On Oct. 12 at the Badlands Community Facility, Rose Poulson, the Seniors Services Coordinator for the Town of Drumheller opened the doors to the first Drumheller Seniors Wellness Fair.

The event featured guest speakers and booths from community services. The fair ran all day and snacks and a light lunch were provided for attendees.

Poulson said the idea for the event came about when a few stakeholders began discussing ways to communicate their services to seniors in the area.

"A few different health partners in the community had asked if there was a way that we could get together and provide this information. A lot of seniors don't realize all of the resources that we actually have in our community."

Some of the booths at the fair included Alberta Health Services, the Primary Care Network and the Alzheimer's Society.

One of the more exciting moments of the fair was when Martin McSween, an AHS Addictions Counselor, led the group in a resiliency activity using drums.

"All of us have rhythms and beats that we go by, and they can be impacted by other people's rhythms and beats or rhythms and beats that happen and occur to us throughout life," explained McSween.

"Addictions cross all sections of life," he elaborated. "So that's an important thing to remember: from prescription drugs through to clandestine drugs, to alcohol, legal drugs, cigarettes, any tobacco use, as well as gambling."

McSween points out that even though a senior might not be experiencing an addiction, AHS offers services to help seniors support family members who are suffering from an addiction.

Thursday's Seniors Wellness Fair also included speakers who explained how to eat healthy at any age and how to stay active in everyday life.

Seniors Wellness Fair 1Courtesy of Rose Poulson.

Seniors Wellness Fair 2Courtesy of Rose Poulson.

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