May 18, 2017
Seniors Sector News
CONNECTING EDMONTON SENIORS
We used to assume that losing our social networks and becoming isolated were just part of growing older, but it doesn't have to be that way.

A newly-launched website increases awareness of social isolation and of resources available in Edmonton to connect isolated or at-risk seniors. Visit the Connecting Edmonton Seniors website for assessment tools, links to supports for Edmonton seniors, a discussion forum to share your ideas, and an event calendar. 

You can also find Connecting Edmonton Seniors on Facebook and Twitter.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM

The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides funding for projects led or inspired by seniors. Organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects that promote positive aging and empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit the community. Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding. 

Projects must address one or more of the following five program objectives:
  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors
The Call for Proposals is now open and will close June 23, 2017.
STARS OF ALBERTA VOLUNTEER AWARDS

The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult and senior are presented annually. Nominate an outstanding volunteer for a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award by September 15.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
SENIORS' WEEK EVENTS CALENDARS

If your organization is hosting events during Alberta Seniors' Week (June 5-11, 2017), gain exposure for your events by posting them on event calendars:
Alberta Seniors and Housing
Connecting Edmonton Seniors
City of Edmonton
SENIORS ON THE GO 2017
Edmonton Transit Service

For the 11th summer, Edmonton Transit is running the Seniors on the Go program. The program is designed to educate seniors on the variety of accessible and age-friendly features ETS offers. ETS reaches out to seniors residences and centres throughout Edmonton and partners with local destinations such as Edmonton Public Library, shopping centres, and attractions such as the Muttart Conservatory to take groups on fun outings while following local transit routes.

In addition to a trip aboard a chartered bus, participants will learn about senior's fares, trip planning tools, transit safety and accessible features such as ramps and low-floor buses. Those interested in scheduling a Seniors On the Go outing can get more information and an application package by contacting the Seniors on the Go coordinator at 780-944-5593 or by e-mail at ETScustomertraining@edmonton.ca for more information or to book a session.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
OVERCOMING BARRIERS: HOW TO GROW SUCCESSFUL BOARD STRUCTURES AND BEHAVIORS
BoardSource
June 6, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free for BoardSource members; $35 for non-members

Has maintaining the status quo become the new mission of your board? If so, it's time to shake things up, to revisit your board's structures and behaviors and set it up for success in achieving your organization's goals. This webinar will discuss six traits of effective boards, give you the tools to determine if your board exhibits these traits, and provide advice on how to overcome barriers that may be standing in the way. You'll learn how to grow your board members' level of trust in each other and ability to solve problems as a team.
CAPACITY AND CONSENT: A PANEL DISCUSSION
Sage Seniors Association
June 7, lunch 11:30 a.m., panel discussion 12-2 p.m.
$30 (includes lunch)

Three panelists will discuss and take questions regarding the issue of capacity and how it impacts our ability to consent to sexual activity. The topic will be considered from both caregiver and facility perspectives: issues related to the impacts of variable consent and diminished capacity, negotiating affection and intimacy, and the limits of containing behaviour in group living environments will be addressed.

Submit your registration online by May 31. Contact Emily Weisbrot if you have any questions at 780-701-9009 or eweisbrot@mysage.ca.
TAILOR YOUR APPEALS TO DIFFERENT GENERATIONS
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
June 8, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
$79 early bird, $99 after June 1

Tailoring fundraising strategies to the distinct giving preferences of different generations can reap big results. Join this informative webinar to get insights into the differing mindsets of today's donors and the best ways to reach each different age groups. You'll learn:
  • Proven strategies for attracting and keeping both young and older donors.
  • How to craft appeals that get donors in their 20s and 30s to give.
  • How to adapt fundraising strategies to millennial donors versus older donors.
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
TECH SAVVY SENIORS: FACEBOOK
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
May 23, 2:30-4 p.m.

Have you always wanted a Facebook account, but are not sure how to sign up or use the app? EPL will be at the centre to assist members of the group in signing up with an account and will walk everyone through how to use this fun app for connecting to family, friends and more. Call Stacey at 780-476-6595 extension 2 for details and to sign-up. Beverages will be provided for participants.  
GRIEF AND LOSS PRESENTATION
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
May 24, 10:30 a.m.
Free

The presentation by representatives from the Primary Care Network will cover the grieving process and different coping strategies to help manage and move past grief. There will also be discussion about how to support those around you who are grieving. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to sign up.
FAMILY & PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS
Home Instead Senior Care
June
Location: Family Education Training Centre (13B Fairway Drive - in Westbrook mall near 119 St. & 37 Ave.)
Free

Seniors, family members, health care professionals and caregivers are welcome to attend these caregiver workshops. Topics for June include:
  • Alzheimer's Family Caregiver
  • Returning Home: Transitional Care
  • Parkinson's Disease Family Training
Pre-register at least three business days in advance by calling:
Home Instead - West Edmonton: 780-439-9990
Home Instead - East Edmonton: 780-465-5373
SPAGHETTI DINNER & JAM
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
June 2, 6 p.m. Supper and 7 p.m. Jam
$12/person; $3 Jam only

Enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner then stay for a toe tapping jam session. There will also be a 50/50 draw. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the SEESA Front Desk until May 29. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
CONNECTING TO NATURE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
June 5, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$2 member; $5 non-member
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)

There is a strong positive relationship between contact with nature and physical and mental health. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society joins SWESA to share more about the importance and benefits of connecting to nature and some ideas about how to get close right here in Edmonton, the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
21ST ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC
CapitalCare Foundation
June 5
Location: The Links at Spruce Grove

Registration 7 a.m., shotgun start at 8 a.m., BBQ banquet to follow
Call 780-448-2413 for information or visit www.capitalcarefoundation.net.
SENIORS' WEEK ARTS SHOW, SALE AND WORKSHOPS
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)

Art Show and Sale featuring NESA Visual Arts Clubs
June 7 and 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Workshops
June 7 and 8
Register for creative workshops include sculpting, drumming, improv, round dancing, crafting, Arabic calligraphy, and much more. Contact NESA at 780-496-6969 to register for the workshops.
ELLIS BIRD FARM & ALBERTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME TOUR
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
June 15, bus leaves centre at 9:15 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.
$85 members; $95 non-members

Your ticket includes transportation on a coach bus, bird farm admission, tour and lunch as well as admission and tour at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Walking is required at both destinations. The deadline for purchasing tickets is June 6. Call 780-483-1209 to ensure tickets are still available.
OFFSITE ADVENTURES
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)

Join CLSA & friends for some Offsite Adventures:
Go West Young Man!
June 21
An all day outing to Leduc #1 Discovery Centre and U of A Botanical Gardens in Devon. Fee: $82 (includes transportation, entrance, guided tours and lunch). Registration deadline is May 29 at 4 p.m.

A Night of Theatre at Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel"
June 22
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Fee: $35 (includes seniors discounted tickets and transportation). Registration deadline is June 5 at 4 p.m. 

Space is limited for both outings. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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