Camaraderie, physical activity – a need to get out of the house, are you looking for any of these and more?
The Nechako Seniors Friendship Centre in Vanderhoof has this in spades and don’t let the word seniors put you off, this lively bunch are hard to keep up with.
Staying healthy is extremely important both for seniors and society so what better way to ensure these are available, than to go and join in the activities at the friendship centre.
Whether it be carpet bowling, pool or cards there is something to entertain you and make you new friends. You will be warmly invited to participate and they will take great pride in showing you how these games are played.
Carpet bowling looks pretty difficult to play and if you can eventually manage to keep the ball on the carpet its fun and very exciting trying to beat your opponents, I would recommend anyone to give this a shot. They play mixed teams so you aren’t always playing with the same group of people so you make friends easily.
Carpet bowls is a variant of indoor bowls, four inch indoor biased carpet bowls are delivered from the front down a 30’ x 6’ wide carpet trying to get closest to the jack and to keep your opponents from getting anywhere near it.
Carpet bowling is played every Monday and Thursday afternoons at the centre, go along and give it a try, you will be pleased you did, its fun.
Cards or bingo are played every Wednesday evening, this will help keep you sharp in mind. Just as our bodies need physical exercise and training to keep fit, so our brains need to be exercised to keep fit.
Choose something new and challenging, and make an effort to learn new games every so often. What better way to keep mentally fit than to get together with friends to learn a new game or enjoy an old favourite? Playing card games can help keep senior minds active by learning playing strategies and using math skills.
Improve memory skills by playing games that depend on remembering which cards have been played and which are still likely to be in the opposing players’ hands. All this and lots of laughter, what better way to enjoy your Wednesday evenings.
In tough economic times, getting together with friends to play cards or bingo is also an economical way to entertain. A stimulating evening or afternoon of cards not only keeps our minds active and alert as we age, but is a great excuse to socialize, laugh and have fun. And never underestimate the importance of laughter and fun to healthy, active minds.
Don’t forget the pool or snooker games to play, they have two pool tables and a snooker table to keep everyone happy.
The last Friday of the month the group gets together for a music night, if you can play an instrument, sing or just want to be entertained come on down to the Seniors Friendship Centre.
Let us make Vanderhoof an age-friendly community it is one of the best ways to help seniors to remain healthy, active and independent for as long as they can.
Go and join in the fun, these experienced souls have a lively time. Everybody is welcome whether you are young or just young at heart.
Call Oscar Walstrom for more information on the Nechako Senior Friendship Centre: 250-567-4582.