Aging with Attitude in Prince George

Baby Boomers, never known to be a quiet bunch, have convinced the City of Prince George to proclaim Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 as Aging with Attitude Week.

The week is to celebrate those born between 1946 and 1964 who have a new approach to aging that includes being a vibrant and energetic part of the community. During the specially designated week, there will adventures like hiking at the Ancient Forest, boating to Goat Island, attending a concert and a yoga session just to get things started.

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Rita Wiebe, a collaboration strategist, said she was looking at a Zoomer magazine geared for boomers with zip and noticed Bryan Adams was the official photographer for the publication.

"I thought that's really cool," said Wiebe. "And I thought Bryan Adams is one of those people looking to reinvent himself because he's probably not going to be a rocker until he's 80 years old, right? This reinventing and rediscovering yourself to put a fire back in the belly is cool and we can all do that."

Through a partnership with Community Futures and a few other organizations, Wiebe wants to keep boomers actively engaged in the community and celebrate that during Aging with Attitude Week, she said.

"That's how it got started," said Wiebe. "It was a motley crew with a bunch of us who got together and we thought there's international organizations and national organizations but if we can help this initiative to morph into something at a provincial level it would be great to have it rooted out of Northern B.C. The vision started growing to have a non-profit organization and maybe the rest of the province would look at this model we're doing and think Prince George likes their boomers and they value them and maybe we should look at what they're doing."

The activities include a boat tour to Goat Island that includes information provided from First Nations elders about the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway bridge, sternwheelers of the Upper Fraser, Goat Island, Fort George, Hudson's Bay Company, and looking back at the past of the Lheidli T'enneh peoples.

"We've got a couple of trips planned to the Ancient Forest and some fashion shows for mature people," said Wiebe. Nominations are also being sought for the Boomer Awards. For more information visit www.agingwithattitude.ca.

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