Food For Thought is Back!

After a series of successful lunch and learn events that began last December, Townshippers’ Association is pleased to announce the return of the Food For Thought luncheons. Funded through L’APPUI Pour Les Proches Aidants D’Ainés Estrie, Townshippers’ initiative Increasing Access to Information for English-speaking Caregivers of Seniors includes a series of seven luncheons providing information and resources for individuals in the English-speaking community who are in the role of caregiver.

The first session in the series touches on the subject of grief and bereavement at St. Paul’s United Church 211 Rue des Pins, Magog, on Friday, October 17, at 12 p.m. (noon).  At one time or another we all face loss in our lives – loss of loved one, loss of job, loss of a relationship- guest speaker Yvonne Clark, a licensed social worker, family therapist and certified grief counsellor will help us understand the grieving process. If you or someone you know is experiencing a loss, please join us for this event.

The session, which includes a meal of gourmet grilled cheese, Caesar salad and homemade pie, costs just $6 per person with proceeds being reinvested in the project. No registration required.


Aging and Well-Being within the English-Speaking Eastern Townships Community

Although the idea of aging has long held a negative connotation and has been faced with dread by individuals nearing retirement age, many are now embracing their golden years and using this time to finally focus on their mental and physical well-being. According to the 2011 Statistics Canada census, “seniors accounted for a record high of 14.8% of the population in Canada in 2011, up from 13.7% five years earlier.” (Government of Canada, “Statistics Canada – The Canadian Population in 2011: Age and Sex”).  In the Estrie region, English-speaking seniors (4,880) accounts for 21.6% of the population. It is therefore increasingly relevant to focus research on the psychological, physical, economic and social issues raised by the aging population.

With a view to sharing this pool of knowledge with the local population at large, Townshippers’ Association, in collaboration with Bishop’s University and the Research Centre on Aging, invites members of the community to come participate in an exchange of ideas, insights and new knowledge on the issues faced by the elderly today. Come listen to researchers share their knowledge of these issues and the fruits of their research. What are some of the possibilities and challenges faced by seniors who wish to engage in community participation? How can self-perceptions influence the experience of aging? What mobile assistive services exist for active aging? How can daily health and well-being be enhanced through self-compassion and positive aging? Finally, how can your nose provide clues allowing health care professionals to predict impending cognitive decline? Researchers Mélanie Levasseur, Rona Graham, Lisa Mask, Susan Reid and Fuschia Sirois are happy to transfer their knowledge to those individuals to whom it may benefit most.

This event will take place on Thursday, November 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 in the Lobby of Centennial Theatre on Bishop’s University campus. Free parking will be available on Bishop’s University campus as of 4 :30 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the lobby of Centennial Theatre, where you are also invited to visit Townshippers’ booth on site and learn more about this local organization. Please note that the event is free and all are welcome.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.


Photo Credit: Judy Lawson

Photo Caption: The next Food for Thought learning luncheon on October 17, will give information and resources to individuals in the English-speaking community who are in the role of caregiver, on the topic of loss and the grieving process. If you or someone you know is experiencing a loss, please join us for this event.