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ESCC Updates            September 2015

Assessing the needs of immigrant and refugee seniors


Immigrant and refugee seniors face unique challenges to their health and well-being and have reduced access to programs and services because of language and other barriers.

ESCC, using funds provided by Age Friendly Edmonton, contracted Zenev and Associates to conduct a needs assessment of immigrant and refugee seniors to augment the understanding of the experiences of this population of seniors in Edmonton. 

The project called Age of Wisdom aimed to 1) summarize needs via a review of current literature and demographics and review information on existing programs and services; 2) consult with seniors to determine how well existing programs and services meet needs and to identify gaps; and 3) make recommendations to enhancing existing services. 

About 45 immigrant and refugee seniors and about 20 staff people from various organizations took part in focus groups and four interviews were conducted with key stakeholders to provide contextual understanding specific to the Edmonton area.

The project is winding up and results are now being shared. A draft findings report has been given to the steering committee which has representatives from the Multicultural Health Brokers, the Multicultural Women and Seniors Services Association, the City’s Diversity and Inclusion unit and Community Services Seniors Team as well as the ESCC. 

Information will be shared with stakeholders at a session on October 27 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Mill Woods Seniors Activity Centre (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor of Mill Woods Edmonton Public Library). An invitation to learn about the findings will go out shortly, but if you wish to be involved please contact Sheila Hallett, Executive Director of ESCC at sheila@seniorscouncil.net or call 780-423-5635. Stakeholders include representatives from senior serving organizations, immigrant serving organizations, funders, and representatives from housing and transportation. A report will be shared with attendees prior to the session on October 27 and will also be made public following the event. 

A separate event is being planned to share the findings with immigrant and refugee seniors.

Recreation Directory highlights opportunities for seniors


In the fall many people begin looking for opportunities to get involved in hobbies, courses and fitness programs. The ESCC is proud to produce the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults to promote the many options available for adults 55+ in Edmonton. 

The ESCC compiles activities offered by our members and other organizations into a convenient and comprehensive publication that helps people find courses, clubs, groups and events that match their needs and interests. This year the directory includes more than 1200 arts, fitness, technology, health and recreational activities which is an astounding number when you think about it.

The directory is also an invaluable tool for service providers and those who support seniors. Many of the organizations which request copies are health providers such as PCNs, recreational therapists, hospital geriatric units and public health units which want to show seniors that there are many options to get involved and stay active.

If your organization would like copies of the directory, contact Janelle at janelle@seniorscouncil.net. A searchable database is also available on the ESCC website at www.seniorscouncil.net/programs.

Pick up a copy or browse through the online directory to see the many opportunities for Edmonton seniors.

Make the most of networking opportunities


The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council offers a number of opportunities to network with colleagues in the seniors sector to encourage resource sharing, sector learning and relationship building. We encourage you to join our online wikis and attend upcoming events.
 
Wikis
We have created three online wikis to facilitate virtual networking and resource sharing on the topics of Seniors Programming, Outreach and Executive Director/Board of Directors issues. The wikis allow information to be easily shared digitally among members. Members can pose questions to colleagues and benefit from their shared wisdom and experiences as well as post documents that other agencies may find useful.
 
To access the wikis, members must have a Google account and have their account added to the list of users. Contact Janelle at janelle@seniorscouncil.net to join one of the wikis. Janelle can also provide instructions on how to set up a Google account if you don’t have one.
 
Attracting Younger Seniors Conversation Café
Discuss how factors such as marketing, programming and perceptions can encourage younger seniors to join your organization.
September 24, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Bonnie Doon Community League Hall at 9240 93 Street
RSVP to Katie at 780-428-3660 or admin@seniorscouncil.net

We'll keep you informed of other upcoming events in future issues.

Home supports update


ESCC continues to facilitate work on the implementation of the six-district model for delivery of home supports. 

The seniors organizations involved in the Seniors Home Supports Program are ramping up efforts to finish the manual that will guide district home support coordinators in screening service providers and making referrals for snow removal, yard help, housekeeping and minor home repair.

An evaluation sub-committee has been fine-tuning a couple of the forms in the manual to ensure that the information gathered from seniors can be used to evaluate the program and inform the districts when adjustments may be necessary in the program. 

Data management systems are being investigated and options will be weighed by the districts so a group decision can be made on one system to use for tracking and reporting purposes. A draft of a promotion plan to recruit service providers is being reviewed by the districts and will be rolled out in a few weeks. 

More information to come in the November issue.
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