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Safety for aging in place

Safety for aging in place

Do you wonder how to prepare yourself and equip your residence; enabling you to safely stay in your home, maintaining your independence and familiar lifestyle?  The Seniors Planning Table’s Safety at Home Action Group is addressing this issue by sharing information about programs in our community, and by identifying safety concerns that are currently not being addressed.

Here are some of the available programs:

• “Steadyfeet”. This is one of a variety of programs offered by the Sunshine Coast Regional District. The Steadyfeet Program will help to improve functional mobility, increase lower body strength, improve balance and reduce risk of falls.  Sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, this program is recommended by doctors and physiotherapists. The next Steadyfeet Program in Gibsons starts Feb. 29 (10 sessions).  Register at the SCRD.

• “Remembering When”. Offered through the fire departments of the Sunshine Coast, in cooperation with Vancouver Coastal Health, the Remembering When Program is a fun and interactive fire and fall prevention program for older adults, with a nostalgic theme that has safety messages presented through discussion, trivia games, and handouts.  The SCRD has joined in support by offering this program at the Gibsons & Area Community Centre. The next session is Monday, Feb. 22, 11:30am-12:15pm. Pre-registration is required. Interested groups wishing to participate can contact Greig Soohen, Safety Officer,
Gibsons and District Volunteer Fire Department at
604-790-0778.

• “Home Alone”.  The District of Sechelt funds the Home Alone Program.  This program is coordinated by the Community Resource Centre, offering older adults living alone practical tips, skills and information to increase their safety and enhance their independence at home and in their community.  Members from local fire, police, ambulance and SCRD Emergency Preparedness each provide 15 minute discussions with Q&A and resource materials. The next session is Feb. 29 at 1:30 pm at Harmony Hall in Gibsons.  To register for this session contact: 604-319-0039 or gsshhall@gmail.com. For more information about this program contact the Community Resource Centre at 604 885 4088 or info@resourcecentre.ca.

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