News and Events for Seniors

Recreation and Wellness Directory
The 2016-2017 edition of the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults is hot off the presses. The directory outlines arts, fitness, technology, health and recreational activities for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area. With more than 1200 group programs, clubs, courses and events from 47 organizations listed, the directory is a valuable resource for older adults. Seniors are welcome to pick up free copies of the directory at the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (#255 Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre). You can also find a searchable online version of the directory and a downloadable PDF at
Understanding Voter Needs
The City of Edmonton’s Office of the City Clerk undertook an initiative focusing on the voting experience to identify barriers and seek recommendations from those who identify as or represent Youth, Seniors, Aboriginal Peoples, New Canadians, and Persons with Disabilities. The final report and summary outline the public engagement findings and changes that can be made to improve the voting process.
Open Houses and Demo Days
Many Edmonton seniors centres schedule program demonstrations, open houses, and club days to allow seniors to try out new activities, tour facilities, and talk with other seniors about their experiences. Check out what's happening this September.
Personal Directive/Enduring Power of Attorney Workshop
Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network (3110 Calgary Trail)
Workshops offered September to December
No cost
As part of your goals of care discussion with your health team, it is important to identify a person(s) you trust to make financial, personal and health related decisions on your behalf should you lose the mental capacity to do so. Get help creating these legal documents. For workshop dates and times, visit the website. To register, call 780-395-2626.
Caregiver Support Program
ElderCare Edmonton
The caregiver’s journey is easier when shared with others. Support groups are offered twice a week and provide a safe place to gain social and emotional support, gain information, share ideas, learn coping strategies and more. The program is offered at two locations:
-17203-99 Ave, Lifestyle Options, Main Floor Dining Room from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
-13B Fairway Drive, Home Instead (near 119 St. & 37 Ave) from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
For dates, call the Caregiver Support Manager at 780-434-4747 Ext #2.
Drama Club
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Rehearse skits, create puppet shows, have fun, and possibly work up to performing in front of an audience. Join Denise and Rod Radford who have an extensive background in drama, acting and playwriting. Call 780-433-5807 for details.
EZ Cloggers
Southwest Seniors’ Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Learn basic clogging steps with the help of the internet. Membership required. Call 780-435-9515 for information.
Southwest Senior’s Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Choir rehearsals commence September 6 at 1 p.m. No charge with membership. Call 780-435-9515 for details.
Creative Writing Group
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Beginning September 16
You are invited to join this happy group to listen, laugh and/or become a better writer. The first meeting is September 16 at 10 a.m. and class continues every Friday. Call 780-433-5807 to register.
Pay What You Can Week
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 82 Street)
September 19 – 24
Combat your fear of commitment and try out a class before you decide to register. Try out Zumba Gold, Fit For Your Life, Yoga For Men, Strong Body Fun Life, Cardio Salsa, Keep Fit, Sit Down For Fitness, Yoga, Yoga Chair, Zumba Gold Toning, Ballet Barre, Be Moved and more. Consult SEESA’s online program guide for class start times. The instructors have graciously waived their fees for this week only to offer demo classes by donation. All monies collected will go directly to building improvements. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
SCONA 40th Birthday Celebration
September 23, 6 – 11 p.m.
Location: Ritchie Community Hall (7727 98 Street)
Enjoy cocktails, a Drama Club presentation of “Happy Birthday SCONA”, special guests, down-home dinner, small silent auction, live entertainment, dance, cash bar, raffle, door prizes, and plenty of laughter. Get tickets by calling 780-433-5377.
Seniors’ Housing Forum
September 24, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Free admission, lunch and parking
Seniors, their families and caregivers interested in future housing options and seniors’ services and resources are encouraged to attend the tenth annual Seniors’ Housing Forum. The forum includes an extensive resource fair and sessions on housing topics. View the event outline or visit the website for more information about the sessions and schedule. Door prizes will be drawn for at the end of the day. Pre-registration is requested. Call 780-809-8604 to register.
