News and Events for Seniors

 
NEWS
Study of Entrepreneurs 50+
The Centre for Elder Research at Sheridan College in Ontario is conducting a nation-wide study to learn more about new and established Canadian entrepreneurs age 50+ as well as those individuals 50+ who are actively pursuing a defined business idea. The study is funded by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC). If you are a Canadian entrepreneur age 50+, you are invited to complete the survey in English or French.
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.
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
 
 
September
PayWhatYouCan Week
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
September 18–23
Combat your fear of commitment and try out a class before you decide to register. The instructors will provide an insight into the class they will be offering this fall. Participation for this special class is by donation. All monies collected will go the SEESA Benevolent Fund which is used to subsidize programs for low income seniors.
Try out one of the following classes: Zumba Gold, Fit For Your Life, Keep Fit, Sit Down For Fitness, Yoga, Yoga Chair, Barre Fitness, Clogging, Line Dancing, Qigong, Group Vocal, Learn to Chord, Small Ensemble Workshop, Soft Pilates Evening, and more. For exact start times consult the online program guide.
Square Dance
West Edmonton Promenaders
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:45 p.m. starting September 19
Location: Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9269 176 Street)
Square dance with this not-for-profit, fun recreational group. No experience? – no problem! No partner? – no problem! Partners are available, as are lessons starting September 19. Ages 10 to 100 are welcome. Dress is casual or dressy, western or traditional. Indoor shoes are required. Today’s square dance uses all music – rock, easy listening, pop, classical, C&W. Each evening you will dance the equivalent of five kilometres and enjoy every step, and meet new friends at the same time.
For more information contact Deb or Ruth at 780-462-6763 or 780-489-6545 or ruth@mumbo.ca.
Crash Course to Caring for a Loved One with Dementia
Home Instead Senior Care
September 21, 12 p.m. (Mountain)
Free
You've likely had a few "I don't know how to deal with this!" moments over the course of your caregiving journey so far. Improve your caregiving know-how in this 60-minute webinar by learning about practical tips, best practices and resources from the experts. If you have questions, contact Shawn Turcotte at 780-439-9990 or shawn.turcotte@homeinstead.com.
Global Terrorism Talk
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
September 22, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue) 
$2
Allan Bleiken, president of Global Trends Ltd., has accumulated more than 40 years of executive experience on a national and international level within industry, government, education, and the diplomatic field. As the owner and president of a private research company, he authored numerous reports, publications, and studies for industry and government. Learn more about the causes and motivations of terrorism and why it’s difficult to defeat it. There will be time for questions. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
Aging in Place Workshop
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Fridays, Sept. 22–Oct. 13, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Follow-up meeting on Oct. 27. $20 (includes coffee and tea) Most people want to age in their own home. Is that possible? Do you have the resources you need? Have you thought about finances, transportation, health, safety, support and more? This workshop will help give tools to really plan ahead. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301. 
Seniors’ Housing Forum
September 23, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Free
The Seniors’ Housing Forum Planning Committee, comprised of key community stakeholders, is presenting the 11th Annual Seniors' Housing Forum for seniors, their families and caregivers. The goal of the Forum is to educate participants about the range of housing options and community resources available for older adults and to guide individuals in planning appropriate future housing for themselves and/or significant others. For more information about the event, download an event poster or view the Sage website. Extensive information and resource materials, event admission, lunch and parking will be available free to seniors, their families and caregivers. Register by calling 780-809-8604.
Advice-A-Thon
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
September 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: City Hall
Free
60 Edmonton lawyers will volunteer to give legal advice in all areas of law and you can get a half an hour of free legal advice. Learn more at www.eclc.ca/advice-a-thon.
Taste of Chartwell
Chartwell Wild Rose Retirement Residence (9612 172 Street)
September 24, 1-4 p.m.
Free
Everyone is welcome at this Open House. Have a tour of the building, enjoy some entertainment, talk with residents and enjoy something to eat. Call 587-487-4547 for more information.
Health and Wellness Presentation
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
September 26, 10 a.m.
Free
The flu season is fast approaching. Help protect yourself from the flu this year by learning about flu vaccines and getting a flu shot. The presentation will talk about how to treat flu symptoms and why it is important to get the flu shot each year. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to sign up.
Book Sale
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Sept. 26–30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and open until 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 and Sept. 29
Come and check out a huge selection of books sold for great prices. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Chase the Ace
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays starting September 26, 4-6 p.m.
The Chase the Ace Progressive Raffle is coming to CLSA. Raffle tickets will be $5/ea. Only 2,000 tickets are available. You must be present to win. Read the full game rules.
Blue Pencil Cafe
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays, Sept. 26–Nov. 14, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
$45
Join instructor Melle in this very popular writing course. Melle will offer guidance and direction on whatever type of written work you happen to be interested in. You must pre-register in person or by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
Pharmacy Museum Bus Trip
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
September 27, depart at 9:30 a.m.
$40, lunch is included
View collections featuring the history of the Canadian pharmacy such as cosmetics and toiletries; baby items; candy and chocolates; artifacts; jars; books; pamphlets and products. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
End of Life Matters
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Starting September 27, 10 a.m.
