There are many provincial, national, and international organizations that share our interest in community-based seniors serving (CBSS) organizations and are part of the healthy aging network in Alberta. Please visit their websites to learn about their programs and resources, and how to connect with them.
The Alberta Association on Gerontology (AAG) is a province-wide interdisciplinary organization that seeks to enhance the lives of the aging population through support of persons involved in and concerned with gerontology. AAG seeks to provide a vehicle for networking among individuals and organizations interested in gerontology in Alberta and to stimulate the development of opportunities that enhance the knowledge and practice of people interested in gerontology in Alberta.
The Alberta Association of Seniors Centres was incorporated in May of 2011. Its mission is to promote visibility, growth, development, expansion and quality of Seniors Centres in Alberta through supports, services, advocacy, education, training, networking and resources development.
Alberta Blue Cross is Alberta’s largest benefits provider. We are proud to serve more than 1.8 million individuals through employer group plans, individual plans and government-sponsored programs such as Coverage for Seniors, Non-Group Coverage, Palliative Care Coverage and Optical Assistance for Seniors.
As a not-for-profit organization, our purpose at Alberta Blue Cross is to empower people to live their best life. For seniors, we do this through tools such as Balance®— a wellness program that helps people understand their health and track progress through tools like the health risk assessment, medication reminders and education resources.
The Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA) is a non-profit, voluntary organization representing the providers of continuing care services in Alberta. They provide a unified voice for their members, a unique alliance of: owners and operators of home care and support services, supportive living and long term care; private and non-profit sector providers; and providers of quality products and services that support the continuing care sector.
The Alberta Council on Aging has nine chapters across Alberta and aims to improve the quality of life for seniors by helping full participation in society. They focus on public education to encourage the development of age-friendly communities, offering publications and workshops to the general public at low or no cost.
The Government of Alberta's Age-friendly communities website: “Age-friendly” is the idea of making structures and services more accessible and inclusive for seniors with varying needs and capacities.This means looking at how we build infrastructure, the way we get around, and even the way we shop for goods and services. Age-friendly communities promote healthy and active aging. People in age-friendly communities are supported in maintaining their independence and have access to the community supports and services they need.
The Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council is a province-wide network of professionals dedicated to increasing awareness and supporting a community response to elder abuse. Canada’s fastest growing population is over the age of 65 and rapidly becoming vulnerable to abuse that can rob older adults of their well-being and dignity. Activities include:
- representing communities across Alberta;
- promoting the well-being and security of older adults;
- working to increase community awareness; and
- developing resources to address and educate about elder abuse.
The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories is working to change the face of dementia in Alberta and improve the quality of life for those with the disease. Through seven regional centres and a provincial office, the Society offers a provincial network of educational and support services for those with dementia and their care partners, builds partnerships with health professionals and the community and advances research into effective treatments and finding a cure for this devastating disease.
For over fifty years, the Alberta Seniors & Community Housing Association (ASCHA) has been advocating on behalf of its members, who provide a variety of seniors housing options for Albertans. In June 2020, ASCHA adopted a more inclusive direction to represent the full continuum of housing our members offer – including community housing. Our core roles are advocacy and member services. As a member-driven association, we act as a centre of excellence, of education, best practices and resources for our members, to assist housing providers with providing the very best supports to the Albertans they serve.
The Brenda Strafford Foundation is a registered Canadian charitable organization established in 1975 by Dr. Barrie I. Strafford to honour his late wife, Brenda Strafford. The Brenda Strafford Foundation's core business is seniors care. The Foundation now owns and operates four Long Term Care and Assisted Living seniors care facilities in Calgary, AB, and Okotoks, AB, with over 800 beds and approximately 1000 staff. As a registered charity, The Foundation is involved in a number of projects for innovation in seniors health and wellness.
The Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging aims to enhance the health of seniors and better inform public policy with regard to seniors’ issues through coordinated research, teaching and learning, and community outreach efforts. The Centre will serve as an administrative and collaborative hub for University of Calgary aging research and interdisciplinary educational programming undertaken by the faculties of Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, Social Work and others as the Centre grows.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a recognizable and reliable organization where Albertans find compassionate support, responsible care and accessible resources. For more than 60 years in Alberta, CMHA has focused on recovery and support for Albertans impacted by mental illness. Hundreds of CMHA staff and volunteers engage clients in activity and navigation within the complex matrix of mental health services.
Caregivers Alberta is an organization of caregivers, for caregivers. They focus on the caregiver as an individual – helping them maintain their well-being rather than teaching them how to be better caregivers. As Alberta’s only dedicated caregiver organization, we improve the lives of Alberta’s caregivers by:
- Providing group and one-on-one supports that help caregivers connect with others, navigate the system and look after themselves while providing care.
- Increasing communities’ capacity to support caregivers by educating professionals, promoting networking and referrals, and sharing programs
- Advocating for policy changes that will make a difference in caregivers’ lives
The Covenant Health Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness exists to build Alberta’s capacity to support seniors better. It gives seniors a voice to define what ‘better’ looks like and engages families, care professionals, academics, and communities in shaping philosophies of care; advocating for seniors’ needs; and designing, testing and spreading innovative approaches to address these needs. As part of Covenant Health, the Network evaluates ideas across the full spectrum of supports and care for seniors from independent living to acute and continuing care services.
Established in 2000, the Elders’ Wisdom Circle provides an opportunity for Indigenous Elders from each member Friendship Centre to join together to support the ongoing efforts of the Friendship Centre Movement in Alberta. The Elders’ Wisdom Circle plays an important cultural role in our urban landscape; their common voice helps bring clarity to difficult situations and their traditional knowledge and wisdom benefits youth, staff and board discussions alike. The Elders’ Wisdom Circle provides support on issues as they relate to culture, programming and organizational direction. The EWC increases opportunities for Elders to engage and interact with youth, to access training and educational opportunities as they relate to current and emerging issues, and to honour and infuse the ongoing value of traditional culture in daily life.
