September 28, 2017
Seniors Sector News

The organizing committee for the 2018 FACE IT: Elder Abuse Happens conference invites submissions from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the conference. The conference takes place May 1 - 2, 2018 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.

The vision for the conference is sharing promising practices and taking action to move forward. Preference will be given to presentations using one or more of the following:
  • Best practices for raising awareness
  • Enhancement of skills and tools
  • Special interest topics
  • Legislation/Protective Laws
For more information and to submit an online application visit the conference website. Submissions are due November 5, 2017.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Professional Development
Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
October 5, 10 - 11 a.m. (Pacific)

Older women contribute enormously to our communities, through paid and unpaid work, caregiving, volunteering and much more. However, many older women also experience barriers to their well-being that impact on their ability to participate in community initiatives. This webinar highlights a guide that provides strategies, tips and examples to engage older women in meaningful volunteering as a method to combat systemic inequalities against older women and support the leadership potential of older women.
The Good Samaritan Society
October 13, 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Sherwood Park
$109 / $89 early bird before Sept. 29

How do we build compassionate spaces? How can we make healthcare a vital space where providers and patients alike feel cared for and supported? In this workshop, participants will explore how to build capacity for compassion in ourselves, organizations, and communities.
Canadian Charity Law Association
October 25, 10 a.m. (Mountain)

This webinar is an introduction to risk management for staff and directors of charities and non-profit organizations. It provides practical guidance on how to identify, categorize and assess risks, and how to create a risk management plan. The approach is constructive and will help overcome the intimidation many feel with this topic. 
November 6, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Winspear Centre, Edmonton
$149; $89 for students and seniors

Music is increasingly being recognized in health care communities as an effective means of care. This conference brings together care partners interested in the role music has in quality of living and care. Topics include
  • Music for Grief and Bereavement
  • Participatory Arts and Dementia Care
  • Neurologic Music Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Singing for Health and Well-being
Register by phone at 905-852-2499 or 844-985-0217 or register  online.
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

An article in the Fall 2017 Apple Magazine outlines programs and services available through Alberta Health Services such as home care, supportive living, rehabilitation care, and financial assistance programs for oral, hearing and vision care.
September 30, 2 p.m.
Edmonton International Film Festival, Studio A, Programme 2 
Landmark Cinemas, Edmonton City Centre Mall (10200 102 Avenue)

This documentary short about LGBTQ seniors is being screened at the Edmonton International Film Festival. With humor, frankness, wit and charm, twelve seniors respond to ten questions about aging and share stories about how they made history. One of the subjects is Edmontonian Carol Allan who changed the course of LGBT rights for the Edmonton Public School Board. Another is Bill Richardson, Canadian author and humourist and former CBC Radio host. The director and guests will be present at the screening.

The film has screened in St Louis, Zurich, Toronto, Durham, Vancouver, New York, Hong Kong, and Thunder Bay. Upcoming screenings include Ottawa and Buenos Aires. View the trailer and learn more about the film. Tickets can be purchased online.
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
October 1, 10 a.m. - noon

Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, coffee and juice with the northwest community. Come join this family friendly breakfast! Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
University of Alberta, Department of Medicine
October 2, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)

As part of National Seniors' Day, the Department of Medicine has organized this seminar. The topics of the three presentations are Bladder Problems in Later Life, Physical Activity for Healthy Aging, and Falls Prevention: Call for Engagement and Action. During the Ask an Expert session Dr. Adrian Wagg, Dr. Angela Juby and Dr. Kathy Lechelt will answer questions. 

For further information and to RSVP contact Deepika Jadhav at 780-248-1969 or by email at

Many seniors centres host special Thanksgiving meals. Here are a few we know of:
  • North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street): October 3 and 4. Enjoy a special turkey dinner. $5 for meal or $7 for meal, treat and coffee. Call 780-451-1925 for details.
  • Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue): October 4, 12-1 p.m. Enjoy turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, buns and dessert. There will also be a 50/50 draw and guest speaker after lunch from Canadian Diabetes. $4. Call 587-525-8969 for more details.
  • Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue): October 4, cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving menu and musical entertainment and singalong with Michael and his ukulele. $18 in advance/$20 at the door. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
  • Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square): October 5, 11:30 a.m. Give thanks at Sage as we enjoy a delicious, deluxe Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings plus salads, cranberry sauce, dessert and coffee/tea. Enjoy live music. $15.95 members/$17.95 non-members. Pre-registration is preferred but tickets are available on event day. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 to register or for information.
  • Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street): October 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tickets include turkey with all the fixings, coffee and dessert. There will also be a pianist providing musical entertainment. $12 tickets can be purchased in advance at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Salvation Army Castledowns Church
October 6, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

All seniors age 55+ are welcome to attend the luncheon which is held the first Friday of every month. For more information, call 780-457-0275. RSVP by the Wednesday before the luncheon to allow them to prepare. To register, call 780-457-0275 or register online.
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
October 11, 2:30 p.m.

Tea, coffee and snacks provided. Confirm attendance by calling 780-342-8625.
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
October 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free admission

You'll find jewellery, books, knick-knacks, and a crafter's corner among the many tables at this bazaar. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
Jewish Senior Citizens' Centre (10052 117 Street)
October 23 - November 29
$70 members/$85 non-members per course

Four courses are featured in this six-week lecture series:
  • The Specter Haunting Europe - A History of Socialism: Mondays, Oct. 23 - Nov. 27, 10 a.m. - noon
  • Canadian Art @ 150: Mondays, Oct. 23 - Nov. 27, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Broadway Updated: Tuesdays, Oct. 24 - Nov. 28, 10 a.m. - noon
  • Survival of a Nation: Wednesdays, Oct. 25 - Nov. 29, 1 - 3 p.m.
Course details are in the program brochure. Call 780-488-4241 or email for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
ElderCare Edmonton

ElderCare Edmonton is a non-profit organization providing day programs developed to strengthen seniors' independence and quality of life. We are looking to add a board member to our Board of Directors. Board members contribute to effective governance of Eldercare. Specifically, providing leadership in:
  • Monitoring the performance of the organization in relation to its mission, vision and values
  • Oversight and approval of strategic plan
  • Approval of annual budget
  • Ensuring efficient and effective use of resources
  • Monitoring Administrator performance and providing feedback
  • Knowledgeable about key risks and ensuring appropriate controls are in place
This is a volunteer role with no remuneration. While prior board governance and not for profit experiences are assets, we seek individuals are who are passionate and committed to quality of life and care of older adults with needs in our community. 

Send applications by email to
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities webpage)

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