This seminar series will touch on end of life matters. The presenter is a grief coach, author and Palliative/Spiritual Care Provider and Educator on end-of-life matters. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
Medicinal Marijuana in Canada: How Does It Work?
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
September 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2
In 2016, there were approximately 37,000 authorized medical marijuana users. By 2024, the number of licensed users is projected to be 433,638 Canadians. Cannabinoid Medical Clinic (CMClinic) is at the forefront of patient care in the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana. They treat the needs of patients suffering from chronic illnesses through a stringent marijuana regulatory system. A CMClinic educator will explain the process of getting a referral to the clinic, how to find effective treatment for chronic and serious conditions, and how to navigate the new medical marijuana regulatory system.
Flea Market
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Sept. 29, 1–7 p.m. and Sept. 30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Over 40 tables of fabulous treasures! Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Alberta Cultural Days
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
September 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free
This event features two universal languages - music and food.
Two choirs from WSAC and its partner Edmonton Mennonite Centre for New Comers (EMCN) will communicate and exchange their talents in their unique melodies. WSAC's house band "Silver Tones" will engage the audience to sing along with them. A special guest group, the Kyrgyz Association in Alberta, will educate people about their unique culture through dance performance, food, costume, and decorations.
The food reflects the Unity in Diversity theme as well. Two ethnic rice dishes will be prepared by EMCN for sampling, and WSAC will remind people of our proud Albertan food. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Open Houses
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi® Edmonton Branch
September 29, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and/or October 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 15740 Stony Plain Road
In conjunction with the United Nations Day of Older Persons on October 1, Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi® Edmonton Branch is hosting two Open House events. With the practice of Taoist Tai Chi Arts®, explore the harmony of health and wellbeing understood by the ancient Chinese and experience balance, flexibility and relaxation. The open houses will feature Taoist Tai Chi demos, information, and a free class followed by a Jai (vegetarian lunch). For more information, class schedules and events visit www.taoist.org/edmonton, email edmonton@taoist.org or phone 780-489-4293.
Paint-A-Rama
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
September 30, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
$35 (group rates for 10 or more)
Contribute to your community while having fun. Join a pride of lion-hearted painters in a ‘fun’draiser for CLSA and help set a record of 250 artists simultaneously creating lion-themed acrylic paintings. No experience is necessary. Guided instruction and all supplies are included in your registration fee. Purchase tickets at the CLSA reception desk, phone 311, or register online at Edmonton.ca/eReg (Barcode 611520). For more information, visit the website or contact CLSA at 780-496-7369.
Classical Music Concert
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
September 30, 10–11 a.m.
Free
Opus 12 will be at MWSA performing some world-class classical music for your entertainment. All are welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Bannock Making
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
September 30, noon to 4 p.m.
$5 for EASC members and $7 for non-members
Have you heard of bannock? It is considered a traditional Aboriginal food; however, it was brought to this continent by settlers and has now become a staple food in Aboriginal culture as well. An EASC member (who makes very good bannock) has volunteered to teach this class. All the ingredients will be provided and all you have to do is show up. Make some bannock and then enjoy it fresh out of the oven. Mmmmm. Call 587-525-8970 to sign-up.
Wednesday Night Dances
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$7 NESA members / $10 non-members Dance to a live band and enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise! The September line-up is: Sept. 6 (Diamonds), Sept. 13 (Ghost Riders), Sept. 20 (Sparkling Tones) and Sept. 27 (Chwill Brothers). Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Walking Group at Whitemud Creek
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 – 134 Avenue)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon
Did you know that the Whitemud Ravine is a spawning ground for Walleye, Pike, Sturgeon, Sucker Fish and more? For the month of September (and October if the weather permits) the walking group will be joining a biologist at Whitemud Creek to send off the baby fishes that spawn there every year. Last year the biologist found a sturgeon that was 90 years old! The paths are walker and wheel chair friendly and there are plenty of spots to sit as well as washroom facilities. The EASC van will depart by 10 a.m. for the ravine and has enough room for six people. Call 587-525-8970 for more details.
Pole Walking Group
Sage Seniors Association
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Free
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.
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 events@southclareview.ca. Learn more at www.southclareview.ca or on Facebook.
Fall Activities
South-West Senior’s Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
-Crafts, Clogging and Choir: Tuesdays starting Sept. 12. Join in Creative Crafts from 9:30–11:30 a.m., Clogging for Fun from 11 a.m.–noon and Choir from 1–3 p.m. These activities require a $10/year membership and there is no other weekly cost involved.
-Yoga and Zumba: Wednesdays starting Sept. 6.Gentle Yoga from 10–11 a.m. and Zumba Gold from 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Drop in classes are $6/person with a $10/year membership or $8 for non-members. The first class is free for those who have never been before.
-Thursday Lunches with Entertainment: Starting Sept. 7. Coffee and visiting can be as early as 10:30 a.m. Purchase your luncheon/entertainment ticket by 11:45 a.m. Enjoy a hot meal including salad, dessert, coffee, and tea followed by a variety of entertainers. $10/person with a $10/year membership or $12 for non-members.
Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
New Seniors Program
Catholic Social Services Immigration Services
Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
Location: 8212 118 Avenue
Free
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 Ockhee.kang@cssalberta.ca for more information.
 
