News and Events for Seniors

 
NEWS
Accessible Taxi Survey
The Accessibility Advisory Committee is collecting information on accessible taxi service in the City of Edmonton. You are invited to complete the online survey by April 5.
Age is More Film Project
The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project is an intergenerational initiative which brings together older Canadians and youth from across the country. 120 films have been created so far that tackle topics such as ageism, challenge the perception that an aging population is a burden, and recognize the social and economic contributions of older adults.
John W. Bilsland Award
Strathcona Place Society
Entries are being accepted for the 2017 John W. Bilsland Award of Literary Excellence for Senior Writers. The competition is open to residents of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Yukon territories who are of 55+ years of age. A monetary prize of $500 is awarded to the winners of the three categories: short story (fiction), short story (non-fiction), and poetry. Entries will be accepted until June 22. Get more details and download an entry form. E-mail jackbilslandaward@gmail.com if you have questions.
University of Alberta Research Opportunity
The University of Alberta is conducting research on the Comparison Between Seniors with Chronic Knee Pain and a Healthy Control Group using Gait and Pedobarographic Analysis. They are seeking people age 65 years of age or older and need both healthy and knee pain participants. The study involves only one visit where researchers will watch you walk on a special mat. There are no needles or medications involved. Contact Dr. Angela Juby, Division of Geriatrics, at 780-492-6233 for more information.
 
 
 
EVENTS

Winter
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls
Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network
Location: In your home via telephone
Free
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 new and expanded program offerings in the January-April catalogue for full schedule and registration details. To register, call 780-395-2626.
Cree Conversation Group
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays, 12 p.m.
Free
Learning a new language is a great way exercise your brain. This weekly gathering is a great, informal opportunity to learn and share one of Canada’s original languages. Open to all. Drop-in and give it a try. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
Conversational Cree Learning Round Table
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Beginning March 3, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Free
Re-imagine the world in an Indigenous context that applies to you. Learn a word a day and have fun. Everyone is welcome. Review the poster for more information. Register by calling 780-433-5807 or stop by the centre’s front desk.
Tai Chi Introduction
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Mondays until April 10, 9:30 a.m.
$2 weekly drop-in fee
This class includes 10 simple Tai Chi movements, warm up exercises, and sitting and walking Tai Chi movements. Health benefits include improved balance, coordination and range of movement. Drop-in or register for all classes. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for information.
Soup and Bannock Luncheon
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
Every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m.
$4 suggested donation
Enjoy soup and bannock made fresh the day of the luncheon. Desert is also served. Call 780-476-6595 ext. 2 for more information.
Drop-in Computer Classes
SCONA (10440 84 Avenue)
Sundays at 1 p.m. except those prior to a holiday Monday
Free
Get help from knowledgeable and personable U of A student instructors. Call 780-433-5377 to enroll.
 
 
 
