First Stanstead Seniors Reunion sells out
Theformer chapel at Manoir Stanstead, now converted into a beautiful hall for public events, was filled to capacity, last Wednesday, for the first “Seniors Reunion”. The event was organized primarily by the CAB RH Rediker’s Lynn Wood who was on the Magog seniors Day committee for several years before it was cancelled last February. “We’re very impressed with the numbers; we ordered meals for 225,” said Ms. Wood on the morning of the event.
Although most in the audience were in their senior years, there were also many ‘younger’ folk who bought tickets for the event which included lunch, live music with Lise Flanders, door prizes, and a conference with the popular speaker, radio host, Gazette columnist and writer, Dr. Joe Schwarcz. A tour of the Manoir Stanstead was held after the reunion.
Community Officer Sgt. Patrice Gregoire opened for Dr. Schwarcz, speaking to the audience for about twenty minutes about some of the Sureté du Quebec’s special programs, many of which are particularly useful for seniors. Those programs included Checkmate Home Invasions, Senior Aware, Setting the Pace on Safety and the PAIR program. He also spoke about kits which are available from the police that help seniors to live with more security in their homes, and a new program, called P.A.R.A.V.A.N., which he will introduce this fall. Information about these free programs can be found at the Sureté du Quebec’s website or by calling Sgt. Gregoire at 819 572-6072.
Dr. Schwarcz’s conference, entitled “Nutritional Advice – Is there a solution to the confusion?”, was lively, informative and peppered with a lot of humour. Images on a powerpoint presentation helped drive home many of the doctor’s points about healthy eating. “Our bodies wear out more quickly when we overeat and there is a high correlation between caloric restriction and living longer. In North America this message is hard to sell because there is a problem of obesity,” said the speaker. Everyone laughed, some with new hope, when he spoke about the incredible Jeanne Calment who lived to the ripe old age of 122. When interviewed by a reporter about her secret to living long, Mrs. Calment answered: “Have sex as often as possible.” “How often?” asked the reporter. “I don’t remember!” answered Mrs. Calment who also ate one pound of chocolate a week, drank one glass of red wine a day and quit smoking at 115, so “she could live longer.” “What’s important to remember about Mrs. Calment is that she was active and she didn’t overeat,” said Dr. Schwarcz.
Following the conference, audience members, with the help of Barbara Bruhmuller at the microphone to relay their questions, were able to ask Dr. Schwarcz specific questions about nutrition, from taking milk thistle to eating fiddleheads.
Standing happily with a full house at their back are (l. to r.) Seniors Reunion organizer Lynn Wood, Manoir Stanstead owner André Fratelli, Manoir Stanstead manager Louise Fuoco, and CAB director Mylène LaBonté.