Boomers London March 2020

Celebrating the 55+ Community of London

March/April 2020 Issue 9

Boomers and Beyond London Issue #9 March/April 2020 Publisher Barb Botten Villager Publications P.O. Box 134, Lambeth Station Ontario N6P 1P9 519-282-7262 Managing Editor Lisa Brandt Graphic Artist Jon Botten We look forward to hearing from you!


PEGGY SATLER AD 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 University Archives, London Free Press Negative Collection.

PEGGY SATLER 100 words

Mary Sutcliffe and Darby out for a wintery walk photo credit: Brandon Botten

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. 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, Publisher / Villager Publications

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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Creature Comfort at Home by Lisa Brandt

There’s no place like home. It’s where we’re most comfortable and happy, so why should it be any different for our pets? They’d rather be surrounded by their family than anywhere else, too. Mobile Pet Hospice Services of London aims to make your pet’s final day less traumatic by helping them cross the rainbow bridge from the familiar surroundings of home. Veterinarian Dr. Sabrina Easler says she was inspired by her clients to begin her seven-day-a-week mobile service. “The big old dogs that can’t get into the car. The cats that have been afraid of the carrier and clinic their entire lives. The dog whose favourite place was the back deck. We started this service to help pets and their caregivers during this journey in the most peaceful way we can.” Every pet is unique and so is every family. Some want special music playing, certain treats available for their pet and other individualized choices. Dr. Easler aims to make the process as stress-free as she can. “The pet can be in their favourite place, room, bed, or even outside in the yard. For caregivers, they also don’t have to face the public, or other people in a busy clinical setting of the veterinary clinic, and they don’t have to make the dreaded drive home.” Cremation services are also available. Although pre- planning is encouraged where possible, Dr. Easler estimates 80% of her clients call on short notice.

“This is understandable, as sometimes you wake up and find your pet has reached a point where you no longer feel it is fair for them to continue. If the time is approaching, we always recommend contacting us to learn how our services work and ensure we are the best fit for you.” Dr. Easler has five pets of her own and knows about the bonds that form between people and their animals. She can also guide grieving pet owners toward help to ease their pain. “First and foremost, know you are not alone in your struggle. Don’t take advice from people who think your beloved companion was, “just a dog”. There are numerous pet loss support groups online (visit www.pawsatpeace. ca) as well mental health professionals that can assist with the grieving process. Making a memorial can be helpful whether it is putting pictures together in a book, writing a letter to your pet, sharing stories and memories, or making

a memorial in the garden. Remind yourself that you have done the best thing for your pet by providing a life full of love and a dignified death.” Dr. Easler’s Mobile Pet Hospice Services of London can be reached by call or text at 226-667-5744; email and online:

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Collecting for Fun and Profit by Lisa Brandt

Perhaps like me you have a box of old toys or other items you kept from your childhood. Or maybe you’re one of thousands who believe they could have retired young if only your Mom hadn’t thrown out your valuable baseball cards! Some stuff does increase in value but the market changes all the time. The hot vintage item from five years ago might not attract a second look today. Those attending the London Collectibles Show at Centennial Hall on Good Friday, April 10, will have their eyes peeled for that special item to add to their collection. Some gather things for the fun of it while others are hoping for a big return on their investment one day. Gord Mood is a London retailer who’s been in the collectibles game for 35 years. He says the attraction is partly about recapturing childhood. “Nostalgia certainly plays a role. We start with supply and demand, as usual, but demand can be spurred by a renewed resurgence, like vinyl. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had a comeback around the 20-year mark when parents brought a new generation to what interested them when they were young.” You must do your research and go beyond Google. An item’s price on eBay is only part of the story. That’s only what the seller is asking. How much will they get? Talk to an appraiser or vendor of similar items but remember, they won’t likely pay you market value. They’ll want to resell it, so they need to create room for a markup. It might be a piece of your childhood but to them it’s just business.

