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.
More Seniors' Week activities from 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.
June 1, 3 & 5
Seniors' Week at Southland Leisure Centre
2000 Southland Drive SW
Everyone aged 50+ is invited to enjoy these free* special events at Southland Leisure Centre. Contact Zoe Flowers-Reitsma at 403-648-6576 for carpooling, if required.
June 1, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Wally Ball with Lisa
Lisa will lead a short session on wally ball, a fun and senior-safe version of volleyball.
June 3, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Social with Trivia and Door Prizes
Enjoy coffee, tea and refreshments following the scheduled 50+ drop-in fitness class. *General admission applies to fitness class; social is free.
June 5, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Guided Walk through Fish Creek Park & Tailgate
Let's take fitness outdoors! Meet at the entrance to Fish Creek Park at the south end of Elbow Drive for a walk through nature. We'll follow up the walk with a tailgate party! Weather permitting; if it's raining, a class will be held at Southland Leisure Centre.
Seniors' Week at Thornhill Aquatic & Recreation Centre
6715 Centre Street North | 10:00 a.m. - noon daily
Seniors' Week kicks off on June 1 with a meet and greet and information offering on City programs and services designed specifically for seniors. Each day following, from June 2 to 5, we'll host a fitness class from 10:00 to 10:45, followed by light refreshments in the lobby and then a presentation. Fitness classes and guest presenters vary each day as follows:
June 2: NIA, a creative and gentle fitness routine that blends modern and ethnic dance, martial arts and yoga. Presentation by the Calgary Public Library.
June 3: Zumba, a Latin inspired dance/fitness program, provides a safe and effective total body workout for the mind, body and soul. Visit with City Councillor Sean Chu during the social. Presentation by Senior Services Home Maintenance.
June 4: Line Dancing to a variety of music genres, including latin, swing and country. No experience or partner required. Presentation by the Kerby Centre.
June 5: Tai Chi develops balance and mental awarenss while teaching relaxation through breathing patterns. North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre will lead an activity following the social.
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.
The City of Calgary Seniors' Activity Challenge
Glenmore Aquatic Centre | 5330 19 St SW or
Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre | 9009 Fairmount Drive SE
The World Health Organization recommends seniors get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity a week. Take the challenge! Pick up an activity book at either our Glenmore or Acadia fitness facility, record your daily activity time during Seniors' Week and we'll give you a stamp for each active day. Then, join us as follows to celebrate your achievements with snacks, refreshments and door prizes!
Glenmore Activity Week Celebration: Thursday, June 11, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Acadia Activity Week Celebration: Friday, June 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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.
The City of Calgary Drop-in Fitness Classes for 50+
Various locations, days and times
Celebrate Seniors' Week by trying a new drop-in class! The City of Calgary offers a variety of gentle fitness opportunities for the 50+ age set. Regular fees apply. Check online for dates and times at a City recreation facility near you.
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.
Wednesday, June 3
Renfrew Ramblers Walking Group
Renfrew Aquatic and Recreation Centre |810 13th Avenue NE |11:00 a.m.
Join this new walking group for its inaugural jaunt and enjoy tea and fruit afterward. It's free to join and no registration required. Meet in the lobby of the The City's Renfrew Centre.
Wednesday, June 3
Seniors Appreciation Breakfast
Foothills Aquatic Centre | 2915 24 Avenue NW | Time TBA
Join us as we celebrate seniors and say thank you for all they do to better our communities. Free pancakes, sasusages, eggs and coffee or tea for seniors.
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.
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 Olympic Plaza over the lunch hour. 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.