55+ Aging Well eNews | Spring Edition
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Age Friendly
We are looking for your input on Age Friendly initiatives. Share your thoughts in the Age Friendly Survey. Survey will be available until April 17.
Committee Members Needed!
The City’s Age Friendly Volunteer Steering Committee is currently seeking community minded individuals to fill member vacancies. The role of this Committee is to assist staff in identifying strategic directions for programs, services and support as part of an Age Friendly Community Plan that aims to enable all residents to actively age in place.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 30 at 4:30 pm.

Complete details and information on both of these Age Friendly initiatives is online at letstalkpickering.ca/recreation
Spring Programs Start Soon!
Spring Group Fitness
Classes offered ay CHDRC, ESCC, and GALCC

Outdoor Programs
Join us for some fun in the sun!

Virtual Fitness Classes
Virtual fitness classes are $55.00 per 10 week session.

Choices for arts, sports, fitness, special interest, and more. Register today to avoid disappointment! pickering.ca/active
Seniors' Centre Without Walls

Free weekly phone in programs - join other adults for social fun and games!

  • Trivia Tuesdays
  • Wednesday Games
  • Name That Tune
  • Spotlight Series

Spotlight Series is BACK!
This April we will feature a series of live, online presentations hosted by Home and Community Care Support Services.

Wednesdays, April 26 - May 31
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Participants will learn skills and tools to better manage their diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Mondays, April 24 - June 5
9:00 am - 11:00 am
This seminar focuses on how to best prepare for medical appointments, and how to make the most of your appointment.
Sunday Afternoon Big Band

Enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment by George Lake Big Band, for your listening and dancing pleasure.
  • Sunday, April 16
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • CHD Recreation Complex

Tickets go on sale and are $7.00 each.
Available at the following locations:
  • East Shore CC - 910 Liverpool Road
  • George Ashe LLC - 470 Kingston Road
  • CHD Recreation Complex - 1867 Valley Farm Road
Topics of Interest
Pickering Animal Services

Rabies is a viral disease, that affects the brain and central nervous system, and can be spread to mammals through contact from an infected animal.

Why Microchip? A microchip is a permanent way to help return a lost pet back to its owner. If your dog or cat is not vaccinated, past due, or needs to be microchipped, join us at our low cost Rabies and Microchip Clinic.
  • Saturday, May 6
  • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • CHD Recreation Complex
  • $25.00 each, cash preferred
  • Saturday, May 13
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Esplande Park
  • Admission: $5.00, free for seniors
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Webinar: Invasive Species & Their Environmental Impact
Tuesday April 18 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Online
Participants will learn about invasive species and how to identify and control them in their garden and community.

Take Pride in Pickering Tree Planting
Saturday April 22 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Duffin Heights
Community tree planting and litter clean-up. Get involved today!

Webinar: Gardening for Climate Change
Tuesday April 25 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Online
Climate change is a new reality. Learn what we can do to help protect
and adapt our gardens to the effects of climate change.

Webinar: Planting Trees & Shrubs
Thursday April 27 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Online
What do you do after bringing home a tree or shrub from the nursery?
Learn planting and maintenance best practices to ensure it remains
healthy for years to come.

Free, pre-registration is required at pickering.ca/earthmonth
Garden Fit

Before getting out into the garden this season, try these strength training exercises to prepare your body and prevent injuries. They’ll allow you to be in garden-ready physical condition from the beginning!
Dumbbell Deadlift
Mimics: Bending over to pull a weed, lift a rock, or pick up a bag of compost. Really, any time you bend over and pick something up, you are performing a deadlift. Practice dumbbell or barbell deadlifts in the off-season and your lower back and legs will be stronger when gardening season gets going.

Focus on: Letting the dumbbells or the bar slide along your legs through the entire motion, and keep your back and shoulders strong so your spine doesn’t round down. As you add weight in the deadlift, you begin to work your grip strength as well, which is important for keeping hold of sledgehammers and heavy buckets.
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Front Loaded Squat
Mimics: Carrying bags of compost, soil amendments, rocks, or kids in front of you. Strengthens your butt, thighs, and entire core. The squat and deadlift are, hands-down, the best all-over strength-building exercises you can perform.

Focus on: Keeping your weight in your heels - if necessary, point your toes up toward the ceiling to ensure that you are squatting back rather than down. Keep your lower back in neutral alignment through the entire motion; don’t let your back round forward towards the ground. Start with very little weight and work up as you get stronger.
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Are you aware of your local Seniors Active Living Centre?

Are you an older adult who are socially isolated and would benefit from social, recreation and physical programs?

The Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO), in partnership with the Alliance for Healthier Communities, is co-hosting the Links2Wellbeing: Social Prescribing for Older Adults Project, a Social Prescribing Project linking isolated seniors with their local seniors’ centre through physicians, nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals.

For more information, call 1.866.835.7693, email l2w@oacao.org or visit oacao.org/programs/links2wellbeing
Spring Events
  • Saturday, April 8
  • 10:00 am
  • Annland St. & Liverpool Rd.

  • Sunday, June 4
  • 10:45 am - 12:30 pm
  • Esplanade Park
  • Saturday, May 27
  • 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Esplanade Park

  • Sunday, June 3
  • 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 4
  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Bruce Hanscombe Memorial Park
Fairy Lore, Enchanted Doors
$18.00 per a person
Travel the world through fairies and fairy culture in this enchanting program. Our Museum Interpreter will share stories of wee folk from many countries, along with inspiring images of fairy houses, doors, and windows crafted by museum volunteers. You’ll have the opportunity to create your own enchanted entryway!
Fairy Door
Glad Rags & Giggle Juice Tea & Talk
$18.00 per a group
Step into the Roaring 1920s with us! Despite voting itself dry for decades, Pickering was anything but dry in the era of Prohibition! You provide the tea
(it’s prohibition, after all) and the meeting space. We’ll supply the scones, artifacts, and the straight goods on bootlegging in this new Tea & Talk outreach program.
Lady holding a barrel
To book a Museum2Seniors program, email pmvbookings@pickering.ca or call 905.683.8401.