By Mayor's Proclamation, The City of Calgary is celebrating Seniors' Week June 1-7 to acknowledge the contributions of seniors to our communities, in conjunction with the Seniors Advisory Council for Alberta.
Whether it's their time, talent or life experience, seniors' contributions are at the heart of many community programs and charitable organizations that improve quality of life for Calgarians. The City of Calgary supports seniors in many ways throughout the year; learn more at calgary.ca/seniors.
Celebrate #yycseniors with us
Participate in one of the following events during Seniors’ Week or find your own way to celebrate the older adults in your life. Then share your celebration stories and photos using the hashtag #yycseniors on https://twitter.com/cityofcalgary or The City's Seniors' Week Events page on Facebook.
Click here for a list of Seniors' Week activities hosted by City of Calgary Recreation
Monday, June 1
Healthy Aging Strategies: Embrace the years with well-being and a social strategy
Marlborough Park Community Association | 6021 Madigan Dr NE | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join Carya for this healthy aging symposium led by a panel of experts who will talk about strategies for healthy, happy and fulfilling aging for everyone. Topics include nutrition and health, mental well-being and social strategies. Lunch provided. Please register to attend by visiting caryacalgary.ca/events or call Anya at 403.705.7558.
Fort Calgary: Free admission for seniors 65+
Fort Calgary | 750 Ninth Avenue SE | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Discover the place where Calgary was born. Explore colourful stories in the Interpretive Centre, try on an authentic RCMP uniform, sit in a jail cell, find an authentic buy in the Museum Shop, take a stroll around the RiverWalk. Lots to do, lots of fun. Visit FortCalgary.com for more information.
Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program
City of Calgary Animal Services |2201 Portland Street SE | Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reap the proven health benefits of owning a pet and get a 60% discount off the regular adoption fee. Eligibility: you’re 60 or older and the cat or dog you take home is at least 7 years old. Older pets are great for people who may not have the time or energy to deal with frisky puppies or kittens. They’re already spayed/neutered and the adoption fee includes vaccinations, a bag of food and much more! Learn more about the Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program online at calgary.ca or call 311.
Tuesday, June 2
Glenbow Museum: Free admission and membership discounts for seniors 65+
Glenbow Museum| 130 Ninth Avenue SE
Enjoy free admission on June 2 and $10 off when you purchase a senior’s annual membership (applies to renewals, too!) any day during Seniors’ Week at Glenbow Museum. Three exciting exhibits to visit:
- Hooked: Fish, Water and Angling in Art – a unique look at the art and culture of fishing.
- The Gun Sculpture – a massive cube composed of more than 7,000 guns makes a clear statement about the impact of guns and their worldwide proliferation.
- Political Satire in Alberta – this exhibition from the Glenbow Museum house collection features political cartoons poking fun at everything from populist politics to global issues; includes 60 works by 20th Century cartoonists in Alberta.
Tuesday, June 2
Celebrating the World of Seniors
Kerby Centre |1133 Seventh Avenue SW | Noon – 2 p.m.
Live cultural performances and activities await you at this celebration that includes a lunch of BBQ beef on a bun for only $2. No registration required. Please call the Kerby Centre for more information at 403.265.0661.
Wednesday, June 3
CARP Calgary: Get Ready for Retirement
West Hillhurst Community Association |1940 Sixth Avenue NW |3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP Calgary) is hosting this tradeshow for people getting ready to retire. Explore products, services and activities available to retirees, enjoy a bite from the Tao Events food truck and tap your toes to the 8 Note Dixie Band. Park in the community association lot, on 8th Avenue or 8th Street (two-hour limit), or take the bus; routes 419 and 9 have stops right there. Admission is free for CARP members; $2 for non-members.
Thursday, June 4
Seniors Fair & Alex Mobile Clinic
Genesis Centre |7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Visit booths and attend a workshop at this special event for seniors. The Alex Mobile Clinic will even check your blood pressure and blood sugar levels! All free. For more information, call 1000 Voices at 403.930.3370 or 403.472.0407.
Thursday, June 4
Creative Aging Calgary Society Annual General Meeting
Garrison Green Seniors Community (GGSC) |3028 Don Ethell Blvd SW |
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Come to the AGM to find out what we do and how you can
participate. Enjoy the free Seniors Showcase entertainment provided by the
German Ladies Choir and GGSC Readers Theatre Group. Some light appetizers will
be provided. For more information, visit the event section on CreativeAgingCalgary.com.
Friday, June 5
Seniors Social in the Square
5th St Square | 5th St. & 7th Ave SE | Free admission | 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us for a special outdoor gathering designed to provide seniors with the opportunity to engage with their community by meeting new people and trying new activities!
Saturday, June 6
Stay Active, Stay Involved: 2nd Annual SASI Jaunt
Confederation Park | near 13 Street NW at 21 Avenue NW | 10 a.m. rain or shine
Stay active, stay involved (SASI) with this 5K family walk/run to raise funds for the Tea & Conversation program run by the Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre. A 1.5K route is also available to give everyone a chance to participate. Visit sasijaunt.com for more information and to register for the walk/run.
Saturday, June 6
Senior Wellness Day
Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association |111 Riverfront Avenue SW |Free admission 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come enjoy a variety of interactive wellness activities including tai chi, kung fu, square dance, waist drumming dance and lion dance. Learn more about aging well, check out the photo display and visit resource booths. Please call 403-269 6122 for more information.
Saturday, June 6
Birding Course: Birding by Sound
Ralph Klein Park | 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Discover a new world of birding by learning how to bird by sound. Designed to introduce participants to various methods of learning bird songs, this course starts early to take advantage of the early morning bird activity. This course combines class and field time, so please dress for the weather.
Register: 403-268-3800 (option #1) and quote course code 344006, or register now
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
On Monday, June 15, the Calgary Tower and Langevin Bridge will be lit up in purple to bring attention to this important issue, and there'll be a gathering at the Municipal Complex Plaza, 800 Macleod Trail, from noon to 1 p.m. More.
If you or an older adult you know is experiencing abuse, please call the Kerby Elder Abuse Line at 403-705-3250.
Creating an age-friendly city
The City of Calgary has developed a plan to support the growing number of older adults in Calgary. Learn more about the Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy on calgary.ca/seniors.