January 14, 2016
Seniors Sector News
CapitalCare Foundation and the Research Institute for Aging at the University of Waterloo
March 10-11
Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton

The full program has just been announced for Walk With Me, Canada's second national conference on changing the culture of aging. The program features four keynote sessions and 18 concurrent sessions with speakers from Canada, the United States, and Australia. This is a rare opportunity right here in our city to have conversations with people from all over Canada about how to change perceptions of aging.

Early bird registration (until January 29):
  • Regular $450
  • Student $200
  • Older adults living in continuing care or the community $200
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Professional Development
Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Association on Gerontology
January 27, 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Seniors, researchers, policy makers, community programmers and practitioners, health care professionals and caregivers with an interest in Age-Friendly Communities and social isolation among older persons will find this webinar and discussion valuable.
February 2nd, 11 a.m. (MST)

Almost 90% of all charitable gifts come from individuals and virtually no one gives their biggest gift without being asked face-to-face. If you're not out there asking, you're leaving most of the charitable money on the table. Topics in this webinar include:
  • Take charge of the meeting to get the best results
  • Ask important and revealing questions
  • Make a concise case for support ending with an ask
  • Help your donor see clear to making a commitment
  • Use your personality to your best advantage
  • Respond to the most common forms of resistance
Volunteer Match
February 2, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Pacific) / 2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)

Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? 

This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You'll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You'll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
February 4, 2 p.m. EST
Early Bird: $75, after January 28: $96

Baby boomers give more money to charities than any other age group. In fact, 43% of all donations from individuals comes from people in this generation, and these donors are more likely to volunteer than younger donors. How is your nonprofit engaging boomers? In this webinar gain the latest insights into the giving habits of this important pool of donors and the most effective ways to attract them to your cause.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
Westend Seniors Activity Centre

Refer to the job posting for complete details on the position.

Some of the key responsibilities of this position are to:
  • Provide outreach services, make referrals and evaluate outcomes
  • Identify gaps and assess client needs
  • Mediate and advocate on behalf of clients
  • Develop case planning and goal setting action plans
Qualifications include:
  • Registered Social Worker - Social Work Diploma or Degree
  • Knowledge/coursework in Gerontology
  • Experience working with seniors, preferably within the non-profit sector
  • Working knowledge of community services and resources pertaining to seniors
  • Exceptional interviewing and case planning skills
  • Valid Driver's License and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Must pass a Criminal Record Check
The application deadline is January 21.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
University of Alberta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Urban Planning Program

The study researchers are seeking seniors (65+ years) to participate in a short interview about transportation services. Help them think about appropriate means for the mobility of seniors in Edmonton. If you are interested in taking part in this study, contact the research team via email at seniors.ridesourcing@gmail.com with a time and place where you can meet. Or you can call and leave a message for the principal investigator Dr. Manish Shirgaokar at (780) 492-2802. All responses are private and confidential.
University of Alberta Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The University of Alberta Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is conducting a study on how non-invasive brain stimulation affects how fast and how accurately adults name pictures and read words and phrases. They are seeking adults between the ages of 55 and 75 years for a two hour commitment. Refer to the information letter and poster for more information on eligibility requirements. Contact Alesha at (780) 492-7256 or alesha@ualberta.ca if you are interested in participating.

The section of Jasper Avenue from 109 Street to 124 Street it slated for full reconstruction beginning in 2019. The purpose of the Imagine Jasper Avenue project is to envision an innovative, vibrant and relevant streetscape that will strive to balance the needs of the community, commuters, businesses and visitors.

You are invited to share your ideas via an online survey (open until January 20), share your vision on Twitter or Instagram with #ImagineJasperAvenue or participate in a public engagement event. Visit edmonton.ca/ImagineJasperAvenue for more details. If you have any questions or comments, contact imaginejasperavenue@edmonton.ca or 780-496-1795.
Millwoods Seniors Activity Centre (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. until March 19

This all ages, all abilities yoga program is for parents, grandparents, caregivers and their little ones. Drop-in fee is $10 adults; first two children no cost with accompanying paying adult; $2 for additional child. Call 780-496-2997 to register. 
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St.)
Jan 21-Mar 24 (10 wks), 10-11:30 a.m.

Spice up your interests and lay out new opportunities by learning Spanish. Learn the basic vocabulary, regular verbs, present tense, calendar dates and numbers, and become familiar with the sounds of the alphabet. For more information call 780-483-1209.
Home Instead Senior Care
Jan 23, 9 a.m. to noon at the Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St)
Jan 28, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 - 139 Ave)

Both family caregivers and professional caregivers will be interested in this workshop which covers:
  • Recognizing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.
  • Learning techniques to encourage your loved one to share their stories and memories.
  • Determining what techniques work best to manage different types of behaviors.
  • Discovering various techniques to encourage your loved one to engage in an activity.
Call 780-439-9990 to confirm your attendance.
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 - 82 St)
Mondays, January 25 to February 29 (no class on Family Day), 5 - 7 p.m.

Local comedian, Paul Sveen, will teach you to use your humour to tell your story by letting go and just being yourself. An optional performance for friends and family has been scheduled for March 7 (you don't have to perform if you don't want to). Outside of SEESA this class would cost $275 but they are offering it for $150/person early bird or $160 on the first day of class.

To register visit the SEESA Front Desk or call 780-468-1985 to pay by credit card ($2 service charge for phone registrations). You must be a valid member of a seniors recreation centre to participate.
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. starting January 26

If you like CSI and Law & Order you'll love this class. Learn some facts about criminal justice in Edmonton through classes, case studies and two tours. Discover that what you see and hear in the media and information you already have about criminal justice may not be accurate. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext 301.
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society
February 4
$31 (includes show, comfy coach bus and driver tip)

Join seniors from the Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society to attend "Rosie and the Riveters" at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove. This group revisits the spirit of gospel music infused with the charm of the 1940s. The bus departs from St. Agnes Church (10832 - 62 Ave) at 12:45 p.m. Phone 780-435-9515 for more information.
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 - 120 St)
February 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Enjoy three pancakes and beverage for $4. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
Central Lions Seniors Association

If you are interested in providing quality programming for a Seniors Recreation Centre, you should consider becoming a member of CLSA's Board of Directors. This is a working board highly committed to learning and to working for CLSA members.

Board members attend a two and a half hour meeting each month and participate on at least one committee: finance, fundraising, programming, clubs, special events, communication, volunteer and ad hoc. They provide direction and leadership to volunteer members of their committee and provide written reports to the board.

Qualifications include: experience in running meetings and serving on a decision making body, good communication skills, experience in management or human relations, current CLSA membership and attend a Board Orientation session.

Review the posting for details on the position and application instructions.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)

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