May 14, 2020
Seniors Sector News
PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN SENIORS
Government of Canada
 
On May 12,  Prime Minister   Justin Trudeau   announced a series of additional measures to help Canadian seniors and provide them with greater financial security in this time of crisis. These measures include :  
  • P roviding $2.5B in support for a one-time tax-free payment of up to $500 for seniors eligible for the O ld Age Security (OAS) pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). This measure would assist seniors  struggling  with increased costs from COVID-19.   
     
  • Expanding the New Horizons for Seniors Program with a $20M investment  for  community -based   pro j ects  to  reduce  seniors' social isolation,   
  • Extending GIS and Allowance payments for seniors whose 2019 income information has not been assessed to ensure vulnerable seniors continue to receive benefits without interruption.  The new deadline for seniors to file taxes is  October 1.   
ONLINE HUB HELPS SENIORS DURING COVID-19 AND BEYOND
Government of Alberta

Multiple stakeholders, including the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, have been working with Alberta Seniors and Housing to develop and implement CORE Alberta.  CORE - Collaborative Online Resources and Education - provides a platform for seniors-serving organizations to improve delivery of services for seniors. The hub will make it easier for organizations to share resources and coordinate services, with a focus on key COVID-19 issues, including transportation, food security, social isolation and home supports. F or more information about the platform, reference this  May 10  announcement .  
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
ITEMS FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Santas Anonymous  

Santas Anonymous sometimes receives items that can't be used at Christmas time. Right now,  Santa has  gifts  to share  with organizations.  Items are new and includ e s tuffed animals of all sizes , puzzles,  Star Wars themed adult  colouring  book s, p ool noodles S crabble  games , and card deck s.  At this time, Santas Anonymous is not equipped to handle requests from individuals and is limiting requests to organizations. For more information,  email  Lana at   lana@santasanonymous.ca  
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
GENDER INCLUSIVITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Centre for Race and Culture (CFRAC)  
May 19, 1 - 2 p.m. 
Free 

While public awareness on issues around gender equality and gender inclusivity has increased, there is still a considerable amount of confusion, discomfort and lack of tangible recommendations on how  we all can  contribute to  a  gender-inclusive environment T his webinar will address inclusion in the workplace  and review a  practical guide designed by The Centre for Race and Culture for promoting and advancing gender inclusivity in the non-profit sector. 
FROM CLASSROOM TO VIRTUAL - MAKING THE TRANSITION
Leadership Strategies 
May 21, 12 - 1 p.m.
Free 

The world of training is shifting. Where  we gather to learn has changed   but HOW  we  learn  remains  the same.   This webinar highlights proven strategies for bringing the  best  of the classroom experience to the virtual environment and how to leverage the unique advantages for learners and trainers available in  an online space. This webinar will  help you:  
  • Prevent distractions among participants    
  • Answer participant questions   
  • Gauge  audience  engagement and  comprehension  
  • Find a  virtual training platform  that works for your program  
HELPING YOUR NFP WEATHER THE ECONOMIC STORM
CharityVillage 
May 28, 10 - 11 a.m. (Pacific)  
Free 

In this time of uncertainty, many not-for-profit organizations across Canada are struggling to retain donors and stay afloat. This webinar will discuss the common issues nonprofits tend to face during a recession, as well as immediate measures and long-term strategies organizations can put in place to weather the economic storm.  
REMOTE STAFF: HOW TO DEVELOP A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE NONPROFIT STAFF BY PROMOTING HIGH RESPONSIBILITY AND HIGH FREEDOM
CharityHowTo
May 28, 11 a.m. 
$87 (USD) 

This webinar will show you  step-by-step how to build an impactful remote staff culture of amazing "rock star" team players who thrive on high levels of responsibility and are empowered through high levels of freedom.   You will  leave  this webinar with concrete actions to foster a successful remote  nonprofit  workforce . In this session, learn how to:   
  • E mpower your employees to be  r esponsible and manage themselves  
  • C reate and keep your remote team or organization  connected  
  • Communicate  throughout your remote team or organization  
  • Inspire  success by rewarding employees with high levels of freedom  
  • Manage  burnout and stress in a remote work environment   
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors

#GROWOLDERWITHME THIS SENIORS' WEEK
Age Friendly Edmonton 
Seniors' Week is June 1 - 7. While we can't get together in-person, we can celebrate virtually! Age Friendly Edmonton is starting a conversation to highlight the  many  positives of aging. To participate, submit your name, age, a good quality photo of yourself and a short paragraph about what you're looking forward to about growing older. An online submission form will be released soon. If you would like to participate, email agefriendly@edmonton.ca. The first 100 participants will be eligible to receive a $5 Tim Hortons gift card (some restrictions apply).  
FRIENDLY PHONE CALLS PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR SENIORS
Various organizations 

