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posted on September 12, 2014

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

The Way In Network has been listening to feedback and is working hard to update and streamline this website in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned.  In the meantime - it still works :-). 

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.  We will be launching a new one-line Access & Intake System for our services shortly, through our new website at thewayincalgary.ca.  In the meantime, the phone numbers below will get you to services.

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 services across the city, please call Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens' Association at 403-269-6122
Saturday, September 20, 2014 (All day)
Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre
2212 13 Street NW
Calgary, AB T2M 4P7
Join us for a special Community Information Forum and gain a more in-depth understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Dr. David Hogan, a local dementia specialist will lead an informative presentation and answer your questions.
 
The Alzheimer Society of Calgary will provide an update on programs and services available to benefit you.
 
This is a fantastic opportunity for people looking to learn more about dementia, or who may be searching for additional support, resources, hope and inspiration. Join us.
 
There is no cost to attend but registration is required.
 
Call 403.290.0110 to register or for more information.

A quote from our client about the difference The Way in has meant to them:

 

“I knew nothing about government policies and understand little English. I depend on your service to resolve every problem I came across. Because of your organization, we immigrant seniors can live in Calgary without worry.”

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....