Lorraine Doiron

‘Rage against the dying of the light’

Chance to learn about 9-1-1, and how to age positively.

Due to the Holiday season this column is being done well before the actual date. I will let you know about my walk to Hope in the Jan. 9 column. Will let you know where in B.C. I am at that time.

A Brown Bag Lunch, Thursday, Jan. 10, 12:05–12:50 p.m. at the Healthy Living Centre, 1070 Main. “What Don’t I Know About 9-1-1?” Representatives from the RCMP, Smithers Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service will explain how 911 works, when you should call and when you shouldn’t, who you’ll be talking to, information to provide and much more!

The Bulkley Valley Schizophrenic Society (BCSS) has a talented Troupe of Puppeteers here in Smithers. They provide entertaining education to young minds in our Northwest community. If you would like to book this free performance call Clara, 250-847-9779 or email bulkleyvalley@bcss.org. The puppet show presentation offers the option of a play about psychosis or a play about anxiety. It is then followed by a discussion to answer questions and to share accurate information about mental illness.

Another group, Strengthening Families Together (SFT), is a free education program for families and friends who have a relative or friend with a serious mental illness. SFT provides information, skill building and support. You will learn the different types of mental illnesses, the medications and treatments for mental illness, how to cope with and support your loved one who is living with a mental illness. More information: 250-847-9779 or bulkleyvalley@bcss.org

I am a senior and I would like to set the record straight: one thing that always bothers me is the references to the “threat” our aging bodies represent to future generations. That we will burden the health care system, that we cannot participate in decisions for ourselves and our country due to our outdated principles and aging minds. Something to think about: old age is not a disease any more than infancy is. You are only as old as you believe, that old saying “mind over matter” works, just thinking that you are old and disabled isn’t going to make you get younger.

Change your thinking. Join groups, dance, sing, do things you always wanted to do! We have life experiences to share, don’t be shy, share that, it can’t hurt. There is a poem by Dylan Thomas: “Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day. RAGE, RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT!”

I prefer to be treated as something other than the enemy. When it comes to health and wellness, we’re not just part of the problem, we’re actually part of the solution: speak up. We might even be worth more to the world alive than dead. It is necessary for us seniors to think positive about our age, whatever age we are at. Staying alive is not a preference; living well until we die is.

Closing with: exculpate: to clear from alleged fault or guilt.

Lorraine can be reached at gradoir@citywest.ca.

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