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Seniors & Older Adults (55+)

Older Adults & Seniors

The programs we offer for seniors at MPNH are designed to celebrate our elders, enrich their lives, and support them so they may continue enjoying independent lifestyles while engaging with their community. All of our programs and services are either free, at-cost, or subsidized. Thanks to the support of the United Way, the BC Community Response Network, and Community Food Centers Canada.   

Choose to Move 

Group Zoom Sessions happen every other Tuesday from 1-2 pm
An initiative from The Active Aging Society to help older adults stay physically active and socially connected while staying at home during COVID-19. This is a 12week program with zoom group meetings where we talk about health, revisit our goals and share resources. In between the group zoom meetings, there are one-to-one phone call check-ins from the Activity Coach.  

Contact Omnia at oelshayeb@mpnh.org / 604-879-8208 ext. 112 

Food Fit 

Group Zoom Sessions happen every Friday from 4-5:30 pm 

Eat healthy, get active, and make new friends! Food Fit: Health and Wellness is funded by Community Food Centers Canada (CFCC). This is a 12week program with zoom group meetings where we talk about nutrition, cook healthy meals, share healthy recipes, and do physical exercise. On week 1, participants receive a pedometer and free Cook Book with the registration package; week 6 participants receive a $25 Gift Card; week 12 participants receive a Certificate from the CFCC.  

Contact Omnia at oelshayeb@mpnh.org / 604-879-8208 ext. 112 

Walking Clubs  

Olympic Village Group – Meets every Thursday from 11-12 pm

MPNH Walking Group – Meets every Wednesday from 12-1 pm

Queen Elizabeth Park Group – Meets every Friday from 1-2 pm

Small groups of seniors gather together to walk, socialize and connect with each other while following strict COVID-19 safety precautions – masks mandatory. Rain or shine!  

Contact Omnia at oelshayeb@mpnh.org / 604-879-8208 ext. 112 

Better at Home – Housekeeping 

Better at Home provides seniors 55+ living in the Mount Pleasant area assistance with housekeeping and laundry so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes. 

Upon completing a full referral and home assessment seniors will be placed on the waitlist. A senior receives a maximum of 2 hours of ‘light’ housekeeping and laundry every two weeks. Hourly subsidized rates are based on last year’s notice of assessment. Rates may vary depending on program capacity. Due to Covid-19, we  are currently unable to complete home visits, a new referral requirement prior to being able to assign services. At this time new referrals are being accepted for the waitlist 

Contact Shaelee at sgummer@mpnh.org  / (604) 879 – 8208 ext. 104 or (778) 897-2002 

Caregiver Café 

The Caregiver Café offers a point of connection for those who are caregiving for an older adult in our community. Services offered include one-to-one supports, information and referral, Caregiver Circles for sharing and learning, and in 2021, days of caring.  For more information and to register please contact Judy. 

Contact Judy at jvenable@mpnh.org  

Art Box Program 

Group Zoom Sessions happen every other Wednesday from 3-4 pm

Are you interested in getting creative and learning new skills with a friendly and supportive group of people? Every 2 weeks participants are invited to join an hour-long zoom call where they can explore the basics of painting, sketching, origami and much more. Don’t have art supplies at home? Not to worry! When you register with our coordinator Daniela, she can send a package of free basic art supplies to your home. Happy creating!  

Contact Daniela at dgunndoerge@mpnh.org / 604-879-8208 ext. 225 

Pen Pal Program 

Group Zoom Sessions happen on the last Tuesday of the month from 3-4 pm

Are you interested in reconnecting with the art of letter writing and making a new friend? Participants who register for the Pen Pal Program are paired up with another writer somewhere else in the city. A package with stamps, envelopes, stickers, paper, a pencil and is mailed to your door by the coordinator, Daniela. Every month all of the writers are invited to join a zoom call to talk about their experience with the program and share stories 

Contact Daniela at dgunndoerge@mpnh.org / 604-879-8208 ext. 225 

Intergenerational Drop-In

Group Zoom Sessions happen every Monday from 5-6 pm 

Are you interested in joining a welcoming group of older adults and youthIn this gathering, we discuss our week, share stories, artwork, recipes, poems, advice, and support each otherWhen you register, you will be added to the list to receive a weekly email reminder and link to the zoom call. 

Contact Daniela at dgunndoerge@mpnh.org / 604-879-8208 ext. 225 

Ballet Classes for Seniors

Beginner ballet classes on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. We can accommodate all abilities including those using walkers and wheelchairs. Simple, fun and easy for all.  

We will be offering free beginner ballet classes to anyone 55+. No ballet skills or slippers needed! Join this fun and easy Zoom class taught by Ingrid Zeer.

