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.

Just Posted

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes following provincial reopening announcement

Recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is calling on Transport Canada to rescind its ban to Feb. 28, 2022 on cruise ship stops in Canada, to allow planning to begin in advance of a reopening of the cruise industry next year.
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority seeks end to federal ban on cruise ship stops in Canada

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority CEO hopes cruises will resume by 2022

sig
MAYOR’S MESSAGE: A time of sorrow and celebration

Sooke is proudly a Compassionate City, writes Maja Tait

A new multi-family residential project at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Cook Street will feature nine below market-priced units aimed at middle-income, first-time homebuyers, through a partnership between BC Housing and the developer. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Middle-income first time homebuyers gain access to nine homes in Victoria

BC Housing partners with development community to create affordable purchases

HMCS Corner Brook returned to Victoria’s waters for the first time since 2015 on June 10. (Courtesy of the Royal Canadian Navy)
WATCH: Navy surveillance submarine returning to Victoria waters

HMCS Corner Brook one of first submarines to receive new communications systems

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Most Read