Tea and Conversation’s primary focus is on providing enrichment of life. Enrichment of the lives of seniors and more specifically, isolated Calgary seniors. We are extremely local in our focus and we’re exceptionally targeted to the senior community.
Unfortunately, as Calgary grows and our population matures, so too, do the number of “isolated” or “shut-in” seniors. These are people who, for any number of reasons have become socially isolated. Often times, they may be living alone and struggling on low, fixed incomes. Their career years have long since passed and their perceived purpose to participate in the community has dwindled. They may have health and/or mobility issues, making it difficult for them to get out and interact with the community. Many are lonely, widowed and separated from the younger members of their extended families. This is a deeply valuable, knowledgeable and experienced generation – an intrinsically important segment of our community – sadly forgotten.
Programs like our weekly “Tea & Conversation” gathering, encourage isolated seniors to enjoy the simple pleasure of “getting-out” for the afternoon. We provide taxi service (to qualified individuals) to and from their doorstep directly to our Centre. It’s an opportunity to dress-up and go out. It’s an opportunity to meet other people of all ages, enjoy some live entertainment and some great conversation. New friendships are created and old acquaintances are rekindled. It’s the one thing that many of them look forward to each week.
While this all sounds simple – and honestly – it really is – the logistics of running programs such as “Tea & Conversation” are complex, time consuming and costly – but most assuredly worth every stitch of effort. The results are reflected on the smiling faces of the seniors who attend, week after week.
Referrals can be from family, health care professionals or the person themselves.
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For further information, please contact Debbie Nay, Coordinator of Tea & Conversation, at 403-289-4780 ext. 236 or fill out the contact form.
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