Spring is the season to begin cleaning out the old and bringing in the new. Whether it is around the house or in your daily routine, it is still important to cleanse to allow for new growth and experiences. To welcome the fresh bright season there will be a special spring lunch on Friday March 27th.
Something to consider for change are a few new programs to check out here at Harmony Court. On Monday March 9th come visit Ireland without having to catch a plane with the Armchair Travel experience in the Activity Room. Maybe, try a new game with friends or bring up the skills you have in shuffleboard with our volunteer Francesca 2 Mondays a month. The last new program to try will be on March 30th. Learning to play card games will give you the chance to expand your knowledge of games you used to play or help you acquire a new game or two. Games will include bridge, whist, and more.
March is also the month where the luck of the Irish might come to you. Come celebrate the Irish culture on St. Patrick’s Day March 17th. There will be a special lunch presented and the Eire Born Irish Dancers will be here to perform in the Garden Room. Don’t forget to wish all the new residents the best of luck here at Harmony Court as we welcome them at the New Resident Welcome Tea on Wednesday March 25th.
Just a reminder for those interested in the outings, over the last few months’ the attendance has been low. Please have a look at the bus outings and come visit your city with your neighbors and friends. The trips include: the Greater Vancouver Zoo on Thursday the 12th, Agnes Under the Big Top Theatre production at the New Westminster Douglas College on Monday the 16th, Richmond Art Gallery on Monday the 23rd and the Vancouver Maritime Museum on Tuesday the 31st.
Notice of Reminder: All residents who sign up for a bus outing to the Highgate and Kingsway Shoppers Drug Mart locations will receive a 20% discount. If interested in going on the bus please sign up at the lobby. Minimum six residents required to go. Ask Johanne or Celeste for details.
Hope everyone is lucky this month and every month ahead!
Leisure Lifestyle Coordinator
The other day I received a gift from Dr. Kabir Jivraj, AgeCare’s Managing Director . It was a book called “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande. It has opened my eyes to the importance of knowing that as caregivers of the elderly we at Harmony Court need to understand just what Kabir inscribed in my copy of the book:
“For us at AgeCare – it is not only about quality of care and safety. It is to ensure that every resident has a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible. It is about living to the last moment with autonomy, dignity and joy.”
Thanks Kabir for your insight and giving us the opportunity to make a difference.
In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures – in his own practices as well as others’ – as life draws to a close. And he discovers how we can do better. Riveting, honest, and humane, “Being Mortal” shows that the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life – all the way to the very end.
I encourage you all to read or listen to this amazing book as we all have to face our own mortality.