June 4, 2020
Resources
REMOTE PROGRAM DELIVERY: ADAPTING DURING COVID-19
Tech Impact Idealware

Your nonprofit is closed and your staff is working remotely...but people still need you, perhaps now more than ever. How can you overcome the distance and circumstances to meet their needs? This webinar recording and resource list highlights tools and software to help you adapt your nonprofit's programs and services to virtual delivery without sacrificing quality.
LIVING ACTIVELY WITH A CHRONIC CONDITION: HOW PRACTITIONERS CAN SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS
Centre for Active Living

This year's Physical Activity Forum focussed on the science and best practices around being physically active when living with one of the following chronic conditions: cancer, chronic heart failure, or stroke. The forum was comprised of three 30-minute presentations followed by question and answer periods. Recording of the sessions are available online. 
7 TIPS FOR STAYING PRODUCTIVE WHEN WORKING REMOTELY (+20 FREE PRODUCTIVITY APPS)
Keela

For many of us, working remotely can quickly turn into a productivity challenge. The temptation of digital distractions can keep you from doing important tasks. Thankfully, there are simple habits you can cultivate to make the most out of your days working from home. And there are countless technology applications to support you through this journey. This blog post outlines tips and tools to help you remain focused and effective at work, and maybe even enjoy yourself a little bit.
COMING TOGETHER WHILE APART: ONBOARDING DURING COVID-19
The Mosaic Institute and CharityVillage

Like many of us, 10 weeks ago The Mosaic Institute rapidly pivoted to online remote work due to COVID-19. In this blog post, the Mosaic team outlines top strategies for onboarding brand new team members and introducing existing team members to remote work.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
THE COLLABORATIVE: "ADAPT & OVERCOME" VIRTUAL SESSIONS
Classy
June 9 - 12, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily (Pacific)
Free

This event is for anyone in the nonprofit space looking to adapt to today's landscape and grow their organization during these uncertain times. Feel free to tune in to all the sessions or just select the ones that are relevant for you. Sessions range from 30 to 75 minutes in length and are followed by a 10-minute Q&A. Topics include fundraising and marketing, organizational priorities and finances, current technology, leadership in times of crisis and resilience.
ONLINE FACILITATION COURSES
Nonprofit Learning Lab

Nonprofit Learning Lab offers a variety of web-based training sessions to help you design and facilitate online learning opportunities:
  • Leading Better Online Training: June 11 and 22, July 8 and 23, August 4 and 20 |$75 USD
  • How to Handle Online Tech: June 15 and 25, July 21, August 25 | $10 USD
  • How to Facilitate Online: June 9 and 17, July 16 and 29, August 18 and 27 | $100 USD
  • Creating Webinars That People Want to Attend: June 15, July 10 and 28, August 13 and 26 | $50 USD
  • How to Create and Design Curriculum for an Online Format: June 22, July 28, August 13 and 26 | $50 USD
ETHICAL STORYTELLING FOR FUNDRAISING COMMUNICATIONS: HOW TO CREATE COMPELLING CONTENT WITHOUT EXPLOITATION 
CharityHowTo
June 10, 1 p.m. (Eastern) or June 16, 3 p.m. (Eastern)
$87 USD

This tactical session will guide you step-by-step in evaluating your own communications, defining ethical excellence in your storytelling process, and securing buy-in from your team so that you can launch your new strategy with success.  By the end of this webinar you will walk away with a clear understanding of exploitation and ethics in fundraising communications and possess a plan of action that you create fully customized to your mission and tailored to the size of your organization.
SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS IN SUPPORT OF CAREGIVING TO OLDER ADULTS
Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research (ICCER)
June 11, 10 a.m. (Mountain)
Free for members; $15/site for non-ICCER members

During this webinar, speakers will describe three coordinated software applications that are being developed to be used to connect heath care aides and family caregivers of older adults with dementia. They will highlight the opportunity to use technology to better enhance the support and communication between formal and family caregivers, and develop better software that will help those facing challenges associated with dementia.
TIPS FOR NONPROFIT SUSTAINABILITY
Nonprofit Hub
June 17, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

