Suba Aluth Avurudak wewa was the chant on everyone’s lips as we started our special celebration for the Sri Lankan New Year. Two little girls Anasha and Zainab paid tribute to all the elders by… More
We’ve all laboured through spellings in school, so today we decided to have some fun with them. Besides solving puzzles and a game of trivial pursuit, The Senior Station conducted its very first Spelling Bee competition! There were heated discussions among the team members – ‘is playwright spelt as playwrite or the other way round, does harass have one s and two r’s, and is pronunciation really spelt as pronounciation. It’s amazing how these tricky words continue to fox us.
We had four new members today and they all received a warm welcome. It’s a small world indeed, because a member discovered that one of new comers was a childhood friend whom he hadn’t met in a while and was really happy to see. And Nihal, who had his birthday a few days ago, treated everyone to the most delicious brownies, which his wife had freshly baked. What a lovely Tuesday morning we had!
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‘The Senior Station’ – Staying Engaged
Thank you Sajeda Akbarally for conducting the exercise session at The Senior Station. Sajeda is a fitness trainer who has behind her years of experience working with people with different profiles. This Tuesday, she brought tons of energy to The Senior Stations with a routine that included chair and standing exercises. Sajeda was really impressed with how enthusiastically the members kept up with her and completed the entire routine.
After all that muscle pumping we threw ourselves in to a quiz with a twist – Statements about interesting and bizarre bits of information were given to the members and we had to identify which were fact or fiction. The quiz inspired heated and fun debates among the team members and we all came away learning something new. We were now ready for our arts project – Teams had to create mosaic like collages made with colourful bits of paper. The collages were fabulous and the themes were quite incredible indeed!!
Every first Tuesday of the month, The Senior Station has a special celebration for all those who have their birthdays during that month. Today we celebrated the March birthdays with cake and song.; and Miriam and Nihal were thrilled as their new friends at The Senior Station greeted them heartily.
We also decided to challenge our memories with different games that forced us to remember details that were thrown our way. A simple ball game for example helped us map who was in the room and where. Then there was that timeless memory game – ‘We Are Going To The Market To Buy……’ Dolly had everyone foxed as she sped through various items on the marketing list. After more words games and mind-benders, we all relaxed and mingled over cups of tea, delicious treats from Paan Paan and of course yummy chocolate cake.
Today was our first day at the new premises. Here onwards our sessions will take place at the Ladies College Vocational Centre.
“80 is the new 50” said Dr. Razia Pendse, the Country Representative for the World Health Organization who spoke to members at The Senior Station today. She explained that given the rapid social, physical and technological changes around us, it’s imperative that senior citizens stay positive and independent. She quizzed members on their hobbies and asked them to take pride in what they do. She advised members to stay healthy by eating the right foods, exercising and going for regular health checks. Dr. Razia shared real life stories of individuals who reinvented themselves after retirement, and one who even went back to studying. “Explore your dreams,” she urged our members “Everyone has got to have a dream that makes life worth living.” A big thank you Dr Razia, we were truly inspired by your session.
A big thank you also to Dr. Yussry, who once again enthralled us with his catchy tunes. We all clapped and swayed as he strummed his guitar and sang all our favourite songs. It wasn’t long before Sheila who is the life of the party at The Senior Station got on to the floor and got everyone else to join in as well.
Today was our last session at Gower Street. From next Tuesday, The Senior Station sessions will be conducted at the premises of the Ladies College Institute of Professional Studies, 27th Lane, Inner Flower Road Colombo 3. It’s going to be a new place, but the program will be just as rewarding and fun. We look forward to seeing you there!
Exciting morning today at The Senior Station. The morning started with deep breathing exercises and some light exercises to loosen our limbs. The quiz today had all members scratching their heads and thinking hard to solve the Word Search puzzle. They needed to identify names of countries hidden in the jumble of letters. Amazingly they all did very well and surprisingly were very pleased that their brainpowers were put into full throttle.
Light entertainment was next on the agenda. Each group performed a skit on the theme “Young at heart”. Their ability to produce such humorous skits, which had us in fits of laughter, was incredible. We must say we had many star performers worthy of Oscar nominations!
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Love was in the air at The Senior Station – This morning we celebrated the season of love with our Valentine’s Day Special. Thank you Hafsa and The Cake Factory for the absolutely delicious heart themed chocolate cake. All the members cut the cake amidst song and good wishes for each other and their loved ones. The Senior Station completed the celebration with a beautiful rose as a give-away for everyone.
