September 27, 2018
Grants and Awards
AGING WELL IN COMMUNITY GRANT

The Government of Alberta Aging Well in Community Grant will help local organizations improve the lives of seniors by funding community-based initiatives that remove barriers and help seniors stay in their homes and engaged in their communities.

Organizations are invited to submit project-based proposals for the development of programs, services, and pilot and research projects - including new, one-time or expanded initiatives - geared toward the safety and independence of Alberta seniors. Four streams of funding are available, and projects must align with a minimum of one of the following streams:
  • Aging in communities 
  • Addressing ageism 
  • Social inclusion and engagement of diverse populations 
  • Elder abuse prevention 
The maximum funding is $100,000 per project. Applications are due November 16.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Resources
5 WAYS PHOTOS CAN BOOST FUNDRAISING

We know how important photos are for social media, but have you thought about using photos on your donation receipts? This short article lists five ways photos can help your organization reach your goals.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Professional Development
LISTEN UP! HOW FEEDBACK CAN ACCELERATE NONPROFIT GROWTH AND IMPACT
Stanford Social Innovation Review
October 3, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

During this webinar panelists will share innovative examples of how incorporating feedback from the people they serve has transformed their organizations' effectiveness and customer experience. The webinar will explore:
  • The importance of listening to and acting upon feedback from the people your organization serves
  • How your organization can accelerate growth, customer satisfaction, and impact through gathering user feedback and prioritizing this critical source of insight
  • Practical examples of how feedback data can lead to innovation, cost effectiveness, and improvements in constituent experience
  • Best practices, tips, and tools to collect feedback systemically from your clients, customers, and/or program participants
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN AGING FORUM: AGING, TECHNOLOGY & PRIVACY
Centre for Studies in Aging & Health
October 16, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Apps in wearable tech such as fitbits, smart watches and phones are used to collect small pieces of health data. Like credit data, these detailed health markers could be used in algorithms, grouping users by behavioural and risk assessment parameters. This data could then be gathered into a wellness report that insurers, long term care facilities, health care providers could exploit to gauge the risk associated with the provision of service.

This webinar discusses a scoping review which examines existing knowledge concerning the data currently being collected and explores novel data combinations and the risk to privacy and autonomy that these pose to older adults. Results confirm the privacy challenges of Big Data and suggest remedies that need to be explored before these usages become commonplace.
ACCIDENTAL DESIGNER: HOW TO DESIGN IMAGES LIKE A PRO
Idealware
Thursdays starting October 25, 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
$120

This three-week course will walk you through the fundamentals of graphic design and show you how to get started with the right tools. Whether you're already creating visuals for your nonprofit's communications or are interested in taking this on and know nothing about it, this course can help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to wow your followers with interesting and attractive designs. 
2018 SPOTLIGHT ON INNOVATION
Alberta Health Services and Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
November 7, 2018
Westin Hotel, Edmonton
Full Day Tickets: $150 | Breakfast Only Tickets: $65 | Student Tickets: $40 | Patient & Family Advisor Tickets (limited): No charge

For people with disabilities, the challenge of moving from a healthcare setting to a home setting (illness to wellness) cuts across age, gender, industrial sectors, and ethnic boundaries. It also represents a growing global market for technologies and assistive devices. 

This event is designed to unleash innovation by connecting clinical knowledge, innovative talent and business development expertise. The program includes:
  • Spotlight on Innovation Breakfast featuring Keynote Speaker: Dr. Geoff Fernie, Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
  • Pitch Sessions: Ideas, Clinical Challenges & Solutions
  • Exhibits and Poster Symposium
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Panel Discussion: What is Required to Build a Robust Medical Technology Industry Sector in Alberta?
  • Innovation Workshop: Exporting Into International Markets: Are You Ready?
Learn more and register.
PERSON CENTRED DEMENTIA CARE TRAINING COURSE
Dementia Care Matters
Edmonton dates for the 12-day course:

Block One: January 14 - 17, 2019

Block Two: April 9 - 12, 2019

Block Three: July 9 - 12, 2019

Location: Providence Renewal Centre (3005 119 Street)
$1600 per person plus GST; 15% discount if booked prior to Sept. 30, 2018

This course is designed for directors, managers, nurses and senior care workers working with people living with a dementia who wish to positively change dementia care for now and future generations. The course moves beyond understanding person-centred care to ensure you are equipped with the skills, knowledge and ability to be person-centred where 'Feelings Matter Most®", what is called 'The Butterfly Approach'. 
Review the course information and brochure
Contact info@dementiacarematters.com to register.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
SOCIAL WORKER - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
City of Edmonton
Job Number: 33923

The Community Development Social Worker works with the Seniors Protection Partnership focusing on preventative social work in the area of elder abuse. In this dynamic and challenging position, you will work to identify and implement leading practices on elder abuse prevention, engage with key stakeholders in Edmonton and surrounding areas, create awareness, and identify gaps in addressing this societal issue.

