Boomers and Beyond London Sept 2019

Celebrating the 55+ Community of London

Sept/Oct 2019 Issue 6

Boomers and Beyond London Issue #6 September 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!


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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.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Montero-Odasso, Geriatric Medicine

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The Canadian Women’s Club, staying relevant in the 21st Century written by Rick Young

Established in 1910, the Canadian Women’s Club is one of London’s oldest surviving social institutions. Then as now, its purpose is to inform its members’ minds and to broaden their understanding of matters pertaining to Canada. Through the determination of its dedicated volunteers and its far-reaching activities and programs over the years, the organization remains just as active in the community today as it was 109 years ago at the time of its founding. “We work hard to remain relevant by featuring current, timely speakers and topics at our monthly meetings at Centennial Hall from September to March,” says Karen Erskine, Chair of the Club’s Publicity Committee. “We present the annual Kathryn Sells Music Award during the Kiwanis Music Festival and our Youth Program recognizes outstanding young people and we feature selected Youth Speakers before our Adult Speakers take the podium at our meetings.” The Club’s Mission is to preserve the Canadian identity, increase interest in matters affecting the welfare of the country, inform members about Canada’s part in world affairs, and acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of young people in the London community. It operates as a non-profit, non-political, non-partisan and non- sectarian membership-based organization – and it welcomes both women and men as members. “Of our 700 or more members, about 20 are men,” says Karen. “The age range of our current membership is anywhere from 55 to 90 years of age, and the great majority are retirees.” The Club is involved in a variety of Community Service endeavours including: · Collection of can tabs for recycling. The money earned is used to purchase a wheelchair/ ambulatory aid for a needy child. We work with the Thames Valley School Board and to date have purchased a wheelchair/walker every year

· Collection of food coupons for the London Food Bank · Food Drive for the London Food Bank at our March meeting · Financial assistance to students wishing to participate in leadership training .

When asked to identify some outstanding past Speakers, Karen hesitates to mention any specific individuals, although she does say that lectures given by London author Emma Donoghue, True Crime writer Michael Arntfield and Thanh Campbell, Orphan 32, have stayed with her. Where is the Club headed in the 21st Century? Karen predicts the organization will continue to grow by attracting more members, especially younger ones, and will continue to seek out timely and interesting Speakers. One thing the Club can always use more of is volunteers, says Karen. Interested individuals can sign up on the group’s website. This year’s first Speaker is Canadian author Sherry Pringle who will be addressing the topic “Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Times” on September 12, followed by Lillian Kluka, Canada’s first female marine pilot, on October 10, who will be discussing a “Life At Sea.” For a complete list of Speakers and more information about the Club, visit the Club’s website at: https://www.

Guest Speaker: Sherry Pringle September 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Lillian Kluka October 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

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Topic: “A Life At Sea” Lillian Kluka grew up on a farm near Blenheim, Ontario. With no marine background, she never expected to spend her working life at sea. A week after finishing high school, she boarded her first cargo…

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Kathy Smith, a driving force in London’s seniors community

Kathy Smith, a driving force in London’s seniors community Over her 73 years, Kathy Smith has worn many hats. She has been a counterculture hippie, member of an all- female rock band in Toronto, wife and mother, single working mother, freelance public relations and marketing specialist, adult educator, and, for a time, the Director of Training and Development for Big V Pharmacies of Ontario. These days, Kathy spends her time advocating for aging Canadians and organizing activities for London’s Creative Age communities, helping a diverse network of neighbourhoods, municipalities, institutions and nonprofit organizations secure resources to start, grow and sustain creative aging programs, events and activities. “Many people have drawn very defined lines between work, voluntary activities, hobbies and leisure pursuits. I don’t. Sometimes I do community work for no pay and sometimes I get paid. I might travel for leisure, but I also get paid as a tour guide. I offer art classes free of charge but I sometimes research, develop and teach courses and charge a fee for service,” says Kathy. “As a high-school drop out and single mom, my employment opportunities after my divorce were very limited. I didn’t really join the ‘normal’ mainstream workforce until I was 30 years old. While most boomers experienced a career or financial peak in their 40s and 50s, I didn’t have my career peak until I was in my 60s,” Kathy recalls. In 2007, Kathy got involved with the Creative Age movement after attending an online seminar presented by Dr. Gene Cohen. Cohen demonstrated that participation in activities that foster creative engagement and skills mastery in a social environment has positive psychological, physical and emotional health benefits for older adults. It gave Kathy a new focus in life. “After mid-life, I tell people they can look forward to Creative Age and not old age. It is a positive approach or mindset to the reality that we all get older,” says Kathy. In 2009, Kathy organized a unique year long creative aging program for residents and day program participants at the Dearness Home and helped the City of London receive its first Age Friendly Community designation from the World Health Organization.

