September 6, 2018
Seniors Sector News
SENIORS' HOUSING FORUM
September 22, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Free

The Seniors' Housing Forum Planning Committee, comprised of key community stakeholders, is presenting the 12th Annual Seniors' Housing Forum for seniors, their families and caregivers. The goal of the forum is to educate participants about the range of housing options and community resources available for older adults and to guide individuals in planning appropriate future housing for themselves and/or significant others.

Extensive information and resource materials, event admission, lunch and parking will be available free to seniors, their families and caregivers. For more information about the event, download an event poster or view the Sage website. Seniors are encouraged to register by calling 780-809-8604.
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Resources
DEMENTIA ADVICE TELEPHONE SERVICE

The Dementia Advice telephone service is available throughout Alberta by calling Health Link (811). This telephone service provides support for the person living with dementia and their caregivers. 

Dementia Advice responds to the immediate needs of persons with dementia living in community settings and their care partners who require health related advice, education, information or emotional support for events that occur during the course of dementia. 

The Dementia Advice nurses are Registered Nurses with education and experience in dementia care and are able to offer specialized clinical advice. The Dementia Advice nurse conducts an assessment, provides supportive listening and short term psychosocial support for the caller, and facilitates linkages with resources for the person with dementia and for the caregiver.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Professional Development
NAVIGATING THE MEDIA RELATIONS TRIFECTA OF EARNED, PAID, AND OWNED MEDIA
Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com
September 13, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
$50

Tired of begging for media coverage? Wondering how to engage more social media activists and citizen journalists? Want more control over telling your own stories? This webinar will illustrate how to capitalize on owned, earned and paid media to minimize costs and maximize coverage.
THE ROLE OF THE BOARD IN NONPROFIT STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
Nonprofit Quarterly
September 13, 3 - 4 p.m. (Eastern)

As a nonprofit board or staff member, you have a tremendous responsibility, and you are right to take this responsibility seriously. We need to think about how our work is impacted by the work of others, how our programs and goals overlap or intersect, and how we might be limited by current resources, programs, or scale. Critically, we must also consider how our efforts could be accelerated and amplified by working together. This webinar will help leaders think through critical questions they should be asking themselves about the landscape in which the organization is operating, and the moments where formalized partnerships with others can help advance the organization's mission and impact.
THE GREAT DIVIDE: BRIDGING INTERGENERATIONAL GAPS TO FULLY ENGAGE YOUR VOLUNTEERS
CharityVillage
September 13, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar will consider how to successfully implement volunteer succession planning by bridging the gap between millennial and boomer volunteers. By investigating and implementing innovative methods of engagement, your organization can facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience between the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow. We'll explore how to do this by creating desirable, value-added experiences to develop strong volunteer-centred engagement programs that are aligned with the Canadian Code of Volunteer standards (CCVI) best practices.
AMP UP YOUR FUNDRAISING APPEAL'S PERSUASIVE POWER: RESEARCH FROM PSYCHOLOGY & NEUROSCIENCE
bloomerang
September 20, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Research reveals how much principles of psychology and neuroscience influence donor choices. This webinar will show savvy fundraisers how to use these smart, research-based tools to improve messaging and calls to action.
KEY STRATEGIES TO MEASURE THE IMPACT OF YOUR ORGANIZATION
Grantspace
September 20, 2 - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)
$49

In today's nonprofit sector, the ability to understand, measure and communicate your impact has become increasingly important. Funding depends on it - so does internal decision-making. Yet many nonprofits understandably struggle with the process. This webinar acknowledges the common pitfalls faced by nonprofits seeking to measure their impact and offers a clear path forward.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
RECREATION AND WELLNESS DIRECTORY FOR OLDER ADULTS

If you're looking for arts, fitness, technology, health and recreational activities, check out the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults.  The 2018-2019 directory includes more than 1400 group programs, clubs, courses and events for Edmontonians 55+ offered by 51 organizations.

