Today and in the Future
Life After Fifty (LAF) is a multi-service organization and registered charity offering wellness opportunities to people above the age of fifty. We accomplish this by coordinating social, recreational, educational, wellness and volunteer opportunities to have people involved and active. We are a membership based organization and do provide some community services.
Life After Fifty has two active living centres in the City of Windsor. Our West Side Centre (WSC) is located on McEwan Avenue and our East Side Centre (ESC) is located in The WFCU Centre on McHugh Street. Both facilities meet convenience and wellness standards, including: street-level locations for accessibility, offers free parking, on a bus route, bike racks, smoke-free and fragrance-free buildings.
In addition to offering classes and activities at both of our Windsor locations, Life After Fifty is active in the community. Through “Our West End” initiative, we are helping to improve neighbourhoods, and volunteer for Open Streets. In 2017, we were the Strawberry and Ice Cream Server at the LaSalle Strawberry Festival engaging our volunteer network to be active and social. We recently started the LAF Café at the LaSalle Civic Centre offering coffee, snacks and lunches, where food is prepared at our WSC and proudly served by our volunteers.
Today, Life After Fifty is funded by the United Way Centraide of Windsor-Essex County, the City of Windsor, and the Ministry of Health - Long Term Care (LHIN)
. Service needs and obligations require us to have membership dues, service fees, and ongoing fundraising. We are fortunate to receive various government grants such as the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to upgrade our multi-ethnic food services to the community, and a New Horizons grant to improve centre accessibility for persons with disabilities. Generosity comes from local service clubs, businesses and sponsors to help reduce our costs. And finally, individual public donations to make a difference in helping older adultd to be fit, well and social.
As we move forward, Life After Fifty will be developing new ways to meet the needs of both our current members and the increased aging population. The 2016 Census results showed Canada’s population is getting older increasing the demands for active living services and health care. While maintaining good health is still a top priority, many adults today are looking for opportunities to be more involved, such as volunteering or working part-time. For some seniors, they view this stage in life as an opportunity to reinvent themselves, renew their outlook on life and generally work to achieve a profound sense of fulfillment and personal wellness. Life After Fifty is committed to continuing to find ways to offer new and exciting opportunities and tools that will help our members thrive in this exciting stage of life.
As we move forward, we will continue to evaluate our services to ensure that we remain accessible, relevant and beneficial to our valued members and the community.