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In Motion Older Adults

Join the Seniors Walking Club!

“Come walk with us” is the motto of a dynamic group operating out of the Seniors’ Resource Centre on McCallum Road in Abbotsford. Many, but by no means all, are seniors.

“We don't climb mountains (not yet, anyway),” they say. “We don't do marathons. We just like the outdoors and we like to walk, in interesting places with interesting company.” Everyone is welcome, on either a regular or a once-in-a-while basis.

The club’s twice-monthly hikes usually run between two and three hours, and cover trails both close to home (like Fishtrap Creek and Downes Bowl) and farther afield (Hayward Lake and Derby Reach in Fort Langley and even the Stanley Park seawall).

Members take turns planning the hikes, and always check them out in advance, so walkers can be informed beforehand about terrain, trail conditions, parking and picnic facilities.

The group meets before each hike at the Seniors’ Resource Centre, 2478 McCallum Road, and carpools from there.

What day of the week? That depends on who’s leading the hike. “We deliberately don’t go on the same day of the week each time,” they say. “This way, if you’re tied up doing something else every Wednesday, for example, you can still join us on other days.”

You don’t have to be a dues-paying member to come along. But if you’d like to have monthly schedules mailed to you, you’re asked to put $5.00 per year into the club treasury to cover the cost of postage.

You can get more information about this friendly, active group by calling the Seniors’ Resource Centre at 604-854-1733. Or contact Margaret Houtby at 604-859-6292 or ahoutby@shaw.ca.

Older Adults are declaring themselves in motion!
Promoting physical activity to the older adult community is a key component of in motion. As our older adult population increases so does the burden on our health care. One of the greatest health risks for older adults is sedentary living (World Health Organization, 1997).

The in motion older adult initiative is geared to Congregate Housing Complexes, Senior Residence and Senior Organizations.

The primary objective of the in motion Older Adult Initiative is to:

  • Facilitate and coordinate the support required for older adults with a focus on a physical activity initiative to meet the vision of in motion.
  • To improve the health of the older adult community.
  • To ensure sustainability of the older adult physical activity programs.

The following is a list of sites that are implementing creative initiatives to be "in motion"! These sites value the positive benefits that are achieved through older adults being physically active.

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