Resources to help seniors age in their community

A variety of resources are available to help meet the needs of the growing senior population in Alberta, as well as those who support them.

Alberta's aging population

The population of seniors in Alberta continues to rise faster than other age groups. Between 2013 and 2023, the proportion of seniors (those aged 65 and older) increased from 12% to 16% of our total population. By 2051, 1 in 5 Albertans will be a senior.

Today’s seniors:

  • are living longer and healthier lives
  • have higher education levels
  • are working longer
  • serve their communities through volunteering, civic engagement and charitable donations

Aging in community

Aging in community (or aging in place) means having the health and social supports and services needed to live safely and independently in your home or community for as long as you wish and are able.

It is important for people of all ages to create a plan to help ensure that health and social supports are available for them and their loved ones when and where they are needed.

Making choices ahead of time will give Albertans greater control over their independence, quality of life and dignity.

When considering aging in your community, it is important to consider the following areas of your life:

  • health
  • home
  • transportation
  • finances
  • connections
  • safety
  • supports and services
  • community
  • spouse/partner

Government supports

The Government of Alberta provides or funds other resources, programs and services to support aging in community. They include:


Community profiles

The senior’s community profiles provide a broad range of demographic, socio-economic, and population health statistics considered relevant to seniors across the province. Each profile offers an overview of the current state of communities as they relate to seniors.

These reports are intended to assist with local planning by seniors-serving organizations. The information is to be used along with local knowledge to highlight the needs of seniors.

Read the Seniors’ community profiles

Note: the province is divided into 5 main health service zones for local planning. These zones are subdivided into 132 smaller geographic areas called local geographic areas (LGAs).

Forum resources

Forum of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors

Alberta is an active member of the Forum of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors. The Forum is an intergovernmental body established to share information, discuss new and emerging issues related to seniors, and work collaboratively on key projects.

The following resources have been prepared by the Forum to support aging at home and in community:

The future of aging in Canada

Create a plan for how to age in your community



Caring for caregivers



Reducing social isolation for seniors


  • Volume 1: Social Isolation of Seniors – Understanding the issue and finding solutions – This toolkit can be used to increase your understanding of social isolation and how social isolation can be used to help prevent and reduce isolation.
  • Volume 2: Social Isolation of Seniors – Ideas exchange event – This toolkit will help you understand how to host effective meetings to exchange ideas and respond to the social isolation of seniors. It also includes tools, templates and support resources for hosting an ideas exchange event.



Mature workers


Impacts of ageism



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