I’ve been moving my Little Kiddles dolls around with me for decades but when I mention them to anyone I’m usually met with a blank stare. A few years ago, I sold my Barbies to a friend in the vintage finds business and, sadly, couldn’t retire on the proceeds. You just never know where the market will go, says Mood. “Some collectables are ageing out like stamp collecting and, to a degree. comics.” Everyone loves to hear about someone who paid next to nothing for an item that turned out to be worth thousands. But no one wants to be the person who let that item go in the first place. The London Collectibles Show, Friday April 10, 9:30-2:30. Admission $5.

A wintery view looking north on the west side of Richmond St. past the Dominion Public Building towards the Westervelt School and the Grand Theatre. March 1960 Source - Western Archives London Free Press Collection

Mother’s Pizza, corner of Richmond and Pall Mall c1980s The restaurant is remembered for parlour-style pizza, big mugs, root beer floats, and nostalgic decor such as Tiffany lamps.

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A Recipe for a Longer Life – Japan

In Japan, people have a life expectancy of 85.3 years, the second longest on earth next to Monaco. Many of us are familiar with popular Japanese fish dishes including sushi and sashimi and several types of noodles such as ramen, soba and udon. But it’s also important to note that the Japanese diet incorporates very little processed food. Fish and seafood are fresh and readily available as are fruits and vegetables. Broths are popular and soup is even eaten at breakfast. Rice is a staple, of course, along with lots of green tea. Today’s recipe is Japan’s version of the omelet called Tamagoyaki which means grilled or fried egg. High in protein, it’s a breakfast food, of course, but also cut into squares and eaten along with lunch or dinner. It can be made sweet or savoury and is usually made in a special frying pan, but an 8-inch non-stick skillet works as well. We found a Tamagoyaki recipe that includes ingredients you probably already have on hand. Enjoy!

Ingredients 4 eggs - 1/4 tsp salt - 1/4 tsp soy sauce - 1/4 tsp sugar - 1 tsp oil Instructions In a bowl, mix eggs, salt, soy sauce and sugar. Heat pan at medium high – add oil.

Pour a thin layer of egg mixture in the pan, tilting to cover the bottom of the pan. After the thin egg has set but there is still liquid on top, gently roll into a log. Push log to one end of the pan. Oil pan again, and repeat the process, rolling the first roll up into the second roll, and then into the third. Continue until you have no more egg mixture. Remove from pan and cool for 5 minutes. Slice into ½ inch pieces. You can vary this recipe by adding spinach, onions or other fresh ingredients that appeal to you.

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Better Sleep for Better Health by Lisa Brandt

Sleep is something we feel we should be able to take for granted. But the fact is, most of us are sleep deprived in one way or another. Health Canada reports that 1 in 3 adults has trouble getting to or staying asleep. As a result, one-third of us have trouble staying awake during the day. Common reasons for sleeplessness include work anxiety, health conditions and even a snoring partner. Too many of us also underestimate the effect that poor sleep can have on our health. Good sleep is important for our ability to manage stress, to want to get up and enjoy some physical activity and to maintain good mental health. Some studies have also linked good sleep to successful weight loss. What’s stopping us from getting proper sleep? There are lots of answers to that question. Canada’s health experts suggest looking at the following: 1. How much caffeine, alcohol or nicotine you use. Caffeine affects people in different ways, and it stays in the system for as long as five hours. Consider limiting the amount of caffeine, alcohol and nicotine you consume before going to bed as these stimulants could get in the way of a good sleep. 2. Your medications. Some medicines create anxiety and wakefulness as side effects. Review them with your doctor. 3. How tired you are. It might be bedtime, but have you done enough physical activity to make yourself fatigued? A lack of exercise is one possible reason behind poor sleep. Health Canada suggests several ways to improve your sleep.

