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Women get unique opportunity to share memories

SUBMITTED PHOTO: DAVID BIRCH  - Mary Lansing, left, and Phyl Kerns share memories of their lives. A new workshop will begin May 3 which will give women an opportunity to share their stories.

Every day in my work at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, I have the privilege of hearing life stories; stories of triumph, pain, discovery, all with plenty of wisdom wrapped within them.

I marvel at the details remembered, the humor time brings to the situation and the power of how the stories can impact the listener. I reflect on my life thus far and it is hard to imagine my stories being as interesting or profound. But if I took the time to contemplate the stages of life I might be surprised by the flood of memories and how the experiences shaped me.

To reflect on one’s life can be very powerful, emotional and meaningful. Let’s not forget about fun!

Starting the first week in May, facilitators with the Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Wellbeing of Seniors (VIEWS), a statewide program, will begin a seven-week workshop for women.

The mission of VIEWS is to promote the emotional well-being of seniors through peer counseling and social engagement. Their no-cost weekly support groups and Conversation on Aging discussion groups provide emotional support, unconditional listening, and sharing of experiences.

The LOACC will host a seven-week workshop for women beginning May 3, from 10-11:30 a.m.

In the workshop, attendees will be provided prompts to spark memories and be guided in documenting their journey. Participants can share their stories. Writing them down is optional; you can just speak and listen to others. The insight others provide often gives one a new perspective of their own life. The workshop is free, but space is limited to eight participants, so call today to sign up.

The lunch menu this week features pulled pork nachos on Friday, April 29; beef kabobs on Monday, May 2; and in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Santa Fe pork on Wednesday, May 4. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and older and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, under the Calendar banner. Click on “View the Adult Community Center Calendar” and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow works in administrative support at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.