November 8, 2018
Resources
9 APPS TO HELP YOU OVERCOME STRESS & ANXIETY

In a sector where burnout is common, technology can make self-care easier. TechSoup Canada has compiled a list of apps designed to help people check in and keep their stress to manageable levels.
INTERVENTIONS TO ADDRESS SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS AND LONELINESS FOR OLDER ADULTS: A SCOPING REVIEW
Authors: Hannah M. O'Rourke, Laura Collins and Souraya Sidani
BMC Geriatrics, September 2018

Older adults are at risk for loneliness, and interventions to promote social connectedness are needed to directly address this problem. The nature of interventions aimed to affect the distinct, subjective concepts of loneliness/social connectedness has not been clearly described. The purpose of this review was to map the literature on interventions and strategies to affect loneliness/social connectedness for older adults.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
THE DRIVERS OF GREATER DONOR BEHAVIOUR
Charity Village
November 29, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Sector3Insights has recently completed a unique North American study, across hundreds of charities, to explore what drives donors to greater charitable behaviour. This webinar will present key findings from the study, which will highlight the most important characteristics for stronger donation motivation so you can strengthen your organization's donor appeal.
HOW TO MAKE A THANK YOU VIDEO THAT DELIGHTS DONORS AND GETS THEM TO GIVE AGAIN
CharityHowTo
December 4, 11 a.m. (Mountain) or December 13, 1 p.m. (Mountain)
$89

Thank you videos are a simple and powerful way to communicate appreciation to your donors and demonstrate the impact of their gifts. You don't need to be a videographer or have special storytelling skills to create a simple and powerful thank you video. Simple and authentic thank you videos are now standard practice.  This webinar will show examples of other small and medium-size nonprofits who have created effective thank you videos with minimal resources and very little experience.  
LEARNING TO SHARE YOUR SANDBOX: DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS 
bloomerang
Dec 6, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar will focus on fundamental concepts of understanding, developing, and maintaining strategic partnerships that will ensure long-term organizational success. At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Establish an understanding of collaborations versus partnerships
  • Learn how to establish organizational needs before reaching out to potential partners
  • Identify mutually beneficial partnerships versus those that consume resources
  • Outline partnership agreements for community or grant writing purposes
  • Learn effective methods to develop and maintain strategic partnerships
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
EXERCISE YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER MIND  

Is aerobics better than yoga when it comes to improving cognitive function? This blog post from the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal outlines the benefits of exercise, what kind of activity is best, and how much exercise you need to do to give your brain a boost.
TOONIE TALKS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
$2

Here is the roster of upcoming toonie talks at WSAC:
  • Growth vs Value Investment Styles: Nov. 9, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Understanding Your Medication: Nov. 23, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Cannabis Investing: Dec. 14, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Sign up in advance for the talk you want to attend. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
HARVEST DINNER & DANCE
Edmonton Indigenous Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Ave.)
November 16, dinner at 5 p.m., dance at 6:30 p.m.
$5 members; $7 non-members

The menu includes harvest stew, fresh baked buns, garden salad plus dessert. Dance to music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Call 587-525-8969 for more information.
MEN'S SHED INFORMATION SESSION
The Ashbourne (11148 84 Avenue)
November 19, 2:30 p.m.
Free

Are you interested in the Men's Shed movement? Do you live in the Garneau area and want to know more about Men's Sheds? The Ashbourne is having a public information session for those wanting to learn more about men's sheds. All are welcome. To RSVP contact Angelika Matson at communityconnector@theashbourne.ca or 780-431-8953.
CAREGIVER PHONE SUPPORT GROUP
Caregivers Alberta and Seniors' Centre Without Walls
Third Monday of the month, 7 - 8 p.m.
Free

This phone support group is perfect for busy caregivers who find it difficult to get out of the house to attend education sessions or who have limited respite options. The sessions will provide information and tips along with supportive discussions.

The topic of the November 19 session is: Conflict - Explore techniques for managing conflict whether with your care recipient, family, friends or others.

You will be provided with the phone-in details when you register. Contact Caregivers Alberta at 780-453-5088 or debbie@caregiversalberta.ca.
THURSDAY LUNCHEONS WITH ENTERTAINMENT
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society
Location: southside locations
$10/member; $12/non-member

Enjoy a hot meal and entertainment with friends.
  • Nov. 22: Dwayne Harrish
  • Nov. 29: Silver & Gold Trio
Call 780-435-9515 for more information on the locations.
CRAFT & GIFT SALE
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
November 29, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Browse items such as knit and crocheted items from Sage's Busy Fingers group and jewellery. Stay for the birthday party at 1 p.m. with free cake and live music. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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