I was delighted when Pat Goyeche told me that You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready? will be part of the Abbotsford Salon this summer. Abbotsford is run out of the Glebe Centre in Ottawa and you’ll appreciate the extent of the compliment when you understand Abbotsford goals. Pat is the program facilitator and, as she says, “We try to be the place where those 55+ find a community, self actualize, keep fit, and keep laughing!” This photo of the staff participating in a fund-raiser as the “Fabulous Flapper’s” of the 1920’s is proof that they’re up to the challenge. They run fitness classes, host clubs (mah jongg, snooker), offer workshops (pottery, stained glass) and run a speaker’s program. One project that really speaks to me is “Bees and Bears” where seniors are teaching a group of high school students how to create teddy bears, and the young people are getting some special attention from surrogate grandmas in the bargain. You can find out more on the Glebe Centre website.