News and Events

 
News
Get inspired, expand your horizons and enrich your life! The ESCC’s Physical Activity and Recreation Directory for Older Adults lists over 1000 interesting courses and activities for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area. The directory is available at local seniors organizations, recreation centres and libraries. A searchable database is also available on the ESCC programs web page.
SCONA is now offering Peer Support Outreach – a new service for isolated, lonely seniors. Peer Support Outreach is a telephone friend your own age you can call when you are feeling especially lonely. Call 780-433-5377 to get connected.
The Saville Community Sports Centre (11610-65 Ave) is now offering a variety of activities for older adults including Pickleball, Badminton, indoor track and more. This winter they are also offering Chair Yoga, Walking for Fitness, Hatha Yoga, and Vinyasa Yoga classes. Check out www.SavilleCentre.ca for more information or call 780-492-1000.
The City of Edmonton’s Housing Opportunities Program for Edmonton (HOPE) offers a grant of up to $20,000 to help low-income Edmontonians make repairs to their homes. HOPE will help qualifying homeowners bring their homes to a minimum standard of health and safety relating to plumbing, heating, electrical, structural, fire safety, disability modifications and energy efficiency. Applicants must own and occupy their homes. Seniors and persons with disabilities are given priority. Review the HOPE website for more information on eligibility requirements.
Consider participating in a research project that seeks to understand how older LGBT adults prepare for end-of-life, seek and consider care, and engage their networks of support. Participants should be aged 60 years or older; identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; living with chronic conditions such as arthritis, HIV, diabetes, etc. or caring for someone which chronic conditions and have some internet/email experience. To participate in this project call 780-298-4138 or email rapp@ualberta.ca .
A study by Age Wave/Merrill Lynch called Health and Retirement: Planning for the Great Unknown explores the potential impact of health and health care on retirement and offers strategies to achieve a healthier and more financially secure retirement.
Review the Healthy U website for an informative series of articles on the benefits of physical activity for older adults. Does strength training really help? Does using Nordic walking poles offer added benefits? Get some great tips to be healthier through physical activity.
The Edmonton Building Communities that Create Health website has added some interactive features that will make it easier for you to contribute to creating and supporting health and wellness in Alberta. You can pitch an idea for a project, discuss a project currently underway, share a resource, or pose a question once you create a profile.
Alberta Health Services has created a Continuing Care Resolution Team which will assist patients and families with unresolved concerns related to continuing care placement and care. The team will work on resolving issues in public and privately-operated continuing care facilities and is available as of July 7, 2014. A Continuing Care Concerns email account (continuingcare@albertahealthservices.ca) and phone line (1-844-468-2930) will serve as a central point of contact for those with concerns about continuing care placements and will connect people with resources.
 People with dementia and their care partners have a new way to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and connect with others. The ASANT Café developed by the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories officially launched April 23. This online community has discussion forums, educational programs and resources such as videos and frequently asked questions.
Wecan Food Basket Society is a non-profit organization that helps seniors “stretch their food dollars and buy healthy fresh food” at a reasonable cost. Every month the society organizes a group grocery buy and distributes the purchases through 30 depots in and around Edmonton. On or before the first Friday of the month, members (annual membership is $5 but potential members get a free one month tryout before they join) go to their nearest depot and pre-pay for their groceries. On the third Thursday or Friday of the same month, members return to the same depot to pick up their groceries. For more information, call 780-413-4525 or go to www.wecanfood.com. To find out if there’s a depot near you, go here.
The City of Edmonton's Waste Management Branch offers an assisted waste collection service for customers who have difficulty getting their recycling or garbage to the curb or lane. Collectors pick up garbage or recycling from outside the front or back door of the home. There is no additional charge for this service. For more information call 780-496-5698 or go to www.edmonton.ca/waste.
Interested in using public transit but concerned about mobility difficulties? Edmonton Transit System’s Mobility Choices Travel Training provides free customized group and one-on-one training on how to use the transit service and features that meet your needs. Training can also be arranged for newcomers and agency representatives who work with seniors, newcomers and clients with mobility challenges. For more information or to book a training session, phone 780-496-3000 or email ETSTravelTraining@edmonton.ca.
 
 
 
Events
 
October
The art exhibit Potpourri — 50 years of dabbling, drawing and snapping life’s experiences, delights, and characters will be on display from October 7 to 29 at the Strathcona Place Senior Centre. The exhibit features a collection of oils, caricatures, and photos by Cliff and Rosemarie Cunningham, Peter Letendre, and Mike Yamada.
The Provincial Archives will host Home Movie Day on October 18 from noon to 4 p.m. Individuals and families are invited to share their own home movies and to see other films in turn. It's a chance to rediscover your films, learn how to care for them so that they can be enjoyed for years to come, and discuss their place in the archival record. Meet with Conservators and Archivists and have your films inspected.  Bring your treasured 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm formats to share. This is a free event and takes place at the Provincial Archives of Alberta on 8555 Roper Road.
Get your Christmas shopping done early at the NESA Christmas in October Sale on October 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is free admission and parking for this event held at Northgate Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (7524-139 Ave). Cash sales only and there will be an ATM on site.
Sheridan College invites participation in a six-week online program to study the effectiveness of Online Elder Circles. Through activities, readings and conversation, six participants will engage in structured online discussion with each other and with the researcher-facilitator about their experience of growing older. They are looking for men (65+) living on their own in the community who have regular access to a computer and the internet. Only basic computer knowledge is required. The study runs October 21 to November 28. To register contact Paulina Camino at 905.845.9430 x 8617 or paulina.camino@sheridancollege.ca.
SCONA is hosting a Halloween Party Dinner/Dance on Tuesday, October 21 at noon at Ritchie Community Hall (7727-98 St). The event promises loads of fun and great food. Costume is optional.
Do you write poems, have a favorite poem you would like to recite, or want to be an audience member? Join Kevan Lyons, the Poet of Churchill Square, at Sage the 3rd Tuesday of the month for Poet’s Corner. This drop-in program begins at 1 p.m. and is free. This month’s date is October 21.
GeriActors presents three Creative Movement residencies led by dancer and choreographer Amber Borotsik. The four-week residencies are free, all abilities are welcome and no experience is necessary. The first residency begins October 22 at The Churchill Revera (10015 103 Avenue, Edmonton) and runs on Wednesdays from 2:30 – 4 p.m. The second will be held at River Ridge Seniors Community (78C McKenney Avenue, St. Albert) and runs Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning November 21. The third will be held in May 2015 and details will be confirmed later. For more information contact GeriActors at 780-248-1556 or email at geriactors.friends@gmail.com .
The Seniors Financial Education Group offered by the Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network provides education to seniors and their families on federal and provincial financial benefits, tax credits, programs for low-income households, and enduring power of attorney documents. The next session takes place October 23 from1:45 to 3:45 p.m. For availability and to register, call 780-395-2626.The sessions are free and take place at Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network, #200, 9808 - 42 Avenue.
The Gateway Association presents a series of free workshops to help guardians of teens with intellectual disabilities as they undertake the process of transitioning their teen to adulthood. Call 780.454.0701 ext. 110 for more information.
The Boyle Street Community League is hosting senior ballroom dancing at the Boyle Street Plaza (9538 103A Avenue) on October 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. Anyone 55 years or older is invited to attend. Call 780-422-5857 or email info@boylestreetcl.com for more information and to book your table. $5.
The Multicultural Women & Seniors Services Association presents the 14th Annual Interfaith Multicultural Celebration on October 24 at 6 p.m. The theme for this ladies only event is Influential Women in World Religions. The event will be held at Sultan Banquet Hall (9257-34 A Avenue). Tickets are $20 before October 15 and $25 after. Phone 780-465-2992 or email culture@mwssa.org.
The Westend Seniors Activity Centre presents the Silver Hair Gala - Laughter is the Best Medicine! on October 25. Join Minister Stephen Mandel, Masters of Ceremony Nick Lees and Dr. Sherman and other special guests for an evening of good food, good fun and good laughter as we get entertained by comedian Andrew Grose and dine on a delicious roast beef dinner. Musical entertainment, silent and live auction also included. Tickets are $100 ($40 tax receipt included). Call 780-483-1209 for information. The gala takes place starting at 6 p.m. at 9629-176 St.
The South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) is holding a Fall Rummage and Bake Sale on October 25 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and October 26 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come on out and find some treasures and enjoy a hot lunch in our cafeteria. Silent auction items also on display. Donations of clean, gently used goods accepted until noon on October 24. Call 780-468-1985 for more information. SEESA is located at 9350 - 82 St.
Sage is hosting a Frauds & Scams Prevention workshop on October 27 at 10:30 a.m. presented by the Financial Empowerment Network (a group of social workers and professionals working in senior serving agencies). The workshop is free but you’re asked to pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
Al Deby is proud to host a fun filled Halloween Dance on October 31 at 2:30 p.m. at the Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629-176 St.) Come dressed up and ready to have fun. $2 drop-in fee.
 
November
North West Edmonton Seniors Society’s Fall Bazaar will take place November 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 12963 - 120 St. Crafts, household items, knitting, crocheting, novelties, books, home baking, puzzles and more will be available. Free admission.
Strathcona Place Senior Centre invites you to attend an Art Reception Open House on November 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This amazing exhibit featuring Jeff Allen’s grandfather, C.W. Jefferys and mother Barbara Allen, will be on display for all to enjoy from October 31 to December 17, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 10831 University Ave. For more information please call 780-433-5807.
The Westend Seniors Activity Centre is holding an introductory course to learn and enjoy the world of wine making. You are guaranteed to enjoy the learning along the way and the finished product the very last day! The class runs Wednesdays November 5 – December 10 from 1– 3 pm and the cost is $35. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
Sage presents a Retirement Income Options Seminar on November 6 at 1 p.m. Learn how to generate a stable retirement income stream using private savings and investments, government pension programs and the equity in your home. Q & A period to follow presentation. Please pre-register. Free.
Central Lions Seniors Association invites you to attend Saluting Our Military Heroes Remembrance Day Program & Tea on November 6. The program includes music, guest speakers and a memorable tribute to our military – past and present, including special honour of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. Tickets: CLSA members $4, non-members/guests $5, veterans free (with ticket). Purchase deadline Oct 31. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band presents A Musical Salute – A Tribute to our Veterans at Edmonton City Hall on November 9 at 2 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Edmonton Salutes and admission is free.
North West Edmonton Seniors Society is hosting a Remembrance Day Service on November 11 at 11 a.m. at the Calder Cenotaph directly behind the centre at 12963 -120 St. After the Cenotaph Service you are invited to attend a reception at the centre with a selection of World War I and II songs by the Calder Cuties. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
SEESA's Remembrance Day Service will be held on November 11 at 2 p.m. with music by the Melody Singers, readings by Minerva’s Advanced Creative Writers and flag ceremony by the Helen Burns District Girl Guides. Refreshments and fellowship to follow. Silver collection - donation appreciated. Call 780-468-1985 for more information. Location: 9350 - 82 St.
Join theJewish Senior Citizens’ Centre on November 12 for a trip to the Freemason’s Hall & Muttart Conservatory. The bus departs at 10 a.m. and returns around 4 p.m. The cost is $30 members and $40 non-members, lunch included. RSVP before November 4. After that day a $10 late registration fee will be applied. Call 780-488-4241 to register.
Join CARP Edmonton on November 13 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. for a free presentation on Personal Safety and Crime Prevention. Constable Dexx Williams of the Community Liaison Branch of the Edmonton Police Service will share information on why crime occurs, public safety advice and fraud awareness. The presentation takes place at the Whitemud Branch of the Edmonton Public Library (145 Whitemud Crossing Shopping Centre, 4211 - 106 St.). To pre-register contact 780-450-4802 or CARP.Edmonton@gmail.com .
Tickets for SEESA’s The Show Must Go On Dinner and Drama Gala to be held November 14 go on sale October 7 for tables of 8 ($700) and October 14 for individual seats ($100). The event features wine tasting, cocktail specials and appetizers, prime rib dinner, elegant live dining music, decadent dessert and a silent auction plus a performance by SEESA’s Accidental Drama Club Oregon County (melodrama) and Bad Auditions by Bad Actors (comedy). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
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