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Richmond offers virtual Seniors Week activities

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:49 PDT, Fri June 4, 2021

Last Updated: 12:50 PDT, Fri June 4, 2021

The City of Richmond is celebrating and acknowledging the resilience, strength and diversity of seniors 55-plus during Seniors Week, June 7-13. To help seniors stay connected and engaged, the city, community associations and societies, as well as other community-based organizations are offering over 20 online and phone-in activities, which can be found at www.richmond.ca/seniorsweek.

“We acknowledge the important role seniors play in our lives and their value to the community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “A number of unique and interactive activities are planned for participants to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. 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.”

This year’s Seniors Week events include exploring the benefits of hula dancing or ukulele, expressing creativity through an intergenerational art session or art therapy workshop, laughing alongside a comedic theatre group and getting the inside scoop on the Royal Family. There will also be a day for the city’s virtual health and wellness fair, featuring healthy living and active aging workshops. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Most sessions require registration.

Highlights for the week include:

1. 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 at www.richmond.ca/seniorsweek.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

Celebrated across Canada, Seniors Week is held each year during the first week of June to commend and recognize the contributions seniors make to their community.

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