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MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER


President's Message

As a typically active group of 50+ AC members, I am sure some of you are feeling a little restless as we learn to live in a different time. Normally, I am out every day, and, generally, my house is the last thing to get the attention it needs, so .. I have lots of things I can do while home. Not so much fun stuff, but things that are necessary and I have nothing but time right now! Lol!

It is sad, that we have had to stop all activities of the 50+ Activity Centre. I hope this newsletter finds you keeping busy with, perhaps, some of the things you have learned in an activity. Maybe your favourite Tai Chi or Chair Yoga moves. Practicing your French or Spanish. I have art/painting projects unfinished as well as mosaic artwork in progress. It has been a while since I have picked up my pencils to work on my drawing skills. There are many things on my “to do inside” list!

Today we were to fly to Cuba for a sunny and warm vacation. We decided last week to cancel that trip and do our part in helping prevent the spread of the virus. We’re happy to be in Canada.

It’s not all gloom and doom.. We are fortunate that as of today, I don’t believe there has been a confirmed case of the coronavirus in Brockville. We all need to continue to do our part and help to “flatten the curve” as they say.

On St Patrick’s day, my husband and I celebrated with some tasty green beverages, and played cards in the afternoon, followed by playing and singing music, all in the comfort of our music room after dinner.

We have been catching up on movies that we recorded. Reading books.

All kinds of free games can be downloaded on your computer or tablet, that you can play against yourself or with other people. Skype and Facetime are great free ways to keep in touch with friends and loved ones.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to keep everyone informed as to the status of the 50+ activities. As you know, all Senior Residences are closed to non-essential visitors. The Wall Street United Church is also closed at this time. When the risk is reduced and we receive positive news from the experts, everyone will be able to get back to their normal routines and the activities that they enjoy so much.

Until then, wishing everyone good health and happiness.

Sue Hunter

President

Announcement

New Newsletter Editor!

I would like to welcome and introduce Carmen Grosse to the Newsletter Editor role. Carmen recently joined the Board of Directors and we are thrilled that she will also take on the responsibility of Newsletter Editor.

Many thanks to Tony Dunbar who was so kind to fill in the past few months.

Words of Inspiration

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood so that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way.
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality.
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that,
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square, Sing.

By Richard Hendrick

Letter from the Editor

I'd like to start by saying it is a real honour for me to  be named to the board and also the editor of the newsletter.  I hope that you find the content engaging.  If there is anything else you would like to see in this letter please drop me a line at cheetahgrosse@gmail.com.

I was planning to feature a different class every month and give details of whats on offer as well as leader commitment and motivation.  Since we are isolating, it seemed inappropriate but someone always seems to step up to bat when our community is in need.  Cathy Breedyk Law is offering a drawing class on facebook.  Please find her info further down in the newsletter.  Thank you Cathy for you contribution, I am sure many of our participants will appreciate this.

During these tough times remember to be nice.  Go outside once a day and wave to your neighbours and smile.  Happy faces are important during this time.

CPR/Defibrillator Session

The course was held Friday, March 13, 2020 @ Wall Street United Church

We had 21 people in attendance. The instructor from St. John Ambulance, Bill Atkin, provided an interesting session with demonstration and hands on training. He had each participant practicing CPR on a manikin to learn the proper methods in case of an emergency. Bill also showed the class how to use the WSUC defibrillator and where to locate it in the church. The class was very informative and well received by the attendees.

Submitted by Marian Rafferty

Isolation is the PITS

Let’s all hope all this coronavirus  isolation is short lived. But as the situation develops it is conceivable there may be isolated people in our community who need help getting essential items delivered.  Many stores are offering pickup which is great, if you have someone to pick up the item.  And some stores are offering free delivery but it will not be surprising if the length of those delivery queues become impractical.

If you are in self-isolation and are in need of essential errands we may be able to help.  Or if you are wondering how you may be able to help flatten the curve by being a volunteer for this initiative, please send an email to EssentialErrands2020@gmail.com  for more information.

Note this is not a Fifty Plus sponsored activity but we would like to thank Fifty Plus for this space in their March newsletter.

Drawing Class Cathy Breedyk Law

With the help of one of my students I have started an online drawing class as a Facebook group. It’s called ArtPlay.

It’s like my class, for all levels and it just occurred to me in the middle of the night that there may be others in the Fifty Plus community who might enjoy being a part of this.

You know, the idea of being alone together, especially those of us who do live alone.

Anyway here is the link if you would like to share it.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/545807716341257/


The 50+ Activity Group has received a lot of information to answer your questions regarding the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).  Hopefully this information will help you to navigate to credible information for you, your family and the community at large.

Following are links from the Health Unit, United Way and CPHC.  

IDEAS TO KEEP BUSY

While we are in isolation, I thought it would be interesting to share ideas of what we are doing to keep busy. Sue mentioned some in her letter. Here are some others that I found.

Brockville Public Library has a lot of resources if you are missing some of your 50+ classes. Click on the eBooks & online resources section of the website to find Mango Languages and learn Spanish or French on line. Click on LinkedIn Learning to take courses like photography and much more.

If you are a puzzle addict like myself, try these sites that are all free:

Logic Puzzles
Crossword Puzzles
Jigsaw Puzzles
Mah-Jong
Brockville Public Library on-line resources

These suggestions came from PROBUS:

If you are on Facebook, there is group you can view by searching for BRIDGES BROCKVILLE - COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19.

It keeps you up to date on local grocery store supplies, special hours for seniors and many other helpful hints re food takeout deals etc etc. No medical posts.

The following websites are a great source of enjoyment to help ward off the boredom.

If you have a Smart TV you could watch these on a large screen!!!

Garden Tours
Museum Tours
Visit US National Parks
Travel the World from Home
Feel the wind in your hair!

Cycling Without Age is an innovative program that helps seniors and those less abled to stay active and connected within their communities. Originating in Denmark in 2012 it has since expanded to over 42 countries with thousands of volunteers and trishaws. Cycling Without Age makes it possible for seniors or those with mobility challenges to get outside in the fresh air and enjoy their scenic communities.

Cycling Without Age - Brockville became a chapter in early 2019. The first project was to purchase a trishaw to be used at the Adult Day Program at CPHC and throughout the community.

Our NEXT project will be to provide a more community minded program in the area. This way, seniors and people associated with the; ALS Society, MS Society, CNIB, Alzheimer’s Society, shut-ins, etc. will also be able to feel the wind in their hair!

A trishaw is a special 3-wheeled tricycle with a passenger seat up front for two. A volunteer “pilot” sits on the back of the trishaw and propels it forward. Our trishaw has battery assist and a weatherproof blanket for a little extra comfort. The pilot can easily chat with passengers, often connecting people from different generations through conversation, storytelling and reminiscing.

Cycling Without Age - Brockville pilots have taken passengers for rides along the Brock Trails and quiet city streets, through the tunnel and around Blockhouse Island, anywhere a mobility assisted device can travel safely. It’s fun for both passengers and pilots.

The trishaw will be stored at the Chartwell Wedgewood underground parking which is a very convenient location for our pilots and passengers.

If you would like to put some wind in a senior’s hair….Cycling Without Age - Brockville is looking for more volunteer pilots. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in this type of volunteer activity, please contact JoAnn Bell at Cycling Without Age - Brockville. 613-345-2385. thebells400@hotmail.com

Also note this is a volunteer non-profit enterprise so any donations would be gratefully appreciated.

Learn more about Cycling Without Age at:

https://cyclingwithoutage.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/brockvillecwa/

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