‘I’m glad to be back:’ retirees grateful for regular social gatherings | NanaimoNewsNOW

Members meet on the first Thursday of every month, excluding July and August, at Maranatha Church Hall on Portsmouth Rd. at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and socializing, followed by a guest speaker and business meeting.

It’s also possible to sign up for a variety of groups and activities, including board games, a beer and wine appreciation night, and gardening groups.

Patterson said the various activities are all about social stimulation.

“It’s important at our age, well for everyone, but certainty for our age, it’s an important thing to have a circle of friends and a circle of activities and to be busy because that kind of stimulation keeps you young. Well, relatively young.

Vice President Lora Jones said these in-person events are crucial, especially since many of their members are offline and find it harder to be social without face-to-face contact.

“It’s all the emphasis on social activities for older people to keep them active and interacting because of isolation, loneliness, all that kind of stuff, it’s really hard.”

Jean, a member of Probus, said she was delighted when meetings resumed their regular schedule, as these social events like bridge and golf are extremely important for her mental well-being.

“A lot of socialization, which I really need. Just hang out and meet people, we have so many fun events. Well, we used to (laughs). We moved here from Qualicum Beach nine years ago, and they’re all our friends,” she said.

Another member echoed Jean’s sentiments on the important social aspect of these groups.

A Probus member for more than a decade, this was his first meeting since the pandemic began more than two years ago.

“I always wear my mask and I’m careful, it’s just a bit strange, to be honest. My husband and I have been very careful…I’m happy to be back.

Past guest speakers include Res. Nanaimo RCMP. Cst. Gary O’Brien, Dirk Heydemann Photography, Jim Swanson, General Manager of Night Owls of Nanaimo.

For more information on how to become a member of the HCNPC, you can email [email protected] or visit their Facebook page.

For more information on Probus Clubs on Vancouver Island, visit probus.org/probus-clubs.

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Sara H. Byrd