Seniors Can Move
The Seniors Can Move program is designed to improve the agility, balance, coordination, and strength of adults 65+ years of age. Through games and gentle exercises, we reacquaint seniors with fundamental movement skills they may no longer be practicing due to inactivity, pain, illness, or surgery: walking, marching, throwing, catching, and balancing – even skipping. Using soft, high mats, we teach participants how to fall safely and get back up again.
Classes include stretching routines, as well as exercises designed to develop participants’ spatial awareness, and improve their ability to perform daily activities such as tying shoes, climbing stairs, and reaching for items on high shelves.
Our coaches are experienced at safely adapting the exercises in the program to a range of health conditions and physical limitations, and participants are supported in going at their own pace.
Classes are free for all seniors in our community 65 years of age and older.
You can see this program in action at: https://deltagymnastics.com/seniors-50
Who is this program for?
Adults 65+ who want to move more confidently, improve their balance and coordination to prevent falls, and improve their physical ability to perform daily tasks and activities.
Walkers and canes may be used during class. Participants must be able to follow directions; due to safety concerns, this program may not be suitable for people with dementia.
Space is limited to 16 participants per class; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
How was the Seniors Can Move Program developed?
Seniors Can Move was developed by the Delta Gymnastics Society (DGS) in 2018 through a pilot project involving 60 South Delta seniors, a geriatric nurse, and physiotherapists. Since 2019, DGS has been expanding the program to gymnastics facilities across the province with the help of a grant from the government of BC.