What is GLA:D ® ? GLA:D ® • is an 8-week education and exercise program delivered by certified therapists for people with symptoms of hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) • was developed in Denmark and more than 10,000 have participated • has reduced pain, use of pain killers and days on sick leave and has improved quality of life • teaches you how to control your movements to allow you to be more active What is GLA:D™ Canada? • GLA:D® is available in Canada and will be offered in various locations across the country • The program includes: 2-3 education classes, 12 exercise sessions (twice a week for 6 weeks), and measures your outcomes to monitor your improvement • The goal of the program is to reduce your symptoms so that you can do the things you want to do • Visit to find your nearest GLA:D™ Canada location 1. Create a sleep routine. Go to bed at the same time every night, turn off screens and have some quiet time. The idea is to train yourself to go to sleep when you follow the same behavior every night. 2. Practise relaxation and/or meditation techniques. Mindfulness and simply slowing yourself down and paying attention to your breathing can prepare you for sleep. 3. Reduce any noise and light in your bedroom. Get blackout curtains and earplugs, if necessary. 4. Lose excess weight. Being overweight can contribute to conditions such as sleep apnea and snoring, both of which are barriers to a good night’s sleep. Current recommendations are 7-9 hours of sleep until the age of 64, and then 7-8 hours for 65+. Hands up if you’re able to get that much shuteye every night! I didn’t think so. But wouldn’t it be nice if we all could.

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LAT Relationships – A Growing Trend By Rick Young

It used to be that most couples met, fell in love, married, and then committed to living together under the same roof in a lifelong relationship. “’Til death to us part,” as the

says Christine. While she admits there have been some challenges, Christine prefers to emphasize the unique benefits of LAT, including the fact that she and Scott always have something to talk about and the new skills they have learned which weren’t previously part of their regular responsibilities. The old proverb, absence makes the heart grow fonder, appears to apply to the Nobles. “When I go to see him, I get spoiled and pampered and I love to plan the same when he comes here,” says Christine. “At least twice a year, we will meet up in an airport and go somewhere fun.” While the LAT lifestyle isn’t for everyone, it does appear to have become a viable option for a growing number of boomer and beyond couples. If you’re inaLATrelationship, youmaybe interested in joining the Apartners (Living Apart Together) Facebook Group:

traditional wedding vow states. Well, that was then. This is now.

Statistics Canada reports that, as of 2017, nearly 1.5 million Canadians between the ages of 25 and 64 consider themselves to be in a couple relationship with a partner who lives somewhere else. The proportion of Canadians Living Apart Together (LAT) has been steadily increasing over the past decade-plus, up from 6% in 2006 to 9% in 2017. I have been in a LAT relationship with my partner, Valerie, for over 22 years. We were both full-time working high school teachers when we started dating in the late1990s. I was recovering from a costly divorce while Valerie was single and living independently in her own home. We made a conscious decision at that time to maintain our personal boundaries and space, and our relationship flourished under the circumstances. We are now 68 and 67, respectively, and retired, and we continue to maintain separate homes within walking distance of each other while remaining in a committed, intimate relationship. As we like to say, “We have grown old apart but together.” While most of our family and friends have accepted our LAT arrangement, a few are still puzzled as to why we have not married and moved in together. We simply tell them it works for us and that usually ends the discussion. And we’re not alone. Christine Noble, 54, of St. Thomas, has been in a LAT relationship with her husband, Scott, since 2006. For years now, they have been living apart in separate homes in different provinces: he in Alberta and she in Ontario. “We got married very young and had kids young, who left the family home when we were in our 40s, so a LAT relationship works for us”, says Christine. The decision to adopt the LAT lifestyle came when Christine was researching the terms and conditions of a mortgage renewal. At the time, she felt that she and Scott were growing apart. The mortgage renewal process got her to thinking about renewing the terms and conditions of their relationship to make it better. “If a relationship feels uncomfortable perhaps it’s time for early renewal. That means ending the existing contract and recreating terms and conditions that work for everyone,”

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Five kitchen hacks to save time and make life easier

Use a pizza cutter to cut up herbs and fresh veggies, cube ham, and cut grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas and pancakes or French toast into smaller bites. It can shred lettuce for tacos or salads and cut fresh brownies better than a knife. The humble rubber band works instead of a label to mark the contents of a jar. No sticky residue to deal with. Place one around a jar lid that’s tough to open to give you a better grip. A rubber band around a cutting board will keep it from slipping on the counter.

