Seniors Active Aging

United Way of the Lower Mainland and Active Aging BC have partnered to keep older adults active as they age. Thirty “Seniors Active Aging” grants were distributed across BC in 27 communities. Programs range from connecting First Nations elders to community recreation in Prince George, to intercultural Tai Chi in Surrey, to a men’s shed initiative in Squamish.

There are a lot of benefits to seniors of being more physically active. Benefits include social connections, increased independence, and improved well-being and quality of life.

A large percentage of social connections for seniors are based on leisure activities. Conversely, social isolation is related to physical inactivity among people 60 years and older.

Active Aging BC, a program of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, is a UBC affiliated research centre focused on developing novel strategies that promote physically active choices to positively influence mobility.

Grant Recipients

 

Lower Mainland

  • Burnaby Neighbourhood House Society: Seniors Connected – Dance, Tai Chi, walking clubs.
  • Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services: Let’s Walk and Roll! – Door to door transportation for seniors to a nearby destination, a short walk, lunch or other activity.
  • Hollyburn Family Services Society: Seniors at Risk Outreach – Locate housing in walkable neighbourhoods for at-risk seniors; connect with recreation services.
  • North Shore Keep Well Society:  Exercise and Wellness Program for Seniors – Weekly drop-in at seven locations on the North Shore that include mild exercise, massage and socializing.
  • Seniors Services Society of BC: Fun, Food and Fitness with Friends – 55+ Outings, walking, mild fitness classes.
  • Sharing Farm Society: Greenhouse Social Club – Cross culture intergenerational organic gardening for food bank and community meals.
  • Sea to Sky Community Services Society: Men’s Shed Mentorship Program – Equipped workshop and skill sharing to produce personal and community projects.
  • Seniors Come Share Society: Inter-Cultural Share and Care Seniors Program – Inter-cultural tai chi, walking, and cultural dance.
  • Atira Development Society: Youth for Chinese Seniors – Intergenerational project that encourage seniors to come out of their homes to events.
  • Gordon Neighbourhood House: West End Seniors in Action Project – Yoga, Qi Gong, dance classes, walking groups and urban farming.
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House: Seniors Leadership, Education, Activity and Participation Project – Volunteer outreach to socially isolated seniors. Working with Langara nursing program.
  • Ray-Cam Community Association: Elders Connect: Action and Cultural Enhancement – Intergenerational activities including friendship dance, round dances, and walking groups that share indigenous knowledge.
  • REACH Community Health Centre Association: Seniors in Action – Cultural responsive PA dance, exercise, cultural music, and mindful walking.
  • Sasamat Outdoor Centre: The Alder’s Club – Outdoor education: plants, birds, First Nations lore, yoga, meditation.
  • South Vancouver Neighbourhood House: SV Seniors Hub: ESL Activity and Conversation Circles – Activity and social peer support circles, explore community resources, develop transit skills.
  • Vancouver Second Mile Society: Neighbourhood Helpers Chinese Outreach Program – Outreach to low-income housing for social gatherings. Creative movement and dance, balance and muscle strengthening, outings.

 

Fraser Valley

  • Mission Community Services Society: Active Mobility Program for Seniors – Low impact fitness classes, chair yoga, Nordic pole walking and aquafit.
  • Seabird Island Band/Seabird Island Community School Society, Lalme’lwesawtexw: Building health and wellness through Tai Chi – Bi-weekly Tai Chi over 20 weeks.

 

Interior BC

  • Valley Community Services Society: Living Well – Adult day program for seniors with memory changes and caregivers. Includes exercise among other activities.
  • Family Dynamix Association: Active Aging – Walking club, gardening club, dance and social. Five locations in the Columbia Valley.
  • Westside Health Network Society: Walk N’Talk for Your Life – Two hours, twice weekly, walk and osteo-fit. Partnership with UBCO medical school.

 

Northern BC

  • Hixon Seniors Activity Centre: Enhancing & Maintaining Quality of Life for Seniors – Walking with pedometers, fitness trainer, games and resources.
  • Prince George Native Friendship Centre: Getting active; getting informed – Connecting First Nations elders to community recreation – walks, swimming, hiking etc.

 

Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands

  • Campbell River & District Adult Care Society: Seniors Exercise & Lunch Program – Drop in for exercises then lunch.
  • BC Forest Discovery Centre: Pollinator Conservation Teaching Garden and Bee Sanctuary – Working together, senior and intergenerational volunteers build and maintain 2.5 acre bee-garden.
  • People for a Healthy Community on Gabriola Island Society: Island Stepping Up Stepping Out – Peer to peer exercise.
  • Pender Island Health Care Society: Pender Islands Health Care Society – Meal, music, sing along, dance, group walks and carpet bowling.
  • Quadra Island Community Connections Society: Quadra Seniors Get Moving – Indoor walking club, armchair exercise classes, movement and balance training.
  • Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society: Promoting Active Aging for Seniors at the Centre – Enhancing ongoing meal, computer and game program.
  • Oak Bay Volunteer Services Society: Oak Bay Seniors Active Aging – One-on-one walks and outings.

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