Remember when winter was fun? Fifty or 60 years later... hibernation seems like a better idea! While making snow forts might not be your idea of a good time, you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy the season. Here are ten ways seniors can make the most out of winter months:
1. Take your taste buds traveling. Learn how to make Lebanese cuisine in a cooking class with with Khaldie Mohamad on Monday Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Maggie’s Place on Elmwood Drive. To sign up, call 902-667-9112. The class is free, and donations to the Amherst Food Bank are requested.
2. Learn a new game. Once you’ve played it, the attraction of pickleball—for seniors, especially—is clear. It’s fast-paced, low-impact, and easy to learn. A hybrid of badminton and ping pong, pickleball’s lightweight equipment won’t give you tennis elbow. Since the court is small (about half the size of a tennis court), there’s a lot less running than in tennis. A pickleball league plays at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at West Highlands School and new players are encouraged to give it a try. You can also try pickleball at the YMCA.
3. Lace up those trusty old skates! Enjoy Canada’s favourite winter pastime with free adult & senior public skating at the Amherst Stadium. Visit www.amherst.ca for this week’s schedule.
4. Put your hands in the dirt! The Cumberland Health Care Foundation has planned a “Plant Nite” on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Amherst Fire Hall. Learn how to make custom plan arrangements under the direction of someone who knows what they’re doing. There will be an assortment of containers, plants, and fillers for you to play with. Why not try something new and go home with a living masterpiece. Visit www.plantnite.com to find tickets.
6. Try your luck at a game of 45s. The 50+ Club plays on Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. It’s at 52 Croft St. and new players are always welcome.
7. Try a Tae Kwon-Do class for seniors. There are many great reasons why people over 50 should consider taking it up as a hobby. Aside from the fact Tae Kwon-Do can be a good form of self-defense, it can help relieve lower back pain and it improves your mood. Tae Kwon-Do for seniors specializes in balance and flexibility, and everyone goes at their own pace. Check it out at JC’s Tae Kwon-Do at the Amherst Centre Mall.
8. Treat yourself to a night out with theatre and desserts. The First Baptist Youth Group is performing “It’s A Jungle Out There” from Thursday, Feb. 22 to Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
9. Get creative and balance your heart. Attend the “Courageous Creating” class at HaTha Yoga Room on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and experience the profound connection between your heart, your breath, inspiration, compassion and loving kindness. The depth of the Heart Chakra will be revealed through the practices of creativity, meditation and gentle yoga. You will leave with a completed piece of personal art to guide and inspire you. For information and to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Dream about spring. Seedy Saturday is March 3 at Christ Church from 1 to 3 p.m. Pick up some new seeds, grab a bite to eat, enter a raffle or two, or maybe even get some of your burning gardening questions answered.
For more ideas on keeping active and healthy, visit our community calendars and schedules page at www.amherst.ca
Rebecca Taylor is Amherst’s Culture, Tourism and Marketing Coordinator