News and Events for Seniors

 
NEWS
Supports for Family Caregivers
The Covenant Health Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness recently revised their Inventory of Resources and Supports for Caregivers in Alberta. This resource provides family caregivers with easy access to information on care and supports to help them maintain their own health and well-being as caregivers.
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
February
ELLA Spring Session
April 30 to May 18
Course list available February 12
Keep learning… stay connected! Over 50 courses in science, music, art, global affairs, computers, finance, wellness and fitness courses are all being offered at this year’s Spring Session. Enjoy lively discussion, meet new people and learn in a comfortable and friendly environment.
Courses have no prerequisites, no homework and no exams and take place at the University of Alberta. The registration fee is $250 for the full three weeks and bursaries of $175 are available if financial assistance is needed.  If you have any questions or want more information, visit my-ella.com, call 780-492-5055 or email excella@ualberta.ca.
ELLA is a not-for-profit, charitable organization run entirely by volunteers. We work in partnership with the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension to offer an annual, 3-week long Spring Session of affordable, challenging and fun learning that promotes mental and physical well being for adults aged 50 and over.
Luncheon with Entertainment
Southwest Seniors’ Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Thursdays
$10/member or $12/non-member
Come enjoy a hot meal followed by entertainment. The entertainers on February 22 are the Serenators. Doors open as early as 10:30 a.m. but you can purchase your ticket up until noon. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
LGBTQ Seniors Housing Options
Edmonton Seniors Pride Group
Feb. 24 and March 10, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Pride Centre (10618 105 Street)
Are you interested in creating LGBTQ seniors housing options for yourself or others in the future? This is your chance to participate in planning housing options that meet your needs. The Edmonton Seniors Pride Group is conducting facilitated sessions to determine interest in various gay-friendly seniors housing options. You will attend two 2.5-hour sessions facilitated by an expert consultant. Food and refreshments are provided. The facility is wheelchair accessible and street parking is available. Register by emailing LGBTQHousing@mysage.ca or call 587-520-6422.
Spinach Project Workshop
February 24, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Room 275 Corbett Hall, University of Alberta
A team of researchers from Université Laval and University of Alberta is holding a workshop as part of the Spinach Project. They are looking for 4-5 seniors and 4-5 caregivers who have an experience with making a decision about their living situation to provide feedback on an online tool.
The Spinach website is meant for seniors and caregivers who would like to know how they and their loved ones can stay independent at home for as long as possible. It aims to describe the decision-making process, who can be involved in decision making, what the options are for staying independent at home, and where you could go for more information. The objectives of this workshop are to get additional information about our users’ goals, needs, and challenges and to help the Spinach team determine a course of action for the production phase of the project.
Contact Thomas Petitjean at thomas_petitjean@thecdm.ca or 778-883-5400 to register.
GHCSC Community Update and Potluck
February 24, 6 – 8 p.m.
St. Augustine Anglican Church (6110 Fulton Road)
Free
Enjoy a potluck with Greater Hardisty residents while getting updates on issues related to the community's sustainability. Speakers will present an update on the demographics of the neighborhoods, school enrollment and utilization, crime and safety, Forest Gardens development, new Capilano library, and 101 Avenue Corridor Study.
6:00 - Potluck begins
6:15 - Welcome and introduction
6:35 - Speakers begin updates
7:15 – Break
7:30 – Discussions
8:00 - Potluck ends
Due to limited capacity, register online or by calling 780-885-9529. Children are welcome to eat and/or watch a movie upstairs. Babysitters are available.
Swing ‘n’ Skate
Edmonton Arts Council
Sundays 1 – 4 p.m. until February 25
City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Free
Every week bands will fill the City Room with swing, jazz and big band music, and the Sugar Swing Dance Club will be on site to help put the boogie-woogie in your step. Internationally acclaimed dance band, The Emeralds, are kicking off this year’s Swing ‘n’ Skate on January 7. Other performers for this season include The Rhythm Gunners of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, Swing Manouche, The Seven Deadly Syncopators, and Them Hot Olives. If you’d rather be outdoors, the music will be broadcast directly outside for the enjoyment of ice skaters on City Hall Plaza (call 311 for weather conditions and ice updates). Free skate rentals will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
CLSA Annual Book (& More) Sale
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
February 27 and 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Come out and support your local community and bring home a treasure or two. Donated book sale proceeds will be collected as a fundraiser for Central Lions Seniors Association. Members and non-members will also be selling various creative crafts, knick knacks, collectibles, jewelry, and other items and collecting their own proceeds.  
REdress Photography Project
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
February 27, 12 p.m. 
Lunch is $13 for non-members
This Lunch & Learn features Edmonton photographer Mufty Mathewson who will tell you more about this project to honour the memory of the 1,181 Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women cited in the RCMP report of 2014. Phone 780-488-4241 to RSVP.
Chinese New Year Potluck
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
February 28, 4 p.m.
Bring your favourite dish to share and celebrate the Year of the Dog. No need to sign up ahead; just come to the cafeteria to join in the festivities. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
 
