News and Events for Seniors

Tax tips for seniors
This list from the Canada Revenue Agency provides information on the 11 most common tax credits, deductions, and benefits seniors are eligible for.
Canada 150 Contest: Intergenerational Storytelling
LINKages Society of Alberta is hosting a contest for youth and older adults to share their stories of what Canada means to them and they would like the stories to focus on intergenerational connections between different generations of Canadians. The contest is multimedia based, therefore participants can submit anything from a journal entry to a song to a video.
Survey: Transportation Needs of Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
Medically At-Risk Driver Centre, University of Alberta
The University of Alberta is conducting a 20-minute telephone survey of seniors living in Alberta. You will be asked questions about how you get to where you want to go and what places you don’t go to because you don’t have a ride. If you are still driving, you will be asked to think about seniors in your community who don’t drive when answering the question. You will also be asked questions about what type of service (e.g., a handivan or a bus) is needed in your community to help seniors stay mobile. Survey results will be shared with individuals and organizations in communities across Alberta, so communities can use the information to start or improve transportation services in their area. If you are interested in taking part in this survey, contact Tara Pidborochynski at 780-248-1728 or Emily Hussey at 780-492-5892.

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls
Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network
Location: In your home via telephone
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls offers recreational activities, health and well-being topics, and friendly conversation for older adults who find it difficult to access regular community centres or programming in person. All programming is provided over the phone. Socialize, learn new skills and stay connected from the comfort of your home. Browse the new and expanded program offerings in the January-April catalogue for full schedule and registration details. To register, call 780-395-2626.
Creative Crafts
Southwest Senior’s Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Tuesdays, starting January 10, 9 - 11 a.m.
No charge with membership
Bring your own craft and share creativity with others. Examples include knitting, cross stitch, crewel, crocheting, and card making. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
Cracked Pots
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Tuesdays, January 10 - April 25, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
$35 members; $45 non-members; $4 drop-in fee; $25 for clay and glazing
A pottery instructor and member of the Edmonton Potters Guild will teach the basic techniques of hand-building, wheel throwing, glazing and firing. You’ll make 4-6 projects based on your skill level. Use your imagination and the pottery wheel to make artwork that is functional and beautiful. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
Aging in Place Workshop
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10 and Mar. 10, 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Are you thinking about your future years and how you want to live? By being prepared you can be in control. Have you considered housing, finance, health, transportation and social supports you may need? The facilitator will work through topics and present resources so you can prepare now to live your best life possible. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 to register.
Robbie Burns Night
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
January 20, 5:45 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.
$30 CLSA members; $35 non-members/guests
Come enjoy roast beef dinner complete with haggis. Celebrate the evening with fantastic entertainment by Strathcona School of Dance - Highland Dancers; “Songs of Scotland” with dynamic entertainer Krista Mulbery; and the spectacular RCMP Regimental Pipes & Drums Band. Ticket deadline is January 18. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the centre in advance or online at or by calling 311. For more information call 780-496-7369.
Robbie Burns Dinner
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
January 20, doors at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.
Join MWSA for a meal of Scottish food and drinks and live entertainment. Call 780-496-2997 for ticket details.
Strike Out Strokes
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
January 20, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
Unrecognized strokes occur five times more often than obvious stroke. Both are happening at a younger age, opening the door to more and earlier dementia, and sounding the alarm for an increased focus on prevention. Learn how to reduce your risks and recognize and react to the signs and symptoms. The stroke service coordinator with Alberta Health Services will lead this session. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
Relationships With Your Adult Children
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
January 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This will be an introduction and overview for the possibility of an eight-week course that will give participants insights, skills and resources to enhance their relationships with their adult children. The presenter is Patrick Power, with the Senior Protection Partnership, City of Edmonton, Citizen Services. If, at the end of the presentation and the Q&A, there is enough interest in pursuing the issue, the course will begin in March 2017. To register call 780-433-5809. Refreshments will be provided.
Fraud Protection for Seniors
January 23, 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Strathcona Branch 150 (9020 51 Avenue)
Learn valuable information on what to do if you are targeted and tips to protect yourself. A local chartered professional accountant is presenting this session in conjunction with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s (CPA Canada) financial literacy program. RSVP to or by phone at 780-433-1908.
New Spanish Programs
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
CLSA has a variety of new Spanish programs beginning in January.
