Connect with Respect - Minnedosa Floor Curling

Floor Curling
50+ Activity Centre, Minnedosa
October 11, 2016 and bi-weekly thereafter
12 older adult participants (aged 55 years or older)
25 people involved in total (2 days/week)


Describe the purpose of the program/activity/event:

The purpose of floor curling is to provide an opportunity to all senior and disabled individuals to participate in an activity with many benefits: exercise/feel better, meet new friends, and combat isolation.

Briefly describe what you think made your program/activity/event special? Why do you think it was successful?

Everyone can participate, no limit to the number who can play, allowed "past" curlers to enjoy the sport again, team activity – not alone, can play sitting or standing, a day to look forward to.

How inviting or appealing was this activity for the older adults involved?

Very appealing for the reasons listed above.

How easy was it (for the older adults) to participate?

Very easy – can play sitting or standing. Push sticks quite manageable for arthritic hands.

How likely will the older adults who were involved participate again in the future?

Quite likely. The adults meet twice each week and this will continue.

What advice would you give other groups who may be considering the planning and facilitation of a similar opportunity for older adults?

Stress that 'everyone' can play, have a 'try it' session, keep it fun.

What key learning (pearls of wisdom) would you like to share about your experience in "connecting with respect" and creating opportunities for social engagement of older adults in Manitoba?

Transportation is difficult for some. Many give up because of physical limitations. Participants don't need to buy equipment. Keep the activity time 'short' – 2-3 hours maximum. Keep trying because seniors are set in their ways, don't like to try new things, have limited income.

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