Spelling Bee

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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!

If you would like to join our Centre, then please call us for more details  on 0778445332 or email us at  theseniorstation@gmail.com

‘The Senior Station’ – Staying Engaged

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Collage Day

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!!

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Memory Games

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.

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80 is the new 50

“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!

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Let’s do origami

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!!

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The Senior Station Rocked on the 2nd day

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!

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The Senior Station Centre!

Announcing the Launch of The Senior Station Centre!

We at The Senior Station are embarking on a new initiative in our endeavor to enrich the lives of   our golden generation. We started out as an online platform to share information about issues that are relevant to seniors. Now, we are taking that initiative a step further by establishing a centre where seniors can enjoy a few hours of fellowship and entertainment each week.

Over the past year and a half, since we started The Senior Station blog and Facebook page, the feedback we received showed us that the need of the hour was for a place where seniors could get together and spend a few engaging hours. Establishing such a centre is a pioneering effort in Sri Lanka, and it’s been many months of planning and hard work by our team; now we are ready to roll out the first such centre by The Senior Station.

At The Senior Station, a diversified two hour program of recreational and skills oriented activities is planned to meet the needs and interests of seniors. We will encourage members to break inhibitions, engage with each other, and establish friendships. The centre will be open every Tuesday morning from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., starting from the 16th of January 2018.While the Senior Station Centre will be run on a not-for-profit basis, a nominal fee will be charged to cover our costs.  Our very first centre will be set up at the premises of the CHA Foundation at No. 5 Gowers Street, Colombo 5.

So, if you consider yourself a ‘senior’, or if you have an elderly person in your care who would like to join the Centre, then please call us for more details  on (Mobile number ) or email us at  theseniorstation@gmail.com

‘The Senior Station’ – Staying Engaged

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The Senior Station investment specialist

Chamila Nagendran is the Managing Director/CEO of Infinity Trust Wealth Advisors (PVT) Ltd. She is a financial professional with over 20 years experience in the banking and finance sector in Sri Lanka, as well as in the United Kingdom.  She is a qualified independent financial advisor from Charted Institute of Securities and Investments London.

Over the last 7 years she has been engaged in client relationship management, providing a range of financial services. She is passionate about providing holistic financial advice so that her clients can achieve their financial goals and dreams. She says that working together with her clients and being part of their financial success gives her great pleasure, which keeps her motivated and encouraged as she takes on this very demanding yet rewarding career.

Chamila has considerable experience working with clients who want to manage their retirement investment portfolios. Through a series of frequently asked questions, she has shared with The Senior Station some useful pointers and tips which can help seniors in managing their financial assets.

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