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

Age-Friendly Calgary

The senior population in Calgary is growing. According to the City of Calgary, by 2036 nearly one in five Calgarians will be a senior. To prepare for that, the City of  Calgary has launched the Seniors Age-Friendly Calgary Strategy. “The Senior Age-Friendly Strategy presents a vision and principles for creating a more age friendly Calgary, as well as population level results, strategies, partners, and proposed actions within each of the local priority areas.” (Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy).

The six priority areas of the Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy are:

  • Access to information and services
  • Community support and health
  • Housing
  • Participation and inclusion
  • Prevention of and response to elder abuse
  • Transportation and mobility

Immigrant Services Calgary is a committee member of the Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy Development.

For more information about the Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy please visit the website http://calgary.ca/agenfriendly

National Seniors Day 2015 Celebration

On October 1, 2015, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program, in partnership with City of Calgary and the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association, celebrated the Annual National Seniors Day. October 1 is recognized annually as National Seniors Day and Immigrant Services Calgary has been celebrating this ever since it was officially launched by the Government of Canada in 2010 to pay tribute to the seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian communities, workplaces and society.

National Seniors Day Celebrations 2015

For the past 4 years, the Seniors Program at ISC has been hosting the National Seniors Day celebrations to recognize the significant and continuing contributions seniors make to their families, communities, workplaces, and society. This year we are partnering with the City of Calgary and the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association to hold the event in the John Dutton Theatre at the main branch of the Calgary Public Library on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Present at the event will be representatives from the government, non-profit agencies and community partners, community leaders, and senior citizens and their families. The festivities will include a cake-cutting ceremony and multi-cultural entertainment programs.

National Seniors Day - Poster

Seniors Day @ Calgary Stampede 2015

Every year the Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) takes its senior clients to the Stampede on the Western Heritage Day and this year was no exception!

On July 7, 2015 CISP staff and more than 60 seniors blazed their way to the stampede. We enjoyed free coffee and donuts in the Agrium Western Events Centre and were entertained by free Morning Show in the arena; the miniature chuck wagon race was a hoot! The seniors had a grand time with the free WestJet Sky ride, afternoon Rodeo and the Grandstand Show in the evening.

Photography courtesy of Radhika Menon.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The United Nations (UN) has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The issue of Elder Abuse is a growing dilemma among the aging population. Elder abuse is any action by someone in a relationship of trust that results in harm or distress to an older person. The abuse of elders can take various forms like physical, emotional, financial, medication, sexual, neglect or abandonment. It is estimated that by 2050, the global population of people above the age of 60 will exceed the number of younger people. Research has shown that elderly abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation is one of the biggest issues facing senior citizens around the world. In Calgary WEAAD was held at Calgary Municipal Complex Plaza Space. CISP staff and 50 senior clients attended the event to show our solidarity for the cause.