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.
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.
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
 
November
City Council launched the Council Initiative on Public Engagement to improve how the City of Edmonton works with Edmontonians and to foster greater collaboration and participation in local government. You are invited to take part in a workshop that will lay the groundwork to improve public engagement. Workshops are taking place in November and there are many dates and locations around the city to choose from.
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.
Join the Virtual TREK Across Alberta and contribute to reaching the provincial goal of walking 3,263,500 steps or 2610 km. During the month of November log your steps and/or physical activity minutes and add them to the provincial total. More information is available in the TREK passport and at http://albertavirtualtrek.ca/. Attend the launch party on November 4 at 10 a.m. at the Don Wheaton Family YMCA (10211 102 Ave) and take home some great swag like a free pedometer and a 3-day YMCA pass.
Yee haw! Come on down to Sage for some fantastic grub to kick off Rodeo Week and support the United Way: Pancake breakfast November 4 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. ($5.95) and Cowboy Lunch featuring chili and cornbread on November 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($6.95). Sage is located at 15 Sir Winston Churchill Square.
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.
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 are now free and must be reserved by November 4. 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.
The Westend Seniors Activity Centre takes pride in offering their annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on November 11. Pau Bachmann will host the ceremony, military personnel will be on site and music by the Esso Tones will follow the ceremony at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Location: 9629 – 176 St.
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 the Jewish 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.
The Westend Seniors Activity Centre is holding a Get to Know Your Library Days and Book Sale from November 17 to 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Edmonton Public Library will offer a workshop on accessing library resources through the convenience of your home and there will be books and puzzles for sale. Location: 9629 – 176 St.
The Edmonton Seniors Centre is hosting a three day Christmas Market from November 19 to 21. Each day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. you’ll be able to browse through crafts, jewelry, stocking stuffers, floral arrangements, raffles, and more.  The Edmonton Seniors Centre is located at 3Y, 11111 Jasper Ave.
The second Creative Movement residency presented by GeriActors will be held at River Ridge Seniors Community (78C McKenney Avenue, St. Albert) on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning November 21. The four-week residencies led by dancer and choreographer Amber Borotsik are free, all abilities are welcome and no experience is necessary. For more information contact GeriActors at 780-248-1556 or email at geriactors.friends@gmail.com.
Find some unique Christmas gifts at the Seniors Outreach Network Society Craft Market and Bake Sale on November 22. Drop by the Inglewood Community Hall (12515 116 Ave) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Seniors’ Action and Liaison Team (SALT) is hosting a public meeting on November 25 featuring Nancy Guebert and Isabel Henderson of the Alberta Health Services Continuing Care Resolution Team. The presentation at Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square) which runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. will cover findings from their review of Continuing Care services in Alberta from public comments to the Alberta Health Services Continuing Care Concerns phone line/email account and draft recommendations.
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