Boomers London July/Aug 2019

Celebrating the 55+ Community of London

July/Aug 2019 Issue 5

Boomers and Beyond London Issue #5 July/Aug 2019 Publisher and Editor Barb Botten Villager Publications P.O. Box 134, Lambeth Station Ontario N6P 1P9 519-282-7262 Graphic Artists Jon Botten Writers Lisa Brandt, Rick Young, Barb Botten Donna McManus We look forward to hearing from you!


Back in the Day Many people have fond childhood memories of the Dairy Dell on Highbury Ave north. Children delighted in having an ice cream treat and then running around in the playground which featured a ‘North American monkey’ in a barrel. July 21, 1967 Western Archives, LFP Negative Collection. PEGGY SATLER AD

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We bring this to you as a local look and celebration of our 55+ community right here in London. Villager Publications is a locally owned and operated business. We deliver to you the monthly Villager magazines that concentrate on the local information, stories, events and people right in your neighbourhood. Now it’s your turn! Baby Boomers represent about 41% of the population and you have an appetite for information that speaks to your interests and needs. Boomers & Beyond focusses on the 55+ community on a local level bringing you access to information and services and so much more. We encourage your stories, ideas, questions and comments. Tell us what you’d like to know about and we will commit to finding

out. This is your magazine and we are here to serve you. Enjoy this issue and health, wealth and happiness to you all. Sincerely, Barb Botten, Editor/Publisher / Villager Publications

Age Friendly London Every Day Heroes Campaign Do you know an older person who goes out of their way to brighten the lives of those around them? How about someone who volunteers their time to help neighbours or friends, often without recognition? The Age Friendly London Network wants to know about these “every day heroes” who make our community a better place to live. The Respect & Social Inclusion Working Group of the Age Friendly London Network is working to reframe how older adults are portrayed and celebrate their contributions in our community. One of the ways the Group is doing this is through an “every day hero” campaign that will showcase older adults who help others in many small but meaningful ways. Older adults contribute so much to our families, neighbourhoods, and communities. If you know an older person who you would like to recognize as an “every day hero” , please contact Age Friendly London at agefriendlylondon@london. ca or 519-661-2489 x 7208.

Have you had changes in memory? Are you feeling forgetful?

4 A re you 60 years or older? 4 Do you have trouble remembering things? 4 Do not have Alzheimer’s Disease? Dr. Montero-Odasso invites you to take part in a physical exercise study that may help to improve your memory and mobility. For more information, contact (519) 685 4292 ext. 42179 When you call in, you will be asked questions about your memory and general health. If eligible, you will be invited to visit the Gait & Brain Lab at Parkwood Institute, 550 Wellington Road South, London, Ontario.

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Taking AIM at Accessibility By Jacqui Kinahan

I love the outdoors. Before my spinal cord injury, I loved to hunt fossils in creek beds, hike anywhere and canoeing. Now I satisfy my need for nature by wheeling along London’s Thames River pathways. The paved paths get you away from road traffic and I can hear the birds singing. But many times I end up being a spectator while others do things outdoors. Then along came Pauline Halstead and Abilities In Motion, (AIM), a charity that provides paddling opportunities for people with all kinds of physical and intellectual challenges. Pauline is an avid paddler herself and her dream is that no one should be left behind when it comes to kayaking and canoeing. AIM started offering kayaking in the London area in the summer of 2017. They first began in the Toronto/ Alliston at least 15 years ago.. AIM launches at Fanshawe Yacht Club, in Fanshawe Lake Conservation Area.

normal for me. I love getting someone new to come out and try it. Their smiles make my day and reward our volunteers. Studies show that time spent in nature, among trees, on the water and among other living creatures can reduce stress, and even make you smarter. Not sure I am any smarter but what I do know is that I need to volunteer to help AIM grow and offer its services to more people. AIM needs financial support and volunteers. Volunteers who want to bring their love of water sports and nature to others who would not normally get the opportunity. The rewards are outstanding and can include getting out on the water and having some fun yourself. Both Clients and Volunteers and Donors can reach AIM at:

Everyone has different abilities, and different challenges. Perhaps your challenge is vision impairment, a stroke, a spinal cord injury or an amputation. There are many ways that Aim can help guide. Volunteers help get everyone organized, carry boats down to the water, help clients get into boats and launched. For safety and fun, clients and volunteers are out on the water together. AIM provides training for the volunteers and has established protocols for safety. When I heard the word kayaking I took an immediate interest. It was amazing. Using a lift from dock to the kayak took a bit of faith, but the sensation of freedom on the water, easily moving myself with the paddles, was so worth it. I smiled for days. I could not wait to do it again, nor could I stop talking to all my wheelchair friends about it. “Yakking about Kayaking” became

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Seniors use of medical cannabis continues to grow by Rick Young

In 2014, Statistics Canada reported that two-thirds of the more than 200,000 Canadians with a medical marijuana licence used it for arthritis, a condition common among seniors. With the legalization of recreational cannabis in October 2018, national statistics suggest more seniors than ever before are consuming cannabis. For the first quarter in 2019 alone, Statistics Canada reported that 646,000 Canadians had tried cannabis for the first time. “This number of first-time users was nearly double the corresponding estimate of 327,000 people one year earlier, when non-medical cannabis use was not yet legal. Results suggest that first-time users in the post-legalization period are older. Half of new users were aged 45 or older, while in the same period in 2018, this age group represented about one-third of new users,” reads the report. Baby boomers, many of whom were probably first exposed to cannabis in the 1960s and 1970s, are now embracing it as they move into their golden years – whether it be for pain relief, depression, anxiety, insomnia or numerous other ailments. “As the population ages, there will be more cannabis use in society and legalization will certainly bring many people, seniors included, out of the closet,” says Lisa Levin, CEO of AdvantAge Ontario, whose non-profit organization authored a cannabis toolkit for senior centres in the province. Although few comprehensive studies have examined post- legalization cannabis use among people over 60, most researchers agree that it can be a safer substitute for more

addictive and dangerous prescription opioids, or tranquilizers like benzodiazepines. Recent guidelines produced for Canadian family doctors recommend four conditions for which there is decent evidence of benefit: neuropathic, or nerve, pain; palliative and end-of- life pain; chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting; and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury. Many practitioners say that specific resources studying how cannabis affects aging should be a priority in 2019. Dr. Mike Hart opened London’s first cannabis clinic in 2016, when he founded the ReadyToGo Clinic. Dr. Hart is a member of Practitioners for Medicinal Marijuana (PMC), a network of affiliated specialists and general practitioners committed to best possible patient care, including the informed use of cannabis and cannabis-derived medicines. According to his website, Dr. Hart’s primary focus is correcting the medical cannabis educational gap which exists in the medical community. He is also a strong advocate of the use of cannabis with veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) as an alternative to opioids and benzodiazepine. As Canada approaches the 1-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational cannabis, there is every indication that medical cannabis use among seniors will continue to grow. For more educational information regarding the medical use of cannabis, visit:

A view of the market square looking east along Market Lane. Produce took up space on sidewalks usually reserved for customers and Londoners thronged the square to do the biggest buying of the year. August 12, 1950 Western Archives, LFP Negative Collection

Patricia Theatre (later the Victoria Theatre) - located on the west side of Clarence St, north of Dundas St. circa 1940 Opened in 1917 as the Patricia Vaudeville Theatre it was later re-named the Patricia Theatre & then changed to the Victoria Theatre. In the 1960s the city was undergoing many changes & the decision was made to demolish the Victoria Theatre in 1965.

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Get Moving and Have Fun! Looking for something to do that will provide exercise, keep your brain sharp while at the same time be fun and social? Then you are looking for our group! We are the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society London Canada Branch and we love to dance. You don’t require a partner or any special clothing, just a pair of soft soled shoes. As with any form of dance, the music will have you moving to the beat in no time.


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WHERE THE ACTIONS IS – ROCK & ROLL CRUISE Jan 19-26, 2020 Aboard the Regal Princess to the Caribbean Ft Lauderdale / Bahamas / St Thomas / St Maarten Up Close and Personal on Board with the Stars of the 50s and 60s Paul Revere’s Raiders | The Grassroots | The Lettermen | Peter Rivera from Rare Earth


The Yardbirds | The Flamingos | The Archies – Ron Dante To book your cruise call Debra Armstrong C.T.C. at Marlin Travel 519-426-2144 |

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Rock and roll meets the beauty of the eastern Caribbean on board the Regal Princess next January. This is no ordinary cruise and it’s even unlike others where celebrities come on board and then disembark after their show. Not only do you get to hear the stars, you’ll mingle with them as they’re traveling with you for the entire 7-night trip. In addition to autograph sessions, private performances and cocktail parties, you’re likely to bump into an icon of the 1960s and 70s at the buffet line! Check out this line-up: The Grass Roots, Paul Revere’s Raiders, Peter Rivera – the original singer for Rare Earth, The Yardbirds, The Archies’ Ron Dante, The Lettermen, The

Flamingos and more. Your Master of Ceremonies is legendary DJ Jay Michaels, who you’ll remember as host of the Big Top Shows during the 2019 Country Cruize-In at the Plunkett estate. The January 2020 cruise starts and ends in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and in addition to three glorious days at sea, the Regal Princess will stop for optional excursions at Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Reservations for this Rock and Roll cruise presented by Concerts at Sea must be booked through Debra Armstrong at Marlin Travel: 519-426-2144 or

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If you want to be creative and have a blast doing it, Mixed Nuts might be just right for you! Mixed Nuts, is the name affectionately given to the drama club at the Hamilton Road Senior Centre. The group is encouraged by Andrea Newman to come up with original ideas. Collaboratively, theywrite the story, determine the plot and develop the characters. Staff, members and family are invited to performances which are held over the lunch hour.

in their home. Going to the Centre helps them make new friends, stay healthy and gives them something to look forward to. The members look out for each other and offer mutual support and encouragement. There is no reason to be lonely. One member went so far to say, “this place saved me.” If you are looking for a place to go where the laughs keep coming and somebody always welcomes you, consider joining Mixed Nuts at the Centre!

On June 6, 2019, the audience was in stitches when the drama club performed “The Birthday Party” In a nut shell, the story is about a group of snooty seniors. They attend a birthday party for a wealthy uptight senior, Constance, (played by Joyce Brewin). When the birthday girl blows out the candles, she makes a wish, “I wish we could all be kids again.” Then Poof! Her wish is granted. The birthday fairy appears and sprinkles fairy dust on everyone.

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Constance and her guests are transformed into kids again! Some of the shenanigans that follow include a really messy food fight! I will leave the rest to your imagination. As the saying goes, “what happens in the annex, stays in the annex.” The skit received rave reviews!

The goals of the drama club members are unanimous. Don’t take life so seriously, enjoy yourself, laugh and have fun. The group has two married couples. One couple said they have more laughs at the Centre than anywhere else. There is a strong sense of belonging and community. One member said that they were bored and isolated living

Mixed Nuts Hamilton Road Drama club members Phil Chabot, Dorothy Chabot, Sandy Dixon, Janice Bartley (holding red butterfly) and Jancie Newcombe

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The Age Friendly London Network is a community-based network with the vision of a diverse, vibrant, caring, and healthy community, which empowers all individuals to age well and have opportunities to achieve their full potential. Do you want up to date news information, local stories and resources that are targeted to the senior population in London? The Age Friendly Facebook Page shares interesting stories, images and videos that pertain to the aging community in London. We welcome you to visit the Age Friendly London Facebook page today!

