News for Agency Staff 

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


Seniors and Continuing Care Provincial Advisory Council
Recruitment is underway for a new Alberta Health Services (AHS) Seniors and Continuing Care Provincial Advisory Council. AHS is recruiting Albertans who have personal interactions with or who are caregivers for clients in continuing care. Help transform the seniors and continuing care system through gathering public input, providing feedback about what is working well and areas for improvement; considering information provided by AHS and identifying issues or trends from a local perspective. Advisory Council members are volunteers who assist AHS by engaging members of communities throughout Alberta in a respectful, transparent and accountable manner. Recruitment will run until September 22, 2017. Review the web page for more information. If you have questions, phone toll-free 1-877-275-8830 or email community.engagement@ahs.ca.
Global Online Consultation on Research Priority Setting for Healthy Ageing
The World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health in May 2016. A key objective of the Strategy is to improve measurement, monitoring, and research on Healthy Ageing.
As part of an open public consultation that will help to identify research priorities to support the implementation of the new Strategy, an online survey has been developed. Complete this short survey by September 30, so that it can be used to inform the UN International Day of Older Persons on October 1.
Call for Conference Sessions
The third national Walk with Me conference will be held March 5 – 6, 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The conference brings diverse stakeholders together to learn with and from each other about how to support changing the culture of aging in Canada. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your knowledge and experience about a culture change initiative, practical tools and strategies, or inspiring research that promotes quality of life for older adults with delegates from across the country. Submit your proposal by September 29.
Seniors’ Housing Forum
September 23, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Free
The Seniors’ Housing Forum Planning Committee, comprised of key community stakeholders, is presenting the 11th Annual Seniors' Housing Forum for seniors, their families and caregivers. The goal of the Forum is to educate participants about the range of housing options and community resources available for older adults and to guide individuals in planning appropriate future housing for themselves and/or significant others.
For more information about the event, download an event poster or view the Sage website. Agencies interested in participating should review the Sponsor & Exhibitor Information Package. 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. Register by calling 780-809-8604.
Alberta Canada 150 Grant
The Community Initiatives Program Canada 150 Grant provides $2 million to support projects that align with four themes:
-Diversity, inclusion and the building of common interests and relationships
-Supporting efforts toward reconciliation
-Engaging and inspiring youth to carry forward Canada 150 legacy
-Connecting Canadians with nature and raising environmental stewardship
The application deadline for the last intake is October 15, 2017.
Recreation and Wellness Directory
The 2017-2018 edition of the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults is hot off the presses!
The directory features arts, fitness, technology, health and recreational activities for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area. This year’s directory includes 1400 group programs, clubs, courses and events from 53 organizations – our largest ever!
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.
Housing Terminology Public Survey
Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association
The seniors housing industry, Alberta Health Services and the government of Alberta use various terms to describe types of seniors housing. Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association is gathering feedback about how seniors and their families understand this terminology. They are asking people to complete an online survey based on their own personal understandings so that they can find areas where language needs to be changed or where more education is needed.
SCiP applications accepted August 1
Applications for the new program year of the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) will be accepted starting August 1. SCiP brings Alberta nonprofits and post-secondary students together to complete special projects, initiatives or events that organizations might not otherwise have the capacity to take on. Only 1000 awards are available in each program year and they are reserved on a first come first serve basis. Learn more and apply soon.