Haven't you ever seen an elderly couple and wondered, "what's their secret?" Or wanted to learn more about what it was like to be brought up in the 50s?
A weekly event at the Village au Pied-du-courant lets you do just that. The event, which the site calls "médiatèque humaine," or "human library," brings elderly people and curious passersby together, and allows them to converse and learn more about each other.
You can sit with these "human books" and ask them to share their wisdom on a variety of topics, or just have them tell you about a chapter of their life.
If this makes you go, "um, why would I do that?" you have obviously not spent enough time with the elderly. Talking to people with 50+ more years of life experience than you is fascinating. Their advice is priceless.
Whether you need advice about a relationship, or you want a little help dealing with a thorny issue at work, you'll probably be able to get a good, rational answer from an older person.
Also, talking to a grandma is the no. 1 best way to make yourself feel better. Do you want to be complimented for 5 straight minutes? Talk to an elderly lady.
Not to mention that loneliness and social isolation are big problems with elderly people, especially those in big cities like Montreal.
Centraide states that "the social isolation of seniors can have a dramatic impact not only on their own physical and psychological health but also on communities, who miss out on their rich experiences."
Events like these help to break that isolation and bring the elderly closer to their communities.
The next event is taking place on Sunday, August 4. While you're at the Village au Pied-du-courant, you can make the most of yoga classes, food trucks, games and a little beach to lay on.
The Human Library
What: When you can ask elderly folk for advice on a variety of topics.
When: Sunday, August 4, 4:30 – 7:30 PM
Where: Village au Pied-du-courant.
More info on the Facebook event page (french only).