Baking a big batch of cookies? Turn your ironing board into a cooling station! It will hold a lot of hot goodies and keep production moving along. Keep those cookies soft with a slice of store-bought white bread. Place the bread with cookies in an airtight container to maintain a freshly baked texture. Bread will help with another common kitchen conundrum: how to stop the tears from coming when you slice onions. Hold a slice of bread in your mouth as you chop, and you’ll be tear-free! Plus, you’ll amuse whoever’s watching you cook.

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Why You Should Digitize Your Old Photos and Memories

If you were born in a certain era, you likely remember the days when snapping a photo meant pulling out your camera and winding the film along manually before taking the shot. You had no idea how the photo would turn out until days or weeks later when you finally finished the roll of film and dropped it off for processing at your local photo developing lab. If you remember that, then you likely have a shoebox at the back of a closet full of old photos; pics of your first day of kindergarten, or your child’s birth, or your parents’ wedding day – precious memories collected over the years that you want to preserve. Why You Should Digitize Old Photos There are several reasons why you should consider digitizing that irreplaceable box of photos. Natural disasters: In the event of a natural disaster like a fire or flood, you won’t have time to rummage through your closets looking for that box of photos to save. It’ll be much easier to grab a USB key. Wear and tear: Over time, photos don’t hold up. The corners get bent, they can tear, and the colours fade. Shareability: Once you have your photos digitized, you can share them with other family members and they can share theirs with you. Ease of storing and organizing: They’re easier to

organize and catalogue when they’re digitized. And no more bulky photo albums taking up valuable storage space. Photo books: With your digital photos you can create photo books, which make amazing gifts for family and friends. Our service digitizes your photos for a reasonable fee. You’ll receive your digital photos on a USB drive. You simply provide us with a box of photos or set of photo albums and we do the rest! We provide pickup of your photos in the London area, or can make an appointment to meet you in London, somewhere convenient for you. Digitizing your photos is a worthwhile project to ensure your family’s history is preserved for generations to come! Skting on the Green

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Thames River Trivia (answers on page 10)

April 2020 marks the 83rd anniversary of the historic Thames River flood. London was hardest hit as six inches of rain fell in five days. How much do you know about the Thames? Test your knowledge with our Thames River trivia. 1. How long is the Thames River? A) 73 km B) 173 km C) 273 km 2. In what year was the Thames River designated a Canadian Heritage River? A) 1826 B) 1933 C)2000 3. Which direction does the Thames flow? 4. What body of water does the Thames empty into? 5. Which of these species calls the Thames River home: A) Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake B) Spiny Soft-Shell Turtle C) Shorthead Redhorse 6. What is the name of the area where the North and South branches of the Thames River join? 7. The Thames River was an important battle location during which war? Living together? Make it legal! License your pet. All cats and dogs must be licensed by law. Licensing helps save animals’ lives. • Lost pets are returned home • Helps to fund animal services programs • Homeless pets get adopted Please do you part! Contact us to license your pet

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News from Age Friendly London Network!

Age Friendly London Network Meeting Monday March 23 9:30 am – 12 pm, Museum London

Looking for Research Participants Dr. Donald Saklofske and PhD graduate student Claire Wilson from the Department of Psychology at Western University in London, Ontario are looking for volunteers who are 60 years of age or older to take part in an online study examining how people adapt to negative life events and quality of life. If you are interested and agree to participate you would be asked to complete a few online questionnaires that will take approximately 30 minutes or less to complete. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. In appreciation for your time, you will be entered into a draw to win one of five $20 Chapters/Indigo gift cards. If you would like to participate in this study, please click on the link below to access the letter of information and survey link. Survey Link: SV_aafYtqsaMfYPEJ7

We are doing something different with the spring AFL Network update meeting. The meeting will be held on Monday March 23, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, at Museum London. We are collaborating with the Creative Age Network to hold a joint event that will include AFL Network updates, a community conversation, entertainment, and a free lunch. Pre-Registration is required. Register at: Co-Housing Group Meeting Thursday April 30 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Central Library, 251 Dundas St. Free, no registration required. A group of Londoners is looking to create the first cohousing community in London. They welcome curious, like-minded individuals to connect with them through See attached poster for more information. 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget The City of London is once again undertaking a multi-year approach to the City’s finances as it develops the 2020- 2023 budget, ensuring Londoners continue to receive services and programs they value. The budget team is looking to hear from Londoners on all the business cases and where they think additional funding should or should not be spent to ensure Council has as much information as possible during budget deliberations. For more information and to share your feedback, visit getinvolved. .

