COVID-19 Information for Seniors
This page was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a resource for Edmonton seniors and their families. It contains up-to-date information about senior centre operations and closures, services for seniors, and activities that seniors can do from home when social distancing.
This page will continue to be updated with new information in the coming weeks. If you have information you would like to see added to this page, email email@example.com.
|If you work or volunteer for a seniors organization and are looking for information, please also refer to our News for Seniors Organizations page.|
This web page lists
- COVID-19 information and resources
- seniors organization closures and service limitations
- delivery services for seniors
- seniors' shopping hours
- community response to COVID-19: help for seniors
- support for caregivers
- activities seniors can do from home if they are self-isolating
The Alberta Government
- This website outlines COVID-19 information for Albertans
- Self Isolation Information Sheet
- Alberta Health advises: If you have COVID-19 symptoms and have travelled outside Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link at 811 for instructions. Do not go to a health care facility without consulting Health Link at 811 first. If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.
- Alberta Health Services (AHS) has developed a simple online screening tool for COVID-19
- Information on financial support for Albertans including utility payment deferral
- Mental health coping tips during COVID-19 from Alberta Health Services (AHS)
- The Ministry of Seniors and Housing as developed a Q&A addressing common COVID-19 inquiries for seniors
Provincial Government Releases Plan for Reopening AlbertaThe Provincial Government has released a phased strategy for reopening Alberta. The relaunch is slated to take place in three phases, with restrictions lifting at each phase. Phase one of the plan will launch May 14 at the earliest.
The Federal Government
- Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada
- Mass gatherings and risk
- COVID-19 Be Prepared
- COVID-19 Know the facts
Prime Minister Announces Additional Support for Canadian Seniors
On May 12, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a series of additional measures to help Canadian seniors and provide them with greater financial security in this time of crisis. These measures include financial assistance, income reporting postponement, and funds for community-based initiatives to reduce social isolation.
Information updated May 14.
Public Health Agency of Canada
Government Extends Tax Deadlines Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak
- This web page by End Poverty Edmonton list a variety of resources.
- Dr. Bing Li from the Edmonton Chinatown Care Centre has created an informative series of COVID-19 videos in Cantonese.
- This collection of multilingual resources by the COVID-19 Printable Project includes handouts on testing, self isolation, and self-management.
- This resource collection by the COVID-19 Health Literacy Project and Harvard Health Publishing provides information about COVID-19 in 35 languages.
Physical and Mental Health Resources
- Your family doctor is still the best point of contact for healthcare needs. If you don't have a family doctor, get connected at AlbertaFindADoctor.ca.
- Talk2Nice is a new national phone program offering friendly calls for seniors. If you would like to start receiving calls, dial 1-844-529-7292 or complete the online request form.
- WellCan offers free resources to help Canadians develop coping strategies to stay healthy during COVID-19.
- This COVID-19 Community Mental Health Resource Sheet was compiled by CMHA Edmonton to help Edmontonians take care of their mental health during the pandemic.
- The Centre for Online Mental Health Support is hosting mini sessions on mental health topics to provide support during COVID-19.
- Wellness Together Canada has developed a resource collection in response to the anxiety many Canadians are feeling due to COVID-19.
- Alberta Health Services is offering a free new service, Text4Hope, to provide messages of positivity.
Fraud, scams, and price gouging
Fraud and scams
- This bulletin released by the Government of Canada details scams that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- This one-pager developed by Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and CanAge provides the top 10 COVID-19 frauds and scams currently being used to prey on vulnerable seniors
How to report price gouging
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been increasing reports of price gouging. You can protect yourself by reporting offending businesses to the Service Alberta - Report a Rip off tip line by phoning 1-877-427-4088.
COVID-19 Disability-Related Resources
Other COVID-19 Information Resources
- The University of Alberta and Optima Living Communities partnered up to create a series of informative COVID-19 videos for seniors.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many decisions to curtail or cancel programs and events in the Edmonton area and senior-serving organizations are no exception.
Seniors are at greater risk of being impacted by the virus, and extra care is advisable at this time. Many seniors organizations are adhering to Alberta Health Services recommendations and have closed their centres and cancelled programming until further notice.
Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
The Seeds of Hope education series and First Link Connection information sessions are cancelled until further notice. Care Partner Support Groups have been moved to a teleconference format so that care partners can stay in contact. Staff are all still working making calls and checking in with clients.
Information provided March 19
Canterbury is restricting visitors to only essential visitations at this time. Essential visitors must be pre-screened by a Canterbury representative before entering the facility. Essential visitors include:
- Palliative vigil: visitors with a close loved-one in palliative care.
- For residents who need critical support: in these cases, caregivers will be contacted directly by Canterbury ahead of visiting.
Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, Caregivers Alberta has made the decision to close their office to the public from March 16 until March 31. All in-person programming will now be offered online or postponed and walk-in caregiver appointments are unavailable. Despite the office closure, Caregivers Alberta is still open and will continue to offer support to caregivers province-wide through the Caregiver Advisor and online programming. Additional information is available online.
Information provided March 16, 5 p.m.
Central Lions Seniors Association (CLSA)
CLSA and the Central Lions Recreation Centre will close on Monday, March 16 until further notice. All programs, clubs, courses and special events are cancelled or postponed. The north end doors will be locked and the fitness centre will also be closed.
Information provided March 13, 10:30 a.m.
Drive Happiness will provide restricted transportation services starting Friday, March 13. Essential medical rides are being prioritized and other rides will be booked on a case by case basis. We will still be providing rides to the grocery store and other essential services like prescription pick-ups. We will continue to closely monitor the situation as it evolves and will share updated information about ride bookings in the future. Staff can be reached by phone during regular business hours, Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Information provided March 16, 9 p.m.
Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation (EODAF)
The Dementia Education Training scheduled for May 1 and 2 at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Edmonton, Alberta has been cancelled due to COVID-19. There have been no changes to the International Dementia Building Awareness Conference on October 30 and 31.
Information provided March 15, 10 p.m.
Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA)
ELLA is cancelling Spring Session 2020. Details of how you will be receiving a full refund for your tuition, if you have already registered, will be forthcoming in the next few days. Please do not call the ELLA office to inquire about your refund. We will reach out to you in as timely a fashion as possible. This could take a number of weeks as we have many hundreds of refunds to process and a small group of office volunteers.
Information provided March 15
Edmonton Meals on Wheels
During the COVID-19 situation, Edmonton Meals on Wheels is committed to maintaining our core meal services and delivery to vulnerable, homebound, and isolated Edmontonians. We are closely following the advice of our respected health authorities, expanding our facility sanitation and ensuring practices in delivery like social distancing are in place to minimize the risk of spreading the virus to our volunteers and clients. Our resourceful and responsive staff are rolling out a plan during the next days as circumstances evolve. We have and will continue to communicate with our volunteers and clients when changes occur.
Information provided March 17
Edmonton Seniors Centre
Although the centre is closed (effective March 16), ESC is using Zoom to offer online fitness classes, peer support groups, crafting sessions, technology help, health and wellness advice, and arts classes. See their most recent program for more details.
Information updated April 23
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre
Classes and events will be postponed until the situation is stabilized.
Please call our phone number 780-488-4241 for updates.
Information provided March 13, 11:15 a.m.
Jewish Family Services Edmonton
Although group courses and events have been postponed until further notice JFSE has added online and phone delivery for programs and services and implemented protocols to ensure safety and minimal exposure for continuing in-person services.
- Counselling: Therapists will continue to offer in-office counselling sessions, implementing intake protocols to address personal safety. To increase accessibility to counselling amid the stress of this pandemic, we have extended service options to phone and/or online counselling sessions.
- Community Links continues to operate via phone or online connections. English classes will transition to virtual formats.
- Home Support Services are continuing to operate including Holocaust Survivor Supports and SMART (Seniors Making Age-Related Transitions). Home Support Workers continue to serve seniors at home providing care, food security and transportation.
Review the notice from JFSE for more information.
Information provided March 24
Mill Woods Seniors Association (MWSA)
MWSA is cancelling all programs and drop-in activities, along with the 2nd Floor Cafe. All staff will continue to work, but the building will be closed to the public until further notice. The Seniors Home Supports Program at MWSA will continue to run as usual with no changes. Outreach Programs and Services continue. Staff members are actively engaged and responding to all incoming and referred cases. MWSA is now offering online classes in yoga, pilates, stretching, and “aging backwards”! For more information about their online class selection, visit their web page.
Information updated April 23
Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative
Groups and events for seniors are currently paused, however, brokers are still doing limited one-on-one outreach for seniors in need of support. General support is available by phone.
