Photo courtesy City of Richmond
The grey hair may be more noticeable, and the bones a little more apt to creak. But the senior years can also be as fulfilling as any.
A Positive Aging Campaign, two art exhibits and a breakfast social are all part of the City of Richmond’s week-long celebrations starting with National Seniors Day Friday, Sept. 29.
Home to the longest life expectancy in Canada, with residents living an average of 85.7 years (four years longer than the national average), Richmond’s moderate climate complements an active lifestyle prevalent in the community. The city’s senior services and community partners further advance a healthy mindset by providing a variety of recreational, wellness, cultural, educational and social opportunities for those 55 and older.
“The City of Richmond is proud to be an age-friendly city,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It is through initiatives such as the Positive Aging Campaign that we continue to recognize the value seniors hold within the Richmond community.”
Each year, the City of Richmond creates a photo campaign showcasing positive images of adults 55 and over living in Richmond. This year’s campaign focuses on the talents, contributions and participation of seniors and highlights those who continue to be active in the community. The photo campaign will be displayed at Minoru Place Activity Centre and Richmond community centres for one week starting Sunday, Oct. 1.
The public is also invited to attend two free art exhibits celebrating seniors in the community: Portraits of City Centre at City Centre Community Centre and Memories of Place at Minoru Place Activity Centre.
Portraits of City Centre features photographic images of seniors in the community and celebrates their stories and individual histories. The collection will be on display throughout the month of October.
Memories of Place features video recollections from Richmond pioneers collected at the Canada 150 Pioneer Luncheon held in the spring of this year; a photography exhibit capturing seniors from Minoru Place Activity Centre celebrating the history and stories of the centre; and an exhibit from the Minoru Seniors Society’s Chinese Calligraphy Group exploring the concept of place. The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.
In conjunction with the Memories of Place exhibit, there will also be a free photo and memory capture session for adults 55 and over on Sept. 29. Call 604-238-8450 starting Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. to reserve a time slot.
To wrap up the celebrations, City Centre Community Centre is hosting a National Seniors Day breakfast social on Monday, Oct. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Seniors can celebrate the day with a light meal while learning about programs and activities for adults 55 and older and sharing ideas for future programming. The cost is $5 per person and registration is required at www.richmond.ca/register, by calling 604-276-4300, or dropping in to your local community centre and quoting barcode #2115944.
With a vision to continue to build a nurturing, connected community that promotes healthy and active aging, the City of Richmond, with public input, has created an updated Seniors Services Plan through 2020. The plan considers the latest population projects, emerging social and health trends and their likely impact on the health and wellness status of Richmond’s senior population.
For more information visit www.richmond.ca/seniors or call Minoru Place Activity Centre at 604-238-8450.