Getting information on the move

Community Sep 30, 2016 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Betty Barga knows that at some point in life she won't drive herself around town.

When that happens she wants to know what to do, where to go, how to get there, how much it costs and what she needs.

“I don't want to be left in a lurch, I want to prepare for it,” she said.

Barga and almost 50 other seniors attended the free Workshop on a Bus, presented by the Grand River Council on Aging on Friday that took attendees to various places throughout the Brantford to learn about many age-friendly services available. The workshop was also a way to celebrate National Seniors Day.

Lucy Marco a board member for the GRCOA coordinated one of two bus loads of seniors that received presentations from staff at the Brantford Public Library, The Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, The Grand River Community Health Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Marco said it was important for people to learn about services available and how to use the bus system.

“Some people are like me and haven't take the bus in 60 years. The bus system has changed a lot since then,” she said.

Lori Lafrance, a representative form the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre and Brantford Parks and Recreation boarded the bus and told riders about programs available at the seniors' centre like euchre tournaments, trips, classes, clubs, drop-ins and more.

“There's a variety of things to do and we're here for you,” she said.

Danielle Baynes, co-ordinator of customer engagement at the Brantford Public Library gave residents an idea of whats available at the library including all the usual suspects, books with both large and normal sized print, DVD's, music and audio books, but said computer classes are also available for beginners.

“If you're more familiar with computers, but there is something specific you want to learn you can book a librarian who will take you through it,” she said. “They'll have researched it before you come in and you can even bring your laptop or personal device and they can show you on your own device.”

Seniors were then taken back to the Airport Community Centre where lunch was served.

“It's a celebration of seniors because this is all about them and how to make their lives a little easier or a little more convenient,” Marco said.

Getting information on the move

Community Sep 30, 2016 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Betty Barga knows that at some point in life she won't drive herself around town.

When that happens she wants to know what to do, where to go, how to get there, how much it costs and what she needs.

“I don't want to be left in a lurch, I want to prepare for it,” she said.

Barga and almost 50 other seniors attended the free Workshop on a Bus, presented by the Grand River Council on Aging on Friday that took attendees to various places throughout the Brantford to learn about many age-friendly services available. The workshop was also a way to celebrate National Seniors Day.

Lucy Marco a board member for the GRCOA coordinated one of two bus loads of seniors that received presentations from staff at the Brantford Public Library, The Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, The Grand River Community Health Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Marco said it was important for people to learn about services available and how to use the bus system.

“Some people are like me and haven't take the bus in 60 years. The bus system has changed a lot since then,” she said.

Lori Lafrance, a representative form the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre and Brantford Parks and Recreation boarded the bus and told riders about programs available at the seniors' centre like euchre tournaments, trips, classes, clubs, drop-ins and more.

“There's a variety of things to do and we're here for you,” she said.

Danielle Baynes, co-ordinator of customer engagement at the Brantford Public Library gave residents an idea of whats available at the library including all the usual suspects, books with both large and normal sized print, DVD's, music and audio books, but said computer classes are also available for beginners.

“If you're more familiar with computers, but there is something specific you want to learn you can book a librarian who will take you through it,” she said. “They'll have researched it before you come in and you can even bring your laptop or personal device and they can show you on your own device.”

Seniors were then taken back to the Airport Community Centre where lunch was served.

“It's a celebration of seniors because this is all about them and how to make their lives a little easier or a little more convenient,” Marco said.

Getting information on the move

Community Sep 30, 2016 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Betty Barga knows that at some point in life she won't drive herself around town.

When that happens she wants to know what to do, where to go, how to get there, how much it costs and what she needs.

“I don't want to be left in a lurch, I want to prepare for it,” she said.

Barga and almost 50 other seniors attended the free Workshop on a Bus, presented by the Grand River Council on Aging on Friday that took attendees to various places throughout the Brantford to learn about many age-friendly services available. The workshop was also a way to celebrate National Seniors Day.

Lucy Marco a board member for the GRCOA coordinated one of two bus loads of seniors that received presentations from staff at the Brantford Public Library, The Beckett Adult Leisure Centre, The Grand River Community Health Centre and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Marco said it was important for people to learn about services available and how to use the bus system.

“Some people are like me and haven't take the bus in 60 years. The bus system has changed a lot since then,” she said.

Lori Lafrance, a representative form the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre and Brantford Parks and Recreation boarded the bus and told riders about programs available at the seniors' centre like euchre tournaments, trips, classes, clubs, drop-ins and more.

“There's a variety of things to do and we're here for you,” she said.

Danielle Baynes, co-ordinator of customer engagement at the Brantford Public Library gave residents an idea of whats available at the library including all the usual suspects, books with both large and normal sized print, DVD's, music and audio books, but said computer classes are also available for beginners.

“If you're more familiar with computers, but there is something specific you want to learn you can book a librarian who will take you through it,” she said. “They'll have researched it before you come in and you can even bring your laptop or personal device and they can show you on your own device.”

Seniors were then taken back to the Airport Community Centre where lunch was served.

“It's a celebration of seniors because this is all about them and how to make their lives a little easier or a little more convenient,” Marco said.