Woden Seniors Inc

Over 45 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra

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Fortnightly News 14/3/2014

 Seniors Week 2014 – Sunday 16 to Saturday 22 March 2014
 
“Seniors Week provides an opportunity to learn and discover different aspects of the community and understand more about Canberra. Attempting a new sport or recreational activity, learning more through a lecture, participating in the ‘Seniors Expo’ day or attending an ‘open day’ at a club or community organisation all provide possible new insights and opportunities. Seniors Week aims to both broaden the horizons of older people and build relationships throughout the community.” COTA ACT
 
COTA has complied a program of over 200 events for Seniors Week 2014.  Click here to see the full Seniors Week program www.cotaact.org.au/seniorsweek/events/program.  The program is also published in the Canberra Chronicle.
 
ACRS Seminar Live Longer – Drive Safer! – Monday 17 March
 
The Australian College of Road Safety (ACRS) is putting on a seminar for senior drivers to:
 
•         Provide information on driving for seniors
•         Address any concerns you may have about driving
•         Help you monitor your driving
•         Answer any questions about driving
 
Come along to get some useful information, enjoy an afternoon tea. A lucky door prize will be given out at the seminar too. See you there!
 
When:       1.30pm – 3.30pm, Monday 17th March 2014
Where:     Woden Seniors Club
Cost:        Free
 
Call Freebott on 6162 5158 to register.
 
‘Steady Med’ and ‘POP’ COTA invites you to a special Seniors Week event – Friday 21 March
 
COTA ACT is presenting two fun and interactive Community Education sessions – ‘Steady Med’ and ‘POP’.  
 
1pm – ‘Positive Outcomes Program (POP): the benefits of making healthy lifestyle choices’
This very practical session covers issues such as:
•         Nutrition-easy ways to include more fruit and vegetables in your diet
•         Physical activity-practical exercises for all levels of ability
•         Maintaining our health and wellbeing
•         our changing needs as we get older
 
1:45 pm – A healthy afternoon tea and opportunity to chat with the presenters and other attendees
 
2pm – ‘Steady Med: Managing medicines to minimise falls’
This session explores:
•         How to identify falls risks
•         The link between falls and medication management
•         How to develop prevention strategies
 
When:      1pm Friday 21st March 2014
Where:     Hughes Community Centre Hall, Wisdom St Hughes
Cost:        Free
 
Bookings are preferred (for catering purposes) but not essential.
 
Please call Ingrid Pepper on 6282 3777 (Wednesday to Friday) for bookings and further information on this and other Seniors Week Events.
 
‘Seniors on Show’ Exhibition – Southside Community Services Inc.
 
To coincide with National Seniors Week, Southside Gallery, part of the Southside Community Services Inc. is showcasing the arts and crafts of seniors living in the Canberra region at ‘SENIORS ON SHOW’ 17 March 2014 – 3 April 2014
 
The Woden Seniors Club’s beading group, amongst others, is exhibiting some of their work in the exhibition. 
 
When:       9am to 5pm weekdays, weekends by appointment.
Where:     The Southside Gallery, 63 Boolimba Cres Narrabundah. 
Cost:        Free
 
Mobile Phone Help
 
If you have a smart phone (i.e. one with a big screen) and you are not sure about how to use it, Grahame will be giving two talks on the next two Fridays 21 and 28 March at 11AM. Come to both if possible. The talks will cover Android phones (i.e. not iPhones or Windows phones.) If you are wondering what the new phones can do, you can come along too. (There are also courses at the Club for iPhone users.)
 
Tip for the Week
 
In addition to his occasional talks at the Club, Grahame has started a Blog on modern consumer products, particularly from a Senior’s point of view. You can find it at http://thedigitalaged.org/ .
 
 
‘Building Transport Confidence’ Course
 
Nican will be running a ‘Building Transport Confidence’ course free of charge in Weston Creek starting on 26 March 2014 that aims to:
 
•         Help you be more confident
•         Identify the things that stop you getting involved
•         Give you tools to get out and about
•         Allow you to become familiar with alternative transport options.
 
Meeting for four hours from 10.30am each week for 6 weeks, the Know Before You Go “Building Transport Confidence” will help you use a range of transport options safely and with confidence, even if you have other mobility needs.  A light lunch is provided.
 
The course will include information on buses, mobility scooters, taxis, bike paths and more.  You will get 6 weeks of learning in a small group with an emphasis on practical techniques and a kit with fact sheets and handy tips.
 
This course is sponsored by the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust and the Australian Government under the Productive Ageing through Community Education (PAtCE) Program.
 
NUMBERS ARE LIMITED, so please register your interest with Nican by providing your NAME, EMAIL and a PHONE CONTACT to Jim McGrath at Nican by email to Jim at projects@nican.com.au or call Nican on 6241 1220. We will then email you more details.
 
Wellbeing Health Seminar – Thursday 27 March, 9.30 – 12noon
 
This seminar continues Dr Haisong Wang’s popular quarterly wellbeing seminars. 
 
Dr Haisong Wang, of the Capital Health Centre of Traditional Chinese Medicine, will discuss the illnesses and maladies that occur during Autumn, the treatments and natural procedures, including nutrition, to alleviate those illnesses and explore physical movements and gentle exercises, to develop a more responsive body in order to maintain good health.
 
The Autumn Seasonal Seminar is on:
 
When:       9.30am to 12 noon, Thursday 27 March 2014
Where:     Woden Seniors Club
Cost:        Free
 
Voci Stupende Recital – 2pm, Sunday 30 March
 
Seven young singers from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music featuring Canberra’s own, Damien Arnold, Zoe Drummond and Sylvie Humphries from the 7 Sopranos will perform an exciting programme of operatic pieces including Bizet’s much loved duet from the Pearl Fishers.
 
Visit www.vocistupende.com for the full programme
 
When:       2.00pm Sunday 30 March 2014
Where:     Woden Seniors Club
Cost:        $35 adults, $25 pensioners and students
 
Contact Polly on 6282 2573 or Frasers of Arran on 02 6778 1233 for tickets. 
 
Book Fair – Friday 8 to Sunday 10 August 2014
 
The Club will be holding a three-day book fair over the weekend of 8-10 August 2014.  We will also be selling cakes, jams and other goodies and offering morning and afternoon tea.
 
We are seeking your assistance with donations of books, we can pick-up from you if that helps.  We are also seeking assistance with pricing books for sale, if you have any expertise in this or would be prepared to help sell books we would be delighted to hear from you.
 
Thank you to all those that have already dropped books off at the Club.