Supporting our Seniors
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.
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.
Moving and grooving together at the D&D 50+ in Lasalle