Through their “Golden Connections” project members of West Can Folk Performing Company is using technology to keep seniors in the community connected, active and in touch with Caribbean culture.
The seniors program which is offered online targets those who are 55 years old and over, especially in the Black English Speaking community and will teach them the basics in Caribbean folk dance, stretching and drumming.
Organizers say the classes will promote well-being, increase levels of physical activity, improve memory, improve coordination and help to reduce the feeling of isolation and loneliness some seniors in our community are experiencing during these times.
The program is packaged in 4-week sessions of consisting of 1 drum class per week, one Caribbean dance class per week and one stretch class per week starting November 2.
West Can will lend participants an instrument (African drum), dance skirt, and computer if they do not already own one.
As well, it will provide training and assistance to seniors who do not own devices and remote assistance to set up applications for online classes to seniors who already have devices.
Project materials will be delivered to the participants respecting all safety and distancing guidelines for Covid-19.
West Can says the program has been made possible thanks to a contribution from the Government of Canada.
West Can’s studio is located at 7419 Harley Avenue in Western NDG.
For more information call 514 865 4787 or 514 641 9149 or connect at: firstname.lastname@example.org