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.