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Century House serving up online programming for New West seniors

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Century House is continuing to offer a wide array of programming for seniors even though in-person programs have been hampered by COVID. File

A number of informative and entertaining programs are being served up – virtually – at Century House.

Century House member Tania Cernezel will be facilitating a session about online safety when using email or browsing the internet.

“Scams can happen to any of us. In this seminar, you will learn how to spot a scam,” said a notice about the session. “You will learn how online scammers take advantage of our natural human tendencies and trap us into taking actions we shouldn’t, possibly leading to financial loss or worse.”

The session, which includes an interactive discussion, is being held on Monday, Feb. 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

On the health front, a seniors’ health and wellness facilitator from Cosco and Century House staff will lead a virtual workshop on: Age Well, Live Well with Safe Medication Use. It’s on Friday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom.

“As we age, our bodies change, and the dosages of some medications may actually be too strong now or may be less effective than in the past,” said a notice about the session. “This workshop will help you understand why that might be, and what actions you and your health care provider might consider so that your current medications meet the needs of your body.”

Bored at home? An upcoming interactive workshop at Century House will focus on: Things for Seniors to do During COVID-19 Isolation.

“Social distancing from family and friends is not easy, so we will focus on things you can do at home, and COVID-friendly activities outdoors,” said a notice about the session. “We will discuss the importance of keeping yourself busy and engaged. There will be time to share ideas with each other.”

Ekam Badyal from Douglas College’s Service Learning Program will facilitate this workshop, which is on Monday, Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

“Join me in supporting our local Douglas College students in the Service Learning Class.  Ekam will explore and brainstorm things to do while we are restricted in our movements and she will explore some fun features in Zoom,” said a note from seniors programmer Shelly Schnee. “It’s going to be fun!”

Coffee time

While gatherings at Century House are off-limits because of COVID-19, Schnee is connecting with folks through the weekly Coffee Break with Shelly! The get-togethers takes place on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Zoom, and are open to anyone aged 50+.

“Join me for a coffee break where we can share like we were having coffee at Century House,” Schnee said. “It’s a bit more structured than a regular coffee; I ask the group questions, have activities and maybe even special guests. Everyone has the opportunity to share.”

Pre-registration is required for all of the online programs. For details on current offerings, go to and look under the What’s Happening tab.

For more information, call Century House at 604-519-1066.


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