News and Events for Seniors

I’m Still Me: The Lived Experiences of Residents in Designated Supportive Living Report
This report contains details of a Health Quality Council of Alberta pilot project involving interviews with a small sample of residents in designated supportive living. The purpose was to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences. Specifically, this report identifies, from residents’ perspectives, themes of what is working well and what could be done to improve residents’ experiences in designated supportive living. 
Seniors isolation survey
The ESCC is involved in a 3-year collective impact initiative (PEGASIS) that is aiming to reduce rates of social isolation among the senior population in Edmonton. Six organizations are collaborating with ESCC and each other to find new ways of working together to address a range of factors that may lead to social isolation.
As part of this work a baseline survey was completed with 724 Edmonton adults aged 55+ to determine to what extent they feel connected and valued by family and friends and whether they have support and help when they need it. Overall, 24% of respondents scored as lonely on a validated loneliness scale, which is a concerning fact. Loneliness is closely associated with social isolation. 42% of respondents wanted to be more active in their communities or everyday life, but common barriers such as cost (26%), health concerns (28%) and not wanting to go alone (26%) prevented them.
Read more about the results of the baseline survey and contact Tim Henderson at 780-423-5635 ext. 5 if you have questions.
Identifying what is important to seniors' health in Alberta
The Seniors' Health Research Priority Setting Partnership is conducting a survey to determine the priority areas for seniors’ health research. You are invited to take part if you live or work in Alberta and are:
-an older adult (65 years of age and over) or
-a caregiver of an older adult (spouse; family member; friend; neighbour) or
-a clinician or health/social care provider (doctor; nurse; care aides; allied health provider; pharmacist; social worker) working with older adults
For more information, contact Billy Zhao by telephone (403-944-3274) or email (
Edmonton Lifelong Learners Spring Session
April 30 to May 18, 2018 
Registration begins on March 13
Participate in expert-led continuing education courses for adults 50 plus who want to keep learning and stay connected. Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA), in partnership with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension, have scheduled over 50 expert-led courses in the humanities, sciences, world affairs, art, music and wellness, plus a wide variety of noon hour presentations during 2018 Spring Session 2018 at the University of Alberta.
There are no prerequisites, homework or marks and everyone is welcome. You can participate in the learning and fun for the low cost of $250.  Bursaries are available to participants who need financial assistance (see the website for more information).
Explore the programs at or call 780-492-5055 for more information. 
Computer Bytes Lecture Series
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
March lectures in the Computer Bytes series include:
-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.
Jam Session 
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
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.
St. Patrick’s Pancake Brunch
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
March 15, 11 a.m.
Join WSAC for a pancake brunch and live musical entertainment from a fiddler. Try your luck with a 50/50 draw. Be sure to wear green or you might get pinched! Purchase your ticket in advance at the WSAC front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information. 
St. Patrick’s Day Sing-along
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
March 16, 2–4 p.m.
Tickets on sale Feb. 9–March 9. No tickets available at the door. Call 780-496-6969 for details.
Pot of Gold St. Paddy’s Party & Fun Casino
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
March 17
Sing-a-long cocktail hour at 4:30 p.m., dinner featuring Irish stew and biscuits at 5:30 p.m., fun money casino games including poker and black jack at 6:30 p.m., and fun money live auction at 9:30 p.m. A 50/50 draw and cash bar is available.
Tickets in advance $20 available at the SEESA Front Desk until March 13 or subject to availability. Tickets at the door are $15 and are available starting at 6:30 p.m. for the Fun Casino portion of the evening only and do not include the meal. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
Anemia and Hypothyroidism Presentation
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
March 17, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
$2 members/$3 non-members
This informative session is presented by U of A medical students. Call 780-496-2997 to register.
History Tea
Bonnie Doon Community League (9240 93 Street)
March 18, 2 – 4 p.m.
Colin Hatcher, Railway Historian, will make a short presentation at 3 p.m. on the Bonnie Doon Streetcar.  There is no admission charge thanks to sponsor Age Friendly Edmonton. Sponsors helped fund a display project, matching local youth to seniors and their stories. Displays have been developed on diverse topics, e.g. Women and Work, Transportation in Bonnie Doon, Bonnie Doon's Sports Heroes, Immigrant Stories, etc. These complement the 100th anniversary book project, Memories of Bonnie Doon, which is scheduled for publication in September 2018.