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The Science of Change

Not many people embrace change, especially if your lifestyle has been suiting you just fine for decades. We also know that change is often more difficult as we age, and when we feel the change is being forced upon us. It turns out that there is a science behind change and its difficulty to adopt. It is suggested that we go through a number of stages before making any change in our life. Making the decision to move from your home to a senior living community, is no different. First you will pre-contemplate, then move to contemplation, then preparation, then finally action. The most important step in the process is contemplation. This is where you will begin to research information to become more aware of what senior living communities has to offer, as opposed to the perception you may originally have had. Most of us are uncomfortable with change because it is the unknown, and that is normal. It is important though to take that first step in the decision-making process in order to navigate through these stages of change. What will be waiting for you on the other side, is the reward of living an active lifestyle in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment. We know that when the decision has been made, and finally the move, the response is almost always “I wish I had done this sooner,” or “I don’t know what I was afraid of.” It is a renewed simplicity where new friends have been made, and for many, a new sense of purpose each day. Moving into a retirement residence is its own adventure, with its own unique rewards, so remain open-minded through the steps of change, but take the step! Glenda Cumming Longworth By Sifton Over the past nineteen years, I have worked from home building my Logistics company ( My assistant Megan gets to work at home now as well. Technology is a wonderful thing! I have built a loyal customer base and enjoy being able to provide my clients with excellent service. I turned 51 last year and felt I needed to make a change for myself. I wanted to shake things up and get out of my comfort zone. Working from home for all of these years can get pretty comfortable! Fear of the unknown is a powerful thing that limits all of us at different times in our lives. Was this my mid life crisis? It turned out that I actually felt really good when I decided to focus on changing things up. But now what should I do? What am I GOOD at? What makes me HAPPY? Whenever I get together with friends or family, I usually spend some time helping them with their computer/tablet/phone problems. We chat as I fix their tech issues. I’ve been doing this now for years. I am REALLY GOOD at this!! I have a friend who is a nurse in the community. She told me a story about one of her patients who had forgotten her password to her tablet. She was charged $175 for a computer company to come out and fix this for her. $175??? I wish I had have known! I would have come over and fixed that up for her no problem. That would have made me HAPPY!! The AHA moment happened when I realized that there are so many people that need “just a little help”. This idea inspired

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me to start a new business helping people with their computer issues, making it affordable for them and fun for me!! It’s just as simple as that. I look forward to meeting you and sorting out any computer/ tablet/phone issues you may be having or getting you started from scratch! Technology is a WONDERFUL thing when it’s working for you.

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Hear, Here London: Voices of our Past

Imagine being able to hear voices from the past on the streets on which you walk every day. How did people from the Polish community get care packages to their relatives in Communist Poland? Did former African-American slaves who came to Canada via the underground railway experience racism in London? What was life like as a new nursing resident at the now demolished Victoria Hospital? Hear, Here London, a new project in the South of Horton, Great Talbot, and Piccadilly Village areas, allows Londoners and visitors to hear the stories of the spaces they pass by each day right in the spot where they happened and from those who experienced them. Here’s how it works: bright orange street signs with the Hear, Here logo and a phone number are located wherever a story

and students and the City of London Culture Office teamed up to interview London residents about their experiences in the city, erect street signs at each story location, and program the accompanying website and phone system. Goodwill Industries partnered with the

team to host the launch in late April. The team also used existing oral histories conducted in the 1850s, and 1980s and 1990s the latter two held by the London Public Library. Check out the signs throughout London neighbourhoods or visit London Tourism to pick up a brochure guide!

happened. When you call that number you hear a story of the space in which you stand. If you stay on the line you can leave a voicemail of your own story at that location to add to the voices already there. All you need is a cell phone; no apps or smart phone required. You may also read or listen to the stories via the website at www. . To create Hear, Here London, Western University professors