Free Admission Day
City of Edmonton
Sunday, September 25
Enjoy free admission to many City of Edmonton attractions and cultural facilities, recreation centres, select YMCA Family Community Centres and some public arenas. Learn more about participating facilities.
Free Swing Dance Demo
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
September 27, 7-8 p.m.
Give swing dance, one of MWSA’s exciting new fall programs, a try. No prior dance experience is necessary. All levels/ages welcome. Please wear comfortable shoes. RSVP by calling 780-496-2997.
Seniors Can Shumka!
Tuesdays, September 27- November 1, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Shumka Dance Centre (10515 111 Street)
Sample the Ukrainian dance steps and music that make this culture so lively in this program focused on fun and fitness. No dance experience is needed to enjoy this class which is taught by Certified Exercise Physiologist and Shumka dancer Joe Hoffman. Ukrainian dance steps will be adapted to whatever level of ability or mobility you may bring. To register, call June at 780-455-9559 ext. 101.
Book Sale
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
September 27 – October 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Extended hours on September 28 from 4-7:30 p.m.
Huge selection and great prices. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
Yoga Therapy Toolbox for Arthritis & Osteoporosis
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
September 28, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Studies have shown that both arthritis and osteoporosis are health conditions that benefit from the practice of yoga. Find out why and how yoga can help to make your daily activities a little easier, and learn some tips for a safe yoga practice. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
Dementia: The Silent Thief
CARP – Edmonton Chapter, the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and North West Territories & the Early Onset Dementia Association
September 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Old Timers’ Cabin (9430 Scona Road)
$10, lunch is provided
Dementia is a cruel disease. It robs its victims of their memories and, eventually, their faculties. It also robs the victim’s family and friends of the person they know and love. The three organizations are pleased to present a workshop to raise awareness, provide information and present opportunities to influence change. Register by emailing
Alberta Culture Days
September 30, October 1 and 2
Enjoy arts, heritage and cultural diversity during Alberta Culture Days. There are over 60 registered events in the Edmonton area including film festivals, dance classes and shows, book making, symphony and barbershop quartet performances and free entry to Alberta’s historic sites and museums. Check out the Edmonton and Alberta schedules.
Smoky Lake Pumpkin Festival
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 1, Bus will leave at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.
$25 members/ $30 non-members
Enjoy giant pumpkins, entertainment, food vendors and more! The cost includes transportation and admission to the fair grounds. Pay and register by September 26. For more information, call 780-496-2997.
16th Annual Interfaith, Multicultural Celebration
Multicultural Women and Seniors Services Association
October 1, 6-11 p.m.
Location: Meridian Banquet Hall (4820 76 Avenue)
$30 or tickets at the door for $35
This ladies-only event will focus on the theme of women as leaders in religion and politics. The event brings together a diverse group of multi-faith speakers and audience. The evening of enlightening talks is followed by delicious dinner, colorful multicultural performers such as Balada Romanian Folk Dance, the beautiful and energetic Chinese Lion Dance, Khatak, Bhangra, Bollywood dances, fashion show and songs. For tickets contact Iram, Shameem, Murshida or Sofia at 780-465-2992 or register through Eventbrite.
Flea Market
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
October 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free admission & parking
Up to 40 tables of fabulous treasures! The cafe will also be open. Tables are still available for vendors. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
Dare to Age Well Forum
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
October 4, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
CLSA has partnered with medical experts from the University of Alberta’s Department of Medicine once again to present the Dare to Age Well Forum. Gain information on how to age well and debunk aging myths. Get the medical insight you need for health topics you care about. Bring your questions for the Q & A session. Snacks and refreshments are available. Confirm your attendance by calling 780-492-3700 or 311 or by registering at Central Lions’ front office.
Canadian Snowbird Association – Making It Easier to Head South
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
October 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 Member; $5 non-member
Jim Sherb, first vice president and director for western Canada for the CSA, will discuss border issues, allowable time spent away from Canada, and insurance information that could make your life easier. Jim will be available for your questions following the session. Bring a friend and save yourself time and frustration when you plan your trip south. Registration is requested. Call 587-987-3200.