Information provided March 17, 8 a.m.
North Edmonton Seniors Association (NESA)
NESA is cancelling all programs and club activities effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and the building will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff will continue to work and are available to respond to telephone and email inquiries from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Home supports and outreach teams will continue to provide services. Consultations will primarily take place by phone and email. Staff will make home visits if required and will uphold proper hygiene practices and distance. Seniors seeking help can call 780-496-6969.
Updates will be posted regularly to the NESA website.
Information updated March 17 at 2:30 p.m.
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (NWESS)
Centre closed as of March 13. All programs are cancelled until further notice.
The NWESS Seniors Home Supports Program will continue operations as usual.
Information provided March 13, 2:30 p.m.
Operation Friendship Seniors Society
- Clients can access outreach by appointments in the office.
- Tax clinics are cancelled.
- We are limiting the number of people in the office to two and drop-in to 40 – 50 at a time with social distancing.
- Helping Hands transportation is limited to essential appointments only.
Information provided March 17
Pride Centre of Edmonton
The building is closed. We are not offering drop-in sessions but we are expanding Aging with Pride support group programming at Seniors’ Centre Without Walls to weekly sessions. We are providing services online or via phone. Education and training continues via Zoom.
Information provided March 17
St. Albert Seniors Association
St. Albert Seniors Association has closed until further notice upon recommendations from Alberta Health Services. More information is available at www.stalbertseniors.ca
Information provided March 15, 12:30 p.m.
St. Michael’s Health Group
St. Michael’s Long Term Care Centre and Millennium Pavilion Seniors Lodge are both closed and the Day Support program for seniors living in the community have been suspended.
Information provided March 19
Sage Seniors Association
Sage has closed their building and suspended most services to support social distancing measures. Staff is working remotely and continue to respond to essential needs by phone and email. Programs affected by the closure include:
- Income Tax Clinic
- Drop-In Counselling
- Walk-in appointments for the Housing and Assessment program
- English as Another Language classes
- All recreation and social programming
- Day trips and outings
- Volunteer programming and events
- The Sunshine Cafe
The Seniors Safe House programming continues to function as normal.
Information updated March 26
SCONA Senior’s Center
- All outreach will be performed over the phone except in the case of emergency situations that may require face-to-face intervention. Strict safety protocol will be used.
- Developing Buddy Telephone system using our Peer Support Team and all staff to provide continued connection for everyone.
Information updated March 26
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA)
The SEESA building is closed, however, staff will continue to provide outreach and home supports services by phone and telephone. Outreach staff are still available for individual appointments and will be monitoring those seniors who may be isolated.
- All activities, classes and clubs remain cancelled until further notice. We will confirm restart dates later upon the recommendations of Alberta Health and Health Canada.
- The March Monthly Dinner and 40th Anniversary SEESA Showcase has been postponed with a re-booked date yet to be determined. The Wellness Fair is also postponed with a possible date to happen in the Fall.
If you are housebound and feeling lonely or know of someone who is please give us a call or email. We are lining up a team of volunteer Friendly Phoners who will be making phone calls to check in with folks and let them know what, or what's not, happening at SEESA.
Information updated April 2
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
SWESA has cancelled all programs and closed all locations to the public starting from Friday, March 13, 2020.
SWESA’s Seniors Home Supports Program will continue to receive phone calls and give referrals for vetted service providers.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will share updated information on Friday, March 27, 2020.
Information provided March 13, 12 p.m.
SouthWest Seniors Outreach Society
SouthWest Seniors’ Outreach Society is shut down until further notice.
Information provided March 17, 10:30 a.m.
Strathcona Place Society
Strathcona Place Society has suspended all programmes and activities as of March 16, 2020. Frequent updates are provided on our website. Our website also features a Community Blog for seniors where up-to-date and pertinent information is shared.
Limited access is being permitted to the Centre by appointment only and after completing a COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire.
The following services are currently available or will be available in the short-term:
- Outreach services are provided via telephone and email and plans are afoot to run outreach group sessions "Wisemen" and "Womenderwomen" virtually. Persons interested in participating in the outreach group sessions are being asked to contact 780-433-5807.
- The Tax Clinic is undergoing changes and will reopen soon as a drop-off programme.
- Alternative modes of programme delivery will be available soon.
