September 14, 2017
Seniors Sector News
SENIORS AND CONTINUING CARE PROVINCIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Recruitment is underway for a new Alberta Health Services (AHS) Seniors and Continuing Care Provincial Advisory Council. 

AHS is recruiting Albertans who have personal interactions with or who are caregivers for clients in continuing care. Help transform the seniors and continuing care system through gathering public input, providing feedback about what is working well and areas for improvement; considering information provided by AHS and identifying issues or trends from a local perspective. Advisory Council members are volunteers who assist AHS by engaging members of communities throughout Alberta in a respectful, transparent and accountable manner.

Recruitment will run until September 22, 2017. Review the web page for more information. If you have questions, phone toll-free 1-877-275-8830 or email community.engagement@ahs.ca.
GLOBAL ONLINE CONSULTATION ON RESEARCH PRIORITY SETTING FOR HEALTHY AGEING

The World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health in May 2016. A key objective of the Strategy is to improve measurement, monitoring, and research on Healthy Ageing. 

As part of an open public consultation that will help to identify research priorities to support the implementation of the new Strategy, an online survey has been developed. Complete this short survey by September 30, so that it can be used to inform the UN International Day of Older Persons on October 1.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Resources
LONELINESS AND THE AGING POPULATION: HOW BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTS CAN ADDRESS A LOOMING CRISIS

Loneliness is an emerging risk factor that has implications for personal, economic and societal well-being. Research by IBM explores how businesses, governments, medical professionals, advocacy groups and social service organizations can act to help older adults strengthen their social fabric and reconnect to others.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Service Providers Resources webpage)
Professional Development
HOW TO LAUNCH A WILDLY SUCCESSFUL NONPROFIT CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
CharityHowTo
September 20, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
$79

This webinar will walk you step-by-step through the entire process of planning for and launching a crowdfunding campaign, including: how to create a detailed checklist and calendar to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks, how to set up your campaign page for success, how to use compelling storytelling to drive more donations, how to catalyze Social Media Ambassadors, and more. 
DATA FOR GOOD: FUNDRAISING AND TECHNOLOGY INSIGHTS FOR YOUR YEAR-END CAMPAIGNS
Network for Good
September 20, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Did you know that 59 per cent of donors prefer to give online? Get the exclusive on donors' giving preferences and habits in this webinar. Discover how to:
  • Leverage the right technology to communicate with your supporters
  • Set benchmarks for success in web and email communications, online fundraising, and social media.
  • Use gender, generation, and ideology to hit your fundraising goals
PRACTICAL WAYS YOU CAN IMPROVE CARE FOR DEMENTIA CLIENTS
Home Instead Senior Care
September 21, 2 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

During this Alzheimer's Learning Day webinar for senior care professionals, learn from experts in the field who can offer evidence-based recommendations and guidance regarding a variety of topics including the diagnosis process, care and treatment options, and communication with family caregivers. If you have questions, contact Shawn Turcotte at 780-439-9990 or shawn.turcotte@homeinstead.com.
UPSIDE DOWN THINKING FOR COLLABORATION
The Tamarack Institute and Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
October 12, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Santa Maria Goretti Centre (110560 90 Street)
$149-199

Are you trying to collaborate with other agencies, businesses, and/or governments around complex issues and challenges but feeling stuck or frustrated by the lack of traction, how long things are taking, or resistance to collaborating to the extent that you know is needed? 

All of us face the challenge of how to break through conventional thinking or habits and how to overcome status quo mindsets. This workshop will explore how to think differently, challenge basic assumptions and foster collaborative visions. Participants will learn practical tools for Upside Down thought, the impact of organization and group dynamics, how to approach problems and solutions and addressing resistance.
FROM AUDIT TO REDESIGN: THE COMPLETE NONPROFIT WEBSITE TOOLKIT
Idealware
Thursdays, October 19 - November 16, 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
$215

This 5-session webinar series will help you think through how to develop a more useful and engaging website. You'll walk through website basics, how to lead a redesign project, best practices for accessibility, mobile optimization, content management systems, technical details, and online branding. The webinars will also talk about how website content works alongside email, direct mail, and social media efforts to create an organization's communications mix.
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
SOCIAL WORKER
ElderCare Edmonton

ElderCare Edmonton is recruiting a qualified and experienced Social Worker for a 1-year maternity leave position beginning September 2017 and extending until November 2018. The qualified candidate will be providing one-to-one supports, facilitating groups, and responding to individuals and families seeking support by providing assistance to access resources, identify barriers and engage and facilitate connections within the community. Forward your resume to info@eldercareedmonton.ca.
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR YARD
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
September 18, 1 p.m.
$2

