Staying Healthy with Sigrid de Silva

“It’s not just about what you eat,’’ said Sigrid de Silva, the renowned nutritionist and well being consultant who visited The Senior Station this week. She shared with us 5 pillars of a healthy and fulfilling life – A good night’s sleep she puts right at the top, because while we sleep our body repairs itself. An erratic sleep cycle is a problem many seniors face. To counter this she recommends keeping as consistent a sleep schedule as possible, as well as staying active and avoiding long naps during the day. The second pillar to a healthy life is a balanced diet with all the nutrients included. She recommends only one protein per meal – For example, she suggests that if you are have a healthy portion of Dhaal in a meal then avoid eating meat. She recommends a filling breakfast not later than 3 hours after you awake in the morning, a not too heavy lunch and a light dinner. Next on her wellness plan is to avoid building up stress, which is the root of many diseases. And finally she recommends adequate exercise and mental activity, and social engagement. After all, loneliness drives many to despair. Sigrid made her session interactive and engaging and was happy answer everyone’s questions. We learnt so much and would really like her to visit The Senior Station again. This week we also learn a new skill – interesting table decor with napkins. Nisrin and Banin demonstrated seven different styles of napkin folds such as roses, candles, baskets and more. This is definitely something we could try out at our next dinner party. We’d also like to thank Shami and Saku who visited The Senior Station and shared in everyone’s joy. Saku brought along her guitar and conducted a short sing-along which after all is everyone’s favourite activity.
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Fly Me To The Moon

What is your craziest wish? – that’s what The Senior Station members were asked as we played a memory game with a ball. Members had to call out their craziest wish and throw the ball to each other. The challenge was to recall what each member had wished for. Pauline dreams of swimming across the English Channel, Sriani would like to climb a coconut tree, Gwen wants to travel around the world, and Nihal W fancies flying off in to the sky. Nihal – aka Bunny gave his wife a cheeky smile and said he’s like to spend a day looking at lots of pretty girls. It was super fun as we shared our wildest fantasies and lots of hoots as we tried to recall them. Apart from our breathing exercises and puzzles we also had a bit of jazz today – Rapti visited The Senior Station for a sing – along. It started with a musical challenge as she played a few tunes on her keyboard and asked members to guess the song. That was a fun game – but we soon broke in to a proper ‘bajao’ session with loud singing, clapping, and of course dancing! For more details about The Senior Station email us on theseniorstation@gmail.com or call us on 0778445332.

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Getting back together

This was the first session of The Senior Station after three weeks. Our day trip to Negombo last week was fun and invigorating, yet it was nice to be back in our familiar settings at Ladies College. Sajeda got a really warm welcome. She gently stepped up her routine and treated everyone to a proper sweat out. “It’s so good to be back,” she chuckled. It was time to work out our cerebral muscles as well with quizzes and puzzles that had some fun obstacles hidden in them. A little bit of hand eye coordination was also on the cards, as members were challenged to pick up peanuts using straws. It not quite as easy as it seemed, and birthday boy Claude groaned as the peanuts kept slipping away. We were very impressed because the members did not give up until they had completed the challenge, and Farook really came out tops. This month it’s Claude’s birthday, so we all sang to him and wished him well as he cut the birthday cake from Ambrosia. We then wrapped up our session with a visual presentation of our trip. It was great way for those who could not join us to share in the revelry. For more details about The Senior Station email us on theseniorstation@gmail.com or call us on 0778445332.

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Ride with The Senior Station

It was a bright Tuesday morning and the air was rife with excitement as The Senior Station members eagerly clambered into the coach that took us to Negambo for our much awaited trip. Dolly and Priyanthi did a quick head count and then with a loud hip hip hooray we set off! Out came the guitar and tambourines, and soon everyone was clapping their hands and swaying to our favourite tunes. A picnic must always begin with something sweet. So first we tucked into delicious milk toffee, then came Priyanthi’s signature brownies, followed by biscuits, sweets, mixtures, chocolates and so much more. You can imagine that we were in really high spirits when we arrived at Camelot Beach Resort. A quick visit to our rooms to refresh ourselves after which, we gathered on the lawns under the shade of a coconut grove for our morning session of fun and games – A lucky draw with grand prizes, a Wrapping The Mummy competition, a Water Relay and the Balloon Dancing Game. It must have been a combination of the cool sea breeze and all the fun activities, because when lunch was announced, we were all starved. And what a spread we were treated to! It was a leisurely lunch with the only concern being what we should choose from the vast buffet counter. We would have loved to linger on a little longer but Claude, who had his eye on the time, had everything arranged for the next round of activities. Soon we all took our seats in the pavilion by the pool, and began chatting and joking when Sheila clutched her stomach and begun moaning uncomfortably. The Senior Station team jumped to their feet. Did we have a crisis on our hands?! ‘’Ooh’’ Sheila squealed, “It’s been such a hard year long pregnancy. I think I am at the end of my last quarter!” That was the prelude to the most hilarious skit scripted and enacted by Sheila along with Claude, Farook and Raja who played the 3 doctors that delivered the ‘bonnie little donkey’. The next item on the agenda was the masquerade competition in which members chose from a range of props and paraded around the pavilion. The winner, hands down, was Chandrika who did a little cameo of a village drunk. Chandrika is always so quiet, and it was wonderful to see her in such great form. There were more games, more pranks, more laughter – but alas all good things must come to an end. So at about 4.00 p.m. tea was served and we prepared to leave. It was 42 happy hearts that boarded the coach back to Colombo. ‘’This has been our best trip ever. We want more!”was the rallying cry. We at The Senior Station couldn’t agree more.

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