Services for seniors

Learn more about financial, health, continuing care, and protection services in Alberta for people 65 years of age and older. Our Seniors programs and services information guide (PDF) provides a complete overview of everything the Alberta government offers seniors.

Financial assistance

Retirement and other factors can put strain on seniors' financial situation; they may need financial assistance.

The Alberta Seniors Benefit program provides financial support to Albertans 65 years of age and older. This benefit is in addition to federal programs such as:

Special needs assistance for seniors is available to help low-income Alberta seniors in funding one-time expenses, including necessary home repairs, appliances and medical costs.

The Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program compensates for increases in the education portion of seniors' property taxes.

Health-related assistance

As you age, health becomes a growing concern. Alberta offers a variety of dental and optical assistance programs to help seniors.

If you or a loved one suffers from a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness, the Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) program can help. AADL is available to help Albertans maintain independence at home, in lodges or in group homes. The program provides financial assistance to buy essential medical equipment and supplies.

The Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program provides financial and health-related assistance to adults and seniors with a disability. Disabilities are permanent and severely limit a person's ability to earn a living.

Continuing care

Alberta's continuing care system provides Albertans with the health, personal care and accommodation services they need to support their independence and quality of life. Continuing care options include home living, supportive living and facility living.

Protection

Seniors may be more vulnerable than others. Alberta offers protection for persons in care to keep all of our citizens safe.

Alberta makes it easy for your wishes to be respected. Personal directives are legal documents that allow you to:

  • name a decision maker
  • provide written instructions to be followed when, due to illness or injury, you are no longer able to make decisions such as where you will live or the medical treatment you will receive

The Adult Guardian and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) has a similar function: it provides options and safeguards to protect vulnerable adults who may want help or who are no longer able to make all of their own decisions.

Fraud awareness is important for seniors who may be targeted by criminal fraud. Several resources and agencies are available to help seniors, caregivers and others faced with potential fraud.