Yesterday the GeriActors had the honour of performing a section of “We Decide When” at the lunch feature of ELLA.
ELLA, which stands for Edmonton Lifelong Learning Association is an annual conference for seniors as a part of the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension. This three week event features courses in a broad range of topics such as photography, biology of the immune system, mathematics or watercolor technique. Seniors are able to sign up for as many or as few courses as they would like.
For more information about ELLA visit their website: http://web.extension.ualberta.ca/extcms/index.php/ella
Many of the GeriActors take part in this event, as ELLA shares the same belief that creativity and lifelong learning is the gateway to healthy aging.
The event started with a speech made by our artistic director, David Barnet. It featured a description of our process, the intergenerational course and a series of exercises by the GeriActors.
Here were some highlights from the events.
“Never say anything you don’t want to be put into a play”
“Don’t shoot it down (online dating) until you’ve tried it David!”
“Every year at ELLA I feel a bit younger, that play made me feel even younger, something no medication can ever make me feel.”
“Laughter is our form of the handshake, it’s our way of showing that we are all equal.”
“Peaches! Kelowna Peaches!” (describing her favorite food)
Standing beside Liz (left) is Therezinha Kennedy (right), local poet, a former GeriActors and now world traveler. She will be travelling the Himalayas next year.