News for Agency Staff 

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


 
Sector Issues
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.
We can help you promote your seniors programming
The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council is accepting submissions for the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults. If your organization offers group programs, activities and events for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area, we want to know about them!
There is no charge to include your information in this annual publication. More than 9000 copies were distributed last year and we plan to print even more this year, so your organization will get lots of exposure for your programming.
Review last year's edition of the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults to get an idea of the types of activities included and contact Janelle at janelle@seniorscouncil.net or 780-423-5635 to get a submission form. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 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.
Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards
The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Nominations are accepted until September 20.
Support for Fort McMurray seniors
Edmonton seniors organizations are responding to the needs of seniors who have been displaced by the fires in the Fort McMurray area. ESCC has compiled a list of seniors organizations offering supports and services to Fort McMurray seniors currently staying in Edmonton and has provided it to relief organizations, media and seniors sector stakeholders.
ESCC will update the list online as new information is received. If your organization would like to be added to the list, contact Janelle, ESCC's Communications Coordinator at memberservices@seniorscouncil.net.
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.