News for Agency Staff 

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

Sector Issues
Seniors’ Health & Wellness Forum
Age Friendly Edmonton
October 29, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Free admission, lunch and parking
Seniors, their families and caregivers interested in learning more about seniors’ health and wellness resources and services are encouraged to attend the Seniors’ Health & Wellness Forum. Extensive information and resources pertaining to health, wellness and social supports vital to healthy aging will be available. Door prizes will be drawn for at the end of the day. For more information, visit the event website or review the session descriptions and schedule. Pre-registration is requested. Call 780-809-8604 to register. Staff in the seniors sector are asked to spread the word about the forum.
Edmonton’s seniors’ population has grown
The 2016 Edmonton Census results were recently released and show that the number of seniors in Edmonton is increasing. In 2016, Edmontonians age 55+ made up 26.7 per cent of Edmonton’s population compared to 24.4 per cent in 2014. On the Edmonton Census website you can access the complete 2016 Summary of Results; a comparison of census results from 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016; and results by ward and by neighbourhood.
Don’t Call Me Dearie
At the recent Grey Matters conference a video called Don’t Call Me Dearie got a lot of people talking. The video highlights the Elder Service Corps program offered by a Calgary organization called Carya and how the program reduces social isolation and positively impacts seniors feeling of self-worth. Elder Service Corp engages seniors in community projects, builds relationships and starts conversations about what it means to be aging.
New Alberta Seniors Advocate
Alberta’s new Seniors Advocate, Dr. Sheree Kwong See, has officially opened her office and is ready to help Alberta seniors and their families. Dr. Kwong See and her new staff members will be located on the main floor of the Centre West Building at 10035 108 Street in Edmonton. Albertan’s wishing to access the advocate can call 780-644-0682 or toll-free at 1-844-644-0682. Learn more about how the Seniors Advocate supports seniors and their families.
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.
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.