Keeping up with technology

Remember the “good old days” when it would take weeks for a letter to reach someone, and you wouldn’t expect a response for months? Today, the internet allows us to communicate quickly and has placed vast amounts of information at our fingertips. There are so many ways technology can help us… but sometimes it feels like it is hard to keep up. 

Join us at noon on Friday, April 7, at St. Paul’s United Church hall, 211 des Pins, Magog, for Food for Thought. On the menu is maple salmon fillets, salads, and lemon meringue pie, then stay to hear guest speaker (and tech guru) Nancy Page share some technology tips, computer tricks, and web browsing hints. 

Even if you don’t own a computer, or a tablet, or a smartphone, it doesn’t hurt to learn some computer and technology terms. The goal is to learn just one new thing that you didn’t know before you came (and to have a good lunch and some laughs, of course!)

Food for Thought sessions are open to everyone in the Townships community. The presentations are free, the meal costs $7. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Down Syndrome Day

March 21 marked World Down Syndrome Day, a day to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have it, and how people with it play a vital role in our lives and communities.

Down syndrome is one of the most common congenital anomalies worldwide, and the most common one in Canada. In fact, one in every 750 live born babies in Canada is diagnosed with Down syndrome. In the last decade, the average rate of Down syndrome in Canada has been 15.8 per 10,000 total births. 

So what is Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality, which means that a person with Down syndrome has three copies of chromosome 21 rather than two; for that reason, the condition is also known as Trisomy 21.  Diagnoses are most often made during pregnancy and the first year of the child’s life. Children with Down syndrome present with well-defined physical characteristics.

Women 35 years of age and older are more likely to have a baby with Down syndrome than younger women but there are more babies with Down syndrome born to women aged 34 and younger. That can be explained by the fact that 52% of total births occur in women under 35 years due to higher fertility rates in younger women. 

What are some of the effects of Down syndrome?
Individuals with Down syndrome often experience intellectual delay and are at an increased risk for several medical conditions. Congenital heart defects and respiratory infections are the most frequently reported causes of death in children and young adults with Down syndrome. Childhood leukemia is commonly associated with Down syndrome. However, the life expectancy of individuals with Down syndrome has improved over time.

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is Canada’s voice for the Down syndrome community. Along with providing support to and advocacy for families and people with Down syndrome, the Calgary-based charity is encouraging all Canadians to #SeeTheAbility and make our country a better place for people living with Down syndrome. For more visit or call 1-800-883-5608.

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,, and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 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.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Photo Credit: Courtesy Kate Holbrook

Photo Caption: Townshippers’ Culture and Community Coordinator, Kate Holbrook, wore #lotsofsocks to get people talking about World Down Syndrome Day.