Tips from TAPS: Living well programs have started for Creston seniors

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A significant part of operating a sustainable, valuable program is having a vision and a plan of action that will accomplish that vision. Last year, the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors supported our members to continue to be productive members of their community. TAPS members helped the Creston Valley Gleaners Society by taking charge of preparing the dolls for sale, and ripping pounds and pounds of clothing only suitable to be sold as rags. Another project we were part of was planting, weeding and pot washing at the College of the Rockies greenhouse. Visiting seniors at Swan Valley Lodge and Crest View Village was started in the spring and was welcomed by all involved. These projects have proven to be valuable and are now part of our regular activities.

Our objective for the next year is living well. Good physical health is being promoted though a fitness program lead by Richelle, a kinesiologist from Creston Physioworks and More. Richelle has designed a program for seniors focusing on balance and agility. This class is offered Monday afternoons and seniors from the community are welcome to attend.

Other workshops will be held on topics such as stress management, avoiding fraud and abuse, improving memory, wills and power of attorney, and self-esteem. These workshops will be presented by members of the community who have expertise in these areas. Social, emotional, mental and physical well-being will be supported by these workshops. If you would like to attend any of these presentations or would like more information, please call TAPS at 250-428-5585.

Each month we take this opportunity to thank all those who support the TAPS seniors in a special way and this month our thank you is to Ann Day and Tanna Patterson. These ladies host the weekly book club at TAPS. Every Tuesday morning, a group of ladies meets to discuss the books they are reading, current events, history, politics and whatever else is on their minds. These discussions are always lively with lots of laughter coming from their table. One of the TAPS members described her enjoyment of the group to me. She said that the book club was “the fastest hour in my whole week.” Thank you Ann, and Tanna.

A new TAPS brochure is now available and we have distributed it around town. Check at your clinic, the library, the community complex and many other places to get a brochure and find out all that is happening at TAPS. We always welcome visitors.

Terry Nowak is an outreach worker with Creston’s Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors.