News and Events for Seniors

Input on nursing home and home care services
Two online public surveys are now open for Albertans to provide feedback on legislation related to access to nursing homes, home support services (e.g., light housekeeping, laundry), meal requirements, meeting the needs of caregivers and more. The surveys will be open until midnight on July 31.
The surveys are part of the review of the Nursing Homes Operation Regulation and Nursing Homes General Regulation (under the Nursing Homes Act), and the Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation (under the Public Health Act).
Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP)
Government of Alberta
The Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP) will help senior homeowners to remain in their homes and maintain their independence by providing eligible seniors with a low-interest home equity loan to finance home repairs and adaptations. Examples of home repairs and adaptations covered under the program would be:
-widening doorways or hallways to increase accessibility
-installing walk-in tubs
-roof replacements
-plumbing and electrical repairs
SHARP will replace the home repair grants provided through the Special Needs Assistance for Seniors Program. A grant component will be available under SHARP to help lower-income seniors who do not qualify under the loan program, but require financial support for critical home repairs.
On July 1, 2016, the application form along with additional information about the program will be available on the Alberta Seniors and Housing website or by calling Alberta Supports at 780-644-9992 in Edmonton (1-877-644-9992 outside of the Edmonton calling area).
Store To Door™
Edmonton Meals on Wheels
Store To Door™ is a personalized grocery shopping, delivery and shelving program for low income, homebound or disabled Edmontonians who are unable to do their own grocery shopping. Clients will be matched with a volunteer who will shop and deliver the groceries. The cost of this service is $7 plus the cost of the groceries (orders must be a minimum of $40 and a maximum of $125). Call 780-429-2020 for more information.
Make the most of your summer with day trips
As summer nears, many people start to think about taking vacations and short trips. Day trips offered by seniors centres are a no-hassle way to make the most of your summer. Enjoy the great outdoors, learn something new, visit historic sites and have fun. Browse the list of day trips and contact the centres to learn more about their outings.
K-Days Family Celebration
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
July 29, 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is $5 per person
Bring your family, friends and relatives to this fun celebration. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Pickleball and Bocce
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
Pickle Ball: Wednesdays, 1–3 p.m. Drop in fee of $3.
Bocce Ball: Starts Tuesday, July 19 at 1 p.m. in Joe Morris Park which is across the street from the centre. Free.
Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
Edmonton Pickleball Club
Daily at Royal Gardens Community Centre (4030 117 Street)
First visit free
The club can arrange a free introductory session for your group of 4 or more. Email Mikaeli at Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Walking Club
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Join this small friendly group which walks at a social pace. Call 780-342-8625 to register. Meet on the Main Floor at 3Y 11111 Jasper Avenue (in the old General Hospital).
Canasta Club
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
Mondays at 1 p.m.
Are you a Canasta player? The club needs you! Call 780-342-8625 to register.
Lunch and Learn
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
August 2
Visit the Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre to hear an interesting talk and enjoy a delicious meal. Sylvia Benjamin will speak about ‘Growing Up Jewish in India’. The menu of East Indian Cuisine is guaranteed to be tasty but not hot: Machchi (Fish) Curry, Matar Pulao (Yellow Rice with Peas), Dal Moong (Red Lentils), Cucumber Raita and other side dishes and a surprise dessert. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
Pancake Breakfast
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
August 7, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$6 per person
Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Making Tomorrow’s Decisions Today
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
August 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 member; $4 non-member
While some have no problem planning their own funeral, it’s understandable if you find it too tough to bear. Pre-planning a funeral can ease the burden of your family members while making sure your loved one’s wishes are met. Join a local funeral director who will aim to answer all of your questions and provide you with a peaceful and warm atmosphere to discuss this difficult topic. Registration is requested. Call 587-987-3200.
Nacho Friday
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
August 12, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$6 member; $10 non-member
Back by popular demand! Come on down to SWESA to enjoy this classic snack with many different toppings. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
Outdoor Pickeball Tournament
Edmonton Pickleball Club
August 19-21
Location: Royal Gardens Community Centre (4030 117 Street)
Edmonton Pickleball Club is presenting its first annual Summer Classic tournament with men’s, women’s and mixed doubles play and skill levels from beginner to advanced. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and closes August 15. Spectators are welcome. For more information email Mikaeli at
Writing Workshop
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
August 19, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Do you have a great idea for a story or a personal essay, but you're not quite sure how to write it? Or, you've started a story or personal essay, but aren't sure whether that first page is doing everything it should be doing. Join this workshop for fiction and non-fiction writers led by Eileen Bell and Billie Milholland, two judges from the John Bilsland Literary Awards event. Participants will discuss similarities and differences of writing fiction and non-fiction; how to research; and how to write that important first page. Register at the front desk of the centre or by calling 780-433-5807.
2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
August 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
A great way to enjoy the day with man’s best friend by your side. There will be fun and games, a walk around the lake, and hot dogs and coleslaw served on the patio over lunch. Please bring a leash to tie up your furry fellow in the park when lunch is served and a bag to pick up your adorable one’s __:). Call 780-483-1209 for information.
Trip to the Calgary Zoo
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
August 24, bus leaves 8 a.m. and returns around 7 p.m.
$94 + GST for members; $104 + GST for non-members ($10 lunch voucher and zoo admission included)
Enjoy the trip to Calgary and back on a comfortable, air conditioned, washroom-equipped motor coach with DVD entertainment system, professional driver and experienced tour director. There will be two coffee stops in Red Deer – one on the way down and one on the way back. Register at the front desk of the centre. Payment is due at time of registration. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
Wills and Estates Workshop
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
August 2, August 23 and September 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Stanley Milner Downtown Library
Learn about wills, powers of attorney and personal directives. This presentation is open to the public and no registration is required.
Jam Sessions
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
Tuesdays bi-weekly May 3 through August 30, noon to 2 p.m.
Location: 10710 19 Ave (Yellowbird East Community Centre)
$32 member/$72 non-member for 10 sessions or $2 member/$4 non-member drop-in
Shake the dust off your guitar or ukulele and join fellow SWESA members in practicing common chords, classic songs, and different styles. Led by Mike Foote, skilled musicians are welcomed to bring other instruments and join the group.
Pioneer High Tea
Fort Edmonton Park
Wednesdays from May 25 to August 31, 3 and 3:30 p.m.
Location: Johnson’s Café, Hotel Selkirk Seniors
(65+) $34.25 + GST and Adults $36.05 + GST
Step back in time to a unique pioneer high tea experience. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches and desserts made exclusively for the occasion by the culinary team, then indulge in a wide selection of high-quality teas. The perfect spot to catch up with friends and family. Admission to the Park is included with all Pioneer High Tea bookings.View the menu and reserve your spot.
Bazaar Call Out
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
The annual fundraising bazaar hosted by Strathcona Place 55+ Centre is now a two-day event so they are getting the word out early that they are seeking volunteers and donations of items. The bazaar takes place September 9 and 10, 2016.
Volunteers: Call 780-433-5807 to have your name and activity preference added to the bazaar’s volunteer registry.
Donations: The centre is happy to accept books (except textbooks), toys, games, records, CDs, DVDs, Christmas decorations, purses, totes, jewellery, small appliances, candles and holders, and office supplies. Providing your donations well in advance of the event makes it easier for the volunteers to do all the work they need to do for this event. Call 780-433-5807 to make arrangements for dropping off items.