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.

To have your organization/program featured, please complete the Featured Program Submission Template and return to canada@healthyagingcore.ca.

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British Columbia

IRIS: Increasing Recreation Involving Seniors

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British Columbia

Kamloops Adult Learners Society

LOCATION: Kamloops, BC TYPE OF PROGRAM: Third Age Learning ORGANIZATION SUMMARY:                Kamloops Adult...

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British Columbia

The Jewish Seniors Alliance of Greater Vancouver (JSA)

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British Columbia

Abbeyfield House Vancouver

Abbeyfield Houses of Vancouver Society operates a home for independent seniors in the Marpole area of Vancouver.

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Nova Scotia

The Mentoring Plus Strategy

The Mentoring Plus Strategy is a 4-year pilot project in Nova Scotia that taps the immense knowledge of retirees as a resource to mentor people 16+ to improve their lives and career paths while reducing the social isolation of seniors. 

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Ontario

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (the Portal) is a free website for older adults, caregivers of older adults, clinicians, public health professionals, and policymakers to access evidence-based information on optimal aging (i.e., staying healthy, active, and engaged for as long as possible).

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Manitoba

Manitoba Association of Senior Centres and Age Friendly Manitoba Initiative

Manitoba Association of Senior Centres (MASC) facilitates healthy aging connected to community life, for older Manitobans and their families by integrating program design and delivery of front line services through leadership, learning, connection and community engagement.

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Alberta

Caregiver Centered Care Course – University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

The Caregiver Centred Care course provides the baseline knowledge and skills required by all workers who interact with family caregivers in all settings.

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Alberta

Storytelling Alberta – StoryShare Services

StoryShare is a free story-based outreach service for Calgary and area seniors that aims to enhance a client’s quality of life and deepen his or her connection to the community.

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Alberta

Community Partners in Action – Dementia Friendly Innisfail

The Community Partners in Action initiative in Innisfail, Alberta supports people living with dementia to age within their community as active participants, safely, independently with dignity and invest in the wellness of their care partners.

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Alberta

LINKages Society of Alberta

LINKages facilitates innovative intergenerational programs and services that encourage involvement, transfer of knowledge, and capitalize on the strengths of youth and seniors to foster strong Alberta communities.

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Manitoba

Connecting with Connie – Manitoba Association of Seniors Centres (MASC)

“Connecting with Connie,” is a daily segment on CJNU featuring Manitoba Association of...

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Ontario

Building Relations – Bronson RISE, Kateri Native Ministry

In collaboration with Bronson RISE, the Kateri Native Ministry is embarking on Building Relations, a new intergenerational program bringing together elders of all different cultures with Indigenous youth to openly discuss and learn from one another about their cultures and experiences.

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Alberta

Connecting People and Community for Living Well – PHC IGSI

The Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Networks Primary Health Care Integrated Geriatric Services Initiative (PHC IGSI) aims to enhance the capacity within community teams to provide ongoing quality care and support for those living in the community, and are impacted by dementia, frailty or other geriatric syndromes

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Pan-Canadian

ParticipACTION – Initiatives for all levels of physical activity

ParticipACTION has created a series of exercise videos for Canadians with varying levels of physical activity and mobility and a campaign that highlights the various benefits of being more physical active.

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Pan-Canadian

i2i Intergenerational Society of Canada

i2i Intergenerational Society is a national ‘hub’ organization whose goal it is to inform, advocate, and support in the field of intergenerational bridging for the purpose of improving the health of seniors and youth.

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Pan-Canadian

AGE-WELL Knowledge Hubs and Affiliated Start-ups

AGE-WELL NCE is Canada’s technology and aging network. Their services include commercialization, knowledge mobilization, training and much more.

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Pan-Canadian

Men’s Sheds Canada

Men's Sheds Canada is volunteer-based organization, run by men for men, which facilitates and enables older men to gather, socialize and make new relationships while working on individual projects or group projects, shoulder to shoulder.

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Manitoba

Senior Centre Without Walls (SCWW)

Senior Centre Without Walls (SCWW) provides educational and recreational programming in a fun and interactive atmosphere where all programming is provided over the phone.

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