March 28

Discover e-Bikes

Elevation Outdoors and CRIS Adaptive Adventures have an array of types and sizes of E-bikes to help everyone feel the wind in their hair.

Kelowna Bike Rentals is a socially responsible bike rental provider that supports two local non-profit organizations, CRIS Adaptive (Community Recreational Initiatives Society), and Elevation Outdoors. Our goal is to help residents and visitors alike discover the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of the Okanagan region. By choosing to rent a bike from us, you can enjoy the stunning trails, pathways, and parks of Kelowna while also making a positive impact on the community.

co-hosted with 

Elevation Outdoors learn more here
CRIS Adaptive Adventures learn more here


March 27

Bone Health 101

This presentation provides a general overview on what is osteoporosis, how to maintain good bone health to reduce the risk of the disease and related osteoporotic fractures, and fall prevention.

Sheraz, Osteoporosis Canada Volunteer Educator

Osteoporosis Canada: learn more here


March 27

Choose to move

A free physical activity support program at the YMCA of Southern Interior BC is helping older, physically inactive adults. Choose to Move is a three-month choice-based group facilitation program that guides participants in creating a healthy routine. Participants will receive an initial one-on-one consultation and attend regular motivational group meetings. Developed by the University of British Columbia’s Active Aging Research Team and the Active Aging Society, Choose to Move provides participants with evidence-based resources and support to transition into an active lifestyle.

“After starting the program, I feel stronger and less fatigued, my bloodwork has improved, and the activity has also helped with the side effects of my medication,” states a program participant. “The program helped motivate me and got me out of the house to socialize more.”

Learn more here


March 26

Advance Care Planning – Who will speak for you?

“Who will speak for you when the time comes where you cannot speak for yourself?”

Advance Care Planning is important for every adult to consider and an important part of overall life planning. In this session, Central Okanagan Hospice Association’s specially trained hospice palliative care volunteers and staff present information to help participants understand what Advance Care Planning is, and why it’s important to reflect on and speak about values, beliefs and wishes with family and friends, regarding future health care decisions.

COHA invites you to be brave and join us to begin a conversation that matters!

Natasha Girard, Executive Director, Central Okanagan Hospice Association

Patty Walker, Volunteer, Central Okanagan Hospice Association; End-of-Life Doula, Member of the End-of-Life Doula Association of Canada; BC Center for Palliative Care – Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training

learn more here


March 25

YMCA Mingle Monday – Kelowna Family Y

A free monthly social for ages 55+

Mingle Mondays is a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends and socialize while enjoying a light snack.

This program is free for non-members and no sign-up is necessary. Hosted every 3rd Monday of each month at this location.

Please drop-in any time between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. – No registration is necessary


March 23

Discover birdwatching

Join us on a short guided walk/roll along Mission Creek while we look for birds and other nature. We’ll be discussing what birdwatching is and how it can be a different experience for everyone. Expect a short (less than 1 km), slow, accessible, and quiet walk with a couple of naturalists who are nuts about birds.

Wear warm clothing and proper footwear/tires for an accessible, gravel walk. Bring binoculars and any field guides (even pictures). We will have extra guides on hand for you too. Access to birding apps if you would like.

No dogs except working companions please.

Presenters: Jim and Melanie Fenton

Learn more here  Merlin Bird ID
Learn more here  eBird


March 22

Playing with Virtual Reality (VR) Open House

Join UBC Okanagan researchers and students to discuss the benefits of Virtual Reality (VR) Technology and how it can impact your health and wellbeing.
Try on a VR Headset and see for yourself!!!

Dr. Jaisie Sin
, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UBC Okanagan
Dr. Khalad Hasan, Assistant Professor, UBC Okanagan
Dr. Jill Williamson, Aging in Place research coordinator, UBC Okanagan
Anna Vajda, BHES student, UBC Okanagan
Emma Ng, BHES student, UBC Okanagan
Jayden Bradbeer, BHES student, UBC Okanagan
Bakdauren Narbayev, MSc student, UBC Okanagan
Nicole Dacre, BHES student, UBC Okanagan
Carson Whitley, BHES student, UBC Okanagan
AKM Amanat Ullah, PhD student, UBC Okanagan
Kristen Webster, BHES student, UBC Okanagan
Tarik Hasan, MSc student, UBC Okanagan
Omang Baheti, MSc student, UBC Okanagan
Eric Smith, BSc student, UBC Okanagan

Learn more here                               Learn more here



March 20

Silicone to fitness: the key to aging gracefully using healthy technology

In this engaging presentation, we will use a case-study approach to help you understand how and where you could use technology in your life or with your health care practitioner to maximize health. Maybe you already fancy yourself a ‘techy’ or maybe are still contemplating taking the plunge on a smart phone? Maybe you are a health care practitioner looking to employ technology in your practice? Regardless, this presentation will offer some background and rationale as well as hot-off-the-press tips and tricks for helping you AGE GRACEFULLY with TECH!

