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ESCC Updates               January 2016

In this issue:
13 tips to develop programs for immigrant and refugee seniors
Dialogues about the future
Networking using the ESCC wikis
Aging better together with Age Friendly Edmonton

13 tips to develop programs
for immigrant and refugee seniors
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In October ESCC released the report The Age of Wisdom: Giving Voice to Edmonton’s Immigrant Seniors and Identifying Their Needs. The report identifies promising practices for provision of programs and services that respond to the needs and challenges of Edmonton’s immigrant and refugee seniors.

Based on these recommendations, ESCC has created a brief tip sheet that outlines thirteen suggestions for developing programs and services that encourage involvement of immigrant and refugee seniors.

Download your copy of Tips for Developing Programs and Services that Engage Immigrant and Refugee Seniors now.

Dialogues about the future.

comments on issues facing seniors
identifying issues facing seniors
The Alberta government is working to understand the most pressing issues facing seniors and we were pleased to have MLA Annie McKitrick as a guest at ESCC’s December 2015 Conversation Café and Seasonal Gathering. MLA McKitrick brought greetings on behalf of the government and welcomed comments from the audience of seniors sector staff and volunteers about what they believe to be the vital issues based on their experiences. 

This dialogue was continued in the conversation café where roundtable discussions focused on identifying seniors issues, what's needed to address the issues, and evidence-based research that can support these approaches. 

Analysis of the information gathered from the discussions shows a number of varied issues are top of mind for staff and volunteers in the sector including quality of care, system navigation, transportation and affordable housing. 

ESCC will work with our members to further distill this information with the goal of identifying the top issue facing seniors and suggest actions that can address the issue. 

Contact ESCC’s Executive Director Sheila Hallett for more information at executivedirector@seniorscouncil.net or 780-423-5635.

Networking using the ESCC wikis.


At the December 3 seasonal gathering and conversation café, we incorporated time for networking with sector colleagues who share the same role (e.g. board chairs, treasurers, executive directors). As always the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. ESCC members tell us they really appreciate the opportunity to ask questions of their peers and discuss solutions to common issues.

Remember that you don’t have to wait until the next event or meeting to benefit from the shared wisdom of your colleagues. The ESCC wikis allow you to post questions and share resources virtually through three web-based forums:
  • Seniors programming
  • Outreach
  • Management/leadership issues for executive directors and board chairs 
Contact Janelle at memberservices@seniorscouncil.net to join the wikis.

Aging better together with Age Friendly Edmonton.

Providing into to seniors about community services
Educating seniors about transportation choices
Catch up on the latest news from Age Friendly Edmonton including how: 
  • The Healthy Aging Phone Chats connect socially isolated or homebound seniors and their caregivers to health and wellness information provided by knowledgeable professionals from the comfort of the seniors’ own homes
  • The Sunshine Community Garden in Fulton Place (funded in part by the AFE Innovation Fund) nurtures an age-friendly community
  • Members of AFE’s many working groups are helping to create a city where we are all aging better together
To learn more about Age Friendly Edmonton, connect with Elizabeth Stephen, the Age Friendly Edmonton Coordinator at 780-423-5635 ext. 4 or via email at agefriendly@seniorscouncil.net. Visit the website at www.AgeFriendlyEdmonton.ca, follow @AgeFriendlyYEG on Twitter and like www.facebook.com/agefriendlyedmonton on Facebook. 
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