Seniors’ fair planned for April

The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat and Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario will stage a seniors’ health and well “fair” on April 11-12 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay.
Some 100 delegates will gather in the ballroom to hear a variety of speakers over a two-day period speak on matters of health for seniors and their welfare.
The fair will kick off Wednesday, April 11 with registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
The initial speaker will be Cst. Tim Buckland, community services officer for the OPP, who will speak on seniors’ defensive driving.
Cst. Buckland will give pointers to seniors on how to be more alert to situations which could present a danger to themselves, through either their own or someone else’s fault.
“Defensive driving is, to say the least, one of the most important aspects of motoring, for either seniors or young people,” he noted.
“But I have found seniors are keenly interested in the subject and it will be my pleasure to speak to them, in hopes of helping them avoid situations which could endanger their lives.”
“Palliative Care: What Does It Mean to Me?” will be the topic of an address by Margaret Poling, RN, B.ScN, HCNP (Pall), a registered nurse practitioner, who will talk on the subject.
Poling worked with the Victorian Order of Nurses for many years up to her official retirement in January of this year, and she continues to act as a consultant and supply nurse in the palliative care of the elderly.
The keynote speaker for the noon luncheon will be Ellen Hope of Windsor, Ont., who recently took over the top position of the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario.
She succeeds Shirley Glauser of Jerseyville, Ont.
The afternoon session of the first day will be in the hands of Lawrie Bloom, executive director of the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario, who is based in Toronto area.
Bloom will talk to delegates about holding executive positions and its responsibilities.
A buffet style dinner will complete the day’s activities with various club reports being given, to be followed by an evening of entertainment.
Day two of the fair will kick off with an address by Marie Prairie, public education co-ordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society of Thunder Bay.
“Keeping Your Back Behind You” will be the topic of Session #5 with Michael P. Poling, M.Sc., of the Canadian Back Institute, who will give tips and deal with the subject of elderly protecting themselves against back strain and falls.
Poling has been a kinisiologist with CBI for many years, and has for the past three years been a physiotherapist for CBI after obtaining his Masters of Science in physio.
The final session will feature an address by Tammy Orr, low vision specialist, and Janet Skinner, associate regional manager for the CNIB, dealing with vision loss and aging.
The eye specialist team will talk on macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
Delegates are expected from Ear Falls, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Rainy River, Fort Frances, Atikokan, Ignace, Terrace Bay, Wawa, Manitouwadge, Geraldton, Longlac, Nipigon, Schreiber, as well as Thunder Bay.
Registration for the fair is restricted to 100 persons, so senior clubs in Northwestern Ontario are urged to register before March 5.
More information is available through Gerry Poling of Thunder Bay (1-807-683-8707) or Joan Clark of Terrace Bay (1-807-825-9041), who are the Northwest Region reps for the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario.