March 7, 2019
Resources
OPPORTUNITY TO HOST AN AGEISM WORKSHOP

Ageism: The ism within... and without
Is ageism a harmful social problem? What do you think? To many researchers, ageism is possibly the most insidious of all the isms. We may unknowingly or unwittingly denigrate others because of their age and, worst of all, we may denigrate ourselves for our oldness. Does ageism have stereotypes and if it does, what are they? Can health be improved and life extended with a more positive outlook toward ageing? Can we learn to respond more effectively when we encounter ageism? Your thoughts on this ism will make for a fascinating discussion.

This workshop is 90 minutes in length and is offered free of charge to participants. If your organization is interested in hosting a workshop, contact Mary Whale of the Age Friendly Edmonton Ageism Hub for further information at mary.whale@espcn.ca or 780-905-9880.
FREE LCD PROJECTOR AND CHAIRS

Edmonton Meals on Wheels has an older-model Viewsonic PJ358 LCD projector and 20 stackable chairs they are interested in giving to a non-profit senior serving organization. If you're interested, email Liz.Tondu@mealsonwheelsedmonton.org.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
HOW TO FIND, TRAIN, KEEP OR BE AN AWESOME TREASURER
Charity Village
March 14, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Do you struggle to keep a treasurer on your board of directors? Or aren't sure where to even look to recruit someone qualified for the treasurer role? This webinar will introduce you to where and how to find awesome treasurers, outline what ideal qualities you should look for in treasurer candidates, and will suggest training materials for those interested in or currently serving on a board of directors.
TOP 10 COMPLIANCE ISSUES FOR REGISTERED CHARITIES
Canadian Charity Law Association
March 28, 12 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar provides plain language information and resources about the compliance obligations of Canadian registered charities. It covers some of the top CRA concerns for Canadian registered charities including:
  • T3010 annual charity information return
  • Official donation receipts
  • Staying within a charity's legal objects
  • Corporate changes resulting from new non-profit corporate acts
  • Employment Issues
  • Gift Restrictions
  • How to handle a CRA charity audit
  • Business activities and social enterprise by Canadian charities
  • The importance of keeping adequate books and records
  • Grantmaking, locally and internationally
10 TIPS TO BOOST SOFTWARE USER ADOPTION
Idealware
March 28, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

It doesn't matter how much time, effort, or expense you put into selecting the right software and migrating your data to it if nobody on your staff uses it. Between the burden of having to learn a new system, the muscle memory of bad habit, and simple fear of change, there are any number of obstacles to user adoption. During this webinar, learn expert tips and best practices to ensure that your staff will embrace the new software with open arms. 
INNOVATIVE EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES FOR SUPPORTING FAMILY CAREGIVERS
Institute for Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto
April 1-28 online weekly at your discretion
$240; $120 (students)

This online course covers:
  • Current understanding of the needs of family caregivers
  • Overview of types of programs and supports for family caregivers
  • Translating evidence-based interventions into practice
Register by March 25.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
SOUTH CLAREVIEW SENIORS HUB
South Clareview Community League (3250 132A Avenue)

The South Clareview Seniors Hub provides a social network for all to participate and interact with others living in northeast Edmonton. Participants enjoy a rich variety of presentations, activities, interactions and outings:
  • Drop-in coffee on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. and the second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Free "take-out style" dinner on the 15th of every month at 6 p.m.
  • The Coffee Club meets in the community room for conversations, cards and board games
  • Little library book exchange
  • Darts, floor curling, ping pong or shuffleboard
  • Tai Chi every Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Evening classes may be offered.
  • Group exercises for seniors on Monday evenings
Activities are somewhat subject to weather conditions but are scheduled year-round. Organizers invite your suggestions and participation. If you are interested in sharing, participating or teaching, they would love to hear from you. Contact them via email seniors@southclareview.ca or phone 780-473-3593 and leave a message.
BRAINFITNESS INFORMATION SESSION
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
March 13, 1 - 2 p.m.
Free

Learn about this program that keeps your brain sharp, has informative discussions and brain-healthy snacks. Speak with the instructor and even give the games a try. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY LUNCH
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
March 15, 12 - 1 p.m.
$12 per person

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a lunch of stew, salad, dessert and beverages. Prepay for your meal at the Strathcona Place front desk by March 14 at 4 p.m. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
FUN ART NIGHT
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
March 21, 6 - 9 p.m.
$30

Join in this fun night of socializing and creating. You will paint a beautiful picture with the guidance of the instructor. No experience is necessary. All materials are included. Please wear appropriate clothing. Only 15 seats are available. There will be a cash bar with wine and beer. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
CELEBRATE PURIM
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
March 21 at 11:30 a.m.
$15

Explore unique traditions of this jolly festival, enjoy a fun play based on Jewish history and sample food you never tried before. Please RSVP by calling 780-488-4241.
POSTURE AND CHRONIC PAIN
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
March 27, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

This session will cover topics such as:
  • Is poor posture due to bad habits or something else?
  • Issues in the tissues from past emotional trauma
  • Why are you in pain?
  • Structural or chemical imbalance
  • Why alignment and body
Registration requested but not required. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
PHILOSOPHERS' CAFE
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
March 28, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
$6

CLSA's Philosophers' Cafes provide an opportunity to share, discuss and try to understand big issue topics. We may not always agree on the issues, but the opportunity is always there to help us open our minds towards understanding our world. 

The topic of the next cafe is: Salafi, Wahhabi, and Sufism: Who defines Islam?
There are a variety of reasons that have led to the enormous struggles in much of the Muslim world, geopolitical decisions on the part of the West, leadership issues and internal national politics, and the struggle within Islam on how the faithful should engage modern life. This session focuses on the concerns and aspirations within the various movements seeking to define Islam in our time.

Register using barcode 645379. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DESIGN RESEARCH ON HEALTH-SMART HOMES

The aim of this study is to design efficient health-smart homes, which are more user-friendly for older adults and will help them in future to live more independently in their home. For this purpose, the University of Alberta researcher needs to understand your needs, problems and barriers with the home environment and technological devices.

The study is seeking individuals between ages 60 and 75. Participants will be asked to be interviewed, take photos, and participate in a workshop. Review the information letter for more details.

If you are interested in participating, contact Azadeh Mokhberi at 780-919-6829 or mokhberi@ualberta.ca.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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