Hear Steve from the Wild Bird General Store give tips on what best to be feeding the birds to attract the wonderful color and antics of our winged friends to our yards. Call 780-433-5807 to book your spot.
THEATRESPORTS FOR SENIORS
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, Sept. 19 - Oct. 10, 1:30-3 p.m.
$48

Participate in TheatreSports, improvisations, story telling and theatre games. Story lines are developed from improvisations. This class gives you the opportunity to make friends and have fun while learning how to improvise and tell your story. All levels are welcome and no prior acting experience is needed. Register in advance at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
CRASH COURSE TO CARING FOR A LOVED ONE WITH DEMENTIA
Home Instead Senior Care
September 21, 12 p.m. (Mountain)
Free

You've likely had a few "I don't know how to deal with this!" moments over the course of your caregiving journey so far. Improve your caregiving know-how in this 60-minute webinar by learning about practical tips, best practices and resources from the experts. If you have questions, contact Shawn Turcotte at 780-439-9990 or shawn.turcotte@homeinstead.com.
GLOBAL TERRORISM TALK
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
September 22, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

Allan Bleiken, president of Global Trends Ltd., has accumulated more than 40 years of executive experience on a national and international level within industry, government, education, and the diplomatic field. As the owner and president of a private research company, he authored numerous reports, publications, and studies for industry and government. Learn more about the causes and motivations of terrorism and why it's difficult to defeat it. There will be time for questions. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
ADVICE-A-THON
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
September 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: City Hall
Free

60 Edmonton lawyers will volunteer to give legal advice in all areas of law and you can get a half an hour of free legal advice. Learn more at www.eclc.ca/advice-a-thon.
TASTE OF CHARTWELL
Chartwell Wild Rose Retirement Residence (9612 172 Street)
September 24, 1-4 p.m.
Free

Everyone is welcome at this Open House. Have a tour of the building, enjoy some entertainment, talk with residents and enjoy something to eat. Call 587-487-4547 for more information.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS PRESENTATION
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
September 26, 10 a.m.
Free

The flu season is fast approaching. Help protect yourself from the flu this year by learning about flu vaccines and getting a flu shot. The presentation will talk about how to treat flu symptoms and why it is important to get the flu shot each year. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to sign up.
BOOK SALE
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Sept. 26-30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and open until 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 and Sept. 29 

Come and check out a huge selection of books sold for great prices. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
BLUE PENCIL CAFE
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$45

Join instructor Melle in this very popular writing course. Melle will offer guidance and direction on whatever type of written work you happen to be interested in. You must pre-register in person or by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301. 
CHASE THE ACE
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays starting September 26, 4-6 p.m.

The Chase the Ace Progressive Raffle is coming to CLSA. Raffle tickets will be $5/ea. Only 2,000 tickets are available. You must be present to win. Read the full game rules.
PHARMACY MUSEUM BUS TRIP
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
September 27, depart at 9:30 a.m.
$40, lunch is included

View collections featuring the history of the Canadian pharmacy such as cosmetics and toiletries; baby items; candy and chocolates; artifacts; jars; books; pamphlets and products. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
FLEA MARKET
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Sept. 29, 1-7 p.m. and Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Over 40 tables of fabulous treasures! Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
WALKING GROUP AT WHITEMUD CREEK
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 - 134 Avenue)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon

Did you know that the Whitemud Ravine is a spawning ground for Walleye, Pike, Sturgeon, Sucker Fish and more? For the month of September (and October if the weather permits) the walking group will be joining a biologist at Whitemud Creek to send off the baby fishes that spawn there every year. Last year the biologist found a sturgeon that was 90 years old! The paths are walker and wheel chair friendly and there are plenty of spots to sit as well as washroom facilities. The EASC van will depart by 10 a.m. for the ravine and has enough room for six people. Call 587-525-8970 for more details.
SENIORS CAN SHUMKA!
Ukrainian Shumka Dancers
Tuesdays, October 3 - November 21, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Shumka Dance Centre (10515 111 Street)
$80/8-week session

Here's your chance to experience a taste of Shumka dancing! Participate in an hour of fun and fitness as you sample the Ukrainian dance steps that make Ukrainian culture so lively! No dance experience is necessary to enjoy this class taught by a Certified Exercise Physiologist-Shumka dancer. Ukrainian dance steps will be adapted to whatever level of ability or mobility you may bring. To register call 780-455-9559 ext. 101 or email whirlwind@shumka.com.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
VOLUNTEERS WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS NEEDED FOR PATIENT IMMERSION EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is looking for patients with chronic illness to volunteer as mentors for an innovative program that connects medical students with members of the community. The Patient Immersion Experience (PIE) aims to educate medical students about the fundamentals of clinical practice and the doctor-patient relationship.

Learn more about the program and volunteer requirements. If you are interested in participating, contact patient.immersion.experience@ualberta.ca or call 780-492-6234.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)
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