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National Seniors Day - Oct. 1

Across the country, governments and organizations mark National Seniors Day. Events are scheduled, but simple things like visiting with or bringing a meal to the senior in your life are fine ways to celebrate too.
Celebrate the older person in your life on National Seniors Day, October 1. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

October 1 of each year is National Seniors Day, which coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, and is an occasion for Canadians to celebrate the profound contributions of seniors in our homes, communities, and workplaces.

If you have an elderly person in your life, October 1 is the day to let them know how much you care and recognize their accomplishments be they parents, your co-worker, your neighbour, or just your friend.

Among many other governments and organizations, Canadian Seniors Directory acknowledges this day as it strives to provide information on improving lifestyle, health and housing for seniors. On its website the Seniors Directory suggests ways to show gratitude for the older adult in your life; things like buying a gift, saying thank you, visiting, taking a walk together, cooking a meal together or treating them to a day out.

To learn more about this special day, its history and the ways in which you can get involved, visit the website below:

​The Third ACTion Film Festival is celebrating National Seniors Day too, with a watch party of the film Duty Free, followed by a discussion with filmmakers and the film's subject Dr. Sherry Dahlke, associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Tickets are at

For Calgary residents, Third ACTion Film Festival and the Kerby Centre host a free virtual Mayoral Forum October 1 at 12:30 p.m. in advance of the city's municipal elections. Register at for that too.

C.A.R.P. (Canadian Association for Retired Persons) has been celebrating National Seniors Day since it was established in 2011. Its message for 2021 includes a focus on federal election issues it says were ignored, such as affordability and health care for seniors.

"We're into a not unexpected fourth wave of a pandemic that has killed thousands of older Canadians and exposed the lack of investment in our long-term care institutions. Recommendations made by boards of inquiry from the first wave of the pandemic sit on a shelf. Calls for increased spending on home care and caregiver supports - and a much better return on the billions of dollars invested every year on healthcare, are ignored," said CARP representatives in a news release.

To address these issues, plus age discrimination and a greater safety net for seniors on CPP and OAS, CARP is hosting an October 1 Zoom meeting for members at 10 a.m. MT.

Click here to register:

Click here to watch live via Zoom: