Lögberg-Heimskringla Föstudagur 7. júní 1991 7
Active Lifestyle keeps this Senior
on the go
*>y Joyce Langerak
The Young and The Restless is one
hot soap, but even it won't be allowed
to intrude on a snappy card game.
An eager, "use it or lose it" philoso-
phy has kept Anna Arnason of Kelowna
on the go for 94 years and she sees no
reason to change things now.
Sure, she loves to sit and watch a
good soap opera if she hasn't got
anything else planned. "I'm not that
hooked on them," she says. "I'll catch
h up." When she does watch her soaps,
she keeps her hands busy with crochet
work, knitting, or grooming her little
The eldest of 14 children, Arnason
learned the meaning of hard work early.
"I had all these smaller children to look
after." And five younger brothers didn't
make it any easier.
Her mother died in the flu epidemic
°f 1919 leaving Arnason's father with
13 children. One boy had died of pneu-
rnonia at age three, and of the 14 chil-
dren, only six are alive today and
they're all "girls".
A lifetime member of the Unitarian
^hurch, Arnason believes in a gentle
God no hellfire and damnation for
her just responsibility, cause and
She's always taken good care of her
Anna Arnason with pet and companion Lóa.
activities around her
health, and continues to reap rich re-
wards. "I have never smoked. I never
drank liquor of any kind. That's why
my health is so good. I believe that,
whether it's true or not," she says with
a lifted eyebrow and a shrug.
She uses an exercixe bike and can't
wait to get out into the vegetable and
flower gardens surrounding her mo-
Widowed almost 30 years ago,
Arnason lived alone when she began
drawing her pension in 1962. "When I
first started getting a pension, it was
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At 94, Anna keeps busy with a variety of
home and church.
$67 a month. I had to pay $72 for my
apartment. How could I live on that?"
She started babysitting at 65 and
continued until she was 80. She
boarded an elderly disabled woman in
her home, caring for her until the
woman entered a nursing home.
Arnason knows what's involved in
institutional life. For many years she
was matron of a nursing home in Win-
nipeg. She realizes she may one day
need to be taken care of, too. "I would
go to a home of my own choice if I
had to. I hope it will not happen, but
you can never tell."
For now, she does all her own house-
work cooking, cleaning, everything
without help. "What for? No way! I
don't need a housekeeper."
"I came to be her chauffeur," puts in
her 70-year-old daughter, Margaret,
who's visiting from Ontario. Mom
wanted to get out of the house play
cards, go shopping, "this and that".
"I can do all these things because
I'm so fortunate," says Arnason.
"Margaret knows the cityshe learned
it in a few days. So she takes me wher-
ever I want to go."
Heryoungestson, Harold, haslived
with her on and off over the years, and
a loving companion is her little Mal-
tese dog, Lóa.
Prancing on her hind legs, the small
dog paws the air, asking Arnason to
pick her up. "It would be an empty
place without her," says Arnason,
scooping the pooch into her arms. "I
would miss her terribly if I didn't have
Still, a pet ties you down some, she
admits, and she'd travel more if she
didn't have Lóa to worry about. "I've
always wanted to go to Hawaii. Two or
three years ago I almost went on my
own, but I chickened out. I would go to
Iceland again if I had a companion to
She moved from Manitoba to
Kelowna three years ago. "I wanted to
get away from cold weather."
Arnason seems a little puzzled about
the documents, as if she wonders what
all the fuss is about. "I never think
about aging. I don't even believe that
I'm 94 myself, because there's nothing
I can't do. If I put my mind to it, I can
No rocking chair for this lady. And
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Courtesy of Okanagan Sunday
The Poet's Corner
by Albina Razma
The first settlers pioneered the paths,
They planned and built the homes,
Scoured the fields,
Harrowed and plowed and planted
They founded and built houses of
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Nurtured and taught their children,
Fought and defended the land from
They suffered hardships for us all.
Let us build a memorial to these
And honor our fallen heroes of the
Let us pursue the paths which they
blazed for us,
And work and sow the broad fields.
May today's virtuous children
Tread these beaten paths.
May they beautify the land with
The spirit of Manitoba will eternally
"To You Manitoba"is a poem com-
posed for Manitoba's centenial which
was in 1970. My feelings are strong for
In memory of Kjartan Olafson, Winnipeg
from Nanna Olafson.....................S25.
Mrs. Herdis Maddin,