Eileen O'Callaghan, Senior Program Coordinator

Smiles all round for the New Year as Ken is surrounded by Mary and Nora at Cafe Eireann.

Steadfast kitchen volunteers at Cafe Eireann, Chris, Barbara & Ronnie with special guest, Cheryl Bambery from Norfolk County Sherriff's Office, 'Are you OK Program.

The Cara Club and Café Eireann returned this week. Our regulars reunited over tea, freshly baked goodies and lively chat. Christmas chat and stories were exchanged and it was lovely to see everyone after the break! As usual we welcome new faces – drop in, have a cup of tea and a chat!

Dr. Wong – Aging Brain Centre

Dr. Wong joined us at the Cara Club this week to share some tips and advice on healthy brain aging. Some interesting points that left a lasting impression include, our memory and brain function begins to change as early as our 20’s! The biggest impairments to a healthy brain include sleep issues and our mood. This is just another reason to get that 6 – 8 shut eye and watch the effect our moods can have on our overall selves! Your memory can be whipped into shape through exercise, music, memory exercises like the crossword and light meditation…OOOMMMM! Recent studies have shown that mindfulness, which is a way of directing our attention, can aid in our attention and communication. Even better through reconnecting with old friends at weekly events at the IPC! ‘Close ties with others can improve the cognitive performance of older adults’, according to the MacArthur study on aging. A huge thanks to Dr. Wong for her time.

‘Are you OK?’ A free program for Seniors in Norfolk County

Cheryl Bambery joined us at Café Eireann to tell us about the ‘Are you Ok’ Program. This is a free daily program which provides wellbeing telephone calls to seniors. Seniors in Norfolk can receive a free daily phone call which asks ‘are you ok?’ The program gives seniors the comfort and peace of mind of knowing someone is checking in on them. For more information or to sign up to the FREE program call 1 866-990-7865.

Music for Memory

Music for memory returns for the New Year this Wednesday the 16th from 12 noon to 2pm at the IPC. Music has long been recognized for the power it has to unlock the brain! This is a drop in singing group and all are welcome for what always proves to be a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon.

Please feel free to call Eileen at 617 265 5300 x13 for more information on IPC Senior Citizen Outreach Program activities and services.