CACG - SENIORS' CORNER
June 4, 2019
Dear Seniors Group at St. David’s:
Dear Seniors Group at St. David’s;
If your June is slowing down, and you are wondering what you will do with your time, here are two learning opportunities:
- On Monday, June 10, “ Green Burials”; Doing Death Differently 1:00- 3:00 pm. at the CALL Café (Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners).The presenter is Roxanne Walsh, End of Life Educator and Guide, Certified Funeral Celebrant. This session will be held at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Drive NW. This is free for CALL members; $ 5:00 at the door, for non- members.
- On Tuesday, June 25 – “ Aging in Place” by Jill Chambers: Aging in Place means having the health and social supports and services in place to live safely and independently in your home or your community for as long as you wish and are able. Ninety-one per cent of Canadian adults aged 50 and over want to stay in their home or in their neighbourhood and live independently as long as possible. To plan now for the future ahead, we will look at 9 areas of life that will impact your ability to Age in Place. Facilitator: Jill Chambers, BN CFP CEA -- Jill is the founder of Financial Concierge and Aging in Place Supports. Both companies focus on keeping older adults safe and independent in their homes.This session will be held at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Drive NW at 1:00- 2:30 pm. This is free for CALL members; $5:00 at the door, for non- members.
- Please forward this email to anybody you think might be interested. Regards from your Seniors Committee,Marlene, Sherri and Pat
June 3, 2019
Click on the following link to read the June 2019 Newsletter from CACG.https://www.calgarycommongood.org/?utm_campaign=june_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=commongoodyyc
May 28, 2019
Each year, Calgary honours seniors with opportunities to use City of Calgary and other facilities for free or at a discounted rate. Seniors Week is June 2-8 with opportunities to participate throughout Calgary. You can note that one event is at the Bell National Music Center ( free admission on Tuesday) and at the Glenbow Museum ( free, on Tuesday). If you click on the link below and then click on the events written in red, you will see what is available to do. We hope that something will ‘tickle your fancy’!
Your seniors ministry team,
Pat, Marlene and Sherri
April 24, 2019
We have a new webpage at CACG. https://www.calgarycommongood.org/?utm_campaign=new_website_correction&utm_medium=email&utm_source=commongoodyyc
April 9, 2019
On April 1, Wayne, June and myself attended the Discernment Assembly for CACG at B'Nai Tikvah Temple along with representatives from the other 26 member organizations. There has been one new group added to our roster, Hillhurst United, so we now have 28 members organizations involved. The job, last Monday, was to determine what issues we will be concentrating upon this coming year and, more importantly, which issues we wanted personally to pursue:
Mental Health and Addiction
If you are interested in this team the first meeting will be Monday, April 8that 7:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church – 1611 St. Andrews Place NW.
Social Isolation/Community Building and Overcoming Divisions
If you are interested in this team the first meeting will be Thursday, May 2ndat 7:00 pm at Christ Church Anglican – 3602 8 St. SW.
Truth and Reconciliation
This is one of our current campaigns that we are carrying forward. The next meeting of this team will be on Tuesday, April 9that 3:00 at the Central Library in room 3-17B.
We decided that we would address this campaign by supporting the work of one of our member organizations – The Calgary Climate Hub. The first meeting will be on Tuesday April 30that 7:00 pm – location will be confirmed.
If you are interested in joining any of these teams please contact our organizer, Ryan Andersen at [email protected].
Please note that going forward, to be a part of a research action team the expectation is that you come from a member organization, are an invited ally (or a current member of our Truth and Reconciliation Team). If you or your organization would like to become a member of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good please contact our organizer ([email protected]).
This is an exciting time for our Alliance as we grow and now prepare to launch with these campaigns as our public platform. We look forward to working for the Common Good together.
Meanwhile, our Seniors' Corner, led by Pat Fryers, Marlene Holst and Sherri Melrose will be bringing seniors together to share ideas and support over the coming year.
March 25, 2019: "W
Message from Pat Fryers
Hello, I apologize that I inadvertently forgot to add the attachments when I wrote this email. Here it is again, with attachments!
Belonging to the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good has provided me with the opportunity to network with people who are on the seniors committee. These are representatives of various churches and organizations that belong to the Alliance. One woman on our group sent me an email with two posters that are attached below.
I had provided the group with the handout "Cheap Thrills" and this was a return of the favour. The same woman also provided me with Calendars for Active Seniors. Some of you may have received one if you attended our session last Sunday ' Continuing the Conversation...Sharing our Stories".
There are lots of these calendars which we will have at the church for you when you can pick one up. 1. The first poster contains a number of phone numbers that might be of use to you in terms of help or services that are specific to seniors.
2. The second poster is about a one half day workshop that will be held at Confederation Park Seniors Center on Saturday, April 6. You will notice that there will be people presenting on various topics related to housing and medication. I have attended this workshop in the past - with ample opportunity to gather information about housing options.
3. Below is a summary of the results of last Sunday's session " Continuing the Conversation...Sharing our Stories" Thanks again for all of you who attended this. It will help our committee to determine potential actions that we might take. We will share these results with the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good as part of their process to determine the goals to pursue in the upcoming year. Enjoy the spring weather.
Your Seniors Committee,
Sherri, Marlene and Pat
Continuing the Conversation – Listening to our Stories
Summary of Results -St. David’s United Church, March 24, 2019
These results are based on feedback from 19 people who attended the after church session. We have put all of the comments into categories with numbers which indicate the importance of the category based on the number of people who indicated it as an issue for them.
The non-medical support to enable us to live independently in our homes – 11
- Need for help with housekeeping, yard work, shoveling, maintenance tasks, etc.
Living on a fixed income with rising costs – 8
- Medical and dental costs, insurance (various types), home maintenance, the need to make choices between home repairs and holidays as one example, declining investment income, future costs for seniors’ housing
Concern about family and friends – 7
- Their health and well-being ( addictions, mental health, poverty) parents being forcibly separated from each other in seniors housing, our inability at times to help them
Concern about our own physical health issues – both current and future – 7
- Diminishing eyesight leading to loss of driver’s license; worry about loneliness with loss of mobility; will others (family and friends) be there to help them in our times of need?
Concern about the world -5
- State of politics in Canada, the future of our church, the future of the world regarding the environment; apathy of government and society about the decline of our planet
Mental Health Issues – 5
- Lack of motivation, apathy – not participating in activities, not sure of purpose of each day, concerned about personal support in case of illness, not taking time for self-care with result of an active mind during the night
CALGARY ALLIANCE FOR THE COMMON GOOD
St. David's has joined with several city churches and Calgary institutions to work cooperatively with other institutions to "Organize the power of communities to shape a just and compassionate city." Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page for the current newsletter of CACG
- To create a broad-based shared organization that is as diverse as Calgary, building relationships among organizations and people from various community, ethnic, non-profit, labour, and religious groups.
- To strengthen our member organizations and their leaders in order to develop a healthy and effective civic life.
- To use the principles and techniques of community organizing to effectively address the real issues facing Calgarians and our member organizations.