Welcome to Vibrant Living 50+, an information resource for our young-at-heart 50+ residents who wish to engage in activities and make social connections with like-minded and vibrant community members.
Vibrant Living 50+ Newsletter
The Blackfalds FCSS Vibrant Living 50+ monthly newsletter is full of information to help you stay connected, socialize and have some fun! Read the December edition.
Subscribe to the Vibrant Living 50+ newsletter to stay in the know!
Talk of the Town Newsletter
To request a printed version of these newsletters, please contact FCSS at 403.600.9066.
The Cheemo Club welcomes their fellow 50+ community members to join them weekly at the Multi-Purpose Room in the Blackfalds Community Centre!
Annual Membership $10 + $1 drop-in fee. Complimentary coffee, tea and snacks are provided.
View all Vibrant Living programs here.
For more information contact Cheemo Club President Phyllis Butt at 403.885.0121
If you are age 65 or older and have lived in Canada for 10 or more years, you can apply for the Old Age Security benefit (OAS). You can make your application six months before you turn 65, and are encouraged to complete an annual income tax return in order to avoid any processing delays. Canadians with low incomes who already receive the OAS can apply for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). Visit the Government of Canada's OAS page for more info.
Old Age Security
The Old Age Security pension is a monthly payment available to most Canadians aged 65 or older. You must apply to receive benefits. If you meet the eligibility requirements you may be entitled to receive the Old Age Security pension even if you are still working or have never worked.
Guaranteed Income Supplement
The Guaranteed Income Supplement provides additional money, on top of the Old Age Security pension, to low-income seniors living in Canada. To be eligible for the GIS benefit, you must be receiving the Old Age Security pension and meet income requirements based on the income tax from the previous year.
Alberta Seniors Benefit
The Alberta Seniors Benefit is a monthly benefit paid to seniors to provide support in addition to the federal benefits received under Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement. It is based on income and provides monthly benefits to eligible seniors. For more info visit: Alberta Senior's Benefit Program page.
Special Needs Assistance
The Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program provides financial assistance to eligible seniors with low income toward the cost of some appliances, and specific health and personal supports. The program provides a lump-sum payment for eligible expenses. The maximum assistance available is $5,105 in a benefit year (July 1 to June 30). Go to the Province of Alberta's special needs assistance page for more info.
Dental and Optical Assistance
The Dental Assistance for Seniors program is based on income and provide low to moderate income seniors with financial assistance for basic dental that help maintain a reasonable level of dental health. The program provides up to $5,000 of coverage per person every five years.
The Optical Assistance for Seniors program is based on income and provides low- to moderate- income seniors with assistance up to $230 toward the purchase of prescription eyeglasses every three years.
Visit the province's Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors page for more info.
Vibrant Living Programs
- The Friendly Caller Program promotes & nurtures positive relationships by pairing volunteers with a resident in the community who just needs to hear a friendly voice by lending a friendly ear and offering support and companionship to those who are isolated.
- The Intergenerational Pen Pal Program benefits both seniors and families by pairing volunteers with community members to alleviate isolation by sharing experiences and perspectives and building friendships and positive conversation through letter-writing.
- The Snow Angel program is a volunteer service that provides snow removal services to those who are unable to in the winter season.
Please submit a volunteer application if you are interested in becoming a Snow Angel.
If you would like to access these programs please fill out the Residents Application Form or stop by the FCSS office to pick up a copy.
Drop-In Recreation Programs at the Abbey Centre
In addition to various registered programs, the Abbey Centre offers weekly drop-in activities in the Field House including pickleball, badminton, basketball, and more.
Drop-In Pickle Ball - Abbey Centre Admission
Mon - Thu | 9am - 12:30pm
Fri | 9am - 10pm
There are also daily drop-in fitness programs that can be accessed with a membership or day pass.
Check the Abbey Centre's website for drop-in times and rates.
Outdoor Tennis/Pickleball Courts
Outdoor Tennis/Pickleball courts are located at 4810 Womacks Rd and are closed for the season.
Upcoming Vibrant Programs and Events
Proudly sponsored by Lacombe County FCSS and Blackfalds FCSS
Free programs have been sponsored by Lacombe County FCSS!
- 50+ Yoga | FREE
Mon | Jan 10 - Feb 14 | 9 - 10 am
Wed | Jan 12 - Feb 16 | 9 - 10 am
Register at Guest Services | Abbey Centre or online by visiting www.blackfalds.ca/register
- Drop-In Walking Club | FREE
Tue & Thu | Jan 11 - Mar 31 | 10 - 11 am
- It's More Than Just a Movie | FREE
Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16 | 1 - 4 pm
Please RSVP by calling 403.600.9066
View these and all other programs on the Abbey Centre's Programs & Registration web page.
Week to Wellness
Did you know that you can sign out a week's pass to the Abbey Centre with your library membership?
Weekly passes are available for Senior, Adult, Child, Youth, Teen and Family!