Like many others, life provided the circumstances for me to embark on significant changes in the second half of life. In 2008, many of my peers and friends embarked on a traditional retirement lifestyle. I started looking for new opportunities to address my changing personal needs and interests. In 2010, I started a local Creative Age Network with friends and like-minded associates. So this is my Creative Age.
10 years ago, our initial intent was to develop creative programs to improve the overall quality of life for older adults. While many activities and events took place in community settings, we also started digital media and social media programs. Many of our associates, volunteers and network members have used computers through most of their adult lives.
The programs we developed are still needed especially in the face of public health, economic and social crises.
The potential health and economic impact of the coronavirus is a rising stress for older adults in all of our communities. We’re all required to engage in brainstorming, resource sharing, creative problem solving and collaborative actions to keep loved ones safe and healthy.
Kathy Smith was named to the Mayor’s Honour Roll in her hometown of London Ontario. In 2015, she received an Adult Educator Recognition from the Council for Adult Education. In 2016 she received the Ontario Achievement Award from The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. In 2019, Kathy was added to the London North Centre Honour Roll by Peter Fragiskatos, Liberal MP
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