October 13, 2016

November is Falls Prevention Month across Canada. These resources will give you information on falls prevention programs and activities/materials you can use to increase awareness of falls prevention with the seniors you serve.

Finding Balance campaign developed by the Injury Prevention Centre (Alberta)
The 2016 Finding Balance Campaign focuses on three key messages:
  • Keep Active: encourages seniors to keep moving to stay healthy and independent
  • Check Your Vision: focuses on creating awareness around seniors' eye health, vision care, and the steps they can take to reduce falls due to poor vision
  • Review Your Medications: encourages seniors to speak with their doctor or pharmacist about all prescribed drugs, over-the counter pills, vitamins and herbal supplements they are taking
Campaign resources include event ideas, campaign guide and resources such as infographics, postcards and brochures.

National Council on Aging (United States)
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
November 2, November 23 and December 14
Location: Calgary
Individual workshops: $50 CCVO members; $70 non-members
All three workshops: $120 CCVO members; $170 non-members

Whether the crisis is the result of a disaster, loss of funding, or organizational change, it is your responsibility to lead. This workshop series for senior executives, managers, communicators, and board members provides tools to help you lead your nonprofit organization through any crisis. You will develop a road map and build a crisis leadership plan to close the gap between you and those you lead so that your organization does not just survive ... but thrives.
  • Leadership Communication in a Crisis: November 2
  • Leadership Presence and Making Decisions in a Crisis: November 23
  • Board Dynamics and the Psychology of Leadership in a Crisis: December 14
Nonprofit Tech for Good
November 8, 9 a.m. EST

For NGOs to succeed on social media, they have to be good at social media and that requires a clear understanding of how, when, and why individuals engage with NGOs on social media. With a primary focus on blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, this webinar will feature ten social media strategies that NGOs can implement to increase engagement and inspire donors. 
Caregivers Alberta
November 16 or December 5 (one-day workshop)
Fulton Place School (10310-56 Street)

There are two opportunities left this year to take the Caregiver Navigator workshop. Navigator trains health professionals, service providers and community agency staff to better support caregivers by showing how to identify caregivers early in their journey, support caregivers to adopt self-care practices and facilitate caregivers' access to programs/resources and referrals. Review the brochure for more information. To register, contact Debra Paches at 780-453-5088 or dpaches@caregiversalberta.ca.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Mondays until December 5, 9:30-11 a.m.
$20 for 7 weeks or $5 per week (no Sage membership required)

This introduction to Tai Chi includes 10 simple Tai Chi movements, warm up exercises, sitting and walking Tai Chi movements. Health benefits include improving balance, coordination and range of movement. Open to everyone. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 to register.
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.

This introductory session will run from October to December on a complimentary basis. This is just in time to create some pots or other items for Christmas giving. If all goes well, the program will continue in January 2017 at which time there will be a fee for the use of the equipment with potters supplying their own materials. Sign up at the Front Desk or call 780-433-5807.
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
October 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$20 + Supplies

Capture the beauty of the fall season. Bring your coloured pencils, watercolour or acrylic supplies and let nature be the inspiration. This class is open to all levels and mediums, and offers as little or as much instruction to take you through the day. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
SEESA (9350 82 Street)
October 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and October 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Find bargains galore at the annual Fall Rummage and Bake Sale. The Book Sale is taking place in the library and there are oodles of Christmas decorations and all sorts of goodies. The cafeteria will be open to serve hot lunches both days, too. You never know what treasures you'll find! Call 780-468-1985 for information.
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
October 27 at 11:30 a.m.

There will be prizes for best dressed, special guests Kay and Mary Dance Group and bingo. Register by October 25. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Get a great start on your Christmas shopping with quilting, knitting, jewelry, crafts, art work, books, baking and much more. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
Starts October 31

Spaces are still available in the following sessions. RSVP by calling 780-488-4241. 
  • Under the Swastika A Brief History of Nazi Germany: Mondays, Oct. 31-Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-noon). Explore topics in the social and cultural history of Nazi Germany with Prof. Angeles Espinaco-Virseda. $85 non-members; $75 members. 
  • History of the Orchestra and the People Who Have Led Them: Wednesdays, Nov. 2-Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-noon). Learn the history of the orchestra starting with early string ensembles through development of orchestra and conductor as professions with D.T Baker, Associate Director-Education Outreach ESO. $85 non-members; $75 members. 
  • Canada in a Changing World: Wednesdays, Nov. 2-Nov. 30, 1-3 p.m. Look at Canada's role in contemporary global politics and changes in foreign policy with Prof. Tom Keating. $85 non-members; $70 members.
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
November 1-29, 1-2 p.m.
$37 members; $67 non-members + glove purchase $17 
Equipment rental: $50

Advance... Parry... Reposte... Lunge! Discipline and fun all wrapped up in one! Try this exciting sport under the direction of an internationally experienced fencing coach. No experience required. Call 780-496-7369 for information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)

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