Jonathan L. Low, BSc, MSc, PhD (c)


March 20

10 Secrets to Healthy Aging

Do you wonder about successful aging and what keys to healthy aging and aging in place might be? What changes can you make in your lifestyle to stay healthy as you age?
This presentation will empower you with tips and information for a healthy transition to embrace your journey of aging joyfully.

Ranjit Uppal, MN


March 19

Estate planning essentials – What you need to know

Estate planning may seem like something only millionaires do, but the truth is, everyone needs an estate plan, no matter how much money you have. Learn how you can avoid the common pitfalls and how to maximize the benefits of planning your estate. Experts in estate planning from Interior Savings and FH&P Lawyers will help make the complexities of estate planning seem clear and answer your questions.

Doug McMechan, Estate Planning Specialist, Interior Savings Estate Planning

Dylan Switzer, Managing Partner, FH&P


March 19

Adapting Nav-CARE to support caregivers of people living with dementia: findings from a pilot study

Nav-CARE is a volunteer-led navigation program supporting people with life-limiting illnesses who are living in the community. With the support of Health Canada, a team of researchers at UBCO adapted the Nav-CARE program to support caregivers of people living with dementia. Over the past year, a pilot study was conducted to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the adapted program. Insights from this pilot study will inform the implementation of the adapted Nav-CARE program at multiple Nav-CARE sites across Canada.

Madison Smith, PhD candidate
School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, University of British Columbia Okanagan


March 18

YMCA Mingle Monday – H20 Adventure/Fitness Centre

A free monthly social for ages 55+

Mingle Mondays is a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends and socialize while enjoying a light snack.

This program is free for non-members and no sign-up is necessary. Hosted every 3rd Monday of each month at this location.

Please drop-in any time between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. – No registration is necessary



March 15

Sunshine & Petals – Spring Fling Gala

Join Age-Link Society’s for an evening of excitement and friendly competition at the SPRINGLYMPICS!!!
Semi-formal attire for dinner and fun – all for free!!


March 15

Seniors Health Assessment

The YMCA is hosting a FREE seniors health assessment to help you start an exercise routine to increase your physical activity and maintain a healthy long-term lifestyle. Students from the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan will be helping with your assessment!!

“We want to show older adults where to start when it comes to exercise while also providing a supportive community that will help them achieve their goals. Providing a space to be both social and active helps participants stick with a routine,” says YMCA health promotions manager, Adriane Long.

Each assessment is approximately one hour and includes testing of cardiovascular endurance, balance, flexibility, blood pressure, strength, agility, and more. Please wear comfortable footwear and clothing.


March 14

Strategies for navigating homeownership through retirement

Join Interior Savings virtual event, where we unpack valuable insights and strategies for navigating homeownership through retirement. Learn how to qualify for a mortgage during retirement, navigate the nuances of reverse mortgages, bridge financing, and other situations where you may require a mortgage.

This session is designed to provide you with the knowledge needed to confidently manage your home in the years leading up to and during retirement.

Charles Sherman, Mortgage Specialist at Interior Savings

Interior Savings is a trade name of Beem Credit Union.


March 14

Flexing your brain after stroke and the power of imagination

Practice and learning is key to recovery after stroke. But what if there are barriers to practice? Dr. Kraeutner’s work focuses on improving the way we learn to promote functional recovery after stroke.

Sarah Kraeutner, PhD, Assistant Professor,
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia Okanagan;
Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar;
the Neuroplasticity, Imagery, and Motor Behaviour Laboratory;
Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health


March 12

Okanagan Library Feud “Showdown”

Welcome to the ultimate showdown of Okanagan Regional Library knowledge! Test your library smarts, enjoy friendly competition, and learn about the wealth of resources available to you as a library member. You don’t need to be a current library member to participate.


March 11

Nav-CARE: A volunteer-based compassionate community program

Nav-CARE (Navigation: Connecting, Advocating, Resourcing, Engaging) is an innovative compassionate community program that builds upon the unique role of hospice volunteers to provide early assistance to people living with declining health. This webinar highlights the scale-out of the program in Canada and exciting new developments in Europe.

