News and Events

 
News
You may have heard that there is a new voting system in place for the Progressive Conservative leadership vote this September. PC members will be able to cast their ballots online, by phone and in person at polling stations around the province. This FAQ explains the voting process and gives details about obtaining your PIN for online voting and how to vote over the phone.
The Edmonton Heritage Council wants to hear your stories about the people, places, things and moments that have shaped Edmonton. The Edmonton City as Museum Project (ECAMP) invites Edmontonians to contribute photos, videos and stories to the interactive website.
Edmonton West Primary Care Network offers a walking group every Monday and Wednesday. Meet in the lobby at noon to do 15 minutes of resistance tubing and then walk around the Meadowlark area on quiet streets and return to the PCN building at 1 p.m. The walking group accommodates all speeds, but participants must be able to walk for 45 minutes. The address of the PCN is 8707–155 St. Call 780-443-7477 for more information.
Learn how to drive along bike routes on city roads. Bike lanes, shared-use lanes and bike boxes increase comfort for both motorists and cyclists and help everyone follow the rules of the road. Visit edmonton.ca/together to learn more and watch videos demonstrating how to interact with bike infrastructure.
Do you know someone with a beautiful balcony? Consider nominating them for the Balconies in Bloom award. Recognition is available in three categories: Individual Balcony in Bloom, Building in Bloom (General) and Building in Bloom (Commercial). Nominations close August 15. Nomination instructions and details are online.
Alberta Health Services has created a Continuing Care Resolution Team which will assist patients and families with unresolved concerns related to continuing care placement and care. The team will work on resolving issues in public and privately-operated continuing care facilities and is available as of July 7, 2014. A Continuing Care Concerns email account (continuingcare@albertahealthservices.ca) and phone line (1-844-468-2930) will serve as a central point of contact for those with concerns about continuing care placements and will connect people with resources.
The City of Edmonton has launched the Edmonton Insight Community, an online community where Edmontonians can provide their views on important topics and learn about city initiatives. They want to make sure seniors perspectives are represented so seniors are encouraged to join the community. Learn more about the community and register to provide input on city services and projects.
Grant funding available through the Residential Access Modification Program (RAMP) has recently increased to $7500. RAMP provides grants to help lower-income Albertans with mobility challenges modify their homes to be more accessible. Seniors who use a wheelchair or four-wheel walker qualify. Eligibility requirements and application details can be found on the RAMP fact sheet and website. More information is also available by phone – Edmonton local: 780-427-5760 or toll free anywhere in Alberta: 1-877-427-5760.
The Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan with the Alberta government. To be eligible you must be an Alberta resident over the age of 65 and have a minimum of 25% equity in your home. Learn more on the program’s website or call 1-877-644-9992.
To ensure Alberta’s Transportation Strategy reflects the needs of an aging population, Albertans are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft strategy.  You can complete a short survey or a more in-depth workbook.
 People with dementia and their care partners have a new way to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and connect with others. The ASANT Café developed by the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories officially launched April 23. This online community has discussion forums, educational programs and resources such as videos and frequently asked questions.
Arts Health Network Canada (AHNC) invites contributions for their Reflection Series. Each month, the AHNC website and e-newsletter feature a short article submitted by an individual reflecting on how the arts have contributed to their personal health, healing or wellbeing. The Reflection Series aims to increase Canadians' appreciation and understanding that arts engagement can contribute to individual, community and population health and wellbeing. Refer to the Call for Reflections for more information and submission guidelines.
The Centre for  Elder Research in partnership with CARP and Amgen Canada, is exploring how the health care system could be made easier for patients to navigate, especially when trying to access specific supports or services. Share your thoughts in their patient navigation choicebook.
The Retiring Minds Research Team from the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services is conducting a project to see how much seniors know about the medical research process and to understand barriers to seniors’ participation in medical research. To participate in this confidential survey, complete the online survey, email rmsyme@ucalgary.ca for a paper copy or contact Suzanne Vorvis by phone 403-239-6065 to get a paper copy.
A number of Edmonton and area Alberta Health Services’ Primary Care Networks are challenging seniors to Get Out, Get Active during the next three months. The goal is to walk 448,000 steps, enough to get to Jasper. Seniors can do this as individuals or as teams with a maximum of eight members. A kick-off party is scheduled for April 13 at City Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. For a brochure with more details about how to get involved, go here.
“It’s not easy to talk about how you want the end of your life to be. But it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones.” The Conversation Project has a starter kit that will “help you get your thoughts together and then have the conversation”. For more information and to download resources, go here.
Nearly half (47 per cent) of Canadians are “concerned about the safety of an aging family member on the road.” To address this concern, the Canadian Automobile Association launched a new online portal to help “seniors and their loved ones assess driving skills, learn about changing abilities, and, if needed, modify driving habits.” The web tool pinpoints areas of improvement, provides information about physical changes that affect driving, and includes tips and reminders for managing challenging driving conditions. To access the tool, go here.
