May 13 -- Celebrating Aging

 

I hope you are enjoying this happy, sunny afternoon.

 

Here’s something to consider:  Changing the way you think about aging can change the way you age!

 

Through funding from the Gov't of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program,  RETHINKING AGING

WORKSHOPS are now available FREE to Ontario residents 55+ living independently in their communities.

Can changing the way you think about aging change the way you age? It might sound like wishful

thinking; however, recent scientific research reveals that our beliefs about 'getting old' have a

profound effect on our aging trajectory. Not only can they influence mental and emotional health, but

our body’s physical aging processes as well. The good news is that disproving those negative

stereotypes of aging has the potential to improve both cognitive and physical health in older adults.

Held virtually on Zoom, participants take part in a series of entertaining, enlightening and challenging

exercises in which they explore how people age in other cultures, glean valuable lessons for their

own lives and ultimately create a personal definition of ‘living, aging, and dying well.' The open,

engaging feeling of the workshops encourages and empowers seniors to embrace their aging

process and create a rest-of-life plan to grow old with determination, dignity and purpose.

 

Registration is on now for the spring workshops and please let me know if you would like to participate as a group; We could watch together from Walker House.  If we schedule this on Tuesday afternoons then I can set up our crafters under the trees and we can meet together for tea and treats afterwards. I’ve got comfortable new chairs for us to use on the lawn that have yet to be tested out. We can chat next Tuesday and see how the group feels and of course, If you prefer to participate from home then follow these instructions to register.

 

Please specify which series you are registering for. Each series runs 6 consecutive weeks.

Series #1 Tuesdays May 24 - June 28, 2022, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM

Series #2 Thursdays May 26 - June 30, 2022, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM

QUESTIONS / REGISTRATION EMAIL: RethinkingAgingNow@gmail.com

 

Our woodcarvers will be painting their porch leaners on Thursday the 19th at 1pm the Senior Driving Renewal session was rescheduled as well to Tuesday the 31st in the morning.

 

I hope all of Ivy’s friends can join us at St. Paul’s United Church this Saturday anytime between 12:30-2:30 for a lunch and tea. Please share this with any of her friends that may not have heard through our newsletter.

If you would like to help serving tea or by bringing some sweets, please let me know and I would be very happy to receive it.

 

April 29 -- Tea for Ivy

I hope the bird song and sunshine are giving you all the lift that they do me. Although, honestly, it is a bad time in history to be allergic to budding trees!

We have a few schedule changes in May at the Leo Boivin Community Centre. Fitness for Women over 50 is on hiatus on the 2nd and 9th then resumes Mondays at 10:30. Indoor Walking is taking a break for the summer, but we have Walker House gentle yoga in its place on Fridays at 10am in the lobby. Maggie Jordan will be leading a class for both chair and floor. If there is enough demand we may offer both separately for her next session. This one runs for 6 weeks and is just $6 to drop in and $30 in advance for Walker House members. Non-members are welcome to drop in at a fee of $15. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle, mat, and a blanket for final relaxation and enjoy! No experience is necessary; Maggie will guide you safely if this is new for you. Check out our website www.prescott.ca/walkerhouse to see our activities schedule.

 

Art Studio is continuing with Zoom lessons with Sharon on the 11th and 25th of May using the Zoom link and in person every Wednesday at 1pm.

 

I’d like to invite friends of Ivy Doran to a tea and lunch in her honour at St Paul’s United Church on Saturday, May 14th from 12:30-2:30. We will be gathering here on Friday at 1 and Saturday morning to prepare the lunch and will gladly accept your company if you are a “kitchen person” like she was. It seems the very best way to celebrate her friendship and her contributions to our community and all are welcome.

April 24 -- All the Latest

First off, I’d like to include a link attached to my email for a free Zoom event on Monday called, “From Paris with Love” You just need to register in advance of Monday afternoon and let them know you are with Walker House to enjoy the tour.

 

We are going to have one more fitness class with Mary on Monday the 25th at 10:30 and then the next two Mondays will be on hiatus before she begins again on the 16th of May. You will also have a chance on the 25th to meet our new yoga teacher, Maggie. Her yoga classes begin on Friday, May 6th at 10am at the Leo Boivin Community Centre. Maggie comes highly recommended for her safe and gentle approach and I am excited to begin. I hope to see you on Monday to meet her and get the details of her spring semester.

 

Prices are set for our trip to the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque to see Jersey Boys, or just visit the casino. The coach bus from Howard’s will be at Walker House at 9am (or request a pick up in Brockville at Food Basics for 9:15) and we’ll spend the morning in Gananoque to stroll, shop, and lunch before the show for $67 or pay  just $30 if you skip the play and go to the casino instead. We take EFTs now to our regular email address or cash or cheque to Walker House if you want to drop by. J

 

We have scheduled a tea in Ivy Doran’s memory to be held at St Paul’s United Church on Saturday, May 14th. All the kitchen gals here will be gathering to prepare sandwiches and treats and I know that the ladies of St. Paul’s will be too. Everyone who wants to share this day with us is invited to come. It’s so fitting that we celebrate Ivy by preparing and sharing food together as she was always with us in the kitchen. I will have more details but for now, I wanted you to know that we will be hosting all of Ivy’s friends in the hall from 12:30-2:30 and you are welcome.