Apart from the usual exercises and mind benders, we also tried our hand at a variation of Rangoli, the ancient art of creating designs and filling them in with colourful powder. For everyone’s ease we used rice and pulses to fill in the designs and the results were breath taking. We are really amazed at how much creative talent we have amongst our members!
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This was our fourth session and we were so happy to see so many members who have been enthusiastically attending The Senior Station from the very being. Since we’ve broken the ice, we decided it’s time to get to know each other better. Sheila Samarasekara and Nihal De Silva came forward to tell us more about themselves. Sheila, we learnt is a talented dress maker, hair stylist and florist. In fact her creations are still very sort after, and she continuous to host sales of the many beautiful things she makes. Nihal, apart from being a very good musician, was an accomplished planter. He regaled us with interesting and funny anecdotes from his days as a tea planter.
The program continued with games like passing the cushion, and word and number puzzles that were deceptively easy. Origami was the highlight today with everyone folding colourful squares of paper to create birds, animals and more. Indeed we still have the child in us, because many members took to making rockets and having rocket flying competitions!!
This morning we exercised our mind, body and soul. We started out with deep breathing exercises that got us all refreshed. This was followed by some light exercises which helped us flex our muscles. Neck stretches, arm flexes and leg raises brought energy in to the group and a smile of everyone’s face. So it was with a great deal of conviction that we shouted out our positive affirmation for the day – ‘I feel great today’. Then for some mental challenges – a quiz on countries and their capitals, and a jumble word puzzle got everyone in to a pleasant twist. Our final event was a game of Charades. The two teams fought it out with their brilliant acting skills and sharp as razor wit, while guessing the names of our all time favourite movies!
We all had such a blast at The Senior Station as everyone lustily sang our all time favourite tunes. ‘It’s Long Way Tipperary’, ‘Jamaican Farewell’ , ‘Country Roads’, and ‘Oh My Darling Clementine’ were among the many songs we sang today. Dr. Yusry Mohideen volunteered to bring his guitar and conducted the sing-along. He was such a hit, as he got everyone tapping their feet and clapping their hands, while they joined in the singing. The grand finale was the baila song ‘Surangani’ – And the belle of the ball was Ms. Sheila who took to the floor and had everyone ‘floored’ with her zesty dance steps. So inspired were all the other members that soon everyone joined in and it turned out to be quite a party!!
But there were many more activities lined up that filled up our morning. Members were introduced to breathing exercises and were taken through the many benefits of doing these every day. The exercises really brought energy into the group. They all heartily shouted out their positive affirmation ‘I feel like GOLD’. This was followed by some challenging mental games – a memory game and a round of Sudoku. The competitive spirit was awesome and we were amazed by how enthusiastic everyone was while cracking the puzzles.
Three cheers once again to all our wonderful seniors!
What an amazing morning it was!! We hosted the inaugural session of The Senior Station today. What an encouraging turn out it was with participants coming from Colombo and as far as Moratuwa. Everybody came with open hearts, ready to make new friends and participate in a fun-filled morning. We started out with an icebreaker in which everyone introduced themselves with their nick names and a line or two about themselves. ‘Bunny’, we found out, had an amazing voice, and was happy to entertain everyone with his melodious voice.
Thereafter, we moved on to a game of Bingo. We had two winners-they were Raja and Rajan who walked away with prizes. They immediately became friends. Soon after everybody got into groups and donned their thinking caps because it was ‘Quiz Time’. It was a tough competition: And we were amazed by the wealth of knowledge. The winners were the group, ‘Super Six’. They got an incredible 18 out of the 20 questions right.
The session ended on a friendly upbeat note as participants moved around the room getting to know each other over a cup of tea and some treats.
A big HOORAY for all the lovely Seniors that made this morning a such a success!
A few comments that made us happy
Darshini- The session was wonderful, looking forward to next session.
Sheila- I enjoyed this session and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Indrani- Enjoyed every minute. Hoping to come next time. Also thank you for organizing this.
Claude- Great start. Very courteous and friendly organizing team. Should gather momentum with time.
Dolly- Was good to meet people and have a fun morning. So well organized.
Nihal- Both my wife and I were fascinated by your inauguration programme. It was indeed an enlightening programme, which kept us alive. I would like to suggest that you have more quiz sessions to keep the mind active and a musical session where I will volunteer to bring my electric organ.