Here at Immigrant Services Calgary, we understand that immigrant seniors face unique challenges. That’s why we offer programs that help immigrant seniors adapt to life in Canada, and give them opportunities for social interaction and inclusion.

Our staff and volunteers provide supportive counseling, and they connect seniors to community resources and necessary services.

Through a variety of activities and courses, our seniors enjoy:

  • Engaging in active living, taking walking tours and yoga classes
  • Making friends and social connections
  • Building English conversation skills
  • Gaining computer experience
  • Education about Canadian lifestyles and culture
  • Learning practical life skills

National Seniors Day 2017 – Inspiring Generations

Immigrant Services Calgary, in collaboration with The City of Calgary and the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association, will be organizing the 7th annual National Seniors Day celebration at the Genesis Centre on Friday September 29, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Officially designated by the Government of Canada, National Seniors Day aims to recognize the significant and continuing contributions seniors add to our communities. Our host for this year is the Genesis Centre and the event will also be a celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday. The afternoon will consist of welcome addresses from all three levels of government, inspiring stories from seniors, multicultural entertainment, a fashion show, cake cutting and door prizes.

Tell Me Your Story Project

Immigrant Services Calgary’s Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program celebrated the end of an 8-week inter-generational project called Tell Me Your Story with a party.

The seniors were paired up with technically savvy youth volunteers who helped them use PowerPoint to document stories about themselves, their homeland and settling in Canada. Audiences heard stories from Pakistan, India, Yemen and Korea. As the weeks progressed, youth volunteers and seniors exchanged ideas, stories and developed a mutual understanding of one another. The seniors not only improved their computer skills but for many of them, this was their first public speaking opportunity.

The themes of their projects included dreams, travel, hope and establishing a new beginning. One senior in particular had a presentation called “Station of My Life” where she compared her life in India with her experiences in Canada.  For her, it is the old and newfound friendships that give her life meaning.

The final projects will be exhibited  during our National Seniors Day Celebration on Friday September 29, 2017.

 

Talk about Elder Abuse on RedFM

On June 15, 2016, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Community Seniors Program Facilitator, Parminder Gill, was invited to talk about Elder Abuse in program Roshani (Awareness) at Radio Red FM.

In the program, they discussed  about the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) that was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the prevention of Elder Abuse, and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness.

Furthermore, they discussed what is elder abuse, types of elder abuse, who are the victims, who are the abusers, as well as what are the signs of elder abuse and the resources where they can get help. Parminder also informed that purple color has been designated as the awareness color for elder abuse, and provided the contact information for Elder Abuse Resource Line (403-705-3250) and also Family Violence Information Line (310-1818).

Parminder

(Photo from  REDFM)

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

The Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program (SPTDP) is a program that allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan with the Alberta government.  For eligible seniors, the Alberta government will pay their residential property taxes to their municipal government on their behalf. Then, they repay the loan, with interest.

The eligibility for the Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program is:

  • Be 65 years or older
  • Be an Alberta resident
  • Own a residential property in Alberta
  • Have a minimum of 25% equity in your home

Here is the SPTDP Information Guide, Application, and Agreement.

For more information about the SPTDP, please visit http://www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/seniors/property-tax-deferral.html

Celebrating Seniors’ Week – June 6 -12

The City of Calgary is celebrating Seniors’ Week June 6 to 12, 2016 to acknowledge the contributions of seniors to our communities.

“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.

You can celebrate the Seniors’ week using the hashtag #yycseniors on https://twitter.com/cityofcalgary.

Following are the Seniors’ Week events planned for June 6 – 12:

Event Date Time Location Organization Language(s)
Seniors Wellness and Health Fair Sat, June 4 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association
111 Riverfront Avenue S.W.
Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association English and others
Sasi Jaunt and Family Festival Sat, June 4 10 a.m. Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre
2212 13 Street N.W.
Confederation Park Seniors English
Laps for Life – A walkathon June 6-10 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Ogden Seniors 50+ Activity Centre
2102 69 Avenue S.E.
Ogden Seniors 50+ Activity Centre English
Seniors visit Fort Calgary for free June 6-12 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily Fort Calgary 750 9 Avenue S.E. Fort Calgary English
Seniors visit the Genesis Centre for free June 6-12 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily The Genesis Centre
7555 Falconridge Blvd N.E.
The Genesis Centre English
Clothed figure drawing and painting workshop Tues, June 7 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parkdale Nifty-Fifties Social Club
3512 5 Avenue N.W.
Parkdale Nifty-Fifties Social Club English
Seniors visit Glenbow for free Tues, June 7 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Glenbow Museum
130 9 Avenue S.E.
Glenbow Museum English
Annual Seniors’ Week celebration Tues, June 7 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Kerby Centre
1133 7 Avenue S.W.
Kerby Centre English
Active Aging Think Tank 2.0 Tues, June 7 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Register for event location details, email: amatsune@calgary.ca Calgary Recreation English
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Café Tues, June 7 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Village Square Leisure Centre 2623 56 St N.E. Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society English
Hawaiian Day   Tues, June 7 11 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. Greater Forest Lawn 55+ Society
3425 26 Ave S.E.
Greater Forest Lawn English
WEAAD Café Wed, June 8 10 a.m. Odd Fellow Rebekah Tower 1220 2 St S.W. Jewish Family Service Calgary English, Russian
WEAAD Café Thurs, June 9 1:30 p.m. Montgomery Community Centre 5003 16 Ave N.W. Carya English
Seniors’ Cultural Festival Thurs, June 9 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Blvd N.E N/A English
WEAAD Café Fri, June 10 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Penbrooke Community Centre 6100 8 Ave S.E. Calgary Catholic Immigration Society English
Taoist Tai Chi Demonstration Fri, June 10 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Riverwalk, near George King Bridge, East Village N/A N/A
Taoist Tai Chi Demonstration Fri, June 10 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Courtyard among the towers on 8 Ave S.E. between 5 St S.E. and 6 St S.E. N/A N/A
Community Fair Sat, June 11 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 47 St and 8 Ave S.E. N/A English  (Interpreters available)
WEAAD Café Mon, June 13 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Edgemont Community Association 33 Edgevalley Cir N.W. Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association Mandarin, Cantonese
WEAAD Café Mon, June 13 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Genesis Centre 7555 Falconridge Blvd N.E. Immigrant Services Calgary English
WEAAD Café Mon, June 13 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kerby Centre
1133 7 Ave S.W.
Kerby Centre English
WEAAD Café Tues, June 14 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association 111 Riverfront Ave  S.W. Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association Mandarin
WEAAD Public Gathering Wed, June 15 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Olympic Plaza 228, 8 Ave S.E. Community Partners English
WEAAD Café Fri, June 17 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association 111 Riverfront Ave S.W. Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association Cantonese

For more information about the Seniors’ Week, please visit the City of City’s website.

 

Vaisakhi Celebration & Punjabi New Year

Happy Vaisakhi! Today is 13th April, many around the around the world are celebrating Vaisakhi. Vaisakhi refers to the harvest festival of the Punjab region.  It is a popular celebration around India, and it makes the start of the Punjabi New Year.

On April 9, 2016, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) invited over 51 seniors to celebrate the Punjabi New Year and Vaisakhi. The seniors had a great time with the games, dancing, and a photo booth.