From 2010 to 2013, she developed a research project to identify late career transitions and income earning opportunities for older workers., and from 2013 through to 2017, Kathy worked with volunteers to provide creative aging programs and events for adults 55+ in various neighbourhoods through the London Public Library branches. Kathy was named to the City of London Mayor’s Honour Roll, received the London Council for Adult Education’s Adult Educator’s Award, and in 2016 she was recognized by the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario for her contributions to promoting cross-sector initiatives for seniors in the London region. What does the future hold for Kathy Smith? “My focus will be shifting to creative housing options and aging at home services. I will continue to help organizations secure the resources they need, both financial and human, to do community development projects. I have more requests to do public speaking and professional development presentations. For the next five years, it will be my goal to connect and empower older adults to work together to develop innovative and affordable solutions to address their needs in housing and home support programs.” “Everyday life still amazes me!” Visit to learn about new Creative Age programs/services coming up 2019-20.

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Stepping Out Safely presents: Hello Neighbours! Saturday, October 5, 2019 Kiwanis Seniors’ Community Centre, 78 Riverside Drive A closeup view looking west along King St from Clarence St 1950s

Offering a complete range of services and numerous options for interment and/or memorialization in our beautifully landscaped, non-profit, heritage cemeteries. Mount Pleasant and Oakland Cemeteries We can be of assistance. Call 519-434-6504 to make an appointment to discuss your needs. Crematorium–Chapel–Reception Centre Transfer Service

SAVE THE DATE Providing learning opportunities on healthy aging for adults aged 55+ Only $8 per person, lunch included Registration will open on August 16, 2019 Additional details available soon!

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Sudoku Rules: Each puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid containing given clues in various places. The object is to fill all empty squares so that the numbers 1 to 9 appear exactly once in each row, column and 3x3 box.

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1960s Movies and Pop Culture Trivia

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18 what was the famous boxer's named before he changed it to Muhammad Ali? 19 Mary Quant invented what new and revealing type of women's clothing in 1964?

1 What famous band arrived from England to the U.S in 1964? 6 Which iconic blonde actress was found dead in her bedroom August 5, 1962? 9 Which film was the highest grossing release of 1963, yet still lost money because it was one of the most expensive films ever made? 10 What 60s artist was famous for his renderings of every objects such as soup cans? 12 What famous actor starred in Lilies of the Field and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? 13 Easy Rider starred Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper. Which one directed the movie? 15 Who Landed at 17 Cherry Tree Lane in a Walt Disney movie from 1964? 16 Which former first lady married Aristotle Onassis in 1968? 17 Which product did Proctor and Gamble launch in 1966?


2 Which film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1960? 3 This bluesy rock singer was discovered at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967? 4 What was the name of Butch Cassidy's gang in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? 5 What 1968 movie co-starred a computer named H.A.L? 7 Who played the role of Norman Bates in the 1960 horror movie, Psycho? 8 What famous Tv series debuted in 1966 with these words "Space, the final frontier?" 11 Which actor won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in To Kill A Mockingbird? 14 Which year did Woodstock Festival take place?


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Do you need a Buddy?

Most things are better when you have someone to share them with, like taking an art or a class or going to a museum. There’s nothing wrong with doing activities on your own. But having a buddy to taste your delicious creation from Italian Cooking Class and say yes, you really nailed that marinara sauce, doubles your fun. That’s the concept behind Leisure Buddies, a program created by the Social Participation group of the Age Friendly London Network. Leisure Buddies matches people 55+ who get involved in something together. The Participant is the person who is looking for a buddy. Participants are facing a barrier that keeps them from getting involved in social or recreational events on their own. For example, they might not have transportation or they’re new London and don’t know where to find things they’re interested in. The Volunteer is the buddy who joins the Participant. Volunteer buddies offer companionship and support to participants. They receive training before getting started, and it doesn’t cost them anything to take part. Fees and related costs are covered by a grant from the New Horizons Seniors Program. The City of London has lots of recreational and educational opportunities for seniors. Check with local community centres as well as the Seniors’ Satellites. A guide is available via the city’s website, In 2010, London became the first city in Canada to join the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities.