Edmonton Transit System now provides bus schedule information for all routes via email. “A few moments after sending an email to ETSLive@edmonton.ca with the stop number in the subject line, a customer will receive a return email with the next departure times for that stop. This new technology augments the ETS Live Bus Finder web service, http://etslive.edmonton.ca/, launched in November.”
A BMO Wealth Institute survey found that more than half of Canadians (54 per cent) recognize that the most serious drawback for families of not having estate planning conversations between parents, their children and their other heirs is the potential for conflict between surviving family members after the death of a loved one. “Hurt feelings and damaged family relationships can be avoided. Your personal legacy depends more on the effective communication of your values, plans and beliefs than on the items that can be neatly summarized in the paragraphs in your will.” To read more, go here.
Caring for an older adult can be fulfilling but the responsibilities can “impact you physically, mentally and emotionally. And that could lead to the kind of distress that could result in serious health problems.” To find out if you are experiencing more stress than you realize, CaregiverStress.com invites you to use its Family Caregiver Distress Assessment tool. To check it out, go here.
Senior Abilities Unlimited recommends 11 strengthening exercises to help older adults reduce their risk of falls. To try them out, go here.
The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital's Older Adult Rehabilitation Team provides information and printed resources for caregivers of older adults. The information can be found here. If you wish to have a printed version of the resources, call 780-735-6142. Some of the topics presented are activities of daily living (hygiene, oral health, dehydration); behavior changes (signs and symptoms of delirium); safety in the home (falls, medication management); and caregiver concerns.
The Housing Opportunities Program for Edmonton helps "qualifying homeowners bring their homes to a minimum standard of health and safety relating to plumbing, heating, electrical, structural, fire safety, disability modifications and energy efficiency.” HOPE offers conditional grant funding up to a maximum of $20,000. Applicants will be considered for up to $2,000 in additional funding for energy efficient upgrades and may also receive up to $1,000 for exterior home improvements. For more information, including an application package, go here.
Wecan Food Basket Society is a non-profit organization that helps seniors “stretch their food dollars and buy healthy fresh food” at a reasonable cost. Every month the society organizes a group grocery buy and distributes the purchases through 30 depots in and around Edmonton. On or before the first Friday of the month, members (annual membership is $5 but potential members get a free one month tryout before they join) go to their nearest depot and pre-pay for their groceries. On the third Thursday or Friday of the same month, members return to the same depot to pick up their groceries. For more information, call 780-413-4525 or go to www.wecanfood.com. To find out if there’s a depot near you, go here.
The City of Edmonton's Waste Management Branch offers an assisted waste collection service for customers who have difficulty getting their recycling or garbage to the curb or lane. Collectors pick up garbage or recycling from outside the front or back door of the home. There is no additional charge for this service. For more information call 780-496-5698 or go to www.edmonton.ca/waste.
Edmonton Meals on WheelsSavvy Shopper service provides a personal shopper who will run errands and do personal shopping for any item and at any store the client wishes. For more information, go here or call 780-429-2020.
The Glenrose Senior’s Continence Clinic provides an “expert outpatient service for older people with problems related to their bladder or bowel function”. Services are available to older adults age 60+ in the Edmonton area. You can ask your family physician to make a referral or refer yourself. To make an appointment, call 780-735-8820 or email seniors.continence@gmail.com. For more information, and to complete a bladder control questionnaire that provides feedback on the seriousness of your symptoms, go here.
As you prepare for the transition from driving to being a passenger, or deal with the cost of transportation as an older adult whether or not you have ever driven a car, it may be helpful to budget for expenses with the knowledge of how much it costs to own and operate a vehicle on an annual basis. The Alberta Motor Association can help you with those calculations, based on national averages. For more information, go here.
Interested in using public transit but concerned about mobility difficulties? Edmonton Transit System’s Mobility Choices Travel Training provides free customized group and one-on-one training on how to use the transit service and features that meet your needs. Training can also be arranged for newcomers and agency representatives who work with seniors, newcomers and clients with mobility challenges. For more information or to book a training session, phone 780-496-3000 or email ETSTravelTraining@edmonton.ca.
Age Friendly Edmonton is offering a new Community Innovation Fund for community leagues. “Onetime only grants of up to $5,000/project are available for approximately four age friendly community projects this year. The projects should be inclusive, community-based and support the needs of seniors. Where possible, seniors should be involved with the planning and implementation of the projects. Matching contributions of funding or in-kind support is required.” To apply, complete the letter of intent found here or here. For more information on Age Friendly Edmonton, go here.
Move is a free exercise program that provides the opportunity for Edmontonians to be physically active alongside a family physician and a kinesiologist.” The program “encourages participants to be active outside, without needing to go to a gym or buy any exercise equipment”. It combines walking, strength training and physical activity. “We meet at the southeast parking lot in Hawrelak Park every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. year round. This program is targeted for beginner and intermediate fitness levels.” Register by emailing drdouglasklein@gmail.ca or contacting the Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network at 780-701-5393.
 