Times are tough and you need immediate tips and tools to help your nonprofit organization survive. For years researchers have been investigating what factors promote organizational and program sustainability and many of their findings are immediately relevant to the situation that nonprofits are facing these days. If there is to be a drought, how can your organization best hunker down until it rains again? Learn how in this webinar.
THE RAINBOW STEPS FOR LGBT2QS SENIORS
Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program
June 24, 12 - 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar will discuss aging in the LGBT2SQ+ communities and how service providers can deliver more inclusive and supportive programming. The impact of minority stress, challenges of growing up in an era when it was criminal to be LGBT2SQ+, stigma, discrimination and isolation, as well as strengths such as resilience and identity will be explained. Participants will be given practical ways to provide sensitive, competent and inclusive community programming and services for LGBT2SQ+ individuals, such as using inclusive language, offering online/virtual Pride celebrations, "rainbow" ribbons and wishing LGBT2SQ+ seniors "Happy Pride". 
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT (SUMMER STUDENT)
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

The deadline to apply is June 8. Review the posting for information and application instructions.
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

The deadline to apply is June 8. Review the posting for information and application instructions.
LIFE ENRICHMENT COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

The deadline to apply is June 8. Review the posting for information and application instructions.
PROJECT COORDINATOR: DIRECTORY OF SENIOR SERVICES
Sage Seniors Association

The deadline to apply is June 8. Review the posting for information and application instructions.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT (SUMMER STUDENT)
Edmonton Social Planning Council

The deadline to apply is June 15. Review the posting for information and application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
NEXTFEST
June 4 - 14

Edmonton's emerging arts festival has moved online this year. Watch performances of music, dance, theatre, film and more. Start and end times vary but are generally 6-11 p.m. 
TAI CHI PRACTICE
Central Lions Seniors Association
June 5 and 12, 1:15 p.m.
Free

Join a Tai Chi drop-in group that meets at CLSA to practice. Meet in the southeast corner of the CLSA parking lot and practice will take place on the east side of the building on the concrete patio.

The group tries to set up the next practice after each session, based on the weather forecast and trying to keep to Fridays at the same time. Practice may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

If you choose to join in this activity please remember to use social distancing. CLSA accepts no liability, the building is closed and folks have to assess their own personal risks in participating.
FALL PREVENTION WORKSHOP  
Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation and Pursuit of Motion Physiotherapy
June 6, June 13, and June 20, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

With proper conditioning and strength training, it's possible to stay healthy and prevent falls. This series of three Zoom webinars will help you to improve your mobility.
  • How to Get Up from a Fall: June 6
  • Strengthening the Upper Body: June 13
  • Strengthening the Lower Body: June 20
Register by emailing rep@eodaf.com.
MEAL PACKAGE IN HONOUR OF SENIORS' WEEK
St. Basil's Cultural Centre and Strathcona Place Society

St. Basil's Cultural Centre has worked with Strathcona Place Society to create a special dinner bundle which includes seven dinner packages. Each package contains an entre and dessert. The entire bundle costs $75. Review the menu to see what tasty meals are included.

Call St. Basil's Cultural Centre at 780-434-4288 to place your order. Cash, cheque or e-transfer is accepted for payment. Orders must be placed in advance before pick up. Meals can be picked up at 10819 71 Avenue. Order before Saturday, June 13. Anyone is welcome to order.
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY POSTCARD 

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, the Elder Abuse Consultation Team (EACT) created a postcard to bring attention to the experience of elder abuse and the Seniors Abuse Helpline. The High Level Bridge will also be lit in purple on June 15 in honour of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Established in Edmonton in 1998, EACT is a collaborative network of professionals representing a variety of organizations and institutions in Edmonton who directly or indirectly work with seniors experiencing elder abuse. The goal of EACT is to ensure that older adults who are experiencing abuse, or at risk of abuse, receive informed, appropriate services and supports from community agencies and professionals. EACT accomplishes this by providing a forum for professionals to collaborate and consult on cases of elder abuse.
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY - PLANT A SEED FOR CHANGE
Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
June 15

