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Good Websites for Seniors

For St. Albert programs and services check out the 2016 St. Albert Seniors' Directory


Alberta Caregiver College - Alberta Caregiver College® is a virtual college dedicated to providing courses to enhance the knowledge and skills of caregivers to provide for their family member.

Alberta Caregivers Association - Offers information, education, support and advocacy to support family caregivers.

Canadian Virtual Hospice - Information and support on palliative and end-of-life care, loss and grief.

Family Caregiver Alliance - Information, education and research from the National Center on Caregiving, to support and sustain the work of families to care for their loved ones.

Seniors Canada - Information for Caregivers - Government of Canada site providing general information and resources for caregivers.

Service Canada - Compassionate Care Benefits - Outlines who is eligible, what is required and how to apply for Compassionate Care Benefits.

Continuing Education

CanLearn - Lifelong Learning - Developed by the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments and Canadian learning and career development organizations, CanLearn is a trusted source of interactive and comprehensive information and services designed to help individuals save, plan and pay for lifelong learning opportunities.

Edmonton Life Learners Association (ELLA) - A volunteer organization in partnership with the University of Alberta offering a variety of non-credit courses to adults 50+ in liberal arts, fine arts, science and the humanities, with an emphasis on physical and mental well being.

Road Scholar - Adventures in Lifelong Learning - programs developed and offered by Elderhostel, Inc., whose mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel.

Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta -The Faculty of Extension serves as a bridge between the community and the University of Alberta. It is poised as a community portal, both to and from the University of Alberta, to lifelong learning activities that encourage and promote leadership, discovery, reflection, communication, and service.

Metro Continuing Education - Edmonton Public Schools Metro Continuing Education offers thousands of adult continuing education classes every year. Access their course calendar through this site.

Minerva Senior Studies Institute - Learning opportunities offered through Grant MacEwan College for 50+ adults.

Routes to Learning Canada - Canada’s first learning travel organization for older adults and provider of Exploritas (Elderhostel) Inc. programs. Learn about cultural, natural, and historical environments—whether across the world or in your own community.

St. Albert Further Education - Offers and promotes diverse and ongoing learning opportunities to enhance the personal growth, development and well being of St. Albert citizens.

Wannalearn.com - Access over 350 different categories of free, online tutorials, guides and instructionally oriented websites. Covers everything from crafts to critical thinking to computer skills. Interested in language learning or whistling. It's all here!


AARP National Grandparent Information Center -This site provides resources to assist grandparents in various family roles, and for the professionals who work with them. Part of the larger AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) site.

AARP.org - Grandparenting - Resources, tips and fact sheets for grandparents.

About.com - Grandparents - From about.com - the online neighborhood made up of hundreds of real people eager to share their knowledge. This section of the about.com site discusses information, tips and hot issues for new grandparents.

Grandparents.com - The place for active, involved grandparents to find everything they need to get more fun, more smiles, and more memories out of the time they spend with their grandchildren. Kid-friendly places and acitivities, toys and gift reviews, deals and discounts, video content, and advice on relationships, personal finance, gift buying are all included in this site.

Health and Wellness

AARP.org - Health - The health portion of the American Association of Retired Persons website, containing a wealth of information on a variety of health topics for those 50+.

About.com - Canadian Seniors Health - Practical information on health and fitness for seniors in Canada, from Canadian government policies and programs to coping with Alzheimer's, stroke or arthritis.

AgeSource/AgeStats Worldwide - AgeSource Worldwide identifies several hundred information resources in some 25 countries which are significant either in size or in their unique coverage of particular aging-related issues. AgeStats Worldwide provides access to comparative statistical data that compare the situation of older adults across countries or regions around a variety of issues.

Alberta Health Services - Information for Seniors - Alberta Health has gathered resources and links relating to the health information needs of seniors and their caregivers on this site.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Healthy Aging - Provides extensive coverage of a wide array of health-related topics for older adults.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada - Part of an awareness campaign to provide information on medications that are poorly tolerated by older persons.

Get Mom Moving - This website provides information and activities for the mind, body and soul. Check out the downloadable activity booklet and calendar.

Merck Manual of Health and Aging - The online version of the Merck Manual of Health and Aging, "written to help people navigate the health care system and find useful information on health and disease".

Public Health Agency of Canada - Aging and Seniors - This site contains a large number of health-related publications and fact sheets, as well as news releases with respect to seniors, aging and health.

Silver Times - Provides research based articles that are easy to read and understand promoting active healthy living.