The FCSSAA is an incorporated non-profit society. In 2019, 185 of the 206 FCSS programs in the province are members of the FCSSAA. The Association provides the following services to FCSS Programs across Alberta:
- Strengthen and maintain a structured system of networking and sharing of information and expertise amongst communities, boards and staffs.
- Investigate and pursue common issues and concerns affecting municipal preventive social programs and those boards duly appointed by a local authority to administer such programs.
- Advocate on behalf of local communities and programs to the general public, municipal governments, regional service/government bodies, provincial agencies and authorities and national agencies and authorities.
- Provide orientation and education to individuals, communities, boards and staff via conferences, training events, newsletters and information included in the Resource Bank.
- Provide, where possible, assistance regarding concerns or issues of a local or regional nature, and when specifically requested, to individual FCSS boards or other boards to be appointed by local authorities to provide preventive social programs.
- Develop critical tools to assist communities and programs to meet local mandates and needs.
The mission of the University of Alberta's Medically At-Risk Driver Centre (MARD) is to enhance the safety and mobility of individuals who no longer drive due to illness or disability or who choose not to drive because of age-related changes.
AGE-WELL NCE (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life NCE Inc.) is Canada’s technology and aging network. AGE-WELL is dedicated to the creation of technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Our aim is to help older Canadians maintain their independence, health and quality of life through technologies and services that increase their safety and security, support their independent living, and enhance their social participation.
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is dedicated to improving the lives of older adults in their relationship to the law. In July 2003, the B.C. Law Institute formally established the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. The mandate of the CCEL includes research, law reform, and education relating to legal issues of interest to older adults. Today, the CCEL is recognized for its expertise in Elder Law issues both in Canada and internationally.The objectives of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law are: to enrich and inform the lives of older adults with the law; to meet the increasing need for legal education and research in relation to legal issues having particular significance for older adults; and, to serve as a national focal point for this emergent field. To current knowledge, it appears to be the only such Centre in the world and is currently serving as a model of interest for several other countries.
CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons) is Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians. Today CARP has more than 320,000 members. As a non-partisan association, CARP is committed to working with all parties in government to advocate for older Canadians. Its mission is to advocate for better healthcare, financial security, and freedom from ageism. CARP members engage in polls and petitions, email their elected representatives, connect with local chapters and share stories and opinions on urgent issues.
The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) is a national Indigenous organization established in 2005 by the Government of Canada and funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis public health renewal and health equity through knowledge translation and exchange. The NCCIH is hosted by the University of Northern BC (UNBC) in Prince George, BC.
Osteoporosis Canada is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. The organization works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. We provide evidence-based information to patients, health care professionals and the public to include free publications, a bilingual toll-free information line, educational programs and referrals to support groups and community resources. We teach Canadians how to improve their bone health so osteoporosis can never take hold. We support those already diagnosed, and work to improve their quality of life. And we pursue research and treatment breakthroughs that keep more people healthy. Together, we will make Canadians unbreakable.
ParticipACTION has been encouraging Canadians to get healthy by getting active since 1972. Through programs, research, and resources, ParticipACTION works with partners, which include sport, physical activity, recreation, organizations, government and corporate sponsors, to make physical activity a vital part of everyday life.
Other Provincial & Territorial Organizations
Healthy Aging Collaborative On-line Resources and Education is a platform to connect community based seniors services organizations and allied agencies and individuals in British Columbia. CORE is designed to provide up-to-date information, resources, and training opportunities and to make it easier to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate in order to help build capacity, strengthen the network, and develop a collective and cohesive voice among volunteers, staff, and others who support healthy aging initiatives. CORE British Columbia is CORE Alberta's counterpart in B.C.
Allies in Aging collaborates to connect seniors across our communities through leadership, outreach, transportation, training and advocacy. Four key projects were developed to connect seniors who are 75+ with people and services to reduce isolation due to disability, low income, language or cultural barriers. Allies in Aging resources and tools are available to strengthen our collective ability to reduce seniors’ social isolation. Explore Fact Sheets and training materials, effective outreach strategies and transportation initiatives.
The Science and Technology for Aging Research (STAR) Instituteat Simon Fraser University serves as the focus for translational research in the rapidly growing area of technology and aging. The Institute supports the development and implementation of technologies to address many of the health challenges encountered in old age, as well as address the social, commercial and policy aspects of using and accessing technologies. The STAR Institute is driven by three key objectives: 1) Support optimal healthy aging through research, innovation, policy development, and training; 2) Develop talent to meet the needs of BC technology businesses; and 3) Stimulate innovation, policy and business opportunities in the BC technology sector.
UBC's Active Aging Team brings together scholars, community stakeholders and government to address needs, issues and opportunities of an aging society. Together they seek to positively impact the lives of older adults by focusing on key drivers of health, including social connectedness, mobility, and physical activity. Through co-leadership with communities and through cross sector collaboration AARt is leading a number of initiatives that benefit older citizens, such as the Re-imagine Aging research cluster at UBC; Active Aging BC and its signature program, Choose to Move; and an Implementation Science Hub focused on older adult health promotion, the Active Aging Research Team moves best evidence into action and practice.
Founded in 2012, Aging2.0 strives to accelerate innovation to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. Aging2.0’s international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational community has grown to 40k+ innovators across 20+ countries. The volunteer-run chapter network, which spans 80+ cities, has hosted more than 550 events around the world. Aging2.0 is run by a “small-but-mighty” team out of San Francisco, California and Chapter Ambassadors in more than 80 cities around the globe. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.