Celebrate Alberta Seniors Safely & Responsibly

Lisa Cai Community, Daily Life, Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates Leave a Comment

Older adults are everywhere in our lives. They can be our parents and grandparents, teachers and neighbors, mentors and friends, etc. As a vital part of our communities, they make a difference in our lives. It is important that we continue to celebrate the Seniors’ Week during these challenging times. Live events are not being held this year, but we …

ISC’s Seniors Program Organizes Online Celebration for Seniors

Lisa Cai Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates Leave a Comment

During the first week of June, Alberta celebrates its senior citizens and, along with it, so do all the organizations and programs that focus on seniors’ wellbeing. At Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC), the Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP), simply known as the Seniors Program, is leaping into the future this year, “hand in hand” with the seniors participating …

Resources for Seniors from Kerby Centre

Michelle Mak Community, Daily Life, Seniors Leave a Comment

The Kerby Centre is an organization that supports seniors in Calgary. During COVID-19, the Kerby Centre still has many resources available to seniors who are in need. The services that are currently operating are: Grocery Delivery Program (Thrive) – for seniors who cannot leave your home for groceries or medications (403) 234-6571 COVID-19 Seniors Information Hotline (403) 265-0061 Seniors Information …

Seniors’ Week: Virtual Celebration and Online Events

Lisa Cai Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates Leave a Comment

“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” — Eleanor Roosevelt June 1-7 is Seniors’ Week here in Calgary. This year’s theme is Resilience. The City of Calgary has organized a series of online events, so that we can maintain safe, physical distancing during this special time. Let’s acknowledge the contributions of older …

Online Platform CORE for Seniors

Lisa Cai Community, COVID-19, Seniors, Updates Leave a Comment

A new online platform called CORE (Collaborative Online Resources and Education) will help seniors-serving agencies improve their delivery of services in these following ways: – making it easier for agencies to share resources and coordinate services; – focusing on challenges that seniors face during COVID-19, e.g. transportation, social isolation, home supports; – supporting agencies to access training and promote best …

Designated Shopping Time for Seniors during COVID-19

Lisa Cai Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Seniors

Since late March, many grocery stores in Calgary have started to open their doors early or reserve shopping hours for seniors and those who require extra attention, so that they can shop with fewer customers around during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have put together a list of Calgary-based grocery and drug stores that provide dedicated shopping hours for seniors and …

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Application Postponed

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Newcomer Information, Seniors

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino has given notice that the application process for the 2020 Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship application is being postponed, it is usually opened in the month of January. The reason for postponing this is to “complete the development of a new application intake management process for the parents and grandparents sponsorship program, to be implemented in 2020.”

Streamlined access to seniors resources

Settlement ISC Seniors, Updates

In 2020, seniors will have one number to call for information, advocacy and referrals regarding Alberta government services. The Office of the Seniors Advocate will be combined with the Office of the Health Advocates to address seniors’ concerns more efficiently. Beginning Jan. 2, 2020, Alberta seniors, their families and service providers will be able to access information and referrals on …

More Support for Seniors from the Government of Alberta Budget

Settlement ISC Community, Seniors, Updates

The Budget 2019 includes an increase of $9 million for Seniors and Housing to ensure Alberta’s growing seniors population is well-supported. This will mean that they will maintain valuable programs that Alberta’s seniors rely on (such as financial support and programs). They will also continue to invest in affordable housing units across the province for seniors and low-income people. Senior benefits, including the Alberta Seniors Benefit will be maintained.

National Seniors Day 2019 Cerebration

Settlement ISC Newcomer Information, Seniors, Updates

For the past 8 years on October 1st, 2019, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Seniors Program has been hosting National Seniors Day to recognize the remarkable contributions that seniors make to their families, communities and society.

This year, National Seniors Day will be happening on October 1st from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the New Central Library “Patricia A. Whelan” Performance Hall. There will be multicultural performances, information booths and displays, inspiring stories and also light refreshments. Join us to celebrate our seniors!