Seniors' Week 2023
June 5 – 11
Why a Seniors’ Week?
Seniors’ Week was inspired by the vision of the late Alice Modin. “More than 30 years ago, Modin began a campaign to start a seniors’ day in Strathcona County that helped pave the way for Seniors’ Week”. – Alberta.ca
Recognized annually across Alberta since the time of its inception in 1986, Seniors’ Week is an opportunity to show appreciation for seniors and the many contributions they make to enhance the quality of life in Alberta.
In Calgary, Age Friendly Calgary has adopted the theme in 2023 that “Aging is More.”
Building on this theme, Silvera and our Seniors’ Week partner, Calgary Seniors Housing Forum Society, have identified the following question that will hopefully spark curiosity, inspire new thinking, and start a dialogue in the broader community.
How do we ensure Calgary is a great place to age?
We invite you to participate in Silvera’s Seniors’ Week activities:
Blue Ribbon Campaign
This campaign is intended to help elevate the needs of our seniors – now and in the future.
We invite you to wear a blue and white ribbon as a way to show our support and to celebrate Alberta’s seniors. Please join us by wearing a ribbon. Become a Friend of Silvera to receive your ribbon today!
Aging Well in Calgary Symposium
June 8, 2023
8:30 am – 10:30 am
It is no secret that age-related social issues such as ageism, elder abuse, and social isolation pose significant negative health risks for seniors. These issues intensify when you add in the realities of navigating increased inflation while living on a limited fixed income. As a result, aging tends to be seen as a cost to society and is often framed as a concern for the healthcare sector.
As we emerge from the pandemic, it is time for the Calgary community to come together to address these issues and uncover new, creative solutions that can ensure Calgary is known as a great place to age.
We invite you to be part of the conversation
We invite you to join our keynote speakers – Mayor Jyoti Gondek and community leader Deb Lee, who will share their thoughts on the topic of ensuring Calgary is a great place to age. Following this, Arlene Adamson, CEO, Silvera for Seniors, and President, Alberta Seniors & Communities Housing Association, will moderate a panel to further discuss how we can each play a role in achieving this goal.
– James Stauch, Executive Director, Institute for Community Prosperity, MRU
– Larry Mathieson, President and CEO, Unison at Kerby Centre
– Anila Umar Lee Yuen, President and CEO, Centre for Newcomers
– Catherine Robertson, Rainbow Elders, Calgary
Click the link to read about the Aging and Thriving in the 21st Century Report, to learn more.