 

If you follow us on FaceBook then this is not news, but if you haven’t heard – tomorrow is our annual community cleanup day from 9am-2pm. Stop in at the east entrance to Centennial Park behind Walker House to pick up your cleanup day kit and have a drink (sometimes an extra cup of coffee provides just the boost you need!) It’s a good idea to stop and report in if you have already been cleaning up in a park so that you can let staff know that the area has been covered. Thank you so much for taking part!

 

Friday afternoons are coming to life again with both euchre and bid euchre at 1pm. It was great to welcome some returning regulars today and many thanks to Sharon for convening and to Lise and Suzanne who are teaching bid euchre to newcomers.

 

 National Volunteer Week Flyer From Paris with Love- April 25 2022.pdf

 

April 5 -- New Spring Schedule

Here are the special events for the coming weeks .

 

Tea Time at the Library, Monday, April 11th at 1pm. Join me to share in their “Spring Back to the Library” events. Check out their website to see other fun events all week.

Gratitude Journaling Check-In with Winhara: Bring your journal and come to Walker House on Tuesday the 12th at 10am to visit and share the experience (and some coffee and carbs).

Book Club: Wednesday the 13th at 3pm meet here to discuss’ “The Sisters Brothers” and pick up our next book.

Crafters Group Project:  on Tuesday, the 19th at 1pm, I’ll have some special Folk Art DIY History craft packs from the Brockville Museum for us to explore together. Included in each one are cornhusk dolls, a tin punch lantern, and a braided rag rug. Of course, you can always bring your own project from home for crafts.

Zoom Art Lessons are on the 13th and the 27th with in-person art studio time on the 6th and 20th.

Bid Euchre Open House:   We continue to teach drop-ins how to play bid-euchre on Friday afternoons at 1pm.

Don’t forget that Mary is continuing with Local Vocals at the Merc Hall each Thursday at 10:30. She is asking for a $10 registration fee to cover the rental for a 3 month period of sing-alongs.

The Office is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday so there is no exercise at the Leo on the 18th, but bridge and euchre will take place here as long as your convenor is game.

 

 

     

Walker House Spring Activities 2022

623 King St W, Prescott

 

613-925-5300 – www.prescott.ca/walkerhouse

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Monday -     9:30am – fibre spinning

                        10:30am – gentle fitness for women over 50 @Leo Boivin

1pm – bridge

                        

Tuesday   -   am: open for new activities

                     1pm - crafts (bring your own work and some organized crafts)

  

Wednesday -9:30am Traditional rug hooking (Hoops & Hooks)    

                     1pm - art - quiet studio time and some lessons             

                         3pm mid-month Book Club       

 

Thursday –   9am – bunka, hardanger, Swedish weaving

                        1pm – wood carving

                         

Friday -          9:30 am- knitting and crochet

11:30 –member’s lunch – usually on the last Friday (sign up)

                        1:00 pm – pepper (bid euchre)

 

 

Our pool table and shuffleboard room is open for players.

 

* Walker House maintains an email list for our newsletter and has a column in the South Grenville Beacon. Consider subscribing to the paper or joining our email list if you’d like to stay current about our upcoming workshops, special events, and trips. Susan can also be reached by email at walkerhouse@prescott.ca.

 

 

March 23 -- a Few Reminders

Just a quick note with reminders of upcoming events:

On the phone with Senior Centre Without Walls we have only a few more events before we break for the summer, so be sure to call in and have one more visit with your favourites and thank them. Call 1-866-279-1594 and use passcode 595056 when prompted.

 

Tues, March 22nd at 10:30 Use Your Noodle Trivia with Mary

Monday, March 28th Monday Morning Mindfulness with Winhara at 10:30

Thursday March 24th and 31st at 10:30 our Weekly Faith Lift with Rev Tracey Smith

 

Local Vocals returns to Merc Hall in Maitland at 10:30 on the 24th and 31st for a sing along to the oldies and all are welcome to join in the fun.

 

Monday morning gentle fitness with Mary continues at the Leo Boivin Community Centre at 10:30 each week, and we have a new fitness class to try out – Y Dance is taking place at St Paul’s United Church on the 24th at 1pm. This dance based exercise program is not to be missed!

 

We have a special presentation about Factors in Healthy Aging with Mary at the Ruth Evanson Room in the Municipal Building on Dibble St (hop up in the elevator to the second floor) on Friday March 25th at 1pm.

 

Last but definitely not least – our trip to Wheeler’s Sugar Bush in McDonald’s Corners with a shopping stop in Perth takes place on Tuesday the 29th and we leave the parking lot behind Walker House at 9:30. I have room for a few more if you give me a call at 613-925-5300 or drop in to the house and sign up on the bulletin board.