This means London has committed to being inclusive, accessible, and to promoting active aging. Age Friendly London’s eight working groups focus on topics like transportation, housing, outdoor spaces and other areas that require attention when it comes to being age friendly. There’s always room for improvement but there are also a lot of opportunities to get involved. The groups are always looking for new members. Health benefits of the buddy system are well documented. In its 2017 study, the University of Michigan found older adults were less likely to get sick and had a better sense of well-being if they had friends. The study showed friends mattered more to the senior’s health than whether they had a close family. Buddies truly do matter. Get a buddy or be a buddy with Leisure Buddies

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Remembering Wonderland Gardens

by Rick Young

Mention the name Wonderland Gardens today and most Londoners will probably respond “Wonderland what”? The site of the legendary dance hall, which burned down in 2005, is now called Springbank Gardens and all that remains of the original venue is the outdoor bandshell. The story of Wonderland Gardens begins in the early 1930s, when Charles Jones signed a long-term lease for a small lot of land in Westminster Township adjacent to the Thames River. His plan was to build a series of gardens, fountains, woods, ponds and footpaths including a luxurious swimming pool all surrounding a 550-square-metre, open-air dance floor with a bandstand and Spanish Colonial style pavilion. Wonderland Summer Gardens opened in May 1935 and it quickly became one of the city’s hot spots. Big Bands like Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians and those led by Glenn Miller, the Dorsey brothers and local musicians like Johnny Downs, and Lionel Thornton, all graced the venue’s bandshell. Generations of Londoners danced and canoodled under the stars on the venue’s open-air dance floor. As thedecades passedandmusical tastes changed, the venerable dance hall changed with the times. By the 1960s, Wonderland was London’s favourite concert/dance hall for the thousands of London area Boomers who flocked there to see major acts like Sly and the Family Stone, Deep Purple, The Mandala, Grant Smith and the Power, and many others too numerous to list. Wonderland was also a jumping-off point for local bands like The Bluesmen Revue, A Small Experience, and The New Set, who mostly opened for the headliners. For John Sharpe, The New Set’s former drummer, Wonderland holds a special place in his musical career.

“The room had excellent acoustics both on the stage and in the hall. In those days that was the exception rather than the norm,” Jim recalls. “And it had one of the smallest dressing rooms I ever saw in a venue that size. How the multi-person big bands ever managed to get their people dressed for a gig I can’t imagine!” Ken Thorne, of A Small Experience, another London band that regularly played Wonderland, remembers the venue’s dressing rooms, too.

“The original dressing room walls were scrawled with the signatures of many of the artists who performed there. Whenever we played there, we used to try and find the new additions while waiting to go on stage,” says Ken. In August 13 - 14 1969, Wonderland hosted a two-day Pop Festival featuring Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Alice Cooper, Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys, George Olliver & The Natural Gas and others for the whopping price of $7.00! The event preceded the much larger Woodstock Music Festival that took place in New York State August 15 – 18. Apparently, Zappa was asked why he wasn’t playing Woodstock. His reply? “Because we don’t want to.”

“A group could play any number of teen towns or private events, but everyone knew you had not really ‘made it’ until you played Wonderland,” recalls John. “It was a magical place that attracted hundreds of teens to its weekly rock ‘n’ roll shows, so every group in the area wanted in on the action.” Jim Chapman, former bassist for The Bluesmen Revue, a very popular London R&B group, remembers headlining at Wonderland many times.

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Rumour has that after his set, Zappa waterskied on the heavily polluted Thames River which flowed behind Wonderland! To this day, the rumour has never been proven or disproven. As the years progressed, touring acts moved to other venues in town and Wonderland became more of a location for special events like company parties, conventions, rallies, and receptions. “In its final days, the City of London had an active interest in Wonderland, but council would not invest the money needed to refurbish it and keep it a top live performance venue,” Jim laments. “When Wonderland burned down there was a lot of talk that something political and fishy had gone on, though I have no way of knowing if that was the case. Like many people, when I heard news of the fire, I shed a tear for all the great days and memories gone by.”

So next time you pedal or walk through Springbank Gardens, take pause to see if you can hear some of the strains of great music that was once played on the site.

