May 30, 2019
Seniors Sector News
SENIORS' WEEK ACTIVITIES

We've heard of even more organizations hosting special activities in honour of Alberta Seniors' Week.  Check out our list of Seniors' Week activities which includes information on open houses, art shows, information sessions, music and dance performances, activity demonstrations, and all kinds of food!

ESCC  will also be at three information fairs providing information on community supports for seniors.  Stop by for a visit:
  • June 4, 9 - 11 a.m. | Blue Quill Seniors Pancake Breakfast (11324 25 Avenue)
  • June 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Health and Wellness Fair, North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Ave.)
  • June 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Older, Bolder, Better, Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 St.)
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Learning Opportunities
INDIGENOUS SENIORS SOCIAL ISOLATION REPORT LAUNCH
Edmonton Social Planning Council
June 5, 2 - 3 p.m.
Location: Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society (11648 85 St.)
Free

There are still a few spots left for the Edmonton Social Planning Council's launch of their report on Social Isolation of Indigenous Seniors. We learned a lot when the report was discussed at the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council AGM, so we encourage you to attend.

The purpose of the project was to create a more robust analytical understanding of strategies to address social isolation of Indigenous seniors. They explored how outreach workers, other professionals, and caregivers are responding to this challenge here in Edmonton and how Indigenous seniors themselves view the issue of social isolation. 

Food and beverages will be provided. RSVP by contacting Justine Basilan at info@edmontonsocialplanning.ca or call 780-423-2031 ext. 349.
ABNN ANNUAL SECTOR GATHERING: BUILDING A STRONG AND RESILIENT NONPROFIT NETWORK
Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN)
June 10, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Calgary is the main location with virtual sites in Fort McMurray and Lethbridge
Free

Alberta's nonprofits will gather to advance the cohesive, pro-active and responsive sector in Alberta.

Learn about ABNN and participate in discussions on sector-level priority areas: Strengthening Sector Value and Impact, Nonprofit Sector Data Strategy, Workforce Research and Government Relations Strategies.

Anyone who belongs to one of Alberta's nonprofits is welcome to join. There is no defined organizational scope or size. Register for the gathering.
BOARD TO BOARD NETWORKING: WHAT'S NEXT FOR BOARDS UNDER A NEW PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
June 17, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: Yellowhead Brewery (10229 105 Street)
$35 for ECVO members; $50 for non-members

Board to Board Networking is back and focused on the biggest questions facing non-profit boards. It  is an opportunity to bring together members of all non-profit boards to network, address challenges and create opportunities for collective action. 

This June, board members are invited to join this discussion led by a panel of subject matter experts and explore what the current UCP government policies may mean for the non-profit sector. This is an opportunity to gather with other non-profit leaders and discuss how you can lead your organization in this new political climate.
PRINCIPLES OF HEALTHY AGING TRAINING CERTIFICATION
High Five
July 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, Studio 3 (11000 Stadium Road)
$15 + GST

Principles of Healthy Aging (PHA) is a one-day training that provides insights into the unique needs of older adults when participating in recreation and leisure activities in municipal, not-for-profit and retirement communities.
PHA Training will help you:
  • See increased repeat participation
  • Build healthy relationships in all areas of programming for older adults with participants and staff members
  • Gain knowledge, tips, and resources to enhance programs for participants of all abilities
  • Apply the HIGH FIVE Principles to create environments and spaces that foster positive experiences
  • Strengthen your skills and credentials with PHA certification
Lunch and refreshments are provided. For more information contact Pamela Jones at pjones@arpaonline.ca or 780-638-2915. Register online.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
HEALTH & AGING - DARE TO AGE WELL
University of Alberta, Department of Medicine
June 3, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) at 9350 82 St.
Free

As part of Alberta Seniors' Week, three experts from the University of Alberta will provide you with information on how to age well. Topics to be discussed are:
  • Making sense of your medications
  • What you need to know about personal directives
  • Talking about your genes
Dr. Adrian Wagg, Dr. Rebecca Lee, and Dr. Angela Juby will also answer questions about healthy aging in Ask an Expert session.

For further information and to RSVP, contact Samia Shire at 780-492-9294 or shshire@ualberta.ca.
SENIORS' WEEK CELEBRATION
The Shaama Centre for Seniors and Women (329 Woodvale Rd W)
June 6, 12-4 p.m.
Free

Celebrate with an open house, photo contest, painting, and art and craft show. You can sample South Asian street food, and cake and tea will also be available.

Photo contest information:
  • Participants: seniors 55+, women of all ages and youth 18 +
  • Categories: family, nature, and other
  • All submissions must be 8X10 inches and be taken by the entrant.
Entry to the event free but you must register online. Call 780-465-2992 for more information.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCES
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$8 NESA members / $11 non-members at the door

Dance to a different live band weekly and enjoy an evening of socializing! Music you can look forward to over the next several weeks:
  • June 5: Romantics
  • June 12: Chwill Brothers
  • June 19: Ghost Riders
  • June 26: Diamonds
Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
PALEONTOLOGY: THEROPOD DINOSAURS AND THE ORIGIN OF BIRDS
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Fridays, June 7-July 5, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5 for handouts

This five-lesson course examines the anatomy, diversity, and evolution of theropod dinosaurs in relation to the origin of birds. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 to register.
FATHER'S DAY BBQ
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
June 14, doors 11:30 a.m., BBQ 12 p.m.
$15

This event includes a hearty BBQ and entertainment. Join NWESS for some laughs, visit with friends and enjoy the weather. Purchase your tickets by June 7. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
SEESA PRIDE WEEK SOCK HOP DANCE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
June 15, 7 - 11 p.m.
$12 in advance at SEESA Front Desk and Eventbrite or $14 at the door

DJ Peaches (Marty Enokson) will be spinning 50s, 60s, 70s and some 80s tunes that will be sure to get your toes a-tappin' and hips a-wiggling. Ticket price includes coffee/tea and snacks. A cash bar will be available. There will be a 50/50 draw and door prizes. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
VERTIGO
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
June 18, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

When you talk about vertigo, you tend to think of an inner ear disturbance. But it can be many things in the older adult, from loss of function from a viral infection to dislodged crystals in the ear. Vertigo can be dangerous when it leads to loss of balance. This presentation will discuss techniques for treating vertigo. Registration is requested but not required. Call 587-987-3200.
GROW-A-ROW

With summer just around the corner, the Edmonton Meals on Wheels Grow-A-Row program is going to be blooming in no time! Growing an extra row in your garden is a fun and easy way to give back this summer to those who need it most. Produce donations will be incorporated into the spring and summer menu, which means clients are able to enjoy a variety of fresh and flavorful meals. Simply drop off your extra homegrown produce, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Edmonton Meals on Wheels office (11111 103 Ave.). Call 780-429-2020 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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