Tips from TAPS: Good health, food and fun

Web Lead

After all the Christmas and New Year’s meals and parties at the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors, our seniors are taking advantage of the walking track and swimming pools at the Creston and District Community Complex. Yoga and Tai Chi at our site are contributing to our emphasis on good health.

The Vancouver Foundation has funded the Creston and District Community Resource Centre to support a project for two of its programs, TAPS and the Family Place. This project will have seniors and young families work together on growing food, meal preparation and communal food events. Intergenera-tional activities such as this used to be a common part of our culture, but as families have moved geographically farther and farther apart, the sharing of knowledge, skills and time has been lost. There are many social benefits to this type of activity and our belief is that supporting families and seniors to be nutritionally and socially healthier will make our community stronger. Work on this project has started and we will keep you updated on it. Thank you to the Vancouver Foundation.

Does February drag on for you? Do you like to get together with your friends and have someone else supply the food and activity? Do you miss the chance to belt out the good old tunes? If any of these sounds like you, TAPS has the answer. On Feb. 18, TAPS volunteers will be hosting a sing-along for all at Rotacrest Hall.

Mary Audi has been a sing-along leader for 20 years. She brings people of all ages together through the joy of singing and she will direct this sing-along. She is publishing a book of songs for seniors, which is a collection of songs that range from favourites of our grandparents to those now in their 20s. Mary’s career is a combination of lead singer in rock and roll/country/jazz bands and that of a registered nurse. Her work with seniors programs has led to the passion to write a songbook that will feature songs that people of all ages will enjoy.

Mark your calendars for Feb. 18, watch for posters, ads and information on CIDO. Purchase your tickets early, as seats will be limited. This event has received funds from Regional District of Central Kootenay Area B director John Kettle, Area C director Larry Binks and the town of Creston to promote the event. Their support of this intergenerational project has allowed us to put together an afternoon of fun, good food and great entertainment. Thank you for your support.

Terry Nowak is an outreach worker with the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors.