Seniors week in Langley is about fun and fitness

Langley Township has been named an Age-Friendly Community for its work on amenities for seniors.

A chance to get some fresh air and exercise, chat with elected officials, and explore new fitness equipment at a local park will kick off Seniors’ Week in the Township.

Seniors’ Week runs June 1 to 7, and the Township, along with many local organizations, is getting ready to celebrate with several special events, activities, and programs.

Activities get underway on June 1 with a Walk & Talk with the Mayor. From 10 to 11 a.m., Mayor Jack Froese and members of council will be at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum, in the 21200 block of Fraser Highway, for the official launch of new, outdoor, age-friendly exercise equipment.

Seniors are invited to join them for a walking tour and orientation of the new equipment, then guests can chat and stroll through the Arboretum with Froese and council members.

“Our senior residents have a lot to contribute and play a vital role in this community,” Froese said. “We look forward to meeting and speaking with them during the Walk & Talk, and to show them how much they are appreciated during Seniors’ Week.”

A number of programs will be offered at various community recreation centres and facilities. Everything from swimming pool and exercise classes to games, sports, crafts, and bus trips will be presented.

“This is a great opportunity for senior residents in our community to join together and try something new,” said Township Recreation programmer Jennifer Achterholt. “We hope they will find a new hobby, make friends, and even discover a new activity that they will continue to enjoy in the future. Most of all, we hope they have a good time and have fun exploring everything being offered during Seniors’ Week.”

Seniors with a green thumb who would like to garden, laugh, and socialize while sharing tips, cuttings, seeds, and ideas for successful gardening are invited to join the Let’s Dig It Seniors’ Gardening Club. Presented in partnership with the Langley Environmental Partners Society, the Club runs from mid-May through the end of August. A Let’s Dig It session is being offered in conjunction with Seniors’ Week on Monday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Langley Demonstration Garden in the arboretum. To register for the Seniors’ Gardening Club, call the W.C. Blair Recreation Center at 604-533-6170.

An annual Seniors’ Week tradition returns on Tuesday, June 6, when the Seniors’ Tea is held at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, 26770 29th Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m.

All Seniors’ Week activities, events, programs, and classes offered by the Township will be provided free of charge, through the Active Legacy Pass. The passes, a legacy of the Langley 2014 BC Seniors Games, are available to City and Township residents aged 50 plus, and can be picked up at any Township community, cultural, or recreation centre.

Registration is required for all Seniors’ Week programs and events, which are listed in an accompanying Active Legacy Pass Brochure, along with registration information. For more information, visit tol.ca/events.

Volunteers are being sought to assist with Seniors’ Week activities, including the Gardening Club and Seniors Tea. To help out, contact Jennifer Achterholt at jachterholt@tol.ca.