News and Events for Seniors

Study – A day in the life: How do older Canadians spend their time?
A recent study released by Statistics Canada examines how seniors spend their time and compares the information with results from 1986. Highlights include:
-Gender differences in the way people spend their time persist, even though seniors have generally transitioned out of employment and parental roles.
-Employment status, health and age have a significant impact on the way seniors spend their time. Older seniors spend more time on passive activities
-Time spent in active pursuits can help maintain physical and social capabilities and promote health. Seniors are now less active than in 1986
Do Live Well Video Series
Active Aging Canada
In one minute you can learn a new healthy living tip from the Active Aging Minute Do Live Well video series. This series of eight videos is based on research evidence about the kinds of activities and activity patterns that contribute to your physical, mental, social emotional and spiritual well-being. Each video will highlight different types of experiences that will prompt you to think about what you do every day, and inspire you to enhance your current routines and activity patterns. Because what you do every day, matters!
Brown Bag Luncheon Walking Group
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Edmonton Seniors Centre and walk to a local park and have lunch together. The walks are short trips of about 15–20 minutes one way. $5 for lunch or bring your own and walk for free. Call 780-342-8625 to register.
Wednesday Night Dances
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
$8/member or $11/non-member
Wednesdays, 7–10 p.m.
Scheduled entertainers for July are: July 4 (Diamonds), July 11 (Ghost Riders), July 18 (Romantics), and July 25 (Chwill Brothers).
Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Zumba Gold
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
Thursday’s in July (5, 12, 19, 26) & August (2, 9, 16, 23), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
$10 drop in rate or $65 for 8 classes in July & August
Join this lower impact, easy to follow, Latin-inspired, dance fitness program that keeps you feeling energized for life. Call 780-451-1925 to register.
Summer Music Classes
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
If you want to enjoy music over the summer, CLSA has you covered with music jams, lessons, and sing-a-longs.
-Anyone Can Sing!: Mondays, July 9-30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. member $52/non-member $87 #628254
-Guitar or Ukulele Lessons: 3-week sessions in July or Aug. member $76/non-member $111
-Guitar Summer Jam (Multi-Level): Mondays, July 9-23 or Aug. 13-27, 12:30 - 2 p.m., member $30/non-member $65 #628258 or 628259
-Homegrown Harmonies Summer Sing-A-Longs: Fridays, July 6-20 or Aug. 10-24,1:30 - 3 p.m., $13 #628256 or 628257
-Ukulele Group Lessons (Absolute Beginner): Tuesdays, July 24-31 or Aug. 21-28, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., member $20/non-member $55 #631970 or 631971
-Ukulele Summer Jam (Multi-Level): Tuesdays, July 10-31 or Aug. 7-28, 1:30-3:30 p.m., members $52/non-members $87 #631966 or 631967
To register online go to or call 311. Fore more information view the program guide or call 780-496-7369.
Low Impact Yoga and Zumba
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
MWSA is offering two classes this summer for people who want to be active but need a less-intense workout.
Chair Yoga
Wednesdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m., July 11-Aug. 15
$42 members /$54 non-members or drop-in fee of $10/class
Experience all of the benefits of yoga (increase flexibility, build muscle strength, increase energy levels and improve circulation) from a seated position. All exercises are performed from a chair. No mat work is required. No previous yoga experience is required.
Chair Zumba
Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., July 13-Aug. 17
$42 members/ $54 non-members or drop-in fee of $10/class
The Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves create a fun fitness program for all abilities. Chair Zumba improves cardiovascular capacity, overall muscular strength and endurance, range of motion, posture, and cognitive function - just to name a few benefits. If you can sit, you can do Chair Zumba.
Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
July Dance featuring Andreas & Mike
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
July 13, 7 p.m.
$10/person at the door
Refreshments included. Cash bar available for members and invited guests (by reading this consider yourself invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
GeriActors 3rd Annual Summer School
GeriActors Theatre
Fridays, July 13, 20 and 27 and August 3, 3-5 p.m.
