Programs & Information for Older Adults and Seniors
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!
- Older Adults and Seniors Events
- Chestermere Seniors Advisory Committee
- Chestermere Seniors Coalition
- Vaccine Transportation Assistance
Older Adults Teleconference
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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chestermere Seniors Advisory Committee
The Seniors Advisory Committee is a standing Council Committee established for the purpose of addressing the recommendations developed by the Task Force sub-committees on Housing, Health, Supports and Services and those outlined in the Council Task Force on Seniors Final Report.
The committee will collaborate, research, and develop recommended strategies for Council. For further details, please view the Committee's Terms of Reference here.
The Seniors Advisory Committee Members shall be appointed through Council Resolution will consist of:
• Two (2) Council Members; and
• Seven (7) to ten (10) Public Members
Public Member may include senior residents and representatives from Alberta Health Services, The Senior’s Coalition of Chestermere, AGAP, and other agencies. Members shall be appointed for a period of two (2) years.
Current Members (as of October 20, 2021):
Chair: Michael Ball
Vice Chair: Joanne Lemna
**Two new Council Members will be added after the Organizational Meeting on October 26, 2021.
Chestermere Seniors Coalition
The Chestermere Seniors Coalition serves as a voice for all seniors and caregivers of seniors and concerned residents for seniors in our community.
The COVID-19 pandemic now limits in-person gatherings. The coalition contributes to a bi-weekly insert in the Chestermere Anchor newspaper. Each edition includes a new episode of "Armchair Travel Series," where readers can visit places worldwide with just one click, information about the Whitecapper's programs in addition to more resources being made available very soon.
If you would like to join our Voice for Senior's through the Chestermere Coalition for Seniors by attending biweekly Zoom meetings, please contact Leslie Racz your CRPCN Community Development Coordinator, at email@example.com.
The Coalition has also created a Senior Resource Handbook that includes resources relevant to seniors.
Seniors Vaccine Transportation Assistance
Seniors who are age 60+ and need assistance getting to their vaccination sites can now fill out a transportation assistance referral form, and book a free taxi ride to their appointment.
While funds are available, Chestermere FCSS can provide assistance with transportation costs and offer seniors a free one-way or round trip taxi ride to their vaccination.
Download the referral form here