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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, HSRDC – New Horizons for Seniors, IRCC, Suncor, and The Active Aging Society.   

Refer to the below documents for the latest schedule and updates.

Seniors Newsletter – November 2021

Seniors Calendar – November 2021

 

Seniors Programming – Spring 2021

Choose to Move

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 12-week 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. 

Next group starts January 2022! Stay tuned!

Contact Omnia for more information: oelshayeb@mpnh.org 

Men In Space

Come join our new in-person men’s group, open to all those who self-identify as men. We are committed to exploring and establishing spaces for older men to create, learn, and bond with each other and other members of the community. We meet on a regular basis to sustain bonds between group members and work toward developing the group’s projects, which include establishing a speaker’s café series and a Men’s Shed in central Vancouver. If you are open to new ideas and conversations, interested in crafting, or want to meet a lively bunch of men, this group may be for you!

Contact Daniela for more information: dgunndoerge@mpnh.org 

Walking Clubs

Olympic Village Group – Meets every Thursday from 11-12 p.m.  

Queen Elizabeth Park Group – Meets every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

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 for more information: oelshayeb@mpnh.org 

Caregivers Connect

Caregivers Meet Up – Zoom sessions on the last Thursday of the month from 3-3:30 p.m. 

Caregivers Connect 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, share and learn workshops, wellness activities, and our annual Spring Day of Care for Caregivers.  For more information and to register for programs and our weekly email updates, please contact Judy. 

Seniors Coffee Club – Zoom sessions every Friday 11 am-12 pm

Welcoming all caregivers or those seniors that you care for, to join our Friday Coffee Club! Senior volunteer, Athena Roddick, hosts this weekly group chat where we talk about the latest
local and international news, recall our travel days chat about books we’ve been reading, our tech challenges and more.

Caregivers Support Group – Zoom sessions every Thursday 3 pm – 4 pm

Come share stories with others caring for family and friends, receive resource information, and enjoy 3 minutes of meditation at the end. This time is just for you!

Contact Judy for more information: jvenable@mpnh.org 

Art Box Program

Art Box: Learn and Share Group Zoom session every other Wednesday from 3-4 p.m.

Are you interested in getting creative and learning new skills with a friendly and supportive group of people? Every two 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 Amy, she can send a package of free basic art supplies to your home. Happy creating! 

Contact Amy for more information: ashostak@mpnh.org   

Cards for Care Homes

Due to the success of our Valentine’s Day project, which delivered 12,000 cards to seniors in care homes, hospitals, and at home, we have partnered with a few schools to keep these special cards coming. If you would like to receive some cards/artwork and letters from students every few months contact Judy at jvenable@mpnh.org with your mailing address. 

Intergenerational Drop-In

Group Zoom sessions every Monday from 5-6 p.m. 

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

Contact Daniela for more information: dgunndoerge@mpnh.org   

Seniors’ English Class

Group Zoom sessions every Thursday from 1-2 p.m. 

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

Contact Jessie for more information: jhuang@mpnh.org 

Digital Seniors

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 on the waitlist for a 30-minute in-person 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 Vanessa and Angel for more information: DLiteracy21@mpnh.org

Chair Yoga

Group Zoom sessions every 2nd & 4th Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Our Chair Yoga program is a safe and gentle yoga practice offered virtually via Zoom. We are following the order BC’s Ministry of Health, and an in-person option will be announced once it is safe. Registration is required. 

Contact Jessie for more information: jhuang@mpnh.org 

ESL Reading Club

Group Zoom sessions every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. 

To boost confidence in speaking English through reading out loud together with peers over zoom.  We will use the textbook “1001 English Expressions and Phrases” by Jackie Bolen.  

Contact Jessie for more information: jhuang@mpnh.org 

Better at Home

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 currently are 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 for more information: sgummer@mpnh.org

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! 

    Contact Shaelee for more information: sgummer@mpnh.org 
  • 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. 

    Contact Elizabeth for more information: emcillfaterick@mpnh.org 
  • 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!

    Contact Shaelee for more information: sgummer@mpnh.org  
  • Yardwork Help – offered every other Saturday
    A volunteer comes to the senior’s home to assist with light yard work outside of the senior’s home – mowing, raking, shoveling 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. 

    Contact Elizabeth for more information: emcillfaterick@mpnh.org 
  • Medical Transportation
    Volunteer driver picks up the senior from their home and transports them to their appointment, as well as back home again afterward. 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 Jessie for more information: jhuang@mpnh.org 

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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.

Contact Us

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

Judy Venable
Caregiver Connect Coordinator
jvenable@mpnh.org
604-809-8303  

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 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
Special Events and Outreach Coordinator 
dgunndoerge@mpnh.org
604-879-8208 ext. 225

Amy Shostak
Seniors Programmer & Volunteer Coordinator
ashostak@mpnh.org
604-879-8208

Cam Pearson
Seniors Programmer
seniors@mpnh.org
604-879-8208

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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