Fun Activities for the Elderly
Would you like to help significantly empower your parents or grandparents so they can feel young at heart again? Hellenic Social Services of Québec can help you do this, we are presently accepting registrations to a number of fun, social and educational activities , coordinated and run by professionals. All activities will begin again this fall and most are specifically organised for the elderly. As your parents and grandparents have left the workforce years ago, it is important for them to continue to exercise their minds and bodies and pass their time more productively while engaging in interesting and enriching activities where they can keep up with the times, maintain or improve their overal health, guaranteed to make new friends at the same time. Encourage them to follow one or more of the following very reasonably priced group activities , note that start dates and schedules will depend on the number of people who are registered per group and their availablilities :
COMPUTER BASICS I FOR GIAGIA AND PAPOU
Back by popular demand: Seniors learn how to use a computer with an emphasis on the various components and how they are used, introduction to the internet, how to use Google in Greek, opening an email account, how to reply, delete and forward an email. Course runs for 6 weeks, 2 hours a week.
COMPUTER BASICS II FOR GIAGIA AND PAPOU
Back by popular demand: Seniors must have completed Computer Basics I successfully before entering this programme. They will learn how to send attachments by email, how to open a skype account, how to effectively navigate the internet to search items of interest to them, including YouTube, Kijiji, Kayak.com, Google maps, Facebook etc., how to manage their documents, photos and multimedia. They will be introduced to social media and interesting sites. This course runs for 6 weeks, 2 hours per week.
New programme: Review and practice of skills learned in levels I and II. Participants must complete levels I and II successfully before entering this programme. Concentration will be on social media, the internet and other interesting sites, such as, health and social services, how to find resources and information that is needed. Seniors will be helped according to their specific needs.
EXERCISE AND BALANCE PROGRAMME (PIED) FOR GIAGIA AND PAPOU
Back by popular demand: This programme helps seniors to improve their physical health and to prevent falling by strengthening their bodies, particularly the legs and by improving balance. The course duration is 12 weeks (2 Hours per week, 2x a week).
ADVANCED EXCERCISE FOR GIAGIA AND PAPOU
Back by popular demand: For seniors who have completed the PIED programme and would like to maintain and further improve their physical health. Course duration is 12 weeks, 2 hours per week.
INTRODUCTION TO YOGA FOR GIAGIA AND PAPOU
New programme: Course runs for 12 weeks. Learn to control your body and your mind, through exercise, relaxation and stretching. The programme will help to achieve mental calmness, body strength and balance of movement.
TAI CHI MARTIAL ARTS FOR GIAGIA AND PAPOU
New programme: The programme will help to reduce pain, increase balance and range of motion. It will include breathing, movement and awareness exercises. Participants will also be helped to achieve mental calmness and some self defense techniques. Course runs for 12 weeks.
INTENSIVE BEGINNERS FRENCH I GRAMMAR AND CONVERSATION FOR GIAGIA AND PAPOU
Back by popular demand: A programme supported by CREP, funded by the Ministry of Education. The programme is free for people with a low socio-economic status. It will be held two evenings per week (3 hours per evening), for one year. Certificate provided at completion.
CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH II FOR EVERYDAY LIVING FOR GIAGIA AND PAPOU
New programme: Course runs for 12 weeks, 3 hours a week. Certificate provided at completion. The cost for the programme is $75.
ADVANCED CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH III FOR EVERYDAY LIVING FOR GIAGIA AND PAPOU
New programme: Course runs for 12 weeks, 3 hours a week, certificate is provided at completion. The cost for the programme is $75.
CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH I FOR ADULTS
New programme: Course runs for 8 weeks. Certificate provided at completion.
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AND MOVEMENT FOR GIAGIA AND PAPOU
New programme: Course runs for 8 weeks. Seniors will move to rhythms and music from around the world, some instruments will also be used by the participants, such as bongos, bells, finger cymbals, cowbell, castanets, triangles, sticks, wooden spoons, wood shakers, maracas. Mild exercise and balance will be achieved through fun musical activities.
New programme: Participants will create works of art, through the use of different media and materials that include painting, papier-mâché, knitting, etc. The programme runs for 8 weeks.
GIAGIA’S TRADITIONAL COOKING CLASS FOR ALL
New programme: Intergenerational cooking lessons. Seniors teach young people to cook traditional Greek meals. Seniors also share their recipes with each other.
NOTE: FOR PROGRAMME SCHEDULE, DURATION, COST CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE OFFICE