Celebrate International Day of Older Persons Oct. 1

Oct. 1 is International Day of Older Persons, and Ponoka is no exception.

Alberta first formally recognized International Day of Older Persons in 2017 through a minister declaration, and since then, communities across the province have adopted it.

Ponoka town council made its own proclamation for the day during its council meeting on Sept. 10.

“We recognize the importance of seniors and recognize they need activities beyond their own home and our local drop-in centre is here to provide that,” said Mary Stoltz-Jones, a member of the Ponoka Drop-in Centre.

The centre holds a variety of activities on week day evenings, from bridge, whist and yoga to sewing, billiards, exercise, floor curling and a weekly church service.

For more information visit ponokadropin.ca.

Stoltz-Jones is also a member of the Red Deer chapter of the Alberta Council on Aging. The council advocates for the International Day of Older Persons, and encourages communities to get involved by hosting an event geared towards awareness or with a senior-friendly program.

For information on programs visit acaging.ca/programs.

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