News and Events for Seniors

 
NEWS
Towards a Common Language for Seniors Housing
Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association is working towards developing a common language for seniors housing that all Albertans understand and feel comfortable using. You can help by completing the Common Terminology Public Survey which will assess how terms used within the seniors' housing industry are understood by Albertans. They hope to identify where more education is needed, or where language needs to be changed. The information collected will help shape a new way of talking about seniors housing.
New study testing the impact of free preventative medications for Alberta seniors with chronic conditions
The ACCESS Study, based out of the University of Calgary, is providing a 50 per cent chance to receive free preventive medications (co-payment eliminated seamlessly through existing Alberta Blue Cross Seniors Plan) and/or a personalized education program to 5000 low-income Alberta seniors with chronic diseases for three years.
In order to be eligible, you must:
-Have an annual household income of less than $50,000
-Be 65 years or older Have Alberta Blue Cross Senior Benefit plan but no other drug insurance 
-Have been told that you have chronic kidney disease, heart disease (have had a heart attack or have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol), heart failure (water in or around the lungs or a weak heart), diabetes, have had a stroke or are a smoker. 
Participants do not have to travel anywhere for any interviews or assessments. All study matters will be handled by phone or email. The only responsibility of participants is filling out four occasional surveys. Participation is completely free. Participants will not be required to change their medications, doctor, or pharmacy. If you are interested in participating, call the eligibility toll-free hotline number at 1-844-944-8927 or visit www.accesstrial.ca.
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.
John W. Bilsland Award
Strathcona Place Society
Entries are being accepted for the 2017 John W. Bilsland Award of Literary Excellence for Senior Writers. The competition is open to residents of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Yukon territories who are of 55+ years of age. A monetary prize of $500 is awarded to the winners of the three categories: short story (fiction), short story (non-fiction), and poetry. Entries will be accepted until June 22. Get more details and download an entry form. E-mail jackbilslandaward@gmail.com if you have questions.
 
 
 
EVENTS

Winter
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls
Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network
Location: In your home via telephone
Free
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.
Cree Conversation Group
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays, 12 p.m.
Free
Learning a new language is a great way exercise your brain. This weekly gathering is a great, informal opportunity to learn and share one of Canada’s original languages. Open to all. Drop-in and give it a try. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
Tai Chi Introduction
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Mondays until April 10, 9:30 a.m.
$2 weekly drop-in fee
This class includes 10 simple Tai Chi movements, warm up exercises, and sitting and walking Tai Chi movements. Health benefits include improved balance, coordination and range of movement. Drop-in or register for all classes. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for information.
Soup and Bannock Luncheon
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
Every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m.
$4 suggested donation
Enjoy soup and bannock made fresh the day of the luncheon. Desert is also served. Call 780-476-6595 ext. 2 for more information.
 
 
 
February
Fat Tuesday Pancake Brunch
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
February 28, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$10 member; $12 non-member
Fat Tuesday was originally known as Shrove Tuesday, and in French it is called Mardi Gras. Among the English-speaking peoples of Great Britain and her colonies, Fat Tuesday is often known as Pancake Day, because people used up their dairy products and eggs by making pancakes and similar items for the last day of "fat eating" or "gorging" before the fasting period of Lent. Even if you aren’t planning to fast, join this fun social brunch. If you are interested in volunteering your pancake flipping skills, contact the SWESA program coordinator at 587-987-3200. Register by February 24.
 
 
 
