Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2012 Seniors' Housing Forum, Saturday, September 29th

What is the Seniors' Housing Forum?

The Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (Sage), in partnership with key community stakeholders, is presenting this one-day Seniors' Housing Forum for the general public, free of charge! 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. This is the sixth time the Seniors’ Housing Forum has been held, with participant attendance in past years ranging around 600 and an average of 40 exhibitors in attendance.

Where and When?

Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Doors open 9 am Sharp, Schedule runs until 3 pm
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre
11113 113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta


• Participant registration opens Sept. 1st
Register by phoning: 780.423.5510, ext. 310

• Complimentary on-site lunch for all participants.
• Coffee and tea will also be served.

• Free parking available onsite.
**NEW** Free Park ‘N’ Ride option from John A. McDougall school,
   located at 10930 107 Street, is available at 8:30 am-10 am; 1 pm-1:30 pm; 3 pm-4 pm

Schedule of Events

9 am              
Doors open to participants, all day viewing of displays

9:45 am
Participant welcome, 1st group session "Housing Options"

11:15 am
Concurrent sessions to choose from:
     A. "Health Services"
     B. "Caregiver & Family Dynamics"
     C. "Financial Planning"

12 pm – 1 pm
Complimentary lunch and refreshments served, booth viewing

1 pm
Concurrent sessions to choose from:
     A. "Health Services"
     D. "Staying Well in Your Home (Home Adaptation)"
     E. "Legal Options"

2 pm
2nd group session "Community Supports and Transportation for Seniors"

2:45 pm
Wrap-up, door prize draws

Session Topics


"Housing Options"
10am – 11am in Large Auditorium
This session will focus on seniors’ housing options such as home living, supportive living and facility living environments available to older adults. The session will utilize the available resources on seniors’ housing to help address the questions and concerns seniors face when choosing the optimal environment in which to live.

"Community Supports and Transportation for Seniors"
2pm – 2:45pm in Large Auditorium
This session will give an overview of some practical resources allowing seniors to age-in-place and be supported in the community. It will describe city-wide services offered by senior-serving organizations that provide services designed to help seniors live safely and independently.

(Choose one a.m. session and one p.m. session to attend):

A. "Health Services"
11:15am – 12pm and 1pm – 1:45pm in Large Auditorium
This session will discuss publicly funded health services in home living, supportive living and facility living, as well as private-pay home care options that complement those available through Alberta Health Services.

B. "Caregiver & Family Dynamics"
11:15am – 12pm in Small Auditorium
This session outlines supports available to families and caregivers as seniors transition from one housing environment to another. Strategies for handling family dynamics and stress related to moving will also be discussed.

C. "Financial Planning"
11:15am – 12pm in Gym
This session provides information on strategies for planning finances to support housing choices. Guidance will also be offered on accessing income supports and other financial benefits.

D. "Staying Well in Your Home (Home Adaptation)"
1pm – 1:45pm in Gym
This session describes home adaptations to help seniors live comfortably and safely in their own homes. The session will examine universal and accessible design concepts in order to accommodate the changing ability and mobility needs of individuals as they age. Grants available to low-income seniors for such home adaptations will also be discussed.

E. "Legal Options" **NEW**
1pm – 1:45pm in Small Auditorium
An overview of future planning options including Guardianship, Trusteeship, Co-Decision Making, Personal Directives, Power of Attorney, and Wills.

  Thank you to our Planning Committee members!
  • Alberta Association on Gerontology (AAG)
  • Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA)
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS)
  • Government of Alberta – Health – Supportive Living Programs
  • The City of Edmonton
  • Excel Society
  • GEF Seniors Housing
  • Lifestyle Options Ltd.
  • Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (Sage)

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