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Thames River Trivia Answers (From Page 9)

1. C 2. C 3. West or southwest 4. Lake St. Clair 5. All of them 6. The Forks of the Thames 7. The War of 1812

Rocky’s Cycle Centre on Wharncliffe Rd. In the middle is owner Rocky Robb. Sept 1965 Source - LFP – Western Archives

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London’s Live Music Flashbacks with Greg Simpson Campbells/Ye Olde City Hall

You’re sure to know who Ronnie Hawkins is. The Arkansas native came north with his band The Hawks in the late 50s to play gigs in Canada, and the second city they played in was London. Eventually, Ronnie decided to get into the club business in the Forest City. When I first moved to London in 1968, I was still a year or two away from being allowed in bars, but Ronnie’s bar Campbells, near the corner of Dundas and Talbot, was the happening place. Ronnie also played there, of course. It was also home to touring R & B acts and after I turned 21, I was in the room as often as I could be to see some of the best entertainment available. George Olliver, late of the band The Mandala, showcased his new band Natural Gas at Campbells, with Graham Lear on drums, and many London musicians in the lineup. I had just come from seeing a band called Bush at Wonderland Gardens which also included three former members of The Mandala, and when one of them - Domenic Troiano - heard that George’s new band was playing we dropped in for a set. It became a reunion gig with a jam session that lasted well beyond closing time. Campbells sold draft for a dime on holiday weekends, but its days were numbered. The land, which also included a 24- hour greasy spoon called The Cozy Restaurant, it was sold to Bell for its giant office building that stands there today. Ronnie and his partners got a decent buyout and immediately invested it in the then-empty historic London City Hall at Dundas and Wellington. Tastes had changed so Ye Olde City Hall (known as City Hall or Old City Hall) focused on rock and roll and for a few years it was THE showcase club in town. Virtually every developing band in the country would do a weekend there during their climb to fame. After-parties were legendary. Stand-outs include Halifax’ Pepper Tree featuring a young Brian “Too Loud” MacLeod, James Leroy and Denim,

Bearfoot (aka Atkinson Danko & Ford), and many more lost in the mists of time. The club was well designed for the audience’s comfort. The only thing that didn’t sit quite right were two flights of stairs one needed to climb to get inside. Bouncers would rid the club of troublemakers by pitching them down those same stairs. Other than that it was a fine place to listen to music until the competition that rose to challenge Ye Olde City Hall finally forced them out of business.

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GOOD NEWS! Why getting older is better by Lisa Brandt

4. Confidence. We know ourselves and our value. If someone else doesn’t appreciate us, who needs them? We feel free to express our opinions without needing everyone else to agree. 5. Priorities. Money really isn’t everything! A fun, messy day baking cookies with grandchildren is more important than a perfectly clean kitchen. You’ll get around to getting everything back in order after the cookies cool. 6. Style. Culottes are back in? Not for me! We know what works for us and we don’t feel the need to try the next trendy outfit just to fit in. 7. Appreciation. We’ve lost a lot of friends along the way. We know how

“Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.” Rabbi Hyman Schachtel We spend our youth pursuing happiness and now that we’re older, we realize we had it all along. The kids grew up in a blur and now we find ourselves with the free time we longed for years ago. Most of us wouldn’t go Here are seven reasons why we’re grateful now that we’re older. 1. Kids and grandkids. We’ve raised our children and did a pretty good job. Now, they’re having families of their own. Grandchildren are our rewards. We love them unconditionally and they think we’re wise and wonderful. We have opportunities to share what we’ve learned with them. 2. Free time. Working part-time, volunteering, freelancing – it’s all better than full-time work by a country mile! These days, we fill the space with creative pursuits, social time, and whatever else brings us joy and fulfillment. 3. Less stress. Fighting traffic, meeting deadlines, dealing with irritating coworkers and fussy clients are things of the past. If we want to watch the sun rise with a hot cup of coffee in our hands, we can.

fortunatewe are to be living this life and the joys and heartaches that go with it. We’re grateful. And we’re more likely to say so.

