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Seniors' expo well-attended at Emo Legion

Pam Bujold, Trudy Badiuk, Sherri Byma, Neila Booth, Becky Chabot, Robin
McCormick, and Freeda Carmody staged a skit to remind those who
attended last Wednesday’s 50+ seniors’ expo in Emo that the best way to
handle the difficulties of aging is to maintain a healthy sense of
humour.

Fort Frances Times Editorial
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

It’s recently been reported that Canadians are enjoying longer
lifespans and better health than ever before. In fact, the proportion
of seniors in the Canadian population is expected to double by 2025.
These seniors want to remain independent and to live in their own homes
for as long as possible. As a result, workshops and conferences are
being offered to inform the growing number of seniors about the
availability of services for older adults and their caregivers.

The 55+ Seniors’ Expo, held at the Emo Legion last Wednesday (Sept.
24), was extremely well-received by district seniors. About 65 people
attended the event, which showcased the services that are available
locally.
Those on hand visited the various booths, which included the District
Mental Health for Older Adults Program, the Rainy River District
Substance Abuse Team Program, Melanie’s Footcare, the Emo End-of Life
Care Program, Northwest Community Care Access Centre, the OPP’s “Drive
Wise” program, and the Community Country Club.
“I’m really excited about the turnout,” enthused Megan Bale of the
Emo-La Vallee-Chapple Healthy Communities Coalition, which sponsored
the expo.
The coalition’s motto of “Promoting a healthy lifestyle within our
communities” was extremely evident as each senior was greeted at the
door with a bag of treats, which included a lid opener from the Ontario
Seniors’ Secretariat, a memo pad, a safety handbook from the older
adults program, a “Falls Prevention” brochure from the federal
government, and information sheets from the Emo “Meals on Wheels”
program and the district handivan service.
The seniors, plus the volunteers and display participants, also enjoyed
an excellent lunch of soup and sandwiches provided by the Emo Legion
kitchen staff.
Following lunch, Bale introduced a couple of speakers who gave further
explanations concerning their displays. Grace Silander spoke about
medication safety, and each senior was given a medication records card.
Silander encouraged everyone to list the medications they are taking
and to carry the card, either in their wallet or purse, at all times.
“This will assist first responders and hospital staff to deal with your medication needs during an emergency,” she explained.
Fort Frances OPP Cst. Anne McCoy then explained a program called “Drive
Wise.” This is a course which assists seniors in dealing with the
stress of retaking the driver’s test.
Anyone aged 50 and over is encouraged to give Cst. McCoy a call so she
can organize a workshop for those interested in improving their driving
skills.
The 55+ Seniors’ Expo concluded with a skit that illustrated the frustrations and difficulties of aging.
Pam Bujold, Trudy Badiuk, Sherri Byma, Neila Booth, Becky Chabot, Robin
McCormick, and Freeda Carmody made excellent use of humour to remind
those on hand that everyone eventually will reach this stage in their
life—and that the best way to handle the difficulties is to maintain a
healthy sense of humour.
Thanks to the organizers, presenters, and those who took the time to
attend the expo for making this year’s event such a great success.

 

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