Between supporting friends and family and volunteering with local charities and organizations, seniors play a big part in our community. This week is Seniors’ Week in Alberta, and here in Grande Prairie, several events are planned to thank them for all they do. Golden Age Centre President Jim Smith says it’s also a way to encourage seniors to get out and be social.
Some people look and think when you become a senior you’ve lived your life, but you really haven’t. I think it’s important for seniors to be able to get out and it gives them a better lifestyle.”
While they’re honouring seniors this week, Smith adds it’s also important to thank the community for its support of programs for seniors, like the popular art class.
“It’s programs like that when we get support from a business or an organization, it’s important that we’re able to show them that it is worthy and very beneficial to a senior’s lifestyle.”
Thanks to that support, membership and event costs at the centre are minimal, and most of this week’s events are free of charge. The week kicked off with a barbecue put on by Rotary and there are a variety of luncheons and activities planned for the next seven days.