News for Agency Staff 

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


 
Sector Issues
Recreation and Wellness Directory
The 2016-2017 edition of the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults is hot off the presses. The directory outlines arts, fitness, technology, health and recreational activities for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area. With more than 1200 group programs, clubs, courses and events from 47 organizations listed, the directory is a valuable resource for older adults and those who support older adults.
Deliveries are currently underway to organizations that placed advance orders. Seniors and organizations are welcome to pick up free copies of the directory at the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (#255 Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre). You can also find a searchable online version of the directory and a downloadable PDF at www.seniorscouncil.net/programs.
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.
GeriActors Training Program – Call for Workshop Hosts
GeriActors Theatre
Applications due September 25
GeriActors is running a new Training Program in their intergenerational theatre techniques for actors, educators, healthcare providers, and recreation professionals. At the end of this Training Program, trainees will apply what they learned by leading workshops for seniors in Performance Storytelling.
GeriActors is inviting seniors’ venues and organizations to host these workshops over a period of three weeks, November to December 2016. Minimal cost to hosts!
Performance Storytelling – Using theatre exercises, improv, laughter and fun GeriActors inspires reminiscences, and helps participants turn their stories into moments of theatre to share with others. Whether you have a history in theatre, have always dreamt of performing, or just want to try something new a GeriActors workshop is the perfect place to begin.
Interested organizations should contact Becca Barrington at geriactors.friends@gmail.com for an application. For more information visit the GeriActors website.
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.
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.