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. If you are seeking training and professional development opportunities relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, reference our Learning Opportunities 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
- fraud, scams, and price gouging
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
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
Public Health Agency of Canada
- End Poverty Edmonton: This web page list a variety of resources.
- Edmonton Chinatown Care Centre: Dr. Bing Li has created an informative series of COVID-19 videos in Cantonese.
- COVID-19 Printable Project: This collection of multilingual resources includes a testing handout, self isolation handout, and self-management handout. This resource collection is being maintained and updated by frontline Canadian doctors.
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), Edmonton Seniors Centre is offering online programming. Check out their yoga, meditation, and Zumba classes.
Information updated April 3
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.
Information provided March 16, 2:30 p.m.
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 as of March 13 and will remain closed until at least March 27. 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).
Information provided March 13, 3 p.m.
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)
Dream Your Way to Wellness: April 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more on their website and call 780-395-2626 to register.
Aging with Pride Phone Program for 2SLGBTQ+ Seniors
Age Friendly Edmonton Podcasts
The Shared Mic: Conversations for the Ages intergenerational podcast brings together people from all ages, stages, and backgrounds to discuss topics like navigating relationships, finding space to be ones’ true self, and the evolving role of technology in our lives. By creating space for intergenerational discussions, AFE hopes to build a city that values, respects, and actively supports citizens from all walks of life.
In each podcast episode, guests are assigned a topic and given free reign to discuss that topic while sharing different perspectives, but also finding common ground. At a time when we like to focus on what divides us as “Boomers”, “Millennials” “Gen Xers”, and so on, the Shared Mic brings us together to create a shared understanding of the human experience.
You can access The Shared Mic online or through your favourite podcast streaming service, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
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 Online Resources
Edmonton Public Library offers a wide variety of online resources - courses, language learning, magazines, books, music (streaming audio) and film (streaming video). All you need is your free library card!
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 Story Calls program by Storytelling Alberta connects you to talented storytellers who will read you a story over the phone.
- 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.The series runs until April 20.
- The Edmonton Journal is tracking Alberta-based arts and entertainment livestreaming events in The List.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Yoga and meditation classes: Edmonton Seniors Centre is offering the following live, instructor-led classes using Zoom March 30 - April 29. To participate in these classes, seniors must receive a Zoom invitation that gives access to the class. Email the instructor to receive an invitation. Review Zoom instructions.
Monday: Senior Yoga, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday: Stress Reducing Meditation, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Wednesday: Senior Yoga, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday: Chair Yoga, 10:45 – 11:45 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
Edmonton Seniors Centre has started Zoom fitness classes. Fun & Functional Movement (Tuesdays, 11-12 p.m.) and Stretch (Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.). For more information and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mill Woods Seniors Association is hosting yoga using the Zoom videoconferencing application weeknights at 7 p.m. For more information about these sessions, download the poster or email Shambhu at email@example.com.
Prana Yoga Studio offer classes online.
- 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.
- 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
Coursera offers hundreds of free courses featuring on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums.
- Edmonton Seniors Centre has started a new Joyful Chats Peer Support Group using the Zoom videoconferencing application. Upcoming sessions are Gratitude (April 10, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.), Changes (April 13, 1 - 2 p.m.), New Beginnings (April 15, 1 - 2 p.m.), and Most Memorable Spring (April 17, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.). For more information and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sessions take place Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 - 2 p.m.; and Fridays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Fraud and scams
This bulletin released by the Government of Canada details scams that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides information about current scams and what to look out for to protect yourself.
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.