January 7, 2016
Seniors Sector News
SAGE AWARDS: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Do you know an Edmonton area senior who is making a special contribution to our community in their later years? 

The Sage Awards (Sage Seniors Association) celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of older adults in ten categories. They support a positive perception of seniors and help reduce negative outcomes such as elder abuse and ageism. The Sage Awards will be presented at a celebration luncheon on May 11.

Recognizing a special senior is easy - submit the nomination package by February 1. For more information contact JoLynn Parenteau at 780-701-9017 or at jlparenteau@mysage.ca or download an event poster.

DIRECTORY OF SENIORS SERVICES
Sage Seniors Association

The 2015-2016 edition of the Directory of Senior Services is now available. This edition includes new and updated content including a Comparing Housing Options checklist. 

Free copies can be picked up at Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square) and many centres around the city. Call these centres before stopping by to ensure the new edition has been delivered.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
ELDER ABUSE REPORT
January 2016

FrameWorks Institute has released You Only Pray that Somebody Would Step In: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Elder Abuse in America. This report represents the first step in a larger effort to reframe public understanding of elder abuse. When thinking about why elder abuse happens, members of the public often assume that causes lie in the characteristics of the perpetrator, the victim, or their relationship-and ignore the role of systemic and social factors that must be solved through collective action and public policy. 
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO MAKE A VIDEO FOR THE NONPROFIT YOU LOVE FOR UNDER $100
Grant Space
January 14, 6 - 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Free

This webinar, geared toward people with no background in video production, covers everything you need to know to create an emotionally compelling marketing video. The webinar covers the essentials of filming, lighting, sound, music, editing, distribution and online marketing.
HOW TO START YOUR MONTHLY GIVING PROGRAM - A STEP BY STEP GUIDE
CharityHowTo
January 21 at 11 a.m. (MST) or January 28 at 1 p.m. (MST)
$77

Learn the initial steps involved in starting a successful monthly donor program so you can benefit from the tremendous opportunities it can offer your organization. Topic in this webinar include:
  • How to select the best donors to ask to become monthly donors
  • How to include monthly giving on your web site and write enticing emails to motivate donors to join online
  • How to develop thank you materials
  • How to present the results so your management will love the long term impact monthly donors have
TOP 20 COMPLIANCE ISSUES FOR CANADIAN REGISTERED CHARITIES
Charity Village
January 28 at 10 a.m. (PST) / 1 p.m. (EST)
Free

This webinar presented by a charity lawyer provides plain language information and resources about the compliance obligations of Canadian registered charities. It also covers the top Canada Revenue Agency concerns for Canadian registered charities including:
  • T3010 annual charity information return
  • Official donation receipts
  • Fundraising regulation and CRA's Guidance on Fundraising
  • How to handle a CRA charity audit
  • Top Liability Concerns for Charities & Directors of Charities
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
GUARDIANSHIP - TRUSTEESHIP COORDINATOR
Temporary Part-Time
Sage Seniors Association

This position is responsible for providing education and support to individuals making application for Guardianship, Trusteeship and other Co-Decision making options, of a dependent adult. This is provided through one on one support, group presentations or telephone support. In addition the position will provide public education sessions regarding Personal Directives and Power of Attorney.

Qualifications include a Human Services Degree or Diploma and experience or a familiarity with legal documents.

Refer to the job posting for application instructions. Application deadline is January 15.
OUTREACH/FOLLOW UP COORDINATOR
Temporary Part-Time
Sage Seniors Association

This position is responsible for providing follow up services to seniors recently discharged from the Sage Seniors' Safe House program. This includes assessing needs, providing information and support and client advocacy while assisting them in becoming familiar and safe in their new community. The role of outreach includes supporting those individuals who are waiting to come into the Safe House but cannot due to space limitations and public education.

The successful candidate will hold a degree or diploma in Social Work. Experience working with older adults and/or victims of abuse is required. The position requires the ability to become registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers and a valid Driver's License with an ability to transport clients.

