Elder Friendly Communities

Elder Friendly Communities are cultivated using a classic grassroots Community Development model.

We take the time to find out what’s meaningful to community members: from being able to take transit to see friends to actively advocating and lobbying for city-wide social justice concerns. Then we work within that range to help participants uncover personal strengths.

We name those strengths, lift them up, and find ways to create positive change within communities and for community members.

carya facilitates Elder Friendly Communities throughout Calgary.

 

Northern Hills
Offered in Panorama Hills, Coventry Hills, Country Hills Village, Country Hills and Harvest Hills.

Elder Friendly Community of Northern Hills looks to provide meaningful connections for residents while addressing social isolation using leadership and confidence development.

Please contact Joan Bever Joanb@caryacalgary.ca or call 403-205-5279 to learn more.

Starbright Granmas
Offered in Pineridge and Dover.

The Starbright Grandmas have been developing relationships with Grade 6 girls for four years. Helping grade 6 girls build capacity and develop essential building blocks to foster healthy decision making and positive peer interactions.

The Starbright program is operated by carya in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education.

Each Starbright grandma is matched with a Starbright girl for 4 weeks in an after-school program that focuses on story-telling, fun activities, and creating some special crafts together.

Please contact Joan Bever Joanb@caryacalgary.ca or call 403-205-5279 to learn more.

Northeast Support Group
Exercise, learn, singing and craft with us!

The Northeast Support Group meets regularly within the Northeast community for exercise, cultural exchange, learning and workshops, singing and craft-making.

Groups are generally taken in Cantonese.

Please contact Anita Chow AnitaC@caryacalgary.ca or call 403-619-5371 to learn more.

East Village
We provide meaningful connections to residents of East Village!

Reaching into a condensed resident population of over 800 older adults, the Elder Friendly Community of East Village looks to provide meaningful connections for residents while addressing social isolation using leadership and confidence development. 

The East Village Seniors Drama Group meets weekly to laugh at themselves and have fun while practicing communication and expression through acting games. They also work on storytelling as they create, rehearse, and perform original pieces of theatre. The group is open and inclusive and takes new members on an ongoing basis – no experience or performance required!

The Pony Express letter-writing exchange program partners East Village seniors with junior high students in Calgary in a pen pal relationship. This monthly exchange of hand-written letters and cards brings light into the lives of the participants, allowing them to connect to another generation, relive or share memories and practice communication skills in ways that can become forgotten or overlooked in our new age of technology. This program is also open and accepts new members.

 

Please contact us at 403.269.9888 or info@caryacalgary.ca to learn more.


Upcoming Program Events

Mon 27

Creating Elder Friendly Communities: Highland Park

November 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed 29

Creating Elder Friendly Communities: Highland Park

November 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dec 11

Creating Elder Friendly Communities: Northern Hills

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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