As people age, reduced social interaction, increasing loneliness and depression often become a difficult reality. By participating in our recreational, educational and social programs, seniors enhance their lives through maintaining connections within the community, creating new friendships and broadening their social supports and sense of belonging. Seniors’ families benefit by knowing that their loved ones are participating in programs that benefit them physically, emotionally, and mentally in a safe, inclusive space.
According to a survey we’ve conducted in October 2013, seniors confirmed that participating in social, wellness, recreational and educational activities at the Centre enables them to develop new friendships, gain self-confidence and improve their health. One senior said “It gets me out of the house and around other people. The Centre keeps me going and not feeling depressed.”
89% of survey participants strongly agree that they come to the Centre for comfort and companionship.
“It’s like my home away from home. I have a place I can come and feel good about myself, with good company and friends to hang out with. I love that when I’m sick there are people who care about what’s wrong with me and if I need help. I really love it here at South Granville Seniors Centre.”
Our programs help seniors stay active and engaged which enhances their quality of life. By participating in our programs and activities, seniors benefit in many ways, such as improving their physical and mental health, posture and balance, self-esteem and their ability to acquire skills to relax and reduce stress. Additional benefits from research show that being active reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, falls and injuries, obesity, stroke, osteoporosis, depression, Type 2 Diabetes, etc. A healthy population of seniors benefits the community as it lessens the strain on our healthcare system.
In our continued efforts to encourage multiculturalism at our Centre, we hold an annual Multicultural Seniors Festival. In the last five years, we have been implementing Cultural Diversity initiatives to promote and encourage multiculturalism and cross-cultural understanding amongst our community’s seniors. We are working to help smoothly integrate seniors from different cultural backgrounds into Canadian society.