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411 Seniors Centre

 

To give older adults voice and provide access to information, activities and sustainable services in a culturally sensitive environment that enhances the quality of their lives, and to expand our reach through collaboration and partnerships with like-minded organizations.

Al Mattison Retired Citizens Lounge

  • Address: 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 4X4
  • Tel: 604-718-5837
  • Fax: 604-718-5858

 

A drop-in centre for people 55 years and older. Provides a lounge and a variety of recreational and educational seniors’ programs. Hot lunch provided at 12 noon Mondays and Thursdays.

Alzheimer Society of Canada

  • Address: #300 – 828 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2
  • Toll-free: 1-800-667-3742
  • Tel: 604-681-6530
  • Fax: 604-669-6907
  • Email: info@alzheimerbc.org
  • Web: www.alzheimerbc.org/

 

    The Alzheimer Society is Canada’s leading nationwide health organization for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The Society is a principal funder of Alzheimer research and training; provides enhanced care and support to people with the disease, their families and their caregivers; and is a prominent voice within all levels of government.

The Arthritis Society

  • Address: #200 – 1645 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. V6J 1S4
  • Tel: 604-714-5550
  • Toll-free: 1-866-414-7766
  • Fax: 604-714-5555
  • Web: www.arthritis.ca

 

The Arthritis Society is the only not-for-profit organization in Canada uniquely devoted to promoting and funding arthritis research based solutions, education, as well as community support for Canadians living with arthritis. Founded in 1948, with thousands of volunteers over the years, The Arthritis Society continues to have an outstanding reputation in the community and a successful track record of results

Association of Advocates for Care Reform (ACR)

  • Address: 3348 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6R 2B2
  • Tel: 604-732-7734
  • Fax: 604 732 7734
  • Email: info@acrbc.ca
  • Web: www.acrbc.ca

 

Group of concerned citizens dedicated to improving the quality of care and the quality of life for residents of long-term care facilities in British Columbia. Provides education, advocacy, and support for residents and their families. Establishes and supports family councils in care facilities. Participates in government consultation and review processes wherever possible. Distributes copies of ‘Alone in a Crowd? Social Isolation of Seniors in Care Facilities’, a research-based publication containing first-hand accounts of life in care facilities.

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of Greater Vancouver

  • Address: #203-3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5T 3G7
  • Tel: 604-875-9111
  • Fax: 604-875-1256
  • Email: central@anhgv.org
  • Web: www.anhgv.org

 

Provides supportive services and programs for children, youth, families, and seniors. These include licensed preschool and after-school programs for children, job training for youth, day program for teens, social programs and individual support for families, parenting programs, adult daycare, employment programs, settlement programs, information and referral, meal programs, and community celebrations. Services for seniors include peer support, friendly visiting, walking club, and telephone support program. Programs for families include Nobody’s Perfect (see independent listing for East Vancouver Nobody’s Perfect Project); and Parent Support Circles, self-help groups for parents of children ages 12 and under, offered in partnership with BC Parents in Crisis Society.

B.C. Seniors Medication Information Line (BC SMILE)

  • Address: Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of B.C., 2146 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z3
  • Toll-free: 1-800-668-6233
  • Tel: 604-822-1330;
  • Fax: 604-822-3035
  • Contact person: H. Watson, Coordinator

    Hours and Days of Operation: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm (excluding statutory holidays)

    B.C. SMILE is a free telephone hotline staffed by licensed pharmacists to assist seniors, their families and caregivers with information about medications when it is not possible to consult the community pharmacist

Barclay Manor Seniors Centre

  • Address: 1447 Barclay Street, Vancouver, BC, V6G 1J6
  • Tel: 604-669-5051
  • Fax: 604-879-7582
  • Email: info@wesn.ca
  • Web: www.wesn.ca/

 

Heritage house with a seniors centre.

BC Old Age Pensioners' Organization

  • Address: 4071 204B Street, Langley, BC, V3A 1Z7
  • Tel: 604-530-2601
  • Email: coates@shaw.ca

 

Aims to promote the best interests of elder citizens of BC, in all matters pertaining to their welfare. Branches throughout the province host social, health, and wellness activities, as well as business meetings on matters of interest to seniors.

