News and Events for Seniors
If you're looking for resources relating to COVID-19, including delivery services, health information, seniors organization service changes and more, please visit our COVID-19 resources page.
COVID-19: Activities you can do from home if self-isolating
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.
The Shaama Centre for Seniors and Women
Free cooking classes begin in mid-June. Learn to make south Asian dishes from the comfort of your home. The cooking class coordinator will invite different experts in the community to do a weekly demo. Each week one senior will get to sample the food cooked. Classes will be conducted using Zoom and Google Meet. For more information call Iram at 780-465-2992 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Seniors’ Week Celebration
The Shaama Centre for Seniors and Women (329 Woodvale Road W)
June 4, 1-2 p.m.
Celebrate Seniors’ Week with a fun drive-thru event. The Shaama Centre invites you to drive through with your family or a friend between 1 and 2 p.m. and pick up a nice treat to celebrate. Reserve your spot using Eventbrite. For more information call 780-465-2992 or email at email@example.com.
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 June calendar of events. 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).
Spring Online Learning Series
Classes run May 28 - June 26
Some sessions $25 and some free
Learn something interesting and practical for spring. These seminars and information sessions cover a range of topics related to change and end of life planning, including the role of the executor, stress management, setting healthy boundaries, and more. Email email@example.com or call 780-445-0104 to learn more.
Virtual Men’s Shed
Men’s Sheds Association of Edmonton, Downtown Shed
Fridays, 1 – 3 p.m.
The Downtown Men’s Shed has moved meetings online. The virtual shed provides an opportunity for Edmonton men to meet for casual coffee chats and socialize over shared interests and hobbies.
This Friday, May 29 enjoy a presentation by Tom Long, a local historian and interpreter from Fort Edmonton Park.
SAY WHAT? Eight Unbelievable Stories of Edmonton’s Past
Some bits of history are just so bizarre, you can’t believe they actually happened. Take a journey through nine ridiculous stories and, in the end, guess which one of them is a fake. Truth is stranger than fiction!
If you would like to join the meeting, email Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 July 31. 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.
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.
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.
Jim Clayton has been performing nightly "piano bar" live streams since the pandemic began, where he takes requests from his growing audience. The evening includes a virtual tip jar, which goes to Glad Day Bookshop's emergency fund, helping artists, performers and tip-workers from the LGBTQ+ community. Nightly, 9 p.m. (Eastern)
- Improv House Party: Join famed Second City improvisers for a real-time, interactive, and socially “together” virtual experience. Each show allows audience members to participate and give suggestions to the performers, with hilarious results. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 8 p.m. (Eastern). Admission by donation
- 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.
- Gardening tips from Birds and Blooms: Each newsletter contains useful information, such as top 10 plant lists, butterfly gardening ideas and tips to attract more birds to your backyard. With these tips, your garden will be blooming beautifully in no time flat.
- 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.
- 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.
Activities and support for caregivers
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.