Photo submitted by TAPS

YEAR IN REVIEW: Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors

Submitted by Maureen Cameron, Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors

In 2018 our TAPS regular Monday to Friday schedule was busy with activities that our seniors accessed as they wished. In addition to our core programs such as lunches, Tai Chi, yoga, book club, games, art, swimming and choir we jazzed it up a bit with activities either out in the community as we participated in special events, visited other senior residences or invited people in for celebrations and workshops or for donor recognition lunches. We also developed and offered popular sessions for those participants experiencing memory changes. The purchase of the new van was a major highlight made possible by community support and has been a vital contribution to our transportation needs thanks to donors, funders and fundraising efforts.

One event at TAPS that was appreciated and touched us all this year was a Remembrance Tea where we gathered to remember and celebrate participants who are no longer with us, telling stories and looking at photo albums put together by our summer student Kaitlin Zolynsky. Another special event was a romantic Valentine Dinner prepared by our cook Sarah as an evening event for couples complete with photos and jazzy background tunes by pianist Ilana Cameron.

Our theme for 2018 focused on Healthy Aging touching on many aspects of seniors’ well-being. We enjoyed collaborating and creating partnerships that resulted in music performances, art, games, movement, multigenerational, and cultural exchanges.

We held a “Tarts’nTunes” fundraising event with the Krafty Kronys and youth from Wildflower to raise funds for the new van. We made and donated birdhouses for Art Trot for Therapeutic Riding, participated with the Art Council and CV Fall Fair with Dolly, Floxie and Lolita our three award-winning scarecrows, and performed Harvest and Canadian songs at the 2018 Fall Fair. The Happy Voices entertained us and every month, season or holiday those seniors in our music program practiced special shows and singalongs for Swan Valley Lodge and Crestview Village. Our crowning glory this year was our Sound of Music production complete with puppets made by Nellie Daniels. It was a wonderful collaboration directed by Margaret Lavender with help from the Blossom Valley Singers, Wildflower School, and Marlene Nash. We showcased some of our art at the Golden Flour Bakery with Cresteramics and give thanks to Liza Thorne for the opportunity. TAPS partnered with Seniors Day at the Creston and District Community Complex and provided games and prizes. We visited seniors at Nikkyl Place once a month running bingo and we challenged ourselves at a Historical Improvisational event at the Museum this summer. Our seniors love their relationship with Creston youth and thank Gillian Wells from the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Mary Jayne Blackmore from Mormon Hills School and Linda Farnowski from Wildflower School. We would like to thank them for working with us to build intergenerational relationships in fun and meaningful ways through cultural activities and more.

We finished off 2018 with some major events including a photo shoot with Brian Lawrence for our 2019 ‘TAPS Goes to Hollywood’ Calendar which is being sold around town. It was both ‘fun’ and a fundraiser project. After that, along came the Christmas season and our choir sang at Swan Valley Lodge and Cresteramics. To top it all off TAPS joined with two classes from Wildflower in four Christmas Carol Singing Flash Mob events at PCSS, Pealow’s, Save On Foods and at the Creston and District Community Complex. Following this, TAPS hosted Christmas dinners, took part in the Santa Claus parade with our vans and took some of our seniors out on the Christmas Lights Tour…

It certainly was a full year of memorable times in addition to all these events and excursions. It was also the laughs, the hugs, the support for tough times and the camaraderie and friendships over tea and just being together that made the year a success. We wish everyone a peaceful and fulfilling New Year.

Our TAPS team included staff, program volunteers, kitchen volunteers, work experience students through Kootenay Employment Services, contract workers and volunteers through Cresteramics and CDSCL high school students.

When we asked a participant what he liked best about coming to TAPS, he replied, “What’s not to like?”

Just Posted

Public art committee thrives

No news is good news for the Creston Valley Public Art Connection.… Continue reading

Lister celebrates centennial in June with weekend event

Past and present Lister residents are invited to take part in the celebration.

LETTER: We are committed to the valley’s fruit growers

Honey Bee Zen Apiaries Ltd., can assure orchardists that we will be able to pollinate large portion orchards.

Creston Museum gets multiculturalism grant

A $4,000 multiculturalism grant will allow the Creston Museum to celebrate the… Continue reading

Cheetahs will not prosper in Creston: permit rejected for two big cats

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Trudeau in Vancouver to support Tamara Taggart at Liberal nomination event

The former broadcaster is seeking the nomination for the Vancouver Kingsway riding

Trudeau calls May 6 byelection for B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The riding opened up when Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January

B.C. VIEWS: The hijacking of our education system gathers speed

Children taught to strike and shout fringe far-left demands

Most Read