If you’ve EVER acted or NEVER acted, this is the program for you! Turn your stories into plays, learn about acting, improvise, create dynamic characters, and eat delicious snacks. Register in person at Sage Seniors Association or call 780-423-5510.
Dinosaurs for Adults
John Janzen Nature Centre
Saturdays, July 14, 21, 28. 1-4 p.m.
Course code: 639117
Paleontologist Gavin Bradley offers insight into the dinosaurs that once roamed the province in this program for adults. A combination of lecture and hands-on exploration in the field will show participants how to look for dinosaur bones and properly handle their finds. The group will examine a fossil collection, make plaster casts of bones, and learn about the dinosaur era in Edmonton. Then, walk to a nearby bone bed to test your skills. Every year construction workers and amateur fossil hunters are surprised when they find remains that date back 60 million years or more. Have fun, learn about prehistoric times and walk away with a tangible skill.
LGBTQ2S 55+ Support and Activity Group
Edmonton Seniors Centre
July 16
A safe space for talking, sharing, field trips, and support for the 55+ LGBTQ2S crowd. A place of compassion, understanding and acceptance. No registration is required.
Income from a Reverse Mortgage
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
July 18,10–11 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)
Your home may be a substantial asset that can easily be put to work elsewhere in your retirement plans. A CHIP Home Income Plan could enable you to convert a portion of your home equity into tax-free money while still living in your own home. Learn how this program could benefit you. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
Gamma Knife Technology Presentation
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
July 19, 12 p.m.
Dr. Keith Aronyk, Clinical Department Head of Neurosciences with Alberta Health Services, will speak about the fascinating new Gamma Knife at the University Hospital. Gamma Knife technology makes it possible for surgeons to perform brain operations scalpel free. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
Potluck Supper & Games Night
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
July 20, doors open at 5:30 p.m.
$2 with a food dish; $5 without
Love board games, cards and food? Then this is the place for you! Fill your belly and enjoy the conversations with great people. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Comedy Night at K-Days
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
July 23, 5 - 11 p.m.
$25 members/$35 non-members for yellow bus transportation and K-Days admission
Take in the sights and sounds of the annual exhibition fair, along with enjoying a night of comedy with comedians Jamie Hutchinson and Brent Butt. Meet at MWSA. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Conversation Groups
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Wisemen Conversation and Coffee Group
Wednesdays, July 25 & August 8, 9 a.m.
Stop by grab a coffee and join the conversation. This is a free group and is open to everyone.
Wonder Women Conversation and Coffee Group
Wednesdays, July 25 & August 8, 1:30 p.m.
Always a lively conversation come and be part of it! This is a free group and is open to everyone.
Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
K’Days Pancake Breakfast
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
July 27, 9–10:30 a.m.
Entertainment and prizes for best costume. Tickets on sale until July 20. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Puzzle Sales at NESA
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue) 
NESA’s puzzle sales are so popular they’ve made them a monthly event. Puzzles will be sold in lobby from 9 – 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. The next sale is Wednesday, August 1. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Essentrics: Stretch and Tone
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Wednesdays, Aug 1 – Aug 29, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This is a full body workout that rapidly changes the shape of your body through a dynamic and fluid combination of strengthening and stretching. The technique develops lean, strong and flexible muscles with immediate changes to your posture. Perfect for men and women of all fitness levels, this program rebalances the body, prevents and treats injuries and unlocks tight joints. With a diverse music playlist accompanying each routine, this equipment-free workout leaves you feeling energized, youthful and healthy. A yoga mat is required. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Mallaig, Alberta’s “Haying in the 30s” Festival
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
August 4, depart Sage at 9 a.m. and return approx. 10 p.m.
$45 (bring or buy your own lunch. Coach bus, festival admission and beef on a bun supper included in cost)
See what it was like to be a farmer in the 1930s. Events include horseshoe-making and demos, haying, wood splitting, grain and thrashing demos, face-painting, viewing zoo, beef on a bun dinner, and more. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 to register as soon as possible to be guaranteed a seat.