Information provided March 23
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (WSAC)
The centre is closed and all in-person programming has been suspended. At this time, the centre is monitoring the situation daily and will continue to share the most current information through their communication channels (website, phone, email, newsletter, Facebook). Recently, the centre has started offering several online courses in the areas of fitness, dance, yoga, mindfulness, and wellness. For more information and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information updated April 23
Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association
In view of the COVID 19 situation, the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association has elected to discontinue its music/jam/old time dance sessions at both halls
- Mondays 7 to 10 pm Pleasantview Community Hall, 10860 - 57th Avenue, Edmonton
- Thursdays 7 to 10 pm North Glenora Community Hall, 13535 - 109A Avenue, Edmonton
We will closely monitor the guidelines provided by the Officer of Public Health and the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues as to when we can resume our usual functions.
Information provided March 17, 8:30 p.m.
Edmonton Senior's Coordinating Council has created a document providing a summarized list of service providers to assist and support seniors in our community during the COVID-19 outbreak. These services operate out of Edmonton. If you live in a surrounding community, please contact the provider to see if they serve your area.
- Costco: 8-9 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday
- Italian Centre Shop: 9-10 a.m., Monday and Thursday
- Safeway: 7-8 a.m., daily
- Save-On Foods: 7-8 a.m., daily
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 8-9 a.m., daily (hours vary by location)
- Sobeys: 7-8 a.m., daily
- Sunterra: 8-9 a.m., Wednesday and Saturday
- Superstore: 7-8 a.m., daily
- Walmart: 7-8 a.m., weekdays
There are currently a few community response efforts relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. These initiatives exist to support neighbours helping neighbours.
YEG Community Response to COVID 19 Facebook Group
This community-driven Facebook group provides a forum for volunteers to offer help and for those in need to ask for help. It is regularly updated with information by the community.
Community league volunteer response
Edmonton community leagues-such as Queen Alexandra, Westmount, and Parkallen-are recruiting community members to assist with volunteer outreach efforts. Additional information about these community-based volunteer efforts will continue to be collected in the coming weeks and will be posted to seniorscouncil.net/covid-19.
- Queen Alexandra Community League: Visit their COVID-19 response page to become a volunteer or request help
- Westmount Community League: Sign up to be a community helper or to request help
- Parkallen Community League: Contact the community league to see how you can lend a hand
Although in-person programming has been postponed due to the pandemic, Caregivers Alberta continues to offer support through their Caregiver Advisor, online programming, and online Caregiver Support Community groups.
The Caregiver Advisor provides one-on-one support. You can connect by:
Phone: 780-453-5088 | 1-877-453-5088 (toll-free)
Upcoming workshops are posted online. Check back frequently for new dates.
Watch past online workshops on the Caregiver Alberta YouTube channel at any time.
Online Peer Support
- New online Caregiver Support Community groups happen each Monday and Thursday.
- Join the Caregiver Community Facebook group to connect with caregivers from all across the province.
Norquest Caregiver Workshops
The college has a number of helpful workshops to help family caregivers. Workshops take place online and are offered on an ongoing basis. Upcoming workshops as follows.
- Navigating the Healthcare System: May 14, 9 - 11 a.m., $35
- Assisting with Personal and Intimate Care: May 20, 9 - 11 a.m., $35
- Supporting a Person with Dementia: June 3, 9 - 11 a.m., $35
- Palliative and End-of-Life Care: June 10, 9 - 11 a.m., $35
- Pain Monitoring and Management: June 17, 9 - 11 a.m., $35
For more information about these courses, visit www.norquest.ca/family-caregiver.
If you are self-isolating and staying inside your home more often during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some ideas of activities you can do from home.
Online Classes and Activities Offered by Edmonton Seniors Organizations
Westend Seniors Activity Centre
Stay healthy and socially connected with online programming! WSAC is now offering several online courses in the areas of fitness, dance, yoga, mindfulness, and wellness. For more information and to register, email email@example.com.
Edmonton Seniors Centre
ESC is using Zoom to offer online fitness classes, peer support groups, crafting sessions, technology help, health and wellness advice, and arts classes. See their website for details.
Mill Woods Seniors Association
Online fitness classes and social gatherings are all the rage at MWSA. Their web page featuring online classes includes information on upcoming activities, which include yoga, pilates, stretching, and an informative class on “aging backwards”! To get your social fix, join MWSA's weekly Wednesday "Virtual Happy Hour" or catch up with the kids during "Recess", their new virtual intergenerational program.