March
Registration for Spring/Summer Programs
Thinking of making plans for classes, workshops and day trips for the spring and summer? Some Edmonton seniors centres offer registration in March and April for their spring/summer programming.
-Central Lions Seniors Association: Registration for CLSA members begins March 13 at 10 a.m. Non-member and reciprocal program registration begins March 27. You can register online, by phone or in-person. The CLSA Spring/Summer Program Guide is now available. For more information, call 780-496-7369. 
-North Edmonton Seniors Association: Registration begins March 6 at 8 a.m. at 7524 139 Avenue. The NESA Spring/Summer Program and Activity Guide is now available. For more information, call 780-496-6969.
-South East Edmonton Seniors Association: Registration happens on Saturday, March 11 from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 9350 82 Street.  The SEESA Spring Program Guide is now available.
-SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association: Registration is April 25-27 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue) For more information, call 587-987-3200.
-Westend Seniors Activity Centre: Registration opens March 20 at 9 a.m. Register in-person at 9629 176 Street. The Spring/Summer Program Guide will be available in print and online on March 13. For more information, call 780-483-1209.
Other centres don’t set specific dates for spring/summer registration. Review a list of Edmonton seniors centres and contact them directly to find out about their programs and registration process.
Armchair Travellers Embroidering Canada Show
Jeff Allen Art Gallery at Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Show runs March 2 – April 6, viewing hours are 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 4 p.m.
Opening reception March 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Jeff Allen Art Gallery is pleased to host the Armchair Travellers Embroidering Canada Show with the Edmonton Needle Guild. This fibre art Tribute to Canada’s 150th Birthday is an exhibit of coast to coast Canadian places, images and scenes. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
Yoga Classes
Ital Canadian Senior Association (9111 110 Ave)
Mondays, March 6 to April 24 (no class March 27 and April 17), 7 –  8 p.m.
$2 per class
Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers to class and bring a water bottle and yoga mat. Call Connie Saccarello at 780-424-1255 if you have questions.
Thursday Lunches with Entertainment
Southwest Seniors’ Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
$10/members; $12/non-members
Enjoy a hot meal, including salad, dessert, coffee, and tea. The luncheons will be followed by entertainment:
March 23: Old Time & More
March 30: Rebound
Call 780-435-9515 for information.
Retirement Income Blueprint
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
March 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 member; $5 non-member
Feeling the burden of less money and high taxes? The Retirement Income Blueprint program is designed to show retirees how to address special issues and draw out retirement income in the most tax efficient manner. Topics covered include the key differences between the accumulation and the "income" market, tax-efficient disassembly of Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), and more. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
Edmonton Film Society Movie Series
Location: Royal Alberta Museum Auditorium (12845 102 Avenue)
$5/movie
The Edmonton Film Society is a nonprofit group dedicated to keeping "silver screen" Hollywood of yesteryear in the public eye. Each movie is preceded by a short, informative talk about the film. Screenings are normally held Mondays at 8 p.m. Upcoming movies:
March 27: The Stratton Story (1949)
April 3: River of No Return (1954)
Card Making
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
March 27, 2–3:30 p.m.
$5 per class
Sylvia loves teaching and sharing her love of paper crafting. She uses a variety of techniques, including die cutting, stamping, digital images, embossing, watercolouring, chalking, and painting. In each class, participants will make four beautiful cards that they can share with friends and family. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
Blue Pencil Café Writing Classes
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays, March 28–May 16, 9:30 a.m.
$45
Do you want to write but don’t know where to start or lack the motivation? Join this weekly writing circle where your stories, poems, and memoirs take center stage. You will find a supportive environment where you will receive constructive feedback from your classmates and instructor, Melle Huizinga.  Small class size and no writing experience necessary. Register by March 20. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for information.
Alberta Senior Support Programs Presentation
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 28, 10 a.m.
Free
This health and wellness presentation will focus on Alberta Seniors Benefits, Special Needs Assistance, Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors, Property Tax Deferral Program, and Seniors Housing Adaptations & Repair Program. Call 780-451-1925, email voluncal@telus.net or visit the centre to sign up.
Physical Activity Presentation
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 St.)
March 29, 10:30 a.m.
Free
This presentation by the Primary Care Network provides an overview of physical activity in your daily life and tips on pacing yourself. Call 780-451-1925, email voluncal@telus.net, or visit the centre to sign up.
Chair Yoga
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
March 30, 2 – 3 p.m.
EASC’s certified yoga instructor offers a great yoga class that is do-able for anyone, even with mobility issues. Come on down and give it a try. The class is held in a sunny dining lounge and all you need are slippers. A suggested donation is $5 to help cover the cost of the instructor’s time. Call 780-476-6595 extension 2 for more details.
Bake Sale
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
March 30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nothing tastes better than homemade goodies! Free admission and parking. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
Theatre Trip
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
March 30, bus leaves at 5:30 p.m., play at 7:30 p.m.
$35 (for play and transportation)
Join this group heading to the Westlock Cultural Arts Centre to see the play “Having Hope at Home”. The play is a side splitting look at a three generations on a winter night in a drafty farmhouse. A baby is about to arrive when modern medicine meets mid-wifery head on in a torrent of family feuding. RSVP by March 16 by calling 780-488-4241.
Express BrainFitness Program
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Mondays and Fridays, March 31-April 28 or May 1-May 26
$35 for each 4-week session
Have you been interested in BrainFitness but the 12-week time commitment was too much? Try Sage’s new 4-week (8 class) express program. Keep your brain in shape with these tailor-made computer programs designed to stimulate the mind, sharpen hearing and enhance visual memory, improve problem-solving skills and improve memory and balance. These programs require no previous computer experience and are guided by an amazing instructor. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301. You do not need to be a senior or Sage member to register. You can pre-book a demo with the instructor anytime by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 305.
Casino Trip
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
March 31, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., shuttle departs at noon
Interested in trying your luck out at the casino? The River Cree Casino & Resort shuttle will pick up people at the EASC and take them to the casino. The casino also gives each person a $5 voucher to gamble with and a meal voucher and a parting gift. Coffee and tea will be available for those who come early to visit while they wait to board the shuttle. Call Stacey at 780-476-6595 Extension 2 to book your spot on the shuttle as spots are limited.
Genealogy Presentation
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
March 31, 1–2 p.m.
$2 MWSA members; $3 non-members
Learn how to research your family history with available resources, finding aids, maps, databases, genealogy magazines and publications. RSVP in advance by calling 780-496-2997.
 
