Live Well, Stay Strong is the fourth project of the UNA that is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. Following the accomplishments of the previous three projects, this project continues the efforts to strengthen the physical ability, brain wellness, and digital literacy of seniors in the community.

Starting in September, a series of fitness, social, and educational programs are available to seniors – and most of them are free. Each week, there is something new to explore; whether Tai Chi, gentle yoga, osteofit, or All Bodies Dance, these will help you stretch, balance, and move. Our Playful Thursdays will engage your brain and body with different creative activities; Tech-Savvy Wednesdays is a partnership with Gluu Society that focuses on improving seniors’ computer skills. Three community tours are guided tours that explore nature and gardens on campus. Saturday Afternoon Tea and Dance Night are good opportunities for you to hang out with your spouse and friends.

We’d love to see you sign up for these activities and stay active and connected throughout the season.

Calendars:

Caregivers are welcome to attend these activities. Please register online at myuna.ca/programs, in-person at Wesbrook or the Old Barn Community Centre, by phone at 604.827.4469; 604.822.4227; or RSVP to Linda at lquamme@myuna.ca.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions:
Linda Quamme
Old Barn and Volunteer Coordinator
604-822-3262 | lquamme@myuna.ca

Qiuning Wang
Assistant Recreation Manager
604-822-3799 | qiuning.wang@myuna.ca

Acknowledgement
Thank you to the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program for the funding support that has been provided to the UNA for the past few years. It makes a significant difference in the lives of seniors in our community.

Live Well, Stay Strong: Brain Wellness, Digital Literacy, and Physical Health (September 2022 – March 2023)  
The purpose of this project is to revive the mental and physical strength of seniors in the UNA neighbourhoods as we transition into a new normal. It will provide help in coping with the sustained impact of the pandemic and prepare seniors to rejoin community life. This project focuses on three areas of support: brain health, technological skills, and physical fitness.

Bridging Digital Literacy and Healthy Aging (April 2021 – August 2022) 
This project created opportunities for seniors to connect during COVID-19 through a hybrid programming model that included both traditional in-person activities as well as virtual offerings. We are supporting seniors’ healthy aging, social interaction, intergenerational relationship building and digital literacy.

Healthy Seniors, Resilient Community (April 2020 – March 2021) 
The funding from this project was directed towards providing immediate needs to seniors in the UNA community during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Two priorities were identified from the survey: digital learning and virtual recreation programs.  A Computer Specialist was hired to provide one-on-one coaching and group lessons. A range of virtual programs were developed to engage and support seniors throughout the pandemic.

Your Passport to Wellbeing (September 2018 – March 2019)
This project was designed to engage seniors in our community through structured activities and workshops that contributed to their overall wellbeing. The main objective of the project was for each senior to discover their own sense of wellbeing, while creating an inclusive seniors community by bridging cultures, languages, and experiences. This project helped us build a three-pilar framework that provides guidance to our seniors program development.

For more information, visit New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based projects.