Our Story Why We Exist
"Until recently, mom and dad still lived independently (at 84 and 95 respectively). As the primary caregiver (with my husband) and their only family in Calgary, we have had absolutely wonderful moments together, but it also became increasingly difficult to manage their care. And there you were. Wonderful volunteers and staff helping us with groceries every two weeks. This is such a wonderful program. It allowed my parents to remain independent longer, to enjoy their home, be well fed… and it certainly helped me get a little bit of a break and maintain some sanity." - Kate M. for grocery delivery
Located in the heart of Calgary, Alberta, the Kerby Centre is a not-for-profit organization, committed to enhancing the lives of older adults. Since 1973, the Kerby Centre has evolved into one of Canada’s flagship agencies; setting the standard for older adult services, information, and programming.
Kerby Centre strives to assist older people to live as well as possible, for as long as possible, as residents in the community. To help you, to teach you, to grow with you; this is your Kerby Centre.
Our Impact What We Do
Kerby Centre resources play a critical role in ensuring that older adults have the opportunity to take actions that will enable them to live with dignity and maintain a level of independence by staying in their homes for as long as possible. We provide services to all quadrants of Calgary.
If you are over 55, Kerby Centre is the place to be. We have activities and services designed specifically for you under one roof.
HIGHLIGHTS (2015): We helped older adults build friendships, social connections and improve their health and well-being. We as a Board continued the growth and change needed to face these difficult economic times, as well as plan for the future of the Kerby Centre. Most notable of those changes was the removal of an age requirement for membership.
Kerby Centre has always been committed to changing the way people see aging, and we came to see that older adults' views had changed as well. Most of our programs are open to all ages and we encourage intergenerational participation.
- 212,807 people of all ages received contact with the Kerby Centre;
- 578 hours provided by Thrive volunteers, who spent time with older adults on in-home visits or grocery delivery;
- 2.667 days where clients attended Kerby's Adult Day Program where they were encouraged to join in activities and socialize and also, become more connected.
Our Programs How We Do It
Kerby Information provides information on government, community and private services for seniors. These include assistance with housing, pensions, grants, legal services, home support, access to a social worker and consumer affairs.
In addition, Kerby Centre operates an Adult Day program, the Rotary Shelter for older adults fleeing elder abuse, and a Wellness Clinic.
Kerby Centre offers over 150 programs, courses and clubs to challenge your mind, body and creativity. Computer lessons, painting, crafts and line dancing are just a few of the courses offered throughout the year. We also have an on-site fit room and day-trips through our Travel department.
Kerby Centre publishes a monthly free newspaper, the Kerby News, which is distributed to hundreds of locations around southern Alberta and by mail to our membership. We publish two annual directories, the Seniors Directories of Services and the Housing Directory for Seniors.
Our Requests What You Can Do
Your support helps us provide the following and much more: health, wellness, eduction and recreation programs, food services, Seniors and Housing directories, 24-hour crisis line, a shelter for abused seniors, travel and volunteer opportunities, Adult Day Program, Seniors Grocery Delivery.
Thank you for supporting much-needed programs and services for older adults in Calgary.
Visit www.kerbycentre.com for details.