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									                                    The Link-Letter Jan. 23, 2009
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NEWS FOR AGENCY STAFF

1. ESCC would like to know if members have an emergency call back
   policy for their staff. When an emergency occurs at your office, who
   gets called back to work and how is that employee compensated? Do you
   have a rotating call back schedule? Are employees compensated for
   being “on call”? We will share the survey findings through our Link-Letter
   and our website. Please send your responses to rich@seniorscouncil.net
   by noon on Feb. 2. The report on response will provide a composite
   overview and will not link responses to specific respondents.

2. A four-minute segment of the Seniors Assisted Transportation
   Society of Greater Edmonton’s driver recruitment video can be
   viewed on YouTube here. For a copy of the DVD, contact the society at
   780-732-1221; fax 780-732-1227; mail 9907 - 108 Ave, Edmonton, T5H
   1A5; or email info@satsofedmonton.org. For a registration form to
   participate in SATS’ Senior IdleTM event, go here.

3. Increasingly, models of successful aging highlight evidence of creativity
   as key to health and well-being. For a Psychology Today blog titled
   Art is the Only Thing Left in the World, which includes a YouTube link
   to a short video, go here. The blog is part of a series on The Healing
   Arts. Links to other blogs from the same page include Adventures in Old
   Age, Love and Dementia, and Who’s Caring for Mom.

4. Non-profit organizations needing to raise more funds may want to
   consider the following option. Their members can assist them by using
   gas cards at Husky and Mohawk service stations that can be swiped for
   donations through a community rebate program. When they swipe the
   card, 2% of their purchase amount will be donated to the designated
   organization. For more information, go here. To access a booklet
   intended to help non-profits navigate uncertain financial times, go
   here.
5. ESCC is attempting to determine the level of interest in bringing in a
   speaker to talk about databases and outcome measures. The council
   has been approached by a representative of Social Solutions, a provider
   of performance management software and services for the human
   services sector. Its ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software and services
   purport to give organizations “a clear picture of which efforts are having
   the greatest impact on the social issues they strive to address. With this
   knowledge, organizations can reinforce what's working, adjust what isn't,
   and more easily report quantified successes to key stakeholders.” If you
   are interested in attending such a presentation, contact Sheila at
   sheila@seniorscouncil.net or 780-423-5635 by noon on Jan. 26.

6. Seniors Assisted Transportation Society of Greater Edmonton has
   desks it wishes to give away to seniors non-profits. Interested
   organizations will have to pick them up and they do not fit in a car, says
   SATS executive director Anna Der. The society is located at 9907 - 108
   Avenue, Edmonton. For more information phone 780 732-1221, fax 780
   732-1227 or email anna.der@satsofedmoton.org.


PROJECTS ON THE GO

The Dementia Care Training Centre of the Alzheimer Society of
Calgary is looking for partnerships that will enable it to respond to
requests to deliver staff development workshops and training programs in
the Edmonton area. The centre is planning two one-day workshops
between April 20 and 24. Dementia, Depression & Delirium will train
staff to understand, recognize and differentiate these conditions. The role of
staff in providing appropriate care and aspects of the diagnostic process will
also be discussed. Best Friends™ Approach Workshop explores ways in
which this framework and philosophy can assist in developing effective
person-centred care. The participant fee for each workshop is $100. The
centre is looking for partners to accommodate/host workshops (training
room for up to 25 people) and to communicate them to organizations and
key contact people in dementia care (residences, continuing care, home
care, etc.). If interested, call Frank van den Berg at (403) 290-0110 or email
frankv@alzheimercalgary.com. “We can also plan for an in-house training
program or workshop in your organization. This may be particularly
interesting if you feel that eight or more staff members in various roles
(nursing, care aides, dietary staff, housekeeping, administration) can benefit
from training.” For more information, go to www.AlzheimerCalgary.com.


EVENTS FOR AGENCY STAFF
1. CHNET-Works, “an evolving infrastructure using innovative information
   technology to help support discussions and actions on pressing community health
   issues,” has scheduled a number of “fireside chats”. For information about how
   to participate, go here. Upcoming chats include Healthy Aging and
   Age-Friendly Communities #1: Canadian Challenges,
   Opportunities and World Health Organization Age-Friendly
   Communities on Thursday, Jan. 29, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and
   Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities #2: Models of
   Implementation in Canada on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
   Eastern Time. The latter will examine “what’s being done to implement
   policies, services and structures related to the physical and social
   environment that are designed to support and enable older people to
   ‘age actively’.” For information about either of these chats, go here.

2. Knowledge Sharing Forum: Joining Hands, Moving Forward,
   hosted by Community Initiatives Against Family Violence (CIAFV) and
   held Feb. 5, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre in
   Edmonton, is designed for service providers to share their expertise and
   discuss techniques, challenges, and insights. Sessions include Safe
   Housing for Abused Seniors: A Holistic Approach and Responding
   to Victims of Violence in Immigrant Communities. Workshop
   descriptions can be viewed at www.ciafv.com. Fee: $40 including choice
   of 16 presentations, continental breakfast and hot lunch.

