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Choose to Move

Choose to Move is not a “one-size-fits-all,” prescriptive program; instead, it combines a person-centred approach with opportunities for seniors to connect. Seniors develop a personalized action plan with an ‘activity coach’. Seniors choose activities based on physical capacity and their personal preferences. Activities range from fitness classes offered in local communities (e.g., Tai Chi, chair yoga) to individual or group activities (e.g., gardening, walking). Seniors learn to monitor and adjust their goals and activities--a lifelong skill--with support from their activity coach. Facilitated group meetings provide a space for participants to share experiences, ideas and information (e.g. self-care) and to actively engage with their community. 

In partnership with large and small community organizations, since 2014 the Active Aging Society delivered Choose to Move across all five health authorities to 4929 seniors at 68 community sites through 494 programs. We did so in close collaboration with 96 partner organizations, 155 organization leads, and 96 trained activity coaches. 

 

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Active Aging Grants

Active Aging Grants extend our reach to vulnerable, disadvantaged seniors who live across BC. Community-based organizations integrate physical and social activities – central tenets of Choose to Move – into existing programs and services to meet the specific needs of seniors.

Since 2015, we have partnered with the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM), and the Active Aging Research Team to provide community grants that reach diverse communities that build capacity to promote older adult physical activity, social connectedness, independence, and health. Since 2015, we distributed 85 grants across British Columbia. 


For seniors, there are many benefits to participating in leisure activities that are focused on physical activity, including more opportunities to be social, increased independence, improved well-being and a higher quality of life. 

Grant proposals provide innovative ways to support vulnerable seniors to be physically active, enable older adult’s independence and enhance social connectedness. 
 

 Funded projects promote: 

  • movement and physical activities such as the use of public transportation, gardening, hiking, walking, dancing, swimming and offer ways to reduce older adult’s sedentary behaviours such as sitting and watching TV;

  • older adults’ desire to remain mobile and independent, informed and up-to-date and responsible for their personal affairs

  • social connections through social, educational and/or recreational opportunities

  • older adults’ ability to meet their physical activity goals

  • the use of community resources to enrich older adults’ social and physical health

 

Reach

 

Since 2015, these grants have reached:

 

  • 42 community agencies across B.C.

  • 19,910 vulnerable, disadvantaged seniors including:

    • indigenous people

    • new immigrants

    • those with mobility disability

    • those trying to manage chronic conditions in community

    • those in rural and remote regions of BC