Thursday, February 18, 2021

Boredom Buster Bags are delivered to area seniors

Canton Club 55+ preps a Boredom Buster Bag for area
seniors containing puzzles, toiletries, snacks, and
 other items. Photo provided by Canton Leisure Services.
Canton Club 55+ was able to lift the spirits of several area seniors by delivering Boredom Buster Bags filled with puzzles, toiletries, snacks, and other items to help keep them active, entertained, and engaged through the winter. 

Canton Club 55+ was able to prepare and deliver the activity bags to local seniors thanks to a donation from the Ahmed Family Fund, in memory of Mohammed Basheer Ahmed.  The contribution funded the creation of 90 activity packs that were distributed to area Meals on Wheels and Focus Hope participants. 

"The pandemic has really changed older adults' usual routine of keeping active, visiting family and friends, and socializing," said Stephanie Diago Berkeley, adult services specialist.

"We know this has had an impact on their physical, as well as mental well-being, and so by providing these activity packs we hope to inspire them with ways to stay active at home that keep them connected and stimulated throughout the winter. We are so grateful for the Ahmed Family Fund's kind donation that enabled us to provide these resources that will hopefully counter the effects of spending so much time alone." 

Each Boredom Buster Bag included: Sudoku book; crossword book; coloring book with pencils; 300-piece jigsaw puzzle; deck of playing cards; blank greeting cards and stamps; and a resistance band and exercise/stretching booklet.  In addition to these mentally and physically engaging materials, additional elements included: wool socks; gloves; fleece blanket; snacks; as well as personal care items.

Canton Club 55+, located in the Summit on the Park Parkview Room at 46000 Summit Parkway, serves as a resource for the entire community for information on aging, support for family caregivers, and for developing innovative approaches to addressing aging issues.  Canton Club 55+ also provides numerous opportunities for older adults to continue their personal development through special health and wellness and enrichment classes, officials said. 

With Canton Club 55+'s facility currently closed, area seniors are encouraged to stay engaged with Club 55+ programs and activities that they can participate in online from their homes, including: educational seminars; make at home craft sessions; Bingo, travel Thursdays; trivia; film and chat; social hours and cooking classes.

For more information about Canton Club 55+, call (734) 394-5485 or visit