ActivAge™/ Choose to Move

As part of the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility’s (CHHM) Active Aging BC initiative, the BCRPA, in partnership with CHHM is currently delivering two older adult physical activity pilot programs – ActivAge and Choose to Move. The aim of each is to increase physical activity levels of currently inactive older adults aged 65 plus.
 

Read the Recreation & Parks BC magazine article on Choose to Move and ActivAge™ here.

 

 

Program Descriptions:


This fun and social program will get you moving in a relaxed and inviting class environment with likeminded people.

Participants have two different program options to choose from:

  • Option 1 focuses on improving activities of daily living, strengthening muscles used day-to-day;
  • Option 2 focuses on exercises that will enable you to become more involved with other activity programs or sports.

The class includes discussions and handouts to help you improve your overall health and physical well-being. ActivAge™ is FREE of charge.

ActivAge™ is also a physical activity option for Choose To Move program participants.  

 


Participants work with a certified activity coach to design a personalized physical activity plan based on their interests, goals, ability, and income. They also have opportunities to connect with other Choose to Move participants through monthly meetings and regular telephone check-ins. Their personal activity plan can make use of organized physical activity programs or can build on individual interests such as walking, hiking, gardening, active transportation etc. The Choose to Move program is FREE of charge.

 

Participant Qualifications

  • Aged 65 and older
  • Currently inactive (based on self assessment)
  • ActivAge™ participants must complete a Par Q + form and obtain any required medical clearance as prescribed by the results of the form, prior to registering for the program
  • Choose to Move participants will complete a Par Q + form during the first group meeting, no prior medical clearance is required

Complete information on the Choose to Move program can be found here.

 

Participant Testimonials

“The exercises are strengthening and increase flexibility. The way they are presented shows tact, encouragement, respect, and creativity. I like how the instructor helps us connect and belong. It promotes a proactive approach to aging and wellness.”
ActivAge™ participant

“I left feeling increasingly able to function independently, control stressful episodes, and I sleep better too. I enjoyed the comradery with others while doing the exercises!”
ActivAge™ participant

"I am more aware of what I do. I have more fun doing it. I am now meeting and greeting more people when I am out and about. I am more inclined to challenge myself each day instead of each week or month (depending on the season). I now have even more fun in my life.
Thank you!”

Choose to Move participant

“I feel that this program came at exactly at the right time. When you retire, your life changes… I feel great right now. I am feeling really good. Mentally, physically, everything.”
Choose to Move partcipant

 

Communities in which the programs have been offered

Burnaby Penticton
Campbell River Powell River
Cranbrook Prince George
Dawson Creek Prince Rupert
Kamloops Richmond
Kelowna Salmon Arm
Ladysmith Surrey
Langley - City Terrace
Nanaimo - District Vancouver
New Westminster Victoria
North Vancouver Williams Lake

 

 

ActivAge™ and Choose to Move are offered in partnership with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility.