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News
Get inspired, expand your horizons and enrich your life! The ESCC’s Physical Activity and Recreation Directory for Older Adults lists over 1000 interesting courses and activities for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area. The directory is available at local seniors organizations, recreation centres and libraries. A searchable database is also available on the ESCC programs web page.
If you’re looking for someone to pick up and deliver groceries, pet food, supplies and other goods, consider hiring Anthony At Your Service, a local errand, pick-up and delivery service employing adults with developmental disabilities. Contact 780-800-9915 or visit www.anthonyatyourservice.com.
The Seniors' Pride Project is conducting research to learn about the hopes and concerns of those who identify as LGBTQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Questioning and 2 Spirited) if they were to move into a seniors’ facility. If you are age 55 and over, and identify as LGBTQ2S, consider completing a short online survey by August 31 to help them gather data. People who are not comfortable with the computer version can also respond on paper and return completed copies to Eric Storey at SAGE, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2E5.
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.
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.
 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.
“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
 
August
Enjoy a variety of entertainment at the North Edmonton Seniors Association Wednesday night dances: 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.
If you’re going to attend the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival this year, consider seeing a play called Band Age. Band Age is a charming comedy following the misadventures of an Edmonton seniors band. The Fringe runs Aug 14-24 in Old Strathcona.
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.
Creative Age Edmonton and the Multicultural Women and Seniors Services Association present a Literary Storytelling Workshop Series led by local writer, and Edmonton's Historian Laureate, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail. The workshops take place from August 25 to September 22. Participation is free, but space is limited. For more information contact 780-465-2992.
An Ice Cream Social is being held at the Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Ave) on August 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network (ESPCN) provides senior-specific medical support to family physicians in their clinics well as group programming and workshops. A pilot community engagement project outlining what ESPCN does and focusing on seniors and their healthy living needs will be held on August 27 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at #200, 9808 – 42 Avenue, Edmonton.  Some spots are still available. This opportunity will ensure a senior perspective as we consider how we all can contribute to building healthy and collaborative communities. If interested in participating, contact Karoline at 780-395-2624 or karoline.kiddine@edmontonsouthsidepcn.ca.
Fort Edmonton Park offers a picnic and movie date night, 1920s style. Enjoy apicnic at the Park followed by the screening of the musical-drama Chicago on August 28 starting at 6 p.m. Experience this date night for only $48.20 for two people. Tickets are available now at www.fortedmontonpark.ca or by calling 780-496-7381.
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
Jewish Family Services Edmonton group sessions on grief and bereavement begin in September. For more information on the sessions and to register, contact Linda Aris at 780.454.1194 x224.
Walk your way to better health with Pole Walking. Sage presents Talk ‘n Walk: An Intro to Pole Walking on September 3 at 10 a.m. Like cross-country skiing without the skis, the Urban Poling Technique is equally as valuable on paved trails and city sidewalks as rugged mountain paths. The presentation and urban-pole trial takes place at Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square). Call 780-423-5510 ext 301 to register. Cost is $5.
On September 5, SEESA is hosting an Open House and Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. – noon. In addition to the pancake breakfast for $6, check out the displays of senior friendly services, clubs and classes, buy your membership and register for fall classes. SEESA is located at 9350 - 82 St.
The Edmonton Seniors Centre’s 4th annual Health & Wellness Fair will be held September 5 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Edmonton General Hospital’s auditorium. Admission is free.
On September 8 join the Jewish Senior Citizens’ Centre for their Mystery Trip. Details such as destination will be announced on the bus. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members and lunch is included. Contact 780-488-4241 to register.
The New Democratic Party leadership candidates will participate in a public forum on September 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Sage. The candidates will address issues related to the well-being of Alberta seniors. Review the poster for more information.
The Central Lions Seniors Association Pancake Breakfast on September 9 from 9 – 11 a.m. is a great opportunity to meet up with friends and chat with some of the instructors. Tickets for the event sponsored by the Edmonton Host Lions Club are $3 and must be purchased by September 5. Call 780-496-7369 for information.
Topics for SWESA’s September Toonie Talks are Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias on September 9 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and Fraud and Identity Theft on September 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Both talks are held at Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 – 19 Ave). Call 587-987-3200 for details.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Mill Woods Seniors Activity Centre Open House to find out more about their programs. The open house runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 11 at 7207 - 28 Ave.
North West Edmonton Seniors Society is hosting a round table discussion on seniors’ issues with Brent Rathgeber, M.P. on September 11.  The discussion runs from 6 – 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
NESA's Welcome Back BBQ, Club Day & Silent Auction is scheduled forSeptember 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 and must be purchased by September 5. The event will be held at Northgate Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (7524-139 Ave). Call 780-496-6969 for information.
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees’ Women’s Committee will host its annual Grandparents Day barbecue at the bandshell on the Provincial Legislature grounds September 11 at 11:30 a.m. There will be musical entertainment, speakers on seniors issues, and free burgers, hot dogs, beverages, and cake for attendees. For more information, contact Mary Kehoe at 780-930-3300.
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.
North West Edmonton Seniors Society presents a Fashion Fest & Lunch on September 12. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon and fashion show to follow. Members $10/non-members $14. Location is 12963 - 120 St.
SEESA is hosting a Pay-What-You-Can Week so people can check out classes before committing to register. From September 15 to 20, instructors will volunteer their time to demonstrate their classes and participants pay what they feel the class was worth. Some of the demo classes include Line Dancing, Chair Yoga, Zumba Gold, Sit Down for Fitness and Fit For your Life.  Contact 780-468-1985 for details.
Explore your creativity and experiment with basic filmmaking techniques in avideo storytelling workshop led by Edmonton filmmaker Eva Colmers. Participants in the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue workshop will work together to create a short film. The workshop presented byCreative Age Edmonton will be held at the Edmonton Public Library Woodcroft Branch (13420-114 Avenue) on Tuesday’s from 1 – 3 p.m. from September 16 to October 14. Register before September 12 for this free workshop by contacting library staff at 780-496-1830.
Creative Age Edmonton invites you to take part in a free Soul Art workshop led by visual artist Elsa Robinson. The workshop runs Tuesdays from 3 – 5 p.m. fromSeptember 23 to October 14 at Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. No previous visual arts experience is required. This workshop is free, but space is limited. Register before September 15 by calling Jana at 780-935-7902 or emailing outreach@creativeageedmonton.ca. Get a taste of what to expect by participating in the Soul Art Drop-in Session during the Kaleido Family Arts Festival on September 14 from noon to 3 p.m. at Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts.
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