 
 
April
Winter Programs
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
CLSA’s second intake of winter program registrations is happening now and it’s not too late to get involved. The following programs are a sampling of what’s offered. Visit www.clsaedmonton.ca for a complete listing.
Stained Glass Suncatcher: April 3 and 10, 1 - 4 p.m., $34 members: $64 non-members plus supplies
Diabetes & Complications Presentation: April 5, 1:30 p.m.
You can register online at www.edmonton.ca/eReg or www.clsaedmonton.ca (you will need a city login ID number and account PIN). You can also register by telephone by calling 311 or in-person at the centre between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
Pole Walking Information Session and Demonstration
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
April 5, 1 p.m.
Free
This is a great chance to learn more about Urban Pole Walking and the many health benefits, and also to try out some walking poles. A weekly walking group will start April 12 at 1 p.m. You do not need to be a senior or Sage member to join in. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
Alzheimer’s 101
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
April 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre (2051 Leger Road)
$2 member; $5 non-member
As of 2016, there are an estimated 564,000 Canadians living with dementia plus about 25,000 new cases diagnosed every year. By 2031, that number is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66 per cent. You will learn (1) the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, (2) practical tips to help you and those with the disease have a better quality of life, and (3) how to prevent the disease. There will also be time to ask questions. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
Tax Clinics for Seniors
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
April 6 and 13, 6–8:30 p.m.
Free
Seniors can get their taxes completed by making an appointment at one of these tax clinics. Qualifying Details: without dependent income $30 000 or less, with dependent income $50 000 or less, income includes investment money, no estate tax returns. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to book an appointment.
Orchestra Borealis: Special offer for seniors
Concert on April 9, 3 p.m.
Location: South Pointe Community Centre (11520 Ellerslie Road)
Orchestra Borealis 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 April concert at a reduced rate of only $5. Present one of the coupons to receive the special rate (April offer). Seniors are welcome to attend on their own or with family.
 
 
 
May
Spring Session
Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA)
May 1 – 19
University of Alberta Education Centre
$250 plus a $20 current membership for up to 4 courses
ELLA’s exciting continuing education Spring Session is happening May 1 to 19, and all aged 50 plus are welcome. There is no homework, grades, or prerequisites, and everyone is welcome no matter what their educational background. To find out about membership, when and how to register, and about the 60 classes on offer related to topics such as music, art, science, history, and physical fitness go to my-ella.com or call the ELLA office at 780-492-5055. Registration begins March 14 on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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