November 7, 2019
Seniors Sector News
SURVEY PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW PHYSICAL EDUCATION RESOURCES
 
Alberta Recreation & Parks Association and Be Fit for Life are seeking funding for physical activity resources and training for professionals who work with older adults. To this end, an Older Adult Physical Activity Training Survey has been created to garner input from individuals and organizations who provide health and fitness programs for older adults. 

The deadline to provide feedback is November 15. Have your say and complete the survey!
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION ON AGING MOBILIZES COALITION TO IMPROVE ADULT INFLUENZA VACCINATION IN CANADA
 
Getting a flu shot isn't anyone's idea of fun, but it's an important measure to keep the flu at bay this chilly November. 

In an effort to  improve and mobilize knowledge on the importance of influenza vaccination for at-risk populations, including older adults, the International Federation on Aging (IFA) has brought together diverse disciplines and sectors

One outcome of the consultation was a consensus statement , Uniting Diverse Groups to Improve Adult Influenza Vaccination in Canada . The statement outlines the need for:
  1. clear, evidence-based messaging on influenza vaccination;
  2. strategies to increase influenza vaccination uptake rates among older people and at-risk populations;
  3. a coalition to ensure a cohesive voice regarding vaccinations;
  4. improved access to vaccinations;
  5. improved evidence regarding the burden of influenza on older people and at-risk populations; and
  6. provincial and territorial governments to pursue action on accessing data on vaccination uptake to inform and improve policies and practices.
This important work will help ensure older adults and at-risk populations remain protected during flu season. 
EDMONTON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ACCESSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES POLICY 
 
Edmonton City Council has approved Policy C602 - a new and updated corporate accessibility policy. The updated policy will guide development and implementation of City policies and civic engagement, programs and services, communications and technology, and employee services and infrastructure to ensure full consideration of individual's needs and diverse abilities.
 
This policy supersedes C463 Accessibility to City of Edmonton Owned and Occupied Buildings, C466 Integration of Persons with Disabilities, and C589 Accessible Participation in Council Meetings, Committee Meetings, and Public Hearings Meetings for Individuals with Disabilities.
 
Go online for information about next steps, including Policy implementation.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
STRATEGIES FOR SECURING REMOTE WORKSPACES
TechImpact

Did you know your nonprofit's sensitive data is at risk every time a device leaves the office? Nonprofit work often depends on staff having full access to sensitive data while traveling and working in the field. This informative blog post will show you how to significantly reduce the chances of a data breach or malicious attack when working on the go.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON: REFLECTIONS FROM HAMILTON AND OTTAWA ON SUSTAINING SOCIAL INCLUSION INITIATIVES IN THE COMMUNITY 
Hamilton Council on Aging and the Council on Aging of Ottawa
November 20, 12-1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Over the last four years, Hamilton and Ottawa have engaged in mobilizing partners to reduce social isolation among older adults in their communities. As the project funding comes to an end, there is a focus on sustaining specific activities partnerships and outcomes. This webinar will reflect on concepts including isolation and inclusion, universal and targeted programs to reduce social isolation, and grassroots system/policy approaches to sustain activities and outcomes.
BUDGETING FOR BEGINNERS (AND NON-FINANCIAL PEOPLE)
Charity Village
November 26, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Did you snooze through your high school math classes? Fret not! This informative webinar is perfect for folks who want to learn the basics of budgeting for an organization. This webinar looks at the entire budgeting process from a high level to help non-profit personnel feel more comfortable managing an organizational budget.
SEXUAL EXPRESSION IN CONTINUING CARE HOMES: PERSPECTIVES OF MANAGERS, LEADERS, FAMILY MEMBERS & RESIDENTS 
Institute for Continuing Care Education & Research (ICCER)
November 27, 10-11 a.m.
Free for members; $15 non-members

