Third annual Ac­tive Liv­ing Fair set for Nov. 15

Event will also in­clude tours of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s new fa­cil­ity

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS - GALEN SIMMONS STAFF RE­PORTER

Strat­ford’s annual Ac­tive Liv­ing Fair is back next Thurs­day with more speak­ers and more ven­dors than ever be­fore.

In its first two years, the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Perth County and Strat­ford Lake­side Ac­tive Adults As­so­ci­a­tion’s yearly event has served to con­nect se­niors in Strat­ford and Perth County with in­for­ma­tion and re­sources avail­able in their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Typ­i­cally, the folks that come to this are al­ready ac­tive and con­nected in their com­mu­nity, so it’s re­ally just try­ing to let peo­ple know about some of the ser­vices that are avail­able be­cause it may not nec­es­sar­ily be for them, it might their friends or their neigh­bours that needs some ad­di­tional sup­port,” said Sheri Gil­hula, first link sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor with the lo­cal Alzheimer So­ci­ety.

As the event’s pre­vi­ous venue, the Ki­wa­nis Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, has been torn down to make way for the Strat­ford Fes­ti­val’s new Tom Pat­ter­son Theatre, this year’s fair will be held at the ac­tive adults as­so­ci­a­tion’s new home in the Burn­side Agriplex.

Run­ning from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event will in­clude ven­dors from 21 com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions that serve se­niors aged 55 and over.

Through­out the day, those in at­ten­dance will have the op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to five pre­sen­ta­tions: the Alzheimer So­ci­ety’s Bod­ies and Minds in Mo­tion and Find­ing Your Way pro­grams, an in­ter­ac­tive Moovin’ and Groovin’ ses­sion with lo­cal life­style and fit­ness guru Grant Hern­den, the art of planned giv­ing, and the link be­tween hear­ing loss and de­men­tia.

“In the past, we’ve fo­cused on diet. This year we’re fo­cus­ing on hear­ing be­cause we do know there’s an im­pact on the brain as well, which can in­crease the risk of de­men­tia if our hear­ing is not be­ing taken care of,” Gil­hula said.

The fair will also in­clude tours of the ac­tive adults as­so­ci­a­tion’s new fa­cil­ity, as well as the op­tion to pur­chase lunch for $5. There is no pre­reg­is­tra­tion re­quired for the event, which is be­ing held com­pletely free of charge.

Re­fresh­ments and door prizes do­nated by ven­dors will also be avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Perth County at 519-271-1910 ext. 25. gsim­mons@post­media.com

THE BEA­CON HERALD FILE PHOTO

Strat­ford Lake­side Ac­tive Adults As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Steve Kropf stands in front of the Burn­side Agriplex in this file photo.

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