News and Events for Seniors

 
NEWS
Continuing Care Resident and Family Council Toolkit
The Alberta Continuing Care Resident and Family Council Toolkit was developed by the Covenant Health Network of Excellence in Seniors' Health and Wellness as part of a provincial project to improve effectiveness of resident and/or family councils in continuing care. The toolkit provides information, tools, tips and templates to set up and run a successful council and is applicable to all continuing care settings and all council structures.
Alberta Health Services Care Guide
An article in the Fall 2017 Apple Magazine outlines programs and services available through Alberta Health Services such as home care, supportive living, rehabilitation care, and financial assistance programs for oral, hearing and vision care.
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
October
Ins, Outs, and Allies Games Night
SouthEast Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
October 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
$2
Enjoy an evening of board game fun for LGBTQ and friends. Refreshments provided. RSVP by calling the SEESA Front Desk at 780-468-1985.
Dignity Day
October 18, 1-8 p.m.
Location: Boyle Street Plaza
Free
Dignity Day will focus on the history and present-day realities of the dignity of persons within institutions or under state guardianship. It is a time to hear from those with experience within prisons, mental health facilities, disabilities care centres, seniors’ homes and foster care. The public is invited to learn about dignity through the eyes of artists, storytellers and filmmakers with lived experience.
-Interact with local artists in the Dignity Gallery 1-8 p.m.
-Celebration (food and community performance) 5-6 p.m.
-Advocacy Circles (on Human Rights, Children's Rights and Mental Health) throughout the day
-Prison Panel Discussion 6-7 p.m.
-Film Screening Life Inside Out 7-8 p.m.
AMA's Mature Driver Course
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
October 19 and 20, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$52.50
Participate with AMA’s professional driving instructor in this two-day classroom-only course to review your knowledge of the rules of the road, signage, merging, lane changing, intersections, safe driving tips and strategies. Receive tips on driving in adverse conditions, information on licensing standards in Alberta, and strategies to assist you in maintaining your independence. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
Gala and Silent Auction
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 20, 5–10 p.m.
$50
The annual gala and auction helps raise funds for this non-profit organization so they can continue to provide affordable programs and services for seniors. The event will include dinner and live entertainment. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Fall Rummage Sale
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
Oct. 21, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Oct. 22 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 
Treasures galore may be found during the annual event including Christmas items. Fresh baking is available both days until sold out (replenished Sunday morning). Enjoy a hot lunch in the cafeteria. Donations are being accepted beginning Sept. 29 and may be dropped off until Oct. 19 at noon. Items must be in clean, working condition. SEESA is unable to take fabric upholstered furniture, baby furniture and supplies, encyclopedia, mattresses, magazines, computer software or hardware, Reader’s Digest books, large furniture, shoes and televisions. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
Lunch and Interactive Murder Mystery
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
October 22, bus leaves at 10 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.
$70
Solved a mystery lately? Join the Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre for lunch and a play in Wetaskiwin. The play is Murder at the Shangra-La which is an interactive murder mystery. Phone 780-488-4241 for more information. The last day to order tickets is October 16.
Learning in Retirement
Jewish Senior Citizens’ Centre (10052 117 Street)
October 23 - November 29
$70 members/$85 non-members per course
Four courses are featured in this six-week lecture series:
-The Specter Haunting Europe - A History of Socialism: Mondays, Oct. 23 - Nov. 27, 10 a.m. – noon
-Canadian Art @ 150: Mondays, Oct. 23 - Nov. 27, 1 - 3 p.m.
-Broadway Updated: Tuesdays, Oct. 24 - Nov. 28, 10 a.m. – noon
-Survival of a Nation: Wednesdays, Oct. 25 - Nov. 29, 1 - 3 p.m. Course details are in the program brochure.
Call 780-488-4241 or email jdic@shaw.ca for more information.
Coffee Talk: 65 steps to becoming an excellent executor
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
October 24, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
No cost to members
Join Estate Connection Law firm for an educational session that will answer all your questions around executors. It is part one of a 3-part series that will be occurring at WSAC over the next couple of months. This seminar will cover how to choose your executor for your will, steps needed to close an estate when someone passes, issues that can arise when dealing with beneficiaries and closing an estate, and the legal role of the executor. All members will receive a free executor duties handbook. A door prize, cake and refreshments will be provided. Call 780-483-1209.
Theatrical Storytelling Workshop
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
October 24, 1 – 2 p.m.
Free
This workshop will use drama games and various theatre and movement exercises to create and explore in-the-moment story-telling. Call 780-442-0934 to attend. 
