A Great Way to Get Active!
The ActNow BC Seniors Community Park located on Massey Drive near the south parking lot of Masich Place Stadium is a great place for seniors (or anyone for that matter) to Get Active! The fitness equipment is safe and easy to use and best of all, it is Free! Bring the kids or grandkids and go through a circuit at your own pace. The site has plenty of parking, level entry and instructions at each of the fitness stations. There is something for every fitness level. Occasionally the YMCA offers personal instruction on how to use the equipment. If you require assistance please call the YMCA 250-562-9341 or the City of Prince George Community Services Department 250-561-7640.
Exercise is Key to Good Health Regardless of Age
Exercise is considered important for good health, regardless of our age. Benefits include:
- increased stamina, strength and flexibility
- stronger muscles and bones
- more energy
For seniors, exercise may also be beneficial in reducing the effects of certain chronic diseases such as arthritis and high blood pressure. Exercise can increase strength and improve balance, reduce the risk of falling, and help seniors maintain their independent living status. Research shows that strength training may even reverse age-related loss of muscle mass. And the right exercise also has cardiovascular benefits as well.
Stay Active In Prince George
- Go for a brisk walk along the Heritage River Trail System in Cottonwood Island Park.
- Increase your energy by swimming some laps at the Four Seasons Leisure Pool.
- Socialize and enjoy an afternoon of tea and entertainment at the Golden Age Social at the Prince George Civic Centre.
- Join one of the many great Senior Activity and Recreation Centres in Prince George and get involved in carpet bowling, drama club, canasta or Tai Chi.
- Walk indoors at the Coliseum or the CN Centre.
Golden Age Socials
The Prince George Council of Seniors welcome seniors back for another year of Golden Age Socials! They occur once a month on Wednesdays, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Prince George Civic Centre.
All Prince George seniors are welcome to join in the fun!
The Golden Age Social starts out with an hour of lively entertainment and is followed with tea, coffee and goodies.
|This free event is held at the Civic Centre and all seniors are welcome!
For more information contact the Prince George Council of Seniors at 250.564.5888.
Golden Age Social Schedule:
- October 12, 2011
- November 9, 2011
- December 14, 2011
- January 18, 2012
- February 21, 2012
- March 14, 2012
Senior Activity and Recreation Centres
- Elder Citizen Recreation Association: 1692 10th Avenue, 250.561.9381
- Hart Pioneer Centre: 6986 Hart Highway, 250.962.6712 or 250.962.9834
- Prince George and District Senior Activity Centre: 425 Brunswick Street, 250.564.3287
- Spruce Capital Seniors Recreation Centre: 3701 Rainbow Drive, 250.563.6450
- North Central Seniors Association: 5401 Moriarty Crescent, 250.640.1693
Prince George Council of Seniors
The Prince George Council of Seniors (PGCOS) is an umbrella organization of 12 organizations servicing the senior residents of Prince George. The mission is seniors and volunteers working together to support and enhance the quality of life for all seniors in the community.
Some of the programs offered by the PGCOS include Computer Access programs, Health Promotion Workshops, Housing information, Meals on Wheels, and an Outreach Program, to name just a few!
For more information please go to their website at www.pgcos.ca call them at 250.564.9100 or 250.564.5888 or visit their office at 1055-5th Ave.
Health Promotion Workshops include:
- Falls Prevention
- Medication Awareness
- Healthy Eating for Seniors
- Safety in the Home
- Preventing Elder Abuse & Neglect
For more information contact the Prince George Council of Seniors at: 250.564.5888, www.pgcos.ca or visit them at their office 1055 – 5th Ave.
People In Motion - Walking Program
Healthy walking is preventative medicine, refreshing the body and mind. Walking strengthens bones, can reduce the risk of developing heart disease and relieves stress and tension. Put aside time each day that is convenient for you to enjoy this indoor walking program at no charge. The People in Motion program is available at the Coliseum and the CN Centre from September to April. Due to special events and maintenance of the facilities, some dates may not be available. Posted schedules are available from Community Arenas and the CN Centre.
Senior Resources and Links
The following links are to websites not operated by the City of Prince George.
Did you know...
Estimates show that 60% of the world population is not physically active enough to achieve health benefits. The hazards of inactivity are very clear. Each year in our country, physical inactivity results in more than 21,000 premature deaths and costs at least $2.1 billion in direct health care costs. Insufficient physical activity is a serious nationwide problem.
Research has repeatedly shown that engaging in regular physical activity reduces the risk of premature death, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and colon cancer. Physical activity can be enjoyable, inexpensive and easy; and, anything involving movement - even if it isn't vigorous - results in positive benefits to health and well-being. So get out there and make the MOVE TO HEALTH!!!