October 25, 2018
Resources
HEALTHY AGING INFORMATION SERIES
Age Friendly Edmonton

Request free presentations for your group by knowledgeable professionals on a range of healthy aging topics such as medication management, health conditions, driving and beyond, caregiver stress management, nutrition, financial literacy, housing transitions, and leisure. 

Review the catalogue of presentations offered and request a presentation using the webform.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

The Government of Alberta offers a variety of ways for organizations to learn about Employment Standards such as rules for hours of work and pay and general holidays. Attend free live webinars, access recordings of previous webinars, and review resources such as a Toolkit for employers and brochures.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
ENDING AGEISM: TOWARD A WORLD FOR ALL AGES
International Federation on Ageing and World Health Organization 
October 30, 6 - 7 a.m. (Mountain)
Free

The webinar will focus on the impacts of ageism, exploring manifestations of ageism in various environments, showcasing good practice examples and engaging in a discussion of next steps.
IT'S NOT RIGHT: NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF OLDER ADULTS -  A PREVENTATIVE APPROACH TO DEALING WITH ELDER ABUSE IN YOUR COMMUNITIES
Seniors Protection Partnership
November 8, 9:15 a.m.- 4 p.m. and November 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Suite 412, Westmount Shopping Centre (13310 111 Ave.)
Free

At this workshop you will learn:
  • Practical ideas to assist others to be better supporters of seniors experiencing elder abuse.
  • How to work with your communities to create safer environments for seniors.
  • Different tools to create discussion so as to challenge negative societal attitudes of older adults.
Participants will receive a USB stick with the presentation materials that will give you the tools to do Neighbours, Friends and Families workshops within your communities.

Additional directions to Suite 412: Enter on the west side of the building on 135 St. at the entrance with the tooth. The workshop is being held at the Community Geriatric Program office which is the last doorway on the right.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided, but not lunch. RSVP to Pat (pat.power@edmonton.ca) or Amanda (agravel@mysage.ca) by email before October 29.
PALLIATIVE & END OF LIFE CARE IN CONTINUING CARE
Institute for Continuing Care Education & Research (ICCER)
November 14, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Room 2-140 (11405 87 Ave.) or via webinar
No cost to attend at the in-person location, $75/site for non-members to attend the webinar

The event features a range of knowledgeable speakers discussing competencies for end of life care, embedding a palliative approach to care, an ethical perspective to palliative and EoL care, as well as medical assistance in dying (MAID), and exploring your values around MAID. All levels of staff, faculty, students, and family members involved in continuing care are encouraged to attend.
USING STORYTELLING TO BOOST YOUR NONPROFIT'S COMMUNICATIONS
Charity Village
November 22, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Do you struggle with storytelling? Need help getting a handle on planning, developing and sharing your nonprofit's stories? This webinar will look at how you can approach storytelling in a focused and strategic way. You will also review steps that will help you to develop content that is compelling and that supports your organizations' mission and goals.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
CHARTWELL'S MEMORY LIVING PROGRAM INFO SESSION
Chartwell Retirement Residences
October 29, 6 p.m.
Location: Chartwell Wescott Presentation Centre (102 16224 Ellerslie Road)
Free

Learn more about Chartwell Wescott's brand-new Memory Living Neighbourhood which will open in early 2019. For more information or to RSVP, call 587-487-4033.
SOCIAL LUNCH AND BINGO
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
Thursdays 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$10

Enjoy a main course, salad, dessert, and tea, coffee or water. Amazing prizes are given out at Bingo. Register by the Tuesday before. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
CHRISTMAS CARDMAKING WORKSHOP
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
November 5, 12 - 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Ave.)
Member $15; non-member $20

Get an early start on your holiday preparations. This workshop is geared to beginners who are interested in trying their hands at cardmaking. All materials and step-by-step instructions will be provided. Those with experience are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring past projects to keep beginners inspired. All participants will leave with six handmade Christmas cards. Registration is required by November 1. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
November 9, 10:30 a.m.
Free

Join WSAC in remembering the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers and the contributions of our veterans - all men and women who served and continue to serve our country. There is no need to RSVP. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
FUN ART NIGHT
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
November 15, doors open at 6 p.m.
$30 includes all supplies

Come out, enjoy a drink with friends, and learn how to create a beautiful painting. No experience is necessary. Tickets sell very fast so call 780-451-1925 to save yours today. This event is for ages 18+.
BIG BAD MUSICAL
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)

There are three options to take in SEESA's Accidental Drama Club Fall Production:
  • Show only: Nov. 16, 7 p.m. $12 in advance or $14 at the door.
  • Dinner & Show: Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets only $22.
  • Brunch & Show: Nov. 18, 11 a.m. Advance tickets only $22.
Tickets may be purchased at the SEESA front desk or by phoning 780-468-1985 and paying by credit card (note: there is a $2 service charge for over the phone orders) until November 13 at noon. There will be a 50/50 draw, silent auction, and cash bar available at all performances.
CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER ARTS, CRAFTS, AND BAKE SALE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
November 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

More than 30 vendors will be on site with handmade gifts and stocking stuffers. Santa will make an appearance too. Free admission and parking. The on-site cafe will be open. Call 780-496-6969 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
KITCHEN HELP VOLUNTEERS
Mill Woods Seniors Association

Volunteers will help with various duties in the cafe, including food prep (i.e. peeling and chopping of vegetables), dish washing, and cleaning. No experience is necessarily, but you must have willingness to learn and work well with others. 

You must be able to commit to one shift a week, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. If interested, call 780-496-2997.
BLADDER STUDY VOLUNTEERS

Researchers at the University of Alberta are investigating how the feeling of needing to pee affects people's ability to think and solve problems, and how people with and without bladder problems perform on some simple tasks. They are seeking people 65+ who are either healthy or those who have bladder problems (e.g. urinary incontinence).

The study will require:
  • One visit to the University of Alberta
  • Performing two tests of cognition
  • The study will take about 1 hour to complete
Participants will have their transportation/parking to the University of Alberta paid and be given a Tim Horton's gift card as a thank you.

If you're interested in participating, contact Amy Weinberg, Asad Makhani or Dr. Gibson at 780-492-3927 or via email to makhani@ualberta.ca or aweinber@ualberta.ca.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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