Community-based seniors serving organizations provide a variety of programs and services aimed at improving health and social outcomes for older adults. They include programs and supports that address: health and wellness; social inclusion; transportation; housing needs; financial security; personal safety; system navigation; nutrition and food security; physical activity and recreation; and many other services that are non-medical in nature, but essential for healthy aging in community. These supports are offered through a range of local, provincial, and national government and non-profit agencies including seniors centres; community centres; coalitions; ethnocultural organizations; and multi-service non-profit organizations. Some programs also feature inter-cultural, inter-generational, virtual, or other elements to expand their reach, enhance accessibility, and/or increase their impact.
The programs and initiatives profiled here provide examples of the important work being done by the CBSS sector and the value of these programs in promoting health and well-being and fostering resilience for seniors. They are a small sampling of the diversity of programs available across Canada and are selected to represent the range of core areas, innovative models, and different areas of the country. To see more community programs, visit CORE BC and CORE Alberta.