Thanks to funding from Vancouver Coastal Health’s “Stories for Health”, seniors are meeting Thursdays at 1:30 – 2:30pm at the Augsburg United Church Fellowship Room. The meetings are open to everyone and hopefully this article will help to spread the word.
The first meeting discussed Extended Care issues and at the following one, Christine Hyde joined the group to share an update on the issue. She had completed a survey and study of aging in Bella Coola in 2009 and was most helpful with those details. Christine is hopeful that the addition of 15-18 beds in the Extended Care unit at the hospital will happen, as this project is “shovel ready.” Joining Vancouver Coastal Health may be a very positive step in the seeing that dream come to life.
Participants all expressed wanting to stay in their homes as long as possible and brainstormed ways of getting help with the heavy chores. Questions regarding home support will be discussed on February 27.
The schedule is as follows: February 13 – Seniors Nutrition with Liz Howard. February 20 – Fraud and Senior Abuse with Teresa McCausland. February 27 – Home Support in Bella Coola with Tammy Tuller. March 4 – Fall Prevention. March 11 – Other ideas as the group sees fit.
Chair Exercises are held on Mondays at 1:15pm and Wednesdays at 10:30am. There is walking in the SAMS new gym (absolutely clean shoes, please) Tuesdays at 1:30pm until March 11. Walking poles are available. The Senior Peer Support group will meet every Thursday at 1:30pm until March 13 and then once per month starting in April. Everyone is welcome. If you would like more information and be added to the phone list, please call Janice at 250 799-5822 or 250 799-5479.