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15 and CNPEA is urging Canadians to join the conversation online. To participate, plant a seedling or a flower, take a photo/video and post to so social media. Make sure to tag CNPEA on Facebook and Twitter so they can see your message. In addition to your photo/video, include a message to express your commitment to bring about change for the care, support, and well-being of older adults. 
TRANSIT FARE COLLECTION RESUMES JUNE 15

Starting June 15, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) will resume fare collection on buses, LRT and DATS.
  • From June 15 - 30, customers that have a March, April or July monthly transit pass can use that as payment. Those without a pass can use cash, tickets, valid transfers and family/day passes as payment
  • From July 1 - 31, April or July monthly transit passes will be accepted, as well as cash, tickets, valid transfers and family/day passes. ETS will not be producing June monthly passes, nor doing any pass exchange.
Paper transfers will resume, as proof of payment, when paying with cash or tickets.

Also starting June 15, customers should board the bus through the front door. Enhanced Saturday service remains for buses and LRT until further notice.
EXERCISES FOR BALANCE
Centre for Active Living

Do your knees or ankles feel weak? Balance training promotes joint stability in your knees, ankles, and hips. This can prevent a large array of injuries including sprained ankles and serious knee problems. Balance is important as you age and can be practiced daily or as often as possible. This helpful infographic provides ideas of balance activities you can do separately or as part of a complete workout. 
FRIENDSHIP ONLINE: A MOBILE APP TO TACKLE SOCIAL ISOLATION
Amintro
Free

A new mobile app called Amintro is helping to tackle social isolation among seniors by providing camaraderie through peer-to-peer networking. New members answer a series of questions about their background and interests: Do they like walks or movies? Do they have grandchildren? Where did they grow up and where do they live now? After answering the questions, the apps algorithms work to connect the user to other nearby app users with similar profiles. 
ONLINE GAMES

Here are three more options for playing games virtually. Play on your own, with friends or with new people from around the world.
RADIO RECLINER

Listen to upbeat music and commentary on a new online radio station called Radio Recliner. The bonus is that all the DJs are older adults living in senior living communities across the United States!
VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE KEUKENHOF GARDEN

Enjoy one of the world's largest flower gardens (32 hectares) with this virtual tour of Keukenhof Garden in the Netherlands.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
IMPACT OF COVID-19 VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT SURVEY

Volunteer Canada, in collaboration with the Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada, needs your help to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on volunteer engagement. If you represent a non-profit organization, if you are a volunteer or you attempted to volunteer during COVID-19, they would like to hear from you. Complete the survey by June 8.
NEWCOMER SURVEY
Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion (UNEOI)

Are you a newcomer to Canada? UNEOI wants to know your thoughts on your settlement process. You will get a $10 Tim Horton's gift card for completing the survey on newcomer inclusion in Alberta. 

The Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion (UNEOI) is a two-year community-based research project looking at newcomers' experiences of settlement, integration, and inclusion and how this impacts well-being. This is an opportunity for newcomers to share their experience, and contribute knowledge to the area of newcomer settlement in Alberta. For the purpose of the research, 'newcomers' are defined as immigrants and refugees who have lived in Canada for up to 10 years.

Take the survey in EnglishArabic, Cantonese, French, German, Punjabi, Spanish, or Tagalog.
SENIORS COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND EXERCISE (SCOPE) TRIAL
University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria

Physical distancing has disrupted our typical activities for taking care of our well-being and health. This research project is investigating if different types of exercise programs, provided free to participants, significantly improve the well-being and health of older adults (aged 65 years or older) currently living in Canada. Explore fun, new ways to exercise and assist with critical research benefitting the health of older adults. It's a win-win! 
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

Link Letter includes new items each week.  If you're looking for content that was included in a previous issue of Link Letter, refer to the ESCC website:

Submissions for Link Letter can be sent to memberservices@seniorscouncil.net.  Review our submission guidelines for more information.