Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 Seniors' Housing Forum, Saturday, September 27th

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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 eighth time the Seniors’ Housing Forum has been held, with participant attendance in past years ranging around 650 and 50+ exhibitors in attendance.

Where and When?
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
Doors open 9:00 am Sharp, Schedule runs until 3:00 pm
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre
11113 113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

Cost
Free!

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

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

Parking
• Free parking available onsite, overflow in residential surrounding area. 

Schedule of Events

9:00 am              
Doors open to participants, all day viewing of displays until 2:00 pm

10:00 am
Participant welcome, overview of sessions in all rooms

10:00 am – 11:15 am
Concurrent sessions to choose from:
     A. "Home & Independent Living: Health and Home"
     B. "Safe Home Design"
     C. "Legal Documents You Should Have"
     *Break-out Session* "Transportation"

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Concurrent sessions to choose from:
      D. "Supportive & Facility Living: Health and Home"
      E. "Caregiver Support & Family Dynamics"
      F. "Financial Literacy and Housing"
     *Break-out Session* "Transportation"

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. "Community Resources"
     H. "Preventative Health"
     I.   "Supports and Accessibility in the Home"
     *Break-out Session* "Transportation"


3:00 pm
Wrap-up, door prize draws in all rooms

Session Topics

A: Home & Independent Living: Health and Home 
(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: Safe Home Design 
(10:00 am – 11:15 am)
This session features a panel of presenters on the topics of Fall Prevention and new breakthroughs in technology that can assist in monitoring your safety at home. 

C: 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: 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: Financial Literacy and Housing 
(11:30 am – 12:30 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

G: Community Resources 
(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: Preventative Health 
(2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Learn about accessing seniors’ centres, fitness programs for older adults, technology and the Boomer generation, and preventing isolation.

I: Supports and Accessibility in the Home 
(2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Learn about private home care and home-making services that complement Alberta Health Services home care. Hiring reliable contractors, as well as programs available for affordable residential accessibility renovations will also be discussed. 

*Break-out Session* Transportation 
(runs three times: 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 2:00 pm)
This new break-out session will be repeated throughout the day for small groups. Sit in on this presentation to learn about the many city-wide public and private transportation options available to older adults and those with limited mobility. Participants will be provided with the information and resources to help develop a transportation plan to meet their individual needs and to help keep them mobile.  


About our Diamond Sponsors:

Alberta Health provides programs and services to support seniors in Alberta, including AB Seniors Benefits, Property Tax Deferral, Dental & Optical Assistance; Elder Abuse Awareness and Crime Prevention.  For information and assistance call AB Supports Contact Centre, Alberta’s one-stop information centre:  in Edmonton 780-644-9992 or toll free 1-877-644-9992.

City of Edmonton FCSS is a joint municipal/provincial cost-sharing program administered by the City of Edmonton, Community Services.  FCSS supports not-for-profit organizations to deliver preventive social service program which strengthen lives of individuals, families and communities.  These programs work to prevent or minimize social problems through early intervention.

Thank you to our Planning Committee members!
  • Alberta Association on Gerontology (AAG)
  • 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)

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