During March and April 2016, our Healthier Living Centre along with our BOOST and Transitional Adult Day Program facilitated and led various wellness and social activities in the community geared towards healthy living, wellness and socialization.

All of the participants had a great time socializing and interacting with the activities.

Please see a summary below of the events that took place.

1. Interactive Drumming Circle

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Held on Tuesday March 15th, 2016 from 10:30am – 12:15 pm
Northwood Community Centre – Banquet Hall

Number of participants: 38

38 clients from the BOOST Adult Day Program and the Healthier Living Centre participated in the first Leisure Education Program hosted on March 15th by Lumacare at Northwood Community Centre. The program included a presentation about benefits of  the Leisure education and the importance of social connections followed by an interactive drumming circle. For  approximately 1 hour  the clients had the opportunity to interact with the music regardless of their physical condition. The session finished with light refreshments.

2. Leisure Education Using Yoga

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Held on Friday March 18th, 2016 from 1:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bathurst Finch Hub – 540 Finch Avenue West

Number of participants: 19

Older adults from the PALS (Preventing Abuse of Loving Seniors) came to this event in association with the KCWA (Korean Canadian Women’s Association). One of Lumacare’s Recreation Therapists gave a presentation with the help of a certified translator, who provided a thorough translation of the materials. After the presentation, there was a question and answer period. A certified Yoga instructor then led a seated chair yoga session for an hour with food and refreshments provided afterwards.

3. Leisure Education Square Dancing Workshop

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Held on Thursday April 28th, 2016 from 10:15 am – 12:45 pm
Northwood Community Center – 15 Clubhouse Court

Number of participants: 50+

On Thursday April 28, Lumacare hosted a Leisure Education program for the Healthier Living Centre and BOOST Adult Day Program clients. Over 50 people attended the presentation, which discussed what leisure is, why it is important, barriers to access, and provided information on local community leisure programs. Following this 20 minute session, clients were invited to participate in a 60 minute beginners Square Dancing lesson hosted by Arrowhead Squares Dance Club. Clients were taught basic dancing techniques and had the opportunity to engage with their peers in small and large groups. Following the Square Dancing lesson, clients were offered a light lunch and refreshments and had the opportunity to ask further questions about the session.