News for Staff and Volunteers of Seniors Organizations
Alberta Government Phases Out Seniors Advocate, Rolls Role into Health Advocate
Seniors will no longer have a dedicated provincial advocate in 2020 as government asks Alberta's health advocate to absorb the role.
Although the minister of seniors and housing said the new combined office will still serve seniors well, the current seniors advocate worries elderly people are losing the voice of a team dedicated to combating systemic ageism.
"I am so passionate about it - we really need a seniors advocate in this province," outgoing advocate Sheree Kwong See said earlier this month. "We need seniors' issues to be front and centre."
In 2013, the former Progressive Conservative government announced it was creating offices of the health advocate and seniors advocate as part of implementing an Alberta Health Act.
The offices opened in 2014, with the health advocate taking on the seniors advocate role temporarily until Kwong See was recruited in 2016.
The seniors advocate has three key roles: helping seniors navigate systems and get support, outreach to seniors' groups and making recommendations to government for improvements.
Since becoming independent, the office has handled about 3,600 calls for help from seniors, Kwong See said. An average case takes about six phone calls, meetings or emails to resolve. The office opens and closes about 100 cases a month.
Help Us Create a Coordinated Seniors Sector in Alberta
Community-Based Seniors Serving (CBSS) organizations play an important role in proactively meeting the needs of an increasingly complex, diverse and growing seniors' population in our province. To explore how we might organize a CBSS sector in Alberta, four organizations have partnered to facilitate initial conversations taking place throughout the Fall of 2019.
The in-person consultations have already taken place, but there is still time to provide input via teleconference. Connect with us if you are interested in receiving more information about how to participate in a teleconference.
Survey Provides Opportunity for New Physical Education Resources
Alberta Recreation & Parks Association and Be Fit for Life are seeking funding for physical activity resources and training for professionals who work with older adults. To this end, an Older Adult Physical Activity Training Survey has been created to garner input from individuals and organizations who provide health and fitness programs for older adults.
The deadline to provide feedback is November 15. Have your say and complete the survey!
Edmonton City Council Approves Accessibility for People with Disabilities Policy
Edmonton City Council has approved Policy C602
- a new and updated corporate accessibility policy. The updated policy will guide development and implementation of City policies and civic engagement, programs and services, communications and technology, and employee services and infrastructure to ensure full consideration of individual's needs and diverse abilities.
This policy supersedes C463 Accessibility to City of Edmonton Owned and Occupied Buildings, C466 Integration of Persons with Disabilities, and C589 Accessible Participation in Council Meetings, Committee Meetings, and Public Hearings Meetings for Individuals with Disabilities.
for information about next steps, including Policy implementation.
Financial Information Sessions for Seniors
The Seniors Financial Empowerment Network (SFEN) provides free financial literacy information sessions in the areas of personal finance, protection of assets, housing, legal considerations, areas of fraud or abuse, communication and self-esteem. The seven core education modules can be presented as stand-alone sessions or as a complete series at seniors facilities, community leagues, churches, or in larger settings. The modules are delivered by senior volunteers. Contact Sarah by calling 780-722-6701 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in booking a session.
Provincial Budget Fact Sheet
To help the public make sense of what's contained in the 2019 Alberta Provincial Budget, the Edmonton Social Planning Council put together a two-page fact sheet summarizing some highlights of the new budget.