Seniors’ Week to celebrate seniors and their impact on our community
The City of Calgary kicked off Seniors’ Week today, encouraging Calgarians of all ages to celebrate the many contributions seniors make to our community.
More than two dozen events are taking place this Seniors’ Week, all to show seniors that their contributions are recognized and appreciated. Some events are exclusively for seniors, others are suitable for the whole family.
“Seniors deserve recognition every day and I hope to see people of all ages out celebrating with their older friends and family members during Seniors’ Week,” said John Mungham, social worker, City of Calgary Senior Services.
“They really do make a huge difference in the quality of life we enjoy here in Calgary. They make up a large portion of our volunteer community and voter turnout, and really, have their hands in all aspects of what makes Calgary great – they help keep our parks beautiful, they help support vulnerable people through community support programs, they’re involved in arts and culture – you name it and seniors are probably involved.”
Kerby Centre helped The City kick-off Seniors’ Week today and will be hosting a luncheon and live cultural performance on June 2. The Centre is a hub for anyone 55 and older, offering activities, programs and services all under one roof.
“Here at the Kerby Centre, we do honour our senior community every day with creative activities, exercise programs, meals and companionship, as well as several support services,” said Luanne Whitmarsh, CEO, Kerby Centre. “Participating in Seniors’ Week is a great opportunity to help raise awareness for all that our members do in the community.”
Other event hosts include:
- Carya Calgary, which put on a Healthy Aging symposium today
- Fort Calgary, who is offering free admission all week to everyone aged 65-plus
- The Glenbow Museum, where seniors get in free on June 2 and can pick up an annual pass for $10 off any day during Seniors’ Week
- The Canadian Association of Retired People, which is hosting a tradeshow on Wednesday, June 3, for anyone nearing retirement
- Creative Aging Calgary, who’s providing entertainment and light refreshments as part of its AGM and social on Thursday, June 4
- The Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizen’s Association, which has lined up a variety of interactive activities, entertainment and resources for its Senior Wellness Day on Saturday, June 6
Calgarians are invited to share their Seniors’ Week photos and stories on Twitter and on The City’s Facebook Event page, using the hashtag #yycseniors.
Beyond Seniors’ Week, The City works with many seniors and senior organizations in a number of different ways. To learn more what is offered year round, or more about Seniors’ Week, please visit calgary.ca/seniors.