Our big challenge for The Senior Station this week was Pictionary – The game of drawing clues so that team mates can guess what the given word is. It took a bit of trial and error before everybody figured out creative ways of drawing and deciphering the clues. Soon the pace of the game picked up and a highly competitive mood set in, with teams racing to guess the answers first.
We also did a bit of lateral thinking with a set of riddles which compelled everyone to read between the lines to find hidden clues. Then there was a variation of Queen of Sheeba which also was a team activity. The consensus is that teams at The Senior Station find it easier to work with each other, as members, over the past four months, have bonded over shared activities and experiences. This is after all, one of the main goals of The Senior Station!
The Senior Station sessions started today after a three week break – And while we all had a great holiday, we were just as eager to regroup. Sajeda Akbarally had everyone in action with her pumped up exercise session.”How about a small break” piped up Claude who is always happy to play truant; but she gave him her inimitable, hard to resist smile and said, “I’m sure we can do one more round.” We all felt nicely worked out after the routine that ended with a loud cheer.
A new innovation at The Senior Station is to encourage members to share their skills with each other. Today Dolly Galely demonstrated the fine art of gift wrapping. She showed us how silver foil, colourful tissue paper and ribbon could be twisted and curled with amazing effect. Dried flowers and other embellishments were creatively used to make a range of interesting packages. Then the members were given empty boxes and a variety of wrapping material to come up with their own wonderful creations. So the next time you receive a gift from a Senior Station member you can be assured it will look good!
Today was also a celebration the birthdays in May – Chandrika and xxxxx cut a delicious chocolate cake from Ambrosia which was really finger licking good. It was lovely to see their happy smiles while all their friends sang and wished them well. Oh it’s so good to be back!!
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 greeting them with a bulath leaf. Then Nihal , Shiela , Hatim, and Indrani who have attended almost every session of The Senior Station lit the traditional oil lamp on behalf of all the other members.
Now it was time for the session to begin. Our usual exercise session took an upbeat note with some baila music. Sheila cannot be held back when there is music. She soon took to the floor with her incredible dance steps and had other members shaking a leg too.
We had special Avurudu games lined up for today – A jumble word quiz with a twist, because the answers were names of traditional Avurudu foods. Teams then had to send in their representatives for the bun eating competition and pin the tail to the donkey quest. There were hoots and cheers in the air as the teams battled it out.
There was a challenge from the members for The Senior Station organisers to also play the pin the donkey game. Shahnaz was blind-folded and put to the task. Little did she know that the cheeky members turned the donkey upside down and she ended up pinning the tail to the donkey’s hoof.
The last challenge for the day was a garland making competition; and while the creative hands were at work, Farook, Claude, Raja, Nilhan, Indrani and Shiela made the tables their drums and regaled us with lovely folk songs. In the midst of laughter and song our Avurudu Kumarayas and Kumari paraded the beautifully crafted garlands for all to see.
After all that fun and frolic everyone indulged in kiribath, hakuru, kokis, konda kavum and many other delicious Avurudu treats which were all beautifully laid out. The Senior Station will close till May 8th 2018. But what lovely memories to take with us through the holidays.
For many of us, mobility issues are an unfortunate side effect of aging. So, we brought on board Dr. Shabbir Akbarally who shared with us some extremely interesting and enlightening details on how to stay healthy and the importance of stretching and exercising daily. Doc was kept busy answering the numerous questions from our members. Practical examples of how these exercises should be done, was also explained by him. Thank you Dr. Shabbir for taking time of your busy practice to be with us.
We welcomed two new members today, who immediately got into the swing of the day’s events.
It was now time wake up our brains with a brain teaser, and we played a game called Rebus. A very interesting and humorous puzzle in which words are represented by combinations of pictures and individual letters. We watched as the teams competed intensely to find the solutions.
Patience and strategy was required for our next game, Jenga. The teams had to stack 36 wooden blocks to build a tower and then take turns strategically moving pieces, but at the same time not allowing the tower to fall over. Very steady hands are needed for this. Hurrah for the team that had removed 20 blocks and narrowly won this game.
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“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 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!
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.
Sajeda Akbarally has been a fitness trainer and consultant at Lifestyle Fitness Lanka Pvt Ltd for about 15 years, training men, women and seniors in various exercise modes, and conducting fitness assessments and consultations. Sajeda has conducted group classes specifically for seniors, focusing on the key areas of balance, strength and flexibility. She advocates regular exercise in order to maintain a healthy body and mind. With the aging process the muscle mass and bone density in our bodies is reduced, making it increasingly difficult to exercise. Those who are able to keep up with a modest exercise regime find the greatest benefits to their daily lives.