Federal Building and Alberta Legislature Tour
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
October 24, 8:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$12 member/$22 non-member
The bus will pick up from WSAC. The trip includes school bus transportation, a 1.5-hour walking tour of the federal building and one hour walking tour of the legislature. There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch in the cafeteria. Tickets can be purchased at the WSAC front desk. The deadline to purchase tickets is October 17. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
CommUNITY Drumming Circle
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
October 26, November 2, November 9 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Twin Brooks Community League
$35 member; $45 non-member
SWESA is hosting a CommUNITY drumming circle! Many cultures practice drumming as a spiritual or religious passage and interpret drummed rhythm similarly to spoken language or prayer. Drumming has developed over millennia to be a powerful art form. This session will provide a social, engaging, and uplifting experience with many opportunities to create and express ourselves. No musical experience is required. Registration is required.
Halloween Lunch
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
October 26, doors 9 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m.
$12
Enjoy live entertainment and prizes. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
Halloween Luncheon
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
October 27, 1 p.m.
$7
Bewitching hour starts at 1 p.m. including spook-tacular lunch, lots of Halloween games and prizes. Prize for the best costume. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Ghostblusters! Murder Mystery & Dinner
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
October 27, cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.
$50/person
Will someone go to murderous lengths to ensure the centre is officially certified as haunted? You don’t want to miss out on this night of ghostly fun! Call 780-496-7369 for information.
Dinner Theatre
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
October 27, 5 – 9:30 p.m.
$50
Enjoy this Alan Jackson Tribute featuring Tony Wait. Tickets must be purchased by October 20. Call 780-496-6969 for details.
Grief Support
Jewish Family Services
Cost: donation ask basis
Jewish Family Services’ program Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss is once again offering its group series this fall. Roads to Healing is an introductory 2-hour session where grief, self-care, and coping strategies are explored. For those wanting to pursue group counselling, there is the 7-week Navigating the Rivers of Grief series. Finding Meaning, Finding Me is a level two, 7-session, group series for those who have completed a Navigating the Rivers Series and are wanting to continue to explore their grief journey and healing.
Pre-registration for the groups is required. Call 780-454-1194 and ask for Michael Yankowski. The groups are offered in various parts of the city:
Roads to Healing: Friday, Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m., at MWSA-Millwoods EPL
Roads to Healing: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Capilano EPL
Craft, Book and Bake Sale
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 28, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Start shopping early for your Christmas gifts from this selection of unique and handmade items. MWSA is also looking for donations. Drop off books anytime during office hours (Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m.) and homemade baked goods on October 28 at 9 a.m. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
The 2nd Floor Café is hosting a pancake breakfast during the MWSA Craft/Bake/Book Sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All are welcome to attend the breakfast which includes pancakes, bacon or sausage, and fresh fruit for $5.
Music for Health & Wellness: Training for Caregivers of Seniors
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
October 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
$30 + GST
Discover strategies for using music for personal wellness for yourself or in your role as a caregiver or volunteer. Learn about the positive impact music therapy can have for seniors living with dementia and other neurological disorders. This course will include clinical music therapy examples as well as the opportunity to participate in music therapy experiences. No prior musical training is needed. Register online at MacEwan.ca/SCE or by phone at 780-497-4400 using course code: SISS 0042 B151.
Halloween Monster Mash Dance
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
October 31, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
$10
The dance features the Britz Duo. Get moving and grooving to the beat or if you prefer you can just listen. There will be light refreshments as well as a cash bar. Come dressed in your Halloween best as there will be prizes for the best costume. Tickets available for purchase at front desk or at the door. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Fraud Prevention Presentation
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
October 31, 10 a.m.
Free
Learn how to protect you and your loved ones against the most common scams, frauds and identity theft that specifically target seniors. Presentation includes common internet scams such as sites, impersonating RCMP or Police requiring payment to avoid persecution, telephone scams such as spoofing or impersonation of victims known contact voice. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to sign up.
 
