September 1, 2016
Seniors Sector News
NEW LINK FOR SENIORS CENTRES OF THE FUTURE SURVEY

You may have had difficulty accessing the survey using the link in last week's Link Letter. We've been provided with an updated link that will allow you to participate. The survey will be available until September 9.

The survey is part of a larger study exploring the role that senior centres might play in the future to help seniors "age-in-place". In essence, the question being asked is: What should senior centres look like in the future?

Anyone who is interested is invited to participate in this study by completing the survey. In particular, if you work with or care for a senior, are beginning to think about and plan for retirement, or are a senior yourself, the study coordinators would love to hear from you.
UNDERSTANDING VOTER NEEDS

The City of Edmonton's Office of the City Clerk undertook an initiative focusing on the voting experience to identify barriers and seek recommendations from those who identify as or represent Youth, Seniors, Aboriginal Peoples, New Canadians, and Persons with Disabilities. The final report and summary outline the public engagement findings and changes that can be made to improve the voting process.
CASL SURVEY

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) regulates electronic messages
(e-mails, SMS texts, etc.) sent for commercial purposes, impacting some of the communications sent by non-profit organizations. 

CASL is being reviewed in 2017 and Imagine Canada is conducting a survey to help inform their recommendations to the federal government, as well as produce a summary report of the impact of CASL on the non-profit sector.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Grants and Awards
CITY OF EDMONTON CANADA 150 COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

The Sponsorship Program can provide $500-$5,000 to assist non-profits planning a Canada 150 celebration. Review program information including the application form and information guide. There are two application deadlines: September 30, 2016 and March 1, 2017.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff and Funding Options webpages)
Resources
GERIACTORS TRAINING PROGRAM - CALL FOR WORKSHOP HOSTS
GeriActors Theatre
Applications due September 25

GeriActors is running a new Training Program in their intergenerational theatre techniques for actors, educators, healthcare providers, and recreation professionals. At the end of this Training Program, trainees will apply what they learned by leading workshops for seniors in Performance Storytelling.

GeriActors is inviting seniors' venues and organizations to host these workshops over a period of three weeks, November to December 2016. Minimal cost to hosts!

Performance Storytelling - Using theatre exercises, improv, laughter and fun GeriActors inspires reminiscences, and helps participants turn their stories into moments of theatre to share with others. Whether you have a history in theatre, have always dreamt of performing, or just want to try something new a GeriActors workshop is the perfect place to begin.

Interested organizations should contact Becca Barrington at geriactors.friends@gmail.com for an application. For more information visit the GeriActors website.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR NON-TECHNICAL PEOPLE TO GET THE MOST OUT OF GOOGLE ANALYTICS
CharityHowTo
September 13, 1 p.m. MST or September 21, 11 a.m. MST
$49

Regardless of your nonprofit's mission, you need to have a presence online, from a simple one-page website to something more ambitious. You don't need to be a technical person to decide how best to spend your organization's time and money to get the best results online, and this webinar will show you how to measure success (and failure) of your online work. The webinar will show you the insights you can expect from Google Analytics, and give you step-by-step instructions for a few powerful tweaks to your website and Google Analytics account in order to get these insights.
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SPONSORSHIP PROPOSALS
Charity Village
September 22, 1 p.m. ET
Free

This webinar will look at three case studies focused on sponsorship sales. The case studies represent some of the common mistakes made when approaching sponsors as well as an example of sponsorship done right. In addition to the case study analysis, the webinar covers sponsorship best practices, including how to build sponsorship proposals that close more sponsorship dollars.
DOES INTERNET USE HELP OLDER ADULTS AGE SUCCESSFULLY? RESEARCH INTO THE IMPACTS OF INTERNET USE AND NON-USE AMONG OLDER ADULTS
CHNET-WORKS!
September 28, 1 - 2:30 p.m. EDT
Free

The literature suggests that use of the internet can help promote successful aging through increased social inclusion and access to information and services. Yet, questions remain as to the realities and perspectives among older adults regarding their relationship with the internet, and in what ways internet use affects their capacity to stay socially connected as they age.

The presenter will talk about her research into the advantages and disadvantages internet use provides older adults; the role the internet plays in their lives; the effect (if any) the technologizing of services has on the well-being of older adults; and in what ways internet use affects their level of social inclusion. Learn more about the webinar.
SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW STRATEGIES
Volunteer Match
September 28, 11 a.m. Pacific
Free

Interviewing each prospective volunteer can seem overwhelming, but it's one of the best ways to ensure that the volunteers you recruit are the volunteers you need. This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.
SUICIDE PREVENTION AMONG OLDER ADULTS
Center for Healthy Aging / National Council on Aging
September 29, 3:30 - 5 p.m. Eastern

This webinar will describe the prevalence of and risk factors for suicide among older adults, discuss how suicide is being addressed at the federal level in the United States, and share behavioral health resources.
POLICY PANEL DISCUSSION: TRANSFORMING SENIORS' POLICIES AND PROGRAMS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE NEW AGING POPULATION
Alberta Association on Gerontology
October 3, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Faculty Club, University of Alberta
$40-130