REXPO - BE INSPIRED BEFORE RETIRED REXPO is an annual not for profit event geared to inspire people to stay (or become) engaged in recreation and leisure pursuits, even after retirement. The Recreation and Leisure Committee is comprised of several recreation professionals and community representativeswhomeet throughout the year to plan this free of charge experience. Although it is aimed for people ages 55 and over, it is for anyone looking to find more information about the types of recreation and leisure opportunities that are available in the London and surrounding area. There will be over 30 exhibits to peruse and many demonstrations which consist of everything from live music, dancing, technology and virtual reality to arts, crafts and wood carving! Engaging in meaningful activities doesn’t just mean fun and games though. Therefore, we also have ideas to increase learning opportunities and your sense of purpose. We hope to see you in April as we welcome Spring and fresh starts! FREE! No registration required. For more information, please visit

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Loneliness, Social Isolation and Aging By Rick Young

What can be done to prevent chronic loneliness and isolation? Patrick Fleming suggests creating buddy system

We’ve all heard the saying, “Getting old is tough, but it beats the alternative.” For aging Canadians who can maintain their health, independence and an active social network, it can be a fulfilling stage of life. But for many, the so-called Golden Years can be ones of loneliness and social isolation. Loneliness is linked to social isolation, but the two are different. Patrick Fleming, a Social Worker in the Geriatric Mental Health program at London Health Sciences Centre explains. “Living alone in itself does not indicate loneliness and isolation. Many older adults enjoy the privacy and personal space. They remain socially connected to others including family, friends, social groups, recreational activities, religious/spiritual communities, to name a few. There are individuals who may wish to live alone and limit contact with others and do not feel isolated and alone. There are individuals who may be surrounded by others and still feel isolated and alone.” Beverly Farrell, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in St. Joseph Hospital’s Specialized Geriatric Services and Third Age Outreach program, issues, communication and sensory challenges such as decreased hearing, sight loss, and the ability to communicate whether from a stroke or they are of another culture and don’t speak English. Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, memory challenges, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, not having anyone or means to go out into the community with.” The consequences of chronic loneliness and isolation among seniors are usually obvious, including accelerated physical and mental decline compared to their more social counterparts. Research by Allies in Aging shows that,“Loneliness in seniors can cause early death as often as alcoholism, obesity, and heavy smoking.” identifies some factors that may lead to these feelings. “The loss of a spouse, family or friends, health

programs for checking in on aging individuals, offering community neighbourhood

programs, providing social gatherings and transportation to get people there. And decreasing physical barriers to attending and making them more affordable. Fleming sees potential in technology. “Create more telephone visits or get-togethers on the computer. An increased number of older adults are computer aware and using social media. With continued education, awareness, and technology available, more older adults can find new ways to connect with others.” He also says ageism can be decreased by creating more intergenerational programs. “Positive interaction creates purpose and a more positive feeling about each generation.” Both Beverly Farrell and Patrick Fleming are optimistic that with increased awareness and more community programs directed towards aging Canadians, loneliness and isolation will diminish. Beverly adds, “I think it will always be a challenge for some. However, there are many resources, services and community programs available to help prevent it. The more people are socially connected and engaged in their community, the more resiliency they will have to deal with the challenges of the aging process. London is Canada’s first Age Friendly City and we want it to remain the best city in which to grow older.”

