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posted on February 4, 2013

Welcome to the Third Age Commons! Please explore, join, ask questions and contribute your thoughts and wisdom to this community.

This website is part of our attempt to keep people up to date on the exciting things to do and think about and discuss as we enter the Third Age. However, if you are over 65 and living in the community in Calgary, or concerned about someone you know who is over 65 and living independently, The Way In - Calgary Older Adult Services can also help.

When you call, if your questions and concerns can be addressed over the phone they will be. If you require a face-to-face meeting with a Service Coordinator to figure out what options exist and decide which ones you feel are the best way forward, they will meet with you. At that meeting they will work with you to get forms filled out, plans made, and connections started to put services in place - depending on what is necessary and available to help in your situation, and what you would like to have happen.

Call them at one of the numbers below. Service Coordinators know the services and supports available for older adults in Calgary, and they will work with you to help you connect to them.

  • Central Office - Calgary Family Services - 403-705-0593
  • South Office - Jewish Family Service Calgary - 403-287-3510
  • North/West Office - Calgary Family Services - 403-286-1811
  • Northeast Office - Calgary Seniors' Resource Society - 403-266-6200
  • For Cantonese and Mandarin speaking service, please call Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens' Association at 403-269-6122
Monday, April 14, 2014 (All day)
Rosedale Community Centre
901-11 Ave NW
Calgary, AB

As we age, we experience new life scenarios, and we have choices about how we face these. Our speaker, Debbie Lee, R.N., M.N.,  has participated in the development of innovative programs to improve health care and to promote optimum health for older adults and she is an enthusiastic collaborator with colleagues both within and beyond the health care system. She enjoys her role as a participant in and an observer of the aging process.

 CALL Members and Guest welcome.www.calgarylifelonglearners.ca 

"Well, I just think this program has been so helpful.  There has been a lot of support, and I have never had outside help before.  My worker comes to me and gets to see who I really am and what my needs are.  This program helped me to stay in my home and neighborhood .  I don’t know that I would have had been where I am today physically, mentally, and emotionally without this program."  Lynn (central client)

 

"I think this is the best social service in action.  Probably the most comprehensive and complete and most helpful.  The speed with which they have been able to help has been simply amazing." Bud (central client)

Siblings feeling unappreciated and taken advantage of as the primary caregiver of older parents:

When my dad needed extra help and care, my siblings, who lived about an hour away, could have felt unappreciated and taken advantage of.  I live 10 hours away.  However, because we were able to have a conversation with each other and with our dad, that didn’t happen.

I was still able to contribute to his care, even being so far away. They were charged with the quick trips for emergency items, weekly visits and lots of meals.   When the time came for dad to move to a new place, I went and made the physical move with him....