You can feel the energy in the air as people prepare for the holidays. There are cookies to bake, presents to wrap, cards to write and places to go…and go…and go. There is a lot of go this time of year, when maybe this is the time we need to stop. Stop and reflect on the year behind us. The year that was not as sure footed as we may have hoped for as we stepped gingerly along, our confidence lessened by the past few years.
When we pause, if only for a moment, we not only reconnect with ourselves, but we find space to reconnect with others. Over the last year on this Route 2022 we have seen the power of connection through an increase of new volunteers, clients and more visitors to the centre. The euchre tables are full every Monday with experienced players welcoming new ones. Diners’ Club continues to be a full house, with homemade meals, music and laughter every week. In the words of one client who understands the importance of connection, “I live alone and I don’t cook, this is my only homemade meal every week, and I really look forward to the company and the delicious food.”
When you think about it, every service and program we offer is an opportunity to connect. Meals on Wheels volunteers drop off food to clients – connection through a quick hello and wellness check. Yak and Yarn– connection through a common interest and a place to gather. The Footcare clinic–connection with a nurse and a place to focus on your health. Exercise & Yoga programs–connection with your body, mind and soul and a great group of friends. Transportation–connecting clients with terrific volunteers who make sure there is a ride when you need one. Friendly Visiting–connection to keep the heart full, and special friendships made. Seniors’ Centre without Walls–connection through the phone lines that vibrate with laughter and kindness and fun.
As we age it is often our hope to remain in the home that has been our warm embrace throughout the years. It is a familiar place that houses not only our physical selves but the memories and experiences of a life well lived. The challenges of aging in place are varied and unique to every person. It could be the loss of a driver’s license, decreased mobility, the death of a life partner, or loneliness. Our programs and services are designed to meet the needs of the individual, whether it be a weekly phone call to connect, or drives to important medical appointments.
Thank you for such a wonderful year of human connection. Our stride into 2023 is much more confident knowing the foundation of support we have in our volunteers and this community.
From our home to yours, we thank you for your continued support and wish you a lovely holiday season and the opportunity to pause and connect in 2023.