Emptying out the Inbox – May 2018

Good evening TR friends – I’ve got another jam-packed list for you again this month!


1) Last Minute Local Event – Please share!  Tomorrow from 12 – 5pm at the  Buchanan Centre Parking Lot is the first ever Wheelchair Wash with ReYu!  For $20 you can get your chair shined and greased; they will also be doing minor repairs and adjustments, as well as have some spare parts on hand for replacements such as tires and tubes.  If finances are a barrier, there will be sponsors on hand, speak with Bean.  If that isn’t awesome enough, there will also be a Chill Lounge where you can rest and relax while your chair gets scrubbed down by their amazing volunteers.  There will also be food available for purchase as well as some wicked cars to oogle at.  They suggest bringing a water gun or water balloons as they will be having water fights throughout the event.

2) Free Local Event – Are you a senior in the Tri Municipal Region?    The Tri Municipal Region Seniors’ Week Committee has been awarded the honour of hosting the Provincial Launch of Seniors’ Week 2018, in partnership with the Government of Alberta.  On Monday, June 4, 2018, from  11 am – 1:30 pm (Doors open at 10:30 am) at the Spruce Grove Room, Heritage Park, (STONY PLAIN).  Contact Stony Plain (780-963-8583) or Spruce Grove (780-962-7618) FCSS for information on your free ticket for attendance.

3) TR Social Event – North Chapter ATRA Members – BBQ / Potluck Dinner on Sunday, June 10 from 2:00 – 5:00pm at Rundle Park (Site #6, 2909 113 Ave) in Edmonton!  Be sure to email and register your spot.

Activity Resources:

1) A cool App I came across last night: It’s called Promenade and if you don’t already know about it, allow me to introduce you to it!  Promenade is an iPad app designed for use when visiting loved ones living with dementia or related illnesses.  Created by experts in the field of Gerontology and Therapeutic Recreation, Promenade is a tool that can help stimulate conversation, encourage reminiscence, and make personal visits more rewarding and engaging.  Promenade presents groups of photographs based on user-selected topics; however, it’s much more than just an image search.  Every topic is accompanied by a list of conversation based questions, as well as related topic suggestions to ensure there’s always something to talk about.

2) CBC Parents – If you are a parent or work with kids, this website has a bunch of information and resources.

3) Melodic Memories – offering printable song lists for Singing Programs and Activities.

4) Nursing Home Activities Resource – a FREE website with lots of ideas!

5) ElderSong; Your Source for Creative Activity Materials for Older Adults.

Other Resources:

1) The Resident and Family Councils Act came into effect April 1, 2018, this legislation gives residents and their families the right to establish self-governing councils at any long-term care and licensed supportive living facility that serves 4 or more people.  The Alberta government and Covenant Health have both put together toolkits to assist in establishing this type of council.

2) Measuring Engagement – The ePass Toolkit; Your comprehensive source for information, training resources, and tools for measuring engagement in recreation activities.  ActivityPro.net, another comprehensive tool for managing engagement.  Anyone using this?  It looks really interesting!

3) Evidence-Based Practice – Alberta Centre for Active Living – Evidence-based physical activity information for practitioners and decision-makers

4) Adaptive Clothing: Silvert’s (online) & Alterations: Stitch It (over 70 locations)

Professional Development:

1) Summer Education Opportunities – Upcoming arts-based elective undergrad and graduate courses for University of Alberta credit offered through St. Stephen’s College – Available to undergraduates, graduate students (UAlberta and St. Stephen’s College), and for Open Studies students (Teachers/ Counsellors/ Expressive Arts Therapists/ Nurses/ Social Workers, Healers, etc.).  Check out the program posters: Art Therapy Fundamentals, Art Therapy: Artful-Spiritual Connection, Contemplation and the Arts, Intro to Drama Therapy, Mindfulness in Education and the Workplace, and Special Topics: Expressive Arts Therapy.

2) Online Education Opportunity – The Alive Workplace Academy – Putting life back into work/life balance.  Breaking Busy – Why busyness, our new norm, is making us sick, depleting our energy and literally causing accidents in our workplaces and our homes.  *ATRA Members ask about your discount!

3) Information Session – Victorian Nolan, the Head of Stakeholder Relations & Community Engagement for the CNIB Guide Dog Program will be in Calgary on Wednesday, June 13.  The first session is for community members, agencies, healthcare workers, businesses etc to find out about Guide Dogs in our Community – access and legal responsibilities. The second is for our current and prospective clients who are guide dog handlers.

Community Resources & Supports:

1) FAMILY CONNECTIONS is a free, 12-week skills-based program, offered in two-hour sessions once per week.  It is designed specifically for family members and friends of those struggling with emotional dysregulation or who may have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  Tuesday Evenings, from June 12 to August 28th , 2018 in Edmonton.

2) Community Resource – The Edmonton Leisure Access Pass application has been updated, be sure to get your new info package today!

3) Inform Alberta – Seniors and Older Adults – Social, Recreation, and Leisure Programs: Programs that offer seniors and older adults the opportunity to connect to their community through social events, recreational activities, and cultural activities.

I hope you found some of the above useful, please forward anything you would like seen here by commenting below.

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