Lots of ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing March Break - but don’t fall

The Daily Observer - - NEWS - BAR­BARA BAI­LEY

This is the week of March Break and most of us are en­joy­ing the com­pany of friends and fam­ily. There are tons of ac­tiv­i­ties that every­one can par­tic­i­pate in while vis­it­ing the Ot­tawa Val­ley. Have you walked in the Shaw Woods, gone to a sugar bush, taken in some cross-coun­try ski­ing or down hill? The li­braries have spe­cial events for young and old as well.

The Sil­ver Threadds Se­niors Club is hav­ing a St. Pa­trick’s Din­ner/Dance on Thurs­day evening with a de­li­cious din­ner pre­pared by Sch­midt’s. The en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by Gil­lan Rutz. We will have a 50/50 draw, a door prize, raf­fle prize and other draws. The cost for the evening is $25 for mem­bers and $30 for non-mem­bers. Come out and have a fun evening.

The win­ners of bid euchre last week were: John Col­lier, Mary Stevens, Rose Pro­co­pio, Richard Bourque, and Marie Arnold. The euchre win­ners Fri­day evening were: Bon­nie Fel­haber, Carol My­ers, Hughuette Clouthier, Richard Bourque, and Shirley Mielke.


There are six age-re­lated changes that in­crease se­nior fall risk. De­creas­ing strength Mus­cle loss starts very early, around age 30. In older adults, less mus­cle means less strength and weaker bones. Weaker sense of bal­ance Many body sys­tems work to­gether to keep us stand­ing up­right. Age-re­lated changes and med­i­ca­tion side ef­fects can make it more dif­fi­cult for se­niors to stay balanced. De­clin­ing eye­sight Vi­sion helps us keep our bal­ance and avoid ob­sta­cles. As vi­sion wors­ens, so does the abil­ity to stay up­right and clearly see what’s in our path. Loss of flex­i­bil­ity Age and health con­di­tions make se­niors less flex­i­ble, es­pe­cially in hips and an­kles. This stiff­ness in­creases the like­li­hood of fall­ing. De­creased en­durance Not be­ing able to en­dure phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity like stand­ing or walk­ing for a rea­son­able amount of time will in­crease fall risk.

De­clin­ing abil­ity and de­sire to walk

Con­tin­u­ing to walk will im­prove strength, bal­ance, flex­i­bil­ity, and en­durance for older adults. How­ever, many se­niors be­come less ac­tive and fall into a neg­a­tive cy­cle where less ac­tiv­ity leads to less strength and bal­ance, that leads to even less ac­tiv­ity as their phys­i­cal abil­i­ties keep de­clin­ing.

The Sil­ver Theads Se­niors Club is lo­cated at 1163 Vic­to­ria Street in Petawawa. The of­fice is open daily from Mon­day to Fri­day be­gin­ning at 9 a.m. and clos­ing at 1 p.m. The phone num­ber is 613 687-6574 and the email is sil­ver­thread­spetawawa@hot­mail.ca.

Sup­port our com­mu­nity by shop­ping at the lo­cal stores and keep­ing our town strong.

See you at the club!


Colum­nist Bar­bara Bai­ley says there are six age-re­lated changes that can in­crease the risk of fall­ing for se­niors.

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