Later Life Ramblings: Winter days can be fulfilling

Reaping our rewards: Enjoying the time of year when things are slower

These early months of the year can be challenging for anyone. The days still seem short and many days dark, throwing some of us into the doldrums. The loneliness can creep in – particularly for seniors alone and shut–in’s. It is very difficult for the older generation to ask for help or even to call and chat.  Some areas have phone groups who call people daily to check on their wellbeing.

Security for the vulnerable. There is an Island Health Adult Day Program at Ayre Manor Lodge each Friday for seniors who are still somewhat mobile but isolated. Games with light exercise are offered and lunch is served. The program is designed for social interaction and an outing for shut-ins. This also gives the caregivers/partner an opportunity to attend to other things.

The Seniors Activity Bus carries members downtown on Tuesday and Thursday. They go to the Sooke Community Hall Drop-In Centre for lunch and to play bingo, or run errands and shop.  The Friday trip is for lunch and shopping in surrounding areas. Monday the bus is available to Ayre Manor residents. One Sunday each month the members go somewhere special for an early dinner. The bus is a treasure that provides affordable outings for seniors who no longer can or wish to drive inside or outside the community.  Fellowship and getting out can be lifesaving.  The society is always in need of volunteers to phone etc. and they continue to welcome new members.

For information or membership call Kay Forde at 250 – 642 – 4662.

After many years of productivity, when not out and about, the quiet days at home are to be enjoyed and savoured. We are all stimulated by music and nature, but often forget how important it is to keep both in our life. Listening often to the music that made us happy and uplifted our spirits – may even burn calories…. This time of year is a good time to sort saved papers, poems, pictures and clippings.  If they gave a lift when they were saved they may ignite some worthwhile pleasurable memories.

Remember – Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old Movies and best of all Old Friends!

Call someone from the past – Live happy in 2015.

Shirley Lowe

Shirley Lowe writes about issues important to those in their more senior years. She has long been an strong advocate for seniors and those in later life.