 
 
October
Open Houses
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi® Edmonton Branch
September 29, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and/or October 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 15740 Stony Plain Road
In conjunction with the United Nations Day of Older Persons on October 1, Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi® Edmonton Branch is hosting two Open House events. With the practice of Taoist Tai Chi Arts®, explore the harmony of health and wellbeing understood by the ancient Chinese and experience balance, flexibility and relaxation. The open houses will feature Taoist Tai Chi demos, information, and a free class followed by a Jai (vegetarian lunch). For more information, class schedules and events visit www.taoist.org/edmonton, email edmonton@taoist.org or phone 780-489-4293.
Legal Week at North Edmonton Seniors Association
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
October 2 – 5
Free to $2 (depending on sessions chosen)
Do you have questions about your wills? How about the legal system? Do you know what kind of legal professionals are available to help you and how to access them? Join the North Edmonton Seniors Association for an informative week of legal education, resource sharing, and refreshments.
-Monday, October 2, 9:30 -11:30 a.m.
Wills Week (daytime presentation)
Presented by the Edmonton Community Foundation
Free
-Tuesday, October 3, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Question and Answer Regarding Your Legal Rights
Presented by the Alberta Law Society
Free
-Wednesday, October 4, 12-1 p.m.
A Question and Answer with Your City Police
Presented by Edmonton Police Services
$2
-Thursday, October 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wills Week (evening presentation)
Presented by the Edmonton Community Foundation
Free
Pre-registration is required by September 29. Registration for the October 4 session must be done in-person at NESA. Registration for the other events can be done at NESA or via telephone at 780-496-6969.
Seniors Can Shumka!
Ukrainian Shumka Dancers
Tuesdays, October 3 - November 21, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Shumka Dance Centre (10515 111 Street)
$80/8-week session
Here’s your chance to experience a taste of Shumka dancing! Participate in an hour of fun and fitness as you sample the Ukrainian dance steps that make Ukrainian culture so lively! No dance experience is necessary to enjoy this class taught by a Certified Exercise Physiologist-Shumka dancer. Ukrainian dance steps will be adapted to whatever level of ability or mobility you may bring. To register call 780-455-9559 ext. 101 or email whirlwind@shumka.com.
Oktoberfest
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
October 17
$18
Enjoy two live folk performances and a prize for the most authentic German costume. There will be tea, coffee and salad to start, a German inspired lunch, and dessert to finish. Register by October 10 to guarantee a seat and arrive early to select seating. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
Lunch and Interactive Murder Mystery
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
October 22, bus leaves at 10 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.
$70
Solved a mystery lately? Join the Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre for lunch and a play in Wetaskiwin. The play is Murder at the Shangra-La which is an interactive murder mystery. Phone 780-488-4241 for more information. The last day to order tickets is October 16.
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: Friday, Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m., at MWSA-Millwoods EPL
Roads to Healing: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Capilano EPL
 
 
 
November
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:
Navigating the Rivers of Grief: Tuesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 15, 1-3 p.m. at MWSA-Millwoods 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
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