Suicide Prevention Toolkit - This Toolkit is created by the Centre for Suicide Prevention and has links to good resources.

Nutrition and Aging

A Senior's Guide to Good Nutrition - From the Vegetarian Resource Group's registered dietitian, information on diet and aging, use of supplements, sample meal plans and recipes.

Canada's Food Guide - Men and Women over 50 - Health Canada presents the Canada Food Guide requirements for men and women over 50.

Older Adults General Nutrition Resource List - A collection of general nutrition resources for older adults compiled by the Food and Nutrition information Center. Resources include websites, pamphlets and books.

Medline Plus - Nutrition for Seniors - From the National Institute on Aging a user friendly site containing information on how to eat well, safely and shop wisely. A number of short videos are also included in this site.

Senior Friendly Factsheets - From the Dietitians of Canada a series of 12 tip sheets to assist seniors with planning, shopping and preparing healthy meals.

Online Magazines

AARP - The Magazine - Published 6 times a year the American Assocation of Retired Persons online magazine covers a wide range of topical issues for those 50+. Current and past issues are available.

Canadian Senior Years - Designed for Canadians over 50 this site offers information, articles and Canadian site links as well as an opportunity for seniors to connect and trade information.

Grandparents Magazine - A fun, free place on the Internet for grandparents - useful articles, fun activities, gift ideas and the rights of grandparents are all included in this site.

Third Age - An American site providing informative and insightful content, in the areas of health, family, relationships, money, beauty and travel, for "grown ups that are still growing".

Provincial and Federal Programs and Services

Alberta Council on Aging -A voluntary organization comprised of groups, individuals and agencies in the province of Alberta. Check out their links and resources for programs and services.

Alberta Continuing Care Association - The Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization representing owners and operators of long term care facilities throughout the province of Alberta.

Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network - A network of Albertans dedicated to increasing awareness and supporting a community response to elder abuse.

Alberta Senior Citizens Housing Association - Searchable information for seniors housing residences in Alberta.

Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security - Information from the source concerning Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security programs.

Government of Alberta - Seniors and Community Supports - A directory for Alberta government senior's programs and services.

Health Canada - Healthy Living - Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada provide information to help seniors stay healthy.

Older Adult Knowledge Network - Created by the Legal Resource Centre, this site provides information on frauds and scams directed at older adults as well as creating wills, choosing a power of attorney, preparing your personal directive, and grandparents rights.

Seniors - Canada Revenue Agency - Information for seniors regarding taxes, RRSPs, RRIFs and related information.

Seniors Programs and Services Information Guide - Published every year by the Government of Alberta to provide information about provincial programs and supports available, including financial assistance, housing, health and other important areas.

Retirement and Estate Planning

About.com - Retirement Finances in Canada - Canadian retirement planning resources for information on pensions, estate planning, taxes, RRSPs and RRIFs, and a little psychology.

Canadian Retirement Income Calculator - The Government of Canada has developed this calculator to help you plan for retirement. The calculator takes you step by step through an estimate of the ongoing income you may receive throughout your retirement.

CNN Money.com - Ultimate Guide to Retirement - Provides investing, insurance and estate planning information and resources.

Retirement Cafe - Ernie J. Zelinski, author of How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free addresses the "new retirement" providing retirement advice and information you won't get from your financial advisor.

RBC Wealth Management - Financial Planning - Investment, retirement and estate planning from the Royal Bank of Canada.

Retirement Planning - Information from the Government of Canada on planning your retirement and living in retirement.

What every older Canadian should know about financial planning - Overview of financial planning from the Government of Canada.


About.com - Senior Travel - Covers all aspects for travel for seniors - planning, top destinations, tour groups, RV travel, road trips, cruises, domestic, international and much more!

DisabledTravelers.com - This site provides information on businesses from around the world that specialize in travel for the disabled.

Eldertreks - ElderTreks, an adventure travel company designed exclusively for travellers 50 and over, offers active, off-the-beaten-path, small-group adventures by both land and sea in over 100 countries.

Routes to Learning - Canada’s first learning travel organization for older adults and provider of Road Scholar (Elderhostel) Inc. programs.

Senior Women's Travel - Senior Women's Travel focuses on trips for 50+ women with a passion for travel.

Seniors Home Exchange - The Seniors Vacation and Home Exchange allows you to do a straight vacation exchange of your home, or exchange hospitality vacations - you visit with them and in return, they visit with you!

Walking the World - Travel for adventurous souls who are 50 or better.

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