Creative afternoon for seniors

The Shatford Centre is hosting an information session on Oct. 1 as part of United Nations Day of Older Person.

As part of the United Nations Day of Older Person on Wednesday, Oct. 1, the Shatford Centre and the Okanagan School of the Arts is launching a multi-topic program for Penticton and area seniors.

Jane Shaak, executive director at the Shatford, said many people don’t realize their creative side, sometimes still hidden within as they grow older.

“Yet each of us still has a passion for one or many of the creative arts – and now is the chance to learn more about them and find out which ones most appeal to those who attend,” said Shaak.

The presentations, held from 1 to 4 p.m., will outline programs seniors can join over the next few months and into the future. Some of these include writing recollections and how to write your life stories for yourself, your family and friends; drawing, painting and pottery; drama classes; memorable movies; music events including singing along with the Tuneagers; yoga fitness programs to keep people moving; healthy cooking for elders programs and groups that explore less expensive approaches to travel the world.

Each topic will be presented and later taught by experts in each area. The initial program is free and subsequent classes will be affordable.

The Shatford Centre is also inviting organizations that serve seniors in the community to work collaboratively to introduce creative learning opportunities.

“This program series is designed to give even more opportunities to our elders to participate and contribute to our cultural community and area,” said Shaak.