News and Events for Seniors

RISE Sunday: November 6
RISE – Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere
Reach Out… Brighten a Senior’s Day
Throughout the fall months the amount of daylight lessens and the days grow even shorter once daylight savings ends. For a senior living alone, who has health challenges or is caregiving, it can increase the risk of becoming withdrawn and isolated. On Sunday, November 6, the day we turn the clocks back, we invite you to reach out to a senior. With a simple act of kindness you can make a difference in the life of a senior.
RISE campaign materials provide:
Suggestions of activities you can do to brighten a senior’s day/Tips for staying healthy through the short days of winter
Risk factors and possible actions to address social isolation
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
Tai Chi Introduction
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Mondays until December 5, 9:30–11 a.m.
$20 for 7 weeks or $5 per week (no Sage membership required)
This introduction to Tai Chi includes 10 simple Tai Chi movements, warm up exercises, sitting and walking Tai Chi movements. Health benefits include improving balance, coordination and range of movement. Open to everyone. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 to register.
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.
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.
Continuing Care Overview
Healthy Aging Information Series
Age Friendly Edmonton has added a new presentation on continuing care to their Healthy Aging Information Series. Continuing Care Edmonton Zone Overview provides an overview of Home Living (Home Care), Supportive Living, Facility Living, Transition Services and Palliative/End of Life care services offered within Continuing Care in the Edmonton Zone. Read more about this session and other topics available through the Healthy Aging Information Series and book a free presentation for your group.
Luncheon and Entertainment
Southwest Seniors’ Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
$10 members/$12 non-members
Enjoy luncheon followed by live entertainment. Call 780-435-9515 for information
Zumba Gold
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Mondays at 11:20 a.m.
$2 drop-in fee. No membership required.
This is a fun dance party with Latin-inspired dance styles.  Zumba Gold simplifies the steps and makes them adaptable to all abilities. Open to everyone. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for information.
Healthy Aging Phone Chats
Age Friendly Edmonton
Participate in interactive educational sessions via telephone from the comfort of your home. The October roster includes: Small Bites to Better Health, Strike Out Stroke, Brain Games, Live Safely-Longer in Your Home, Older Adults and Problem Gambling, Holistic Decluttering for Seniors, and Stay Independent-Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls. Review session details and register by contacting Dauna at 780-735-306.
Christmas Craft & Bake Sale
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 29, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Get a great start on your Christmas shopping with quilting, knitting, jewelry, crafts, art work, books, baking and much more. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
Seniors’ Health & Wellness Forum
Age Friendly Edmonton
October 29, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Free admission, lunch and parking
Seniors, their families and caregivers interested in learning more about seniors’ health and wellness resources and services are encouraged to attend the Seniors’ Health & Wellness Forum. Extensive information and resources pertaining to health, wellness and social supports vital to healthy aging will be available. Door prizes will be drawn for at the end of the day. For more information, visit the event website or review the session descriptions and schedule. Pre-registration is requested. Call 780-809-8604 to register.
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre's 30th Anniversary
October 29, 5 – 11 p.m.
Rosslyn Community Hall (11015 134 Avenue)
$10 for EASC members; $15 for non-members
Celebrate the Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre's 30th Anniversary with a dance and Halloween party. Enjoy live fiddle music, a light lunch, door prizes and prizes for best costume. There will be 50/50 draws and a silent auction with all proceeds going to the EASC. Contact Marie at 780-476-6595 or for more information.
Pancake Breakfast
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 29, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Enjoy pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs and coffee at the 2nd Floor Café. Open to everyone. Call 780-496-2997 for more 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
Monster Mash
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
October 31, 11 a.m.
Dress up and have fun at the Monster Mash. Enjoy activities, music, a pumpkin carving contest and lunch. There will be prizes for the best costume. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
Seniors’ Keep Active Challenge
November 1-30
During the month of November all Alberta seniors are encourage to participate in the Seniors’ Keep Active Challenge. Join the Challenge as an individual, group, fitness class, or walking club and log your steps or minutes of activity. Your steps will be added to the provincial total. You can choose from 12 different routes around Alberta or customize your own. For example: Edmonton to Drumheller is 350,000 steps (280 km) and Mundare to Vegreville is 30,000 steps (24 km). Register for the Seniors’ Keep Active Challenge.
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls
Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network
Location: In your home via telephone
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 November–December program catalogue for program descriptions and schedule. To register, call 780-395-2626.
Beginner Acrylic Painting Classes
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, November 1-22, 1 - 3 p.m.
