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Tiny Senior Moment by Jan Perrault

Is it that time of year again?

Well, another year has passed by! During the month of January many of us set goals for the coming year. After retirement and into our later years, it’s actually a really great time to set personal goals because we’re no longer bound by responsibilities like work and raising children as we once were. But we also want to make the most of the time and energy we invest. Oftentimes, a goal can be broken down into smaller, more manageable goals. This is a really important tactic for actually moving forward and accomplishing the larger objective. In fact, with each smaller piece that we accomplish, we get to feel a surge of accomplishment, pride, and motivation to continue.

You may want to set a new goal about going outside more in the winter months. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we necessarily have to stay inside. We can still enjoy walking with the proper footwear. Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training. In the case of setting a goal of walking for health, you might plan to walk just 30 minutes, twice a week, for a month. Then, you could increase the walking time or the number of days per week, in subsequent months.

One of the best walks I’ve had recently was when it had just snowed and the trees were covered with a beautiful powdery white coating. It’s amazing how quiet the woods can be with the extra insulation of snow. To ensure a solid footing you can always slip ice grips onto your existing boots. They’re a surefire way to add tread without compromising the integrity of your shoes. You can take them on and off with ease and add them to any style of boot.

Of course, all walking activities should be performed on well groomed trails. You can always check out www.Tiny.ca for a list of trails. Did you know you can borrow a family day pass at the Wye Marsh or the Ontario Provincial Parks through the Midland Public Library? What a great way to get some free walking done!

Many of our local Seniors Clubs also offer walking clubs. This will give you a chance to get exercise and socialize at the same time. The following is a list of some of the clubs; Askennonia Senior Centre, www.askennonia.ca, Bayshore Seniors Club,www.bayshoreseniors.ca and Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors, www.georgianshoresswingingseniors.ca

Speaking of setting goals, there is actually a Tiny Township Senior Advisory Committee (SAC) that sets many goals for the well being and quality of life for seniors. The Committee consults and collaborates with seniors, senior’s organizations and others to gather information and provide advice regarding seniors needs. They also provide assistance in identifying new program development and delivery for seniors and aging adults in the Township. They have introduced multiple Senior Speaker Series.

The group is made up of six voting members of the public and one voting council member. SAC is guided by the Local Aging Plan, which was completed in 2017, and it identifies the needs and opportunities of seniors and older adults. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the plan call 705-526-4204 or email seniors@tiny.ca. Once on the Tiny website, you can click on the parks and recreation tab and that will lead you to a drop down list with a senior services tab. One click on this will lead you to lots of useful information!

“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” —Benjamin E. Mays

Support always available:

A free helpline that connects you to community and social services in your area, 24/7, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages – Dial 211.

Transportation:

Huronia Seniors Volunteer Care Team, Wheels 4 Wheels, by phone at 705-526-5566 or email wheels4wheels@gmail.com. Clients must be wheelchair dependent.

TLC – Community Reach, serving residents of North Simcoe with limited income and older adults with limited supports. Contact by phone at 705-528- 6999 or online at www.communityreach.ca/transportation.html.

Red Cross Simcoe Muskoka available to seniors 65+ facing barriers, contact by phone at 705-721-3313 x5274 or via their website at www.redcross.

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