Are you feeling lonely and wish you could connect with someone over the phone? Local friendly phone call programs provide an opportunity to socialize while staying safely at home. Once you are signed up for a program, someone will call you (often weekly) to check in and chat. Call 211 for a list of friendly phone call programs.  You can read more about how  friendly   phone  initiatives are helping local seniors on page 15 of the most recent  Edmonton   Prime  Times   edition  
ZUMBA GOLD (ONLINE)
Edmonton Seniors Centre 
Saturdays, 10 - 11 a.m.  
Free 

Zumba is a fun and lively dance-based workout that doesn't feel like exercise.  Transport yourself to the  beaches of Latin America and m ove and groove along  to the beats of salsa, flamenco, and merengue music .   Pre-register by emailing  bella@edmontonseniorscentre.ca .    
WISEMEN AND WONDERWOMEN (ONLINE)
Strathcona Place Society 
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. (Wisemen); 1:30 p.m. (Wonderwomen) 
Free 

Back by popular demand, this casual social gathering has moved to an online format. Socialize with peers and converse about new topics each week. Register by calling 780-433-5809 or emailing outreachcoordinator@strathconaplace.com.    
CUDDLE UP WITH THE SEA OTTERS OF THE PACIFIC COAST
Atlas Obsucra 
May 20, 8 - 9 p.m. (Eastern)  
$6    

Learn more about  North America's cutest mammal, the sea otter!   Nearly driven to extinction for their thick fur, sea otters have rebounded throughout much of their range on the Pacific Coast but are still threatened by sharks, killer whales, oil spills, and other factors. This online presentation will demonstrate  the influential role sea otters play in their ecosystem, their remarkable tool use, their conflicts with fishermen and Native Alaskans, and how biologists are working to help restore their populations.  
WEEKLY PRESENTATIONS 
Alzheimer's Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories  
Free  

Join these presentations for people with dementia and their partners by phone or computer.  While presentations have a dementia focus, the lessons provided can be beneficial for all people.  Upcoming presentations include:  
  • Creating a Meaningful Life  -  Recreation for People Living with Dementia: May 21, 7 p.m.   
  • The Importance of Oral Hygiene for People Living with Dementia: May 27, 1 p.m.  
For additional details, call 780-488-2266 or visit www.asantcafe.ca  
FALL PREVENTION WORKSHOPS
Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation and Pursuit of Motion Physiotherapy  
May 30, June 6, and June 13, 10 a.m.  
Free 

With proper conditioning and strength training, it's possible to stay healthy and prevent falls. This series of three workshops will help you to improve your mobility. In the first session, learn tips to recover from a fall. The second and third sessions provide information on strengthening the lower and upper body. Download the brochure for additional details.    
COVID-19 INFORMATION VIDEOS FOR SENIORS
University of Alberta and Optima Living Communities  

A new video series for seniors provides tips on how seniors can stay socially connected, what precautions they should take, and how to keep receiving regular medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tips include taking advantage of reserved  shopping hours, using online delivery, and having friends or family members go out for you.  The videos are  publicly available on YouTube.  
TEXT4HOPE
Alberta Health Services 
Free 

Seeing the bright side can be hard when times are tough. Because of this, AHS is offering a free service, Text4Hope, to provide messages of positivity. The program provides three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)-based text messages written by mental health therapists. The messages include advice and encouragement that can be helpful in developing healthy personal coping skills and resiliency. Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe. Note: the program provides one-way communication and does not replace other mental health therapies and supports.  
GLOBAL SEEKING WISE WORDS FROM SENIORS
Global News Edmonton

Our friends from Mill Woods Seniors Association informed us about this great opportunity.  Global  Edmonton  with Jennifer Crosby is looking for 30 second video clips from seniors  with  advice for getting through the pandemic.  Send your words of wisdom to  ViewerContactEdmonton@globalnews.ca with the subject line "Wise Words." Please shoot the video in landscape mode ( turn your cell phone sideways).  Don't  forget to include your first and last name. The "Wise Word Wednesdays" segment airs Wednesdays at noon on  GlobalTV .  
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS WANTED: REASONS FOR LIMITING SITTING TIME FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF OLDER ADULTS
University of Lethbridge, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education  

Older adults 65 years and older are invited to participate in a study  investigating  why older adults choose to reduce daily sitting time. Individuals of all  fitness  levels are  encouraged  to participate. The survey  takes  30-45  minutes  to complete.  Participation  is v oluntary and confidential. In appreciation for your time spent completing this survey, each participant will be entered into a draw for one of four $25 VISA gift cards.  For more  information , email  PALS@uleth.ca or  call  403-332-5207.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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