Senior Adults

Seniors Connection – A Community Program for Older Adults

Seniors from Highlands and the larger community in North Vancouver meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, for a fun, informative and engaging experience. Click here to view photos from the Jan 21/15 event celebrating Robbie Burns Day.

Winter/Spring 2017 Seniors Connection Schedule of Events

Each event begins with 15 minutes of chair exercises, followed by a guest speaker and a hot lunch. Each session offers opportunities for continued learning, access to information and resources, and the sense of well being that comes from being in relationship and connecting with others. The cost per session is $7 and signup in advance for each event is required.

For more information, to sign up for an event, or to participate as a volunteer, contact Colleen Blair.

January 18— A Cruise on the Emerald Sky….. with Stephen Molnar
Stephen will present a slide show of his cruise from Amsterdam, through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary to Budapest on board the Emerald Sky, via the Rhine and Main rivers, and on the man-made Main-Danube canal and the Danube river.  The slide show ends with a star light cruise in Budapest.

February 1— History Speaks….with Tom Van Wallgenhem
What do the zipper, daylight savings time, and blood transfusions have in common? This presentation explores a wide range of inventions and policies that are very much a part of our lives today, that have their origins in the World Wars.

February 15—Exploring the Elder Journey with Donna Rispin 
Join guest speaker Donna Rispin for an exploration of The Elder Journey: how we turn the age-ing process into a meaningful and generative time of live.

March 1—Sleep and Memory….with Dr. Glenn Landry
Dr. Landry, a postdoctoral fellow researching sleep and aging at UBC, will share the latest research connecting sleep deprivation  and memory /  cognitive impairment among seniors. Glenn’s goal is to identify chronotherapeutic interventions capable of delaying cognitive decline in the elderly, with the objective of improving quality of life, productivity, and extending capacity for independent living.

March 22—Bus Trip – UBC
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC is home to Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton, a magnificent specimen that illustrates the interconnectedness of all living things. Join us for a visit to the museum and then afternoon tea and a stroll through Kerrisdale.
(Please note: March is  a five-Wednesday month, so we are opting for an event on the 4th Wednesday instead of the 3rd!)

April 5—An Illustrated History of Edgemont Village and Surroundings….with Karen Dearlove
North Vancouver Museum and Archives Curator Karen Dearlove will present an illustrated history of Edgemont Village and the Capilano Highlands development based on sources from the North Vancouver Archives.

April 19—Birthday Celebration….
Come and enjoy one big party with games and activities, including line dancing, music and birthday cake!  (rescheduled from the Jan. 4th event that was cancelled due to icy conditions.)

May 3—Sights and Sounds of Scotland…. 
Come and join Carol Beattie for a good old fashioned ceilidh and  celebrate the culture, music and traditions of Scotland while enjoying some slides from her recent holiday.

May 17—Higher Ground Concert….
Join Janet Warren and some of the members of Higher Ground for a concert that celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday–with lots of folk songs, and music by Canadian composers.

June 7 to 9—Two night bus trip to Vancouver Island.
Possible itinerary to include tour and tea at Government house in Victoria, and overnight in Victoria on June 7th.  Lunch at Zanatta’s Winery or Cherry Point Vineyard in Cowichan Valley on day two and dinner and “Rock Legends Musical Revue” at the Chemainus Theatre.  Overnight in Chemainus and additional activities in the Nanaimo area before heading home on the evening of June 9th.


Caring Ministry

Highlands is building a lay-led ministry that will ensure support is there in the difficult patches of our life’s journey.

Tanis van Drimmelen, a trained visitor with a compassionate heart, is our designated Hospital, Palliative and Hospice Visitor. If you or someone you know is in need of a hospital visit, please call the Church Office ((604)980-6071) and Tanis will be alerted immediately. It takes all of us being aware to ensure that everyone in the congregation receives a caring visit.

Care Facility Visitors

When people move into Care facilities, it’s a big adjustment. Often, they lose touch with their former faith community. Highlands Caring Ministry has a visitor for each North Shore facility that is home to a Highlands person. These visitors connect at least once a month and bring news of church friends and bring some caring faith resources. If you would like to visit folks in a Care facility, or be on the sub/alternate visitor list, please call Jacqueline Scott through the Church Office ((604) 980-6071).

Highlands “At Home” Ministry

As people live longer and remain in their own homes, there can be some acute loneliness in that decision. Visits and friends are more important than ever. Doree Piercy is the contact person for Highlands At-Home Caring Ministry and tries to ensure that people living alone receive caring phone calls. Would you like to be a caring visitor for the At Home people? Contact Doree Piercy through the Church Office (604) 980-6071).

Caring Packages

Twice a year the invitation goes out for people to bake cookies and make goodies so we can deliver care packages to people in Care facilities and in the “At Home” Ministry, as well as a few with special circumstances. This ministry requires bakers and volunteers who will deliver the packages and have a caring visit. The packages usually go out for Christmas and Easter. You can volunteer through the Church Office or respond to the invitation when it comes in the weekly Highlights newsletter.