August 6, 2020
Seniors Sector News
MASKS IN EDMONTON
City of Edmonton

As hopefully everyone has heard by now, effective as of August 1, 2020, wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory in all indoor public places and public vehicles. For more information about masks in Edmonton go to edmonton.ca/masks
REMINDER: FREE MASKS FOR VULNERABLE SENIORS
Edmonton Coordinated Pandemic Response Group 

With COVID-19 rates increasing in Alberta and a mandatory indoor mask requirement in place in Edmonton, all Edmontonians should take precautions to protect themselves and others. The Edmonton Coordinated Pandemic Response Group is working to provide vulnerable, low-income older Edmontonians with masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). 

If you're an older adult in need of PPE, contact Sage Seniors Association at 780-701-9007 and leave a message with your name and number. A Sage employee will call you back to coordinate a delivery. In addition to the masks, individuals can also request hygiene products, incontinence supplies, denture cleaning supplies, M&M Meats packages and food security gift cards (while supplies last). This document outlines kit options. 

Organizations that serve seniors can request supplies for clients by completing a referral form and emailing it to packages@mysage.ca.

The Government of Alberta recently provided an additional 100,000 masks to the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC), of which 10,000 will go to the Coordinated Pandemic Response kits being assembled at Sage Seniors Association with the remaining 90,000 available to seniors-serving organizations for further distribution to vulnerable seniors in need. 

If you're an organization seeking masks for seniors, please contact the ESCC by emailing memberservices@seniorscouncil.net.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
AGING WITH PRIDE: A GUIDE TO CREATING INCLUSIVE SERVICES FOR LGBTQ2S+ OLDER ADULTS
Government of Alberta 

The Government of Alberta has created a guide to help senior-serving organizations increase awareness of LGBTQ2S+ seniors' issues and needs and identify concrete actions organizations can take to be more inclusive and affirming. This guide is for any organization that works with seniors as volunteers, staff, clients, residents or participants. This includes seniors' centres and associations, community outreach and frontline service providers, and housing providers. 
5 THINGS NONPROFIT BOARDS CAN DO TO INTENTIONALLY LEAD ON DIVERSITY, EQUALITY AND INCLUSION 
Bloomberg

During these times, there are techniques that board leaders from the nonprofit and philanthropic sector can employ to support marginalized communities who are demanding reform and justice. Bloomberg has put together a list of 5 things nonprofit boards can do to intentionally lead diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizations. 
COVID-19 AND OLDER PEOPLE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL SERIES
International Federation on Aging 

Since the start of the pandemic, the International Federation on Aging has hosted several town halls and conversations about COVID-19, aging and the rights of older people. These illuminating sessions are ongoing. Register for upcoming town halls and watch previous town halls here. 
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
DIGITAL INCLUSION OF OLDER PERSONS WEBINAR
United Nations
August 11, 6 a.m. (Mountain) 
Free
 
The World Summit on the Information Society Forum in 2020, for the first time, has dedicated a special session for older persons and information, communications and technology. Technological advances are becoming entrenched in many aspects of our societies and hold the potential to create opportunities towards inclusive and sustainable development, providing tools to overcome barriers to participation. 
WEBINAR ON CANADA PENSION PLAN AND CANADA PENSION PLAN DISABILITY
Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation and Service Canada
August 11, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. 
Free
 
This learning opportunity is perfect for those who would like to learn more about eligibility requirements for the Canada Pension Plan. For more information check here, or contact rep@eodf.com
THE MEDIA AND RACISM: AN ONLINE ROUND-TABLE
Centre for Race and Culture 
August 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (Mountain)  
Free

Racism is a reality in Canada. Recent demonstrations across the country raise the importance of addressing racial inequalities that affect the lives of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities. Join this online round-table on the media and racism in conversation with local experts. The registration deadline is August 17 at 11:55 p.m. Register online
HOW TO PROMOTE BRAIN HEALTH
McMaster Univerity
Free
 
Dementia is a progressive brain disease that can have an adverse effect on social activity and physical mobility. By taking these interactive lessons, you'll learn how managing different factors that will help to promote brain health and reduce your risk of developing dementia. 
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Jobs in the Sector
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR 
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC) is recruiting for a dynamic Communications Coordinator whose work will increase the visibility of a coordinated, connected network of community-based services and supports for seniors. Our communications serve to engage, inform and promote the sector and contribute to the service capacity of stakeholders. The application deadline is August 14. See the detailed job posting for additional information and application instructions. 
More job opportunities in the seniors sector (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
HILL AT HOME
Edmonton Folk Fest
August 7-9
Free

Edmonton Folk Fest has moved online this year and is thrilled to welcome you to The Hill at Home! Between August 7 and 9, lay out your tarps and chairs, put on your folk fest t-shirts and get ready to enjoy a weekend of music, song, food, art and family fun at home. Links and programming go live August 7. Stay tuned and make sure to follow and subscribe to Folk Fest's social media channels so you don't miss a thing.
HERITAGE FESTIVAL HAS GONE VIRTUAL
Heritage Fest
All August (Online)
Free   

This year the Heritage Festival invites you to celebrate Multiculturalism in difficult times. This online celebration includes images, recipes and videos from HeritageFest organisers, nearly 40 not-for-profit cultural pavilions, UNESCO partners, friends of the festival and many others. Through the festival website, you can also order food from Edmonton's many multicultural restaurants and beautiful crafts from talented artisans. 
LATIN GROOVES BY SPIRIT MOVZ
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
August 20-September 24, Thursday, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Blue Quill Community League (11304 25 Avenue)
$60/6 classes 

Move and groove to the sounds of joyous Latin music! Learn a variety of Latin dance styles such as Salsa, Samba, Cha cha, Rumba, Mambo, Bachata, Merengue and Tango. This fun workout will begin with mini step combinations and progress to full dance routines that exercise the body and mind. Email programs@swesa.ca for more information. Note that registration is currently limited to SWESA members and reciprocal members belonging to other local seniors centres.
GENEALOGY 101: HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY TREE
Edmonton Public Library
Free 

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your family history? Now is a great time to start looking into your past! The Edmonton Public Library has created this guide to help get you started, and has you covered with vital records, census records and passenger and immigration records available with your library card. Start searching today! 
36th ANNUAL GRAND NORTH AMERICAN OLD TIME FIDDLE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association
Free 

The Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association turned COVID-19's lemons to lemonade by moving their annual fiddle contest online. 88 contestants from all over North America, and a couple from Europe, competed in four categories. The lively competition is available to view online.
LUNCH TO GO
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor) 
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$8

Mill Woods Seniors Association is now offering Lunch To Go! Note these meals are for pick-up only. MWSA does not have any dine-in or delivery options available at this time. View the weekly menu and pre-order your meal at mwsac.ca/cafe. Call 780-496-2997 for more information. 
LIFE ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMING
Sage Seniors Association
Free

While Sage's building remains closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you can still connect with their Life Enrichment Programming online! Sage is hosting several different activities through Edmonton's Seniors' Centre Without Walls, which offers a variety of interactive telephone-based social and health programming, free of charge. See their calendar for program details. Call Sage at 780-423-5510 if you have any questions.
More news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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