Visit www.edmonton.ca/careers for information on the position and how to apply. The posting closes Oct. 8, 11:59:00 PM (MDT).
More work opportunities in the seniors sector 
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
APPLE TALK: DEMENTIA SUPPORTS
Apple Magazine, AHS and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT
September 28, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Free

A diagnosis of dementia can be overwhelming for everyone involved. This Apple Talk will include local experts who will discuss what dementia is, and where to find help and support if you and your family are dealing with it. Reserve a free ticket using Eventbrite or email apple.mag@ahs.ca. Call Health Link at 811 for more information.
TUESDAY EVENING PROGRAMMING
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)

WSAC now has extended hours on Tuesdays until 8 p.m. that may be of interest to people 55+ who are still working and are looking for evening activities. The following registered and drop-in programs are offered.

Registered
Intro to Line Dancing: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Essentrics Stretch and Tone: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Mindful Yoga and Breathing (Pranayama): 5:45-6:45 p.m.

Drop-In
Pickle ball: 4:30-8 p.m.
Open Musical Jam: 6-8 p.m.
Fitness Centre and Library open for drop-in

Membership is required. The front desk is open until 8 p.m. for purchase of membership or program registration. Go to weseniors.ca for more detailed descriptions of classes.
WILLPOWER WILLS WEEK 2018
Edmonton Community Foundation
October 1-5
Various locations
Free

Learn the value of creating and maintaining an up-to-date will in these presentations by estate lawyers. The presentations will cover:
  • Creating and/or updating a will
  • What a will can and cannot do
  • How a will can help save taxes for both you and your estate
  • Why it is so important to have a will prepared with the help and expertise of a lawyer, accountant, and financial and estate planner
Review dates, times and locations of the presentations.
ALBERTA LEGISLATURE BUILDING TOUR, BOREALIS GALLERY AND AMPHITHEATRE
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
October 18, 12-4 p.m.
Free

Meet at the Edmonton Seniors Centre and walk to the site. This outing is weather permitting. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
October 19, 11:30 a.m.
$10

Enjoy lunch, a fashion show, shopping, and socializing. Purchase tickets by October 12. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
NESA'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY WRAP-UP
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
October 19
$50/person

Join NESA for an Octoberfest Dinner and Dance to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Doors open at 5 p.m. and a German-themed dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Dance from 7-10 p.m. to the music of The Emeralds. Call 780-496-6969 for more information. Tickets on sale until October 12.
FALL RUMMAGE SALE
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. & Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Treasures galore may be found during this annual event. Fresh baking is available both days until sold out (replenished Sunday morning). Enjoy a hot lunch in the cafeteria too. 

Donations are being accepted beginning September 28 and may be dropped off until October 18 at noon. Items must be in clean, working condition. SEESA is unable to take fabric upholstered furniture, baby furniture and supplies, encyclopedia, mattresses, magazines, computer software or hardware, Reader's Digest books, large furniture, shoes and televisions. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
PORTRAIT DAY
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
October 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$5 sitting fee, photo packages $25-50

If your most recent photo is on your driver's license, you'll want to attend portrait day. Local esthetics students will have you looking your best with free hair and cosmetics touch ups. Professional photographer Carlo Marrazzo will provide proofs for you to choose from. Photo packages range from $25 to $50 with no obligation to purchase. Individual, group or team sittings permitted. Once you've registered, CLSA will call to book your sitting time. Photos will be delivered just in time for Christmas.

Register using barcode 640563. CLSA member registration can be completed online at edmonton.ca/eReg or CentralLions.org, by telephone at 311 or in person. Non CLSA members can register in person or via telephone by calling Tracy at 780-442-0935.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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