Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 Seniors' Housing Forum, Saturday, September 24

Saturday, September 24, 2016

What is the Seniors' Housing Forum?
The Seniors'  Housing Forum Planning Committee, comprised of key community stakeholders, is presenting this one-day Seniors' Housing Forum for seniors, their families and caregivers, 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 tenth time the Seniors’ Housing Forum has been held, with participant attendance in past years ranging from 650-850 and 50+ exhibitors in attendance.

Where and When?
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Doors open 9:00 am Sharp, Schedule runs until 2:30 pm
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre
11113 113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta


Registration opens Sept 1
• Register by phoning: (780) 809-8604

• 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 until 1:30 pm
**FREE Hearing Health Checks On-site all day in Clinic room #105!

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. "New Housing Models"
     C. "Financial Literacy and Housing" 

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Concurrent sessions to choose from:
      D. "Supportive & Facility Living: Health and Home"
      E. "Landlord & Tenant and Condo Rights" 
      F. "New Government Initiatives" 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Complimentary lunch and refreshments served, exhibitor booth viewing in Gym

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Concurrent sessions to choose from:
     G. "Community Resources"
     H. "Caregiver Support & Family Dynamics"
     I.   "Downsizing/Managing Your Move"

2:30 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: New Housing Models
(10:00 am – 11:15 am)
This session will include a panel that explores a variety of innovative housing models that are being considered for and/or under development in Edmonton in the future. The benefits and challenges of these exciting initiatives are considered.
C: Financial Literacy and Housing
(10:00 am – 11:15 am)
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: 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 supportive 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: Landlord & Tenant and Condo Rights
(11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Knowledge of your rights and obligations as a landlord, tenant and condo owner can greatly impact your enjoyment of your home and your financial security. This session provides an overview of key issues and legislation.
F: New Government Initiatives
(11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Municipal, provincial and federal governments are working with communities to address seniors’ housing needs. This session explores new policy direction, initiatives and trends as it relates to the role of government in seniors’ housing.
G: Community Resources
(1:30 pm – 2:30 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: Caregiver Support and Family Dynamics
(1:30 pm – 2:30 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 be discussed.
I: Downsizing/Managing Your Move
(1:30 pm – 2:30 pm)
This session will provide an overview of things to consider when downsizing and planning your move; resources available to assist with this process, considerations for what to bring to your new home; and practical ways to minimize the challenges and stress associated with this transition.
Thank you to our Planning Committee members!
  • Alberta Association On Gerontology (Edmonton Chapter)
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Continuing Care Association
  • City of Edmonton
  • Excel Society
  • GEF Seniors Housing
  • Government of Alberta – Health
  • Government of Alberta – Health – Supportive Living Programs
  • Lifestyle Options
  • Sage Seniors Association
About our Diamond Sponsors  
The City of Edmonton provides leadership and support to projects and initiatives that address the priority needs of seniors and that enhance their quality of life. The City of Edmonton also works collaboratively with community partners to ensure that Edmonton is an inclusive, responsive and “age friendly” city for all seniors. FCSS is a joint municipal/provincial cost-sharing program administered by the City of Edmonton. FCSS supports not-for-profit organizations to deliver preventive social service programs that aim to prevent or minimize social problems as well as to strengthen the lives of individuals, families and communities.
Dedicated to providing engaging lifestyle options for retirement communities, Christenson Communities has been redefining what it means to Age in Place. Christenson Communities can uniquely tailor a program to fit your lifestyle needs! Offering services for a range of lifestyles - Independent Living, Supportive Living, or Assisted Living. Our communities offer satisfying dining options, housekeeping, bus service, and care options such as home care and dementia care.


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