At the beginning of October, I was very pleased to officially launch Manitoba’s Seniors’ and Elders’ Month.
I am continuously inspired by the amazing contributions and the incredibly busy, active lives of the 55-plus community. Retirement is by no means an indication of slowing down for those who choose to remain active, whether that’s with a hobby, an activity or as a volunteer for a meaningful organization.
In my previous column, I mentioned the upcoming 2013 Senior Fair. Now it’s just around the corner. On Tues., Nov. 5, please join me at the 2013 Senior Fair from noon to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Victoria Community Club, 950 Sturgeon Rd. I will be co-hosting this event along with my colleagues Sharon Blady, MLA for Kirkfield Park, and Deanne Crothers, MLA for St. James. Please feel free to come and see interesting presentations and demonstrations on a variety of topics important to seniors.
At last year’s event, over 300 people attended and enjoyed a wide variety of display tables provided by local businesses and an array of organizations who serve the 55-plus community in Assiniboia.
This year, there will once again be a great variety of display tables featuring information on health, healthy living, end-of-life planning, fitness and dance. Presentations will focus on a variety of topics that are important to folks in their busy, active lives. From finances to pickleball, there is something for everyone — including you!
There will be exciting healthy living demonstrations including square dance, ballroom dance and tai chi to encourage you to try out a new activity. As a senior, it’s important to have regular physical activity because of its powerful positive effects on both psychological and physical well-being. However, fitness is not the only highlight of this event — there will be a variety of free food samples for you to try.