It's March and that means the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation's Embrace Aging Month is upon us!
Last year's inaugural Embrace Aging Month was a tremendous success, showcasing senior-serving organizations and resources in our community, not to mention the many active, talented and interesting seniors whose positive approach to growing older continues to inspire us.
"One of the most rewarding aspects of Embrace Aging 2006 was sharing the enthusiasm of people who attended our events" said Lori McLeod, Executive Director of the Eldercare Foundation, "Or, how much they, or in many cases, the seniors in their lives, enjoyed this connection with their community."
In 2007, Embrace Aging Month is all about building on last years' success by reinvigorating awareness and strengthening connections between seniors, their families and the community.
The Eldercare Foundation, with the support of the Province of British Columbia, encourages the entire community to learn about the resources available to help embrace the journey of aging.
Showcasing and celebrating seniors, promoting healthy living and positive aging are key goals for Embrace Aging 2007. However, rather than hosting events during March only, we want to remind people of the wealth of resources and activities available year-round in the Capital region.
"The Province is pleased to support the work of the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation, during this milestone month," said Ida Chong, Minister of Community Services and Minister Responsible for Seniors' and Women's Issues. "We applaud the Foundation's work in raising awareness about services for seniors, an important message contained in the recent Aging Well in BC report, for which our government is currently developing a comprehensive, long-term action plan."
Embrace Aging Month 2007 is for young and old alike! Special events during March include:
SENIOR CELEBRATION FESTIVAL
Presented by Senior Living Magazine, the Senior Celebration Festival takes place at Pearkes Recreation Centre on March 9, 2007 from 10am till 4pm. Enjoy the many talents and achievements of our senior community at this fun day-long event. Admission is by donation. Remember to stop by the Eldercare Foundation booth for information on everything going on during Embrace Aging Month.
REMINISCENCE THEATRE FESTIVAL
A collaborative project presented by University of Victoria Theatre Department and Applied Theatre Consulting Services, the Reminiscence Theatre Festival takes place March 10-12 at UVic. The festival showcases the work of local and European Reminiscence Theatre Companies through a varied series of presentations, performances and intensive workshops. These include new works from Dr. Warwick Dobson, University of Victoria Acting Chair and University Scholar in Applied Theatre; Applied Theatre 235 students; Tony Goode, visiting Professor from Royal Scottish Academy Music & Drama, Derby, UK; and Pam Schweitzer, Founder of the Age Exchange Centre and the European Network, London, UK. A series of Intensive Training Workshops, along with an intergenerational Youth Performance Troupe: Die Schlipse, from Kassel Germany is also included. For more information, contact the ATCS office at 385-7260 or visit www.gvef.org
YAKIMOVICH WELLNESS CENTRE EMBRACE AGING MONTH
Hosted by the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation, this month-long series of events incorporates a variety of activities, presentations, support group meetings and educational workshops to create wellness for mind, body and spirit. Featured workshops include "A Naturopathic Approach to Anxiety" (March 14), "Physical Safety for Women" (March 15), "BCAA Mature Driving" (March 20) and "When You Need Help, Who Do You Call and How" (March 22). All public events are free. For more information about Embrace Aging Month 2007, please call the Eldercare Foundation at 370-5664, visit www.gvef.org, or stop by our booth at the Senior Celebration Festival on March 9th.
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