News for Agency Staff 

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


 
Sector Issues
Alberta Seniors' Week Events
Alberta Seniors’ Week, June 6–12, is an opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions seniors have made to the community and continue to make every day. Join in one of the many events celebrating seniors during Seniors’ Week: arts workshops and exhibits, a learning and living symposium, teas, concerts, a health and wellness fair, informative workshops, open houses, barbecues and much more!
Nursing Homes and Home Care Regulations Review
Edmonton Open House
June 2 and 3, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Delta Edmonton South (4440 Gateway Blvd.)
Alberta Health is undertaking a review of continuing care regulations that are expiring in 2017 and representatives of seniors organizations are invited to provide feedback at an upcoming open house.
The Home Care Regulation will be discussed during the morning (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.). Discussion will focus on:
-The basket of services provided in home care
-Home support services such as housekeeping and home maintenance
-Meeting the needs of caregivers
The Nursing Homes Regulations will be discussed during the afternoon (1 to 4:30 p.m.). Discussion will focus on: 
-Care providers
-Eligibility
-Social and leisure activities
-Meal requirements
RSVP to continuingcare@malatest.com or by calling toll free 1-866-247-6465. Online registration starts May 20. Alberta Health will also provide an opportunity for people to contribute feedback electronically. If you are interested in providing feedback this way contact continuingcare@malatest.com.
Tools for Inclusion
The City of Edmonton has developed a toolkit specifically designed for senior serving organizations that can be used to ensure that facilities, programs and services feel welcoming and inclusive to all seniors.
A launch event is being held:
May 31, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mill Woods Seniors & Multicultural Centre (2nd floor, 2610 Hewes Way)
Every organization that attends will receive a printed copy of the toolkit which includes checklists and planning tools that can assist you with programming, communications, and strategic planning. A short presentation will introduce the toolkit followed by social time to discuss the diversity and inclusion needs in your organization in a fun and informal environment. Consultants from ZenEv & Associates and Centre for Race and Culture will be available to answer questions and provide support for inclusion initiatives.
RSVP to shelley.kwong@edmonton.ca or 780-496-5905 by May 27.
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.
Congratulations to Sage Award nominees and recipients
Congratulations to all Sage Award nominees and recipients who were honoured at the award ceremony May 11. Four of ESCC’s current and past board members were acknowledged – Mary Fung, Sheila MacKay, Anna Der and Shameem Siddiqui. Thank you all for your efforts. The Sage Awards, presented by Servus Credit Union, recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of seniors in Greater Edmonton.
Seniors on the Go Program
Edmonton Transit is now accepting applications from recreational, social and residential seniors groups for the 2016 Seniors on the Go Program. Seniors on the Go combines ETS instruction with community-based field trips on ETS buses and trains. The program is designed to familiarize seniors with public transit options, services and features to help them become confident independent public transit users. The sessions include information and instruction on age-friendly features and programs, how to pay fares, where to find fare products, where to go for trip planning assistance, safety and security tips. The sessions also include a trip to a popular community destination. Call 780-944-5593 for information on how to get involved and to get an application.
Free workspaces for Fort McMurray Nonprofits
ALIGN, Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, and Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council are pleased to offer free workspaces for nonprofit and charitable organizations displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfires. Two workspaces with private phone lines and laptops are available. Workspaces can be booked by contacting Sharon at 780.801.4727 or at volunteerism@ecvo.ca. We send our thoughts and well wishes to those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas. To all the brave first responders, thank you for your service.
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.
Hoarding Data Collection Project
May 2016
The Edmonton Hoarding Coalition is attempting to gain a more accurate picture of the amount of resources expended on cases involving hoarding within the city of Edmonton through a Data Collection Project. This data will give a clearer indication of both the financial and social ramifications of hoarding behaviors in Edmonton.
It is imperative to enlist the participation of as many agencies and community service providers as possible in this project, as the coalition hopes the resulting data will aid in informing policies and services. Participants will be asked to track the amount of encounters and time spent on cases of hoarding throughout the month of May by using a survey tool provided through an online link. The survey tool allows for simple as well as complex encounters and single as well as multiple encounters. 
If you would like to participate in this important project, email Colleen Derksen at cderksen@mysage.ca or Haley Gardiner at Haley.Gardiner@covenanthealth.ca. An email including the link will be sent out this Friday and the link will be activated on May 1.
Budget 2016
The Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Alberta Seniors and Housing, has provided information about how Budget 2016 impacts seniors and seniors organizations. In a letter dated April 14, 2016, Minister Sigurdson notes:
-Funding for all programs is maintained or increased.
-Eligible seniors will continue to receive monthly income supplements based on need through the Alberta Seniors Benefit program.
-The level of support currently provided by the Alberta Seniors Benefit program for low-income residents or approved supportive living and long term care facilities remains unchanged.
-Funding assistance under the Special Needs Assistance program will remain available to eligible seniors.
-The Government of Alberta will continue to support community-based programs through community grants.
-The budget provides significant capital investments to build more affordable housing, renew existing housing, provide fire and safety upgrades to seniors facilities and renew seniors lodges.
-The Seniors Advisory Council of Alberta will be dissolved.
Older Adults Needs Assessment
In November 2015 the Age Friendly Edmonton Social and Recreation Participation Working Group contracted Bannister Research to complete a needs assessment among Edmonton seniors about recreation participation and other indicators of engagement in the community. The Highlight Report and Final Report contain a wealth of current statistics and information highlighting Edmonton seniors’ perspectives on recreation, social isolation, volunteering, services for aging in place, and safety.