Seniors (55+)

Seniors (55+)

Collingwood Neighbourhood House offers a range of recreation programs and activities for all ages. We strive to provide a good balance of activities for people of all ability levels and interests in our neighbourhood.

HOW TO REGISTER:

To sign up for any of the programs below, do one of the following:
– Call CNH at 604-435-0323 (Joyce location) or 604-428-9142 (Annex location)
– Come visit the reception desk at our Joyce location or Annex location

FEES AND MEMBERSHIP

A $2 CNH membership is required for Seniors (55+). For savings and convenience, a 12 session fitness pass can be purchased for $36 or $40 depending on the program.

Program fees should not limit participation. Subsidies are available for all programs. Please ask reception about the “Affordable Fun Pass” or speak with one of our seniors program coordinators below.

Programs

For descriptions on each program, click on the  symbol.

Wellness

As part of our monthly seniors wellness programs. For a full list of the current or upcoming month’s activities, please contact Jenny Shen at 604-435-0323 ext. 227 or at jshen@cnh.bc.ca.

Karaoke
Every third Thursday of the month (ongoing)
Cost: Free!
Location: Main site

Come to sing, come to listen, come to dance and have fun! We have access to a wide variety of music in different languages.
 
Monday Fun-Day Group
Mondays (ongoing)
Cost: $2.50, unless otherwise noted
Location: Main site

This group meets weekly for a variety of activities. Please ask reception for current schedule. Join the group for Birthdays & Bingo on the first Monday of every month. Bring small prize or $2.00.
 
Walking Club
Mondays/Wednesdays (ongoing)
Cost: $2.50, unless otherwise noted
Location: Main site

Get some exercise and meet new people. Dress for the weather and bring an umbrella. See the schedule which is available at the front desk. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Meet in CNH lobby.

Arts

Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners
Thursdays (ongoing)
Cost: $8.00/drop-in or $60/10 classes (pre-registration required. Maximum 14 participants)
Location: Main site

This program is meant for seniors who are interested in the art of Chinese calligraphy. It contains a brief history of Chinese calligraphy and introduces the basic elements of the standard Chinese calligraphy script known as “Kaishu”, with step by step instructions for each of the 8 basic strokes. Practicing Chinese calligraphy can help with emotional stability, stress relief, concentration, and cognition.

Sports & Fitness

24 Form Simplified Tai Chi
Mondays/Fridays (ongoing)
Cost: $3.50/drop-in
Location: Main site

Integrate mind, body and qi (energy) – keep blood and energy circulation smooth in the entire body to prevent disease.
 
32/42 Forms Tai Chi
Wednesdays (ongoing)

32 Tai Chi Sword

When:
 Wednesdays @ 11:15-12:15 pm (ongoing)
Cost: $4.00/drop-in (discount passes available)
Location: CNH (main site)

Prerequisite: 24 Form Tai Chi, 48 Form Tai Chi or experience in other styles of Tai Chi Chuan

42 Tai Chi Sword

When: Wednesdays @ 12:30-1:30 pm (ongoing)
Cost: $4.00/drop-in (discount passes available)
Location: CNH (main site)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 32 Form Tai Chi


Participants must buy their own swords. Maximum 12 participants.

Tai Chi Sword is a weaponry form of Tai Chi Chuan, in which the sword is considered an extension of the body. The integration helps to direct body energy through the sword and bring about movements that are smooth and graceful.

42 Form Tai Chi is an international standard routine created for competition. It absorbs elements of Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun styles as borne out by its solid contents, well balanced exercises, lissome movements, and well-knit composition. It embraces more technical skills, involves a higher degree of difficulty and a greater volume of exercise, and is more sophisticated in style. Participants must successfully complete the 32 Form Tai Chi Sword to qualify for enrollment.
 
42/48 Forms Tai Chi
Mondays/Fridays (ongoing)

42 Tai Chi

When:
 Mondays @ 11:45-12:45 pm (ongoing)
Cost: $4.00/drop-in (discount passes available)
Location: CNH (main site)

48 Tai Chi

When: Fridays @ 10:30-11:30 am (ongoing)
Cost: $4.00/drop-in (discount passes available)
Location: CNH (main site)


42 Tai Chi condensed version of the 48 Form Tai Chi embracing four major styles namely Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun as the official competition routine for international tournaments. This form enhances body balance, relaxation, concentration, and nurturing good health.
 
Chinese Classical Dance
Wednesdays/Fridays (ongoing)
Cost: $5.25/drop-in or seniors pass
Location: Main site

These dances are a good way to exercise and maintain an energetic lifestyle as well as to learn new skills and Chinese culture. These dances fit all ages. 
 
Drop-in Badminton
Saturdays (ongoing)
Cost: $4.00/drop-in
Location: Main site

Bring your own racket. No instruction provided. We recommend you come early to claim your spot.
 
Gentle Chair Yoga
Wednesdays (ongoing)
Cost: $3.50/drop-in or fitness pass
Location: Main site

Enjoy safe, slow moving exercises for increased joint range of motion, relaxation and improved stamina and muscular strength. Suitable for people with all forms of arthritis and various levels of ability.
 
Kundalini Yoga
Mondays/Thursdays (ongoing)
Cost: $3.50/drop-in
Location: Main site

Drop-in, relax, renew and rejuvenate through breathing, exercises, stretching and meditation.
 
Qigong
Tuesdays (ongoing)
Cost: $4.00/drop-in
Location: Main site

Also known as Baduanjin Qigong, this gentle program uses calisthenics, stretching, and breathing exercises to increase circulation of vital energy (Qi) to maintain good health and fight disease. This exercise is particularly suitable for those who find Tai Chi complicated and physically demanding.
 
Strength and Stretch
Wednesdays/Fridays (ongoing)
Cost: $3.50/drop-in or fitness pass
Location: Main site

Improve your muscle strength and endurance using light resistance equipment. These exercises may be done seated, standing or floor positions.
 
Zumba Gold
Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays (ongoing)
When: Tuesdays @ 2:15-3:15 pm, Thursdays @ 1:15-2:15 pm Annex icon, Fridays @ 12:40-1:40 pm Annex icon (ongoing)
Cost: $3.50/drop-in
Location: Main site (Tuesdays) and CNH Annex Annex icon (Thursdays/Fridays)

Combines catchy Latin tunes with choreography for an aerobic workout that feels like dance party. It is accessible for beginners, seniors or others needing modification in their exercise routines.
Annex icon Programs with this symbol take place at Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex (3690 Vanness Ave)

Senior program contacts

Anna Hofmarks
Better at Home Coordinator
604-435-0375
ahofmarks@cnh.bc.ca
 
Jenny Shen
Seniors Wellness Coordinator, Seniors on the Move and Seniors Hub projects
604-435-0323 ext. 227
jshen@cnh.bc.ca
Sandra Medina
Annex Coordinator, Seniors Recreation Coordinator
604-428-9142 ext. 104
smedina@cnh.bc.ca