December 21, 2017
This is our final issue of Link Letter for 2017 and we want to thank you for reading and contributing this past year. Expect the first issue of 2018 in your inbox on January 4.

The ESCC offices will be closed between Christmas and New Year's. We will respond to emails and phone calls when we return on January 2.
Seniors Sector News
PLACING A CALL TO THE SENIORS INFORMATION PHONE LINE

The Seniors Information Phone Line is a free, confidential phone service that seniors, their family members or caregivers can call anytime, 24/7, to find out about supports for seniors. Calls are answered by an Information and Referral Specialist (I&R Specialist) at 211 Edmonton who can refer to a wide range of community, social, health and government services.

We asked 211 Edmonton to outline what happens when someone calls the Seniors Information Phone Line to increase people's understanding of this valuable service.

The Five Stages of a Call
Stage One: Establish Rapport
Stage Two: Assessment (Needs Assessment and Risk Assessment)
Stage Three: Information and Referral
Stage Four: Advocacy
Stage Five: Follow-Up
Read a detailed description of the five stages.

You can reach the Seniors Information Phone Line from any landline or mobile phone within the service area by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting option 2.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
WEB-BASED MUSIC LEARNING PLATFORM

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) is providing all Canadians with free access to a web-based music learning platform called Meludia to foster deeper engagement in music. Meludia offers 625 fun and interactive music learning exercises designed to develop music literacy. Until December 5, 2018, anyone with a Canadian IP address can log into meludia.com and enter the program free of charge. Learn more.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
PRINCIPLES-FOCUSED EVALUATION: NEWEST APPROACH TO EVALUATING COMPLEX CHANGE EFFORTS
Tamarack Institute
January 23, 1 - 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

How can social innovators and would-be change makers ensure they are adhering to core principles and assess whether doing so is yielding desired results? Join the Tamarack Institute for an online interview with one of the world's greatest evaluation pioneers, Michael Quinn Patton, to learn more about his latest book - Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE - focused on the principles-focused evaluation (P-FE) approach and explore its relevance and application in a range of settings from poverty reduction, homelessness and reconciliation with Indigenous communities.
WHERE TO I GO FROM HERE? ENGAGE VOLUNTEERS IN NEW WAYS
VolunteerMatch
January 24, 2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
December 22, 5 - 8 p.m.

Join EASC for a Christmas buffet with all the trimmings and live Christmas music. There will be a bake sale table, a silent auction table, a 50/50 draw and the EASC's Elder traditional arts group items will be on sale. Call 587-525-8969 for more information.
ONLINE LEARNING THROUGH MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES (MOOCs)
University of Alberta
Starts monthly
Location: At home and at community spaces
Free

Learn about paleontology, Indigenous history and mountains in the comfort of your home. The University of Alberta provides three courses on a monthly basis to engage your curiosity and encourage life-long learning. The U of A offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), each 10 to 12 modules in length and free of charge. (When registering choose "No certificate" to pursue the course free of charge. You can also earn a certificate upon completion for a minor fee.)

Sign up to learn about the history of Canada from an indigenous perspective in Indigenous Canada, or learn about mountains, climate change, ecosystems and glaciers in Mountains 101, or learn about the dinosaurs that roamed the earth in Dino 101. Join the University of Alberta to start your online learning journey. Visit uab.ca/moocs for more information and registrations.

Different faculties oversee the MOOCs; however, for overall questions about the MOOC's contents, how registration works, and similar questions, contact Anastasia Lim in Community Relations at anastasia.lim@ualberta.ca or 780-248-1383.
ROBBIE BURNS DINNER
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
January 10, 2018, 5 p.m.
Early bird tickets $15 (before Jan. 9); Jan. 9 or later $18

Don't miss this Robbie Burns dinner with pipers, Scottish entertainment and the address to the haggis. Tickets go fast so get yours early. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
UKULELE CLASSES
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Thursdays, January 11-March 29
$55
 
Sage is strumming and humming! Join the fun with two class options:
  1. Absolute Beginner: Never held a ukulele and wonder if you'd like it? Several soprano ukuleles are available for you to try, and the first class is free. Time: 3:15-4 p.m.
  2. Multilevel: For those with a little or a lot of experience. There will be strumming and picking styles for everyone. Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 to register. No Sage membership is required.
TALENT WANTED!

Mill Woods Seniors Association is hosting a Talent Show on January 26, 2018. They are looking for all types of talent: musicians, dancers, magicians, comedians, martial artists, etc. Cash prizes will be awarded for winners. If you're interested, email program.coordinator@mwsac.ca for a registration form or drop by their front desk at 2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor. The deadline to apply is January 12, 2018.
SWESA TRAVEL INTEREST GROUP
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
January 16, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
Free

Gain more information about travel bucket list possibilities, meet likeminded people and share personal experiences on the road to travel departures. Previous meetups covered information about modes of travel, travel destinations and sample itineraries.
GAMES NIGHT
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
January 17, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
$2

Games include cribbage, Yahtzee, Scrabble, UNO, checkers and more. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. All ages welcome. Sign up at the SEESA Front Desk. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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