Programs and services for seniors
We have a long-standing interest in addressing and resolving senior's issues. We monitor, maintain contact with, and provide assistance and advice to local seniors organizations, and encourage seniors to stay involved in local government.
There are a number of programs and services available to all District seniors.
Capilano Community Services
Capilano Community Services provides administrative support for several non-profit agencies, including the Red Cross medical equipment loan service, and Lionsview Seniors Planning Society. It also offers a variety of programs through Seniors Hub such as shopping, walking, telefriends, visits, and small group outings.
North Shore ElderCollege
The North Shore ElderCollege (for people 55+) offers a rich variety of learning opportunities (history, book clubs, contemporary issues, film clubs, field trips and more) delivered by engaging speakers and facilitators.
HandyDART is a door-to-door, shared ride service for passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use conventional public transit without assistance. The driver will come to your home, help you on the vehicle, and get you to the door of your destination safely. HandyDART's service provider (MVT Canadian Bus Inc.) provides a central customer service team that is available 18 hours a day and operates over 300 buses in the metro region.
You must apply to use this service and there is a fares are based on the distance traveled for each trip.
Keep Well Society
Keep Well is an exercise and wellness program for mobile seniors. The program includes one hour of exercise followed by blood pressure checks and health coaching, massage, speakers and social times. Keep Well is open and inclusive and the program is free for participants. Programs take place weekly and year round (except August) at seven community organizations from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay.
Lynn Valley Seniors Association
The Lynn Valley Seniors Association operates in partnership with the municipality, community groups, and the Recreation Commission to offer services in the Lynn Valley area. Programs are based at Kiwanis Lynn Manor, Karen Magnussen Rec Centre, and the historic Mollie Nye House. Activities include drop-in lunch, arts and crafts, bus trips, a walking group, movie afternoons, and discussion groups.
Lynn Valley Services Society
The Lynn Valley Services Society provides drop-in programs and registered programs for seniors. Rapidly becoming the hub for Lynn Valley, current program offerings are located at the Mollie Nye House.
Programs are often developed with co-operation or partnership with other community organizations and include line dancing, arts and crafts, bridge and table games, music groups, technology training, Mad Science camps, tai chi, puppy training, Pilates and a young writers club.
North Shore Community Resources Society
The North Shore Community Resources Society provides information on services, resources, and activities available to seniors on the North Shore and throughout the region.
The Seniors’ One-Stop Information Line provides general information on health, transportation, education, housing, and finances, as well as referrals and follow-up for North Shore seniors. They also publish The Green Book directory to North Shore agencies, the North Shore Guide to Helping Services for Seniors & Caregivers, and the Oak Tree Project Adult Abuse Prevention & Response Directory.
North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission
The North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission offers a variety of recreation and leisure programs specifically developed for seniors. Fitness, social activities, arts and crafts, visual arts, games and education, and health and wellness activities are offered at the various recreation centres across the municipality.
Parkgate Community Services Society
Parkgate Community Services Society offers an extensive range of programming for seniors in the Blueridge, Seymour, and Deep Cove area. The society operates two community centres at Seycove and Parkgate, with many of the activities taking place in the seniors’ lounge at Parkgate.
Seniors GO Bus
The GO BUS is a shuttle bus service that helps seniors access community resources such as shopping, seniors’ centres, grocery stores, pharmacies and other destinations. It is a free service but donations are accepted. Seniors aged 65 plus who have limited transportation options or are unable to access public transportation are encouraged to use the GO BUS.
Each day it operates, the GO BUS travels an approximate route through certain neighbourhoods, making stops to pick up and drop off seniors at requested locations.
Silver Harbour Seniors' Activity Centre
Silver Harbour provides a gathering place, recreational activities, and social services for local seniors in North Vancouver. The centre offers a wide variety of activities including physical fitness, martial arts, indoor sports, games, visual arts, performing arts, languages, computers, cultural groups, special events, outings and informative seminars. It also provides a number of important services such as legal advice, low-cost meals and refreshments, information and referral, affordable clothing and household goods, transportation, and volunteer opportunities.