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The Nostalgic Theatre is for the young at heart

The members of London-based The Nostalgic Theatre have a simple mission. “Our aim is to provide laughter and joy by bringing the experience of theatre to other seniors,” says Lynne Armstrong-Jones, TNT’s community liaison. Formed in 1978, the seniors’ troupe has been providing musical-comedy entertainment to other seniors for more than 30 years in community centres, seniors’ residences and other venues. Young At Heart is TNT’s motto. Lynne explains why. “We stay young at heart through the good feelings we have when we see our audiences’ smiles and hear their laughter and applause. It is our hope that we help our audiences to feel young at heart as well through the fun and music provided by our shows.” Members come from all walks of life and have ranged in age from 55 to 90. The company currently consists of 23 individuals, including actors, singers and an accompanist, and a support group who are responsible for props, sets and lighting. Performances are normally in the afternoon or evening and last from 40 to 90 minutes. The group has developed three Themes – Country and Western, Broadway and Christmas Show – which usually consist of 15 to 30 minute segments that when combined, make up a full program. Segments may include The Roaring 20s, World War II years, the 1950s and 1960s to today, Country and Western and Christmas shows.

TNT tailors its programs to suit the specific needs of its audiences. Shows may include comedy sketches, songs, monologues and dances, and consist of individuals, duets, small groups or the entire company. “We tend to base plans and themes for future shows based on the responses our shows get from audiences. If, for example, a country-themed show is well-received, we are likely to perform it again. It takes us about 4 months to learn a new program, so it would not be possible for us to do a different theme for every show,” Lynne says. The Nostalgic Theatre is a registered charity with an elected Board of Directors including a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer, as well as a past president. It is funded by the payments it receives for its shows. Lynne says that prospective new members are always welcome to visit a Wednesday rehearsal to decide whether or not the organization is suited to them. At press time, the group needed a piano accompanist. Interested individuals can contact Lynne at Future TNT shows include four in seniors’ residences, as well as an open-to-the-public Christmas show at the Kiwanis Seniors Community Centre on Tuesday November 26th at 6:30 p.m. “We are very interested in new venues and new audiences. We have done shows as fund-raisers at churches and would welcome more opportunities along this line. We are always happy to entertain at new venues,” says Lynne. For more information about The Nostalgic Theatre, visit: Rick Young is a London freelance writer. He was the publisher/managing editor of The Beat Magazine from 2009 to 2014.

The Nostalgic Theatre is happy to present our new show featuring 150 Years of Canada. We feature singing, dancing and humour -- as well as authentic-looking costumes – from the 1800s to the 1960s. Our emcee will also point out each song’s and act’s connection to Canada.

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Purchasing a new vehicle as a senior by Rick Young

I’ve just gone through that ritual most of us experience at least several times during our adult lives: Purchasing a new vehicle. To be sure, my 2004 Honda Accord still runs and looks great. But lately the service bills have been increasing in frequency and in cost – what inevitably happens when products are built for planned obsolescence in our throw- away consumer society. What was different this time around, however, was the fact that I am now officially a senior – someone 65+. I had a rash of different questions to consider since I last purchased a new vehicle some fifteen years ago: Will this be my last new vehicle? Do I need a bigger/smaller vehicle? Do I want a car or SUV? Should I consider an electric or hybrid vehicle? And, do I purchase or lease? Replacing my car with a new Honda Accord would be tantamount to buying a new house with a monthly payment to match many mortgages. Something I am not prepared to do as a 68-year-old retiree. And don’t get me started about the so-called MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price)! It only applies to the basic model, and doesn’t include taxes, freight charges, licensing and all those other extras dealers pile on the cost of a new vehicle. Then, there is the dreaded negotiating process or “dance” you must go through with the dealership. Here it’s Caveat emptor or Let the buyer beware! With all due respect to Vehicle Sales Reps, I know you have a demanding job that requires you to prey upon the impulsivity and emotions of your customers. But haggling over thousands of dollars on the purchase of a new vehicle is not a pleasant experience for most consumers.

