Keeping Your Brain Stimulated in a Social and Educational Environment

Older adults are living longer and want to keep engaged in various social and learning activities as part of their lifestyle. This thirst for knowledge, active participation, and social interaction is becoming the new standard. The concept of “Third Age Learning” has been around for many years. There are several organizations in Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia and beyond that provide various forms of continuing education for older adults. It is widely recognized by researchers and various institutions that lifelong learning provides tremendous benefits to individuals’ well-being.

As the number of older adults in Niagara continues to rise, there is a growing desire to create more learning opportunities for this population. This is emphasized within the priorities of the “Recreation, Learning & Leisure” Action Group of the Age-Friendly Niagara Network (AFNN).

In affiliation with Niagara College, an independent non-profit organization is being formed to help with the organizing, planning, and launching of educational workshops on various topics that will inspire and challenge older adults. These workshops will be led by moderators, who are experts in the subject matter being presented. Moderators will engage participants in further discussion and learning following each presentation. Opportunities for socializing and making new friends will be another direct outcome of this program.

Modeled after some of the other third age learning organizations in Ontario (visit thirdagenetwork.ca to see a list of organizations) that currently offer similar forms of learning for older adults, we are seeking public interest in joining our Steering Committee of volunteers for this new organization. Areas of responsibility will include curriculum development, identifying and securing moderators for each program, course registration and various administrative duties to be identified by the committee. Workshops are planned to be held once a week during the daytime and over a four-week period at Niagara College’s Welland campus.

Interested individuals can contact Gaby Arato at garato@bell.net for further information.

Gaby Arato
garato@bell.net

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Sep
20
Thu
Grantham Lioness Alzheimer Coffee Break @ Grantham Lions Club
Sep 20 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the Grantham Lioness Club for homemade assorted coffee cakes and desserts.

Funds raised will stay in Niagara to help with programs and services of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

This event is hosted by the Grantham Lioness Club.

Addressing the Pull of the Gang: Engaging Hard to Reach Youth @ Online
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In the first of his two part Youth Justice Mini-Series, Nick Brown will provide practical program examples of how to engage with youth who are currently involved in, or nearly involved with, gang activity, speaking from personal and professional experience.

Based on his recent experience with programs targeting youth involved with gangs in a Southwestern Ontario city, Mr. Brown will discuss the importance of asset mapping, establishing boundaries, ‘meeting people where they are at’, and being able to identify and act on the ‘recipe for the birth of a gang’. This webinar sets the groundwork for the next in the series “Mediation and Conflict Resolution”.

This webinar is hosted by Umind.

2018 Alzheimer Coffee Break Kickoff @ Meridian Credit Union
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

You’re invited to join Meridian Credit Union for the 2018 Alzheimer Coffee Break Kickoff.

Lunch with Wade Stayzer, Senior Vice President and Chief Member Experience Officer at Meridian Credit Union, who is this year’s Honourary Coffee Break Chair. Mayor Walter Sendzik, Wade Stayzer, and Vic Kerschl (Alzheimer Society Niagara Foundation Chair) will open the event.

Enjoy lunch with mobile catering by Johnny Rocco’s Pizza Truck (starting at $8 with partial funds donated back to the Coffee Break Campaign), and Marble Slab Creamery will be offering bite sized samples of their ice cream.

This event is hosted by Alzheimer Society Niagara Foundation & Meridian Credit Union.

Fall Prevention Seminar @ Ontario Paper Thorold Seniors Centre
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm

The Thorold Senior Citizens Association and Thorold Age-Friendly Committee host a free Fall Prevention Seminar.

Presented by: Scott Stevens and Sarah Radcliffe, Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being

Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a member of the Seniors Centre to attend.

This event is hosted by the Thorold Senior Citizens Association and the Thorold Age-Friendly Committee.

Sep
23
Sun
Charity BBQ in Support of Women’s Place of South Niagara & The Niagara Falls Humane Society @ Dobbie's Florist
Sep 23 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Dobbie’s Florist is Celebrating it’s 130th Anniversary Sept 23/2018 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM with a charity BBQ, supporting Woman’s Place South Niagara & The Niagara Falls Humane Society.

There will be a Raffle, 50/50 Draw, a fundraising BBQ and a Free Roof Top Concert, Featuring Patsy & The Muscle & The Feverish Lemons, all proceeds go to these two charities. Caricature Artist Michael McDonnell will be available.

This event is hosted by Dobbie’s Florist.

Sep
24
Mon
Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton-Niagara Annual General Meeting @ Centre de santé communautaire - Community Hall
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm

The Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton-Niagara cordially invites you to their Annual General Meeting.

This meeting will be held on Monday, September 24th at 6:00pm at 810 East Main Street, Welland.

Sep
26
Wed
Caregiver Wellness Workshop: Opening a Conversation in Response to Stress @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Care partners are invited to this Caregiver Wellness Workshop focused on Opening a Conversation in Response to Stress.

Guest Speaker: Dion McParland, MSW, RSW, Family Support Counsellor, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region and Member of Niagara Elder Abuse Prevention Network

Please register online or call the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region at 905-687-3914.

This workshop is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

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