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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.
Review the Healthy U website for an informative series of articles on the benefits of physical activity for older adults. Does strength training really help? Does using Nordic walking poles offer added benefits? Get some great tips to be healthier through physical activity.
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 September 30 (note the change in date) 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.
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
 
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.
Sage is offering Better Balance Drop-in Classes (Slips, Trips & Falls Prevention) on Mondays until December 1. The classes led by University of Alberta students will help older adults reduce falls, improve physical function and improve balance. Cost is $5/session. Contact 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
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 a video 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 by Creative 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.
The Boyle Street Community League is hosting senior ballroom dancing at the Boyle Street Plaza (9538 103A Avenue) on September 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. Call 780-422-5857 or email info@boylestreetcl.com for more information. $5.
The GeriActors & Friends are collaborating with the University of Alberta Department of Drama, Dance Exchange and Stagebridge to present Storytelling, Dance, and Shakespeare: Integrating personal stories, movement and Shakespearian text. Seniors are invited to participate in the free Public Workshop, Sept 20 from 1 – 3 p.m. and the Dance Extravaganza Performance and Potluck, Sept 21 from 3 – 5 p.m. Review the poster for more details on these events which will take place in the Second Playing Space, Timms Centre for the Arts on 87 Ave and 112 Street. For more information or to reserve a place, contact GeriActors, 780-248-1556 or geriactors.friends@gmail.com.
The Mill Woods Seniors Activity Centre (7207 - 28 Ave) is hosting a Fire Prevention at Home presentation on September 23 at 10:30 a.m. The presentation is free and there is no need to register in advance. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
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. from September 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.
Quality wine paired with luxury cars! Italia with Gusto is an elegant and festive evening of wine sampling in support of Edmonton Meals on Wheels. Join Vinomania’s Gurvinder Bhatia on September 25 at 7 p.m. for a night of exceptional Italian wine and food tasting. There are incredible auction items, live entertainment, and a raffle for tickets for two anywhere WestJet flies (with only 100 tickets printed!) The event will be at the Porsche Centre Edmonton (17007-111 Avenue). Tickets are $100 and available on line at www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org or by phone 780-429-2020.
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 - 176 St) is celebrating Alberta Culture Days on September 26 and 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy an art walk, demonstrations, art lessons and entertainment for the entire family, all for free.
Seniors, their families and caregivers interested in future housing options and seniors’ services & resources are encouraged to attend the eighth Seniors’ Housing Forum on September 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 St). The event, lunch and parking are free. Door prizes will be drawn for at the end of the day. View the event poster or visit the website for more information about the sessions. Pre-registration is requested. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 310 or email jlparenteau@mysage.ca .
Edmonton West Primary Care Network offers Active Living for Everyone which is a motivating class on the benefits of exercise and how and why to get started with activity. The next available workshop is September 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will be held in the basement education room at 8707 – 155 St. Workshops can be booked by email at workshops@edmontonwestpcn.com or by phone at 780-443-7477. Learn more about this and other workshops at www.edmontonwestpcn.com/workshops.
South West Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA) presents Self Help Massage Tips onSeptember 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. A Registered Massage Therapist will teach simple self-treatment tools to help decrease pain and increase overall wellness. Call 587-987-3200 to register. Cost is $20 plus an optional $2 for class materials and the class will be held at the Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 – 19 Ave) .
 
October
Be part of a live audience in a reenactment of three films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Watch these stories come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast.Hitchcock Radio Show, October 1-5 at Fort Edmonton Park. To purchase tickets, call (780) 496-7381 or go to www.fortedmontonpark.ca .
Join the Edmonton Seniors Centre for an Oktoberfest Lunch & Party on October 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Edmonton General Hospital’s auditorium (11111 Jasper Ave). Lunch, entertainment, and prizes for the best costume. Tickets are $15. Call 780-342-8625 for information.
Central Lions Seniors Association is hosting their Welcome Back Dinner, Dance and Fun Silent Auction on October 3. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner is at 5:45 p.m. and the dance at 8 p.m. Music by the Hi-Lites with a cash bar and late night luncheon. Purchase tickets by September 26 for the Dinner/Dance/Luncheon (CLSA members $30 and non-members $35) or Dance/Luncheon (CLSA members $15 and non-members $20). Limited tickets at the door. Venue: 11113-113 St. Call 780-496-7369 for information.
Strathcona Place Senior Centre hosts their annual Falling Leaves Bazaar on October 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every room at the centre (10831 University Ave) is filled with, books, puzzles, jewelry, arts and crafts, pottery, handmade sewing, quilting articles and much more. The $1.50 entry fee treats you to delicious cake and beverage in the ‘Tea Room’ and provides the chance to win amazing prizes.
Edmonton's first Fit Forever Festival runs October 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Northgate Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (7524-139 Ave). The festival, sponsored by Age Friendly Edmonton, features information sessions for seniors, educators and anyone interested in learning about fitness in Edmonton for the senior population. Attendees can also pick up useful resources at the information fair. The cost is $15 (which includes lunch) and pre-registration is required. Call 3-1-1 for more information and to register. More details about sessions will be released soon. Stay tuned.
The art exhibit Potpourri — 50 years of dabbling, drawing and snapping life’s experiences, delights, and characters will be on display from October 7 to 29 at the Strathcona Place Senior Centre. The exhibit features a collection of oils, caricatures, and photos by Cliff and Rosemarie Cunningham, Peter Letendre, and Mike Yamada. You’re also invited to the Art Reception Open House on October 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Art of Aging Conference takes place October 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Hall (200 Boundary Road, Spruce Grove). Tickets are $25 and are available at Stony Plain FCSS (4905-51 Ave, 780-963-8583), Spruce Grove FCSS (#105, 505 Queen St, 780-962-7618) or Parkland County Office (53109A HWY 779, 780-963-3233) Advance tickets only. Presentations include the Alzheimers Society of Alberta, Emergency Preparedness and AB Seniors. Entertainment, door prizes and lunch are included. Contact Deanna Butz at 780-963-8644.
Sage is hosting a Thanksgiving Buffet on October 9 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The deluxe buffet includes thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings plus salads, cranberry sauce, dessert and coffee/tea for $15.95 (members) or $17.95 (non-members). Enjoy or dance along to live music from “Danielle & Linda” during and after dinner. Purchase tickets by October 6. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
Thanksgiving Dinner at the North West Edmonton Seniors Society (formerly Calder Senior Drop In Society) will be held October 10. Doors open at 12 p.m. and dinner is at 12:30 p.m. Advance tickets only to be purchased before October 6. Members $12 and non-members $15.
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