Strathcona Place Society
The popular "Wisemen and Wonderwomen" social group has moved to an online format, meeting every Wednesday at 10 a.m. (Wisemen) and 1:30 p.m. (Wonderwomen). Participation is free. Register by calling 780-433-5809 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The centre is also offering a phone pal program to connect seniors in the community. To get on the call list or to volunteer, contact Danielle by calling the office or emailing email@example.com.
Well Connected by ElderCare Edmonton and Caregivers Alberta
Wednesdays, 10 - 11 a.m.
This new program provides community-based programming in a virtual setting. Stay connected by participating in activities, education, and friendly conversation. Both caregivers and care recipients are welcome to participate! Register through Eventbrite to receive a Zoom link.
Friendly Phone Call Programs
Are you feeling lonely and wish you could connect with someone over the phone? Local friendly phone call programs provide an opportunity to socialize while staying safely at home. Once you are signed up for a program, someone will call you (often weekly) to check in and chat. Call 211 for a list of friendly phone call programs. You can read more about how friendly phone initiatives are helping local seniors on page 15 of the most recent Edmonton Prime Times edition.
Seniors' Centre Without Walls
This telephone-based social group for seniors offers social and health programming, free of charge, and provides seniors opportunities to socialize, learn new skills, and stay connected. Seniors' Centre Without Walls is open to seniors age 55+ living anywhere in Alberta. To see what's current, view their May schedule of events and check out the May announcement.
Learn more on their website and call 780-395-2626 to register.
Aging with Pride Phone Program for 2SLGBTQ+ Seniors
Age Friendly Edmonton Activities
Listen to The Shared Mic Podcast: This new intergenerational podcast brings together people from all ages, stages, and backgrounds to discuss topics like navigating relationships, finding space to be your true self, and the evolving role of technology in our lives. By creating space for intergenerational discussions, AFE is building a city that values, respects, and actively supports citizens from all walks of life. You can listen to The Shared Mic online or through your favourite podcast streaming service, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
Share Your Story for Seniors’ Week 2020 (June 1 - 7): While it’s not possible to gather in-person for Seniors’ Week, we can celebrate virtually! Age Friendly Edmonton is starting a conversation to highlight the many positives of aging. To participate, submit your name, age, a good quality photo of yourself and a short paragraph about what you're looking forward to about growing older. To share your story, visit GrowOlderWithMe.net. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 100 participants will be eligible to receive a $5 Tim Hortons gift card (some restrictions apply).
U of A MOOCs
The University of Alberta offers several free non-credit courses called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Courses include Astro 1010, Bugs 101, Dino 101, Mountains 1010, Introduction to the Arctic, Indigenous Canada and several paleontology topics.
EPL From Home
EPL from Home offers a variety of resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, eMagazines and newspapers, music, and online classes for all ages. If you do not have a library card, register for free online for immediate access to EPL's digital content.
Open Culture curates and centralizes free online cultural and educational content from around the world. Their resource collections include audio books, eBooks, movies, online courses from top universities, and language learning resources.
Virtual tours of world-class museums and heritage sites
- This article in Southern Living magazine highlights virtual tours of 12 prestigious museums around the world.
- MCN has created a guide to virtual museum resources, tours, online collections, and digital archives.
- 6 beautiful Italian museums to visit for free online
- This article in House Beautiful highlights virtual tours of 10 historic homes
- The Metropolitan Opera will host free Nightly Met Opera Streams of past performances from its Live in HD series. The encore presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST each night on the company’s official website and will then be available for an additional 20 hours thereafter.
- The Seattle Symphony will share free rebroadcasts of past performances via the Symphony’s social media channels on YouTube and Facebook.
- BroadwayHD has a library of hundreds of Broadway productions (paid service)
- CBC introduces Movie Night in Canada
- Online Music Education Games
- Audible presents a collection of their stories including more than 25 literary classics for free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
- Joe’s Pub Live offers a free series of live-streamed and archived performances from their stage in New York City each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 8 PM Eastern.
- The National Film Board of Canada’s online Screening Room features more than 3,000 films that you can stream for free or downloaded for your personal use for a small fee.
- The Social Distancing Festival is curating an ongoing list of cultural live stream events including literature, dance, music and theatre.
- Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 p.m. Eastern l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will stream a concert from its archive.
