Irish Pastoral Centre - Senior Notes

Mike, Dan and Bridie enjoying Coffee Morning at Cafe Eireann.
Mike, Dan and Bridie enjoying
Coffee Morning at Cafe Eireann.
Cara Club ~ Brighton
Friends old and new gathered in the Cara Club in Brighton this week as we welcomed back some friends we had not seen for a while! Although Norah Lavelle could not make it this week, we shared some laughs over the British cult classic ‘Faulty Towers’. Laughter really is the best Medicine! Kevin O Sullivan was back to stretch our vocal cords with some Celtic classics. Many thanks to Kevin and all our other volunteers who make the afternoon so special! Next week we will be joined by Officer Law, a Brighton Community police officer who will discuss personal safety over this festive period. We look forward to welcoming you all then!
Café Eireann ~ Dorchester
We had a great crowd at Café Eireann in Dorchester this week. We also welcomed back some new faces at Café Eireann this week which is always great! We discussed the history behind the Famine Memorial in New York and the overall history of the Irish Famine. Huge thanks to all out volunteers who make the morning run so smoothly and keep everyone in strong hot coffee! Next week we welcome Danielle Owens of the Irish Immigration Centre. Danielle will be discussing the importance of our mental health. This is a very important topic and we hope you will all join us to discuss it! Looking forward to seeing you next week!
Myths about Exercise and Older Adults
As I write we are enjoying some mild weather conditions (let’s hope this doesn’t jinx it). This is the perfect time to get out or at least get moving. Exercise is great for your physical and mental health and there really is no excuse! Here are some myths we are going to debunk!
Myth 1: There’s no point in exercising. I’m going to get old anyway.
Fact: Exercise and strength training helps you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure and obesity.
Myth 2: Seniors shouldn’t exercise. They should save their strength and rest.
Fact: Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy for seniors. Inactivity often causes seniors to lose the ability to do things on their own and can lead to more hospitalizations and doctor visits. Things we all aim to avoid!
Myth 3: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.
Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling.
Myth 4: It’s too late. I’m already too old to start exercising.
Fact: You’re never too old to exercise! If you’ve never exercised before, or it’s been a while, start with light walking and other gentle activities.
Myth 5: I’m disabled. I can’t exercise sitting down.
Fact: Chair-bound people face special challenges but can lift light weights, stretch, and do chair aerobics to increase range of motion, improve muscle tone, and promote cardiovascular health, (Sell, 2010).
Fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy
The IPC wishes to extend its support to the Sandy fundraiser in Norwood, in aid of the parish of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine and those devastated by Hurricane Sandy in Atlantic City, NJ. The fundraiser will take place on December 29th in Cancannon’s Village, Norwood, 5.30pm to Midnight. In support of this the IPC is asking those who cannot attend and our seniors at the Cara Club and Café Eireann to donate canned or non perishable goods, warm clothes and blankets and toiletries to the IPC here at 15 Rita Road. Your support is much appreciated! Contact Ann for more information on the fundraiser 617-696-6007 or Eileen at the IPC for information regarding donations.
Please feel free to call Eileen at 617 265 5300 x13 for more information on IPC Senior Citizen Outreach Program activities and services.


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