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
Classes Are Free For All Delta Seniors 65 Years Of Age And Older.
Why are gymnastics clubs a great fit for seniors?
Gymnastics clubs are a natural fit for seniors’ programs as they are equipped with the knowledge, expertise, and equipment needed to teach fundamental movement skills.
Gymnastics coaches are experts in movement education. Safety is built into the delivery of the classes they are already teaching to participants of all ages and abilities, and the facilities are equipped with a wide range of training tools: thick mats, sprung floors, support bars, and floor-level, padded balance beams.
The clubs offer a safe, indoor environment in which seniors can learn and practice. Equally important, they offer a stimulating intergenerational environment, with children’s programs often running in one section of the gym, while the seniors’ program runs
Seniors Can Move was developed by the Delta Gymnastics Society (DGS) in 2018 through a pilot program 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.
Are you a gymnastics club interested in participating in our pilot program?
In the fall of 2019, DGS will begin to pilot the Seniors Can Move program at other gymnastics facilities across BC that have the resources to offer a 10-week course.
We are developing a program manual and online lesson plans, and will provide program support to participating clubs to help them launch the program, solve issues as they arise, and evaluate its success. As the program rolls out over the next several years, our goal is to have every qualified club in BC offering this program in communities where there is a need.
During the pilot period, gymnastics clubs will offer the program to seniors 65+ in their community – free of charge. DGS will reimburse clubs at a predetermined rate with funds from the provincial grant.