Senior Encounter by Janaki Bamunusinghe

Sunrise magazine in my hand
Pleased I am of all content
Senior Station, the most interesting
A place for seniors to gather and gain

Myself just into retirement
Curious of many a things
Contemplating, whether I am to fit in
Best is to let it come from within

Entering the premise with some doubts,
Will I be accepted, will I be welcomed?
The security trying to figure my presence
Says “It’s Room No.3, you may go in”
Although amazed by his guess
Rest assured, I make my way in.

While I searched for a place to sit
Someone said “Good Morning, are you new”
Isn’t that the best, one could hear?
For someone to feel so received

The gathering started right on time
Punctuality is a great sublime.
Pretty ladies took over the floor
Captured the hearts of all and more.
One after the other the acts followed
Fitness, knowledge, history and galore

All senses in use to its fullest
Enjoyed by all, that’s for sure
Bringing their voices whenever desired
Captivatingly selfless with expression

Gentlemen balancing fun and joy
Ladies keeping them well occupied
All came to an end without a feel of time.
A kindly bunch served tea and some treats .
Well packed, from the best of place

Thank you, young ladies for the treat
All of you so overly sweet
Young as they are, making us feel so
Long life to thee and good health for us too.

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Something to think about at TSS

Niro, a radio DJ and quizzer, added a bit of zing to The Senior Station by conducting a super fun version of the quiz show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’. She renamed her version ‘Who Wants to be a fifty-aire’ – because that was what the grand prize was. The quiz came with all the suspense and drama of the TV game show, along with loads of laughs and hoots as contestants attempted to double their prize money from Rs 10 to Rs 50.
This week we were treated to a lovely surprise from Janaki who is a poet in her own right. She read out a beautiful poem which she had written and dedicated to The Senior Station
We also had something to ponder about as we reconstructed the story of the rescue of the ‘Thai Cave Boys’ with the help of a visual slide show. We talked about the many heroes of the story and discussed how the episode touched millions of hearts and brought together the global community. Indeed, it gave all of us at The Senior Station something inspiring to take home.
The Senior Station will be closed for the next two weeks. On the 4th of September is our Annual Trip for those who have signed up for it. Normal sessions will recommence next on the 11th of September.
For more details on The Senior Station email us on theseniorstation@gmail.com or call us on 0778445332

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‘Tripping out’ with The Senior Station

‘Trip Fever’, is hitting a high at The Senior Station. On September 4th we will be going to Camelot Beach Resort for a day long excursion, and the excitement is quite palpable. While The Senior Station has put together all requirements for the trip, it’s the members who are taking the lead in making it a grand event. Kudos to Miriam who has been meticulous about registering the participants. Dolly and Priyanthi are all geared up to ensure that everyone gets on the bus that will take us to Negambo and back. And for the main event, our ’entertainment committee’ promises to make it a super memorable day. Claude, Farook, Raja, Nilhan, Swini, Priyanthi, Chaya, Sriani, and Sheila had an animated discussion this week on all the activities they are planning for the day. We heard some mischievous chuckles from that corner and are rather curious to know what’s cooking. We would like to thank our patron, who wishes to remain anonymous, whose very generous contribution has brought such joy to our members. This is indeed such a big treat for them!
This week we celebrated the birthdays of Chaya and Nihal W., and we wish them all the very best for the year ahead. We’d like to say a big thank you to Sajeda for the revved up exercise session. She has been gradually increasing the intensity of her routine and is impressed by how the members have been keeping up. Nomal Wijeryaratne of Quantum Fitness also visited The Senior Station this week to demonstrate a vibrating exercise machine that is designed largely for seniors, and which improves balance and muscle tone. He explained that both aspects are vital for lasting physical and mental fitness.

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Cup games

We did our usual exercise and now our members are more flexible and can do much more than when we started. Then we did an interesting ‘who am I’ quiz and a find the odd one out quiz. The fun event we all ended up enjoying was when we did various cup games. Stacking and tumbling cups were a challenge but not as much as getting a cup to fall in when a paper was pulled from under. ‘Morning chaos’ was was the topic for our skit competition. Our members acted out some hilarious acts that we couldn’t stop laughing. We ended the session with a mini sing along.

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Gratitude journaling

This week at the Senior Station we started with our weekly exercise with Nisrin and then moved on to a very challenging quiz of general knowledge. However, our smart members were able to score well. Next we had all our members enjoying dumb charades, each one taking a turn to act movies from the 70s, 80s and the 90s. This session was filled with lots of laughter. Then we had Professor Piyanjali de Soyza, a clinical psychologist and a professor in clinical psychology at the faculty of medicine at the University of Colombo teaching us what gratitude journaling is and how it helps us to think positive. She made it very interesting and interactive and our members had many questions for Prof. Piyanjali. Thank you Professor De Soyza for taking the time to visit us.

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Bingo and Sing-along

It was time for some Bingo at The Senior Station this week. The game went on to a nail-biting finish, with almost all the numbers drawn, and many a false call for the full house. Eventually Punyakanthie and …… walked away with the two top prizes.

Among our other activities, we also had a sing-a-long this week at The Senior Station. Now that the members are more comfortable with each other, we requested them to individually sing a song of their choice. They confidently took to the floor, and were heartily joined in by their friends. The session started off with Nihal singing ‘……’. He was followed by Swini who sang ‘One Day At A Time’.  Soon almost all the members volunteered to sing, including Mary and Husseina who regaled everyone with an old Hindi favourite  – ‘Chori Chori.’

Celebrating World Environment Day

We, at The Senior Station, took a pledge to be more environmentally conscious and responsible. We celebrated World Environment Day by making a promise to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle; and to spread that message among our friends and family.

Milundu Tissera of John Keells Holdings is part of the company’s initiative to help reduce the plastic footprint of the country. Milundu made a thought provoking presentation on the hazards of irresponsible use of plastic, and how we could better manage and reduce our waste. The interactive session brought out many interesting observations from our members.

We had several other activities lined up today that was based on the theme which included a quiz that highlighted many startling facts about the environment; and a demonstration in which members learnt how to make carry bags out of newspaper .

Today we also celebrated the birthdays of the month and wish Priyanthie, Asamptha and Nisrin all the very best. We’d also like to thank Sajeda who once again brought cheer to The Senior Station with her energetic exercise routine.

The delicious cake was from The Cake Factory.

 

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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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