Sup­por­ting our Se­niors

Le Messager La Salle - - LOCAL NEWS - DA­VID COX

SO­CIE­TY. Com­mu­ni­ty ou­treach pro­grams are being put in place to help se­niors get out of their homes and in­to wel­co­ming spaces. Na­med for its foun­ding co­or­di­na­tors, the D&D 50+ Centre in Lasalle is a drop-in that serves the ol­der adult En­glish spea­king com­mu­ni­ty, and of­fers these se­niors a place to meet, build so­cial net­works, and have fun to­ge­ther.

For two days eve­ry week, the Lasalle Le­gion on Bou­vier Street be­comes a hub of ac­ti­vi­ty for se­niors. With more than 200 mem­bers, the Lasalle D&D 50+ Centre is a space that phy­si­cal­ly, cog­ni­ti­ve­ly and crea­ti­ve­ly en­gages their clien­tele. They of­fer so­me­thing for eve­ryone.

«Kee­ping se­niors ac­tive and connec­ted to a com­mu­ni­ty that of­fers a re­gu­lar so­cial net­work is a key,» ex­plains Coor­di­na­tor Do­ro­thy Glea­son. «It’s a real­ly vi­brant and wel­co­ming centre, and we have a lot of people who come re­gu­lar­ly,» she says.

Some come for spe­ci­fic ac­ti­vi­ties like Line Dan­cing or Chair Yoga. Others stay for the whole day and play games, join dis­cus­sion groups or take in in­for­ma­tion ses­sions about health, fru­gal li­ving and other to­pics of in­ter­est.

PREVENTING ISO­LA­TION

A Ca­na­dian stu­dy in 2013 lis­ted iso­la­tion as a gro­wing pro­blem with the aging po­pu­la­tion, which has made the D&D 50+ a vi­tal part of the sup­port ap­pa­ra­tus for lo­cal se­niors.

Aside from of­fe­ring ac­ti­vi­ties, they have star­ted a new Ou­treach Pi­lot Pro­ject that connects with in­di­vi­duals who are lo­ne­ly and may not have much in­vol­ve­ment or connec­tion to the com­mu­ni­ty, put­ting them more at risk of iso­la­tion.

This pro­ject will help pro­vide awa­re­ness to the ol­der adult En­glish spea­king com­mu­ni­ty about the centre as a si­gni­fi­cant re­source. It in­cludes friend­ly phone calls to people who have not come to the centre for a while and to others in the com­mu­ni­ty who might not be able to phy­si­cal­ly come. The pro­gram will al­so build part­ner­ships with other el­der­ly sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions to help iden­ti­fy and tar­get anyone who may need the centre’s help. Drop in on Tues­days, 9 am to 3:30 pm and Wed­nes­days, 10 am to 4 pm

Chil­dren’s Theatre: Ter­zet­to

En­joy these th­ree clowns who have more than one trick up their sleeves! With hu­mor and en­thu­siasm, through contor­tions and acro­ba­tics, they pas­sio­na­te­ly share their games and their ex­ploits. $8 for adults and $6 for chil­dren. Sun­day, Ja­nua­ry 21, at the Centre Cultu­rel et Com­mu­nau­taire Hen­ri-le­mieux at 7644 Edouard Street from 2 pm.

Pa­rents & Lit­tle Friends

A place where fa­mi­lies with young chil­dren can come to­ge­ther to learn, grow, and have fun! It is a place where pa­rents can con­nect with others, so­cia­li­zing and lear­ning from each other. Eve­ry Tues­day, at the Tri­ni­ty Church, 1050 Shev­chen­ko from 10 am to 12 pm.

(Pho­to: TC Me­dia – Da­vid Cox)

Mo­ving and groo­ving to­ge­ther at the D&D 50+ in Lasalle

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