Sports, Arts & Leisure - Older Adults

It is widely agreed upon that regular participation in both fitness and leisure activities help you to improve your energy, reduce stress, improve mental wellness, achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, increase strength and prevent many physical and mental diseases and illnesses. This holds true for all ages, from children to older adults. Whether it is participation in music lessons, sport teams, swimming, theatre, art or drama, many experts will agree that a person’s participation in extra-curricular activities contributes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. For older adults, there are many exercise, arts and leisure programs offered specific to this age group, often modified or programmed to meet older adult’s specific physical or mental needs. Are you looking for resources or opportunities within your community to participate in exercise or arts related activities geared towards older adults? Would you like to know the costs and time commitment related to any particular program? Or do you have questions regarding either the benefits, or risks related to a specific arts themed project or exercise program for yourself, or a loved one? There are many programs available in your community for older adults, as well as funding available in some cases to provide access to sports and arts programs at a reduced rate for seniors, or free of charge. If you are looking for information and resources regarding Exercise, Arts and Leisure programs for older adults in your area, you’ve come to the right place.

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Oakville. Recreation and Culture - Seniors Programs, Trafalgar Park Older Adults Centre - Trafalgar Park Older Adults Centre

A recreation centre for older adults.

Registered Programs
* Ageless grace - brain fitness program
* art workshop
* drawing
* French
* Fun with Paint & Collage
* Fun with Easy Aerobics
* hall walking with strength training
* History of British Music & Art, History of Jazz & Blues, History of Broadway, History of Sculpture, History of Russian Art & Music
* pickleball
* pilates
* Shifting gears fitness
* tai chi
* watercolour painting
* yoga
* zumba

Drop In Programs
* arts and crafts
* badminton
* bid euchre
* book club
* bunka embroidery
* carpet bowling
* chess club
* Current Affairs discussion group
* Friendship luncheon
* Guitar circle
* Harmonica group (chromatic & diatonic)
* Kerr Street Concert Band
* Kerr Street Singers
* pickleball
* poetry group
* Scrabble
* table tennis
* walking - The Wacky Walkers

Check the current Seniors Services Newsletter or the Parks, Recreation & Culture Guide for more information.

Burlington. Parks and Recreation - Programs for Individuals with Disabilities - Multiple Locations

Provides recreation and leisure support to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in a wide variety of activities

Recreation programming for children (ages 4-12 yrs), teens (13-21 yrs) and adults
* offers choice of participating in integrated or non-integrated recreation programs
* support services available to assist special needs persons in registering
* volunteer recruitment
* public education

Dash and Splash:
Integrated children's program, ages 4-12 yrs, with or without disabilities
Fall/Winter/Spring: Sat mornings at Tansley Woods Community Centre
* gym activities * swimming * music * sensory activities * story time * crafts * snack

Dunk & Dive:
Teens with disabilities, ages 13-21 yrs
Fall/Winter/Spring: Sat mornings at Tansley Woods Community Centre
* recreational swim * age-appropriate activities * music * gym * art * life skills * community outings

Friday Activity Night: (FAN)
Teens and adults with disabilities, ages 18 yrs and older
Fall/Winter/Spring: Fri evenings at Brant Hills Community Centre
* recreational and social environment * gym sports and games * music * ping pong * social activities

Camp CanDo (full day summer camp):
Integrated children's camp, ages 4-12 yrs, with disabilities
Summer: Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm, at Tansley Woods Community Centre
* daily swimming * weekly trips * extended care options available

Outdoor Opportunity (full day summer program):
Teens and young adults with disabilities, ages 13-21 yrs
Summer: Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm at Mountainside Recreation Centre
* daily swimming * life skills * weekly offsite trips

Leisure Link Program
Volunteer-based program that matches/'links' one-to-one support between a volunteer and an individual with special needs to enable participation in all recreational programs
* subject to volunteer availability and location

Oakville. Recreation and Culture - Seniors Programs, Iroquois Ridge Older Adults Centre - Iroquois Ridge Older Adults Centre

A recreation centre for older adults.

Registered Programs
* aquatic bone & joint therapeutic care
* aquatic Parkinson's boxing therapeutic care
* bone & joint therapeutic care
* bridge - mentored duplicate
* gentle osteo fit
* line dancing
* pickleball
* square dancing
* tai chi
* walk better, be stronger therapeutic care
* yoga

Drop-in Programs
* bid euchre
* book club
* bridge
* crafts
* discussion group
* Friendship luncheon
* DVD Lecture series - History of Ancient Egypt
* euchre
* Find it and Finish it arts and crafts
* mah jong
* scrapbooking
* tennis
* table tennis
* Pathfinders Hiking group of Oakville

Check the current Seniors Services Newsletter or the Parks, Recreation & Culture Guide for more information.

Milton. Community Services - Older Adults Recreation Programs - Milton Town Hall

Refer to the current Community Services Guide for complete descriptions, locations, times and fees.

