October 3, 2019
Seniors Sector News
SENIORS CAN NOW MANAGE FINANCIAL BENEFITS ONLINE

On Tuesday, October 1, the Provincial Government announced that seniors will now be able to apply for and manage their provincial financial benefits online.
 
The move toward "digitization" comes as part of a push to make life easier for seniors, their caregivers, and senior-serving organizations. Government proponents hope the move saves seniors time, energy, and money by doing away with printing, faxing, and mailing documents.
 
Seniors who prefer to mail, fax, or drop off their documents may continue to do so, however, the digital platform offers an option for seniors who prefer communicating online.
SENIORS' HEALTH & WELLNESS FORUM
November 2, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Free

This massive one-day event provides seniors, their families, and caregivers with information and resources pertaining to health, wellness, and social supports for aging in place.

Sector staff are encouraged to share information about the Forum with their networks. For more information, go online.

To register, call 780-809-8604 or email  mstover@mysage.ca .
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Learning Opportunities
LEAGUES ALIVE
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
October 26, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: MacEwan University-Robbins Health Learning Centre (10910 104 Avenue)
$25-$37

This full-day session will provide Community League board members with an opportunity to build their skills and improve their processes to ensure they can operate as a highly effective team. 
The day will have a total of 3 training sessions, a networking session, and lunch. Bring your whole board to learn the skills that highly successful boards need to thrive.
EXPLORING BASIC INCOME 
City of Edmonton, EndPovertyEdmonton, Stony Plain FCSS and Fort Saskatchewan FCSS
October 28-29, various times and locations
Free

Does everyone have enough income to live? This engaging learning opportunity will examine the rising cost of living, inflation, job displacement from automation, and other topics affecting an individual's standard of living. Events will take place in Stony Plain, Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan and will include a light meal, networking opportunities, keynote presentation, and Q&A.
THE FUNDRAISING MYTH THAT SHOULD SCARE YOU THE MOST
Bloomerang
October 31, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Prepare yourself for a bit of a fright during this special Halloween webinar exploring deadly fundraising myths that chase away your donors and squash your fundraising revenue. The lessons in this session will help free you from misconceptions and maximize your fundraising efforts.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
WILLS WEEK
Edmonton Community Foundation
October 7-11, various times and locations
Free

Learn from the experts during this week of seminars providing professional information about wills and estates. Learn the value of keeping an up-to-date will and get information about what a will can and cannot do, how a will can help save you taxes, and why it's important to draft your will with help from experts, including lawyers, accountants, and financial and estate planners.
LEARN TO MAKE CINNAMON BUNS
Strathcona Place Society  (10831 University Avenue)
October 8, 1-4 p.m.
$12 members; 18 non-members

This delicious demonstration will show you how to whip up a popular crowd-pleasing confection-cinnamon buns! Learn tips and tricks for baking cinnamon buns and make sure to stick around for a tasty sample at the end. Call 780-433-5807 to register.
UKULELE CIRCLE
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
October 14 and 28, 1-3 p.m.
$2 (drop-in)

Transport yourself to the beaches of Maui as you surround yourself with the sounds of a Hawaiian luau. Bring your ukulele and strum along with the group on the second and fourth Monday of every month. New members are welcome. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
MINDFULNESS THROUGH POWER BINGO
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
October 15, 22, and 29; 1-2 p.m.
$24 members; $30 non-members

Bingo is great fun and an excellent meditative exercise to boot. Get your bingo daubers ready for an afternoon of fun and relaxing games with friends. Call 780-342-8625 for more information and 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 entertainment. These live performances will have you on the edge of your seat. New acts each week! Call 780-435-9515 for more information and to get tickets.
ANNUAL BAZAAR AND RUMMAGE SALE
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
October 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free admission

Visit, browse, and shop for treasures. This sale will have handmade crafts, knitting, home baking, canned foods, books, puzzles, novelties, and so much more. While you shop, enjoy a delicious lunch and homemade pie fresh from the kitchen. Registration is not required for this event. Call 780-451-1925 if you would like more information.
HAUNTED PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Prairie Gardens and Farm (56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord, AB)
Every weekend until October 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
$17.85

This festive event is the perfect way to celebrate autumn. With a wide range of entertainment, including puppet shows, folk music, magic shows, drumming circles, storytellers, and-wait for it-a pumpkin canon, there's something for the whole family. While you stroll the grounds, take a tour of the pumpkin patch. You may not meet "The Great Pumpkin", but at least you can complete your quest for the perfect Halloween Jack-o'-Lantern.
DINNER THEATRE: INTERNATIONAL DANCE SHOW
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
November 1; 5 p.m. (doors), 6 p.m. (dinner), 7 p.m. (show)
$50

Take in a stunning display of international dance styles, including Punjabi, Irish, Ukrainian, Indigenous, and belly dance. The show will take place over a sumptuous meal of roast chicken and potatoes. Call 780-496-6969 to get your tickets by October 25.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
CASINO FUNDRAISER: VOLUNTEERS WANTED
Mill Woods Seniors Association
November 5-6
Location: Pure Casino Yellowhead (12464 153 Street)

Volunteer to help the Mill Woods Seniors Association with their big Casino fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundraiser help cover the operating costs of running the centre. If you would like to volunteer, talk to Michelle at the MWSA front desk or call 780-508-9260.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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