We are delivering groceries to vulnerable and isolated seniors. We have been serving an average of 30 seniors a week. We need donations to keep our pantry stocked and keep our seniors fed. We are also continuing to pay our staff and instructors during this time and we have lost the majority of revenue through class fees and rentals.
“It was definitely a heart warming experience to see so many people working together to provide a wonderful, caring & happy gathering for so many older adults.” – Pat Fawcett
Pat’s thank you note after a special event encapsulates so much of what we’re all about. Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre provides a place for older adukts to stay active and involved, but it’s the staff, volunteers and members who all work together to provide a fun, friendly and welcoming place to be.
Staying active and involved isn’t all fun and games…except when it really is. We’re serious about promoting a fun and lively atmosphere because we take the health and wellbeing of seniors seriously. Remaining (or becoming) mentally, physically and socially active is one of the best ways for older adults to combat chronic diseases associated with aging and maintain their independence. Our Mission is to Enhance the Lives of Adults.
Fulfilling a Vision: Since 1973, Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre has been responding to the needs of older adults by connecting them with opportunities for social interaction, education, and volunteerism through clubs, classes and activities. Everything we do is designed to promote mental and physical well-being – and to have fun while we’re doing it.
Clubs & Classes – There are a myriad of ways to stay active at Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre. Whether it’s through dance, art, cards or singing we offer clubs and classes for people of all skill and activity levels.
Events & Outreach – We host a number of special events including a weekly outreach program for local isolated seniors called Tea & Conversation. For many of the participants, it’s their only opportunity to get out and interact socially during the week.
Services – A Boutique and Next-to-New Shop provide gifts and gently used clothes at low prices, our Kitchen volunteers prepare light lunches, the Travel Desk volunteers plan excursions, and regularly scheduled visits from Professional Services (lawyer and podiatrist) all of which benefit seniors in our community.
Funding continues to be very challenging. We are facing increased costs for utilities, salaries, supplies and programs. In 2014 FCSS agreed to 3 years of continued funding, but at the same time the opportunity for funding from casinos has been reduced to once every 2 years instead of annually.
Unfortunately, as Calgary grows and our population matures, so too, do the number of isolated or shut-in seniors. These are people who, for any number of reasons have become socially isolated. Often times, they may be living alone and struggling on low/fixed incomes.
Their career years have long since passed and their perceived purpose to participate in the community has dwindled. They may have health and/or mobility issues, making it difficult for them to get out and interact with the community. Many are lonely, widowed and separated from the younger members of their extended families.
This is a deeply valuable, knowledgeable and experienced generation – an intrinsically important segment of our community – sadly forgotten.
There are so many ways to get involved. We welcome contributions of: