New Horizons for Seniors
“Community Connections for Seniors”
Community Connections for Seniors was a project whose aim was to learn how seniors experience the process of connecting with community programs and health and social services.
The project was hosted by the Community Resource Centre and funded by a grant from the federal government under its New Horizons for Seniors Program.
In October 2014, we held gatherings of older adults in each of the eight communities up and down the Coast. Each event was led by two senior volunteers from that community who had received training in group facilitation. A combination of display tables, structured content and informal dialogue was followed by networking over lunch. This provided an opportunity to gather valuable input and disseminate information about services for seniors.
Various community strengths and needs were identified by the 250 participants. Social connection through activities, and having places to gather, were recognized as crucial to the quality of life. Gaps in services that were identified included:
- a range of residential options for seniors,
- support for independent living,
- transportation options,
- access to a family doctor and specialists, and
- readily accessible information to navigate the system of social, health and government programs.
The project results were achieved and recommendations have informed the Sunshine Coast Seniors Planning Table.