May 3, 2018
Seniors Sector News
2018 ALBERTA NONPROFIT SURVEY

The Alberta Nonprofit Survey takes an annual snapshot of the health and experience of Alberta's nonprofits to capture information on finances, demand for programs and services, staffing, and the future economic outlook of organizations. It is the only source of Alberta-specific research on the experience of the nonprofit sector.  The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations will also use survey results to advocate on behalf of the nonprofit sector in the lead up to the May 2019 provincial election. 

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is open until May 31.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS GRANT

Alberta Culture Days takes place the last weekend of September and is an opportunity for Albertans to discover, experience and celebrate the cultural life of their communities. Funding supports Alberta Culture Days activities, events, and promotions that engage public participation and inspire future involvement. Levels of funding:
  • Feature Celebration Site: a designated site supported to a maximum of $10,000 for three days of programming
  • Host Celebration Site: a designated site supported to a maximum of $5,000 for two days of programming
  • Pop Up Celebration Site: a designated site supported to a maximum of $1,000 for one day of programming
The application deadline is June 1, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
EXERCISE AND EYE CARE TOP LIST OF FALLS REDUCTION STRATEGIES

In a 2017 study that compared many ways to help older adults prevent falls, researchers confirmed that exercise is always key, especially when combined with other interventions tailored for the individual. 

They caution there is no one-size-fits-all formula. Instead it's a matter of finding the right combination of exercise along with regular vision care; improving the living environment (e.g. removing tripping hazards); sometimes the use of aids such as orthotics or hip protectors; and in many cases taking calcium and vitamin D for bone health. 

Tricco, et al. (2017). Comparisons of interventions for preventing falls in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2017;318(17):1687-1699. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15006.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
CONSENT & CAPACITY
Centre for Studies in Aging & Health and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network
May 15, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Join the National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law as she addresses legal and ethical issues of critical importance when working with older adults, such as informed consent and substitute decision-making. This webinar will be the first of a two-part series exploring the concepts of consent and capacity.
UNDERSTANDING THE LINK BETWEEN AGE-FRIENDLY AND COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES
Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program
May 31, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

A Compassionate Community is one where: local health policies recognize compassion as an ethical imperative; sectors work together to meet the special needs of the aged, those living with life-threatening illnesses, and with loss; a strong commitment to social and cultural differences enables access to wider variety of supportive experiences, interactions, and communication; and all people have easy access to grief and holistic or palliative care services. During this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn how to a start Compassionate Community movement in their community
  • Gain insights as to how Compassionate Community approaches can complement Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly initiatives
  • Discuss opportunities for collective action
THEY WHYS AND WAYS OF ASSERTIVENESS AT WORK
Charity Village
May 31, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Do you occasionally (or often) feel held back in your career because you haven't appropriately asserted yourself? Whether you have an outgoing or a shy disposition, there are skills you can develop to help you more effectively and authentically express yourself in a variety of work and life situations. This webinar will offer an introduction to developing those skills.
ICCER NETWORKING EVENT: KEEPING SENIORS SAFE
Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research
June 6, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
NorQuest College Singhmar Centre for Learning (10215 108 Street)
Free for ICCER members / $50 for non-members

Representatives from Age Friendly Edmonton, the Edmonton Community Paramedic Program, and Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF) Society will share how they work towards improving the safety of seniors in our communities, including those in care, and how we can use this knowledge in everyday practice. 

This networking event is suitable for all levels of staff, as well as family members. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with the speakers, as well as collaborate with one another in small and large group discussions.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

This position is responsible for coordinating the administrative human resource functions within Sage and plays an integral role in the design and implementation of initiatives that promote and foster organizational culture. 

Review the job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Submit your resume by May 9.
CAFE COOK
Sage Seniors Association

The Sunshine Cafe is one of the ways that Sage engages and supports seniors. They are looking for an experienced and passionate cook to help support the team. The ideal candidate has experience with preparing cold kitchen items, such as sandwiches, and will also have experience in preparing hot food items such as soup and lunch specials.

Review the job posting  for details on the position and application instructions. Submit your resume by May 11.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
EDMONTON HISTORICAL BOARD ANNUAL RECOGNITION AND PLAQUE AWARDS  

Do you know a person or group who deserves recognition for their efforts in preserving or promoting Edmonton's heritage? Or is there a building you think deserves an interpretive plaque?

Learn more about eligibility criteria and send in your nomination by June 15.
EXHIBITION LANDS PROJECT IDEAS  

The Exhibition Lands (near Borden Park, the Expo Centre, and Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino) is the City of Edmonton's second largest urban infill site. The Exhibition Lands Project Team has launched the Ideas Generation phase for the project and Edmontonians are encouraged to share their ideas for the Exhibition Lands via an Ideas Portal. You can submit your idea as an image, a video link or written description.
MOSAIC MIRROR: BEGINNER
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, May 15 - May 29, 9 - 11 a.m.
$84

In this 3-week workshop, you will create your own 10 x 10-inch decorative mirror frame using glass and tile. You will learn basic design, mosaic cutting and grouting your finished project. If you have personal items such as beads, china, jewellery, found objects etc. that you would like to include feel free to bring them with you. However, all supplies required will be covered in the cost of the class. Bring an apron or paint shirt to wear. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
May 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Come check out the garden plant sale right before the May long weekend! Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN IN THE SCIENCES WITH DR. MARGARET-ANN ARMOUR
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 22 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

Why are there still so few women in areas such as mathematics, physics, computing science and engineering? The University of Alberta was one of the leaders in the field when WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) was formed over 30 years ago. Dr. Armour was one of the founding members and chair of the group. Learn more about the work that WISEST is doing to empower women in these fields. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
HOW TO BECOME OUTRAGEOUSLY HAPPY
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
May 24, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 409, Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
Free

In this fun, interactive, powerful presentation, you will:
  • Realize the astonishing number one obstacle to your happiness
  • Understand the single most important thing you can do to grow a happier brain
  • Learn two powerful things you can do to generate more sustainable happiness
  • Understand the huge price you pay physically, mentally and emotionally because of stress, negativity or anxiety, and how they dramatically reduce your resiliency and competency
Light refreshments will follow the presentation. Space is limited. Register by providing your name and phone number via email at Minerva@MacEwan.ca or by calling 780-497-5082.
SENIORS CRAFT SALE
Willowby Community League and Stonecrop Events Corporation
June 6, 1 - 5 p.m.
Location: Willowby Community League (6315 184 Street)

View and shop the more than 15 craft tables which feature crafts made by seniors. Entrance is free. Refreshments (drink and a slice of pie) are available for $4.

If you are interested in taking a group of 10 or more seniors, make a group reservation by contacting 780-244-4455 or gather@stonecropevents.com. Advance refreshment tickets are available for $3 if purchased before May 15.

For more information on the craft sale or to volunteer for the sale, call 780-244-4455.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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