News and Events for Seniors

 
NEWS
Hearing Loops in Edmonton
A hearing loop system wirelessly transmits sound directly to an individual’s hearing aid or cochlear implant without the need for any additional equipment such as headphones or neck loops. The hearing loop is a wire that circles a room and is connected to the sound system. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically and the electromagnetic signal is picked up by a telecoil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant. To use a hearing loop, a user flips the t-switch on their hearing aid or cochlear implant.
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Edmonton Branch has compiled a list of hearing loops in the Edmonton area and some background information on hearing loop systems. For more information contact the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Edmonton Branch at 780-428-6622 or by email at chha-ed@shaw.ca.
Mental Health First Aid Seniors
The Government of Alberta is providing training free of charge to help build skills in recognizing and effectively responding to an emerging mental health problem or crisis. Anyone living in Alberta who is a senior, cares for or works with seniors is eligible. Participants will learn how to:
-Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop
-Provide initial help when dealing with a mental health problem or crisis
-Guide a senior and/or caregiver toward appropriate professional help
-Provide strategies and resources to support both seniors and their caregivers
Review more detailed information on this training and email mrowan@cmha.ab.ca or phone 587-525-6088 to register. Free training is also available for those who wish to become instructors.
Affordable Quality Dentures
Students in the NAIT Denturist Technology Program, under the direct supervision of a registered denturist, provide complete and partial denture services from September to June. Call 780-471-7786 to book an appointment.
Medical Assistance in Dying: Study of Education Needs
Medical assistance in dying (MAID) was made legal in Canada on June 6, 2016. Researchers at the University of Alberta are undertaking a study to determine if members of the general public have educational needs about MAID. The information gathered from this survey will provide valuable information to aid in developing educational services. The survey will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
Contact the primary investigator if you have questions:
Donna M. Wilson, RN, PhD Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, donna.wilson@ualberta.ca
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
December
Celebrate the Season at the Alberta Legislature
Legislative Assembly of Alberta (10800 97 Avenue)
December 7 – 23
Free
For over 30 years the Legislative Assembly has celebrated the holiday season by inviting musical ensembles from all over the province to perform festive music in the beautiful Legislature Rotunda. This year close to 50 ensembles will perform from the Grand Staircase throughout the month to help usher in the spirit of the season. View the schedule of free daily performances.
Theatre Outing: It’s A Wonderful Life!
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
December 7, pick up at CLSA at 6:10 p.m.
$26
Enjoy a night out at the theatre supporting a local high school arts program. Ticket includes transport to and from the event. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
Christmas Lunch
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
December 7
$17
Enjoy turkey dinner with all the dressings, live entertainment, prizes, gifts and giveaways. Bingo to follow. Call 780-342-8625 for details. RSVP by November 30.
Thursday luncheons with entertainment
Southwest Senior’s Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
$10/person with $10/year membership or $12 for non-members
The entertainment roster for December is:
Dec. 7: TBA
Dec. 14: Southwest Seniors’ Choir
Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
Christmas Bureau Sing-a-long
December 8, noon
Winspear Centre (4 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Admission by donation to the Christmas Bureau Join in this annual tradition of the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and the Winspear Centre and get into the festive spirit.
A Christmas Celebration with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band
December 8, 7:30 p.m.
Winspear Centre (4 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Free
Kick off the holiday season with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band featuring a selection of holiday favourites. The concert will also showcase the Rhythm Gunners Big Band and the vocal stylings of Bombardier Lucas Denneboom. The concert is in support of the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre.
Christmas Dinner
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 8, 4:30 p.m.
$20 members; $30 non-members
Enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and the Drama Club’s Christmas feature play! Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Cash for Christmas Raffle
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
$2 each or 3 for $5
Could you use a little extra cash for the holidays? Visit WSAC to get your lucky ticket to be entered into a draw for $1000. The winner will be announced at WSAC’s annual Christmas dinner on December 8. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk up until December 8. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Bannock Making Class
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
December 9, 1 – 4 p.m.
Free for EASC members; $5 for non-members
Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, baking, conversation and a cook-it-yourself traditional aboriginal recipe. An Elder will teach you how to make your own bannock to take home. There will be wild meat available to try with the Elder’s bannock. The main entrance is on the west side of building. Phone 587-525-8969 ext.3 or email volunteer@easc.ca for more information.
Celebrating Pluralism and Diversity
Multicultural Women & Seniors Services Association
December 10, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Mill Woods Multicultural Centre #201, 2610 Hewes Way
Free
Join in arts and craft displays, dance, music, children’s games, storytelling, free food samples, food booths and more. Participating communities: Bosnian, Chilean, Filipino, Indian, Indigenous, Irani, Iraqi, Kenyan/Tanzanian, Pakistani, Somali and other communities from our rich Canadian mosaic.
ESSENTRICS Workshops
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
New for Winter 2018. Try for free before registering.
ESSENTRICS Stretch & Tone #621676
December 12, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
A full body, equipment-free workout that uses a dynamic combination of strengthening and stretching to develop lean, strong and flexible muscles with immediate benefits to your posture. Perfect for men and women of all fitness levels.
ESSENTRICS for Seniors #621675
December 12, 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
This gentle, slower-paced program focuses on improving your mobility, balance and strength. It is designed for those who have muscle stiffness/atrophy, frozen shoulder, chronic aches and pains, and are just beginning to exercise after being inactive.
Call 780-496-7369 for more information. Register in-person at CLSA, online at www.edmonton.ca/eReg or by phone by calling 311.
GeriActors & Friends Annual Holiday Party
December 12, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
University of Alberta, Fine Arts Building, Room 2-43
Free
Come see what the GeriActors & Friends have been working on this season. Play some games, and share a cup of tea and snacks along the way. No tickets are needed. Call 780-248-1556 or email geriactors.friends@gmail.com for more information.
Christmas Concert
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
December 12, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
$2
Enjoy an afternoon of song and dance. All monies raised will go to seniors in need. Tickets on sale until December 8. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Mavie’s Mitten Tree
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
December 13, 11:30 a.m.
$10 members; $12 non-members
There will be a hot lunch, musical entertainment and special little guests will receive mitten’s from Mavie’s Mitten tree and a visit from Santa. There is limited seating so please purchase your tickets at the front desk in advance. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
The Wonder of Christmas Carols
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
December 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
$30
The Christmas season comes with crisp winter air, the warm glow of lights and the cheerful sound of carols spreading joy and fellowship. Gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of music with the guidance of Dr. David D’Andre, a musician and teacher who specializes in making classical music and jazz understandable to the musical layman. Using traditional and jazz versions of carols, he will help you get inside the music and experience how the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm and texture work together to create an enjoyable musical experience. Register online or by phone at 780-497-4400.
Christmas Lights Tour
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
December 13, 6 – 8 p.m.
$15
See some beautiful Christmas lights around Edmonton on the ETS Christmas Lights Tour. This roughly two-hour bus ride will take you around the city to see some of Edmonton’s most beautiful light displays at the Alberta Legislature, Candy Cane Lane, Churchill Square, and City Hall. Family members are welcome to attend. Buses will depart from all three of SWESA’s locations:
-Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
-Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre (2051 Leger Road)
-Twin Brooks Community League (11341 12 Avenue)
Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
Christmas Dinner
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
December 13, 5 p.m.
$15 in advance or $18 at the door
Enjoy traditional Christmas dinner and entertainment. Call 780-433-5807 to reserve a seat.
Annual Christmas Luncheon
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
December 15, doors at 11:30 a.m.
$25 members; $30 guests/non-members
While you are enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, listen to CLSA's very own Firefighter's Alumni Band and choral group Homegrown Harmonies serenade you with holiday and historical favourites.  Cash Bar. Entertainment and meal included in ticket price. Registrations can be done before Dec. 12 in person, online at www.edmonton.ca/ereg or over the phone through 311. Use barcode 621582.
New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
December 31
$60
Enjoy an elegant evening of fine dining and dancing to the very popular Chwill Brothers. Tickets are on sale until December 22 or until sold out. Call 780-496-6969 for more information. 
 
