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.
Seniors Centres of the Future – Survey
Increasingly, people are choosing to stay in their home neighbourhoods as they age, and this survey is part of a larger study exploring the role that senior centres might play in the future to help seniors “age-in-place”. In essence, the question being asked is: What should senior centres look like in the future?
Anyone who is interested is invited to participate in this study by completing the survey. In particular, if you work with or care for a senior, are beginning to think about and plan for retirement, or are a senior yourself, the study coordinators would love to hear from you.
Proposed changes to attending City of Edmonton Council and Committee Meetings
Councillor Andrew Knack has proposed amending the Procedures and Committees Bylaw to allow people to video conference, Skype, FaceTime, etc. to share their views on an issue. Currently this can only be done in person. Councillor Knack has spoken with some seniors who commented that going downtown to register to speak at a Council or Committee meeting is not always easy and having the ability to register to speak without going downtown and paying for parking or using transit may be of value.
Councillor Knack’s motion will be discussed at the Executive Committee meeting on August 30. If you are interested in sharing your views on this subject, contact Councillor Knack at 780-496-8122 or andrew.knack@edmonton.ca or register to speak at the meeting.
Seniors’ Housing Forum: Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors
September 24, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Seniors organizations are invited to sponsor or exhibit at the tenth Seniors’ Housing Forum. The Forum provides information about housing options and community resources available for older adults and guides individuals in planning appropriate future housing for themselves and/or significant others. For more information about the event, download a save-the-date notice or view the Sage website. Agencies interested in participating should review the Sponsor & Exhibitor Information Package. The registration deadline is August 29.
Sector staff are also asked to help spread the word about the Forum. Extensive information and resource materials, event admission, lunch and parking will be available free to seniors, their families and caregivers. Encourage seniors to register by calling 780-809-8604.
New Alberta Seniors Advocate
Sheree Kwong See has been appointed Alberta’s new Seniors Advocate and will begin her term September 1, 2016. The Seniors Advocate assists in dealing with concerns about government programs and services including, housing, income and health benefit support programs, health and home care services and continuing care. The advocate also advises government on trends and systemic issues that concern seniors and their families. Learn more about how the Seniors Advocate supports seniors and their families.
Input on Nursing Home and Home Care Services
Alberta Health is undertaking a review of continuing care regulations that expire in 2017. The regulations under review as part of the Nursing Homes and Home Care Regulations review include the following:
-Nursing Homes Operation Regulation
-Nursing Homes General Regulation
-Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation
Read the news release from the Government of Alberta. If you wish to participate in the review, you can do so by responding to an online survey.
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.