At the Age and Opportunity Expo


very year, Age and Opportuni- ty hosts a Housing and Active Living Expo. This year it was

at the Victoria Inn. Lifestyles 55 is pleased to participate to support this worthy organization.. Age and Op- portunity helps seniors with housing options and support services. This year, former councillor Grant

Nordman manned our booth and had an opportunity to chat with the attendees. He says that the show was

the best he’s ever been to – no bad weather to battle and the attendance was up. “The room was full of exhibitors,” Grant noted. “Everyone was in a good mood. And they got the timing right. It ended at 5 p.m. this year, which seemed just right for a senior audi- ence.” He added, “I think they could actually start earlier even if it means setting up the night before. But it was a really good show.”

Grant Nordman for Lifestyles 55 at the Age and Opportunity Expo.

The Charleswood 55+ Active Living Centre has something for everyone to do


n Charleswood we are fortunate to have an abun- dance of community groups such as children’s groups, community centres, service clubs, sports

clubs, book clubs and art groups, to name a few. I re- cently celebrated my 20th anniversary of being the MLA for Charleswood and I am so appreciative of

the commitment of

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these groups to our com- munity. As a new MLA in 1998, I embraced my new role with great en- thusiasm. This enthusi- asm carries on as I walk into the Manitoba leg- islature to represent my community every day. Setting up the Charles- wood club

One of the first things I did as a new MLA was

to bring seniors together in 1999 to celebrate Interna- tional Year of the Older Persons, which was a UN res- olution. The theme of the UN resolution was Towards a Society for All Ages. All over the world people were thinking about their communities and wondering if they really lived in a society that was engaging for all ages. For all our clubs and organizations, Charles- wood at that time did not have any club specifically dedicated to meeting the needs of seniors. I set up a group of seniors and we planned a number of activi- ties for seniors and created a newsletter. These humble beginnings were the root of what has now morphed into the Charleswood 55 Plus Ac- tive Living Centre. The Charleswood 55 Plus Active Living Centre now boasts a membership of over 400. Their programming varies from yoga to movie mati- nees, badminton to high tea trips. I am amazed by this dynamic organization and how it has evolved to become a centerpiece of our community. Good for mental health

Many studies have shown that joining clubs is good for your health. Generally speaking, people who are members of clubs can expect both mental health and

There are events held within the centre, events that take place in outside locations, and fitness activities that happen both within and outside of the centre. Hosted at the centre there are events surrounding food. Members can come to the centre with their best dishes for a potluck or enjoy an Olive Garden style lunch with Louise. What better way to bond than over a delicious meal? Other engaging activities include teaching members

Myrna Driedger (second from right) joins constituents at a Charleswood 55 Active Living Centre bake sale.

physical health benefits. Having been a nurse, I know the importance of ensuring you take care of yourself. It is important for seniors to care for their mental and physical well-being, something senior centres play a role in.

The University of Manitoba has studied the topic of senior centres in depth. According to one of the U of M Centre on Aging publications, “Senior centres are designed to promote health and provide a commu- nity focal point on aging by enabling older adults to come together for services and activities that enhance their dignity, support their independence and encour- age their involvement in and with the community.” ( senior_centre_report.pdf) The Charleswood 55+ Active Living Centre is an amazing place for members of our community to gather, enjoy programming and be involved in the community. Food to fitness to just getting together

To get an idea of the wonderful programming, just look at what is coming up for the summer session.

how to arrange flowers, a great lesson with the added benefit of being able to take your arrangement home; movie matinees, an entertaining way to spend the af- ternoon for the low cost of a toonie; meditation, the perfect way to learn how to unwind and clear your thoughts; and jam sessions to showcase your musi- cal talent. There are book clubs and knitting groups. There is also a men’s group where men can get togeth- er and work on hobbies, talk and enjoy one another’s company. The centre organizes outgoing trips to restaurants for the Lunch of the Month; trips to the casino for anyone interested in taking a gamble; and, for a spe- cial occasion like the Royal Wedding between Meghan Markel and Prince Harry, members can watch the cer- emony while enjoying a high tea. The fitness activities offered at the centre are extensive. There are differ- ent levels of yoga, barre fitness, weight training, and Zumba. There’s bocce ball, carpet bowling and urban polling for those who want to get outside and enjoy the weather while getting in some exercise. The Charleswood 55 Plus Active Living Centre also

organizes fitness activities for members to participate in outside of the centre like pickle ball at the Westdale Community Centre, and Hall Walking in the Charles- wood United Church. There is something for every- one at the centre! The Charleswood 55+ Active Living Centre is a

clear example of Charleswood’s community spirit. It is a hub of community involvement where neighbours come together and make memories. This centre has grown and evolved so much over the years and I am honoured to have been a part of its humble begin- nings. Hon. Myrna Driedger is MLA for Charleswood and Speaker of the legislative assembly.

Quiz: What do you know about the food you eat? True or False?

1. Sugar makes kids hyper active. 2. Potatoes can be an excellent diet food. 3. Peas are a fruit.

4. Rice should be avoided on a gluten free diet.

5. The salt shaker is the major cause of high blood pressure.

6. Older people need more sugar. 7. Cherries are good for gout.

8. People allergic to peanuts may also be allergic to peas.

9. To lose weight you need to cut out as much fat as possible.

Salt shakers - friend or foe? June 2018

10. Beets are good for your heart. Answers on page 16.

Beets – good for your heart? 5

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