Working to End Poverty in London

Circles is a community driven, transformational approach to ending poverty one family at a time. It is based on mentoring, befriending relationships that form between people across economic experiences and backgrounds. Participants are called leaders in this program, because we want them to know that they are in the driver’s seat in their own lives, and how this program supports them. Each leader is currently on Ontario Works and we partner them with individuals who are further along in their career. It’s this intentional relationship that increases social networks, and ultimately a caring community of support. The Circles program has seen individuals get and keep jobs that will allow them to get off the system. It also has allowed single parents to go back to school, and get a sustainable job to support their families. Below is a quote from one of our amazing Circle Leaders who is now working full time! “My biggest fears, worries, hardships were faced and conquered in the most surprising ways at times. I have my Coach right beside me. There is no judgement, no pushing, and no disrespect when I get nervous. Rough days are becoming smooth sailing. I knew I was in good hands and that all would work out and it did! My life and the life of my son are for sure brighter because of Circles and everyone in it!” – Circles Leader If this program sounds like something you’d like to refer someone you know – they must be on Ontario Works. If you would like to support us there are three ways you can do so:

· Volunteering: Whether it is a one-time event volunteer or a committed weekly meal program volunteer – our volunteers make a difference in our community. · Donating: The Circles™ Campaign promotes the vision to end poverty in London. Your donation represents an investment and commitment to help people with their plan to transition out of poverty. · Sponsor a meal: You, your group or your workplace can sponsor a meal that nourishes your community while they meet at a Circle. For more information please contact Jessica Justrabo at or 519-777-9329

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Treating Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease With Music Therapy by Rick Young

Caretakers with loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) may have noticed that music can connect them with their family members in a way that words cannot. A review of the available literature on Dementia and Alzheimer’s Music Therapy presents numerous research studies and anecdotal evidence where music has been able to evoke a response or a memory in sufferers. Whereas, they may have difficulty finding the right words to use during conversations, they may be able to sing or even instrumentally play an entire song with no problem. A music therapist is a qualified professional with the capacity to develop musical interventions adapted to the patient’s life experiences and illness. Music therapy is considered less harmful than pharmacological treatments to improve cognitive functions, mood, and quality of life of dementia and AD patients. Studies suggest that musical aptitude and appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in dementia and AD patients. Music Therapy can evoke emotions that bring back memories, bring emotional and physical closeness, shift mood, and manage stress and stimulate positive interactions between patients and their loved ones. Long-time musician and music therapist, John Moorhouse, originally from Lambeth, knows this is true from first-hand experience. A very busy pianist/vocalist who now calls Tapleytown, Ontario home, John often plays up to three gigs a day in a circuit of Southwestern Ontario Retirement and Nursing Homes where many of the inhabitants are dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers. “At the beginning of my live performances, some folks are not awake, others are upset or agitated. Other folks are trying to get out, and many are confused wondering why they are there,” says John. “When I start performing, all this tends to go away. People become happy which usually lasts for about 90 minutes. I perform danceable music and many folks don’t miss a single dance. The professional recreationists make sure everyone is involved.” John performs for large groups, small groups of usually six, and one-on-ones. The latter format permits family members to enjoy

their loved ones like they used to. Sessions often evolve into sing-a-longs. “I am able to connect patients to what’s clinically referred to as the Power Zone – the years that they were dating, getting married, and raising children. The music from a patient’s Power Zone is very powerful,” John says. “Professional recreationists often tell me that a person who was unable to recognize family members in the morning, becomes very aware of who’s who during and after my live performances.” The following suggestions are often cited to help caretakers get started with some DIY music therapy: The Sound of Music (the movie), When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio) and Somewhere Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz). Copies of John Moorhouse’s Sing Along With John CDs can be purchased at moorhouse.392?epa=SEARCH_BOX or directly from John at:

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Every day is a Saturday!

