Health & leisure


To access the website, to learn more about these Programs, Resources, and Services, click on the heading above the description.

Fitness & Wellness Programs/Centres

Forever Fit 55 is an exercise program offered by the YMCA, it is designed for older adults. Classes are held in a number of numerous venues throughout the week.

Community Recreation & Wellness (ReBoom) offers a variety of leisure options to meet your interests. Check out their calendar.

Recreation programs in HRM
Details of recreational programs & activities, listed by community.

Canada Games Centre programs
Check out the recreation, fitness and aquatic programs and services for members and non-members.

Community Health Teams run a variety of health & wellness programs. Choose which area you are interested in, to find a program near you. Programs range from discussions around healthy eating, physical activity, managing risk factors, parenting, & emotional wellness. 

Spencer House
A community centre catering to the 50+ crowd located in the South-End of Halifax. 

Dartmouth Seniors’ Services Centre
A community centre catering to 50+ members of the Dartmouth community. Various social, physical, & educational programs aimed at bettering & enriching the lives of local seniors are offered. 

Sackville Seniors Advisory Council
Operate the Silver & Gold Seniors’ (50+) Drop-in Centre where members can meet, participate in activities & receive services.   

Library Program Listings
Many of our libraries offer a variety of programs. Check out what the library near you has to offer on a monthly basis.

Seniors' Health

Nova Scotia Department Health & Wellness
This website gives valuable information on Health resources within Nova Scotia. Their goal is to achieve health and well being for Nova Scotians and their communities.

NS Department of Health & Wellness, Continuing Care Department
For information on programs and services or call 1-800-225-7225 8:30am to 4:30pm, seven days a week

Emergency Health Services
Ambulance Fees - For residents with a valid Nova Scotia health card, the province pays the cost of ambulance transfers between approved facilities (i.e. hospitals).  Otherwise, you will be charged a fee. Dependent upon income, there are options to waive or set up a repayment schedule. However, if you have private insurance, this cost may be covered.
Palliative Care at Home - Palliative patients in Nova Scotia can access support from paramedics for pain and symptom management, at home.

Seniors’ Pharmacare  
A provincial drug insurance plan that helps members with the cost of their prescription drugs.

Drug Programs
1. Membership to Genrus United provides a new way for Canadians without a drug plan to receive the same low costs as insurance companies or government programs for the same important medications.
2. The innoviCares card is a free prescription savings card available to all Canadian residents, and is funded by participating pharmaceutical manufacturers. Present your innoviCares card at your pharmacy and ask for the brand-name medication. Your card will automatically cover a portion of the cost of the original brand.

Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
An excellent site for anyone concerned about Alzheimer's. Provides information about care, research and programs to help Canadians affected by the disease.

Arthritis Society
Detailed information, including how to find a doctor, accessing medications, learning to advocate, finding care and their Helpline. There are online courses on mental health, fatigue, chronic pain management and more.

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
The purpose of this site is to develop, encourage and promote and active, healthy lifestyle for Canadian seniors that will enhance the dignity of the aging process.

Canadian Cancer Society - Nova Scotia
The Society offers a support system for people with cancer and their family, friends and caregivers.

Caregivers Nova Scotia
This is a non-profit organization that provides information and support to more than 85,000 caregivers across the province. This association addresses the growing concerns that affect the health and well-being of caregivers.

Heart and Stroke Foundation
This site that gives general information on heart and stroke conditions, including how to protect yourself, news updates, schedule of events and awareness quizzes.

Immunize Canada
This website is for Canadians, including healthcare consumers and providers, who are seeking reliable information on immunization for all ages. It is developed, published, managed and updated regularly by the Secretariat for Immunize Canada, and the content is reviewed by immunization experts.

Kidney Foundation of Canada
Are you at risk for kidney disease? Take the quiz, and check out the Kidney Community Kitchen for kidney-friendly recipes and meal plans.

Parkinson Canada
An online resource for educational publications

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
A good source for healthy aging information.

An online program for men interested in learning about and doing something about risky alcohol use, tobacco use, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and suicide.

Assistive Devices

Dalhousie Hearing Aid Assistance Program provides donated hearing aids to adults who cannot afford to purchase new ones.

Easter Seals offer programs that help Nova Scotians with disabilities access wheelchairs, assistive devices, and other mobility equipment. Along with wheelchairs they also help clients acquire equipment including wheelchair seat inserts, walkers, home safety equipment & various orthotic/orthopaedic devices.

The Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) provides health equipment to individuals dealing with illness or injury.  There is a short term loan program which loans wheelchairs, walkers, bath seats & benches, crutches & canes, & other medical equipment.