News and Events for Seniors

 
NEWS
Aging-in-place study seeks participants
A University of Alberta study is seeking an older couple who are currently renovating their home with the intention it will allow them to age-in-place. Our Home: For All Ages & Stages Of Life explores why and how a couple embarks on the decision to change their home in order to prepare for aging-in-place. This research may be used to assist others in this decision-making process and to inform architects, builders, renovators, home product suppliers, and government policy makers.
Key eligibility requirements:
-Canadian, male and female, married couple, each partner is over 50 years of age
-Ownership of a single-family home that you’ve lived in for a minimum of 5 years
-In the midst of a renovation done by a renovator, friend or family member, or yourself
Additional eligibility requirements and information can be found in the recruitment notice and information sheet.
Participation in the study includes two home walk throughs, two interviews, and the keeping of a journal. The renovation features of your home will be photographed or videotaped and the walk throughs and interviews will be recorded.
If you’re interested in participating, contact Linda Marie Johnson by phone at 780-458-6712 or by email at lmj5@ualberta.ca.
Door to Door Sales Survey
The City of Edmonton's Neighbourhood Empowerment Team is interested in hearing about the experiences Edmontonians who are 55+ have had with door to door sales in the city. Share your experiences by completing this online survey. Contact Connie Marciniuk at connie.marciniuk@edmonton.ca or 780-975-3921 if you have any questions or would like to provide additional feedback not captured in the survey.
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
April
Thursday Lunches with Entertainment
Southwest Seniors’ Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
$10/person with membership or $12/person with no membership
Enjoy a hot meal plus salad, dessert, coffee and tea. The luncheons will be followed by entertainment:
April 27: Home Style Country
Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
Succulent Arrangements
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
April 28, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$25 members; $30 non-members
Succulents are very popular these days. They are kept for their ease of care and feeding and their striking appearance. Today, you will see them for sale at garden centers, nurseries, and botanical gardens. Susan Parker from the Edmonton Horticultural Society will walk you through creating and caring for your own succulent arrangement. Bring your own 10-inch or 12-inch pot. Registration is required by April 24. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
Spring Fling Fund Raiser and Silent Auction
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
April 28, 11:30 a.m.
Lunch gala tickets: $15 for members and $18 for non-members
Silent auction items are on display in the lobby and tickets are now on sale for 50 cents each, 12 tickets for $5, or 25 tickets for $10. Winners will be announced at the Lunch Gala. Join the fun in welcoming spring and win one of the prizes valued up to $500.
Craft and Bake Sale
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
April 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Are you needing to get a gift for Mother’s Day? Or maybe you just want to check out your local Aboriginal Seniors Centre?  Well come on down on Sunday, April 29 to see various indigenous artisans and entrepreneurs. If you would like to be a vendor at this event call 780-476-6595. The fee for a table is only $20.
Line Dance Party and Social
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
April 30, 2–4 p.m.
$4/person
Enjoy an afternoon of line dancing. No experience is necessary and brand new dancers are welcome. Please bring a small potluck snack to share. Register in advance at the SEESA Front Desk or by calling 780-468-1985.
 
 
 