Canadian Diabetes Association

  • Address: 1400-522 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 2R5
  • Tel: 1800 BANTING (226-8464)
  • Email: info@diabetes.ca
  • Web: www.diabetes.ca

 

Canadian Diabetes Association: “Across the country, the Canadian Diabetes Association is leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. We are supported in our efforts by a community-based network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals, researchers and partners. By providing education and services, advocating on behalf of people with diabetes, supporting research and translating research into practical applications – we are delivering on our mission.”

Canadian Mental Health Association

  • Address: Canadian Mental Health Association, Phenix Professional Building, 595 Montreal Road, Suite 303, Ottawa, ON, K1K 4L2
  • Tel: 613-745-7750
  • Fax: 613-745-5522
  • Web: www.cmha.ca

 

As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.

Carnegie Community Centre

  • Address: 401 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2T7
  • Tel: 604-665-2220
  • Fax: 604-606-2736

 

Serves disadvantaged residents of the Downtown Eastside and neighbouring communities. Has a low-cost cafeteria, library, learning centre, theatre, gym, weight room, pool room, and seniors lounge. Programs and services include community education, with a focus on literacy; volunteer opportunities; First Nations cultural sharing; HIV and hepatitis support groups; activities for seniors; and various recreational programs. Programs and services are also offered at Oppenheimer Park and through the Carnegie Street Program. Centre hours are 9 am to 11 pm daily.

City of Vancouver

  • Address: 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4, Canada
  • Tel: 3-1-1; 604-873-7000 (outside of Vancouver)
  • Email: info@vancouver.ca
  • Web: www.vancouver.ca

 

Bordered by the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is recognized as one of the world’s most liveable cities with one of the smallest carbon footprints of any major city in North America. The City of Vancouver is renowned for its innovative programs in the areas of sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity. In February 2009, Mayor Gregor Robertson launched the Greenest City initiative with a goal to map out how we can earn the title of becoming the greenest city by 2020.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House

  • Address: 5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC, V5R 6C9
  • Tel: 604-435-0323
  • Fax: 604-451-1191
  • Web: www.cnh.bc.ca

 

Offers educational, cultural, recreational, and social programs for people in the Collingwood/Renfrew area. Operates licensed child care programs, a Family Place (providing activities for preschoolers while allowing parents/caregivers to relax and socialize), day camps, ESL classes for adults (child care provided for some classes), seniors information, fitness and social programs, family support programs, Chinese and Spanish settlement workers, and community information in various languages.

Continental Seniors Centre

  • Address: 1067 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5S4
  • Tel: 604-665-3333
  • Fax: 604-665-3460

 

Drop-in centre for seniors that offers information and referral services, cards, pool, bus trips, weekly movie, and monthly special events. A cafeteria provides low-cost nutritious meals. Centre is open 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday.

Downtown Eastside Seniors Centre

  • Address: 509 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1P9
  • Tel: 604-254-2194
  • Fax: 604-254-2150

 

Drop-in centre for senior citizens offers cards, pool, television, breakfast, lunch, and information and referral services.

GPEP (GeroPsychiatric Education Programs)

 

The Geropsychiatric Education Program is part of Vancouver Community Mental Health Services within Vancouver Coastal Health, in British Columbia, Canada.

Hastings Community Centre

  • Address: 3096 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A3
  • Tel: 604-718-6222
  • Fax: 604-718-6226
  • Email: hastingscc@vancouver.ca
  • Web: www.hastingscommunitycentre.ca

 

Facilities include a dance studio, fitness centre, gymnasium, racquet courts, seniors centre, and playground. Operates Hastings Family Drop-in Centre for parents and caregivers with children from birth to age five. Provides creative play space, resource library, lounge area, and recreational and educational programs. Sponsors parenting courses and parent support groups. Open 9 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday, and 9 am to noon on Saturdays. There is open gym for very young children from 11 am to 1:30 pm Tuesdays and Saturdays, and 10:30 am to 1:30 pm Fridays.

Italian Cultural Centre Society

 

The Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre (ICC) is Western Canada’s largest complex built to celebrate of all aspects of the Italian culture. Founded in 1977, built by community volunteers and welcoming Italians and non-Italians alike, the ICC offers language programs, an Italian heritage museum, a library and resource centre, cooking classes, wine tastings, banquet and dance evenings, covered manicured bocce courts, Italian film screenings and other cultural events as well as a renowned catering department with a recently renovated (2006) Grand Ballroom with its state-of-the-art kitchen.