3. The Greying Nation Conference Planning Committee invites
   delegates to submit an abstract for podium or poster presentation. The
   conference, Keeping Ahead of the Wave, will address how the
   healthcare sector can prepare for the influx of baby boomer seniors, who
   begin turning 65 in 2011. All abstracts must be submitted via email to
   GRHEdServices@capitalhealth.ca, using the official abstract form. The
   form and additional submission information can be downloaded at the
   Capital Health website. Submission deadline: Feb. 15.

4. The 2009 Board Leadership Conference takes place on Saturday,
   March 21, at Grant MacEwan College from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The
   conference is geared for board members of nonprofit/voluntary
   organizations and will provide sessions addressing the needs of both
   beginner and experienced board members. Learn about media relations,
   fundraising, board recruitment and succession planning, generative
   governance, cultural diversity and more. For more information, check the
   program schedule, FAQs and conference poster. Registration is $55.30
   per person. Register online at http://boardleadership09.eventbrite.com.
   For more information, call the Resource Centre for Voluntary
   Organizations at 780-497-4780 or email
   voluntarysectorevents@macewan.ca.

5. The Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations is partnering with
   the City of Edmonton’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Racism Free
   Edmonton, to celebrate International Day for the Elimination of
   Racial Discrimination on March 21. To nominate candidates for Anti-
   Racism Awards, or to apply for funds to assist with March 21
   initiatives, go to www.naarr.org. The application deadline is Feb. 6.

6. The barriers that most immigrant seniors face, in addition to the
   biggest barrier of language, are access to information, housing, home
   care and long term care, transportation, income support and cost of
   living, health and mental health support. Struggles with all of these
   contribute to social isolation, reduced quality of life and an inability to
   contribute to society. Calgary Community and Neighbourhood
   Services will address these issues April 2 during a Speak Out forum
   on working to include immigrant and refugee seniors on seniors’ policy
   agendas. The forum will bring together seniors, researchers, policy
   makers, service providers and all three levels of government to begin to
   build awareness of the needs and issues of immigrant seniors and to
   share information. The forum will be held at the Greenwood Inn, 3515 -
   26 Street NE from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The registration deadline is
   March 12. To view a poster and the forum registration form, go here.
   For more information or to register, email sybil.braganza@calgary.ca or
   fax 403-287-3143.



WORK OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SENIOR SERVING SECTOR

SAGE is seeking a home services coordinator to be responsible for day-
to-day operations of the program. These include volunteer training and
supervision, handling calls when volunteers are not available and/or there is
a heavy work load, worker recruitment and screening, developing and
implementing a marketing and advertising plan, overseeing satisfaction
surveys, and problem solving as required. Responsibilities also include
developing and implementing a plan for increased self-sustainability,
providing excellent customer service, and innovation in service delivery. For
a full job description and more details, visit www.MySage.ca. Submit
resume by Feb. 9 to Director of Operations, SAGE, 15 Sir Winston Churchill
Square, Edmonton, T5J 2E5, or fax to 780-426- 5175. Only candidates
selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
ITEMS FOR SENIORS

1. In response to questions raised about application assessment times,
   Alberta Seniors and Community Supports’ Residential Access
   Modification Program (RAMP) application forms have been revised.
   Applications using the new forms will be processed and assessed on a
   priority basis. For a copy of the tenant application form, go here and for
   a copy of the homeowner application form, go here.

2. The Alberta Association of Seniors Helping Seniors is concerned
   about what it sees as “almost daily changes in policy that are
   negatively impacting the quality of life for seniors in the province”. It’s
   calling for a return to “the principle of fairness” in dealing with senior
   support programs. Specifically, the organization notes that tax
   increases, cuts to public health care services, and means testing have
   created a “climate of fear” amongst seniors. For more on the group and
   its initiatives, go to www.albertaseniorshelpingseniors.blogspot.com.

3. Edmonton Meals on Wheels’ Heat 'n Eat Frozen Meals selections
   now include gluten free, lactose free, vegan and halal entrees. Check out
   the menu at www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org. Free city delivery on
   orders over $40 or pick up your order between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
   Monday to Friday. To order, call 780-429-2020 or fax 780-424-5561 with
   your choices from the frozen menu or the pureed frozen order menu. For
   instructions for reheating frozen meals, go here. Prepay over the phone
   with VISA/MasterCard or cheque/cash with delivery. For more
   information about the frozen order program, click here.

4. For an electronic copy of the provincial government’s updated 2008-2009
   Seniors Programs and Services Information Guide, go to
   Publications at www.seniors.gov.ab.ca. For more information about
   seniors programs and services, call Alberta Seniors and Community
   Supports toll-free at 1-800-642-3853 or 780-427-7876 in Edmonton. If
   you are deaf or hearing impaired, and have a TDD/TTY unit, call toll-free
   at 1-800-232-7215 or 780-427-9999 in Edmonton.

