Friday, September 6, 2013

2013 Seniors' Housing Forum: Saturday, September 28th

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 seventh time the Seniors’ Housing Forum has been held, with participant attendance in past years ranging around 650 and an average of 50 exhibitors in attendance.
Where and When?
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Doors open 9:00 am Sharp, Schedule runs until 3:00 pm
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre
11113 113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
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, overflow in residential surrounding area. 
Schedule of Events
9:00 am              
Doors open to participants, all day viewing of displays
10:00 am
Participant welcome, overview of sessions
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Concurrent sessions to choose from:
     A. "Home & Independent Living: Housing and Health & Wellness Supports"
     B. "Living Well: Panel Discussion on Safety in the Home"
     C. "Living Well: Legal Documents You Should Have"
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Concurrent sessions to choose from:
      D. "Supportive & Facility Living: Health and Home"
      E. "Living Well: Caregiver Support & Family Dynamics"
      F. "Home & Independent Living: Safe Home Design"

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Complimentary lunch and refreshments served, exhibitor booth viewing in Gym
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Concurrent sessions to choose from:
     G. "Home & Independent Living: Community Supports & Transportation"
     H. "Living Well: Preventative Health"
     I.   "Living Well: Financial Literacy and Housing"

3:00 pm
Wrap-up, door prize draws in all rooms
Session Topics
A: Home & Independent Living: Housing and Health & Wellness Supports (10:00 am – 11:15 am).
This session will focus on seniors’ housing options for home living in Apartments, Condos, and Houses, and will also discuss home living supports such as day programming and personal care services.  
B: Living Well: Safety in the Home (10:00 am – 11:15 am).
This session features two safety advisors from the Edmonton Police Service and City of Edmonton Fire Department. Learn tips to secure your house and live safely in your home. 
C: Living Well: Legal Documents You Should Have (10:00 am – 11:15 am).
This session offers guidance on future planning options including Guardianship, Trusteeship, Co-Decision Making, Personal Directives, Power of Attorney, and Wills.  
D: Supportive & Facility Living: Health and Home (11:30 am – 12:30 pm).
This session will provide an overview on supportive living, facility living, and designated assisted living options to help address the questions and concerns seniors face when choosing the optimal environment in which to live beyond independent living, as well as health supports available to complement these environments.  
E: Living Well: Caregiver Support & Family Dynamics (11:30 am – 12:30 pm).
This session outlines supports available to families and caregivers as seniors transition from one housing environment to another. Strategies for handling family dynamics, positive transitions, caring for the caregiver and stress related to moving will also be discussed.  
F: Home & Independent Living: Safe Home Design (11:30 am – 12:30 pm).
This session features presenters on the topics of Fall Prevention and new breakthroughs in technology that can assist in monitoring your safety at home. 
G: Home & Independent Living: Community Supports & Transportation (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm).
This session will give an overview of some practical resources that allow seniors to age-in-place and receive support in the community. It will describe city-wide services offered by senior-serving organizations that provide resources designed to help seniors live safely and independently. 

H: Living Well: Preventative Health (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm).
Topics cover accessing recreation & seniors' centres, and Technology & Active Aging.

I: Living Well: Financial Literacy and Housing (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm).
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.  

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 Retirement Communities Ltd.
  • Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (Sage)


  1. I agree your thoughts here about our senior community living which they need it during their retirement period. So thanks for this info you share.

  2. I've been helping a friend of mine in Edmonton decide if his grandmother needs a senior community or an assisted living place. She's a stubborn as a donkey so she insists to take care of herself but she needs help.

  3. As rightly discussed as one topic in your Senior's Housing Forum, an Independent Living Community is a good option for seniors who can manage things on their own and need minimal assistance.Also the social activities and mingling with like minded people of their age keeps them happy and relaxed.

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  5. Hats off to the SAGE team, as the work you do in coordinating this type of an annual event for our Edmonton Seniors is a very large undertaking, but an important one indeed. We attended last year, and were very impressed by the attention to detail, ensuring everything ran smoothly. We especially found the speakers to be very knowledgeable on their topics, which made it an extremely informative day. We encourage all Seniors and their families to attend the Housing Forum to find out their options. We look forward to the Health & Wellness event in October 2016!

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