October 17th, 2017

Live Well Showcase for active seniors concludes today


By Schnarr, J.W. on May 5, 2017.

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald

jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com

It is a trade show for active living geared toward local seniors.

The two-day Live Well Showcase wraps up today at the Fritz Sick Memorial Centre.

The event, sponsored by the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, features more than 70 booths across a number businesses and organizations involved in different aspects of seniors health. It also features a number of speakers to discuss specific issues seniors are facing.

Rob Miyashiro, executive director for LSCO, said the event, now in its fifth year, focuses on active aging.

“We’ve got some exercise booths, and some lifestyle booths,” he said. “There are a lot of people giving some good advice.”

Some of that advice comes in the form of speaking events, which started Thursday and continue today.

Thursday’s speakers included Travis Zentner, with Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematorium, on the importance of funeral pre-planning. The afternoon speaker was Gary Lepine, a clinical ethicist for Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone.

Today at 11 a.m., Dr. Robbin Gibb from the University of Lethbridge Department of Neuroscience will speak on the six dimensions of wellness for cognitive health.

“We want to expose seniors in general, and our members specifically, to what’s available out there, so they can live a healthy lifestyle,” said Miyashiro. “Hopefully they will take that information and use our facility to its fullest.

“Coming to something like this will help them live an active lifestyle.”

Miyashiro said there are a lot of advantages to holding this type of large-scale event, which allows seniors to collect information from a number of different groups which may be of interest to them or important to their lives.

“It’s important for our members to realize that the more active they are, the longer they are going to live. In general, it is absolutely true.”

The event is also a good opportunity to socialize and make connections with friends old and new in the community.

“Some people don’t understand how difficult it is when you live alone and you are not connected,” he said. “A lot of people can live alone. But if you are connected somehow, that is going to lead to more satisfaction in your life.

“As an annual event, this is one of the biggest events we put on,” he said. “We encourage people to come down and check out what we are doing.”

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