Professional Development for the Senior-Serving Sector

Geriatric Medicine 2017: Wellness & Dignity Throughout Conference
May 27
Location: Lister Conference Centre, Edmonton
$131.25 (prior to April 15); $210 (after April 15)
All physicians, residents, nursing and other allied health professionals interested in geriatrics are invited to attend. The diverse program includes sessions on caring for caregivers, quality of life in long-term care, medical assistance in dying, promoting active aging for frail seniors, and much more. View program information and register.
Palliative Care Matters: Fostering Change in Canadian Health Care
The Conference Board of Canada
May 31, 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Palliative Care Matters was launched in June 2016 as an initiative championed by Covenant Health’s Palliative Institute, in partnership with 13 national health organizations. These organizations have called for shared, pan-Canadian leadership to ensure all Canadians with life-limiting illness have timely access to high quality, coordinated and integrated palliative care. This webinar will cover:
-The background and context for the Palliative Care Matters initiative
-The three-phase approach used in the initiative
-The Consensus Statement and recommendations delivered by the Lay Panel
-The implications of these recommendations as vehicles for creating pan-Canadian change
-Opportunities and next steps for ensuring Canadians with life-limiting illness have timely access to high quality, coordinated and integrated palliative care.
Campus for Communities of the Future
June 5, 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Today, in addition to managing sound day to day operations, community development practitioners need to invest energy and resources in preparing for a rapidly changing and often uncertain future. We’ll need knowledge not yet known to address problems that we don’t yet know are problems, as well as to be proactive about potential opportunities. The question each of us needs to ask is “How do we become a trend watcher who is in the now and in the know?” This webinar will provide practical resources and strategies to help you strengthen and position your organization to ensure a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant community.
Overcoming Barriers: How to Grow Successful Board Structures and Behaviors
June 6, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free for BoardSource members; $35 for non-members
Has maintaining the status quo become the new mission of your board? If so, it’s time to shake things up, to revisit your board’s structures and behaviors and set it up for success in achieving your organization’s goals. This webinar will discuss six traits of effective boards, give you the tools to determine if your board exhibits these traits, and provide advice on how to overcome barriers that may be standing in the way. You’ll learn how to grow your board members’ level of trust in each other and ability to solve problems as a team.
Capacity and Consent: A Panel Discussion
Sage Seniors Association
June 7, lunch 11:30 a.m., panel discussion 12–2 p.m.
$30 (includes lunch)
Three panelists will discuss and take questions regarding the issue of capacity and how it impacts our ability to consent to sexual activity. The topic will be considered from both caregiver and facility perspectives: issues related to the impacts of variable consent and diminished capacity, negotiating affection and intimacy, and the limits of containing behaviour in group living environments will be addressed. Submit your registration online by May 31. Contact Emily Weisbrot if you have any questions at 780-701-9009 or
So You Want to Write a Grant?
June 7, 11 a.m. (Mountain)
This webinar will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. It will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers. You will learn:
What grant funding can do for your organization
What grant funding cannot do for your organization
What you can do to become successful at writing a grant
Tailor Your Appeals to Different Generations
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
June 8, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
$79 early bird, $99 after June 1
Tailoring fundraising strategies to the distinct giving preferences of different generations can reap big results. Join this informative webinar to get insights into the differing mindsets of today’s donors and the best ways to reach each different age groups. You’ll learn:
-Proven strategies for attracting and keeping both young and older donors.
-How to craft appeals that get donors in their 20s and 30s to give.
-How to adapt fundraising strategies to millennial donors versus older donors.
Senior Centers 2017: Fostering Well-Centered Aging
National Institute of Senior Centers
June 13-16
Held near Chicago, Illinois
This American conference for senior centre professionals features a wide variety of workshops and seminars on the latest trends and best practices in the senior centre field, exhibits, and tours of two NISC Nationally Accredited senior centres.
Mental Health First Aid for Seniors
Mental Health Commission of Canada
June 19-20
Mental Health First Aid for Seniors is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, families (informal caregivers), friends, staff in care settings and communities to promote the mental health of seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible and intervene early when problems first emerge.
This course will cover how to:
-Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop in seniors
-Provide initial help when dealing with a mental health problem or crisis
-Decrease stigma and discrimination around mental health problems and illnesses
-Guide a senior and/or caregiver toward appropriate professional help
-Provide strategies and resources to support both seniors and their caregivers
Register for the course offered in Edmonton.
Family & Professional Caregiver Workshops
Home Instead Senior Care
Location: Family Education Training Centre (13B Fairway Drive – in Westbrook mall near 119 St. & 37 Ave.)
Seniors, family members, health care professionals and caregivers are welcome to attend these caregiver workshops. Topics for June include:
-Alzheimer's Family Caregiver
-Returning Home: Transitional Care
-Parkinson’s Disease Family Training 
Pre-register at least three business days in advance by calling:
Home Instead – West Edmonton: 780-439-9990
Home Instead – East Edmonton: 780-465-5373
2017 Grey Matters Conference
September 11-13
Hinton, Alberta
$250 until July 31, $325 from August 1 -September 1
Registrations are being accepted for Grey Matters 2017. The conference features:
-An interesting and diverse line-up of concurrent sessions
-Keynote address by Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark
-Plenary address by Dr. Dave Hepburn and Dr. Robert Sealey, radio hosts of WISE QUACKS
-Poster sessions
-Trade show
-Creative ideas to get everyone moving during lunch breaks
-Networking opportunities