Japanese Community Volunteers' Association

  • Address: 511 East Broadway (at St. George) Vancouver, B.C. Canada V5T 1X4
  • Tel: 604-687-2172
  • Fax: 604-687-2168
  • Web: www.jcva.bc.ca

 

Provides information and referral, direct bilingual counselling, and interpretation and translation in the areas of family, health care, crisis intervention, legal interpretation, immigration settlement, employment advice, and housing aid. Also provides drop-in and outreach programs for seniors, including homebound seniors’ activities; telephone, home, facility, and hospital visitation; meal programs; and fitness, recreational, and educational activities. Staff and volunteers provide culturally-sensitive services in Japanese and English.

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

  • Address: 2305 – 2325 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6K 1Y4
  • Tel: (604) 736-3588
  • Fax: (604) 736-3640
  • Email: info@kitshouse.org
  • Web: www.KitsHouse.org

 

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (‘Kits House’), member of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC, is a registered non-profit, charity organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those most vulnerable as well as providing an opportunity for everybody in our community to get together and be engaged. We offer many different programs like volunteer-led English Conversation Circles, weekly hot lunches for seniors, childcare and much more. Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is the only Neighbourhood House on the Westside and serves many different communities like Kitsilano, Dunbar, Arbutus Ridge and Point Grey.

Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

  • Address: 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver, BC, V6K 4K9
  • Tel: 604-257-6976
  • Fax: 604-257-6996

 

Facilities include a dance studio, fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, gymnasium, ice rink, seniors centre, and playground.

Legal Advocacy Program

  • Address: 304-5050 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC, V5H 4C2
  • Tel: 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940
  • Fax: 604-437-1929

 

A legal information counsellor, supervised by a lawyer, provides telephone consultation to seniors, advocates, and community workers. Offers information, referrals, summary advice, and advocacy regarding seniors’ issues. Hours are 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday to Thursday. Funded by the Law Foundation of BC.

Multicultural Helping House Society

  • Address: 4802 Fraser Street, Vancouver, V5V 4H4,British Columbia, Canada
  • Tel: 604-879-3277
  • Fax: 604-879-3327
  • Email: info@helpinghouse.org
  • Web: www.helpinghouse.

 

The Multicultural Helping House Society – Newcomers Resource Center (MHHS – NRC) is a registered non-profit society and charitable organization dedicated to servicing the needs of new comers to Canada.  In its 15-year history, the MHHS-NRC has provided assistance to thousands of new immigrants in addressing their needs from settlement, employment, social services, skills enhancement, respite housing, legal assistance, and education services

Oakridge Seniors Centre

  • Address: 650 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
  • Tel: 604 263-1833
  • Fax: 604 263-1883
  • Web: www.oakridgeseniors.com

 

The Oakridge Seniors’ Centre (OSC) is a resource for seniors to promote individual respect, well being, and friendship. Seniors, 55 years and older, are welcome to join. The annual membership dues are $25.00.

Osteoporosis Society of Canada

  • Address: Osteoporosis Canada, 1090 Don Mills Road, Suite 301, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3R6
  • Tel: 416-696-2663
  • Toll-free: 1-800-463-6842
  • Fax: 416-696-2673
  • Web: www.osteoporosis.ca/

 

Osteoporosis Canada, a registered charity, is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. The organization works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis.

Parkinson Society Canada

  • Address: Parkinson Society Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, ON M2P 2A9
  • Tel: 416-227-9700
  • Toll-free: 1-800-565-3000
  • Fax: 416-227-9600
  • Web: www.parkinson.ca/

 

Parkinson Society Canada is the only national full-service Parkinson’s organization serving Canadians living with Parkinson’s, with 11 regional Parkinson’s Societies and 235 Support Groups and Chapters across the country. As the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease, our purpose is to ease the burden and find a cure through: support services and education, research and advocacy.

Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre

  • Address: 920 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 3T1
  • Tel: 604-257-6949
  • Fax: 604-257-6944
  • Web: www.raycam.org

 

Offers programs for people of all ages. Youth programs provide recreation, leadership opportunities, and other special events and activities for teens; programs are also provided for pre-teens ages 10 to 12. Adult activities include various recreation, art, computer, and photography programs. Cultural support groups include Muslim, Fijian, Spanish, and Asian groups. Seniors programs offer outings, the services of a foot doctor, and Chinese newspaper reading and discussion.