Roy Forget is married and originally from Cornwall Ontario. After 40 years in the military, he retired to London Ontario. During his service in Ottawa, from 1968 to 1971 and 1974 to 1979, was on VIP Duty for 5 years. With clear detail he recalls his many assignments to chauffeur world leaders and other dignitaries during official visits to Canada. For example, he met Apollo 11 astronauts during their Good Will tour in Ottawa and was the driver for Prince Phillip on one of his visits. He also drove Prime Minister John Diefenbaker from the airport after he attended President Eisenhower’s funeral. The event that got the most media attention was when he drove PM Pierre Trudeau and Barbara Streisand on their date to the opening of the National Art Centre. Roy is a rare individual with the ability to turn misfortune into something positive. Two years ago he was diagnoses with Alzheimer’s Disease. That does not stop him. He attends programs and events at the Hamilton Road Seniors Centre and the Alzheimer’s Society on a regular basis. Last year, Roy took part in the Alzheimer’s society annual “Cabin Fever Reliever” fundraising gala. He was the keynote speaker during the “Fund A Need” portion and also donated a wood burning item to the live auction. The crowd’s response to Roy’s charisma and message of gratitude, resulted in the gala overwhelmingly surpassing their fundraising goals. Roy participates in most of the social/recreation programs at “the Seniors Centre”. He recognizes the friendship of the members and the programs are part of his cognitive maintenance program. Some things he has learned are line dancing, acting, wood burning and how to play guitar. According to Andrea Newman, staff at the Seniors Centre, Roy is no longer able to drive but that does not get Roy down. He explained to Andrea that the hardest part is looking at her now, knowing that two years from now, he may not know who she is.

For now, Roy focuses on family and enjoying life. His motto- Have Fun-Make the Best of Each Day!

Roy Forget with his woodburning art

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Hamilton Rd Seniors Centre Daily Activities Summer Schedule


Tuesday Mixed Nuts Drama Group 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Cost: Included with membership On Hiatus — Resumes Sept. 24th Bean Bag Baseball 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost: Included with membership Stained Glass (Introductory) 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cost: $1.00 with membership On Hiatus — Resumes Sept. 10th Luncheon – Menu Varies (see bulletin board for weekly menu) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Fun Cards  Hand & Foot  Euchre  Cribbage, and more 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cost: Included with membership Stained Glass (Introductory) 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost: $1.00 with membership On Hiatus — Resumes Sept. 10th Writer’s Circle 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cost: Included with membership Meets the following days only: July 9th & 23rd, August 6th & 20th Resumes weekly Sept. 10th More Fun Cards 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Cost: Included with membership




Beginner Tap 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Cost: Included with membership On Hiatus — Resumes August 7th Happy Hoofers – Tap Group Tap Dance experience required 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Cost: Included with membership On Hiatus — Resumes August 7th Darts 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Cost: Included with membership Stained Glass 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $1.00 with membership On Hiatus — Resumes Sept. 11th Stained Glass 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cost: $1.00 with membership On Hiatus — Resumes Sept. 11th Progressive Euchre 12:45 p.m. SHARP – 3:15 p.m. Cost: $2.00 with membership

Cards & Crafts 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost: Included with membership

What’s Cookin’ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Beginner Tap 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Cost: Included with membership On Hiatus — Resumes Sept. 6th Happy Hoofers – Tap Group Tap Dance experience required 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Cost: Included with membership On Hiatus — Resumes Sept. 6th

Cost: Members: $50.00 for 6 weeks Dates: September 9th to October 21st

Town & Country Guitar Jam 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your guitar & stand and join other players for a casual jam. Drop-in — Max. of 12 Cost: Included with membership Thursday Special Events 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost: Varies depending on event and entertainment Peer to Peer Tech Savvy Discuss how to get the most out of your devices & learn from others. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: Included with membership Meets the following days only: July 4th & 25th, August 8th & 22nd Resumes weekly Sept. 5th

Drumming 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost: $1.00 with membership On Hiatus July 30th to Sept. 8th

Traditional Line Dancing 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Cost: Included with membership

Living Out Loud In partnership with 3rd Age Outreach 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $2.00 {includes coffee/tea & snack} Accordion Company (Jam) 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bring your accordion & stand and join other players for a casual jam. Drop-in — Max. of 12 Cost: Included with membership

Wood Burning 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Chef Special - $6.50 Full Sandwich - $3.50 Premium Sandwich - $4.00 Soup - $3.50

Cost: Included with membership Supplies provided by instructor at a minimal cost. On Hiatus — Resumes Sept. 13th

Sweet Treats - $1.00 Coffee / Tea - $1.00 Pop - $1.00

Luncheon – Menu Varies 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cost: See Tuesday for breakdown

BINGO 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Gentle Yoga 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Bingo Cards – 75¢ per card for the entire afternoon (e.g. 6 cards for 4.50) with membership

Cost: $2.00 with membership On Hiatus August 8th to Sept. 3rd

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Twiddle Hockey 1:00 p.m. Cost: Included with membership

Gentle Yoga 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please ask our front desk staff about our Recreation Program Guide.