 

March 9 -- Singing and Dancing through March

I am faced again with a whole lot of news to pack into one little note, so settle in for a good read. I know many are excited for our upcoming day trips, so I will start there and let you know that if you signed up whether by phone, email, or in person while I was away, that everyone has made it on the bus and there is still room for some more. Here are the details for both trips in case you’d like to add your name and hop on our coach and they are both free to Walker House members.

 

Retreat Day at the Cove in Westport, Monday March 14th: (check your clocks because we spring forward on the 13th)

We will depart via Howards Coach at 9am from Walker House and enjoy our ride to the Cove. Our day includes a refreshment break upon arrival followed by a workshop on journaling with Winhara and Alexes will discuss nutrition for wellness before a yoga based seventh inning stretch with JoAnn. 

You will have a choice from a few menu items at the pub and relax to guitar music as you finish lunch then we hop back into our day with a creative session with Una working with crystals. You will have a choice between a bonfire and s’mores or a stroll up main street to end our day, so bring warm mitts in your bag. Our plan is to allow a stop at the wonderful Kilborn’s on the Rideau as we leave town and head home in time for dinner.

 

You will also need some cozy layers for our trip to McDonald’s Corners on the 29th. We will depart from Walker House at 9:30 and enjoy our scenic drive to Wheeler’s Sugar Bush where we will have a couple of hours to enjoy a pancake lunch at noon and visit their maple syrup museum and trails if you like. Our return drive takes us through beautiful Perth, so we will take advantage and stop for a stroll and a chance to pop into the shops for everything from books, to chocolate and cheese before continuing home again in time for dinner.

If you prefer to stay closer to home, I have some updates about our regular schedule:

SCWW: This month our Seniors Centre Without Walls will wrap it up for the spring. We have only one more Monday Morning Mindfulness scheduled for Monday, the 28th with Winhara at 10:30 with us on the phone.. We have two Use Your Noodle sessions left on the 8th and the 22nd with Mary and we have a weekly Faith Lift planned each Thursday at 10:30 right through until the 31stwith Rev Tracey.

Our final Healthy Aging Seminar on Friday, March 25 from 1- 2 pm at the Ruth Evanson Room at Town Hall. Topic: The importance of lifestyle factors in healthy aging, presented by Mary Campbell

 

Fitness Classes:

At Leo Boivin, every Monday at 10:30 we have Chair Fitness/Strength Training for Women over 50 except on the 14th when we will be in Westport.

 

Also at the Leo, our Pickle Ball demonstration on the 11th will now take place at 11am to accommodate another group using the space in the afternoon.

 

Y-Dance is on the 24th at 1pm but please stay tuned as we will be changing venues.

 

Curling was so much fun and we are doing it all again on the 18th and sharing an early dinner together as well. While this will be a very social event, I am including it here with our fitness classes as we will be curling too. It all starts at 1:30 at the club and please register by Wednesday the 16th so I can arrange for our meal. *if you are new to curling, please be sure to bring clean rubber soled shoes to use on the ice.

 

CARDS: 

Calling all players! Bridge has resumed here on Mondays at 1pm and Euchre on Fridays at 1pm and both are looking for more players.  Please just drop in to meet the gang; you do not need to bring a partner but you should be an experienced player.

 

Creative Arts:

Introducing Local Vocals Singalong on Thursday, March 17, Thursday, March 24, and Thursday March 31 from 10:30 am -11:30 at MERC Hall in Maitland. Come and sing your favourite tunes accompanied and lead by a live band. There is lots of space to spread out and enjoy singing with your friends again and we value enthusiasm over talent so no talent is required.

Our Art Studio is moving to a hybrid format this month with Wednesday the 2nd, 16th, and 30th at 1o’clock taking place over Zoom with Sharon and the 9th and 23rd will be here in person at 1pm with Jackie and Maria. Please share your thoughts with me as we proceed so I know how to schedule our art and my deepest thanks to our convenors, especially Sharon who has been giving lessons over Zoom for the better part of 2 years now. It’s been wonderful, Sharon, but I do hope you enjoy the rest ;)

Tuesdays at 1pm we have crafts here at Walker House with a fall back to Zoom on snow days which is the same approach that our Hoops and Hooks are taking on Wednesday mornings at 10am. Wood Carving is every Thursday at 1pm. Spinning is back on Mondays at 9:30 and Knitting and Crochet on Fridays at 9:30 as well. 

Our book club is meeting on Wednesday the 16th at 3pm to discuss “A House in the Sky” with tea and cookies from Mayfield.

Phew! I hope I didn’t miss anything and I hope you find an activity here that piques your interest. If you have something you’d like to see that isn’t on our list, please share your ideas with me and maybe I can make it happen.

Enjoy the sunshine,

Susan

 

MosaiCanada 150 Topiary Exhibit

Here is the chair from our chair workshop, with members Rosemary and Steven enjoying their creations.