Check out what's happening at Century House this fall

What’s happening at Century House?

As the summer winds down, Century House is gearing up for a busy fall of programming for folks aged 50 and older.

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Here’s a sample of some of the things worth checking out at Century House starting in September.

* Massage Therapy outreach clinics: Student interns at West Coast College of Massage Therapy, supported by a qualified registered massage therapist, will be providing massages for $10 at Century House. People can sign up for sessions on Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28.  Each session will be 45 minutes (includes assessment) and will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. You can book your appointment at the front office.

* The Technology Working Information Group (TWIG) and Seniors Embracing Technology (SET) are seeking seniors’ ideas, needs and wish lists.  People are invited to provide input by dropping by a table being set up in the lobby on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some of the things the group is working on include small group workshops around different electronic, devices and technology areas.

*The LEADS (Learning, Educating and Developing Seniors) leadership training program gets underway on Sept. 23. It will run on Mondays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. If you’re 50 or older, retired or soon to retire and are looking to use your skills and experiences in new ways, LEADS give you a supportive environment to develop the skills and the confidence to take on leadership roles in your community. There’s only a couple spots left, so, if you’re interested in participating, sign up at the front office soon.

* Putting Social Citizenship into Action is a project seeking the voices of the community. If you know or work with someone living with a diagnosis of dementia, you’re invited to join a discussion on addressing stigma and promoting inclusion for people living with dementia. Community members are invited to attend an information session on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m., when attendees will discuss the different roles they can play. If you’re interested in learning more but are unable to attend this session, contact project manager Ania Landy at ania.landy@ubc.ca or 604-822-7503.

* As part of Literacy Month, Century House is having a Media Smarts informal discussion on the theme of how to spot fake news, phishing and fraud, and the importance of digital media literacy. It’s on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.

* Chronic Conditions Self-management is a program that will help people with chronic conditions overcome daily challenges and maintain an active, fulfilling life. Adults of all ages who are experiencing conditions like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, depression and other ongoing or long-term health conditions are welcome to attend, as are their family members, friends and caregivers. It’s on Saturdays from Sept. 7 to Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It’s free but registration is required (code 28365).

* Ukulele Song is for people who are new to playing the ukulele or advanced. During this one-day call, participants will learn to play Dance Me to the End of Love by Leonard Cohen. It’s on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. It costs $14.50 (code 29142).

* Osteofit is a fitness program for people who have osteoporosis or are at risk of developing this condition. It includes an educational component and active sessions, including strength, balance and agility components. It’s on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon from Sept. 12 to Oct. 24 (code 26982) and again from Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 (code 26983). Each program is $60.

* Better Balance is a program designed to help challenge stability, improve mobility and prevent falls. It costs $52 for each six-week session, with sessions taking place on Thursdays from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. from Sept. 5 to Oct. 10 (code 28956) and from Oct. 24 to Nov. 28 (code 28957).

*  Relaxation is a program that aims to give mature women the tools they need to help them manage stress, stay positive and find the energy and time to truly enjoy life. It’s on Mondays from Sept. 16 to 30, 6 to 7:15 p.m. It costs $27 (code 26777)

* SIRvivor BC: Prostate Cancer exercise program is for men living with prostate cancer. The focus of this 12-week program is resistance training, flexibility, balance and aerobic exercise. It’s on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. from Sept. 18 to Dec. 11 (no class Oct. 19 and Nov. 2). It’s $120 (code 27421).

* Beginner cartooning will show you how to create cartoon characters and comic books. It’s on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. from Sept. 26 to Nov. 7. It’s $67.75 (code 27060).

On the entertainment front, Oktoberfest celebrations are taking place at Century House on Wednesday. Sept. 25, with happy hour beginning at 5 p.m. and a Bavarian dinner being served at 6 p.m. The evening includes musical entertainment. It’s $20 for members and $24 for non-members.

To see all of the programs and classes being offered at Century House this fall, drop by 620 Eighth St. and pick up the fall brochure. You can also find it at www.centuryhouseassociation.com.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, Century House’s regular hours resume: Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday – noon to 4 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 604-519-1066.

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