South African Cultural Association Of British Columbia has launched a Seniors Program “Village of Rainbow Seniors”
Open Dialogue will be the focus of the launching of THE VILLAGE OF RAINBOW SENIORS
The following is an excerpt from “The Good Life: Lessons From the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness” co-written by Waldinger and Marc Schulz
“It’s never too late to develop meaningful relationships as they’re also a source of
social support, practical help, valuable information and ongoing engagement with the world around us.
All of these benefits remain possible, even when cherished family and friends pass on.”
Throughout the project our aims are to establish connections between seniors to reduce
isolation and promote wellness by providing stimulating activities in a healthy, safe,
and supportive environment.
We plan to also partner seniors and create a buddy partnership system for seniors to
have friendly support in their homes that will foster independence and combat
loneliness, aside from our weekly programs. Some of the activities include weekly program activities such as cookie baking days, sewing/knitting classes, and social dances.
Seniors will benefit from the project by being involved in activities that will reduce their
chances of feeling lonely and isolated. They will be empowered through our online
learning sessions which will leave them more secure as they embark on a learning
journey through the world wide web. The inclusion in the community through our activities will promote their mental and physical well-being leaving them confident and vivacious.