- CBC Music will be keeping an eye out for Canadian musicians' live streams and updating this list as often as possible
- Uke 101: Learn to play the ukulele
- National Arts Centre: The NAC is broadcasting #CanadaPerforms concerts via their social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). You can also search these platforms using the #CanadaPerforms hashtag. The NAC will also share other content such as podcasts, suggested online theatre, dance and music performances, past NAC Orchestra recordings and videos. NAC Orchestra musicians will also offer individual performances and more.
- National Theatre in London presents National Theatre at Home. Every Thursday beginning April 2 they will release a new play along with bonus content including cast and creative Q&As and post-stream talks. Each week’s content will be free for one week.
- The Citadel Theatre presents the Stuck-in-the-House Series featuring performances by Edmonton artists. You can watch live on their Facebook page or see past performances on YouTube.
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is airing professionally-filmed Shakespeare plays every two weeks for free. Other free content includes readings of Shakespeare’s works and performances of Shakespeare plays in multiple languages.
Listen to iconic actor Sir Patrick Stewart read a Shakespeare sonnet on Twitter each day.
Musician Martin Kerr is offering “couch concerts” broadcast from his Facebook page.
See a new side of Edmonton by checking out the City’s virtual exhibits
Watch online tours of Frank Lloyd Wright sites by searching #WrightVirtualVisits on social media. Past tours will also be posted online.
Aspiring shutterbugs can get up to speed and perfect their photography skills in this online 10-class series by Nikon.
Storytellers Alberta is extending its Story Calls program to May 10. Seniors who want to hear a story by phone can put in an online request, or call Doreen Vanderstoop at 403-816-6002.
The Stratford Festival is streaming performances of Shakespeare plays. Currently, the company is streaming "King Lear" (April 23 - May 14).
The Winspear and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra present a new digital series, Live at the Winspear: From Stage to Screen featuring ESO musicians. Check the Winspear website for live streams and video releases or watch past performances.
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra musicians have their own Facebook page where you can participate in Q&As and learn about the musicians.
Edmonton Opera at Home is a great way to indulge your passion for opera.
Pro Coro Canada has curated a collection of their past video and audio choir performances.
The TD JazzYYC International Jazz Days Festival is moving to an online format this year. Find links to the livestreams and the schedule on the JazzyYYC website.
Thanks to Mill Woods Seniors Association for alerting us about these free community art nights, hosted by the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Shumka has moved their popular Seniors Can Shumka and Silver Swans (inclusive ballet and movement) classes to an online format.
- The Canadian Play Thing is a playwright-centred virtual theatre that shares live readings of new and under-produced Canadian plays online.
- Browse NASA’s massive online collection of images, sounds, and videos
- The Cincinnati Zoo is hosting a series of Home Safari Facebook Live sessions which will feature their animals at 3 p.m. weekdays starting Monday, March 16. The videos are also available on their YouTube channel.
- This Forbes article provides links to live feeds of wildlife and beautiful vistas.
- The Vancouver Aquarium has set up live cams so you can visit cute, aquatic critters anytime.
- Westend Seniors Activity Centre released a great 8-week fitness program including an instructional manual and accompanying videos for exercises you can do from home.
- Westend Seniors Activity Centre is offering online fitness classes. See their full course list for details. For more information and to register, email email@example.com.
- Chair Yoga: Monday and Thursday options, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
- Yoga for Stress and Anxiety: Mondays, 6 - 7 p.m.
- Total Fitness for the Active Senior: Tuesdays, 9 - 10 a.m.
Mill Woods Seniors Association is offering online fitness classes. See full program for registration details.
- "Keeping Communities Together Healthy & Happy" Yoga: Monday - Friday, 7 - 8 p.m.
- 4-Week Total Body Conditioning: April 30 - May 21, Thursdays, 10 - 11 a.m.
Soft Pilates: May 2 - June 27, Saturdays, 9 - 10:30 a.m. (Mountain)
Stretch & Release: May 2 - June 27, Saturdays, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. (Mountain)
Edmonton Seniors Centre is offering live, instructor-led classes using Zoom. See their full program for more details.
Senior Yoga: Mondays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Stress Reducing Meditation: Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Chair Yoga: Wednesdays, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
- Fun & Functional Movement: Tuesdays, 11 - 12 p.m.
- Stretch: Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m
- Zumba Gold: Saturdays, 10 - 11 a.m.
