Active and healthy living

Seniors exercising in a swimming pool

Through the Vancouver Food Strategy, we are increasing the access seniors have to fresh produce. New community gardens on City property will be built for accessibility. Caregivers for low-income seniors get free admission to Park Board recreation facilities.

We will partner to offer more dementia-friendly, caregiver-inclusive recreation programs. 

Implemented actions underway

  1. Offer dementia-friendly seniors fitness programming at community centres.
    • For example, Minds in Motion is low-impact aerobics for people experiencing early stage memory loss due to dementia, and their caregivers, offered in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of BC.
  2. Employ workers who specialize in serving seniors and providing recreational programming for them at community centres. 
  3. Provide access to Park Board facilities for low-income seniors with Leisure Access Cards. The program is currently being evaluated.
  4. Provide free access for caregivers accompanying persons requiring care at Park Board facilities and programs. The program is currently being evaluated.
  5. Make community kitchens available in community centres for use by organizations offering intergenerational, seniors, and multicultural community food preparation programs.
    • For example, Britannia, Hastings, Strathcona and Kitsilano Community Centres currently offer community kitchens.
  6. All community gardens on City property are encouraged to be accessible based on the accessibility guidlines. In 2015, two community gardens on City of Vancouver property (Beaconsfield Park, and Kensington Park) were designed with accessibility features.
  7. Carry out the Vancouver Food Strategy's food access initiatives. As community gardens on city property are developed, they all have been, and continue to be, provided with accessibility guidelines.
    • For example, The Westside Food Collaborative is a mobile produce market for seniors.
  8. Share Community Garden Accessibility Guidelines with all new community gardens. Community food markets have increased from 9 to 14 over the past year to increase access to fresh healthy food close to home for seniors and low income families and others. 
  9. Explore opportunities to expand seniors hub and program models, such as those developed at Kitsilano Community Centre, Kerrisdale Community Centre, and South Vancouver Neighbourhood House that include:
    • Active programming for persons with dementia
    • Caregiver education
    • Caregiver and family supports
    • On-going discussions with community groups to develop similar hub models.

Recently started actions

  1. Partnered with the Alzheimer Society of BC to deliver training in the Fall of 2015 to all Park Board seniors workers, seniors programmers, and frontline staff on making existing recreation programs more dementia-friendly and caregiver-inclusive.

Learn more about actions already in progress

Community gardens

Joining a community garden is a great way to enjoy locally grown food, connect with nature, meet your neighbours, and be healthy. Find a current or proposed garden near you, and plan a new garden in your neighbourhood.

Leisure Access Program for low-income residents

Learn about the benefits of the reduced-cost Leisure Access Program and how to apply.

Minds in Motion

Minds in Motion is low-impact aerobics for people experiencing early stage memory loss due to dementia, and their caregivers, offered in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of BC.

Recreation programs and centres for seniors

Find opportunities for Vancouver seniors to get involved and stay active through local community centres.

Vancouver Food Strategy

The Vancouver Food Strategy is a plan to improve our food system, making the city more equitable, sustainable, and economically healthy. Learn more, and get involved.

Westside Food Collaborative

The Westside Food Collaborative is a neighbourhood food network of community members and organizations working to advance just and sustainable food systems on Vancouver’s west side. This includes organizing mobile food markets in areas seniors live.