Fire Pit Sing-A-Long & BBQ
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
August 7, arrival 4:30 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. and singing 5:30 -8:30 p.m.
Join this fun filled evening of food, fire pit, and sing-a-long! Bring your guitars and ukuleles too (song sheets with lyrics/chords provided). Burgers and hot dogs will be served up with coleslaw and pasta salad. All ages are welcome. Please bring a lawn chair. Tickets available in advance at the SEESA Front Desk until August 2. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
Bus Trip to Birchwood Meadows: A U-Pick Flower Farm
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
August 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$75 (includes entry to gardens, snack, small bouquet and lunch)
The day will begin with a morning bus ride through the rural countryside to the beautiful family-run gardens. You will take in the sights and smells on a tour of the property during the peak of sunflower and dahlia season. There will be time to visit the gift shop and succulents greenhouse before a refreshing cucumber water and a snack. Guests will choose their own 15-stem bouquet to take home. This country escape ends with a sit-down farmhouse meal at The Station Restaurant and Bakery in Morinville. Registration is required by July 31. Call 587-987-3200.
Drop-in Cards and Games
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
SWESA is hosting drop-in Cribbage, Mah Jong, Hand and Foot Canasta, and Contract Bridge all summer long. Find more information on the website or call 587-987-3200.
New locations for summer festivals
A number of summer festivals have moved to Capital Plaza (9820 107 Street) on the Alberta Legislature Grounds because of construction at Sir Winston Churchill Square:
The Works Art & Design Festival June 21 to July 3
Taste of Edmonton July 18 to 29
Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival August 10 to 12
The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival July 10 to 15 has moved to Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park (8331 104 Street) between Gateway Blvd. and Calgary Trail. 
Big Summer Book Sale
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
There are hundreds of books to choose from. The sale will run throughout the summer Monday to Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
Summer Safari Outings
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Prices vary
Explore Edmonton and area on outings this summer with NESA.
-Stony Plain Mural Tour (July 5)
-Legislative Building and Taste of Edmonton (July 19)
-Day Trip to new Outlet Mall at the International Airport (August 2)
-Fort Heritage Precinct in Fort Saskatchewan (Aug 15)
-Reynold's Museum and Summer Wrap Up Party (Aug 30)
These trips are open to NESA members and non-members. Get details online or call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Summer Fitness Classes
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Want to stay active during the summer? CLSA is continuing programming through the summer months.
-Essentrics for Seniors/Stretch & Tone: Tues. July 3-31, 10:45-11:30 a.m./11:45-12:45 p.m.
-Yoga Iyengar: Fri. July 6-27, 10-11:30 a.m.
-Cardio Yoga-Size: Mon. July 9-23/Aug 13-27, 9-10:15 a.m.
-Circuit Challenge Boot Camp: Fri. July 13-20/Aug 17-24, 9-10 a.m.
-Co-Ed Keep Fit (Multilevel): Mon. July 9-23/ Aug 13-27 and Wed July 11-25/ Aug 8-22, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Call CLSA at 780-496-7369 for more details.
Drop-in Sports for the Summer
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
$2 for MWSA members; $5 for non-members
Enjoy drop-in sports at Mill Woods Seniors all summer long. They have badminton, pickleball, and fun floor curling all summer. They also have a Billiards Room. Check their website for more details or call 780-496-2997.
Summer Fitness Classes
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)
Stay committed to your fitness all summer long. SWESA is offering Essentrics, Yoga, Line Dance and Golden Gloves (boxing) with new sessions starting in July through August. Drop-ins are also welcome. Find more information on the website or call 587-987-3200 for more information.
CD Fresh Express Bus stops at CLSA
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays, 12-2 p.m.
Good news for lovers of Farmers Markets. The CD Fresh Express Bus is making a stop at Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre every Tuesday. This locally-owned travelling farmers market bus is loaded with produce sourced as locally as possible and sometimes baked goods. The bus is open to everyone. This news story gives some background on the initiative.
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.