Starting in September, Tonari Gumi is joining with the Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society (Nikkei Home) and the Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre to offer the “Iki Iki” Program at its facilities at 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver.
The “Iki Iki” Program is an easy paced program for seniors that is now available at three convenient locations:
- Vancouver — Tonari Gumi’s Lighthouse Iki Iki Program
- Burnaby — Iki Iki at Nikkei Centre
- Steveston — Iki Iki at SJCC
“Iki Iki” is a fun, enjoyable program for seniors with mild to moderate dementia, or those seniors who would enjoy an easier paced program. Tonari Gumi’s “Lighthouse Iki Iki Program” will be a roughly 5 hour program consisting of light exercise activities, a delicious and healthy Japanese-style lunch prepared by our volunteers. and other recreational and cultural activities that are geared to the different needs and abilities of the participants.
We call our program “Lighthouse Iki Iki” because we hope to help seniors and their families to find their way through a difficult time in their lives. The early stages of dementia can be a difficult and confusing period for seniors and their caregivers. Through the “Lighthouse Iki Iki Program”, it is hoped that both seniors and their caregivers will:
- learn more about dementia and related challenges associated with aging;
- receive practical, hands-on help and support on how to improve and enjoy their daily lives and activities; and
- provide caregivers some respite once a week.
The program will be led by specially trained Tonari Gumi staff and volunteers. It will take place once a week on Wednesdays, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Tonari Gumi’s new facilities at 42 West 8th Ave. in Vancouver. Fees are $10 per session and includes lunch. To register or for more information, please call Tonari Gumi at (604) 687-2172 or e-mail Masako Arima at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.