News for Agency Staff 

Items on this page provide information and resources beneficial to those working in the senior-serving sector.

Sector Issues
New Alberta Seniors Advocate
Sheree Kwong See has been appointed Alberta’s new Seniors Advocate and will begin her term September 1, 2016. The Seniors Advocate assists in dealing with concerns about government programs and services including, housing, income and health benefit support programs, health and home care services and continuing care. The advocate also advises government on trends and systemic issues that concern seniors and their families. Learn more about how the Seniors Advocate supports seniors and their families.
Input on Nursing Home and Home Care Services
Alberta Health is undertaking a review of continuing care regulations that expire in 2017. The regulations under review as part of the Nursing Homes and Home Care Regulations review include the following:
-Nursing Homes Operation Regulation
-Nursing Homes General Regulation
-Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation
Read the news release from the Government of Alberta. If you wish to participate in the review, you can do so by responding to an online survey. You can also provide your feedback at a session on July 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Conference Room A (level 0). RSVP your attendance and any specific dietary restrictions to Lisa Watson at or 780-735-8814.
Aging Better Together Storybook
Age Friendly Edmonton has released an engaging collection of stories that demonstrates how the work of Age Friendly Edmonton is improving life for Edmonton seniors. The Aging Better Together storybook features ideas and initiatives that can be emulated to make Edmonton a city that’s happier, safer, friendlier, warmer, and more interesting, for everyone of every age.
Seniors activities advertising opportunity
Postmedia plans to publish a Seniors Activities & Programs supplement in the August 2016 issues of Today’s Senior (Edmonton Journal) and Living 50 Plus (Edmonton Examiner). For this supplement Postmedia is open to ads focusing on activities, events, health and wellness programs, nutrition services, recreation programs, and volunteer opportunities for seniors. The information sheet provides details on costs, deadlines, and ad specs.
Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy Engagement
The Government of Alberta is developing a strategy to improve the affordable housing system and ensure Albertans will have affordable housing options in the future. Affordable housing includes the Seniors Self-Contained Program and Seniors Lodge Program.
Albertans are encouraged to review background documents to learn more about Alberta’s affordable housing system and provide input that will inform the strategy by completing an online survey.
Boland Not-For-Profit Sector Survey
The Boland Survey of Not-For-Profit Sector Salaries and Human Resource Practices provides the only source of comprehensive and affordable labour market and compensation data for the nonprofit sector.
Results from the survey allow non-profit organizations to make informed decisions about compensation and other HR practices. Only participating organizations are eligible to purchase the survey reports. The survey will be open until September 1, 2016.
Age Friendly Edmonton Innovation Fund
Do you have an idea for a project that will support seniors in your community? The Age Friendly Edmonton Innovation Fund supports new projects that involve seniors and build local communities that value, respect and actively support the well-being of seniors.
The Innovation Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 for community projects that best meet the following goals:
-Community support services are inclusive and responsive in meeting the needs of seniors
-The community is engaged in meeting the needs of seniors
Priority will be given to community leagues and other community-based organizations in Edmonton with not-for-profit status.
Projects will address social isolation
ESCC is excited to announce that funding has been confirmed for the Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS). Six projects will address isolation among Edmonton seniors by increasing the number of socially isolated seniors who receive support, who participate regularly in activities and who feel connected to their communities. ESCC will serve as a backbone for this collaboration by providing coordination and evaluation support.
The PEGASIS partners are: Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network, Greater Edmonton Foundation Seniors Housing, Lifestyle Helping Hands Seniors Association, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton and Westend Seniors Activity Centre.
Funding was received through the Government of Canada New Horizons for Seniors Program. In 2015 there was a call for proposals for Pan-Canadian Projects that would address social isolation at a population level among seniors. Review the news release for more information on the projects and the New Horizons for Seniors Program.
This is good news for Edmonton. A recent Age Friendly Edmonton report showed that one-third of survey respondents (800 Edmonton seniors surveyed) indicated there were things that make it difficult for them to pursue social interactions. Among the most common reasons cited were health reasons, a physical disability/limited mobility and/or financial reasons. The Edmonton PEGASIS work will increase community participation among seniors while connecting them to essential social services and support. We look forward to getting started on these collaborative projects.