Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
The SFV Seniors Program had started in 2017 and was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program is now active since July 7, 2021. The Program serves the social and wellness-related needs of the Sikh Foundation of Virginia (“SFV”) Sangat members who are ‘seniors’ (55 and older). Most participants are retirees (or those free at that time) seeking to enrich their own and others’ lives through meaningful social interaction.
The Program is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for informal interaction among seniors. It seeks to encourage a healthy lifestyle and enhance physical and mental well-being. Participants design and conduct activities on a voluntary basis, and themselves determine program content and mode of implementation. Every participant engages in a particular Program activity on a voluntary, self-selection basis.
There is no charge for participating in regularly scheduled Program activities at the SFV premises, but there is a nominal charge for special events or field trips. SFV does not provide transportation to or from the Gurdwara premises or have qualified/certified staff to assist the seniors. Hence, participants must be able to commute to and from the Gurdwara Sahib on their own, and to manage their personal care independently without assistance. All participants must register with the coordinator of the SFV Seniors Program and sign a consent form absolving SFV of any liability for engaging in any Program activity.
Currently, seniors meet every Wednesday from 9 AM to 1 PM at the SFV Gurdwara Sahib. Program activities include, on a voluntary basis, yoga/flexibility exercises under the guidance of experienced members, participating in Naam Simran and Gurbani Vichar, and discussing general health issues or sharing life experiences. Some seniors use this time for learning or teaching new skills, such as conversational English. While sharing a meal (langar), participants converse about current affairs and issues relevant for seniors (e.g., aspects related to immigration, Medicare, Social security, etc.). Activities can be modified or added in response to participants’ changing interests or preferences.
The program will be limited to twenty participants. Following facilities will be provided at the Gurudwara sahib:
- Blood Pressure monitoring
- Oxygen and Pulse monitoring
- Yoga mats (Members are free to bring their own if they choose)
- Audio Visual facility
- Ingredients for langar: Daal, Yogurt, Parshada and Rice
The current schedule of Program activities, every Wednesday, is:
|09:00 AM - 10:15 AM||Langar Preparation|
|10:15 AM - 10:30 AM||Naam Simran|
|10:30 AM - 11:30 AM||Light Yoga/Breathing Exercises/Pressure Points|
|11:30 AM - 12:00 (Noon)||Gurbani Vichaar|
|12:00 PM - 12:15 PM||General Discussion|
|12:15 PM - 01:00 PM||Langar and Cleaning|
All SFV seniors are welcome!