 
 
March
Purim Celebration
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
March 1, 11:30 a.m.
Participate in the fun of Purim reflecting important events in Jewish history that took place in the ancient Persian Empire. Some talented guests will present a Purimshpiel–a play that will make you laugh. Stay for lunch and try the traditional delicious Hamentashen. $15. Phone 780-488-4241 to RSVP.
Jam Sessions
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
March 2 and March 16 at 7 p.m.
$3 admission includes coffee and cookies
Musicians form a song circle and take turns leading selections of their choosing. Bring an instrument or just come to listen. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (Spring Session)
GeriActors
Fridays, March 2 – May 11 (no session on March 30) from 3 – 5 p.m.
Location: Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
$40 per person or pay-what-you-can
If you’ve EVER acted or NEVER acted, this is the program for you! Join GeriActors for this new fun workshop.
-Turn your stories into plays
-Learn about acting
-Improvise
-Create dynamic characters
-Perform (if you want to)
Register in person at Sage or call 780-423-5510.
Called to be an End of Life Doula
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
March 2,1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2
The word doula (pronounced “doo-la”) is a Greek word meaning “'woman servant or caregiver”. More often, it refers to someone who offers emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. Recently, there has been an emerging demand for support through declining health and independence from people other than pregnant mothers. Join a certified End of Life Doula as she talks about its emerging role and the support, resources, education and friendship that she offers individuals and families. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
Computer Bytes Lecture Series
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
$12
March lectures in the Computer Bytes series include:
-Smartphone Security (March 2, 12-1 p.m.) 
-Windows vs. iOS - which is better? (March 9, 12-1 p.m.)
-Avoid Roaming Fees when Travelling (March 16, 12-1 p.m.)
-Scanning (March 19, 11:15a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
-iTunes (March 26, 10-11 a.m.)
Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
International Women’s Day Special Speakers
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2
In honour of International Women’s Day, SWESA presents:
-Women at Work in Nineteenth-Century Canada
March 5, 1 – 3 p.m.
Sometimes we assume that women in the “olden days” stayed at home while the men went off to work. But, in fact, many Canadian women went out to work as well. What did they do? Why did they do it? How did they feel about their work? Hear about some of the ways women made their lives work through paid work. 
-Advocating for Women's Equality Through the Charter
March 9, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
LEAF works to advance the substantive equality rights of women and girls in Canada through litigation, law reform and public education. LEAF members will share the short film "Constitute!" which tells the story of the group of women who mobilized to seek stronger equality provisions.  They will provide more information about LEAF's work nationally and locally. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
Telephone Historical Centre & The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
March 6, bus pick up at 9:15 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m.
$23 members; 28 non-members (includes bus transportation, tours of both facilities and a bagged lunch)
Explore these historical sites of Edmonton located in the Prince of Wales Armouries Historical Centre. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum is dedicated to preserving the military heritage of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and other central and northern Alberta military units. The Telephone Historical Centre is dedicated to preserving the history of the telephone and telecommunications in the Edmonton area. Purchase tickets by February 26 at the WSAC front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Choir performance
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
March 6, 1 p.m.
Free
Listen to a performance by the South West Seniors Choir. Refreshments will be served. Call 780-433-5807 to reserve a seat.
Dance Night
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
March 9, doors open at 6:30 p.m., dance 7–11 p.m.
$10 per person in advance; $12 per person at door
The dance features the Edmonton Swing Band. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
YMCA Community Health Challenge Workshops
Don Wheaton Family YMCA (10211 102 Ave.)
Free
As part of the YMCA’s Community Health Challenge, they are offering four workshops open to the public. The final workshop is March 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nutrition – presented by WeightWatchers: Learn how to fit healthy eating into your lifestyle.
Participants can enjoy complimentary access to the YMCA after the workshop, complimentary 3-hour underground heated parking, and complimentary childminding. Call 780-969-8944 to register for childminding.
Mobile Denture Clinic
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
March 13, 15, and 20 from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
ProCare will bring their mobile denture clinic to the MWSA parking lot. They can do examinations, complete/partial dentures, dentures repairs, and adjustments. Call 780-705-7085 for an appointment.
Edmonton Men’s Sheds Information and Planning
Sage Seniors Association and City of Edmonton
March 14, 9 – 11 a.m.
Location: Room 345, 3rd Floor, Edmonton Tower (10111 104 Ave.)
Getting off on the right foot is essential. Your reactions, input and advice will contribute to putting a framework in place for Men’s Sheds in Edmonton. Learn about the Men’s Shed Movement from Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and now Canada and Edmonton. Hear about Edmonton’s first two Men’s Sheds in Beacon Heights and at Sage. Men’s Sheds are a place for men to learn and share skills while building relationships, are for men of all ages, and challenge social isolation. For more information contact Michael Hoyt at 780-496-6192 or michael.hoyt@edmonton.ca.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
March 14, 5 p.m.
Tickets $15 up to and including March 12. Tickets are $18 after March 12 and at the door.
The McKinnon School of Highland Dance will be performing and there will be green beer! Call 780-433-5807 to reserve a seat.
Sexy Seniors
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
March 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2
Seniors don't have sex. There are no gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans-identified seniors. Our sexual sensations diminish as we age. Seniors don't have to worry about STIs. Seniors are prudes when it comes to sex. This interactive and informative workshop will provide seniors the space to explore these commonly held myths. Do you have questions about your sexual health? Would you like to discuss these questions in a safe and comfortable environment? If so, please join sexual health educator Dr. Brian Parker from the Compass Centre for Sexual Wellness. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
St. Patrick’s Day Sing-along
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
March 16, 2–4 p.m.
$5
Tickets on sale Feb. 9–March 9. No tickets available at the door. Call 780-496-6969 for details.
 