Dr. Barb Pesut, Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, University of British Columbia Okanagan;
Director and co-founder of Nav-CARE

Dr. Kelly Ashford, Project Manager for the EU Navigate project; the European branch of Nav-CARE, UBC Okanagan

Learn more here:


March 8

Thriving Together: Nurturing Seniors’ Mental Health

A presentation aimed to shed light on the importance of nurturing mental health in seniors, and the role of family members, caregivers, and communities. The workshop will covered common mental health challenges faced by seniors as well as strategies for promoting mental well-being, including social engagement, cognitive exercises, and access to mental health resources.

Nour Youssef,
Master of Social Work student, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

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March 28

Taandra Pheli™ – Bollywood/Bhangra dance fitness

Taandra™ are thrilled to present Taandra Pheli™, a unique fusion of Bollywood and Bhangra, designed for group fitness sessions.
For this 50 minute session, Taandra’s™ instructors have created a dynamic blend of dance moves that provide people of all ages with an accessible workout, choreographed to Bollywood-inspired beats. Starting with a warm-up and then moving into some basic moves, the Taandra™ team will have you feeling like a Bollywood star in no time.

Wear clothes that you can move freely in and bring some water!

Ankita Sharma and Aditi Iyer, Taandra’s™ lead instructors, grew up dancing different styles in India and Jamaica.
Taandra™ was created as a way to bring our love of culture, dance and health to the world around us.


Happipad Companion Housing

Happipad – connecting homeowners with extra space with renters who need a place

Happipad is Canada’s largest companion housing program provider. Learn about affordable housing opportunities while creating new social connections.


March 6

Introduction to Tarot Cards

Are you curious about Tarot cards? Do you have a Tarot deck in a drawer or cupboard somewhere that you have never used? Join Lindsay to learn a brief history of Tarot and learn the basics of how to use the cards.
If you have a deck, you are welcome to bring it. If you don’t have a deck, decks will be provided so you will have the opportunity to try them out and get a feel for them. There are many kinds of cards and everyone has their own personal preferences.
We will do a few small readings so you can get an idea as to how to do a reading.   

Presenter and instructor
Lindsay Atkinson-Smith


March 6

Soul Collage Workshop

An intuitive collage process, using magazine images to create your own deck of personal cards. Hand and hand with the fun of creating these simple cards are the surprising ways they will help you to get to know yourself and your place in the world.

Presenter and instructor
Dee MacGibbon


March 5

Chair yoga with Paula

A Chair Yoga workshop to experience and enjoy the benefits of yoga. Gain confidence with your body through mobility and strength movements, while also relaxing and having fun.

Paula Morrison, Certified Yoga Teacher


March 4 – zoom
March 11 – Seniors for Learning in Retirement
March 13 – zoom

MyHealthPortal – Electronic health records and you

MyHealthPortal provides patients with 24 hour access to their health information via their phone, tablet or computer through a secure portal from the Interior Health website. Features include the ability to view Interior Health lab results, diagnostic imaging reports (such as X-ray, CT and ultrasound), certain upcoming appointments, recent hospital visit history, and the opportunity to update address and phone number information.


March 4

Technology Petting Zoo

An overview of assistive technology supporting university students of diverse abilities. There was an opportunity to try out some of the devices and software, as well as a tour of the Inclusive Technology Lab (ITL).

Lisa Weekes, Library Services Manager
Danika Strelaeff, ITL Assistant – Peer Tech Help


March 1

Knowledge Cafe – Dimensions to aging well with dementia

A discussion about different aspects of living with dementia. 

Panel Experts:
Chrissy Thelker Aiken, Patient perspective and public advocate
Noelannah Neubauer, PhD, MScOT, (Reg. AB), Occupational Therapist
Naomi Mison, Caregiver perspective and public advocate
Barbara Everdene, Long Range Planner, City of Vernon

Jennifer Jakobi, Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan;
Director, Institute for Health Living and Chronic Disease Prevention


March 1 – April 7

Global Fitness & Racquet Centre – 10 class punch pass

Functional Aging fitness training focuses on improving balance, coordination, functional strength, and endurance for the everyday activities outside the gym.

At Global Fitness, we are big believers and advocates of fitness for older adults, including functional fitness, whether you want to:
– Achieve athletic excellence or just maintain a healthy weight,
– Travel the world with confidence or just play with your grandkids,
– Or simply feel better, move better, and look better while making your doctor and spouse happy.

We have a variety of all level classes available on our schedule:
YOGA classes
Fun Fit Fab – Functional Aging Classes
Cycle Classes
Strength Classes
Hot Tubs
And so much more.

Support From CFES Registered Personal Trainer, Functional Aging Specialist, & Brain Health Trainer – Gordon Palmer
Learn more here   Global Fitness Kelowna