News and Events for Seniors

Alberta Human Rights Act Age Amendments
The Government of Alberta is asking for input on proposed changes to the Act respecting age discrimination. Your perspectives and ideas will help inform changes made. They are seeking specific input on whether the Act should include provisions to allow:
-programs and activities that provide a protection or benefit to minors and seniors, and if so how should “seniors” be defined (relevant to section 4)?
-seniors-only housing, and if so what should be the relevant age restriction (relevant to sections 4 and 5)?
They also seeking input about if there are unintended consequences to the addition of “age” to sections 4 and 5 that should be taken into account.
They have created a guide to help participants focus their thoughts and responses. Please submit your written response by August 31, 2017, to the Alberta Human Rights Act – Age Amendments Team by email at or by mail to: Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Age Amendments Team, 4th Floor, Bowker Building, 9833-109 Street Edmonton, AB, T5K 2E8
Housing Terminology Public Survey
Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association
The seniors housing industry, Alberta Health Services and the government of Alberta use various terms to describe types of seniors housing. Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association is gathering feedback about how seniors and their families understand this terminology. They are asking people to complete an online survey based on their own personal understandings so that they can find areas where language needs to be changed or where more education is needed.
Buddy Benches
The City of Edmonton has installed buddy benches in 13 locations around the city to help reduce social isolation. People who are lonely are invited to sit on the specially-painted blue benches. If someone notices a person sitting on a buddy bench, they are encouraged to sit with them and start up a conversation. Find your nearest buddy bench and connect with someone new!
Make a Traditional Ribbon Skirt or Shirt
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
Thursdays in August, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
$65 for a regular and $75 for an extra large
Have you ever wanted to make a traditional ribbon skirt or shirt? These items are used for ceremony and celebration and have significance in Aboriginal culture. For the month of August the EASC will be offering an evening sewing class where people can make themselves a ribbon shirt or skirt and learn about the tradition and significance of these clothing items. Participants only need to show up - the EASC will have everything you need to create a skirt or shirt for yourself. By calling 587-525-8969 extension #2.
Wednesday Night Dances
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$7/member or $10/non-member
The August roster of musicians for NESA’s Wednesday Night Dances is: August 2 (Diamonds), August 9 (Back Street Affair), August 16 (Sparkling Tones), August 23 (Chwill Brothers) and August 30 (Reaction Variety Band. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Badminton Fun Day Invitational
SEESA (9350 82 Street)
August 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$3 in advance or $5 on the day
Come out and join the SEESA Badminton Club for this fun day of playing your favourite sport while meeting other players from other senior centres across the city. No prior experience is required. Family and friends aged 55+ are invited to join in the activities. Games start at 9 a.m. and tear down is at 11 a.m. You can purchase lunch in the cafeteria at 11:45 a.m. (optional: not included in the price of the fun day). Call 780-468-1985 or visit the SEESA Front Desk prior to August 11 to register for this fun invitational.
Pre-Shabbat Dinner
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
August 11, 5:30 p.m.
$40 or $45 with a glass of wine
Come and celebrate the Jewish traditional Friday dinner and entertainment.  RSVP with payment by August 1. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
August Dance
SEESA (9350 82 Street)
August 11, 7 p.m. 
$10/person at the door
The August dance features The Diamonds. Refreshments are included. The is a cash bar available for members and invited guests (by reading this consider yourself invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
Summer Tea
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
August 11, 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a spot of tea, ice tea or coffee on a lovely Friday afternoon. Layer the butter on to your scone and delightfully bite into this treat while enjoying great company and classical music. Purchase tickets at the centre. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Get Smart about Antibiotics
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
August 14, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
Antibiotics have been around for decades and for the most part, patients know very little about their mechanism of action. Attendees will gain knowledge beyond just the name and shape of the medication and how to determine if antibiotics should be used in certain conditions. We will address treatment options for common infections and discuss how to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections. We will learn about antibiotic resistance, the contributors and options for those having some resistant bacteria. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
60s Dance
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
August 18, 6-9 p.m.
$5 for non-members/$4 for members
EASC is hosting an evening dance with a 60’s theme. There will be a 60s play list, prizes for best female and male costume, 50/50 and light snacks and refreshments. All are welcome. Come have a blast from the past! RSVP by August 16 by phoning 587-525-8969.
How to Create a Healthy Sleep Hygiene with Essential Oils
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
August 22, 12–2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
Learn about sleep, how to build a sleep routine, and tools and tips for a successful rest including essential oils. Join in on the discussion about what your challenges are and some solutions that you can try. Leave this workshop with a list of tips and samples of essential oils. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
Seniors Social
Callingwood Farmers’ Market
August 23, 12-3 p.m.