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Membership Entitles You To: • Take part in various programs and activities • Receive a discount on Recreation programs and activities being run at Hamilton Road. • Meet new friends • Access to computers • Discover a new hobby or interest • Stay connected to your community through regular activities and volunteer work How Do I Become a Member? • You may purchase your membership at the reception desk or you may call Customer Service at 519-661-5575 to purchase with a valid credit card.

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Introducing the Age Friendly Promotions Team! We are pleased to introduce two new City of London staff who will be working with the Age Friendly London Network: Deborah Crowe and Mandy Bennett have joined the team to support AFL outreach activities and community events. They will be giving presentations on Age Friendly London and City of London programs, engaging with seniors’ apartment buildings, and representing the Age Friendly London Network at events and conferences. Please join me in welcoming Mandy and Deb!

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Older Workers Making a Comeback

When my late, former father-in-law turned 40, a new regional supervisor demoted him from grocery store manager to overnight shelf-stocker. The humiliating change of job description was meant to break my father-in-law and force him to quit with no severance, and that’s eventually what happened. This occurred before laws protected against such ageism, and a 26-year-old supervisor could treat a 40-year-old as if he was worthless. Thank goodness that’s not only illegal now, but most 26-year-olds are wise enough to know that someone with experience has more value to the company, not less. In fact, workers well over the age of 40 are making gains in the workforce. In April, when the Canadian economy added the most jobs in one month since 1976 (106,500), seniors made some of the biggest gains in employment. And there are many reasons why this shouldn’t be too surprising.

Older workers can help your company prepare for the future. Mentorship is a powerful way to pass on skills from more experienced employees. Pair them up with a new hire and ask them both to share ideas and best practises. Continuing to work after traditional retirement is good for the worker as well. According to Statistics Canada, in 2016 one in five Canadians over the age of 65 said they were still working. That’s 1.1-million people, the most recorded since the 1981 census. Some do it because they must; their retirement income isn’t enough. Many do it because they want to. From turning a hobby into a business, to going back to the office part-time as a consultant, to pulling a few shifts a week at the local hardware store, workers 50-plus are finding purpose in their work. Retirement might seem like a wonderful fantasy until you’re facing long days without anything on the calendar. Just five years ago, an RBC report predicted a mass exodus of boomers heading into retirement would create major holes in the employment picture. Now, we’re finding the 50-plus group is returning in a big way. We’ve got the law and common sense on our side.

Older workers are loyal. The Government of Canada, in its promotion of age-friendly workplaces, says that when older workers know they’re appreciated, they’re likely to stay. Training a baby-boomer is time well spent. They’re eager for a challenge and to stay engaged with the workforce. While younger employees might job-hop as they build their careers, those 50- plus make use of transferable skills from a former career. Older workers don’t necessarily want a full-time job, and that’s trendy. The so-called gig economy is replacing full-time employment with short-term, contract positions. That’s attractive to someone who wants to work part-time, perhaps in semi-retirement.

Ontario Seniors’ Strategy The Government of Ontario announced it is delivering on its commitment to develop a government-wide strategy to respect Ontario’s aging population, while growing jobs and the economy. More information can be found here: page/consultation-survey-ontarios-seniors-strategy The Government of Ontario want to hear ideas and feedback from: • seniors and their families

• the people who care for seniors • organizations that support seniors • advocacy groups, libraries, retirement homes associations • long-term care homes, hospitals, community care access centres. • doctors’ offices and pharmacies Please forward this information along to anyone who might be interested in providing input. The deadline for the survey is July 19, 2019 You can find the survey at

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