom.com/senior-humor.html]

Wisdom is an interesting word. What does it really mean? Webster describes it as “the quality of showing good judgment and discretion based on knowledge or shrewd understanding” [Webster’s New World Dictionary] This quality of our lives, especially as seniors, enables us to make better decisions and choices in our lives. Having the experiences that we have had in our lives, may provide some clearer insights to support our choices. However, we do understand that our choices may not always be based upon wise or shrewd understanding. It would be great if this were always the case.

However, as one who has been part of the education systems in our province, I do know that many times our choices are based on how we ‘feel’ at that moment and as an antidote may require that age old and lately much maligned educational tool – ‘repetition’. As seniors, many of us went through school with the mantra – repeat, repeat, repeat and then it will hopefully ‘stick in our minds’. Repetition of choices and their outcomes, I submit, still should have a place in the ‘sequence’ of our learning. We do realize that making choices or seeing others making certain choices brings about a corresponding outcome. Observing this a number of times will hopefully promote understanding of the best choices to make in our own lives.

I have never forgotten a statement made by an exchange student from Holland to our county as he was promoting a certain student for student body president in our school. His mantra was illustrated by saying, “School is like a sewer, you get out of it what you put into it.” Put a good person in charge and some good will come about. What a concept! This understanding, if we catch it early on in our lives, does provide some good insight/wisdom as to how we make choices throughout our lives.

Further to this is the idea that ‘education/learning is a lifelong endeavor’. If we ever STOP gaining insight, knowledge, and skill sets, we may tend to promote three ideals:

1. I know it all. The adolescent understanding of life – everyone else, other than me, doesn’t know what is really going on. I know what we need to do and if you don’t agree with me, well – we still need to do it my way or I’ll pack up and leave the sandbox.

2. I don’t need to be reminded of anything nor learn anything new. It is a waste of my time to learn more so I don’t need to go to any educational sessions. Repetition is not helpful.

3. Nothing in my world changes. My choices, regardless if I have any insights from others, will always be the only way for me –so I don’t need to be confused with other’s insights.

The why for this article tends to be a rationale for Monthly Information Meetings, Educational activities, and a deeper sense of curiosity about our world and our lives together as a society. At Seniors Outreach, we attempt to provide monthly information sessions in a number of our communities dealing with a variety of topics in order to provide repeated insights into areas of concern for Seniors in Kneehill County and deepen our understanding of changes and activities that are forthcoming in the near future. Our hope is that these will be helpful in dealing with the areas as they are met in our lifetime. As seniors we do meet a lot of situations, hence the number of topics that are presented and often re-presented over the years.

Topics that have been presented - Scams and Fraud; What is a Greensleeve?; Personal Directives; Power of Attorney; Wills; Sleep Well/Stress Less; Dementia and the Caregiver; Taxes and Seniors; Alberta Supports updates – Seniors Financial Assistance, Seniors Special Needs Assistance, Dental and Optical Supports, CPR & AED’s; Arthritis and its treatment; Diabetes and new research; Heart Attacks and Strokes; etc.

If you have any topics that would be helpful, please contact Seniors Outreach and let us know and/or attend our sessions as generally advertised. Our sessions are held on the Third Thursday of the following months – January, February, March, April, May, September, October and November and these one (1) hour sessions will usually be held at

10:00 a.m. – Comm-Unity Drop-In Centre, Three Hills

2:00 p.m. – Silver Willows Seniors Centre, Torrington

6:00 p.m. – 50+ Club at the Care & Share Centre, Linden in conjunction with their monthly potluck supper.

When advertised, some sessions may be held at the Seniors Centres in Acme, Carbon and Trochu or at the Manor in Trochu. We are extremely thankful for the kind partnership and provision of space to provide these information sessions in the Seniors Centres.

Seniors Outreach provides opportunities to learn, to interact, to socialize and to volunteer in order to keep one’s mental and physical abilities engaged. Be Encouraged and Join Us!

Seniors Outreach Activities: Call Seniors Outreach Main Office (403-443-2555 or toll free from Carbon at 1-888-443-2555) to sign up/purchase tickets or for more information for the following:

Monthly Information

Meetings in April

“Maximum Hearing” by Maxine Williams-Herbert – Thursday, April 18, 2019

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

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

“What is a Greensleeve?” by PCN Connie Reichel – Thursday, April 18, 2019

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

Photography Contest: Call in or stop in at the Seniors Outreach office to pick up sign up forms for your photography submissions. We are looking for 2-3 pictures from each senior (65+) photographer by May 16, 2019. Judging will occur in early June.

SPECIAL EASTER POTLUCK – Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. Call Seniors Outreach for further information.

RED DEER BUS TRIP – (Appointments/Shopping/etc.) – Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Call Seniors Outreach to book your space on the bus. Please call early.

REMINDER: For Basic Income Tax preparation and submission for Seniors 2018 Income tax – contact Kneehill Regional Family and Community Support Services at 403-443-3800.

Special Thank You: To Cargill Ltd. for their delivery of flyers for Seniors Outreach in Linden and area. Your volunteerism is much appreciated.