News for Agency Staff 

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


ESCC AGM
with panel discussion Social Connection in a Fragmented World

April 28, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Ital-Canadian Seniors Centre (9111 110 Avenue)
Parking is available west of the building, east of the building in the Commonwealth Stadium parking lot and on the street.
We would like to invite our members, partners and supporters to join us as we look at the work of the past year and provide updates on our current projects. There will also be opportunities to network and make new connections so we hope you can join us.
Social Connection in a Fragmented World 
We are pleased to welcome City of Edmonton Councillor Scott McKeen and Michael Phair as our guest speakers. The issue of urban isolation prompted Councillor McKeen to launch a Council initiative aimed at raising awareness of the value of connection to a supportive community as a way to address stress, depression, loneliness and isolation. Michael Phair has been championing isolation reduction in the LGBTQ seniors’ community for several years. This work has focused on creating a supportive community which is inclusive and welcoming. Join us as these two gentlemen reflect on where they see promise in reduction of isolation and what that means for Edmonton seniors.
RSVP by April 21 using the online registration page, or by calling Katie at 780-428-3660 or by emailing admin@seniorscouncil.net.
Seniors Centres of the Future Report
The Seniors Centres of the Future Report has been released today by the City of Edmonton. The report will be discussed at the next meeting of the City’s Citizen and Public Services Committee on March 13.
2017 Laurel Awards
The Laurel Awards, established by Duncan Craig LLP, recognize nonprofit organizations that further their objectives through exceptional creativity and innovation. Monetary awards range from $500 to $5,000. Review the eligibility criteria and submit an application by May 31, 2017.
Age is More Film Project
The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project is an intergenerational initiative which brings together older Canadians and youth from across the country. 120 films have been created so far that tackle topics such as ageism, challenge the perception that an aging population is a burden, and recognize the social and economic contributions of older adults.
Towards a Common Language for Seniors Housing
Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association (ASCHA)
ASCHA is working towards developing a common language for seniors housing that all Albertans understand and feel comfortable using. You can help by completing the Common Terminology Public Survey which will assess how terms used within the seniors' housing industry are understood by Albertans. They hope to identify where more education is needed, or where language needs to be changed. The information collected will help shape a new way of talking about seniors housing.
Share information with seniors about a health study
The ACCESS study being conducted by investigators at the University of Calgary is seeking 4000 more participants. The study is trying to determine the impact of providing free preventive medications and/or a personalized education program based around lifestyle modification and medication use for low income Alberta seniors with chronic health conditions.
By enrolling in the ACCESS study, participants have a 50 per cent chance of receiving free medications through their existing Seniors Blue Cross insurance coverage. Participants do not have to travel anywhere; they will not be required to change their medications, doctor, or pharmacy; and participation is free. More information about the study, including seniors’ inclusion criteria can be found at www.accesstrial.ca
Please help share information with seniors by using the poster and brochure. Print materials can also be ordered by calling 1-844-310-0585 or emailing accesstrial@ucalgary.ca.
2017 Grey Matters Conference: Call for Presenters
The 2017 Grey Matters conference will be held September 11-13 in Hinton. The conference offers provincial seniors service providers opportunities to network, gain knowledge and increase awareness of issues, supports and services for seniors.
The conference planning committee invites submissions from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the conference. The committee’s vision for the conference​ is Footprints in the Foothills and will focus on the benefits of an active seniors’ community. Preference will be given to presentations using one or more of the following topics: engaging seniors in healthy life styles, Age-Friendly community development, seniors and technology, multiculturalism and diversity, mental health and wellness, seniors housing, elder abuse prevention programs, employment, different demographics within seniors, self esteem, and succession planning.
Learn more about the call for presenters and poster presentations. The deadline for submissions is March 24.