A Fresh-air Space for Seniors

Creston adds an outdoor venue.

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Creston adds an outdoor venue

Where could seniors continue to safely get together? This question was on the mind of staff and volunteers of a seniors’ program in Creston—and a new pavilion was the result.

“What we needed was an outdoor meeting space, giving us options no matter what the COVID restrictions might be,” says Justine Keirn, Executive Director, Valley Community Services Society.

The society’s TAPS program (Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors) provides seniors with opportunities to come together, participate in community activities, connect, support each other and take pleasure in life. About 60 people attend each week, with an average age of 83 years.

“Coming to TAPS has improved my life,” says one participant. “It has helped me open up.”

Located on the grounds of the Creston and District Community Complex, the pavilion was built with support from the Trust, which helps organizations meet their communities’ needs. It can also be used by other members of the public— when TAPS participants aren’t busy using it for activities like bonding with friends, honing their bodies through Tai Chi or belting out catchy songs.

Better Resources for Seniors and Elders

Realized with Trust support, 25 new projects in 18 communities are creating or expanding services and activities that foster social inclusion and keep seniors and elders active, or making energy-efficiency, safety and accessibility enhancements to the buildings where they gather.

For example, with support from the Trust, the Kaslo Senior’s Centre has become more energy-efficient and accessible thanks to activities like upgrading the insulation and installing an accessible front door and heat pump. The centre is well used by the Kaslo Senior Citizens’ Association, which focuses on helping seniors socialize, share information and learn new technical skills.

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