October 11, 2018
Seniors Sector News
SENIORS HOUSING TERMINOLOGY

Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association (ASCHA) has released a What We Heard Report outlining the results of their Common Terminology Study which was completed by more than 1,000 Albertans. The study shows that seniors housing terminology is complicated, difficult to understand and overwhelming.

This study is the beginning of a framework for Albertans to speak out about their seniors housing journey and for government and industry to take notice and commit to clarifying, reducing and simplifying seniors housing terms.

ASCHA has launched the Cut The Clutter Campaign to shine a light on simplifying seniors housing terminology. You are encouraged to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #CutTheClutter and share your experiences with navigating seniors housing terminology. ASCHA is committed to bring your voice forward to recommend better language, categories and easier navigation.
THRIVE EDMONTON

This community initiative aims to highlight the importance of investing in public services and infrastructure as city council begins looking at the budget this October.

Edmontonians are encouraged to share their stories about how city infrastructure or a city-funded program or service has made a difference in their lives. You can share your story online at ThriveYEG.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Professional Development
JOINING THE CROWD
blackbaud
October 25, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This decade has seen huge growth in personal crowdfunding as a way for individuals to get help from their friends and families. In this webinar, learn how organizations around the world are using personal crowdfunding to create new avenues for donor acquisition and revenue. No matter the campaign, from lemonade stands to giving days, crowdfunding campaigns can provide your supporters with endless ways to raise funds for your mission.
IS THE CLOUD SAFE? ENSURING SECURITY ON THE CLOUD
TechSoup
October 25, 11 a.m. (Pacific)
Free

When switching to the cloud, many nonprofits wonder how cloud apps and services, such as Microsoft Office 365, G Suite, Box, and Amazon Web Services, will affect their organization's security. Cloud apps and software offer a multitude of benefits to nonprofits when it comes to keeping their devices and data safe. This webinar will cover:
  • Benefits of adopting cloud apps and services
  • What you are responsible for and what your cloud provider is responsible for when it comes to security
  • Risks to look out for when using cloud apps and services
  • How to mitigate risks with security best practices for email, endpoints (including laptops and mobile devices), content, and users
SCREENING VOLUNTEERS IN. NOT OUT.
Volunteer Alberta
November 1, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Mountain)
$25-55

It is vital to the success of your organization to find the best person for each of your volunteer roles. Implementing effective screening and engagement practices in your nonprofit can be a daunting task. In this webinar, you will:
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the volunteer screening process and its players
  • Learn about the important steps in the screening process
  • Begin to identify ways to enhance screening practices and policies within your organization
NONPROFIT BRANDING FUNDAMENTALS
NTEN
November 7
$125 NTEN members/$250 non-members

Your brand is your identity and your story. Many people view brand as just the external, visual appearance, but it is much more than that. Brand begins with your organization's culture, including your staff, board members, volunteers and anyone else inside the organization. It is then represented in the visual appearance, language, and activities of your organization. A successful brand evokes an emotional response and builds a connection with the audience.

This online course will detail the importance of brand, how to apply the "why" of your organization to your brand, and how to make the best visual and strategic decisions for your brand. It will show examples of branding and rebranding for various nonprofit organizations at different stages in their lifecycle.

This course is a ble nded course which runs for one week and offers a mix of self-paced and live events.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
October 14, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$6/dish includes 3 pancakes, 2 sausages, scrambled eggs and beverage

Bring your whole family. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
FREE FLU CLINICS

Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue): October 19. Must pre-register by October 17. Bring your Alberta Health Card. Call 780-342-8625 for more information and to register.

Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street): October 24, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Call 780-496-7369 to book an appointment.
WRITING FOR WELLNESS
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
October 24, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)
$35, please bring a bag lunch

This workshop will look at various writings that you can do to promote personal wellness and will start by using prompts to write a happy story. No previous writing experience is required. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
PHILOSOPHERS' CAFE
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
October 25, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
$6

CLSA's Philosophers' Cafe provides an opportunity to share, discuss and try to understand big issue topics. The topic for the next Philosophers' Cafe is Should the Pope Apologize for Residential Schools? with presenter Dr. David Goa. Call 780-496-7369 for more information. Register using barcode 636177.
CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE WITH PINE BOX FUNERAL
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
October 25, 1 p.m.

Join this discussion about "a thoughtful balance between mourning and celebrating a life", plus many other topics. Call 780-433-5807 to register. Refreshments are available.
ANNUAL BAZAAR & RUMMAGE SALE
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
October 27, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Get your Christmas shopping done early. The sale features fresh baked desserts and pies, delicious food, raffle baskets and the rummage sale. Help support the centre by coming out and spoiling yourself. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
BELLYFIT SAGE
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, Oct. 30 - Dec. 11, 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
$45 

A holistic fitness experience designed for the mature woman. Each class moves through opening breath work followed by fun and gentle fusion of cardio moves from Belly Dance, Bollywood & African dance to get the sweat flowing. Afterwards, learn effective core strength exercises and, finally, relax with restorative stretches and a short meditation. This class is low to moderate in intensity and is low-impact. All movements can be done with a chair for balance, if needed. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
SENIORS' HEALTH & WELLNESS FORUM
November 3, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Free

The third annual Seniors' Health & Wellness Forum, presented by Age Friendly Edmonton, will feature presentations and panel discussions on health, wellness and social supports vital to healthy aging. Topics include: planning for a healthy future, the importance of reducing safety risks as we age, housing options, financial strategies, transportation, supports and services, and the importance of social connections to our health and wellbeing. View the web page to learn more about the event.

This free event, which is open to the public, is assembled and promoted by key community stakeholders, and provides an opportunity to showcase a holistic and collaborative approach to healthy aging.

Extensive information and resource materials, event admission, lunch and parking will be available free to seniors, their families and caregivers.  Seniors are encouraged to register by calling 780-809-8604.
DIWALI: A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
November 9, 5 - 10 p.m.
$75 ($50 income tax receipt available)

Join MWSA for their 9th annual fundraising gala. Along with a night of authentic East Indian food and entertainment, there will be a silent auction, cash bar and raffle draws. Purchase tickets at the MWSA Front Desk or on Eventbrite. Ticket sales close on November 2. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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