For many seniors, it can be downright stressful and intimidating. In my case, I settled on a 2018 demonstrator compact SUV. It was the perfect vehicle for my needs at this time and I figured we could grow older together. During my first meeting with the sales rep, we reached what I thought was a reasonable price for my trade-in, figured in all available rebates and discounts, and came up with a “Final” price, open for further negotiation. Two days later, I made my second trip to the dealer armed with my “Final” offer based on a cash purchase. Well, after submitting my offer and asking for a simple Yea or Nay, the sales rep said he would have to clear it with his Manager. He returned with two sheets of paper in hand – one a revised appraisal on my 2004 Accord, and the second a revised “Final” cost on the SUV. My trade-in was now worth almost $2000 less than it was two days earlier and the new bottom line was almost $2500 more than what we had agreed upon. Apparently, my willingness to pay cash was not a factor, since onsite dealership financing is such a large part of new vehicle purchasing these days. I informed him that was not good enough and walked away from the “deal.” I felt relieved that I had not purchased emotionally or impulsively. I guess you can do that when you’re a senior. Will I revisit the whole ritual at some point soon? I guess I’ll have to monitor what those repair bills look like in the next twelve months. I would like to hear about your experiences as a senior buying a new vehicle. Were they like mine? Dramatically different? Email me at

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Canadian seniors and falls, be prepared written by Rick Young

We’ve all seen the novelty T-Shirts that read: “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Unfortunately, it’s no laughing matter for the 20 – 30% of Canada’s senior population over 65 who report falls each year. According to Statistics Canada, falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians. Over 85% of injury-related falls require hospitalization. Falls can result in chronic pain, reduced mobility, loss of independence and even death. “The risk of falling naturally increases with age. Everyone ages, and aging is accompanied by physiological changes that will increase you or your loved ones’ likelihood of falling. A decrease in muscle mass and reduced bone density are two contributing factors” says Dr. Ryan Davey, Director of Research and Operations, Toronto Physiotherapy. Fall risk factors can be grouped into three major categories: · Health-based factors: Balance problems, weakness, chronic illnesses, vision problems, and medication side-effects that are specific to individuals. · Environmental factors: Home hazards such as loose throw rugs and pets underfoot, outside hazards like icy sidewalks and high street curbs, and risky footwear such as high heels. Improper use of walkers and other assistive devices also fall under this category. · Trigger events: Sudden unexpected incidents that challenge an individual’s balance or strength. Examples include losing your balance on a bicycle, having a strong dog pull you on a leash, or missing a step while climbing stairs. Geriatric specialists suggest numerous strategies for avoiding falls. Here are 10 Do It Yourself tips: · Remove obstacles inside/outside of your residence that could cause tripping. · Install handrails and lights on any staircases, with light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs. · Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks, or slip-resistant backing. Repair loose wooden floorboards and carpeting. Remembrance Day c lumn

· Install shower/tub grab bars. Place non-slip mats on the shower floor and bathtub. · Have your vision checked often and regularly. · Review your medications regularly for any side effects and interactions that may cause balance problems. · If able, start exercise on a regular basis to increase . and strengthen muscles and joints. · Wear properly fitted sturdy footwear with non-skid soles that will reduce the risk of falling. · Tell your doctor about any health conditions such as dizziness, joint pain, numbness, or shortness of breath that may occur when walking. · Use assistive devices, like canes or a walker, if needed. If you or a loved one has experienced an injury-related fall which resulted in hospitalization, you may consider a PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) that will alert others when help is needed. The best advice in the end is: Just don’t fall. Stay upright and live a healthy, happy life during your golden years. To read the Government of Canada’s Report on Seniors’ Falls in Canada, visit: health-promotion/aging-seniors/publications/publications- general-public/seniors-falls-canada-second-report.html


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The Importance of Highlighting Your Life Stories and Personal Strengths Change is inevitable for all of us. With change comes new people, places and environments. Have you ever thought about how your needs, interests, skills and strengths will be known by others as things change in your life? Maybe you’ve had intentions to create a legacy or life story for the ones you love, to have a way of remembering your family stories and experiences by. Your stories can have an even greater purpose though. Over my 20 years of experience working

with individuals who have dementia, and/or another mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety, I have come to realize that very few people have taken steps to ensure that the people around them really know who they are and were. Think about if you were to be admitted to hospital or are considering a move to a retirement or long term care home. How do professionals in the health care field know what you think they should know about you? Many of us have friends or family who could share this information as needed, but not always. Even if you do however, are you confident that they know the pieces about you that could improve your quality of care? Are your morals, values and culture understood? How about your sense of humour, your need for socialization and stimulation? How would any of this information be shared with the people who would benefit from knowing?