5. The current exhibition at the Jeff Allen Gallery, Strathcona Place Senior
   Centre, 10831 University Avenue, is Trees. Eight artists of The St. Albert
   Artists Guild have chosen the theme to signify “simple objects of beauty
   or symbols representing many facets of life such as strength, growth and
   shelter”. The exhibition runs until Jan. 29. Best viewing hours are 11:30
   a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more
   information call 780-433-5708.
6. Edmonton Meals on Wheels, in partnership with the South East
   Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) and Westend Seniors
   Activity Centre, is launching a program to help seniors eat healthy
   and shop better. A registered dietician will lead four sessions on the
   nutrition needs of seniors; fibre, dietary fats and sodium; label reading;
   and cooking/shopping for one or two. Each session will include a cooking
   demonstration highlighting tasty, nutritious recipes and a discussion on
   the topic of the day. Sessions are Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 1
   to 2:30 p.m. at SEESA, 9350 - 82 St., Edmonton; and Thursdays, Feb.
   5, 12, 19 and 26, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Westend Seniors Activity Centre,
   9629 – 176 St., Edmonton. To register, call 780-483-1209. Registration
   limited to eight participants.

7. The Capital Care Foundation’s Volunteer, Auxiliary and Family
   Conference will be held Feb. 5 at the Fantasyland Hotel. Sessions
   include End of Life, Not End of Care; What to do When Caring Hurts - A
   Brief Guide for Dementia Care; and Using Humour in Health Care. For
   more information, click here. The cost is $35 for the full day, with lunch
   on your own, or $60 with lunch included. The conference is designed for
   volunteers, auxiliary members and family caregivers.

8. The Edmonton Health and Wellness Show, Feb. 27 from noon to 8
   p.m. at the Mayfield Inn & Trade Centre, is welcoming senior groups to
   “come down to the show for a fun-filled day with sampling, giveaways
   and more. We have teamed up with the Canadian Diabetes
   Association and will feature their diabetes expo inside the show. Over
   160 exhibits to see and lots of activities to do.” Call Emily Salsbury at
   780-424-9224 or email sales@kachkargroup.com to book your tour
   group, or visit www.edmontonhealthandwellness.com for more
   information.

9. Do you know of a person or organization that advocates for, improves
   services, or makes a difference for persons with disabilities? The City of
   Edmonton Advisory Board on Services for Persons with
   Disabilities is seeking nominations for the 2009 Mayor's Awards.
   The ceremony is on May 21 at City Hall. Awards are presented for Self
   Advocacy, Universal Design in Architecture, Employment (paid and
   volunteer), and Outstanding Service. Nomination packages are available
   at www.edmonton.ca/disability. Click the “Mayor’s Awards” link to
   download copies of the nomination form, judging criteria sheet and
   informational brochure. Deadline for nominations is April 1. For more
   information or to receive your nomination package by mail, call 780-496-
   4910 or email fiona.hoenmans@edmonton.ca.
10. Do you need a winter coat but don’t have the means to purchase one?
   Do you want to help others stay warm this winter? Coats for Kids &
   Families is a United Way initiative. Donated coats are dropped off at
   Page the Cleaner locations, cleaned coats are sorted at the United
   Way InKind Centre, and coats are then distributed to community
   agencies. To request coats, contact Rick Adams at 780-444-5001 or
   radam@uway.ab.ca. Coats can be delivered to agencies and unused
   coats picked up at the end of winter. Coats are also available through the
   United Way InKind Centre at 16821 - 113 Avenue, Edmonton.


VOLUNTEER/WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENIORS

1. Frontier College Edmonton is recruiting volunteers for its winter
   programs. Frontier College is a national non-profit literacy organization
   that works with many groups, including youth, new immigrants and
   migrant workers, to help them reach their literacy goals. The college is
   currently looking for volunteers for its reading circle programs.
   Programs are held at the Whitemud Crossing, Stanley Milner and
   Woodcroft Edmonton Public Library branches. Volunteers work one-on-
   one with a youth learner for one hour a week to read, write or play
   literacy games. Training and orientation provided. To volunteer, contact
   Edmonton@frontiercollege.ca or call Miranda at 780-487-4787.

2. Habitat for Humanity is recruiting for the following volunteer positions
   at its project in Northeast Edmonton: Construction workers for general
   construction work (beginner to trades people welcome); all equipment,
   tools and hands-on training supplied; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift: Crew
   leaders to lead small groups under the supervision of H for H staff;
   strong communication skills and some construction knowledge required;
   8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift: Site hosts to host volunteers on the job-site;
   must be friendly, hospitable and have the mobility to be on a job site;
   8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. shift. Tuesday to Saturday shifts available for all
   positions. Shifts will be booked until March. Groups welcome. Contact Kim
   at ksherwood@edmonton.hfh.org or 780-479-3566 ext 232.

								
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