Crib, coffee, and conversation
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, November 6, 2008
The elder day program has elders from the community spend time with patients in long-term care. Everyone gathers in the multipurpose room and long-term care wing to socialize, enjoy a hot lunch and take part in dozens of activities that are arranged every day.
"It's to provide elders from the community with recreation and leisure needs," said Gloria Nasogaluak, elder day program recreation programmer.
She said the hospital wing gives everyone a safe place to relax and talk. Having it at the hospital gives long-term care patients the chance to take part as well.
On Tuesday, a heated crib tournament took place while other elders chatted over puzzles. On other days they might be engaged in craft or art projects. Occasionally they will do some baking in the kitchen.
Activities aren't just confined to the hospital. Often they travel by bus to Ingamo Hall, the Quick Stop or the Legion. Nasogaluak said getting people out on the town gives them a change of scenery and something to look forward to.
"It's good to have this atmosphere of everybody having fun," said Nasogaluak. "Everyone helps and they all have their own input into this."
William K. Allen is one of 14 "regulars" taking part in the activities almost every day. He has been coming since he moved to Inuvik two years ago.
"Some days we do games like shuffleboard," said Allen.
He said that through the program, he has been introduced to new people and has tried other programs. Lately he has been going to the Midnight Sun rec complex gym with a trainer twice a week.
He has also been going to the pool, although he said he prefers the hot tub.
"It really does make a difference," said Allen.