The City of Richmond is celebrating the city’s own senior residents by hosting a variety of virtual events during Seniors Week.
Every year, Seniors Week is celebrated across Canada to recognize the contributions seniors make to their communities.
From June 7 to 13, the city’s community associations, societies and community-based organizations are hosting more than 20 online and phone-in activities specifically for seniors 55 and older.
This year’s celebration includes hula dancing, art therapy workshops, comedic theatre groups, a talk on the Royal Family scandals and more.
One of the days during the week will also feature healthy living and active aging workshops.
“We acknowledge the important role seniors play in our lives and their value to the community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.
“Although we are still faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the spirit of recognizing seniors is stronger than ever this year and it is reflected in this virtual week of fun, active, social and educational opportunities.”
Highlights for Seniors Week include:
- Monday, June 7, 10 a.m. – Mayor’s Greetings
Watch Mayor Malcolm Brodie on YouTube officially open Seniors Week in Richmond. This is a pre-recorded message, with the link to be posted online.
- Monday, June 7, 11 a.m. – Opening Zumba Dance Party
Start off Seniors Week with a live Zumba Dance Party on Instagram. Tune in to @FunRichmond. All ages encouraged to participate.
- Wednesday, June 9, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Activate! Health and Wellness Fair
Workshops cover topics that include naturopathic medicine, building caregiver resilience, support services for seniors, and managing stress, anxiety and depression. All workshops are offered through Zoom and in partnership with community organizations including the Alzheimer Society of BC, Pathways Clubhouse and Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives.
- Thursday, June 10, 11-11:45 a.m. – Journey Through Time
Travel back through time and discover the history of Richmond on this unique virtual tour. This program is offered over the phone in collaboration with the Friends of the Richmond Archives.
- Friday, June 11, 3:15-5 p.m. – Movie Afternoon with the Library
Watch the 2019 movie "Driveways" together but apart. This heartwarming movie about friendship and kindness is offered through Zoom and presented by the Richmond Public Library.
- Saturday, June 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Royal Scandals
Join in to get the Royal insider scoop on love affairs, hidden meetings and mystery children that changed the course of history. This program is offered through Zoom and hosted by Gilmore Gardens Retirement Residence.
- Sunday, June 13, 2-3 p.m. – Hummingbird Haven
Find out how to turn a garden into an oasis for these beautiful birds with various plants and water to dazzling feeders. This program is offered through Zoom and presented by the Richmond Nature Park.
Visit www.richmond.ca/seniorsweek for the full list of events and activities.