Thursday, June 2, 2011

Calgary celebrates Seniors' Week June 4 - 12

The old saying - standing on the shoulders of giants - is a reference to the fact that any new insight or development is almost certainly based on the knowledge and lessons gained by those that came before us. 

That's in part why The City of Calgary, along with other levels government and community partners, celebrates seniors’ week. This year the celebration takes place June 4, through June 12.

It’s important that Calgarians acknowledge the contributions of seniors’ as they’ve lived, worked and shaped the world we enjoy today. It’s also important to note some interesting facts about Calgary’s population:

  • The first baby boomers turn 65 in 2011 and there are over 297,000 baby boomers in Calgary
  • The senior population will grow in major increments every 5 years
  • By the mid 2020s, the senior population in Calgary will essentially have doubled today’s population of seniors
  • Today, about one in 10 Calgarians are seniors. By 2026, this will rise to one in six. By 2036, one in five Calgarians will be seniors.
  • In the early 2030s, for the first time ever, the number of adults aged 65+ will surpass the number of children under 14 years of age in Calgary 
Senior’s Week is celebrated all over the city with events large and small be sure to checkout your local seniors' organizations for community activities. Detailed information about The City of Calgary activities can be found on our website and the provinces efforts to promote Seniors’ Week can be found on their website.

Seniors’ Week activities

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Aging & Active Living Expo (formerly known as the Seniors Resource Fair) and City of Calgary Seniors’ Week 2011 Proclamation
Atrium of Calgary Municipal Building (City Hall)
800 MacLeod Trail S.E.
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Visit almost 100 exhibitors who will be showcasing their services, products, care and support available to help Calgary and area mature residents lead healthy, active, and independent lives. Join us at 10:00 a.m. in the presentation area near the escalators for the official City of Calgary proclamation of Seniors Week 2011. Presented by the Calgary Chapter - Alberta Association on Gerontology. For additional information contact  or call 403-370-5251.   

Monday, June 6, 2011
You are invited to the City of Calgary  and Fort Calgary Kick-off to Seniors’ Week 2011
Fort Calgary
750 - 9th Avenue SE
Free admission for seniors 65+ from 9:00 a.m. – 5 pm. 
Visit Fort Calgary's Interpretive Centre with interactive displays and the temporary exhibit: The Canoe - A Canadian Cultural Icon.  Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the theatre for a welcome by special guest Darrel Janz, followed by musician and entertainer Barry Luft.  Experience an interpretive tour of the facility or participate in seniors’ Tai Chi at 10:30 a.m.   Join in on other tours or visit the theatre to enjoy musical entertainment or a movie during the afternoon.  Free parking is available at Fort Calgary.  Public transit stops are located on 9th Avenue within one block east and west of the Fort. For further information call Fort Calgary at:
403-290-1875 or e-mail 

Monday, June 6 – Friday, June 10, 2011
Golden Age Club Seniors Helping Seniors Food Drive
Glenbow Museum, 130-9 Avenue S.E.
Some Veterans and seniors live well below the poverty line and struggle everyday to put food on their tables.  Drop off a food donation for The Poppy Fund’s Veteran’s Food Bank any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,  June 6-10, 2011 to the Glenbow Museum, and help feed those in need. For more information on this and other ways you can donate, contact the Golden Age Club at: 403-262-6342

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Older Adult Resource Fair
Southcentre Mall (Centre Court, Lower Level)
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Come join us at the Older Adult Resource Fair!   This event will feature displays of services and programs available for older adults living in south Calgary and also showcase city-wide resources. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Seniors’ Active Living Fair
Westbrook Mall - 1200 37 Street S.W.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Come join us at the Seniors’ Active Living Fair. This event will feature a variety of social and recreational programs available in South West Calgary.  Enjoy activities, entertainment and much more. Learn more about living a healthy and active life!    Brought to you by Westside Interagency Seniors Subcommittee & Westbrook Mall.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Visit the Glenbow Museum
130 — 9 Avenue S.E.
Free admission for seniors 65+ from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
What better way to spend a Thursday than at the Glenbow Museum! In addition to permanent art and artifact displays, the Glenbow is hosting two feature exhibitions: Karsh: Regarding Heroes - 100 portraits by Yousuf Karsh, one of the world's greatest portrait photographers; and for soccer lovers, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait - a contemporary portrait of soccer superstar Zin├ędine Zidane.  For additional information, call 403-268-4100 or e-mail

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
It's time to start thinking about the abuse of older adults. If you or an older adult you know is experiencing abuse, please call the Kerby Elder Abuse Line at 403-705-3250.

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