March
Presentation on Depression and Anxiety
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 1, 10:30 a.m.
Free
Presenters from the Primary Care Network will cover what is anxiety/depression, signs and symptoms of anxiety/depression, stigma, treatments available and lifestyle.  Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to sign up.
Conversational Cree Learning Round Table
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Beginning March 3, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Free
Re-imagine the world in an Indigenous context that applies to you. Learn a word a day and have fun. Everyone is welcome. Review the poster for more information. Register by calling 780-433-5807 or stop by the centre’s front desk.
Intergenerational Board Game, Comedy and Literature Night
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
March 3, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
Free admission
Board Games: Sample a variety of board games while also meeting youth and other seniors in the community. (All night)
Literature: Share your literary talent. Present one of your own pieces or support those performing. (5-6 p.m.)
Comedy: At this community event, you don’t need any stand-up comedy experience to share your best jokes. Everyone is welcome to perform. Come to support the performers and stay to watch a Michael Jackson impersonator and comedy headliner Nick Mandlis. (6:15 – 8 p.m.)
Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Saturdays, March 4–25, 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Members $24 / non-members $32 
This class will cover the basic features in Microsoft Excel such as the user interface, cell contents and formats, basic formulas, and productivity tips. Attendees must have a basic working knowledge of Windows, preferably Windows 10, but no previous knowledge of Excel is required. Register by February 25. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
Yoga Classes
Ital Canadian Senior Association (9111 110 Ave)
Mondays, March 6 to April 24 (no class March 27 and April 17), 7 –  8 p.m.
$2 per class
Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers to class and bring a water bottle and yoga mat. Call Connie Saccarello at 780-424-1255 if you have questions.
Exploring Diversity and Inclusion
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
March 8, 1:30–3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
Diversity, Inclusion, Culture. These are all words now commonly used to describe our communities. Join a facilitator from the Centre for Race and Culture to explore what these terms mean and offer discussions on how we can work towards creating inclusive spaces and communities for all. Call 587-987-3200 for registration information.
Tax Clinics for Seniors
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 9 and 16 and April 6 and 13, 6–8:30 p.m.
Free
Seniors can get their taxes completed by making an appointment at one of these tax clinics. Qualifying Details: without dependent income $30 000 or less, with dependent income $50 000 or less, income includes investment money, no estate tax returns. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to book an appointment.
Dance featuring Andreas & Mike
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
March 10, 7–10 p.m.
$10/person at the door which includes refreshments
Cash bar available for members and invited guests (by reading this consider yourself invited). Call 780-468-1985 for information.
St. Patrick’s Day Tea & Sing-a-long
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
March 10, 2–4 p.m.
$5
The sing-a-long will be hosted by the Northgate Jammers Club. Tickets will be on sale until March 3. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
Beauty Workshop
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$5 for both sessions
-Facial Pampering for You!
March 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
As we age, our skin changes and the products that we’ve known and loved may not be right for us anymore. There are millions of choices and shopping for these products and spending money on them before we know if they work, can be overwhelming. You are invited to a facial pampering session that will give you an opportunity to use a variety of products.
-Going Glam-ma
March 27, 1 – 3 p.m.
Are you using the same makeup products that you wore to the office for decades? This session shares makeup tips for the older woman of today. By using new lightweight luminous products, we can create a more natural and softer look. This session will cover cheeks, bronzers and lip liner strategies.
Registration is required by March 3. Call 587-987-3200 for registration information.
Ins, Outs & Allies Game Night
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
March 15, 7–9 p.m.
$2
Play a wide variety of table games from Crokinole to Uno. Join in the fun! Sign up at the SEESA Front Desk or call 780-468-1985.
Bruce Hotel Steak Dinner Bus Trip
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
March 24, bus leaves ESC at 3:30 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a steak or chicken dinner with all the dressings, one non-alcoholic beverage, and transportation to and from Bruce all for $60. Register and pay at the Edmonton Seniors Centre before March 3. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
 
 
 
April
Orchestra Borealis: Special offer for seniors
Concert on April 9, 3 p.m.
Location: South Pointe Community Centre (11520 Ellerslie Road)
Orchestra Borealis is a 60-piece volunteer orchestra which performs large-scale classical works by well-known composers and contemporary pieces by Canadian composers. Standard ticket prices for seniors are $12, but as part of the orchestra's community outreach initiative seniors are invited to attend the April concert at a reduced rate of only $5. Present one of the coupons to receive the special rate (April offer). Seniors are welcome to attend on their own or with family.
 
 
 
May
Spring Session
Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA)
May 1 – 19
University of Alberta Education Centre
$250 plus a $20 current membership for up to 4 courses
ELLA’s exciting continuing education Spring Session is happening May 1 to 19, and all aged 50 plus are welcome. There is no homework, grades, or prerequisites, and everyone is welcome no matter what their educational background.
Details about this year’s program will be released online and in hard copy on February 13. To find out about membership, when and how to register, and about the 60 classes on offer related to topics such as music, art, science, history, and physical fitness go to my-ella.com or call the ELLA office at 780-492-5055. Registration begins March 14 on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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