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Seniors Community Foundation offering rides and better brains

The Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation wants you to be aware of a pair of upcoming programs:

• The volunteer drivers program is a supported transportation service offering door-to-door volunteer transportation for seniors over 55.

Spokeswoman Carol Hunt said it was sponsored by the CSCF to supplement HandiDart services because there are more folks needing rides than can be accomodated currently through HandiDart.

In its initial phase, it will transport people for medical and other urgent appointments within the Duncan area.

Hunt said the service will operate on a trial basis until the end of the year and as funding permits. Both drivers and clients need to register with the foundation.

“This program has been developed after a similar program in Saanich,” she said. “We welcome enquiries both from potential drivers or seniors interested in registering.”

• The second program is brain fitness for seniors, which will be offered in two sessions: one Sept. 22 to Nov. 10 and another in the spring of 2012.

Hunt said it is designed for seniors of any age who wish to improve the odds of heathier aging by working on cognitive exercises and life style choices.

The emphasis is on brain health; it is not suitable for those in advanced stages of dementia or serious memory disorders.

Class size is limited to eight and caregivers or spouses are welcome to attend with their partner.

Registration is through CSCF and may be a self-referral or from a health practioner.

For more information on either program, or other CSCF opportunities, call 250-715-6481, or visit www.cowichanseniors.ca.

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