Located in West Vancouver, Canada, the Seniors Activity Centre is a great resource for older adults looking for fun activities to participate in. This facility offers many different programs and services, such as fitness classes, meals, and shuttle services. Some of the activities you can participate in include Yalda Night, Chelle Night, and Community Navigators.
Feed the Need
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Vancouver Seniors Activity Centre recognized the need for a meal program for vulnerable seniors in the community. A food delivery system was developed and launched. In the months since, the program has provided over 22,000 nutritious meals for seniors. The program will continue through 2021.
The West Vancouver Foundation has been supporting the Feed the Need program. Donations of up to $100,000 are matched by the Foundation. This funding will be used to provide over 250 vulnerable seniors in West Vancouver with nutritious meals each week.
The program’s goals are to raise over $200,000 in annual funding for vulnerable seniors in the community. The program will provide meals seven days a week. It is free for seniors who can’t afford to pay. The meals are delivered through the District of West Vancouver’s Seniors Activity Centre.
The program has delivered over 22,000 nutritious meals to senior citizens in West Vancouver since the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 60% of the residents requested meal deliveries three times a week. In addition, the Centre Cafe began offering takeout meal services.
During the pandemic, Fraser Health staff identified seniors who could benefit from increased interaction with others. They identified 10 “connectors” who would be able to link seniors with health and non-profit agencies. They also made wellness calls to seniors. These calls would ask if they needed food, help with grocery shopping, and provide medical information.
The program also includes regular mobility, which helps to minimize the progression of chronic conditions such as diabetes. In addition, the program provides yoga classes and lessons on using computers.
The “Feed the Need” program will continue to raise funds for vulnerable seniors in West Vancouver. The goal is to provide over 250 vulnerable seniors with nutritious meals each week through 2021.
Keeping Connected is a family of programs offered by the West Vancouver Seniors Activity Centre. These innovative programs cater to vulnerable seniors in the community. They are based on multiple partnerships and funded by grants.
Fit Fellas is the largest fitness program in West Vancouver. It provides fitness, fun, and friendship to older men in the community. The program has grown significantly over the years. The average age of members is 76 years old. The group’s oldest member is 97 years old.
Fit Fellas is run by volunteers who share information through email. The group also volunteers on committees and participates in community events. The organization’s members volunteer at least 800 hours each year.
The program has had a lot of positive effects on the West Vancouver community. For example, Fit Fellas donated an automated external defibrillator to the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre. The organization has also provided over 22,000 meals to seniors in the community since the pandemic.
The group also organizes trips to Bowen Island and Whistler. Twenty-two members of the group have participated in the West Vancouver Masters Mile Run. Some members have also completed half-marathons.
In addition to the exercise program, the group also provides a meal delivery program. The program is run by the District of West Vancouver’s Seniors Activity Centre. The meals are free for seniors who cannot afford them. The program opens seven days a week for pick-up.
The group also organizes an annual golf tournament. Some members participate in the West Vancouver Masters Mile Run and have completed weekly Grouse Grinds. The group also hosts a Christmas Sports Awards luncheon.
Barrie Barrie has been the driving force behind Fit Fellas for the past 25 years. He started in the purchasing department at the BC Telephone Company and rose to senior management positions at Telus. Barrie now maintains a high level of participation among Fit Fellas.
Yalda Night or Chelle Night
Traditionally, Yalda Night is celebrated on the first day of winter in Iran and Uzbekistan. It is also a big deal in Turkmenistan, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Traditionally, Iranians spend the night merrily munching on fruits, nuts, and other such delicacies. They also believe that eating a watermelon will help them avoid winter-related illness.
Aside from the aforementioned rite of passage, the most noteworthy aspect of Yalda is the presence of family and friends. In fact, the most popular time slot for the evenings activities is invariably the last hour of the evening, a surefire way to boost social interaction and bonding. During the aforementioned time slot, a family of five can congregate in a cul de sac, or at least that’s the way to go if you’re in a rush. During this nocturnal hour, a family of five can sip on some of the best champagne in town, a feat that would be hard to do during a busy workweek. It isn’t hard to see why this rite of passage is so popular. Moreover, the presence of family and friends can engender a sense of community in otherwise isolated seniors. Besides, a family gathering is always a great time to savor the splendor of the season.
Aside from the aforementioned celebrations, Yalda Night is also a good time to catch up with the ladies, er, gents, if you’re one of the unlucky few. This tradition stretches back centuries. Besides, Yalda Night is an official holiday in several Central Asian countries, and is also a popular event among Caucasian residents. Lastly, it’s the cheapest time of the year for a family reunion, which means there’s no excuse to miss out on a holiday outing with the family.
Earlier this summer, City and District social planners consulted the community on an upcoming initiative to help vulnerable seniors. This initiative aims to reduce isolation and increase social connections for older adults in the North Shore. In addition to community support, the Province is providing $800,000 for a two-year pilot project.
Currently, there are approximately 140 communities throughout BC that have Community Navigators. These community navigators are health professionals who guide patients through the health care system. They are recruited from the community and receive rigorous training. In addition, they provide mentorship and fun activities to help lonely seniors find social connections.
The Seniors’ Activity Centre offers a variety of programs that are designed to encourage an active lifestyle and offer opportunities for intergenerational connections. In addition, the Seniors’ Abuse and Information Line is staffed seven days a week. The line is a safe place for older adults and caregivers.
The City Library also offers an assortment of resources. Margarete Wiedmann presented an overview of the library’s services.
The Community Health Worker Health Disparities Initiative (CHWHDI) is a program developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). It is a culturally customized health curriculum that improves clinical CVD risk factors and encourages self-monitoring of health risk factors.
There are also Aboriginal Patient Navigators located in Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) locations, which will help patients to access culturally appropriate services. These services include withdrawal management, substance use services, and access to cultural resources.
The Metro Vancouver Seniors’ Intentional Connection Project (MVSIC) is a partnership between 20+ agencies that aims to improve the health of seniors 75+. It reduces isolation by providing outreach services, educating seniors on their options for healthcare, and promoting social engagement.
Those living in West Vancouver, Renfrew-Collingwood, or anywhere on the North Shore can take advantage of the Seniors Shuttle Service. This service provides transportation for seniors who are 55 or older.
This service also provides transportation to local businesses and doctors’ offices. It can accommodate wheelchairs and personal attendants. If you have questions about this service, call bc211. You can also get information about volunteer driver programs. If you are a senior, you may be eligible for a BC Bus Pass. You can use the pass to travel on TransLink systems.
Another service for seniors is the Feed the Need program, operated by the District of West Vancouver Seniors Activity Centre. This program provides nutritious meals for seniors in the community. It opens for pick up seven days a week. For those who can afford it, meals cost $6. But for those who cannot afford it, meals are free. The program also provides toilet paper, eggs, and milk.
For seniors, there is also a door-to-door shared transit service called HandyDART. The service operates on a regular schedule and stops at locations requested by seniors.
Another program is the Park Royal Transit Route. It runs between Park Royal at Taylor Way and 25th Street at Dundarave. It serves Kiwanis, Amica, and Sea Strand.
This service is also available in English. Park Royal Transit Route accepts special pickup requests. It also accepts $2 per trip for seniors. If you wish to get a special pickup, please provide at least two days advance notice.
The Park Royal Transit Route is operated by West Vancouver Transit under contract with TransLink. The bus stops at locations including Park Royal Shopping Centre, Kiwanis, Amica, and Seastrand.
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