May
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.
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.
Express BrainFitness Program
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Mondays and Fridays, 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.
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.
Roads to Healing Program
Mill Woods Seniors Association and Jewish Family Services
Thursdays, May 4-June 22, 6-8 p.m.
Location: 2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor
Free
This presentation gives an overview of how grief is experienced and introduces ideas on how to deal with one’s own experience. Call 780-496-2997 to register. Maximum of 12 participants only.
Tea and Rug Show
Edmonton Rug Hooking Guild
May 4, 11 a.m. –  2 p.m.
Location: Pleasantview Hall (10860 57 Avenue)
$5 admission
Join the Edmonton Rug Hooking Guild for their annual Tea and Rug Show. Admission includes rug show, light lunch, door prizes and silent auction. You can find more information at http://www.edmontonrughookingguild.com.
Are Your Ducks in a Row?
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 member; $5 non-member
Don’t be caught unprepared. Get the facts you need to know so that you and your family will not have to make decisions under stress. The presenter will provide information regarding:
-The importance of a sound plan for the contingencies of longevity, illness, and death
-How to save on funeral costs and avoid emotional overspending
-How to ensure that your wishes will be carried out
-How to spare your family unnecessary emotional burden in one of the worst days of their lives
-Cremation and earth burial
Mad Hatters, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo Tea
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
May 5, 2–4 p.m.
$5/person
Tickets can be purchased at the NESA front desk by April 28. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Carfit
May 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: SEESA parking lot (9350 82 Street)
Free
The Alberta Motor Association and South East Edmonton Seniors Association are working together to host a Carfit event. What is Carfit you ask!? Carfit is an educational/community program to assist seniors to find their best fit behind the wheel. Kinda like ergonomics! Safety is the priority. The 12-point checklist goes over things like seat belt adjustment, setting your mirrors to minimize your blind spot, hand and seat positioning, etc. Each appointment takes about 20 minutes. Couples are welcome. Phone 780-468-1985 to register.
Portrait Drawing in Pencil Workshop
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
May 6 and 13, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$30 for members; $40 for non-members. Supplies extra.
Learn anatomy and tips and tricks for drawing portraits. The workshop covers how to get likeness and depth in portraits through studying them using simple paper and pencil. The techniques you learn in this class are transferable to other mediums. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
Melody Singers’ Spring Performance
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
May 7, 2 p.m.
$7
SEESA’s performance choir is pleased to present “My Land: A Musical Celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday”. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the SEESA Front Desk or at the door if not sold out. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
Bus Trip to the Tulip Garden Tea
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 9, 12:30–3:30 p.m. 
$30 member; $35 non-member
Be a part of Canada’s year-long birthday celebration by visiting the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s “Canada 150 Tulip bed” and listen to performances from the children of 100 Voices Preschool. Enjoy engaging animal encounters and complimentary tea, cold drinks and baked goods. Register by May 1. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
Mother’s Day Brunch
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
May 10, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
$8
Meals served on a first-come first-served basis. Pre-registration is not required. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Mamma Mia!
CapitalCare Foundation
May 11, 5:30 p.m.
NAIT Shaw Theatre (11762 106 Street)
Celebrate mothers in care with CapitalCare Foundation. Join in a delightful musical evening of fun with the sing-along version of Mamma Mia! For ticket information visit www.capitalcarefoundation.net. Call 780-448-2413 for information.
Mother’s Day Silver Tea Service
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
May 12, doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at 12 p.m.
$8 for NWESS members, $10 for non-members
High tea sandwiches and strawberry short cake will be served. Pianist Colleen Karp and Hula Dancer Barbara Reed will perform. Purchase tickets at NWESS by May 5. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
A Night of Music & Dinner
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
May 12, 5–7:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets $18 per person or $30 for two
Join the Westend Singers Choir for an evening of dinner and delightful sound. Tickets sold on a first-come first-served basis; pre-purchasing tickets ahead of time is recommended. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
The Scoop on SCOPE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 12, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2 member; $5 non-member
Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer and one of the most preventable cancers. If detected at its earliest stage, the chance of survival is over 90 per cent. The SCOPE Program is the Edmonton zone arm of the Provincial Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program and is affiliated with the Screening for Life Program. Join an educator from AHS to learn more about colon health, prevention, screening and treatment. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
Get Ready in the Park
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services
May 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: William Hawrelak Park
Free
Do you feel prepared to handle emergencies? Get some helpful tips on a variety of emergency preparedness topics at Get Ready in the Park.
-Learn how to prevent flooding at home.
-Find out about food safety tips during power outages.
-Learn more about crime prevention and community safety.
-Find out how quick and easy it is to create and practice a fire escape plan.
-Find out how to stay informed through official channels during an incident.
-Visit the Insurance Bureau of Canada booth to see if you have the right coverage for your home and business.
-Find out what’s underground so you can dig safely.
Summer Safari Registration
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Check out NESA’s summer day trips! Victoria Settlement and Smoky Lake; Discovery Wildlife Park and Historical Village; and Camrose Railway Museum are just a few of the destinations this year. More information on the day trips is available at the front desk, online or by calling 780-496-6969. Registration begins May 15 during regular office hours (8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.). Wednesday hours are from 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Cookbook Exchange
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
May 17, 1 p.m.
Everyone has those old cookbooks that sit on a shelf and never get used. Why not exchange them for some new-to-you cookbooks? Old, new, ethnic, simple, favorite or never been used books—give them a new home. Just bring your cookbooks to the centre and trade them for something new. There is no charge to participate in the JSCC’s first ever cookbook exchange. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
Family & Professional Caregiver Workshops
Home Instead Senior Care
May
Location: Family Education Training Centre (13B Fairway Drive – in Westbrook mall near 119 St. & 37 Ave.)
Free
Seniors, family members, health care professionals and caregivers are welcome to attend these caregiver workshops. Topics for April and May include:
-Hospice Family Caregiver Training
-Heart Attack & Stroke Education
-Community Infection Prevention & Control
-Assisting Client with Arthritis
-Patient & Doctor Communication
-Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver
-Improving Communication with Aging Parents
Pre-register at least three business days in advance by calling:
Home Instead – West Edmonton: 780-439-9990 or Home Instead – East Edmonton: 780-465-5373
 
 
 
September
Second Wind Conference
September 7
Location: Chateau Louis Conference Centre (11727 Kingsway Avenue)
Early bird registration $70 (ends July 15); regular registration $85 (July 16 to Sept. 7)
This wellness conference is open to all retirees in the greater Edmonton community. The keynote speaker is Peter Brown who is currently a writer and producer of The Irrelevant Show on CBC Radio. Sessions include wine tasting, downsizing, reverse mortgages, cardio salsa, technology workshops, photo archives and travel destinations. Learn more at secondwindconference.ca or by calling 780-418-8032.
 
 
 
 
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