“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.”
As people age, reduced social interaction and increasing loneliness and depression often become a difficult reality. Social Isolation and loneliness have been cited as leading factors in the decline of seniors’ mental and physical health. Our centre offers a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and friendly space for seniors to meet, connect with others, and keep physically, mentally, and socially active.
Members of our centre have confirmed that participating in activities and/or volunteering at the Centre enables them to develop new friendships, gain self-confidence, share skills and knowledge with others, improve their well-being, and continue to contribute to their community.
“It gets me out of the house and around other people. The Centre keeps me going and not feeling depressed.”
Our programs help seniors stay active and engaged in their community by remaining connected with the community, creating new friendships and broadening their social supports and sense of belonging. By taking part in recreational programs, seniors may also improve their physical health. For instance, research shows that even light to moderate fitness can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, falls and injuries, obesity, stroke, osteoporosis, and depression. Moreover, through program participation and volunteering, seniors can remain healthy, active, and connected, decreasing their social isolation and improving their mental well-being.