October 5, 2017
Seniors Sector News
2017 MUNICIPAL ELECTION: ISSUES THAT MATTER FOR EDMONTON SENIORS

Decisions made by the City of Edmonton about transit, affordable housing and supports for aging in place have a direct impact on the quality of life for Edmonton seniors. ESCC has developed a list of questions you can ask candidates in your ward to determine where they stand on these issues.
SENIORS' HEALTH & WELLNESS FORUM
Presented by Age Friendly Edmonton
November 4, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)

The second annual Seniors' Health & Wellness Forum 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.

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. Register by calling 780-809-8604.

Agencies interested in participating should review the Sponsor & Exhibitor Information Package. Sector staff are also asked to help spread the word about the Forum.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
GIVINGTUESDAY RESOURCES

This year GivingTuesday, a movement for giving and volunteering, is November 28. Many nonprofits use GivingTuesday to launch fundraising campaigns. If your organization is considering taking part this year, the following resources will be helpful:

The Secret to a Record-Breaking #GivingTuesday webinar
nonprofit hub
October 11, 4 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
RAISE MORE MONEY WITH "WIN-WIN" PARTNERSHIPS
nonprofit hub
November 7, 11:30 a.m. (Eastern)
Free

Is your nonprofit raising as much money as it wants from businesses? Most nonprofits aren't because they either don't know how or they target the least lucrative part of the business - the company checkbook. In this webinar, a business giving expert will reveal the strategies he's used and taught nonprofits how to raise six-figures with businesses. You'll learn: the business case for targeting businesses, which businesses are the best prospects, how to recruit your first - or next - partner and tactics for raising the most money.
NAVIGATOR FOR PROFESSIONALS AND HEALTH PROVIDERS
Caregivers Alberta
Nov. 16 or Dec. 4 (one-day workshop)
Fulton Place School (10310 56 Street)
Free

The November and December workshops will be the last Navigator workshops offered for free, so don't delay in registering. 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. To register, contact 780-453-5088 or navigator@caregiversalberta.ca.
WALK WITH ME 2018
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and CapitalCare Foundation
March 5-6, 2018
Niagara Falls, Ontario
$250-500; early bird registration ends Jan. 15

Walk with Me: Changing the Culture of Aging in Canada is a biennial conference that brings together older adults/residents, care partners, educators, policy makers, students and researchers from all over the country to learn with and from each other about how to enhance the journey of aging across the continuum of care and community living.
IFA 14TH GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON AGEING
International Federation on Ageing
August 8-10, 2018
Toronto, Ontario
$300-800

Plan to attend this international conference held in our own country. The conference will explore four key themes aligned directly with the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan: Combating Ageism, Enabling Functional Ability, Addressing Inequalities, and Toward Healthy Ageing. In association with the conference, Master Classes are offered on August 7. Participants can learn and engage with experts about some of the key challenges in the field of ageing.
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
ADVANCE VOTING FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTION
October 4 to October 13, 1 - 7 p.m.

Wards have been grouped together for advance voting so there are six advance vote locations. Residents must vote in the designated location for their ward.

All voting stations are wheelchair accessible. At advance voting locations only, people will be able to vote using an electronic ballot marking tool that accommodates sip-and-puff, audio cues and braille.
READY FOR ANYTHING

This article in the Fall 2017 Apple Magazine lists resources for many of the issues around health, home and finances that we should all be thinking about and preparing for.
THANKSGIVING DINNER
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
October 6, 4 - 7 p.m. 
Free for members (memberships $5)/$7 for non-members

Enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, vegetables, gravy, bun and dessert. For more information call 587-525-8969.
INS, OUTS AND ALLIES GAMES NIGHT
SouthEast Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
October 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
$2

Enjoy an evening of board game fun for LGBTQ and friends. Refreshments provided. RSVP by calling the SEESA Front Desk at 780-468-1985.
DIGNITY DAY
October 18, 1-8 p.m.
Location: Boyle Street Plaza
Free

Dignity Day will focus on the history and present-day realities of the dignity of persons within institutions or under state guardianship. It is a time to hear from those with experience within prisons, mental health facilities, disabilities care centres, seniors' homes and foster care. The public is invited to learn about dignity through the eyes of artists, storytellers and filmmakers with lived experience. 
  • Interact with local artists in the Dignity Gallery: 1-8 p.m.
  • Celebration (food and community performance): 5-6 p.m.
  • Advocacy Circles (on Human Rights, Children's Rights and Mental Health): throughout the day
  • Prison Panel Discussion: 6-7 p.m.
  • Film Screening Life Inside Out: 7-8 p.m.
GALA AND SILENT AUCTION
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
October 20, 5-10 p.m.
$50

The annual gala and auction helps raise funds for this non-profit organization so they can continue to provide affordable programs and services for seniors. The event will include dinner and live entertainment. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
FEDERAL BUILDING AND ALBERTA LEGISLATURE TOUR
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
October 24, 8:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$12 member/$22 non-member

The bus will pick up from WSAC. The trip includes school bus transportation, a 1.5-hour walking tour of the federal building and one hour walking tour of the legislature. There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch in the cafeteria. Tickets can be purchased at the WSAC front desk. The deadline to purchase tickets is October 17. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
HALLOWEEN LUNCHEON
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
October 27, 1 p.m.
$7

Bewitching hour starts at 1 p.m. including spook-tacular lunch, lots of Halloween games and prizes. Prize for the best costume. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
JOY OF MOVEMENT: T'AI CHI CHIH
Bonnie Doon Community League (9240 93 Street)
November 1, 6, 8, 15, 20, 22 and 27 at 10 a.m.
$60 + community league membership ($10 for individuals and senior couples)

Benefits of T'ai Chi Chih include such things as: a greater sense of overall well-being, relaxation and relief of daily stress, increased energy and stamina, improved balance and flexibility, and expanded creativity and awareness. Upon completion of this beginner's class, participants are invited to join the regular T'ai Chi Chih group that meets weekly at Bonnie Doon Community League. Pre-registration is requested by phoning 780-469-1179.
OPEN JAM
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.

All are welcome to join in this open jam lead by an EASC member, so bring your guitar, your singing voice or your requests out every Thursday. There will be coffee and tea and crib and cards set-out for attendees. Call 587-525-8969 for more details.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
COMFORT CART VOLUNTEER

CapitalCare Norwood Palliative Hospice is looking for a soft-spoken, good listener to bring coffee, tea, and treats around to patients who could use a little comfort. An empathetic word, smile or touch will make their day - and possibly yours too!

Your duties are simple: 
  • Set up and clean up the Comfort Cart; supplies are provided. 
  • Take Comfort Cart room to room and/or to a central area. 
  • Visit with residents and their family/visitors.
  • Ideal availability would be a weekday afternoon, two to four times a month.
Qualifications:
  • Mature volunteers are welcome, especially those who have had some unique life experiences, and who can bring a sense of calm to a sometimes stressful setting. 
  • Previous experience in a health care or customer service setting is an asset.
  • Clear Police Records Check is required, as per provincial legislation. This can be applied for during the intake process. 
The intake process involves interviews, references and orientation. Apply online or call Linda at 780-496-3252. Enhanced volunteer orientation is provided.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
MORE INFORMATION

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