Riley Park Community Centre

  • Address: RILEY PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE,50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver BC, Canada, V5V 2T9
  • Tel: 604-257-8545
  • Fax: 604-257-8639
  • Web: www.rileypark.ca

 

Facilities include a dance studio, fitness centre, gymnasium, ice rink, sauna, whirlpool, pottery studio, seniors centre, playground, and the indoor Percy Norman Pool. To parents and children, provides information, support, social contact, drop-in activities (Parent’s Place on Tuesday mornings, and family drop-in gym on Sunday mornings), and a lending library. Child care and recreation facilities are available. Subsidies can be arranged

Senior Citizens' Club

  • Address: 1-425 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6E3
  • Tel: 604-682-1019
  • Fax: 604-669-5499

Seniors Well Aware Program Society

  • Address: 212-309 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1E5
  • Tel: 604-662-SWAP (7927)
  • Fax: 604-662-7920
  • Email: swap@123mail.org

 

Offers weekly support groups for people 55 years or older who are living at home or in care facilities and experiencing problems due to their own or a significant other’s misuse of alcohol, prescribed drugs, or over-the-counter medications. Also provides community awareness and education sessions to seniors groups and health care professionals. Office hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER), BC Housing

 

The Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program helps make rents affordable for BC seniors with low to moderate incomes. SAFER provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents who are age 60 or over and who pay rent for their homes. The links below provide more information on SAFER.

Short Term Assessment and Treatment Centre (STAT)

  • Address: 715 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1M9
  • Tel(Day Hospital): 604-875-4414
  • Tel(Inpatient Unit): 604-875-4056
  • Fax: 604-875-5593

 

Assessment and treatment centre provides day hospital and inpatient services for people over 65 years of age who need more intensive diagnostic investigation and treatment than is available in the community. Emphasis is on improving the physical, social, and emotional well-being of each client referred, through social, educational, and recreational programs, and rehabilitative therapy. May include participation at the day hospital twice a week for up to 12 weeks. Assistance is also given on an outreach basis for those confined to their homes. Clients can be admitted to the 17-bed inpatient unit; average stay is four weeks. Referrals accepted from physicians, community health workers, or self. Provides transportation to and from the centre, within Vancouver.

South Granville Seniors Centre

  • Address: South Granville Seniors Centre, 1420 West 12 th Avenue, Vancouver , B.C., V6H 1M8
  • Tel: 604-732-0812
  • Fax: 604-732-0842
  • Email: info@southgranvilleseniors.ca
  • Web: www.southgranvilleseniors.ca

 

The South Granville Seniors Centre offers friendship and community to seniors in the South Granville, Fairview and Kitsilano districts. With over forty different programs and services, the South Granville Seniors Centre caters to a wide variety of tastes and interests

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House

  • Address: 6470 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5P 3X7
  • Tel: 604-324-6212
  • Fax: 604-324-6116
  • Email: svnh@southvan.org
  • Web: www.southvan.org

 

Provides supportive services and programs for children, youth, families, and seniors. These include licensed preschool and after-school programs for children, job training for youth, day program for teens, social programs and individual support for families, parenting programs, adult daycare, employment programs, settlement programs, information and referral, meal programs, and community celebrations. Services for seniors include peer support, friendly visiting, walking club, and telephone support program. Programs for families include Nobody’s Perfect (see independent listing for East Vancouver Nobody’s Perfect Project); and Parent Support Circles, self-help groups for parents of children ages 12 and under, offered in partnership with BC Parents in Crisis Society.

Strathcona Community Centre

  • Address: 601 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 3V8
  • Tel: 604-713-1838
  • Fax: 604-713-1848

 

Facilities include a fitness centre, gymnasium, seniors centre, and playground. Offers Nobody’s Perfect, a six- to eight-week, free parenting program for parents with children from birth to age 5. Groups may be offered in languages other than English.

Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada

  • Address: 220-440 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1L1
  • Tel: 604-681-6609
  • Fax: 604-681-6692
  • Web: http://www.taoist.org/

 

Offers Taoist Tai Chi and other health-promoting Taoist arts to the public. Helps students develop a healthy posture, enhance the flexibility and elasticity of the muscular-skeletal system, and learn how to relax. Also offers programs specifically for seniors and for people with disabilities. Volunteer-run registered charity.