Let’s talk about how to capture your own life story, in ways that are meaningful to you. Our stories are what connect us! They help us relate to one another and establish meaningful, trusting relationships. Are you interested in learning more? I want to share some tips and tricks in upcoming editions of Boomers and Beyond and, I invite you to contact me to request future themes related to this or to share your insights with me. I don’t pretend to have all the answers although I’m always willing to share what I know and learn what I don’t. Lisa Joworski, R/TRO Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

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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15 Years of Oakridge Optimist Trivia by Bill Adams

the 15th anniversary this year, our 65 trivia teams were given the opportunity to submit questions to be chosen for use in one of the 10 rounds. That round with the team submitted questions resulted in the second-lowest scores for the evening. One of the highlights of Trivia Night is the Sing-along. When the answer to one of the musical questions is revealed and disc jockey Rob Wilson hits the music, our players spring to their feet to dance and sing-along. Other highlights include a silent auction, raffle table, prize draws and a 50/50 draw that sent the winner home with $2300. When the final scores are tallied, the top five teams are rewarded with cash prizes. Our Trivia Night would not be a success without the continuing support of our players. Many teams return year-after-year including some who have attended all 15 trivia nights. We are also thankful for our many generous sponsors and advertisers who contribute to the success of the event. If you are interested in participating in our 2020 Trivia Night scheduled for Saturday, February 1st, you can put your name on the waiting list for a table by sending an email to trivia@

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1 B E A 2 T L E S H The first Saturday night in February has been Trivia Night for the past 15 years for hundreds of people from Oakridge and across the city. The Oakridge Optimist Club held its 15th annual Trivia Night on February 2nd at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel where 520 players enjoyed dinner then put their brains to work trying to answer the 100 trivia questions. Optimist Jim Easton faced some skepticism when he initially brought forward his idea for a trivia night to the club’s board of directors in 2004. Jim believed it would offset a decline in revenue from bingos which were the club’s main source of fundraising. He pressed on and Oakridge Optimist members got on board to make the first Trivia Night on February 5th, 2005 a success. The event grew in size and popularity over the years and quickly replaced bingos as the club’s major source of revenue. The 15 Trivia Nights have raised a total of more than $350,000 to support many youth-related activities over the years. Each trivia night requires many hours of organization and preparation by our Optimist club members. More than 50 volunteers are required to make the evening run smoothly. Optimist Jim who has prepared the trivia questions from the beginning serves as quiz master for the night. We sometimes receive feedback that the questions are too difficult. To mark Optimist Jim Easton serves as M-C and quiz master for the Oakridge Optimist Trivia Night. 3 J E A 4 H 6 M A R I L Y N M O N R O E P A I L S 10 A N D Y W A R H O L J I 11 G T O R M P L T 13 D E N N I S H O P P E R H E G O N I T N 15 M A R Y P O P P I N S A Y 17 P A M P E R S L E 18 C A S S I U S C L A Y

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

Judith Colbert, 1975 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.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Montero-Odasso, Geriatric Medicine

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Ontario Renovates Program – Now Open! The 2019 Ontario Renovates application is now open. Similar to last year, some of the key aspects of the program includes: - Available for homeowners and tenants who are either seniors or/and persons with disabilities. - Meets eligibility set out for income, asset, property, and rent charged. - Homeowners: A one-time grant up to $5,000 for home accessibility modification(s); and/or a one-time forgivable loan up to $15,000 for home repair(s). - Landlords: A one-time grant up to $5,000 for home accessibility modification(s). - First come first serve until funding is fully utilized. For further detail of the program, please see below site: Programs/Pages/OntarioRenovatesProgram.aspx New Local Jobs Hub There’s a new all-in-one tool at your fingertips! Explore two new community developed tools to expand your job search. Refine your search using the filters and use the map tool to cross-reference job postings with nearby bus routes, childcare centers and more. Learn more at Research Participants Wanted Dr. Donald Saklofske and Ph.D. graduate student Claire Wilson from the Department of Psychology at Western University are looking for volunteers who are 60 years of age or older to take part in an online study examining how people adapt to challenges and psychological well-being. 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. 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: com/jfe/form/SV_9EwFh6rQdaFpWxn Thank you for considering participation in this study.

Claire Wilson, M.Sc. Candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario Email Address: Phone Number: 519-719-9667 Dr. Donald Saklofske, PhD. Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario Email Address: Phone Number: 519-661-2111 x 82721

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