Daytime Clubs and Drop-in Programs:
* Art Club * Bid Euchre * Billiards * Bingo * Book Club * Canasta * Carving Club -Soft Wood * Clogging * Computer Club * Contract Bridge * Conversational French * Creative Fingers Craft Club * Cribbage * Duplicate Bridge * Folk Art * Guitar Club * Kitchen Band * Line Dancing * Snooker League * Song Spinners Chorus * Table Tennis * Tai Chi * Tap Dancing * Walking Club

Evening Drop-in Programs:
* Bid Euchre * Billiards * Bingo * Table Tennis

Active registered:
* Nia * Osteofit and Balance Training * Qi-Gong * Strengthen and Tone * Tai Chi 1,2,3 * Strength & Tone for Older Adults * Workout for Men * Yoga for Older Adults * Zumba Gold

Oakville. Recreation and Culture - Seniors Programs, Queen Elizabeth Park Older Adults Centre - Queen Elizabeth Park Older Adults Centre

A recreation centre for older adults.

Registered Programs
* bridge - mentored duplicate
* circuit training
* Cycle and strength
* Dinner for One workshop
* Fitness Plus
* Hall walking with strength training
* Parkinson's program
* pickleball
* pilates
* tap dancing
* total body conditioning
* yoga restorative
* yoga & yoga flow

Drop-In activities
* badminton
* book club
* DVD lecture series - Lifelong health - Achieving optimum well-being at any age
* jam session
* guitar club
* hall walking
* Mexican train dominoes
* pickleball
* snooker
* ukelele

Check the current Seniors Services Newsletter or the Parks, Recreation & Culture Guide for more information.

Active Aldershot Society

Offers active recreational programs to all ages, including martial arts, after-school program, summer camp, and senior's mobility classes:

Martial Arts (competitive and recreational):
Various classes for ages 3 to seniors * registration required

After-school program (elementary students)
Sep-Jun, Mon-Fri 3 pm-5:30 pm * pick up from Aldershot schools * call for details

Active Aldershot Summer Camp (ages 5-13):
One-week sessions throughout the summer, 9 am-4 pm * registration required

Seniors' mobility classes:
Drop-in classes followed by social time * Wed and Fri, 10 am

Art Gallery of Burlington

Art gallery with conservatory, outdoor courtyard and café
* stages up to 20 exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing work from internationally recognized artists, national and regional artists, and local guild members
* The Art Shop sells the work of Canadian artists and features an art rental program
* home to seven art and fine craft guilds with studios and exhibition spaces
* offers classes to adults and children in various craft and visual art disciplines such as life drawing, painting, basketry, calligraphy, pottery and cartooning
* March break programs, art camps in summer months
* provides opportunities for discovery and 'hands-on' learning, as well as mentoring and showcasing visual artists at all skill levels
* dedicated to building and promoting its collection of Canadian contemporary ceramics

Rental facilities:
Fireside Lounge (up to 50 people) and Shoreline Room (up to 200 people) for weddings, parties, meetings, luncheons, seminars, etc. * tables and chairs provided * wireless Internet * conference calling available for meetings * for food and beverage service, must contract Ampersand Group Catering

Centre3 for Print and Media Arts - Sitelines

In collaboration with the Mental Health rights Coalition, Centre3’s staff and hired on artists provide free art-based workshops, courses, and open studios to adults with lived experience of mental illness.

Oakville. Recreation and Culture - Seniors Programs, River Oaks Mature Adults Club - River Oaks Mature Adults Club

A recreation centre for older adults

Drop-in Programs
* badminton
* pickleball

Check the current Seniors Services Newsletter or the Parks, Recreation & Culture Guide for more information.

Burlington. Parks and Recreation - Burlington City Hall

See link to current Live & Play Guide on website

Major Services:
* deliver leisure services in partnerships with local private and nonprofit groups and sponsors
* provide general interest recreation programs for pre-schoolers, youth, teens, and adults
* provide recreation program services to preschoolers, youth, teens and adults with disabilities. Many general interest programs are accessible to persons with special needs.
* organize senior citizens' activities for persons over 55 years of age at the Burlington Seniors' Centre and other locations
* provide music development for children ages 3 years and up
* provide arena facilities and programs
* offer instructional and recreational swimming at four indoor pools and two outdoor pools for all ages from infants to older adults
* offer resource support services to volunteer community organizations
* offer organizational assistance for community special events
* provide high quality leadership, staff and volunteer training
* plan parkland, multi-purpose bike/pathways, maintain/operate arena and pool facilities, major playing fields, beach and marina facilities and an 18-hole municipal golf course

Shikomu Karate Club

Not-for-profit organization that offers instruction in shotokan karate for children and adults * member in good standing with Traditional Karate Arts Canada

Third Age Learning Burlington - Mailing Address

When project is fully implemented it anticipates offering two Fall and two Winter series, for a yearly total of 32 lectures * for current program see website

Each weekly meeting consists of a 45-minute presentation delivered by a subject matter expert in politics, economics, the arts, a hobby or other interest area, followed by question and answer session