The Sooke Region Communities Health Network (SRCHN) has worked to create a strong partnership of groups concerned with serving Sooke Region communities and promoting health and wellness. Its Age-Friendly Committee hosted a well-attended Aging with Grace – Sooke Region Age 55+ Summit.
Friday May 18th was a full day of learning for the people who attended the “Sooke Region Age 55+ Summit” at the Prestige Hotel. The day was very well attended, with pre-registrations at the full capacity of 100 attendees. Presentations were varied, thought provoking and at times very entertaining!
The title of the gathering was Aging with Grace, and this set the tone for a very positive day. Mary Dunn, Chair of the Sooke Region Communities Health Network, facilitated the proceedings with a great many informative sessions.
The Keynote speaker was Dr. David Docherty, recently retired from the University of Victoria School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education. He addressed the many health benefits of “Staying Active as We Grow Older”.
Doni Eve, a Senior Manager for Healthy Aging with the Ministry of Health, provided an overview of the recent Provincial Seniors’ Summit, and her talk was followed by a series of updates on the many programs and initiatives currently operating in our region to support seniors.
This included on-going projects such as the Lifelong Learning educational sessions, Keeping in Touch (KIT) for connecting with people isolated in their homes, and the exciting plans now underway to build a new Seniors Centre in Sooke.
Another feature of interest was the ElderConnect Seniors’ Info Hub, which is an online service for connecting members of the public with up to date information on services for seniors. Sooke is the first community in BC to take part in this new initiative, which will soon be expanding all over the province, and ElderCare Executive Director Lori McLeod gave dozens of attendees the chance to try out the new Info Hub live online.
Morning and afternoon “exercise breaks” were both fun and energizing, provided by Melody Kimmel of Goodlife Wellness Centre.
With the afternoon session, “The Croning Years – the later life transformations,” Janet Rayner Thorn—a registered clinical counsellor—provided a thoughtful discussion of the emotional, spiritual and psychological growth, which can often emerge in the later years.
Please be aware that the Sooke Region Communities Health Network will be holding its Annual General Meeting Wed., June 27th, 2018 at the Child, Youth and Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way, starting at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.