 
 
January 2018
Speechreading and Coping Classes
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Edmonton Branch
Wednesday afternoons starting January 10
Location: North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
$175 for ten sessions
Learn the basics of speechreading, plus many coping skills and communication strategies to make living with hearing loss more manageable for everyone. You'll also find a community of people with whom you can share the challenges, and, yes, the laughs, of hearing loss. Learn more.
Seniors Program
Catholic Social Services - Immigration Services
Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
Location: 8212 118 Avenue
Free
At this drop-in program, seniors can enjoy activities, games, art, crafts and knitting and practice English in a fun and interactive way. The flyer has more details. Contact Ockhee Kang at 780-391-3279 or by email at ockhee.kang@cssalberta.ca for more information.
Laughter Yoga
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, Jan. 23 – Feb. 20, 9 – 9:45 a.m.
$28
Laughter Yoga is a new wellness activity that combines theatre arts, stretching, yoga breathing and laughter exercises. Continuous laughter over a minute stimulates our natural healing systems and provides a range of health benefits. It produces a combination of stimulation and relaxation. Please register in advance at least one week prior to the class start date either online or in person at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
 
 
 
Fall/Winter
Meditation and Chi Gong
SCONA (10440 84 Avenue)
Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Ritchie Community Hall (7727 98 Street)
Free
Stay for lunch if you like ($5) and an afternoon of fun. Call 780-433-5377 for more information.
Computer class
SCONA (10831 University Avenue)
Sundays, 1 p.m. (except long weekends)
Free
Learn what you need through individual instruction. Call Dellah at 780-430-0738 if you are interested.
Open Jam
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
All are welcome to join in this open jam lead by an EASC member, so bring your guitar, your singing voice or your requests out every Thursday. There will be coffee and tea and crib and cards set-out for attendees. Call 587-525-8969 for more details.
Chase the Ace
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays starting September 26, 4-6 p.m.
The Chase the Ace Progressive Raffle is coming to CLSA. Raffle tickets will be $5/ea. Only 2,000 tickets are available. You must be present to win. Read the full game rules.
Square Dance
West Edmonton Promenaders
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:45 p.m. starting September 19
Location: Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9269 176 Street)
Square dance with this not-for-profit, fun recreational group. No experience? – no problem! No partner? – no problem! Partners are available, as are lessons starting September 19. Ages 10 to 100 are welcome. Dress is casual or dressy, western or traditional. Indoor shoes are required. Today’s square dance uses all music – rock, easy listening, pop, classical, C&W. Each evening you will dance the equivalent of five kilometres and enjoy every step, and meet new friends at the same time.
For more information contact Deb or Ruth at 780-462-6763 or 780-489-6545 or ruth@mumbo.ca.
True Colours Support Group
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
This group is for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning, or anyone who would like to learn more about family and friends. Participate in safe and confidential discussions about experiences, concerns, stories and/or other suggested topics. Sessions run from 1:30 to 2:30 on the first and third Mondays of the month. Register by calling 780-342-8625.
South Clareview Seniors Hub
South Clareview Community League (3250 132A Avenue)
The South Clareview Seniors Hub is a new initiative aimed at providing all inclusive fun activities for seniors.
All are welcome to join the South Clareview Seniors Hub Coffee Club. Drop in for a coffee on the first and third Tuesday each month at 1 p.m. and the second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Coffee Club has spawned a walking club, a bicycle riders group, bocce ball players, cards and board game participants and a book exchange so far.
Organizers are open to suggestions on new activities. if you are interested in sharing, participating in, or teaching any activity, they would love to hear from you. Contact them at 780-473-3593 or email events@southclareview.ca. Learn more at www.southclareview.ca or on Facebook.
Traditional Arts Group
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
Mondays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This is a drop-in program and the group works on projects such as dream catchers, beaded lanyards, jewelry, ornaments such as birch bark basket making, quill art, fish scale art and much more. Right now the group operates on a “make-one, take-one” basis. Participants can enjoy a coffee or a tea and some great company while they work on their projects. A light lunch is also available to the group participants. Come on down and get your craft on. Call 587-525-8969 for more details.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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