On the 9th of August 2018, we took a group of our Seniors on board of the "Different Story"ship, on a cruise on the Vistula River. We started from the “Kurier” marina, on the boulevard of Jan Karski in Warsaw and sailed in the direction of Mokotów (Warsaw district), passing on the way, among others, the “Świętokrzyski” Bridge and the “Kolejowy” Bridge. During an hour cruise our Seniors could admire the beautiful panorama of the city from the perspective of the Vistula River. The cruise was organized by the “Vistula for Warsaw” Foundation, which organizes free cruises on the Vistula River during the summer season. The project is co-financed by the Capital City of Warsaw. Soon, the second group of Seniors will be on that cruise. They are looking forward to boarding.
The 2018 year holiday season has already started for good, but we are not slowing down and we activate our Warsaw’s Seniors even at this time. On 10th of July, we took them to the Warsaw Water Filters. Despite the long - lasting two hours of visiting, the Seniors vigorously followed the guide, Mr. Tomasz Zapiec and bravely endured high temperatures. Among other things, the guide talked about the history of the creation of the Warsaw Water Filters and he showed visitors around the historic monumets of this museum. The Seniors manifested great interest in this trip, they were eager to ask questions. The attendance, despite the summer season, was good, a large group of Seniors went on a trip. Courtesy of the Warsaw Water Filters the visiting took place without any costs.
At the request of our Seniors, wanting to improve their physical condition, we have launched free Zumba classes for them. The classes started in July 2018 and are held at the Foundation's headquarters every Tuesday. Energetic zumba found many fans among our Senior woman, who despite many holiday trips and numerous activities, regularly attend weekly classes. Zumba classes are lead by our employee Marta Dondziak, who deals with the PROsenior program. The Senior women, despite their older age, manage well and the repeating dancing arrangements goes out to them from week to week more and more better. Zumba provides them with a decent dose of positive energy and creates also the possibility of integration between them. Zumba classes last about 60 minutes each. The classes consist of warm-up, dance and relaxation. Through ours classes we prove that everyone can dance Zuma regardless of age.
On 21th of June 2018, we took our Seniors on a trip to the Witold Gombrowicz Museum located near Radom, in a picturesque scenery of Wsola village. At that place the guide was waiting for us. She told us about life and literary creation of this excellent writer Witold Gombrowicz. The Seniors could learn many interesting facts from Gombrowicz life, among others from the period of his emigration to Argentine. They got to know about interesting circumstances of the creation of such a work as Ferdydurke or Trans-Atlantic. That day the weather was good and our Seniors could dine outside in a lunch place specially prepared for them in the park surrounding the museum. After delicious dinner we went to Białobrzegi where we could taste the traditional natural ice-cream and drink very good coffee. The Seniors returned to Warsaw happy and richer for knowledge and new acquaintances.
On 11th of May 2018, in our foundation headquaters, thanks to the specialists from the Warsaw Hearing Care Center FONETIKA, we organized hearing tests and consultations for our Seniors. This help was for free. As a part of the visit, the specialists evaluated the status of Seniors hearing and examined the patency of the external auditory canal. Seniors who were diagnosed with hearing loss were offered individual solutions. At the end, each participant received an information package about hearing in the form of a booklet and leaflet. We would like to thank FONETIKA Center for all the tests and consultations carried out and we are pleased that the hearing of the majority of the surveyed Seniors is normal.
On 11th of April, as a part of the project "Senior in the Culture" we took our Seniors on a trip to the Polish Radio headquarters. Our beneficiaries were very satisfied and truly enjoyed this trip. During the tour they were acquainted with the Polish Radio’s services provided in the past and nowadays. They saw "from the backstage" the work of the editors as well as technical service’s employees. They visited, among others, the Newsroom, where the latest information is created, and the radio studios of the 1/2/3 and 4 Polish Radio Program as well as Polish Radio 24. Seniors were very welcome in the Polish Radio. Each one of them even received a gift. Courtesy of Polish Radio, our Seniors could visit the Radio’s headquarters at no cost.
On 28th of March we took the second group of our Seniors to visit the Dollhouse Museum in Warsaw. The Museum's collection include miniature houses from different parts of the world and different periods of history. Our Seniors could admire the houses that are even 200 years old. The decor of the houses refers to different old customs and varied dress fashion as well as the multitude of architectural styles. The Seniors have been truly impressed by this charming interiors of the dollhouses. Some of them declared that they would be happy to be back. Courtesy of the Museum the sightseeing took place for free."