$45 + Supplies
Topics such as use of colour, composition, and contrast will be taught. The instructor will demonstrate how to achieve textures in landscape painting using gels, gesso, modelling paste, and crackle. Drawing experience is not necessary and all skill levels are welcome. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
Air Quality Health Index With Health Canada
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
November 2, 12–2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 member; $5 non-member
The Air Quality Health Index is a scale designed to help you understand what the air quality around you means to your health. It is a health protection tool that is designed to help you make decisions to protect your health by limiting short-term exposure to air pollution and adjusting your activity levels during increased levels of air pollution. Learn more about the Air Quality Health Index at this workshop. Registration is requested. Call 587-987-3200.
Encaustic Art Workshop
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
November 5 or 12, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$40 for members; $52 non-members
Encaustic painting involves working with hot, colored wax and wood. Learn basic brushwork, fusing, and glazing. All supplies included with registration fee. Register by October 29. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
Orchestra Borealis Outreach to Seniors
Special offer for concert on November 6, 3 p.m.
Location: South Pointe Community Centre (11520 Ellerslie Road)
Orchestra Borealis (formerly the Concordia Symphony Orchestra) 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 November concert at a reduced rate of only $5. (Discount rates for future performances will be determined following the November concert). Present one of the coupons to receive the special rate. Seniors are welcome to attend on their own or with family.
A Musical Salute To Our Veterans
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band
November 6, 2 p.m.
Edmonton City Hall
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band presents their 4th annual A Musical Salute to our Veterans concert. The Richard Eaton Singers and RCA Bands Rhythm Gunners jazz ensemble will also perform.
Remembrance Day Tribute and Tea
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
November 8, 1–3 p.m.
A tribute to all the men and women who have served and are serving Canada today. Refreshments will be served. $2 collection at the door. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
Remembrance Day Dinner
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
November 9, 4:30 p.m.
Deputy District Commander Dave Basham of the Royal Canadian Legion will lead the March of Colours and sound The Last Post and Alvin Baragar will recite In Flanders Field. Dinner will follow the service. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
NAIT Culinary Delights Tour & Fine Dining at Ernest’s
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
November 16, 9:15 a.m.–2 p.m.
$62 (all expenses included)
Observe how NAIT culinary students learn firsthand from some of the best chefs in the world how to prepare food into culinary delights. Following the tour, enjoy a 3-course lunch ($30 value) in one of Edmonton’s top fine dining restaurants - Ernest’s - where students serve their specialties. Call 780-496-7369 for information.
Moving Forward–Downsizing Tips for Seniors, Boomers and the Sandwich Generation
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
November 16, 1:30–3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 members; $5 non-members
Discover solutions to downsizing and moving that face multi-generational families of today. Topics include staging to sell, to renovate or not, estate planning, decluttering, organizing and financial planning for retirement. Registration is requested. Call 587-987-3200.
Healthy Living and Wellness Fair
Edmonton Seniors Centre
November 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Edmonton General Hospital Auditorium (11111 Jasper Avenue)
The 6th annual Healthy Living and Wellness Fair will feature local community support services, groups, businesses and agencies that help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. This day will be full of health, fitness and resources, so grab a friend and come on down and enjoy yourself. If you have questions, call Stephen Quinn at 780-342-8625 or email
Accidental Drama Club Fall Production of Threads, Treads & Trends–a 1950s Revue
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
-Dinner & Show: November 19 at 5:30 p.m. $20. Tickets available at the SEESA front desk until noon on November 15.
-Brunch & Show: November 20 at 11 a.m. $20. Tickets available at the SEESA front desk until noon on November 15.
-Show: November 18 at 7 p.m. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets available at the SEESA front desk.
There will be a 50/50 draw, silent auction, and cash bar available at all performances. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
Fencing for Beginners
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
November 1–29, 1–2 p.m.
$37 members; $67 non-members + glove purchase $17. Equipment rental: $50.
Advance… Parry… Reposte… Lunge! Discipline and fun all wrapped up in one! Try this exciting sport under the direction of an internationally experienced fencing coach. No experience required. Call 780-496-7369 for information.
Greenland Garden Centre
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
November 29, depart at 10:30 a.m.
$15 for bus, lunch and purchases not included
Greenland decorates for Christmas like no other, so come along and get in the festive spirit. They also have a beautiful selection of poinsettias, a delicious café, and an amazing selection of Christmas decorations, giftware and home decor to suit every need. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
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.