Abbotsford Association for Healthy Aging has run many programs throughout the years that have been instrumental in supporting our aging population and helping seniors to live happy, independent lives. We currently offer the Friendly Visiting Program and we assist seniors in connecting with relevant information and local resources. You will find more details about these programs below.
Friendly Visitor Program
The Friendly Visitor Program has been offered in Abbotsford since the conception of the organization in 1989. The Friendly Visitor Program has been greatly utilized in the community of Abbotsford, BC. This program has been providing social support to seniors, who are isolated, depressed, and/or who lack family and social connections. With our fast-growing cohort of seniors, we are seeing more seniors in need of connecting. The community has greatly supported this program by providing the gift of their time through volunteering and fostering connections with these seniors.
There are currently 30 volunteers that are contributing approximately 4,320 hrs. annually to this program.
The Friendly Visiting Program focus is on social support for seniors who have little or no support. The arrival of, or phone call from a Friendly Visitor lifts the spirits of the senior as they know they have a lifeline. This includes when they are in the hospital or otherwise experiencing health challenges.
The Friendly Visiting Program tends to have a ripple effect in the community as family, neighbours and medical professionals are heartened by the positive impact of the program on the senior benefiting from the relationship. A large percentage of the referrals we receive are from the medical community as we have established a trusting relationship with them.
To increase availability of the Friendly Visiting Program we have recently added a telephone contact component, for seniors who cannot be matched immediately are at least being called by a Friendly Visitor Volunteer or the volunteer Coordinator. This also facilitates the smooth transition into a personal Friendly Visiting relationship.
Please call or email us for information on programs and services being offered in our community for seniors and their families. Knowledgeable staff can assist you with resources and directions for connections to community, government, and local agencies.
Seniors Circle Cafe
(Not Currently Being Offered)
This initiative was to encourage our local seniors to participate in our community by sharing their skills and
traditions. This program assists our local youth by providing them knowledge of traditional, well-balanced and nutritional ways of cooking and eating.