Programs & Information for Older Adults and Seniors

Seniors Week June 1 - 7, 2020

Welcome to your one-stop-shop for older adults and seniors programming, events and information!

This page will be updated frequently, so be sure to check back often for current news, meetings, council presentations, conferences and other resources!

  1. Older Adults and Seniors Events
  2. Chestermere Seniors Advisory Committee
  3. Chestermere Seniors Coalition
  4. Vaccine Transportation Assistance

Older Adults TeleconferenceOlder Adults Tele-conference October 28

The Older Adults Teleconference is a way to stay in touch while keeping a safe distance. This platform can keep people connected who may be otherwise lonely or isolated and gives participants have the opportunity to meet new people. The teleconference introduces guest speakers on topics of interest that are requested by the participants. 


Benefits: 

  • The program is free to the participants.
  • The option of a telephone or video connection.
  • Individuals who cannot travel or those who's mobility difficulties or other health concerns can participate from the comfort of their own home.
  • Programs like this can help to lower depression risks by helping stave off feelings of loneliness.
  • Video calling platforms can support the development of a stronger sense of connection and maintain already existing relationships.
  • Share concerns, tell stories or laugh.

The next Teleconference will be held on
Thursday, October 28 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. with guest speaker:

Barry Pendergast, a retired architect with many years of experience with virtual reality.

Topic – Virtual reality technology & how it can improve physical & mental health

Description: 

Barry Pendergast, a 83 years old  retired architect with many years of experience with virtual reality  will share how he is using the technology with modest cost headsets to beneficially impact his own physical and mental health and its potential help many other seniors who are looking for a way to be motivated to participate and also have a way to socially connect with others across the world in this new & exciting  medium. 

More and more senior care facilities are introducing forms of virtual reality  & see its benefits for more than  just exercise and maintaining a healthy cognitive state. Researchers are seeing positive results with helping clients with dementia improving their relationship with their families and in regaining important memories from their past. Barry sees an increasing need for caregivers, especially partners & other family members to  be able to use the technology in the home and other more informal environments.  

Barry’s presentation will provide a view of the current virtual reality  options but also how the combining with augmented reality options  will add a whole new dimension  that is much more transparent and natural to use. The presentation will include updates on current  research studies currently underway that support the approach . 

Register before 5 p.m. on October 27 by calling Sharron at 403-804-0817 or email smatthewman@chestermere.ca 

Help us plan future programming, information sessions, and Tele-Conference topics by taking the Education Session Topics Survey in partnership with our local pharmacies