January 3, 2019
Seniors Sector News

ESCC would like to hear your thoughts on how our community could prevent and overcome social isolation for seniors by focusing on inclusion and engagement.

The federal government recently issued a Call for Concepts for the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Pan-Canadian projects and ESCC intends to submit a proposal. We invite you to provide your input as we develop a collaborative concept.

We have drafted an initial concept plan and a planned process for submission to share with all interested stakeholders in preparation for the development of a final concept proposal. We encourage as many people as possible to offer ideas and suggestions on how our community could be more inclusive for seniors and provide more opportunities for their engagement by midnight on January 6 via:
Online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZKVWPF8
Email: sheila@seniorscouncil.net
Fax: 780-428-3844
Mail: #255 Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre, 8330 82 Ave., Edmonton, AB T6C 4E3

Stakeholders are also invited to attend a facilitated working session to examine and further develop the Call for Concepts.
PEGASIS Strategic Engagement Session: New Horizons for Seniors Call for Concepts
January 9, 1 - 4 p.m.
Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre (11050 90 St.)
Register online.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Edmonton Community Foundation and Edmonton Social Planning Council

Did you know that 55.6% of seniors in Edmonton are women and that part-time work is more common among senior women? The most recent Vital Topic released as part of Edmonton Vital Signs focuses on Senior Women. The document provides a snapshot of information such as income, living arrangements, health and wellness, and engagement and social isolation.

Each One, Teach One (EOTO) workshops provide financial education to community members who are financially vulnerable and helps build their knowledge, skills and confidence to make the right financial decisions for themselves.

The workshops are delivered by trained professionals from financial institutions. EOTO workshops are run in partnership with community service organizations and can be designed for groups as small as seven people or as large as 20. Workshops are free and take 60 to 90 minutes to deliver, depending on the topic. Review the information sheet for details on the topics.

If you are interested in hosting an EOTO workshop contact Melanie Lukevich, Program Coordinator, at 780-443-8327 or by email at mlukevich@myunitedway.ca.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
Seniors Health Knowledge Network
January 14, 12 p.m. (Eastern)

This presentation will provide an introduction to the role of Elders in Indigenous communities and Indigenous perspectives of health and end-of-life.
April 10, 2019

This year's theme - adaptive - has been developed to support nonprofit sector resiliency and responsiveness to change. Expert speakers and thought leaders will challenge perceptions, provide new skills, and build a shared understanding of how the nonprofit sector can become adaptive in the face of unpredictable times and challenges in securing resources.

This annual one-day conference will build your adaptive capacity in leadership, policy, advocacy, and learning through both large group and breakout sessions. Plus, you'll have ample networking opportunities and access to the resource marketplace.

Early bird tickets are available until January 31, 2019.
May 28 - 31, 2019
Trent University, Peterborough, Canada

This is a joint international conference of the North American and European Networks in Aging Studies hosted by the Trent Centre for Aging & Society. 

The conference invites researchers, writers, and scholars from all disciplines and at every career stage to share their diverse approaches to conventional fields of gerontology and critical aging studies. Organizers wish to encourage new insights into assumed styles of life and thought, imaginative reflections on the meanings and representations of aging, challenging perspectives from cross-cultural and global experience, and activist strategies to take back aging from those powers and practices that relegate it to the margins of social existence and citizenship. 
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA)

SEESA is searching for an experienced, reliable and task-oriented Home Supports Coordinator. This position is responsible for developing/delivering the Edmonton Seniors Home Supports Program. 

Responsibilities include developing and implementing a plan for providing excellent customer service, innovation in service delivery and communicating with community partners. This includes working with contracted companies and community groups, clubs and community leagues. Day-to-day operations could include office volunteer training and supervision, handling calls when volunteers are not available and/or there is a heavy work load and problem solving as required.

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Submit your resume by January 11.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
Seniors' Centre Without Walls
January - April 2019

Check out the Winter/Spring Program Book from the Seniors' Centre Without Walls for phone-based recreational activities, health and well-being topics, and friendly conversation for older adults. In addition to their regular programming and exciting guest speakers, they are increasing their support groups to offer groups for COPD, Post-Stroke, Caregivers, LGBT+ Pride Seniors, Grief, and Men.
Edmonton Arts Council 
Sundays in January and February, 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: City Hall

Jump and jive in City Hall! Enjoy free live music and dance lessons with Sugar Swing Ballroom every Sunday in January and February. All ages are welcome.

January 6: Trocodero Orchestra
January 13: Billie Zizi Swing Band
January 20: Brad Shigeta's Swingtime Band
January 27: Salsa City Sunday with Manny Valencia Y Su Esquina and ETOWN SALSA Dance Company

February 3: MacEwan University Big Band
February 10: Gateway Big Band
February 17: The Edmonton Swing Band
February 24: Bullies of Basin Street

North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
Mondays and Thursdays starting the third week of January
$8.50/class or $30/month

Get inspired and move your hips with Latin Inspired dance exercise. No experience is necessary. Come make new fun friends. 
Free sample classes Monday, January 14, 7 - 8 p.m. and Thursday, January 17, 9 - 10 a.m.
Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays starting January 15, 12-1 p.m.

Enjoy sharing music while practicing English and meeting new friends. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
Thursdays, 12 - 2 p.m. 
Session 1 Jan. 17 - Feb. 28 / Session 2 March 7 - April 25
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)
Member $20 for both sessions or $2 drop-in fee

Quilling is an art form that involves the use of rolling, shaping and gluing strips of paper to create decorative designs. French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. In the 18th century, quilling became favored by European "ladies of leisure". Today it is becoming popular due to the simplicity of techniques and the low cost of materials. The first hour of the January 17 class will be a demonstration. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
January 27, 11 a.m.
$40 for members/$50 for non-members, including a tax receipt for $25

The Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre is very pleased to welcome Melanie back to Edmonton from New York for the only scheduled performance of her unique program featuring the songs of legendary singer, Edith Piaf. Chef Bozena will prepare a sumptuous French-themed brunch, suitable for all family members. Full payment (cash or cheque) is required by January 20. Call 780-488-4241 or email jdic@shaw.ca for more information.
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Edmonton Branch (12122 68 Street)
Wednesdays, January 30 - March 27, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Are you hard of hearing and would like to learn better communication and coping skills? Research shows that hearing aids plus speechreading gives the best results. 

In this course you will learn basic speechreading (lip reading) plus strategies to communicate better, and get information on hearing aids, technology, tinnitus, and other subjects of interest to the hard of hearing. You'll also meet others who share your challenges and are determined to do something about them. 

You can register through the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association at 780-428-6622, email chha-ed@shaw.ca or through the website.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)

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