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OK, Gen X, Y, and Millennials by Lisa Brandt

“Every generation blames the one before…” So begins the brilliant 1988 hit song The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics. I guess it’s our turn now. You have probably heard, or heard of, the dismissive insult, “OK, Boomer”. It’s lobbed at our generation by those who are younger in reaction to the state of the world. It’s as if the planet was ours alone to save and we and we alone ruined everything! The saying has expanded to make fun of stuff we like, our music, etc. But “Ok, Boomer” gets it horribly wrong, like most simplistic explanations for complex problems do. Boomers currently hold a lot of powerful positions around the world. US President Trump is a Boomer, as are UK leader Boris Johnson, Germany’s Angela Merkel and China’s Xi Jinping. Each of those countries has had major upheaval in recent years but is that the fault of Boomers? Not at all. It’s the fault of politicians and that kind of turmoil has been happening since the dawn of elections. And it’s not as if every Boomer voted all Boomers into office. Generalities about generations are dangerous and misleading. Let’s promise Gens X and Y and Millennials that we won’t do it to them if they’ll kindly stop doing it to us. Have we as a generation made mistakes? Of course! Who hasn’t? For every iPhone invention there are a We can use technology to fight loneliness Loneliness is a growing issue in Canada, with one in five Canadians reporting feeling lonely or socially isolated. Research suggests that daily interaction can help contribute to raise self esteem, lower depression and combat feelings of aloneness. We feel that digital technology can help connect people, both volunteers and clients. Those who want to volunteer from home, others who have limited mobility and want someone to talk to, face to face. Clients enjoy the interaction, and feel connected when they can see someone and talk at the same time! Sharing a story, getting to know someone, and being a highlight of their day without a large time commitment once a week can benefit both parties mentally and emotionally. It improves health, well-being, and active and independent living. VON started a pilot project in London this summer, matching volunteers with clients who have a computer, tablet or smart phone through the internet to video chat. We hope to set a precedence in the field for this new type of visiting, and connect those who are in need of some basic human conversation. You don’t have to leave your home, you can visit anytime during the day, and make use of your time and skills to mutually benefit and change the life of someone in your community! The program is FREE, all you have to do is contact the London office at 519-659-2273 ext 22226 if you want to sign up either as a client or become a volunteer!

thousand Google Glasses that fail miserably. Problems like homelessness and drug addiction are on the rise, not falling. We’re getting some things right and other things wrong. But we’re trying and in many aspects, we have moved the needle forward. We brought the world the artificial heart, DNA fingerprinting and Viagra. You’re welcome! So, the next time you hear or read some young buck or doe exclaim, “Ok, Boomer”, just remember, their day will come. Someone will have to pay the price for making billionaires out of the Kardashians and popularizing shredded designer jeans. It will just take a little time until a younger generation helpfully points out where they went wrong.

ENHANCE SOMEONE’S LIFE Volunteer for VON today! We need volunteers to: • cook and serve breakfast and lunches • volunteer from home by: – quick phone call to 2 or 3 people a couple times a week – check on people weekdays to make sure they are okay – Virtually visiting them ‘face to face’ via computer or tablet • volunteer to teach an exercise class or lead a walking group • help with shuffleboard • pick up and deliver food to client’s apartments once a month • office volunteers • other volunteer opportunities

Call 519-659-2273 ext 22226 for more information. Paid employment opportunities also available.

Various locations in the city of London. We will train. Must be available to volunteer during weekdays.

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Road), Plant Matter Kitchen (162 Wortley Road), Wortley Village Pharmasave (190 Wortley Road, London) by mid December. See for a complete list of locations. Left: At Old South Dentistry, they believe that “nothing can change the world like the power of a smile.” Dr. Abdu invites you to bring a smile to local women in need by stopping by to help fill their Shoebox project box.

For more information or to participate, please contact: Joyla Furlano (PhD Student) • Dr. Lindsay Nagamatsu Exercise, Mobility and Brain Health Lab, Western University (519) 661-2111 ext. 88284

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Wortley Villager CANADIAN TAI CHI ACADEMY Introduction to Tai Chi classes Starting throughout the Spring Contact us for details: 226-270-8502 December 2019 Facebook: Canadian Tai Chi Academy-London Branch Ask about our introduction classes.

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