 
 
Winter
Men’s Sheds
There is a new place in Edmonton for men to learn skills, meet people, drink coffee, share stories, and hit things with hammers! A Men’s Shed is a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive place that provides the opportunity for men to build projects, form positive relationships, and increase neighborly connections.
Men’s Sheds originate in Australia, and are a grassroots, bottom-up movement driven by the members it serves. The men share their skills and learn new skills from other shedders by participating in a variety of activities of their own choosing (e.g., woodworking, painting, and cooking activities etc.). It is an opportunity for people to be both teachers and learners while sharing stories, venting, or simply having a coffee and working away at projects.
There are two Men’s Sheds in Edmonton open to men of all ages:
-Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square) Meets Fridays in Classroom A from 1–4 p.m.
-Beacon Heights Community League (12037 43 Street) Meets Wednesdays from 7–9 p.m.
New members are encouraged to join and to help host additional Sheds throughout Edmonton. For more information on the Men’s Sheds, call 780-446-4179.
Ice Skating
If you’re looking for places to skate this winter, consider:
City of Edmonton outdoor rinks and IceWays
It’s free to skate at the outdoor rinks and skate rentals are available at William Hawrelak Park Pavilion if you don’t have your own skates.
Community Leagues
To find a rink near you, go to the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues’ find a Facility/League web page. Under Facility Amenities, select Rink. You will need a community league membership to use most rinks.
Minerva – Learning in Retirement
MacEwan University
Winter/spring
Registration is now open for the winter and spring courses. Some very interesting courses geared to mature learners are offered in the areas of:
-Travel, History and Culture
-Wellness and Healthy Living
-Creative Writing
-Music Appreciation
View the program flyer or online course listing.
Saturday Afternoon Cribbage
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
Saturdays, 1 – 4 p.m.
$5
Everyone is welcome to drop in and play crib. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
Men’s Sheds
There is a new place in Edmonton for men to learn skills, meet people, drink coffee, share stories, and hit things with hammers! A Men’s Shed is a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive place that provides the opportunity for men to build projects, form positive relationships, and increase neighborly connections. Men’s Sheds originate in Australia, and are a grassroots, bottom-up movement driven by the members it serves. The men share their skills and learn new skills from other shedders by participating in a variety of activities of their own choosing (e.g., woodworking, painting, and cooking activities etc.). It is an opportunity for people to be both teachers and learners while sharing stories, venting, or simply having a coffee and working away at projects. There are two Men’s Sheds in Edmonton open to men of all ages: Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square) Meets Fridays in Classroom A from 1–4 p.m. Beacon Heights Community League (12037 43 Street) Meets Wednesdays from 7–9 p.m. New members are encouraged to join and to help host additional Sheds throughout Edmonton. For more information on the Men’s Sheds, call 780-446-4179.
Cuppa Corner
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Need a place to hang out, read, or visit with others? Drop in to Cuppa Corner on Tuesdays. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
On-line learning through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
University of Alberta
Starts monthly
Location: At home and at community spaces
Free
Learn about paleontology, Indigenous history and mountains in the comfort of your home.  The University of Alberta provides three courses on a monthly basis to engage your curiosity and encourage life-long learning. The U of A offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), each 10 to 12 modules in length and free of charge. (When registering choose “No certificate” to pursue the course free of charge. You can also earn a certificate upon completion for a minor fee.)
Sign up to learn about the history of Canada from an indigenous perspective in Indigenous Canada, or learn about mountains, climate change, ecosystems and glaciers in Mountains 101, or learn about the dinosaurs that roamed the earth in Dino 101. Join the University of Alberta to start your online learning journey. Visit uab.ca/moocs for more information and registrations.
Different faculties oversee the MOOCs; however, for overall questions about the MOOC’s contents, how registration works, and similar questions, contact Anastasia Lim in Community Relations at anastasia.lim@ualberta.ca or 780-248-1383. 
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.
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.
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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