Seniors Active Aging

Since 2015, the Active Aging Research Team (AART) and the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) have been working in partnership to provide community grants that reach diverse communities that build capacity to promote older adult physical activity, social connectedness, independence – and health.

In 2018 alone, 28 Active Aging grants were distributed across BC. Programs range from intercultural Qi Gong in Vancouver, to connecting care-givers with volunteer respite support services in Creston, to providing nutritious meals at the social lunch program in Hardy Bay.

For seniors, there are a lot of benefits to participating in leisure activities that are focused on physical activity, including more opportunities to be social, increased independence, improved well-being and a higher quality of life.

Grant Recipients


Lower Mainland

  • A Rocha Canada: Dance, Tilling the Soil – This program connects vulnerable individuals who face barriers, including language and transportation, to fresh, seasonal food by partnering with the Surrey School District and local non-profits.
  • Burnaby Neighbourhood House Society: Seniors Connected – Dance, Tai Chi, walking clubs – This program provides a wide range of supportive programs and services that address the varying social needs of residents of all backgrounds living in Burnaby.
  • DIversecity Community Resources Society (DCRS): Staying Active Seniors Social Club – DIVERSEcity offers programming to seniors with a focus on ethnic/immigrant seniors, including d support for senior caregivers, immigrant seniors integration/settlement & wellness programs.
  • DRS Earthwise Society: Garden Buddies – Earthwise Society offers a range of programs that use gardening and nature to promote health and well being for seniors.
  • Gordon Neighbourhood House: West End Seniors in Action Project – This program supports the West End community by providing relevant programs, fostering leadership and meaningful opportunities for inter-cultural learning, community dialogue and education opportunities.
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House: Seniors L.E.A.P (Leadership, Education – Offers in house programming that addresses food security, increasing activity levels, opportunities for learning and leadership, and extensive social opportunities
  • Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society: PICS Active Aging Program – Offering a Day Program for seniors who want the opportunity to come out of their homes and socialize with others.
  • Ray-Cam Community Association: Elders and Youth – An outreach programs for low resource isolated seniors of the area that operates a volunteer tea wagon, provides weekly seniors social luncheons, bingo and singing groups.
  • REACH Centre Association: Seniors in Action – This program includes services for the frail elderly with complex health needs, and culturally responsive health promotion programs for Indigenous elders and seniors from diverse immigrant and refugee communities.
  • SHARE Family and Community Services: Tri-Cities Active Aging Program – Through its various programs serving 65 years or older, SHARE supports seniors to live independently, be socially engaged and physically active
  • South Vancouver Neighbourhood House: Intercultural Wellness Program – This Hub is driven by and for seniors; seniors identify needs, advocate for new services, and organize programs to meet those needs.
  • Sunshine Coast Community Services Society: Move and Play – This program delivers programs that serve seniors including a food bank, clubhouse for adults living with mental illness, programs for women, immigrants and have several seniors on staff.
  • The Sharing Farm Society: Greenhouse Social Club: Age Friendly – Supports seniors through a Greenhouse Social Club by providing meaningful volunteer opportunities. Seniors and others work together to grow food for the food bank and community meals.
  • Vancouver Second Mile Society: Neighbourhood Helpers Chinese – VSMS focuses on serving low-income and vulnerable seniors through its drop-in centres and outreach programs in the DTES and Downtown South.

Fraser Valley

  • Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services: Let’s Walk and Roll! Seniors – This program engages seniors who are isolated, vulnerable, and have multiple barriers through social engagements, outings and shared meals.
  • Mission Community Services Society: Active Mobility Program for Seniors – Low impact fitness classes, chair yoga, Nordic pole walking and aquafit.

Interior BC

  • Family Dynamix Association: Active Aging – Walking club, gardening club, dance and social. Five locations in the Columbia Valley. – FDx fosters mental, social, physical and financial wellness in the Columbia Valley.
  • Lake Country Health Planning Society: Lake Country Active Agers – Supports 38 seniors with non-medical services such as transportation, grocery shopping and friendly visiting.
  • Logan Lake Wellness, Health and Youth Society: The WHY Active Aging – Resource support with hospice, grief support, cancer support and educational workshops.
  • Peachland Wellness Centre Society: Peachland Program Enhancements – PWC works to support seniors to reduce feelings of social isolation and loneliness.
  • Valley Community Services Society: Living Well – Adult day program for seniors with memory changes and caregivers. Includes exercise among other activities.
  • 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

  • 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

  • Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society: Promoting Active Aging for Seniors at the Centre – Enhancing ongoing meal, computer and game program.
  • Nanaimo Family Life Association: EngAGING with Wise Folks – NFLA offers three senior-focused programs EngAGE with Seniors Connect, Better at Home & Senior Peer Counselling.
  • Oak Bay Volunteer Services Society: Oak Bay Seniors Active Aging – One-on-one walks and outings.
  • People for a Healthy Community On Gabriola Island Society: Islanders Stepping Up Stepping Out – Currently programs include monthly luncheons, drivers to doctors and caregiver support.
  • Quadra Circle Community Connections Society: Quadra Seniors Get Moving – Provides support and services to allow Quadra Island seniors to remain independent and improve their wellness and social inclusion.
  • Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Community Services Society: Salt Spring Island Active Aging – This service provides peer counselling, community education, wellness and health workshops, and service navigation.

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