Senior Times, Let’s Connect…

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by Susan Smith, Executive Director, Kemptville & District Home Support

International Women’s Day was celebrated this past Thursday. I attended the #PressForProgress event at eQuinelle. This was a great evening showcasing local businesses and a wonderful opportunity to catch up with women I hadn’t seen in a while and to meet new ones. After the delicious meal, the guest speaker encouraged women to educate themselves with respect to financial planning. Knowledge in the area is so empowering. Then the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award took place. This prestigious award was given to Cathy Sheppard – thank you for all of your contributions Cathy!

Along with financial wellness, it is important to look after all facets of our well-being. It is especially vital to take care of our physical and mental health and wellness. As we get older, this becomes more important, as there are many potential transitions that we have to adapt to. If we have children, they grow up and leave home; there can be job changes and increased responsibilities; plans for retirement; can we to stay where we live, or do we have to start the process of downsizing? And then there are potential health problems that we have to consider, whether they are our own, or those of our loved ones.

Self-care is about of looking after ourselves. It means making and keeping our own appointments. Trying to eat as healthily as possible, drinking more water ,and adding in regular exercise. It is also important to add in daily moments of something that feels special to you, and to ‘live’ each moment. It can be that cup of tea that you take the time to sip slowly and thoughtfully. For some people, it is enjoying the sunrise and that first breath of fresh morning air after stepping outside. For others, it is watching the sun set. Pets are also great to give that special feeling. From listening to a piece of music, to picking up a favourite book, there are so many ways to bring joy breaks into our lives.

I confess that I haven’t been practicing self-care as well as I should be; and have been once again reminded (several times over the past few weeks) to take more time for myself. Thank you to all for your words of wisdom. Meals are now healthier, and on time. I’m working on getting back into the routine of regular exercise. I’m enjoying slow cups of tea and anticipating being out in the garden first thing in the mornings. With these tweaks, I’m off to an amazing start to each day.

Excitement is building for our current raffle. The draw will take place March 23 at 10 am in KDHSI’s Activity Room. Raffle tickets are still available at the Centre for a chance at three great prizes. The first prize is a 39” LED TV, donated by Kemptville Retirement Living; the second prize is a $100 VISA prepaid card donated by Matt Felker, O’Farrell Financial; and the third prize is a beautiful quilted “Poppy” wall hanging, donated by Pamela Griffen. Your tickets help support the programs and services offered by KDHSI.

We also have a group of volunteers planning for our 2nd Annual Big Band Dance coming Saturday, April 14, from 6-11pm, at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. There will be a cold buffet provided by Eric LePors, Dial A Chef, and dancing to the 7-piece band ‘The Jivewires’. This is our main fundraising event of the year, and, if last year is any indication, a lot of fun as well! The tickets are $45 each and are available at KDHSI or The Workshop Dance Studio at 215 Sanders Street Kemptville. We hope to see as many of you out as possible – whether to get out on the dance floor, or relax and enjoy the wonderful food and music. I’m really looking forward to this evening, and hope to see many of you at the event.

Remember to enjoy your moments. Mother Teresa put it best: “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”

Until next time,

Susan

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