December 6, 2018
Resources
MOVIE PROJECTOR AND SCREENS

Do you have old reel to reel movies but no projector to watch them with? A community member would like to donate a reel movie projector and two screens (approx. 3 feet) to a seniors group. Contact Shelley at 780-469-3226 if you're interested.
STUDY: UNMET HOME CARE NEEDS IN CANADA
November 2018

A study using data from the 2015-2016 Canadian Community Health Survey describes unmet home care needs in Canada. 

For this study, home care services were grouped as either home health care services (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, help with medical equipment or supplies) or support services (help with daily tasks such as bathing, meal preparation, housekeeping and transportation). Key results:
  • An estimated 433,000 Canadians did not have their home care needs met.
  • Adults with a need for support services were more likely to have these needs unmet or partially unmet than adults with a home health care service need.
  • The most frequently reported barrier to obtaining care was the availability of services. Other barriers include personal characteristics such as language, not knowing where to go or not getting around to it, costs, and not being eligible or their doctor not thinking it was not necessary.
  • People in the age groups 65 and older had lower odds of having unmet home care needs than younger groups.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF DONOR RETENTION
Firespring
December 13, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Did you know that on average nonprofits lose more than 60 per cent of their donors each and every year? This donor churn creates unnecessary work and is not cost effective for nonprofits, especially those with limited capacity. So, just what can an organization do to increase the loyalty of its donors? This webinar will unlock the mystery of donor retention by covering:
  • What matters to donors and how that affects their giving decisions
  • How to build a fundraising strategy that focuses on increasing donor retention
  • Ways to create greater engagement with your current donors so they are inspired to increase their giving
RESPECTFUL WORKPLACE TRAINING - THE BULLY, BULLIED AND BYSTANDER
Centre for Race and Culture
January 25, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Intercultural Centre (9538 107 Ave.)
$85

Employees and supervisors contribute to respectful workplaces by taking responsibility for their own actions and their effect on others. This workshop covers essential skills in recognizing behaviours that constitute workplace harassment and provides a template to develop a strategy for designing a policy and complaint resolution process.

To register visit www.cfrac.com/training or contact Elli Dehnavi at 780-425-4644 or by email at edehnavi@cfrac.com.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
MACULAR DEGENERATION WORKSHOP
The Shaama Centre for Seniors and Women (329 Woodvale Road West)
December 9, 12:40 p.m.
Free

To register for this workshop, call 780-465-2992. Everyone is welcome (men and women). Refreshments will be served.
WINTER PROGRAMMING
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)

WSAC's Winter 2019 Program Guide is now available. Some favourite programs are returning and some exciting new ones have been added to the mix. Registration starts December 10 at 9 a.m. for WSAC members online and at the centre. Reciprocal membership holders can register on January 2, 2019 at the centre. Check out the Winter 2019 Program Guide at weseniors.ca. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
HOLIDAY PARTY
GeriActors & Friends
December 11, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Second Playing Space, Timms Centre for the Arts
Free

Attend the GeriActors & Friends annual Holiday Party! With food, games, and new plays created collaboratively by the GeriActors & Friends you don't want to miss out.  You can stay for the whole event or pop in and out.
SAGE NEXT PAGE BOOK CLUB
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Second Thursday of each month, 1-2 p.m.

The style of book will vary and is chosen by the group each month. All participants get their own books (either through the library or purchase). Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
CASTROL RACEWAY & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS BUS TOUR
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 13, meet at NWESS at 6 p.m.
$10 per person

Bring your friends and family to this amazing Christmas Lights Tour. The coach bus has a washroom, comfy seats and lots of windows. The tour will take you through the Castrol Raceway 2-kilometre track of lights and fabulous sights and through the cities most lit up neighbourhoods.
Get your tickets before December 7. There is a limit of 48 seats. First come first served. Call NWESS at 780-451-1925 for more information.
MONTESSORI PLAY & LEARN CENTRE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
December 14, 10 a.m.
Free

Join a fun morning of Christmas cheer! Call 780-433-5807 to save a seat.
CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER
SCONA (10440 84 Avenue)
December 25, socializing 1 p.m., dinner 4 p.m.
$10

SCONA is hosting Christmas dinner for seniors who would otherwise be spending the day alone. Dinner will be served at 4 p.m. but seniors are welcome to come anytime after 1 p.m. and enjoy an afternoon with friends. RSVP at 780-433-5377 and call early as space is limited.
WINTER HOLIDAY AT THE CENTRE
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
December 26, tea/cookies 1 p.m., dinner 4 p.m.
$5

Edmonton Seniors Centre is hosting a fully-catered Christmas dinner on December 26. Enjoy tea and cookies starting at 1 p.m. and at 4 p.m. dinner will start in the Auditorium. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
LATIN GROOVE CLASSES
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session 1 (January 10 to February 28) and Session 2 (March 7 to April 25)
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$65/session for members

Drive the winter blues away with hot sounds and dance of the south! SWESA's certified dance instructor Michelle will have you moving and grooving to the sounds of salsa, merengue, batchata, cha-cha, samba, rumba, tango, mambo, and more. True Latin movement and step work will be learned along the way to a happy and vibrant you. 

No experience is required. Good footwear, a water bottle and a great attitude are all you need to make the best of this class. An hour of exercise will fly by quickly! No drop-ins will be accepted after January 10. Call 587-987-3200 to register and for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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