Bonnie Doon Hall is wheelchair accessible. Tea, coffee, cakes and squares will be served. Seniors are welcome to bring their families and grandchildren. There will be special activities for the kids. For more information contact Dolores at 780-910-1599 or Margaret at 780-469-1179. For more information about the Bonnie Doon Community League, check out
Thursday Luncheons with Entertainment
Southwest Senior’s Outreach Society
$10/member or $12/non-member
Come enjoy a hot meal followed by entertainment. On March 22, entertainment is by Tyler and Tyler.  The Easter Luncheon with Southwest Seniors Choir performing is March 29 (this is a pre-pay luncheon). Both these luncheons are at 10832 62 Avenue. Doors open as early as 10:30 a.m. but you can purchase your ticket until noon. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
Health & Wellness Fair
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Learn about healthy aging and lifestyles and this fair showcasing programs, services and information from 30+ vendors. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information. 
Handy Dandy Plumbing 101: What you need to know!
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
March 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A half-day workshop designed to walk you through everything you need to know about plumbing systems in your home. The instructor will explain what you need to know about hiring contractors and what you should look for when there is a problem with the plumbing or water systems in the house. Sign up in advance in person at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 if you have questions.
Fun Art Night
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 29, 6 – 9 p.m.
$30 (includes all material)
No experience is necessary for this fun activity. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Philosopher’s Cafe
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
March 29, 1:30 p.m.
$6/$8 at the door
The topic for this Philosopher’s Cafe is Land of Second Chances - Refugees and the Challenge of Making a New Home with presenter Dr. David Goa. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
Wednesday Night Dances
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7–10 p.m.
$8/member or $11/non-member
Music to look forward to in March:
March 21: Sparkling Tones
March 28: Chwill Brothers
Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
2029: Building Edmonton's Community Plan for Arts & Heritage
The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC), on behalf of the City of Edmonton, is preparing Edmonton’s next comprehensive 10-year Arts and Heritage Plan. To create a plan that is truly unique to our city, EAC wants to know your fondest culture memories, the impact of the arts in your community, on your networks or for your cause, and your aspirations for the future of the arts in Edmonton. Share your thoughts about the current state of the arts and heritage, and your vision for the next ten years at a community engagement session. If you have questions about the Arts & Heritage Plan or any of the engagement sessions, email
Solar Power: Possibilities for Edmonton
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
April 3, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
EPCOR is proposing to build a new solar farm on their property just south of the existing E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant near Cameron Heights. If approved, the solar farm will generate renewable energy to help power the existing E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant and its water treatment and distribution processes, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about the project, all of the factors being considered and where the plans go from here.  
Change of venue for Southwest Senior’s Outreach Society Activities
The church they are housed in will be undergoing major renovations from April – November 2018. They have arranged alternate locations for programming/luncheons.
-Creative Crafts: Starting April 3, Creative Crafts will be held in the Marshall Center, which is a small building to the west of Pleasantview Community League Hall at 10860 57 Ave.
-Gentle Yoga: Starting April 4, Gentle Yoga will be held at Allendale Community League Hall at 6330 105A St.
-Thursday luncheons (except for the first Thursday of each month) will be held at Pleasantview Community League Hall at 10860 57 Ave. beginning April 19.
Call 780-435-9515 before the end of April if you have questions. 
Popovich Music Dinner
Theatre North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
April 13, doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Join Richard and Deborah Popovich for a night of great music and comedy. Tickets on sale until April 6. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
40th Anniversary Kick-Off: Ruby Jubilee High Tea
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
April 16, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
NESA celebrates 40 years and is kicking off the celebrations with a Ruby Jubilee Tea. Expect sweets and treats, tea and coffee service, and entertainment. Attendees get an anniversary souvenir. Come share stories and honor NESA members, past and present. Tickets are on sale until April 6. Call 780-496-6969 for more information. 
Beyond Honey: Urban Beekeeping at MacEwan
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
May 9, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
Unfortunately, the population of honey bees worldwide is declining at an alarming rate due to environmental challenges including habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change. However, urban beehives in gardens, on roofs and in other places ensure pollinators are available to pollinate fruits and vegetables, and also produce a delicious side effect – honey! Even if we don’t want to become beekeepers ourselves, there are things we can all do to protect these pollinators, which are so important to our survival. Learn about MacEwan University’s rooftop hives, the truth about common bee myths, and what steps we can take to improve food production locally. You will also find out what you can do to protect pollinators and how organizations around the world are tackling this issue.
For more information about this course, email or call 780-497-5082. 
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
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.
Everyone is welcome to drop in and play crib. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
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
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 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 or 780-248-1383. 
Seniors Program
Catholic Social Services - Immigration Services
Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
Location: 8212 118 Avenue
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 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)
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)
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 Learn more at or on Facebook.