Wills and Estates Workshop
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
October 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Location: Stanley Milner Downtown Library
Learn about wills, living wills, powers of attorney, guardianship and trusteeship. This presentation is open to the public and no registration is required.
Relationships With Your Adult Children: Time To Make Changes
City of Edmonton
Thursdays, October 6-November 7, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: west central Edmonton
This registered education/support group is for women and men, 60+ years having challenges in their relationships with their adult children and wanting to make changes. It is a safe place where you can:
-Realize you are not alone
-Know what you say is confidential
-Voice your concerns and find support
-Learn healthy communication and skills in setting boundaries
-Create different choices in living your life
For more information and to register call the City Assessment Line at 780-496-4777.
Let’s Talk About Antiques
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
October 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$10 member/$15 non-member
Johanne Yakula returns to SWESA for an informal talk about antiques. Bring an object that you are curious about and hear what she and the other participants have to say about it or bring pieces of your own collection and share your knowledge with the rest of the group. Johanne will demonstrate how to do research online and how to sell your antiques - something collectors always want to know when it comes time to find their collections a new home. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
Health Information Sessions
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
October 7 at 1 p.m. - Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy talk about Vitamins and Other Medication Feeling overwhelmed with your medications?  Not sure which ones are for what? Curious about what your blood sugar level is? This presentation will help you understand vitamins and your medications.
October 19 at 10 a.m. - Presentation by United Health Center on diabetes management program, Arthritis causes and prevention and freedom to a healthy life style. Call 780-433-5807 to register your interest.
Drug Court Course
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Wednesdays, October 12-November 9, 1:30 – 4 p.m.
In this new class by retired criminal justice professor, Doug Heckbert, delve into the fascinating world of Drug Court in Edmonton. The course includes guest speakers and a tour. You must have taken the Realities of Crime and Justice course to take this course. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
Let’s Talk About Mature Neighbourhoods
City of Edmonton
October 12, 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
The City of Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw Unit is currently updating the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay. City staff want to know what you think about draft zoning changes in your neighbourhood. At this event they will be presenting proposed changes to the zoning regulations that govern new development in older neighbourhoods. To register, contact Robert Rutherford at or 780-944-0456.
Floor Curling with Rock Solid Productions Inc.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
October 18, 1 – 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$10 member/$15 non-member
Do you want to try something new? Floor curling promotes flexibility, increased range of motion, and circulation - a great activity that allows players of all abilities to compete. Pusher sticks allow participants, including those with mobility restrictions and even those in wheelchairs, to easily deliver the floor curling “rocks” without bending to floor level. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
October 21, starting at 5 p.m.
This promises to be a fun event for members and invited guests. Enjoy a dinner (theme style), cash bar and entertainment by the Bavarian Schuhplatters. Tickets go on sale at the end of September. For more information on prices and dinner menu, call the main office at 780-496-7369 or visit the CLSA website after September 26.
Ukrainian Harvest Gala
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 21, 5-10 p.m.
Tickets $50 each or $400/table
Enjoy a night of live music by the Cimmarons, Ukrainian dancers and singers, authentic food and silent auction. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
Learning in Retirement Lecture Series
Jewish Senior Citizens’ Centre (10052 117 Street)
October 31 - November 30
$70 members / $85 non-members
This five-week lecture series for the intellectually curious features the following topics this year:
-Under the Swastika: A Brief History of Nazi Germany
-Les Annees Folles & Beyond - Artists of the Left Bank
-History of Orchestras - and the People Who Led Them
-Canada in a Changing World
Register by October 26 by phoning 780-488-4241 or emailing
Alberta Ballet & the Documentation of Performance
Provincial Archives of Alberta (8555 Roper Road)
September 1 to December 17, Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday until 9 p.m.
Free exhibit
Alberta Ballet donated its extensive archives to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2012, where the records were appraised, arranged, rehoused, described and made available to the public. The Provincial Archives of Alberta presents this retrospective survey of the company’s first fifty years in celebration of Alberta Ballet’s 50th Anniversary.