First Stanstead Se­niors Re­union sells out

Stanstead Journal - - STANSTEAD - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

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.

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