Ruby McBeth: Beautiful blooms and bright smiles

Farewell Vance

We in the seniors club are sad to learn that Vance Dancy has passed away. Vance was one of those people who was always cheerful. You could count on his smile lighting up a room as soon as he entered. The rest of us will need to concentrate on seeing the good side of life if we are to carry forward his example. We offer our condolences to Vance’s family. You know your father was a wonderful man.

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Reward for fall work

In mid-October, I finished bringing in the garden and tidied up. That included potting the geraniums to bring them inside for the winter. I must confess I do not have much of a green thumb even though I love plants and flowers. This year I got lucky. My geraniums bloomed inside beautifully as you can see in the picture. Flowers in a house really do brighten things up.

Report on care homes

A change could be coming in visiting care homes. The Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie has put out her report called “Staying Apart to Stay Safe.” It recognizes that people in care homes need and want to have close contact with their loved ones. Many feel that life is not worth living if they cannot see and touch their family members.

One recommendation that came out of the study is that residents be allowed visitors in their rooms and that the visits not just be short. It recognized that there are two types of visitors: care partners and social visitors. I know that many people will be anxious for these recommendations to be put into effect in Peace Villa.

Exercise classes

Marissa, the recreation programmer of the Pomeroy Centre, told me about two classes that need additional participants: Latin Dance Lessons on Wednesday evenings (7 to 8 p.m.) in the studio. This can be with a partner from the same household/social bubble, or for individuals.

The Yin & Yang Yoga Class is a little more flow yoga than the previous yoga fitness but could work for individuals that have yoga experience. Other programs on offer that may appeal to seniors include Country Dance Lessons on Thursday nights, and daytime skating on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For more details, visit the city’s website or phone Marissa at 250-794-3262.

Quote of the week

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

Ruby McBeth is a community columnist and lives in Fort St. John. 

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