In this webinar participants will hear about the results from an Alberta-wide study on sexual expression in supportive living and long-term care homes. The study results highlight three dynamic tensions: 1) the tension between how sexual expression should be supported and how it is addressed in care homes, 2) the tension between private and public space in the care home, and 3) the tension between a medical model of care and a conceptualization of sexual expression as an activity of daily living. The webinar will include a discussion portion for participants to discuss the research findings.
FOSTERING AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
Strathcona Place Society and the University of Alberta
November 28, 12:15 p.m.
Location: Strathcona Place Society (10831 University Avenue)
Free

This presentation addresses planning for an aging population considering an age friendly approach. Participants will learn about issues experienced by many older adults and approaches or considerations to mitigate against these issues. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be available. Call 780-433-5807 to register.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND FUND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Edmonton Meals on Wheels

Are you an outgoing, organized, and driven fund development and communications leader? If so, Edmonton Meals on Wheels has the opportunity for you. As community engagement and fund development manager, you would be responsible for forging and maintaining community partnerships, developing unique fundraising techniques, building relationships with donors, researching new fundraising opportunities, managing media and government relations, planning and evaluating giving initiatives, and managing the creative design of communications tools.
 
This role requires a post-secondary degree in a related field with a minimum three years' experience. Intermediate experience with Microsoft Office, social media platforms, and the Adobe Creative Suite is mandatory. Additionally, clearance of a police information check, including vulnerable sector check, is required for this role. The application deadline for this posting is November 18. Review the complete job posting for more details and application instructions.
More  work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER ARTS, BAKING, AND CRAFT SALE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
November 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free admission

This festive sale featuring over 40 vendors will provide plenty of crafts to deck your halls this holiday season. Shop for creative, one-of-a-kind creations, enjoy fresh homemade baking, and catch up with great company. Entertainment will be provided by NESA's Visual Arts Club and Santa Claus.
KARAOKE PUB NIGHT
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
November 21, 5-9 p.m.
$20

Indulge in tasty pub food and belt out some old favourites at this fun night of singing, eating, and socializing. Got a touch of stage fright? No matter! If you don't feel like singing, come for food, drinks, and entertainment by a fabulous local drag queen. Call MWSA at 780-496-2997 to get tickets.
DEEP RELAXATION WITH TUNE UP BALLS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, November 26-December 17; 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. class options

Are you 55+? Come and enjoy this class of gentle guided movement and myofascial release. Tune up balls are used to relax and stimulate tense muscles while improving circulation. This class will also incorporate gentle yoga poses and meditation to leave you feeling balanced and relaxed. A yoga mat and the ability to get down and up from the floor is required. Call 780-483-1209 for more information including cost.
BUTTERDOME HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE
November 28, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; November 29, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; November 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; December 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: University of Alberta Butterdome (87 Avenue and 114 Street)
$7

This craft sale is a uniquely Canadian handmade marketplace in Edmonton that features the works of over 280 artists, artisans, makers, and designers from coast-to-coast. It is an annual tradition where visitors can meet passionate creatives, hear their stories, and interact with their works first-hand. Don't miss this unforgettable experience and shop for handmade gifts that last a lifetime.
BUS TRIP: OPRY GOLD AT THE BEAVER REGIONAL ARTS SOCIETY
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
December 1, 12-7:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$80 members; $110 non-members

Raise the roof with country hits from past few decades. Opry Gold will have you singing along to Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, and more. Roundtrip bus transportation from the Yellowbird East Community Centre and a delicious homestyle meal are included in the cost of admission. Registration is required for this event. Call 587-987-3200 to register.
LUNCHEON WITH ENTERTAINMENT 
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
Thursdays, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
$10 members; $12 non-members

Enjoy your lunch with a side of fresh live entertainment. Here's the entertainment schedule for November and December:

November 21: The Romantics
November 28: Chwill Brothers
December 5: Larry Renn
December 12: Paul Lamoureux (Lamb Chops Variety Hour)

Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre

Lend one or two of your many talents to support the Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre. Got a knack for cooking? Volunteer in the kitchen. Are you a people pleaser at heart? Take on a role as an outreach phone coordinator or community ambassador. Good with words? Try penning an article or two for the newsletter. For more information about these exciting opportunities and to find a position that suits you, call 780-488-4241.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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