Remember when winter was fun? Fifty or 60 years later... hibernation seems like a better idea! This week’s Amherst Winter Carnival makes winter fun again, and you don’t have to be a kid to find lots to do. Here are 10 “cabin fever” busting activities for seniors:
1. Walk to Amherst, Virginia, where the average temperature this week is 55°F! It’s more than a thousand miles away, but don’t worry... you won’t have to do it all by yourself. The Indoor Winter Walking Challenge at the Amherst Stadium runs from February 13 to 19. Walk a few laps around the track and add your total to the group tally.
2. Learn a new game. Once you’ve played it, the attraction of pickleball—for seniors, especially—is clear. It’s fast-paced, low-impact, and easy to learn. A hybrid of badminton and ping pong, pickleball’s lightweight equipment won’t give you tennis elbow. Since the court is small (about half the size of a tennis court), there’s a lot less running than in tennis. Try it out for free with a beginner’s class at the YMCA on February 13 at 10:00 am.
3. Lace up those trusty old skates! Enjoy Canada’s favourite winter pastime with free adult & senior public skating at the Amherst Stadium. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 am.
4. Get a better night’s sleep. Even if you are hibernating, you don’t have to sound like a big old bear! Learn the signs and health risks of sleep apnea at the free “Sleep: From A to Zzz’s” workshop on Thursday, February 15 at noon. It’s at the CCU Business Innovation Centre (5 Ratchford St.)
5. Watch some incredible curling. The NS Provincial Senior Curling Championships are at the Amherst Curling Club from Feb 15 to 19, and you can go watch for free.
6. Try your luck at a game of 45s. The 50+ Club plays on Friday February 16 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. It’s at 52 Croft Street and new players are always welcome.
7. Try a Tae Kwon-do class for seniors. There are many great reasons why people over 50 should consider taking it up as a hobby. Aside from the fact Tae Kwon-Do can be a good form of self-defense, it can help relieve lower back pain and it improves your mood. Tae Kwon Do for seniors specializes in balance and flexibility, and everyone goes at their own pace. Watch a free demonstration on Saturday, Feb 17 at 12:00 on the second floor of Dayle’s Grand Market.
8. Treat yourself to a night out with theatre and desserts. Live Bait Theatre’s production of Love Letters is a simply-staged, heartwarming and heartbreaking 50-year correspondence between lifelong friends and former love interests. It’s at 7:00 on Saturday, Feb 17 at the CCU Business Innovation Centre (5 Ratchford St). Tickets are just $15 each and available at Birkinshaw’s Tea Room or Buds and Blossoms.
9. Keep the Saturday night fun going! There’s a dance at the 50+ Club (52 Croft St.) from 8:00 to 10:30.
10. Reminisce and learn about the past at the Heritage Fair and Traditional Craft Demonstration day on Monday, Feb. 19 from 10:00 to 4:00 at the CCU Business Innovation Centre (5 Ratchford St). Admission is free of charge and you can try your hand at dipping a beeswax candle the old-fashioned way!