The Seniors Social will feature live music, free coffee/tea and snacks, and a yoga/stretch class at 1 p.m. led by a Jamie Platz YMCA instructor. Enjoy shopping the farmers’ market vendors. The social will be set up in the covered courtyard at The Marketplace at Callingwood and the event will go rain or shine. 
Join the FAN: Fun Art Night
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
August 24, 6 – 9 p.m.
$30 (includes all materials)
Join in an evening of fun, laughter, and socializing with friends while creating a one of a kind painting. This is a guided, step by step process that will be led by the instructor. It is recommended to wear appropriate clothing for painting. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Purchase your tickets at the centre. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Taste of Mill Woods
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
August 24, 4–8 p.m.
$10 per ticket which includes admission and food
Celebrate the diversity and culture that is the heart of Mill Woods. There will be authentic, cultural foods and live entertainment. Purchase tickets by August 18. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Book Sale
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Visit this huge book sale and browse through tables and tables of all kinds of books. You’ll find a great selection of great priced finds new and old. The book sale starts June 22 and runs all summer, Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
Pole Walking Group
Sage Seniors Association
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
If you are looking for a regular opportunity to get out and get moving, this is the group for you. The group goes rain or shine. Guidance and trial poles are available. The group is offered on a drop-in basis, but pre-registration is recommended to be contacted about changes. Everyone is welcome.
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.
Tech Savvy Seniors
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
The Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre has partnered with the Edmonton Public Library for a Tech Savvy Seniors Program. Participants will learn all about Facebook, email, online resources and services, word processing and much more. This program runs two sessions per month until March of 2018.  EASC has a snazzy new computer lab and welcomes people with all skill levels. Maybe you’d like to be a volunteer who can teach other seniors. If you would like to participate in this new program call 780-476-6595 to find out the dates and times or become a member and you will get a monthly newsletter.
Grief Support
Jewish Family Services
Cost: donation ask basis
Jewish Family Services’ program Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss is once again offering its group series this fall. Roads to Healing is an introductory 2-hour session where grief, self-care, and coping strategies are explored. For those wanting to pursue group counselling, there is the 7-week Navigating the Rivers of Grief series. Finding Meaning, Finding Me is a level two, 7-session, group series for those who have completed a Navigating the Rivers Series and are wanting to continue to explore their grief journey and healing.
Pre-registration for the groups is required. Call 780-454-1194 and ask for Michael Yankowski. The groups are offered in various parts of the city:
Roads to Healing: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1-3 p.m. at SWESA
Navigating the Rivers of Grief:  Tuesdays, Sept. 12 – Oct. 24, 1-3 p.m. at SWESA
Roads to Healing: Thursday, Sept. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Londonderry EPL
Navigating the Rivers of Grief: Thursdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Londonderry EPL
Roads to Healing: Friday, Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m., at MWSA-Millwoods EPL
Navigating the Rivers of Grief: Tuesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 15, 1-3 p.m. at MWSA-Millwoods EPL
Roads to Healing: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Capilano EPL
Navigating the Rivers of Grief: Tuesday, Nov. 7-Dec. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Capilano EPL
Finding Meaning, Finding Me: Thursdays, Nov. 2-Dec. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Londonderry EPL
Wee Golf Tourney and Trade Show
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
September 6
Shot Gun Tee off at 10 a.m.
Barbecue and Trade Show from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Come on out for a fun ‘wee’ round of golf at the Kinsmen Par 3 then back over to the centre for a barbecue lunch and very informative trade show for services available to seniors and to your home renovation needs as well. Call 780-433-5807 to sign up to participate or to book your booth space.
New Seniors Program
Catholic Social Services Immigration Services
Thursdays starting September 7, 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.
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 and cheese seminars, estate planning, hearing loss, technology workshops, and travel tips. Learn more at or by calling 780-418-8032.
Flower Arranging
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
September 13, 1:30 p.m.
Have you always wanted to arrange your cut flowers in your favourite vase at home so it looks the same as on TV or at the flower shop? This workshop can help you with that. ESC is offering an opportunity to create autumn themed arrangements to fill your home with fall colours. You take home a mid-sized arrangement with $60 worth of product, and you also get ESC's homemade cookies and beverages. Must be registered and paid by September 6. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
Restorative Justice Course
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays, Sept. 19–Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m.
$38 before Sept. 12 and $46 after Sept.12
How do we determine justice? Justice means different things to different people, depending on the side of crime or conflict. Challenge how you look at headlines and outcomes in this interesting new course co-presented by Sue Hopgood and Doug Heckbert. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.