Introducing SOAR: Supporting Older Adults through Recreation

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve added a new community service for seniors to our roster! With a generous grant from the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Healthy Aging stream, we’re launching an 18-month pilot program offering recreational and social supports to seniors in the community. Supporting Older Adults through Recreation, or SOAR,

Our original vision for the program was to develop a drop-in centre for older adults, offering age-appropriate group exercise, cooking programs, social activities and group community outings. With the ongoing pandemic, the launch will now be online! We’re purchasing 50 tablets to lend to seniors in the community, and can fund internet connection for seniors who need it. SOAR staff and volunteers will teach program participants to use the technology to access a variety of online programming we have developed, which includes book club, cooking, bingo, chair yoga, crafts and more.

Running our local Better at Home program, we know how in-demand seniors support and connection is in our community, and we hope this new program will fulfill a gap in our current local programming options. Though we have a limited number of tablets available to lend, any older adult with access to their own technology may participate. Visit the SOAR program page to learn more!

The SOAR program is made possible by funding from the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

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