This is a time of year when we reflect on the past and look forward to the year ahead. Many of us have much to rejoice as we think back on the great times with family and friends. 2018 was a rewarding year for CARP in Nova Scotia. We continued our advocacy work for Healthcare, Financial Security, Physical Activity, Aging-at-Home and Age Friendly Communities and the Environment. We accomplished a great deal in 2018 yet there is much to do in the year ahead. We will continue to offer a strong voice for older Nova Scotians in 2019.
Even with our optimism we know there are many who are experiencing difficult times. Some of us have lost loved ones throughout the year, are experiencing health problems and feeling lonely. It is important to all of us to know somebody cares. Reach to family, friends, neighbors and your community if you need help. CARP Nova Scotia does care and will do our best to help connect you in your community.
Over the past year we started a CARP Walking Group to get out there together and “move our buns”. At our Annual General Meeting in June we talked about the challenges of seniors’ mental health. CARP welcomed well over 100 members to its first Summer Social with a barbeque on Lake Banook in Dartmouth. In September we hosted the Dartmouth General Hospital for wait times for hip and knee surgeries. It was only earlier this month we hosted the Hon. Filomena Tassi, Federal Minister for Seniors at the Ward 5 Community Centre in Halifax.
For 2019 CARP will continue its strong advocacy work for older Nova Scotians. We are starting the year in February by hosting planning meetings with CARP National in Halifax. In May we will be hosting our first CARP Cape Breton event at the Membertou Conference Centre in Sydney. CARP is excited about our future in Nova Scotia. On behalf of our Board of Directors I wish our over 8000 members a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and the very best for 2019.
CARP NS Chair