 
 
Events
 
July
The North West Edmonton Seniors Society Market Garden (12963 - 120 St) is now open on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the sales of the locally-grown products will be put toward the society’s fundraising projects.
Is the nice weather bringing out your musical tendencies? Participate in the Wednesday afternoon Jam Sessions at North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 - 120 St). The drop-in fee is $1 for members and $4 for non-members.
Programs running over the summer at the Southwest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA) include:Gentle Yoga on Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m., $7 drop-in fee (bring a yoga mat and blanket) and the New Art Group on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Participants bring their own art supplies and create art in a supportive environment. Programs take place at the Yellowbird East Community Centre at 10710 – 19 Ave. Call 587-987-3200 for more information .
North West Edmonton Seniors Society has a summer walking group starting July 16 at 9 a.m. Phone 780-451-1925 for more information.
Central Lions Seniors Association fall program registration begins July 22. Review the program guide to get an idea of what is offered.
Meet Betty Carveth Dunn, pitcher for the Rockford Peaches of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League at the Westend Seniors Activity Centre’s Picnic in the Ball Park on July 25 starting at 3 p.m. There will be a barbecue and a showing of the movie A League of Their Own which was modelled after Betty’s experience. The event will continue to an Edmonton Prospects baseball game at Telus Field where Betty will be throwing the first pitch! $25 tickets include barbecue, movie, transportation to Telus Field and tickets to the Prospects game. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
On July 28 there will be a Whist tournament at the Mill Woods Seniors Activity Centre (7207-28 Ave) starting at 12:30 p.m. Cost to enter is $4. Call 780-496-2997 for more details.
Sage presents a do-it-yourself workshop called All About Faces That Glow! on July 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. Let your beauty show and your face glow with Aunt Milly's all-natural face cream, face cleanser and eye gel recipes that are easy to make in your own kitchen. Register by July 21. Cost is $45 for members and $54 for non-members.
Enjoy a variety of entertainment at the North Edmonton Seniors Association Wednesday night dances: July 30 (Sparkling Tones), August 6 (Chwill Brothers), August 13 (Sparkling Tones), August 20 (Diamonds) and August 27 (Hi Lites). The cost for the dances which run from 7 to 10 p.m. is $7 for NESA members and $10 for non-members. Dinner before the dance is also available for $17. Dinners must be ordered by phoning 780-406-0840 by the Monday prior to the dance/dinner you’re attending. NESA is located at 7524-139 Ave.
North Edmonton Seniors Association (NESA) still has room on the following Summer Safari daytrips: Stony Plain (the town with the painted past) on July 31, Lac La Biche Mission on Aug. 14 and PaSu Sheep Farm on Aug. 21. Phone 780-496-6969 or visit their events web page for all the details.
 
August
Thinking of signing up for Sage’s BrainFitness program, but want to learn about it first? Attend a free information session on Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. to learn about this program that improves memory and helps thinking.
This year’s Experience the Bounty in Beaver County runs from August 8 – 10 and a free bus tour departing from Tofield is offered. Call 780-662-2651 by August 5 to register. This event includes farm and garden tours, live music, tours of art galleries and museums and much more.
Join the Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre for a lunch and cruise on Sylvan Lake on August 11. The cost is $50 and you must RSVP by calling 780-488-4241.
The South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) invites players from other senior centres to participate in two Fun Days: Pickleball Fun Day Aug. 14 12:30–4:30 p.m. for $3 and Badminton Fun Day Aug. 15 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. for $2. Drop by (9350 - 82 St.) or call (780-468-1985) or call to register.
The Westend Seniors Activity Centre has organized an Edmonton Queen Riverboat trip on Aug. 14. Bus pick up is 10 a.m. at the centre and return time is 2 p.m. Lunch included. $53 for members and $58 for non-members. Call 780-483-1209 for more details.
The Alberta Motor Association’s CarFit for Older Drivers program is being held at the Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113-113 St) on August 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. AMA experts will adjust your seats, mirrors and other components to ensure safety and comfort when driving. The event is free but you must pre-register by calling 780-496-7369 .
The Boyle Street Community League is hosting senior ballroom dancing at the Boyle Street Plaza (9538 103A Avenue) on August 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. They’ve arranged pick up locations at the Churchill Square LRT station (Bus stop 1617 Citadel North), Chinatown Multicultural Centre and Pioneer Place Senior Citizens Centre. Call 780-422-5857 or email info@boylestreetcl.com for more information. $5.
The Canada 55+ Games are being held in Western Canada for the first time in over 10 years. The event promotes physical, spiritual and mental wellness among Canadians 55 years of age or older and features competition in 24 events. There is also a health and wellness fair and cultural activities to participate in. Check it out August 27-30 in Strathcona County.
 
September
Learn more about DATS at their Open House on September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet the staff, take a tour and learn about online trip bookings, SmartBus and more. Location: 5610-86 St. RSVP by August 15 to Arlene.Wicentowich@edmonton.ca or 780-496-8212.
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