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Seniors Programs & Services

Welcome to the Seniors Guide. The City of Calgary, Community & Neighbourhood Services staff work with many seniors and seniors organizations in a number of different ways. We know the seniors population in Calgary is increasing both in terms of total numbers of and as a percentage of Calgary's population. The City of Calgary is leading the development of a Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy to help plan for the growing number of older adults.

This guide provides information about the many activities, services, and programs offered by The City of Calgary specifically to seniors. We encourage you to contact City staff listed or to connect with the web-sites indicated for further information.

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General information

  • 2-1-1
    2-1-1 provides an easy-to-use service for Calgarians in need of community, health and social service information. The service is free, confidential and multilingual.
  • 3-1-1
    3-1-1 connects citizens with non-emergency City services through a 3-1-1 call centre that handles citizens' service requests from intake through to resolution.
  • InformCalgary Seniors Directory
    InformCalgary is an easy-to-use web based database containing information about community, health and social services in Calgary.

Safety

  • Fire Safety for Seniors
    Fire safety for seniors is critical as they make up the largest high-risk group for injury and death by fire. Changes in an older person's sensory and physical functions can make it difficult for them to detect or escape. Read some practical tips about fire safety in the home.
  • Pet Safety Sticker Program
    Animal Services is pleased to provide dog and cat owners with a removable, vinyl window sticker to help keep your cat or dog safe in the event of an emergency. For more information, please call 3-1-1.
  • Safer Calgary
    With the goal of reducing both intentional and unintentional injuries in Calgary, Safer Calgary is an umbrella organization that coordinates safety promotion and violence prevention.

Transportation

  • Access Calgary
    Access Calgary is responsible for managing the eligibility, booking, scheduling and dispatching shared-ride, door-to-door transportation services for Calgarians with disabilities.
  • Calgary Handi Bus
    Our Mission is to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by understanding and responding to their transportation needs, providing superior service with care and dignity, being a voice for our customers, and thereby strengthen the community.
  • Seniors Citizens' Transit Pass
    The Senior Citizens' Yearly Transit Pass enables individuals 65 years and older to ride City transit at a reduced rate.
  • Calgary Transit
    Find out when the bus is coming.

Housing/Home Support Services

  • Community Based Snow Removal Programs
    Several community-based and regional seniors' organizations provide assistance to Seniors (including snow and removal and projects).
  • Home Maintenance Services
    This program helps low-income seniors to live safely in their homes by providing basic yard care, snow removal, house cleaning, interior and exterior house painting, and minor home repairs.
  • Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors Program
    The Province's Alberta Seniors and Community Supports in partnership with The City will provide an annual rebate to assist senior homeowners with the year-to-year increases in the education portion of their property taxes.
  • Property Tax Assistance Program
    The City of Calgary offers financial assistance to low-income homeowners who see an increase in their property tax. If you are a residential property owner experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible for a credit on your property tax account through the council-approved 2005 Residential Property Tax Social Support Program.

Police Services

  • Calgary City Police
    Provides a links between seniors and the Calgary Police Service. The coordinator provides information on crime prevention including home security, fraud protection and advice on situations of elder abuse. Information can be provided individually or by visits to senior's centres to deliver educational lectures. The Calgary Police Services works with a seniors advisory committee who assists police in staying well connected with the seniors' community.

Health

  • Blood Pressure Screening
    No appointment is necessary to have your blood pressure taken. Simply drop by a residential fire station any day of the week between the hours of 1 and 9 p.m.
  • Cholesterol Screening
    If you have not had your cholesterol tested in the last year, visit a designated fire station for a free cholesterol screening. Help the Calgary Fire Department prevent one of the leading causes of medical calls it responds to each year.

Recreation, Culture & Fitness

The City of Calgary offers a wide range of leisure programs and services to make your free time creative and stimulating.

  • Outdoor Adventure...nature walks, birds and plant identification, sailing and cycling.
  • Cultural Programs...pottery lessons, art shows, dance instruction, festivals and special events. Special cultural and arts programs are conducted by skilled artists at our two Arts Centres: Wildflower and North Mount Pleasant.
  • Parks and Pathways... more than 337 km of paved pathways extend throughout the city linking many of the city's parks and natural areas. The pathways are a popular venue for walkers, joggers, cyclists and in-line skating.
  • Recreational Programs...golf, skating, swimming, fitness programs, aquacize, shinny hockey, deep water running and yoga.
  • Facilities...swimming pools, fitness centres, indoor and outdoor skating rinks, athletic parks, Village Square and Southland Leisure Centres. We offer programs for every level with instruction by qualified and certified instructors.

We are available to work cooperatively with seniors/community organizations to ensure leisure opportunities are available right in your own neighbourhood.

  • Recreation Fee Assistance Program
    Fee Assistance is available for Calgary residents in financial need to help make recreation more affordable.
  • Parks & Locations
    We encourage you to visit the many parks in Calgary. From neighbourhood tot lots to urban green space, they are yours to enjoy.
  • Lawn & Garden Tips
    The Good for Nature Gardening web pages discuss how a garden works and how you can help it do even better - by providing the right kind of care through intelligent, environmentally-healthy practices that encourage the overall health of your garden.
  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
    The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre is located on the Bow River at 2425 Ninth Avenue S.E. This 32-hectare wildlife reserve offers more than two kilometres of level walking trails throughout the riverine forest, by the flowing river and alongside a peaceful lagoon. More than 250 species of birds and 300 species of plants, plus several kinds of mammals, have been observed in the area.