March 21, 2019
Resources
BOOK A GERIACTORS & FRIENDS PERFORMANCE

The GeriActors & Friends produce original plays that focus on aging rather than age and celebrate our commonalities. Ranging in age from 24 to 88 years old, the GeriActors are seniors from Edmonton and area and the Friends are students and alumni from the University of Alberta.

GeriActors & Friends has developed new plays that explore what it means to be a senior in Edmonton, which they are performing during their Spring Tour from May to June. If you are interested in booking a performance this spring, or anytime in the future, contact Becca Barrington at 780-248-1556 or geriactors.friends@gmail.com.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
ADVANCE CARE PLANNING, GOALS OF CARE, ETC.: STRATEGIES FOR END-OF-LIFE COMMUNICATIONS
Seniors Health Knowledge Network
April 1, 12 - 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

The objectives of this webinar are to:
  • understand the difference between Advance Care Planning (ACP), goals of care and consent
  • incorporate ACP and goals of care discussions into regular outpatient care
  • use the principles to make CPR discussions easier for patients and you
  • incorporate Harvard Serious Illness Communication guide and other resources into your discussions
NONPROFIT SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT TRAINING
Idealware
Six Wednesdays, April 3 to May 8, 1 -2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
$255 USD

This course will explore using social media for branding, deep engagement, and fundraising. It will outline how you can integrate and manage social media within a campaign and discuss how to measure your social media impact. You'll also learn how to create a social media policy that clearly articulates acceptable content.
HOW NONPROFITS CAN RAISE MORE MONEY THROUGH CROWDFUNDING
Nonprofit Tech for Good
April 16, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar will walk through the basics of crowdfunding so that your nonprofit can utilize this growing fundraising method to bring in more money for your cause. Topics will include:
  • The difference between peer-to-peer fundraising and crowdfunding - and how you can use both in your fundraising campaign simultaneously
  • How to set up your nonprofit crowdfunding page
  • The power of social media to increase crowdfunding for your cause
  • How to thank your crowdfunding donors and fundraisers and inspire them to continue to give and fundraise for your cause
AGE+ACTION CONFERENCE
National Council on Aging
June 17 - 20
Washington, DC

Age+Action is the United States' premiere national conference focused on ensuring every person's right to age with their best possible health and economic security. Aging is changing - and the aging network must change, too. Join in a national conversation to define what it means to age well today, how to measure impact as a network, and ways to scale what works to improve the lives of millions.

The 2019 program includes:
  • General sessions on Women and Aging, Public Policy, Equity and Inclusion, and a New Vision for the Aging Network
  • Breakout sessions organized by tracks, including Healthy Living, Economic Security, Senior Centers, Diverse Populations, Marketing and Development, Technology, and Women and Aging
  • Networking events with peers who share your passion for improving lives
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Seniors' Centre Without Walls

The Seniors' Centre Without Walls provides opportunities for isolated and homebound seniors to socialize, learn new skills and stay connected through a variety of free, interactive telephone-based social and health programming.

The Program Assistant will support program activities which includes developing new programming, intake and registration of participants, outreach supports, maintain participant records, and facilitation of recreational programming.

The posting closes March 26. Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
CREATIVE CRAFTS
Southwest Senior's Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Free for members

Come join other crafters with whatever medium you prefer (knitting, crocheting, needlework, card making, rug hooking, etc.). Coffee and great chit-chat is also available. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
ARM CHAIR TRAVELS IN HONG KONG
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 27, 10:30 a.m.
Free

Enjoy a trip around the world in the comfort of where you are. Join Edmonton Public Library staff who will share about adventures in a new place. You will be delighted at all the wonderful things we will discover together. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
UKULELE LESSONS FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
March 28 and April 4, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
$20 member; $55 non-member

These one-on-one mini-workshops will prepare you to join the multi-level lessons. Register using barcode 644929. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE: TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
March 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)
$2

Even the best speakers were once terrified novices. Toastmasters is the best place to learn, to build your confidence, and to push yourself outside your comfort zone. You'll be shown how to listen effectively, think on your feet, and speak confidently through lessons and table topic practice. You will learn valuable leadership skills in a supportive, non-intimidating environment.  Find out more about local Toastmasters chapters too. Registration is requested but not required. Call 587-987-3200.
COMPUTER BASICS
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
April 1 and 8, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$5

Learn how to use a mouse and navigate around a computer working up to internet and email. Pre-register by calling 780-342-8625.
CANNABIS FOR SENIORS: HEALTH BENEFITS?
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
April 2, 12 p.m.
Lunch $10 for members; $13 for non-members

At this Lunch & Learn you will learn more about health benefits of cannabis for seniors. RSVP by calling 780-488-4241.
ART OF REDESIGNING JEWELLERY
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
April 3, 1-3 p.m.
$15 + $10 for supplies

Enjoy an afternoon having fun taking apart your old costume jewellery to create something new. Using the tools provided, learn how to create a new necklace and earrings by incorporating a chain, clasp, beads and your own costume jewellery pieces, if you have any that you would like to remake. The options are endless. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
SPRING SPEAKER SERIES - DEFY LIMITATION
Rio Terrace Community League (15504 76 Ave.)
April 4, doors open at 12:30 p.m., panel at 1 p.m.
Free

Brain Care Centre offers supports to clients, their caregivers and their families every step of the way to help them navigate life through the complex journey of a brain injury. RSVP to 780-737-1116 or email questions to carrie.doucette@nursenextdoor.com.
RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS WANTED
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)

MWSA is hosting their second Rummage Sale on April 6 and 7 and is accepting books, sporting goods, games, clothing, electronics and other household items. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
APRIL DANCE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
April 12, 7 p.m.
$10 at the door

The April Dance features Eddie Chwyl. A cash bar is available for SEESA members and invited guests (by reading this please consider yourself invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
A TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY, JOHNNY CASH & ELVIS FEATURING JAEDYN PILON
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
April 12, doors open 5 p.m., dinner 5:30 p.m., show 7 p.m.
$50/person

Ticket sales are until April 5 or when tickets are sold out. Call 780-496-6969 to inquire about tickets.
ITALIAN PRANZO LUNCH AT SANTA MARIA GORETTI
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
April 14, depart Sage at 11 a.m.
$37 including lunch, tax and tip, and school bus to and from Sage

Enjoy a delicious, traditional, 7-course Italian pranzo lunch including antipasto platter, pasta, salad, meat and potatoes, dessert and coffee/tea. Register by April 10. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
MILL WOODS SENIORS ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEERS

Mill Woods Seniors Association has many different positions available including Front Desk help, Kitchen Cashier, Program Assistant, Committee Member. Call the Volunteer Coordinator at 780-508-9359 for more information.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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