You can pick up a free print copy at the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (#255 Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre) or you can search the online version of the directory. Our new platform makes it easy to search and filter results, and the large print and full screen layout make it easy to read. 
THURSDAY LUNCHEON WITH ENTERTAINMENT
Southwest Senior's Outreach Society 
September 13
Location: Pleasantview Community League Hall (10860 57 Ave)
$10/member and $12/non-member

Entertainment for September 13 is Night Hawks. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. but you can purchase your ticket as late as 11:45 a.m. Call 780-435-9515 for more information or visit www.swseniors.com.
ACTIVE FOR LIFE!
City of Edmonton
September 13, 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Terwillegar Recreation Centre

Join in this morning of moving and learning! Choose from a variety of mini sessions designed specifically for the active older adult, including Chair Yoga, Essentrics, Healthy Eating, Spin Gold, Tai Chi, Zumba Gold and much more.

Admission is free for City of Edmonton Recreation Centre members and members can also bring a friend for free. Non-members pay a drop-in rate.

Visit a Recreation Centre admissions desk or call 311 to register using barcode 646831.
LIFE MEMBER AND WELCOME BACK LUNCHEON
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
September 14, doors open at 11:30 a.m.
$10

Similar to going back to school, seniors centre members look forward to seeing friends and colleagues after the summer travel months. Help welcome everyone back and honor dedicated members at the Welcome Back lunch. Luncheon includes cooked ham, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, squares and beverages. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
CLUB WEEK
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
Sept 17 - 21

NESA offers more than 25 clubs covering topics such as games, creative arts, and travel. Learn about these exciting clubs by dropping in on their club day to chat with club members and ask questions.  Page 15 of NESA's July/August newsletter lists the days of the week and times the clubs meet. Call 780-496-6969 to learn more.
COMPUTER TUTORIALS
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Monday afternoons starting September 24
$45/$80 per session

New this fall CLSA is offering one-on-one computer tutorials to teach you what you need to know. These customized focused training opportunities are designed to address operational and/or software concerns you might have with your smartphone or iPhone, iPad, Android tablet or laptop. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
BOY LAYTON: HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
September 24, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$15

SWESA is excited to welcome Bob Layton to share some proven strategies on how to write your life story. Lots of laughs are guaranteed! This workshop will include:
  • 90-minute entertaining PowerPoint presentation
  • Your very own workbook for your very own memories
  • Triggers to help you remember "back in the day"
  • The right questions about childhood, marriage, jobs, and travel
  • Challenges, tragedies, failures, and accomplishments
  • Surprise questions you would never have thought to include
Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200.
ANNUAL FALL BAZAAR
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
September 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free admission

The bazaar features White Elephant, jewelry, books, woodwork, knitting, sewing, quilts, artwork, DVD's, games, Christmas items, and a bake table too. Visit www.strathconaplace.com or call 780-433-5807 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
ABBOTT SCHOOL TALES AND TALENTS PROGRAM

Abbott School (12045 34 Street) serves elementary school children in Edmonton's northeast. Many of the Abbott students have experienced significant and toxic stress which has a negative impact on growth and development. This program, supported by Sage, helps improve the "Executive Functions" of the young brain and provides opportunities to learn to be flexible; to use working memory; to plan and organize; and to stop and think before acting. Senior volunteers both encourage and model these behaviours with in-class support from the school mental health nurse.

Volunteer Commitment:
Wednesday afternoons from 12:45 to 3 p.m. during the school year. While an on-going commitment is appreciated, a "drop-in when you can" model is also offered

Qualifications:
  • Desire to work with children
  • Ability to get to and from the school
Benefits:
  • Opportunity to work with young children who really enjoy the program
  • Experiencing the joy of really making a difference in young lives
  • Training opportunities to learn new skills
  • Opportunity to socialize with a great group of volunteers
  • Coffee and treats
For more information or an opportunity to visit the program contact Ron Nichol at 780 465-2368 or ronnichol@shaw.ca.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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