November 23, 2017
Resources
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESOURCES

The Alberta Centre for Active Living (ACAL) has a searchable collection of almost 900 resources related to physical activity and sedentary behaviour on their website. These include research findings, program information, articles, websites, policy documents, and fact sheets published by ACAL as well as other organizations. Topics include active outdoors, active transportation, built environment, Indigenous peoples, mental health, older adults, physical activity counselling, rural environments, walking/pedometers, workplaces, and more.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
WHAT DO WINTER, BATHROOMS, AND HEARING LOSS HAVE IN COMMON?
CHNET-WORKS!
November 30, 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Join in this discussion on technological testing and research related to winter footwear, slips and falls, and the effect of sensory impairment on fall risk. Learn more about research taking place at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network (TRI-UHN) on these risks for falls in older adults.
DIGITAL LIFE HACKS: SOLID SEO
Blackbaud
December 7, 2 p.m. (Eastern)

Search engine optimization (SEO) can determine how easy it is for your audience to find you online. A good SEO strategy should help drive serious traffic to your website. This webinar will highlight the importance of SEO and share hacks to incorporate it into your larger digital strategy.
THE POWER OF BLOGGING & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP FOR NONPROFITS
Firespring
December 12, 10:30 a.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar shares collective wisdom gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have become thought leaders in their community. Discover:
  • 3 keys to becoming a thought leader
  • Who should blog? It's not who you'd expect
  • 7 components of the best nonprofit blogs
  • Tips to optimize your blog's effectiveness
  • 4 ways to promote your blog
UNDERSTANDING SOFT RISK IN VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT
VolunteerMatch
December 14, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don't think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff - both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers - leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or "fit" can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.
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
RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS)
20 hours per week until March 31, 2019

The Research Assistant will support the Project Manager and the Evaluation Team in two key areas:
  1. review and compile all documentation created and/or brought into the PEGASIS Project to create a chronological thread of the activities and lessons of the individual projects and the collaboration of the partner agencies; and
  2. assist the Project Manager and Evaluation Team with scheduling and organizing meetings with partners and stakeholders and ensuring that all required documents and materials are ready and available / distributed for meetings and events.
Priority will be given to persons 55 years of age or older, but all interested persons are encouraged to apply. This position would be suitable for an experienced administrative assistant who has retired or is about to retire and is looking for part time employment in the social development / seniors sector.

Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon of Friday, December 1, 2017. Anticipated start date is January 8, 2018.
OUTREACH / FOLLOW UP COORDINATORS
Sage Seniors Association
3 temporary positions

These positions are responsible for providing Case Management and Outreach Services to seniors. The roles will include assessing needs, providing information and support and client advocacy for seniors in the community. The roles also include developing relationships with other agencies within the community to best meet the individualized need of the client and to coordinate the appropriate services required.

The successful candidates will hold a degree or diploma in Social Work. Experience working with older adults and/or victims of abuse is required. The positions require the ability to become registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers, hold a valid Driver's License and show proof of 2-million-dollar liability insurance.

Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. Submit your resume by November 28.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
AFFORDABLE QUALITY DENTURES

Students in the NAIT Denturist Technology Program, under the direct supervision of a registered denturist, provide complete and partial denture services from September to June. Call 780-471-7786 to book an appointment.
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING: STUDY OF EDUCATION NEEDS

Medical assistance in dying (MAID) was made legal in Canada on June 6, 2016. Researchers at the University of Alberta are undertaking a study to determine if members of the general public have educational needs about MAID. The information gathered from this survey will provide valuable information to aid in developing educational services. The survey will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Contact the primary investigator if you have questions:
Donna M. Wilson, RN, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta,
donna.wilson@ualberta.ca
FESTIVAL OF TREES
SCONA
November 30
$10 for transportation and lunch

The bus departs Ritchie Hall (7727 98 Street) at 10:15 a.m. and returns for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Call 780-433-5377 for details.
CANDY CANE TEA AT THE VALLEY ZOO
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
December 5, 1 - 3 p.m.
$40 member; $45 non-member

What a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! Join SWESA members for this Christmas celebration just for seniors. Enjoy special performances and educational talks and learn interesting facts about different animals. To wrap up a perfect afternoon, guests will be treated to candy cane tea, hot chocolate and festive baked goodies. The event price includes your bus ride from Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue) to the zoo and your return to YECC. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE
Provincial Archives of Alberta (8555 Roper Road)
December 6, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Free

This free event includes behind-the-scenes tours (click here to register), exhibits, information about how to donate your records, tips on how to better care for your historical items, and (of course!) coffee and cake. Do you have a personal question or a mystery to solve? You can stop by the Reading Room to "Ask an Archivist" about how the archival collections and resources may help you find the answers that you're looking for. For further details, call 780-427-1750.
CHRISTMAS DINNER
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 8, 4:30 p.m.
$20 members; $30 non-members


Enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and the Drama Club's Christmas feature play! Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
CASH FOR CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
$2 each or 3 for $5

Could you use a little extra cash for the holidays? Visit WSAC to get your lucky ticket to be entered into a draw for $1000. The winner will be announced at WSAC's annual Christmas dinner on December 8. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk up until December 8. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
ESSENTRICS WORKSHOPS
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)

New for Winter 2018. Try for free before registering.

ESSENTRICS Stretch & Tone #621676
December 12, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
A full body, equipment-free workout that uses a dynamic combination of strengthening and stretching to develop lean, strong and flexible muscles with immediate benefits to your posture. Perfect for men and women of all fitness levels.

ESSENTRICS for Seniors #621675
December 12, 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
This gentle, slower-paced program focuses on improving your mobility, balance and strength. It is designed for those who have muscle stiffness/atrophy, frozen shoulder, chronic aches and pains, and are just beginning to exercise after being inactive.
Call 780-496-7369 for more information. Register in-person at CLSA, online at www.edmonton.ca/eReg or by phone by calling 311.
THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
December 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
$30

The Christmas season comes with crisp winter air, the warm glow of lights and the cheerful sound of carols spreading joy and fellowship. Gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of music with the guidance of Dr. David D'Andre, a musician and teacher who specializes in making classical music and jazz understandable to the musical layman. Using traditional and jazz versions of carols, he will help you get inside the music and experience how the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm and texture work together to create an enjoyable musical experience. Register online or by phone at 780-497-4400.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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