Seniors' Week (June 1-7) is seeing digital/virtual celebrations across the province to honour older Albertans. As seniors remain the most vulnerable population during the COVID-19 outbreak, Albertans are encouraged to consider other ways to recognize, celebrate and support seniors in their communities.
Check out the Alberta Seniors and Housing events calendar for more.
Seniors' Week Virtual Celebration (Strathcona County)
Celebrations include a virtual trade fair on the County’s website featuring short videos on a variety of interesting topics for seniors. All residents are encouraged to show seniors how much they are appreciated through sidewalk chalk messages in their neighbourhoods. Stories and virtual thank-yous to acknowledge seniors will also be shared online.
“Seniors are the foundation of our strong community. Their diversity and experience have paved the way in our progress,” said Strathcona County Mayor Rod Frank. “From supporting family members and friends, to assisting charities and volunteering, seniors are deeply involved in our community and their contributions make a huge difference.”
“This Seniors’ Week, it’s all the more important to reach out, safely. Let’s recognize and celebrate the older adults who have touched our lives and helped to shape a safe, supported and connected community.”
Seniors' Week Drive-thru Celebration
June 4, 1-2 p.m. At The Shaama Centre for Seniors and Women (329 Woodvale Rd. W. Edmonton)
There's crafts, cooking and other online classes, call 780-465-2992 for info. Be sure to come for a special and free brown bag treat available for drive-thru pick up at the centre 1-2 p.m. Please wear masks and observe safety rules.
June 2-5 Strathcona Place Society 10831 University Ave. Edmonton
Following AHS safety protocols and distancing measures, seniors are invited to register to take part in a variety of events, from an outdoor walk to virtual coffee chats and a conversation group led by city councillor Andrew Knack. See strathconaplace.com for details.
Film Screening: Changing Perceptions of Aging meetup - Lines of Sight
June 2, 6-8:15 p.m. (FREE)
Age Friendly Calgary and THIRD ACTion Film Festival
This special meet-up features a screening of 'Lines of Sight', an award-winning documentary on painter Jim Hall. It traces Jim's journey through incredible hardships and his development of a new art-form he calls "Lineillism". Jim created the style after a stroke and shingles marred his vision so that he saw everything in vertical lines. Inspite of this, Jim started painting the way he was seeing the world: in lines.
Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre
June 3. 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Zoom is the avenue to enjoy an hour of music with the Nord-Bridge Jammers from Lethbridge. To link in, call 403-329-3222.
We Deliver Happiness
Westend Seniors Activity Centre negotiated a nonprofit rate from local suppliers to purchase quality and affordable personal protective equipment (i.e., disposable masks and hand sanitizer) and has been selling them at cost to seniors.
To benefit more seniors, Westend Seniors Activity Centre and Drive Happiness are working together to deliver them to seniors who cannot access personal protective equipment. In addition, Drive Happiness will combine this service with their already-existing essential delivery services (e.g., groceries, prescription, 8-week fitness program for seniors) to deliver Happiness, Nutrition, Health, Fitness and Safety.
Call 780 483 1209 to arrange delivery.
The Sunshine Club 4690-49 street and The Sunshine Cafe are offering a $12 chicken meal delivered Wednesday. Orders must be in by 4 p.m. Tuesday. The quarter chicken meal features potato wedges, carrots, bottle of water and fruit cocktail. Call 780 632 2624 to place your order.
City of Calgary
The City of Calgary is holding virtual fitness classes for seniors, and there are community events such as movie nights, virtual meets-ups, and discussions about issues important to seniors in our community. The complete event calendar is available at Calgary.ca/SeniorsWeek.