10-week sessions
Absolute Beginners (#596440) Jan. 25–March 29, Beginners 2 (#596604) Jan. 25–March 29, Advanced (#596616) Jan. 27–March 31 and Intermediate (#596617) Jan. 27–March 31. CLSA members $125; non-members $155
5-week sessions
Spanish Conversational Practice (#569441) Jan. 25–Feb. 22 and Survival Spanish for Travellers (#596518) Jan. 27–Feb. 23. CLSA members $40; non-members $70
More details can be found in CLSA’s Winter Program Guide. Register online at  or (note: you will need a city Login ID numbers and account PIN to complete). You can also register by calling 311 or in-person between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information call 780-496-7369.
Outing to Mayfield Dinner Theatre Only In Vegas
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
January 25, bus departs Sage at 9:45 a.m.
$89 with school bus (or taxi) to and from performance
Only In Vegas features the great music, comedy and theatrics of “Sin City” – from its early (sketchy) beginnings, to the boom years of the 60s and 70s, to present day theatre spectaculars. The deadline is December 19 to guarantee a seat. Tickets may still be available after that date. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
An Answer to Android Tablets
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
January 25, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
The competition has caught up; Apple products no longer monopolize the industry. This workshop is focused on other tablets on the market. Come out and learn what Android offers, the little features to differentiate and get comfortable and efficient using your latest purchase. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
Beach Party
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
January 27, 5:30 pm.
Brush off the snow and stomp out the frost by taking a winter holiday to the “beach”. Listen to surf music provided by the Tsunami Brothers, play Beach Blanket Bingo, and forget about the temperature outside if only for one night. You might even win yourself a prize! Enjoy a meal of either Hawaiian pizza or Hawaiian burgers and sip on a tropical punch. Cash bar available for members and invited guests (by reading this you are invited). Tickets are on sale until January 24 at noon (if not sold out before). Call 780-468-1985 for information.
Free Zumba Class
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
January 28, 12–1 p.m.
Come try this fun fitness class inspired by Latin-music. Members and non-members are welcome. Free to attend, but please RSVP by calling 780-496-2997.
If you like the class, consider registering for the Regular Zumba classes which run Saturdays, February 4–March 25 from 12–1 p.m. Cost for the eight-week class is $56 members; $72 non-members. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Wills and Estates
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
January 30, 7 p.m.
Location: Capilano Library (200 Capilano Mall, 5616 101 Avenue)
The workshop will cover wills, responsibilities of an executor, power of attorney, personal directives, where to go for help, and more. Call 780-702-1725 for more information.
Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP) Info Session
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
January 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The SHARP program will allow senior homeowners age 65 and older to finance home repairs and adaptations through a low-interest home equity loan with the Alberta government. Come learn about this helpful program available to seniors. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
Chinese New Year Potluck
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
February 2, 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster. Bring a dish to share. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
French for Beginners
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Saturdays, February 4–April 22 from 9:30–11:30 a.m.
$144 members; $180 non-members
This 12-week program is for beginners and those with some basic French knowledge. Register by January 28. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Philosophers Cafe
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Two interesting topics are on tap in February at CLSA’s Philosophers Cafe.
-The Challenge of Freedom of Speech: Feb. 9, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Free speech has been a hard won social advance. However, representations of sensitive subjects often seem to put this freedom under attack. How do we treasure this freedom and discern when it is mischievous or hateful?
-Cree History & Philosophy: Feb. 16, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Join a traditional Cree wisdom-keeper as she shares her wisdom in relation to ancient traditional Native philosophy and learn about the history of the Cree people. More information can be found on page 38 of the CLSA Winter Program Guide and by calling 780-496-7369.
Medicinal Marijuana in Canada: How Does It Work?
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
February 7, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
In 2016, there were approximately 37,000 authorized medicinal marijuana users in Canada. By 2024, the number is projected to be 433,638. Cannabinoid Medical Clinic (CMClinic) is at the forefront of patient care in the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana, treating the needs of patients suffering from chronic illnesses through a stringent marijuana regulatory system. A CMClinic educator will discuss the process of getting a referral to the clinic, finding effective treatment for chronic and serious conditions, and navigating the new medical marijuana regulatory system. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
Valentine’s Day Tea
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
February 10, 2–4 p.m.
Entertainment is by Tony Wait. Tickets are on sale until February 3 at the NESA front desk. Call 780-496-6969 for details.