Celebrating thousands of seniors who call Strathcona County home

May 18, 2018

Celebrating thousands of seniors who call Strathcona County home

Seniors’ Week offers a number of community-building activities from June 3 to 9

The number of seniors residing in Strathcona County has increased by 35% over the previous census of 2011, as compared to a 23% increase in Alberta. To recognize the positive impact of its nearly 14,000 residents over the age of 65, the County will be hosting a number of Seniors’ Week activities from June 3 to 9. The public is also invited to hear Mayor Frank read proclamations about Seniors’ Week and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at the June 5 County Council meeting at 2 p.m.

This year’s Seniors’ Week Kick-Off event, co-hosted by Strathcona County and the Strathcona County Museum & Archives, will take place on Monday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Strathcona County Museum & Archives (913 Ash Street, Sherwood Park).

As honoured guests, seniors will be treated to free access to the museum and a short program, followed by light refreshments and time to socialize. Limited space is available; RSVP by May 30 by calling 780-464-4044 or emailing familyandcommunity@strathcona.ca.

Other activities throughout the week include a pancake breakfast at the Sherwood Park 55 Plus Club, a Salon Series exhibit at Gallery@501, opportunities to learn about the RCMP and a special display of books featuring famous seniors at the Strathcona County Library.

All events are no cost and easy to access, and will provide an opportunity for seniors to be part of a supported, safe and connected community, as emphasized in the Strathcona County Social Framework.

Residents can call 780-464-4044 for more information.

In addition, on June 15, Strathcona County joins worldwide efforts to promote awareness of elder abuse. In support of this, on Tuesday, June 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., residents are invited to learn about the signs of elder abuse—and what they can do about it—at the Seniors’ Travelling Café at the Ardrossan 55 Plus Club.

Further information about senior supports and resources or call 780-464-4044. If you, or someone you know, are being impacted by elder abuse, help is available. Contact the Strathcona County 24-hour Elder Abuse Line for more information and support at 780-464-7233.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact:  Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595