Older Adults

QMUNITY Generations reflects an exciting and innovative approach to age specific service delivery, education, and community development. Some of the community activities offered for older adults include:

Support/Discussion Groups

GenDiscover - Flirting workshops, potluck socials, reflection and writing circles (poetry slams), TED talks and group discussions, and more! Every month is something different, so come out and discover something new with us.

Twisted Cooks – A community kitchen in which older queers plan, purchase, cook, eat, and clean up a wonderful meal (with something to take home as well!) in a life-affirming and fun evening.

Chronically Queer – A peer facilitated social, caring support group for adults living with chronic illness and/ or disability.

For information on dates and times please refer to our QMUNITY Calendar.

Social Activities

Over the Rainbow Social Club – At this event older queers get together to play Euchre and Crib with light refreshments and a lot of laughing.

GenSocial – A fun and social afternoon of board games (bring your own, or choose from Scattegories, Cribbage, Taboo, and Scrabble). Coffee and tea provided.

Out in White Rock – A social group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* communities in the White Rock area.

Queer Women on the Drive – A casual, arts-based drop-in group for LGBTQ-identified women.

Fine Arts Appreciation League – Vancouver has many opportunities for opera, Bard on the Beach, plays, concerts, recitals and other arts events: join with older queers for some of these events, often at significantly reduced ticket costs.

For information on dates and times please refer to our QMUNITY Calendar.

Recreational Activities

GenYoga – Gentle, fun, inclusive, beginners yoga class, all fitness levels and abilities welcome. Accessible. Drop in class, no registration required.

For information on dates and times please refer to our QMUNITY Calendar.

Educational Workshops

When older queers identify areas in which we want more information and/or training, QMUNITY Generations organises workshops. Topics in the past have included:

Representation Agreements
Benefits of Laughter
Memory and Aging
Smoking cessation support
Queer grieving
Spirituality for older queers

We value and solicit YOUR input about areas that would benefit our communities, so please let us know if you know of an educational workshop, a speaker, a topic, or other information that will help Generations meet the needs of older queers. Call 604-684-8449 or email
generations@qmunity.ca
with your ideas!

Special Events

Honouring Our Elders – each year QMUNITY Generations, along with community partners, invite queer elders who are 65 years of age and over to a Sunday afternoon of tea, coffee, scones, jam, sushi, entertainment, and celebrating the simple fact that we have lived this long!

Grey & Glamorous – each year QMUNITY, with the generous suppport of Vancouver Pride Society, parnters with the West End Seniors Network and Haro Park Campus of Care to present an event for LGTB Seniors during pride season. For more information on this years event please contact generations@qmunity.ca

Intergenerational Activities – (Various intergenerational activities, such as bowling, in partnership with QMUNITY Gab Youth)

Educational Workshops

In-service for Home Support Workers/Care Aid
Training for new professionals – Social Workers, Nurses, Care Aids
Health Care Professionals

Organizational Development

QMUNITY Generations works with senior serving agencies to develop strategies and models for change that will help meet the needs of older queers in a variety of settings, including Residential Care Facilities, Assisted Living Centres and Seniors Centres.

QMUNITY Generations offers training for new professionals as well as in-service opportunities for professionals already on the job, including but not limited to the following:

  • Home Support Workers
  • Care aides
  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Medical doctors
  • Other health care providers
  • Teachers

 

Special Projects

Aging Out – is a two-year public education and policy development project which will increase inclusion and belonging for Lesbian, Gay, Trans*, and Bisexual seniors in BC’s Health Care System. Through a series of training workshops, the project will increase awareness amongst health care providers of the specific health related needs of LGTB seniors. Additionally, a series of public dialogues and focus groups will provide the queer community with an opportunity to create community driven policy on health care for LGTB seniors.

For more information on the Aging Out Project please click here.