June 7, 2018
Seniors Sector News
AIMING FOR EVERY SENIOR TO BE CONNECTED

ESCC believes Seniors' Week is a good time to think about older citizens, the contributions they make to our community and the opportunities created by the energy they bring. 

Aging is a dynamic process that leads to new abilities and knowledge to share with community. By supporting seniors if and when they need it, we are enabling them to continue to contribute to our community. Let's make sure every senior is connected.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
REPORT ON HEALTH AND AGING IN CANADA

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) has released a baseline report on health and aging in Canada based on the data collected from 50,000 Canadians aged 45-85 from 2010 to 2015. Topics covered in the report include retirement, loneliness/social isolation, caregiving and care receiving, health, lifestyle and behaviour, transportation and mobility, and lesbian, gay and bisexual aging.

The report is a starting point to measure the determinants of health and wellness of older Canadians and is expected to guide the development of policies and programs to support healthy aging.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Grants and Awards
NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for the call for proposals has been extended until June 22, 2018.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program supports projects that are designed by and for seniors. Eligible applicants may receive up to $25,000 in the form of a grant under the Community-based Projects Component and up to $5,000 in the form of a grant under the Small Grants Initiative.

If you have questions or require assistance with the application process, contact:
Telephone: 1 800 277 9914
TTY: 1 800 255 4786
Email: W-T-CSPD-SCEP-NHSP-PNHA-ABT-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options web pages)
Professional Development
CREATING SAFE SPACES FOR LGBT OLDER ADULTS
National Council on Aging
June 14, 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Celebrate PRIDE by participating in a webinar on doing what it takes to create the space for LGBT older adults to age with economic security, health, and dignity. 
INCLUSIVE DESIGN AND AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
Fall Prevention Community of Practice
June 19, 12-1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Inclusive design is becoming a higher priority across municipalities due to the increasing societal focus on preventative health outcomes, community participation and engagement, and an aging population. This webinar will provide health care professionals, designers, and other critical stakeholders with the most up-to-date knowledge, tools, and resources in the field of inclusive design. 

Webinar participants will get a quick reintroduction to inclusive design. They will then be asked to apply this knowledge to their own practice settings and learn how to reduce the risk of falls through inclusive design across diverse domains of the built environment. Finally, they will learn how Age Friendly Communities can serve as a model for creating well-designed, livable communities.
BUILDING COMMUNITY INTO NEIGHBOURHOODS
Tamarack Institute
June 21, 12 - 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Join two top thought leaders in community building - Jim Diers, author of Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way, and Paul Born, author of Deepening Community - as they discuss how to bring 'community' back into neighbourhoods and create more vibrant connections in the places where we live.
NATURALLY OCCURRING RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES - THE OASIS MODEL
Ontario Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Program
June 28, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Oasis is a grass-roots developed program for seniors operating out of a privately owned and operated apartment building in central Kingston. Since its inception in 2008, Oasis has rested on the philosophy that the seniors who choose to become members of Oasis have an integral role to play in determining their own programming. Oasis focuses on the social determinants of health common to all seniors, including social inclusion, physical activity, good nutrition and enhanced health and social service navigation. Recently, Oasis has gained province-wide recognition as a successful alternative housing model for older adults who often cannot afford private residential care.

In this webinar, the presenter will:
  • Review the Oasis structure and core partnerships necessary to keep it true to its mandate
  • Describe upcoming research projects, conducted in partnership with faculty of the Queen's School of Rehabilitation Therapy and focused on the expansion and evaluation of Oasis.
A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.
HOW PRO BONO CAN HELP FUEL YOUR MISSION
Grantspace
June 28, 12-1:30 p.m. (Mountain)
$49 earlybird until June 21

Solving complex challenges can be difficult without the right expertise. For nonprofits, that problem is exacerbated by lack of resources or the difficulty in finding partners with the right expertise for the job. In this webinar, learn how to build relationships with corporations to obtain mutual beneficial goals and fuel your mission through pro bono projects. We'll discuss the reasons why corporations partner and invest in pro bono projects as well as the tools nonprofits needed to create successful pro bono projects.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
YEAR END SHOW
GeriActors & Friends
June 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Room 3-121, Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta Campus (8807 112 St.)
Admission by donation
 
In collaboration with Age Friendly Edmonton, the GeriActors & Friends have written five new plays. With stories about family, history, love and dating, ageism, abuse, and maintaining our health and independence these plays explore what it means to be a senior in Edmonton. Join them for their last show of the year, see what they've been working on, and meet the cast!
RSVP through Eventbrite. Light refreshments will be provided.
PRIDE WEEK SOCK HOP DANCE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 82 Street)
June 16, 7 - 11 p.m.
Ticket $10 in advance or $12 at the door

DJ Marty Enokson will be spinning 50s, 60s, and some 70s tunes that will be sure to get your toes a-tappin' and hips a-wiggling. Ticket price includes coffee/tea and snacks. Cash bar available. There will be a 50/50 draw and door prizes. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
AGE FRIENDLY EDMONTON 2.0 CELEBRATION
June 22, 12-1 p.m.
City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Free

Thank you for supporting our vision to build an age friendly city for all. Join Councillor Andrew Knack & Councillor Mohinder Banga as we celebrate the work of Age Friendly Edmonton and share what we have planned next. All are welcome!
CANZONETTA
Opus@12 Chamber Concert Society
June 22, noon
Rotunda La Cité Francophone (8627 91 Street)
Free

Opus@12 has a treat for the final main series concert of the season. Enjoy classical, jazz, new age and a special guest! Get more details of the pieces to be performed on the Facebook event page.
SUMMER SAFARI OUTINGS
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Prices vary

Explore Edmonton and area on outings this summer with NESA.
  • Stony Plain Mural Tour (July 5)
  • Legislative Building and Taste of Edmonton (July 19)
  • Day Trip to new Outlet Mall at the International Airport (August 2)
  • Fort Heritage Precinct in Fort Saskatchewan (Aug 15)
  • Reynold's Museum and Summer Wrap Up Party (Aug 30)
These trips are open to NESA members and non-members. Get details online or call 780-496-6969 for more information.
DROP-IN SPORTS FOR THE SUMMER
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
$2 for MWSA members; $5 for non-members

Enjoy drop-in sports at Mill Woods Seniors all summer long. They have badminton, pickleball, and fun floor curling all summer.  They also have a Billiards Room. Check their website for more details or call 780-496-2997.
SUMMER FITNESS CLASSES
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)

Want to stay active during the summer? CLSA is continuing programming through the summer months.
  • Essentrics for Seniors/Stretch & Tone: Tues. July 3-31, 10:45-11:30 a.m./11:45-12:45 p.m.
  • Yoga Iyengar: Fri. July 6-27, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Cardio Yoga-Size: Mon. July 9-23/Aug 13-27, 9-10:15 a.m.
  • Circuit Challenge Boot Camp: Fri. July 13-20/Aug 17-24, 9-10 a.m.
  • Co-Ed Keep Fit (Multilevel): Mon. July 9-23/ Aug 13-27 and Wed July 11-25/ Aug 8-22, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Call CLSA at 780-496-7369 for more details.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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