Programs and Opportunities for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
There are many services available for people in the community. The services listed here are run through Family and Community Support Services. If you have any questions, please call 403.609.3743, or email email@example.com.
Alberta Seniors' Week is a great opportunity to celebrate all of the contributions that Seniors make to the social fabric of our community and to provide information about the services available to seniors.
On a cost-recovery basis, this program provides transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities to medical appointments in Calgary or Banff. Others requiring rides for medical purposes will be accommodated as resources allow.
On a cost recovery basis, meals are delivered by volunteers to people in their homes that are unable to prepare meals for themselves.
Low-income seniors or persons with disabilities receive 6 taxi vouchers per month to assist them in connecting with the community.
Volunteers maintain snow removal for low income seniors and people that are unable to maintain their own snow for medical reasons.
Volunteer Income Tax Preparation – People with low income can have their taxes completed by trained volunteers.
Grade 4 students at LGMS are paired up with a senior in the community and they write one another letters throughout the school year. To start off this program in the fall, pen pals meet and have the chance to get to know one another by baking cookies and playing board games.
Curbside garbage/recycling/organics collection for individuals who due to mobility, cannot access the bear-proof bins in their neighbourhood. Application through FCSS – acceptance to program through Solid Waste Services based on availability.
Volunteers are available to help with small tasks inside and outside of Senior’s homes. Senior’s must complete a qualifying application to participate in the program. Typical tasks are light-bulb changes, Smoke detector battery replacement, and light yard work.
The right to wind in your hair!
Cycling Without Age is a program that is available to local seniors. Trishaw bicycles, pedaled by trained volunteers take seniors with limited mobility out for rides. The seniors are then able to get outside, make new inter-generational friendships, connect with the community, and feel the wind in their hair.
Rides leave from the Canmore Civic Centre, the Bow River Seniors Lodge, Origin at Spring Creek or the Canmore Hospital. The rides are approximately one hour long. Along the way, you may stop to watch children playing at the park or enjoy the beautiful river and mountain views. On the way back from your ride, you may want to stop for a complimentary coffee, tea, or treat at one of our partner café’s.
The trishaws come equipped with an electric assist motor to help the volunteers pedal up hills, as well as a weather hood and rain and wind proof blanket to keep the seniors comfortable and warm. The trishaws will accommodate 1-2 passengers (snugly).
How do I sign up?
If you or someone you know would like to sign up for a ride, please stop by the FCSS office at the Canmore Civic Centre to fill out a registration package, or call 403-678-7136.
I would like to Volunteer
To put your name on a waiting list to become a volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I always look forward to our bike rides because it is a chance for Ellie and I to spend quality time with each other. I enjoy pedaling the two of us around and look forward to the Cycling Without Age program so we can sit together enjoying our time outside. Thank you to everyone who helps programs like this run; they make this community a great place to live."
Lloyd & Ellie Church