For the older, mature adult that I hope to be one day: I have two exciting pieces of information for you.
First, most people are aware flu season is coming, as it does every year. Getting a vaccination is a personal choice that often brings out some strong perspectives among individuals. Personally, I have been working with those over the age of 65 for the last 15 years and have always had a flu shot in order to protect myself and, most importantly, those I work with.
For the last three years I have hosted a Seniors Expo that provides a free flu clinic for those over 65. The Seniors Expo is also a place where local service providers showcase what they offer in Whistler. I have heard from many individuals that Whistler does not have enough support to comfortably stay and grow old in place, but there’s more than you think.
As a rural community we do not have a hospital, assisted living or a nursing home. But when you compare our community to others of a similar population, it is unlikely that we are alone with our limitations. Despite what we may be missing there are amazing medical staff and service providers here in Whistler who do have the best interests for our older adults. Come meet some of them at the Seniors Expo.
Whistler has drawn many people over the years for all different reasons. Working with mature adults, I have heard many stories of how Whistler used to be and what went into building this community. Recently I’ve had the pleasure to meet with new retired individuals who have chosen Whistler as a place to live for their retirement days.
Moving to a new community at an older age can be difficult to navigate. I encourage all older adults who are new to Whistler to attend the Seniors Expo to engage with service providers and see what there is for you to access as you age. It’s also a great place to meet some of our long-time locals while getting your vaccination shot.
Get your pens out and mark your calendar for Nov. 5 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Senior Expo & Flu Clinic will be happening at 1519 Spring Creek Drive in the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Social Services Centre — home of Whistler Community Services Society. Vancouver Coastal Health is hosting the vaccination clinic.
The second piece of information I wanted to get out is the resources directory specific to your age group is being renamed. Access Whistler is now Savvy Whistler, a resource directory for 50-plus people in the resort.
The publication was rebranded to better engage older adults in the community. I have ensured that we maintain the integrity of the guide with multiple storylines about local individuals, while covering a wide variety of topics.
This year we also took on the theme of “right sizing.” Anyone who has had children leave home or has moved from a larger home to a smaller one knows all about right sizing — also known as downsizing. There are so many aspects when one right sizes, and in the last Silver Lining article on Oct. 15., Maria Schwarz focused on the right-sizing guide that the Mature Action Committee has produced as an insert for Savvy Whistler. Savvy Whistler will be hot off the press Nov. 5 and on hand at the Seniors Expo & Flu Clinic.
Pick up your copy of Savvy Whistler, get a flu shot and learn what resources are available in the community.