 
 
November
Yoga Workshop: Better Balance and You
Southwest Senior’s Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
November 1, 1-2:30 p.m.
$10
This workshop and regular practice will allow you to make steps towards balance and to step in balance. Call 780-435-9515 to book a spot.
Joy of Movement: T’ai Chi Chih
Bonnie Doon Community League (9240 93 Street)
November 1, 6, 8, 15, 20, 22 and 27 at 10 a.m.
$60 + community league membership ($10 for individuals and senior couples)
Benefits of T’ai Chi Chih include such things as: a greater sense of overall well-being, relaxation and relief of daily stress, increased energy and stamina, improved balance and flexibility, and expanded creativity and awareness. Upon completion of this beginner’s class, participants are invited to join the regular T'ai Chi Chih group that meets weekly at Bonnie Doon Community League. Pre-registration is requested by phoning 780-469-1179.
Grief Support
Jewish Family Services
Cost: donation ask basis
Jewish Family Services’ program Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss is once again offering its group series this fall. Roads to Healing is an introductory 2-hour session where grief, self-care, and coping strategies are explored. For those wanting to pursue group counselling, there is the 7-week Navigating the Rivers of Grief series. Finding Meaning, Finding Me is a level two, 7-session, group series for those who have completed a Navigating the Rivers Series and are wanting to continue to explore their grief journey and healing.
Pre-registration for the groups is required. Call 780-454-1194 and ask for Michael Yankowski. The groups are offered in various parts of the city:
Navigating the Rivers of Grief: Tuesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 15, 1-3 p.m. at MWSA-Millwoods EPL
Navigating the Rivers of Grief: Tuesday, Nov. 7-Dec. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Capilano EPL
Finding Meaning, Finding Me: Thursdays, Nov. 2-Dec. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Londonderry EPL
Seniors’ Health & Wellness Forum
Presented by Age Friendly Edmonton
November 4, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
The second annual Seniors’ Health & Wellness Forum will feature presentations and panel discussions on health, wellness and social supports vital to healthy aging. Topics include: planning for a healthy future, the importance of reducing safety risks as we age, housing options, financial strategies, transportation, supports and services, and the importance of social connections to our health and wellbeing.
This free event, which is open to the public, is assembled and promoted by key community stakeholders and provides an opportunity to showcase a holistic and collaborative approach to healthy aging. Extensive information and resource materials, event admission, lunch and parking will be available free to seniors, their families and caregivers. Register by calling 780-809-8604.
November Outing
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
November 5
$40
This outing includes a tour of the Nanaskar Gurdwara Sikh Temple, a stop at the Greenland Garden Centre and Brunch at Chartier restaurant in Beaumont. Contact the centre at 780-488-4241 for more information.
Safe Driving and Your Senses
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
November 6, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
$2
AMA in partnership with Connect Hearing presents Safe Driving and Your Senses. Come and learn valuable information on how physical, mental, and sensory changes can impact your driving. This interactive presentation will provide strategies for you to be safe on the road.
SEESA’s Accidental Drama Club Fall Production
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
November 17, 18 and 19
SEESA’s Accidental Drama Club presents Skullduggery! 2 One Act Plays:
-Nov. 17, 7 p.m. |Show only | $10 in advance or $12 at the door
-Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m. | Dinner & Show | advance tickets only $20
-Nov. 19, 11 a.m. | Brunch & Show | advance tickets only $20
Tickets may be purchased at the SEESA front desk or by phoning 780-468-1985 and paying by credit card (there is a $2 service charge for over the phone orders) until November 14 at noon. A 50/50 draw, silent auction, and cash bar are available at all performances.
 
 
 
Fall
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.
Pole Walking Group
Sage Seniors Association
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Free
If you are looking for a regular opportunity to get out and get moving, this is the group for you. The group goes rain or shine. Guidance and trial poles are available. The group is offered on a drop-in basis, but pre-registration is recommended to be contacted about changes. Everyone is welcome.
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.
Fall Activities
South-West Senior’s Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
-Crafts, Clogging and Choir: Tuesdays starting Sept. 12. Join in Creative Crafts from 9:30–11:30 a.m., Clogging for Fun from 11 a.m.–noon and Choir from 1–3 p.m. These activities require a $10/year membership and there is no other weekly cost involved.
-Yoga and Zumba: Wednesdays starting Sept. 6.Gentle Yoga from 10–11 a.m. and Zumba Gold from 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Drop in classes are $6/person with a $10/year membership or $8 for non-members. The first class is free for those who have never been before.
-Thursday Lunches with Entertainment: Starting Sept. 7. Coffee and visiting can be as early as 10:30 a.m. Purchase your luncheon/entertainment ticket by 11:45 a.m. Enjoy a hot meal including salad, dessert, coffee, and tea followed by a variety of entertainers. $10/person with a $10/year membership or $12 for non-members.
Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
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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