To register, contact Daniela at dgunndoerge@mpnh.org  

Seniors’ English Class  

Group Zoom Sessions happen every Thursday from 1-2 pm 

Master daily conversational English used in diverse scenarios with Nancy, our native English-speaking ESL teacher. We are here providing support to our participants to connect with the digital world and build connections while “social distancing 

Contact Jessie at jhuang@mpnh.org 778-897-2042

Digital Seniors  

Every 1st & 3rd Friday (virtually & in-person) 

This program offers online, phone, or in-person digital support for older adults. In-person support at the neighbourhood house is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, so we invite you to try our phone or online support first. If you’re still having difficulty and would like in-person support, you are welcome to register for a 30minutes session with one of our volunteers or staff. Due to the current COVID situation and neighbourhood house safety guidelines, screening questions will be asked before joining the indoor activity and there is limited room capacity. Registration is required.

Contact Jessie at jhuang@mpnh.org / 778-897-2042 

Chair Yoga  

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday (virtually & in-person) 10:30-11:30 am

Our Chair Yoga program is a safe and gentle yoga practice offered virtually via Zoom or in-person for a very limited number of participantsDue to the current COVID situation and neighbourhood house safety guidelines, screening questions will be asked before joining the indoor activity. The room capacity is 7. Registration is required. 

Contact Jessie at jhuang@mpnh.org / 778-897-2042 

Seniors Outreach Strategy (SOS) 

A variety of new volunteer-supported services have been developed to support seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. To be eligible for these free services, you must be 55 or older and live in the Mount Pleasant area. SOS services include: 

  • Friendly Phone Visit 
  • Matches a senior with a volunteer who will call on a weekly basis with the intention of socialization. Chat about current events or shared interests, exchange childhood memories, read a book to each other, do a crossword puzzle, practice a new language… limitless possibilities! 
  • Friendly Phone Check-In 
  • Senior receives a seasonal “check-in” call from a volunteer to update us on how they are doing and receive updates from MPNH.
  • Grocery Shopping Support – Matches a volunteer to a senior who will call the senior on a weekly basis to check-in, take their grocery order, do the shop and deliver the groceries to the senior’s door. Seniors have the option of which store the volunteer shops from and whether to be billed either weekly or monthly – they are only charged for the groceries they order, not the shopping/delivery service. 
  • Meal Delivery – Nutritious meals are prepared at MPNH and delivered to your home weekly, free of charge. The meals are pre-cooked, but may need to be reheated. Vegetarian option available! 
  • Yardwork Assistance – offered every other Saturday – A volunteer comes to the senior’s home to assist with light yardwork outside of the senior’s home – mowing, raking, shovelling snow, clean up after a storm, light paint jobs and repairs, etc. Senior must provide any tools or materials required. Volunteers cannot enter a senior’s home; all tasks must take place outdoors. 
  • Medical Transportation – A volunteer driver picks up the seniors from their home and transports them to their appointment, as well as back home again afterwards. Seniors must physically be able to get to and from the volunteer’s car, the medical appointment, and their home without physical assistance from the volunteer. Note: Volunteers are unable to accompany seniors to medical appointments, this is a transportation service only. Advance notice is required. 

Contact Elizabeth at emcillfaterick@mpnh.org  / 778-897-2010 
 

Interested in volunteering?

Please contact Elizabeth McIllfaterick: emcillfaterick@mpnh.org

For more information about this and other programs we are offering at this time, please contact:
Claudine Matlo – Director of Community Programs
cmatlo@mpnh.org / 604-879-8208 ext 138 or 604-418-5103 

Learn about our House

 

Mount Pleasant Community Response Network (CRN)

The Mount Pleasant CRN Vision: We are a network that is productive, visible and diverse, driven by the voices of older adults in Mount Pleasant. We are committed to creating a neighbourhood where older adults are empowered, living healthy, safe and fulfilling lives. Please contact Daniela for more information.

Events & Programs

Refer to the below document for schedule and guides.

March Calendar – Seniors

Contact our House

Claudine Matlo
Director of Community Programs
cmatlo@mpnh.org
604.879.8208 ext 138 

Judy Venable
Caregiver Connect Coordinator
jvenable@mpnh.org  

Elizabeth McIllfaterick 
Seniors Engagement Coordinator
emcillfaterick@mpnh.org / 778-897-2010 

Shaelee Gummer
Better at Home Coordinator
sgummer@mpnh.org, (604) 879 – 8208 ext. 104 or (778) 897-2002  

Jessie Huang
Seniors Settlement and Better at Home Programmer
jhuang@mpnh.org / 778-897-2042  

Omnia El-Shayeb
Seniors Programmer and Settlement Worker
oelshayeb@mpnh.org 604-879-8208 ext. 112 

Daniela Gunn-Doerge
Seniors Programmer & Front Step Project Coordinator
dgunndoerge@mpnh.org 604-879-8208 ext. 225     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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