Celebrate grandparenting

It's all about caring and loving one another

According to one of my calendars Sept. 11 was Grandparents Day.

We don’t hear much about it here in Canada and I feel much of the promotion and hype is done by businesses with suggestions for gifts.

But I think there is a place for Grandparents Day in our busy world. We need a time to celebrate any accomplishments we may have made but most of all we can celebrate with our grandchildren.

If you haven’t got grandchildren borrow some of the neighbour kids and be a friend to them. It’s surprising what you will learn. They in turn may be able to learn a thing or two from you.

But it’s not just about learning, it’s about caring for one another and sharing love. And you know what they say about love. The more you give it away the more it comes back and we really don’t need special days for that.

Activities at both centres are starting up again full tilt. Check with the OAPO Golden Centre at 401 Front Street for activities and times.

They had their monthly noon pot luck lunch Sept. 16. Their monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month.

At the Seniors Centre at 461 Carson you’ll find that Pancake Breakfasts started up again Sept. 18 at 9 am. They are held the first and third Sundays of each month throughout the winter.

Their general meeting is Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. Open House will be held Sept. 28, 9 – 1 pm. Lunch is available. Harvest Dinner is scheduled for Oct. 6 with tickets $15.

The Visually Impaired Society and CNIB are holding an Open House Oct. 17, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Seniors Centre. Call Deneice Furber at 992-5078 for information.

As people age our body parts deteriorate. Many seniors find they have specific consequences for their aging feet such as toe deformities, hammertoe, corns, or bunions.

Systemic diseases such as diabetes can have a devastating effect and can lead to ulceration of the skin. Check for early warning signs.

Get advice from health professionals in choosing the proper shoes. Have a foot and gait assessment done and obtain custom made foot orthotics when necessary. Get the right foot wear and the right foot care.When in doubt talk to a health care professional.

Ruth Scoullar is a seniors’ advocate and regular Observer contributor.


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