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).
Nominations for Grandparents Award of Distinction
The Bernadette N. Swan Social Care Foundation invites grandchildren to nominate their grandparent(s) for the Grandparents Award of Distinction. Nominations are due June 30, 2016. Nomination letters can be emailed to Contact Bernadette or Tanika at 780-761-0881 for more information. All grandparents nominated will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the awards celebration on September 10.
Spread the word - Nominate your grandparent and be part of this exciting and inspiring celebration of the importance of grandparents’ role in the intergenerational relationships to family and community.
The Future of Transportation in Canada
The federal government has launched an engagement process to hear views and discuss ideas that will inform the development of a long-term agenda for transportation in Canada. Seniors are invited to share their views in one of three ways:
Facebook Live Event: On June 16 at 6:30 p.m. EDT, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, is hosting an event regarding passenger experience. Like the Transport and Infrastructure in Canada Facebook page to receive a notification about the event.
Email to:
Online survey
Survey on Incontinence Products
A research team at the University of Alberta is conducting a survey targeted at women 30 years of age and over who use containment products for their bladder problems or weakness. This survey will help researchers understand how women choose their containment products and evaluate the usefulness of the information they have received. This information can improve how women choose their containment products in the future. The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete.
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.
Family Caregiver Workshops
Home Instead Senior Care
Location: Family Education Training Centre, 13B Fairway Drive (in Westbrook mall near 119 St. & 37 Ave)
The June roster of family caregiver workshops includes hospice and palliative care, falls prevention, Alzheimer’s family caregiver training, community infection prevention and control, food safety, and Parkinson’s training. All workshops are open to the public, seniors and family caregivers as well as health care professionals and caregivers. Preregister by calling 780-439-9990 (Home Instead West Edmonton) or 780-465-5373 (Home Instead East Edmonton).
Caregiver Support Program
ElderCare Edmonton
The Caregiver Support Program offers a supportive place to address the challenges of caring for a senior. Caregivers can locate and access resources, navigate the healthcare system, complete necessary forms, access financial assistance and obtain respite services. Participate in one of the weekly facilitated caregiver support groups:
-West: June 15, 21, and 29 and July 5, 13, 19 and 27 from 1:15 – 3:30 p.m. Location: 17203-99 Avenue Main Floor Boardroom
-South: July 7, July 12, July 21, and July 26 from 1:30 – 3: 30 p.m. Location: 13B Fairway Drive (Home Instead Senior Care Education Room)
Call 780-434-4747 Ext # 2 for information or to register.
Book Sale
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
June 23 and 24, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and June 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Stock your library from the large selection of fiction and non-fiction books including cookbooks, biographies, political history, Canadiana, etc.  Mouth-watering food for sale and on June 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. you can get your hands done by a henna artist. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
Summer Get Together
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107-134 Avenue)
June 25, 1 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy live entertainment and participate in a shuffleboard tournament, meat draw, and 50/50 Draw. Registration is not required, but a call to RSVP would be appreciated to get an indication of the numbers to expect. Call Carmen at 780-476-6595 Ext. 2 for more information and to RSVP.
Health and Wellness Session: My Third Ear
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 - 120 St.)
June 28, 10 – 11 a.m.
Cindy Gordon of Bridges Support Services presents information on coping with hearing loss including:
-Recognizing unrealistic expectations you may have of hearing aids
-Accepting the reality of hearing loss
-Learning to laugh at the foibles of hearing loss
Call 780-451-1925 to sign up.
Sun, Fun & Skin
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
June 29, 1 p.m.
This is the time of year we all love to be outdoors enjoying the sun, but it is also skin cancer risk season.  Learn more about skin cancer prevention, what to look for and what to be concerned about when you see changes on your skin. Call 780-488-4241 for information.
Monthly Dinner
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 - 82 St.)
June 30, doors at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 pm.
BBQ pork ribs and other tasty accompaniments are on the menu. Entertainment is provided by SEESA’s newest group the Gillett Players Drama Club. Tickets available until June 28 at noon if not sold out. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
Canada Day Celebration
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 St.)
June 30, noon
Lunch is $7 for members and $10 for non-members
Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday with lunch and birthday cake. Enjoy prizes, quizzes, flags, pins, laughter and fun. Wear red and white and you will fit right in. Hugs and prizes are free. RSVP by calling 780-488-4241.
Canada Day Birthday Bash
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
June 30, 11:30 a.m.
Don your red and white for a barbecue party at Joe Morris Park. Also enjoy free cake, pins and flags. Bring your water pistol or bubbles and have enjoy some water fun. A celebration to enjoy with kids, families and neighbors Call 780-433-5807 for information.
Canada Day Barbecue
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St.)
July 1, 2 – 4 p.m.
$10 (buy in advance or at the door)
Everyone is welcome for burgers, games, music, door prizes, 50/50 and more. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Wills and Estates Workshop
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
July 4, 7 p.m.
Location: Capilano Library (200 Capilano Mall, 5616 101 Avenue)
The workshop covers: Making a valid will, responsibilities of an executor, Powers of Attorney, Personal Directives and where to get legal help. Call 496-1802 to RSVP.
Freewill Shakespeare Festival
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
July 6, 8 – 10:30 p.m.
$25 members; $30 non-members
Join SWESA for an outing to see Romeo and Juliet at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival in the Heritage Amphitheatre at William Hawrelak Park. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
Muttart Conservatory Guided Tour
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
July 6, 10:45 a.m.
$9 (if 20 participants); $10.50/person for 65+ (less than 20 participants)
Escape to the Pyramids! Meet at the Muttart Conservatory for a guided tour beginning at 11 a.m. You can also order a box lunch ($6) at Strathcona Place for the tour. Call 780-433-5807 by June 28 to register for the trip and order the box lunch.
Managing Caregiver Stress
Healthy Aging Phone Chat
July 7, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Participate in this interactive session for caregivers without leaving your home. Discussion will focus on creating better emotional and physical health by learning stress management techniques. To register, contact Dauna Thomson at 780-735-3061 or by email at
Physician-Assisted Dying and the New Legislation
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
July 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 – 19 Ave)
$2 members; $5 non-members
Joan Brady from Dying with Dignity will look at current rights of patients, review the court challenges leading to the Supreme Court decision, look at how other jurisdictions have implemented physician-assisted dying, and examine recommendations from the all parliamentary committee. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
July Dance
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 - 82 St.)
July 8, 7 p.m.
$10/person at the door
The July dance features the music of the Melody Makers. Refreshments are included with admission and a cash bar available. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
Wills and Estates Workshop
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
July 12, 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.
Edmonton Street Performers Festival
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
July 14, starting at 10 a.m.
You know summer's here when the Edmonton Street Performers Festival begins in Churchill Square! Strathcona Place 55+ Centre has arranged an outing to the festival through the Seniors on the Go Program offered by Edmonton Transit. The outing includes a presentation on the age-friendly and accessible features of ETS, a neighborhood guide for use in your own community, and an opportunity to ride an ETS bus or LRT. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
July 18, 10 – 11 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 – 19 Ave)
$15 member; $20 non-member
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature, it is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
iPad for Beginners
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
July 19 and 26, 2 p.m.
$2 for both sessions
Presented by EPL for those who want to learn more about using an iPad and the many features it offers. Also learn to access EPL info, books and more from your iPad. Bring your own iPad if you have one or there will be a few to demo. Come to one session or both. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext 301.
K’Days Pancake Breakfast with Klondike Kate Sue Whalen
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524-139 Ave)
July 22, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Tickets are on sale until July 15. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
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.