News for Agency Staff 

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


 
Sector Issues
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.
ESCC AGM
Join us for the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council’s Annual General Meeting:
April 28, 1 p.m.
Location: Santa Maria Goretti Centre, 11050 90 Street
We are pleased to welcome the Honourable Lori Sigurdson Minister of Alberta Seniors and Housing as our guest. We will also update you on our work over the past year.
RSVP by April 21 online or by calling 780-428-3660.
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.