Refer to the job posting for application instructions. Application deadline is January 15.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL AGEING
Future Learn
Five-week online course starting February 8
Free

How do you feel about ageing? What choices are you making to stay happy, healthy, socially-connected and active as you age?

During this five-week course, distinguished academics and physicians at Trinity College Dublin will present world-leading research in successful ageing, which may challenge many of the assumptions you have about growing old.
  • Week 1 explores your perceptions and attitudes about ageing
  • Week 2 focuses on improving your happiness and wellbeing by defining what quality of life means to you
  • Week 3 places a spotlight on physical fitness, nutrition, and brain health
  • Week 4 celebrates opportunities for staying connected
  • Week 5 is about creative ageing and exploring the talents and contributions of older adults
HELP PHARMACY STUDENTS BY SHARING MEDICATION EXPERIENCES

The University of Alberta's Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is seeking seniors interested in sharing their medication and health experiences with pharmacy students so the students can gain experience in talking with real people about how they use their medications. The Medication Experience Review Invitation provides more details about requirements and the process. 

The conversations will take place February 2 and February 4 from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 1-15, Medical Sciences Building, University of Alberta Campus. Participants will be given a $50 honorarium. Parking passes or bus tickets will be provided if required. 
 
Contact Gillian Johnson, Practice Lab Administrator at gillian2@ualberta.ca or 780-492-2696.
BELLYFIT SAGE CLASSES FOR SENIORS
North Millbourne Community League (980 Millbourne Road East)
Tuesday mornings, 10 - 11 a.m.
Free

Bellyfit Sage is a mindful and gentle, yet powerful, class designed for mature or recovering female bodies. Drawing inspiration from Bellydance and Hula Dance, move your body with sensuality, ease and grace. The class builds stamina and serenity with a balance, core, stretch and meditation sequence using the support of a chair. To register contact Dreena Guptill at dreena@shaw.ca or 780-477-6786.
OPERA CLASSES AND PERFORMANCE
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 - 117 St.)

Classes
January 12 and 19, 1 p.m.
$17.50 per class or $35 for both
Learn about opera with Dr. Morris Maduro. He has an easy going, informative style of speaking that is also very informative. Dr. Maduro will discuss Bizet and the opera Carmen.

Performance
February 2
Attend the evening performance of Carmen.
$30.

Call 780-488-4241 to register.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524-139 Ave)
7-10 pm
$7 NESA members / $10 Non-members

Dance to a live band and enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise! Music you can look forward to over the next several weeks: Jan 13 (Chwill Brothers), Jan 20 (Serenaders), Jan 27 (Sparkling Tones), Feb 3 (Diamonds), Feb 10 (Chwill Brothers), and Feb 17 (Back Street Affair).
AN EVENING OF PORT TASTING
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre
February 3, 7 p.m.
$36

Learn about port from the Honorary Consul of Portugal. Sample some excellent varieties of port paired with cheese and other condiments. Call 780-488-4241 to register.
BUS TRIP TO RIVER CREE
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Ave)
February 3

The bus leaves at 10 a.m. and returns approximately 3:30 p.m. Cost is $5. Register by February 2 by contacting Jane at 780-342-8625.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Part Time, January to June 2016
Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA)

Job duties include assembling and distributing monthly board meeting packages, attending board meetings once a month, maintaining the board's virtual office material, managing volunteer recruitment program, and completing projects and assignments arising from board duties and functions.

Candidate should have experience in project management; working for non-profit, volunteer or human service organizations; knowledge of adult education principles; ability to work with a wide variety of individuals; and display good interpersonal communication skills. Ability to manage personal time and solve problems is necessary. Computer skills to maintain website, managing member database and registration process and MS Office Suite are necessary. Report writing skills and fundraising/grant application experience is desirable.

Refer to the job posting for application instructions. Application deadline is January 15.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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