Chair Zumba Gold: Edmonton Senior Centre’s longtime Zumba instructor has created a playlist on YouTube that seniors can use to participate in Chair Zumba Gold activities. The instructor will be adding to the playlist, so seniors can also subscribe to get updates when new videos are posted.
- Be Active - Warming Up for Daily Life Poster
- Free Workout Videos (list compiled by SEESA)
- Keep fit with free exercise and wellbeing classes through YMCA 360
- Online Zumba classes with local instructor Jodi Jubinville: Monday noon and 7:30 PM, Tuesday 6:30 PM, Wednesday noon, Thursday 6:30PM and Saturday 11 AM
- Prana Yoga Studio offer classes online.
- The City of Edmonton has an online video series featuring gentle yoga sessions, vigorous spin classes, dance routines, and more.
- Pain BC is offering a Gentle Movement at Home program to help people with persistent pain.
- This helpful resource shows eight stretching exercises that can be done safely from home.
- Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation and Pursuit of Motion Physiotherapy have partnered to offer a series of Fall Prevention Workshops May 30, June 6, and June 13.
- Central Synagogue (Judaism): Friday 6:00 PM and Saturday: 9:30 AM (Shabbat) EST
- Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Anglican): Sunday: 8:30 AM (Traditional Eucharist) and 10:30 AM (Contemporary Eucharist)
- St. Joseph's Basilica (Catholic): Sunday Mass: 10:30 AM
- McKernan Baptist (Baptist): Sunday: 9:00 AM
- Hope City (Pentecostal): Sunday: 8:45AM, 10:00AM, 11:30AM
- Beulah Alliance (Alliance): Saturday: 6:30 PM, Sunday: 9:15 AM and 11 AM
- Immanuel Canadian Reformed Church (Reformed): Sunday: 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM
- Bethel Lutheran Church (Lutheran): Wednesday: 7:00 PM and Sunday: 9:45 AM
- St. Anthony's (Ukrainian Orthodox): Sunday: 9:00 AM (Divine Liturgy)
- Spiritual Seekers United in Community (United): Sunday: 10:00 AM
Holy Cross Monastery (Russian Orthodox)
McDougall United Church: Sunday: 10:30 a.m.
Games, Puzzles, and Books
- This post from Lifehacker outlines board and card games you can play online.
- This post from Boston.com lists board games you can access online.
- Tabletopia has 800 board games including Bridge.
- Play a game of scrabble through the Internet Scrabble Club
Glass Book Shop offers free delivery to homes in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert with the purchase of books.
Audrey's Books provides free delivery for orders over $50 in Edmonton, Sherwood Park and St. Albert.
- Table Top Cafe offers free delivery for board games/puzzles/food orders over $50, 7 days a week. Call 780-905-3577 for details.
- Each week, ElderCare Edmonton is releasing a new activity booklet for seniors. The booklets include puzzles, word searches, colouring, crafting instructions, recipes, and much more.
- Mill Woods Seniors Association is offering social groups online. To inquire about any of the below programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the program name as the subject line. See program for full details!
- Virtual Happy Hour: Thursdays, 4 - 5 p.m.
- Online Conversation Circle: Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
- Recess Intergenerational Program: Wednesdays, 1 - 2 p.m.
- Edmonton Seniors Centre has a few new online social and activity groups on the go. See program for more information.
- Knitters Unite: Mondays. 12:30 - 3 p.m.
- Joyful Chats Group: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 - 2 p.m.; Fridays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
- Strathcona Place Society hosts "Wisemen and Wonderwomen" every Wednesday. Participation is free. Register by calling 780-433-5809 or emailing email@example.com.
- Wisemen: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
- Wonderwomen: Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.
- YEG Night In is an upscale online experience featuring entertainment and games and activities.
Health and Wellness
- The Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories is offering free presentations for people with dementia and their partners by phone or computer. Upcoming: May 21, 7 p.m. (Creating a Meaningful Life - Recreation for People Living with Dementia) and May 27, 1 p.m. (The Importance of Oral Hygiene for People Living with Dementia). Go to www.asantcafe.ca for additional details.
- Get Cooking Edmonton offers online cooking classes. Learn to whip up decadent pavlova or make a mean batch of butter chicken. The options are endless!
- Coursera offers hundreds of free courses featuring on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums.
- Ask the Genealogist is a great resource for genealogy buffs. This online club by the St. Alberta Public Library is a great resource to assist with your research.