Panel Speakers:
  • Shannon Marchand, Deputy Minister of Seniors & Housing
  • Dr. Carl Amrhein, Deputy Minister of Health
  • David Morhart, Deputy Minister of Human Services
Register by September 26 on Eventbrite or by mail using the registration form. Email info@albertaaging.ca for more information.
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
OPEN HOUSES AND DEMO DAYS

Many Edmonton seniors centres schedule program demonstrations, open houses, and club days to allow seniors to try out new activities, tour facilities, and talk with other seniors about their experiences. Check out what's happening this September.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
ElderCare Edmonton
Free

The caregiver's journey is easier when shared with others. Support groups are offered twice a week and provide a safe place to gain social and emotional support, gain information, share ideas, learn coping strategies and more. The program is offered at two locations:
  • 17203-99 Ave, Lifestyle Options, Main Floor Dining Room from
    1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • 13B Fairway Drive, Home Instead (near 119 St. & 37 Ave) from
    1:30 - 3 p.m.
For dates, call the Caregiver Support Manager at 780-434-4747 Ext #2.
DRAMA CLUB
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Rehearse skits, create puppet shows, have fun, and possibly work up to performing in front of an audience. Join Denise and Rod Radford who have an extensive background in drama, acting and playwriting. Call 780-433-5807 for details.
GRANDPARENTS' DAY BBQ
AUPE Women's Committee
September 7, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Legislature Grounds Band Shell
Free

You are welcome to attend this barbecue and enjoy beef/chicken/veggie burgers, hot dogs, juice, and cake.
SECOND WIND: A WELLNESS CONFERENCE FOR RETIREES
September 9, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Chateau Louis Conference Centre (11727 Kingsway Avenue)
$75

Grab a Second Wind and breeze into fall by attending this wellness conference. This is an opportunity to meet friends, gain new knowledge, learn new skills, pursue new interests and connect past and present experiences. If you've not yet registered, on the spot registrations will be accepted on the day of the conference.
COFFEE AND CURIOUS CONVERSATIONS
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Starting Wednesday, September 14 from 1-3 p.m.
Free

Participants will select subjects for discussion and vote on a list of top topics which will form the basis for the twice monthly discussions. Different opinions and points of view will be respected in a friendly forum where laughter and fun will be a valued ingredient. Call 780-433-5807 for more information and sign up at the centre.
30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Ital- Canadian Seniors Association (9111 110 Avenue)
September 18
$30 members; $35 non-members

Cocktails at 12:30 p.m. with lunch to follow. Tickets can be purchased at the association office from Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Connie at 780-424-1255 for information.  
WILL AND ESTATES WORKSHOP
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
September 13 or October 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Stanley Milner Downtown Library

Learn about wills, living wills, powers of attorney, guardianship and trusteeship. This presentation is open to the public and no registration is required.
SENIORS CAN SHUMKA!
Tuesdays, September 27- November 1, 10-11 a.m.
$60/6weeks
Location: Shumka Dance Centre (10515 111 Street)

Sample the Ukrainian dance steps and music that make this culture so lively in this program focused on fun and fitness. No dance experience is needed to enjoy this class which is taught by Certified Exercise Physiologist and Shumka dancer Joe Hoffman. Ukrainian dance steps will be adapted to whatever level of ability or mobility you may bring. To register, call June at 780-455-9559 ext. 101.
LEARNING IN RETIREMENT LECTURE SERIES
Jewish Senior Citizens' Centre (10052 117 Street)
October 31 - November 30
$70 members / $85 non-members

This five-week lecture series for the intellectually curious features the following topics this year:
  • Under the Swastika: A Brief History of Nazi Germany
  • Les Annees Folles & Beyond - Artists of the Left Bank
  • History of Orchestras - and the People Who Led Them
  • Canada in a Changing World
Register by October 26 by phoning 780-488-4241 or emailing jdic@shaw.ca.
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION ACCESS TRIAL

The Assessing Outcomes of Enhanced Chronic Disease Care Through Patient Education and a Value-based Formulary Study (ACCESS) is a three-year study being conducted by investigators at the University of Calgary. The ACCESS study is looking at whether providing preventive medications free of charge for selected high value medications, and a comprehensive patient education program, combined with relay of information on optimal medication use from patients to their healthcare providers, will improve people's health.

You may be eligible for the study if you are an Albertan age 65 and older, with an annual income of less than $50,000, who only has Alberta Blue Cross insurance for Seniors, who has a chronic disease of interest (i.e. heart disease, prior stroke, heart failure, or kidney disease) or who is at high risk of cardiovascular disease (a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking or high cholesterol).  If you think wish to participate, call 1-844-944-8927 to confirm your eligibility and get enrolled.

More information on the study is available on the study website or by calling the toll-free number at 1-844-310-0585.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
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