We listen for, celebrate, and help mobilize the unique gifts, aspirations, and strengths of seniors.
We take the time to deeply understand seniors as holistic, complex, and multifaceted individuals who have a spectrum of needs and strengths.
We work with seniors in a reciprocal and co-creative manner that recognizes and draws upon the shared wisdom and expertise of both staff and seniors.
Seniors must self-determine when, how, why, and what it means to create positive changes in their lives and communities.
International Women's Day
Sage celebrated International Women's Day on March 8, 2017. The campaign theme this year was Be Bold For Change. To be part of the movement and celebrate women and the strength diversity brings to our communities, Sage pledged to continue to help forge a more inclusive world. Using the pledges pictured below, we did a social media campaign to show our solidarity and support for women. Sage will continue to embrace and be strengthened by the diversity of our community and by the seniors we serve.
In 2017, Community Navigators began working with a community volunteer to explore the idea of creating a Men’s Shed in the Edmonton area.
Men’s Sheds are a grassroots, bottom up community approach for addressing men’s health and wellbeing. Sheds are welcoming, inclusive spaces that allow men to share skills, participate in informal learning, and build relationships; thereby decreasing loneliness, depression, and isolation.
Edmonton has one pilot Men’s Shed running with approximately 16 members ranging in age from 18-82. There has been significant interest from other organizations and community groups that are requesting information and guidance in creating additional Sheds in the Edmonton area, and Community Navigators are continuing to work with these organizations/groups to facilitate the creation of additional Sheds to support healthy connections for all men.
In partnership with The Family Centre, Sage planned and implemented a free support group for grandparents who are parenting.
This support group provides an opportunity for grandparents who are parenting to meet, provide support, and continue to strengthen one another during their parenting journey.
Weekly topics discussed included:
- Understanding Your “Not-So-New” Role
- Building Relationships
- Managing Finances
- Exploring Legal Issues
- Promoting Well-Being
Since 2008, Sage has provided high quality frozen meals to Edmonton seniors through the Sage Savories program. The program was created to ensure that seniors had options for nutritious, flavourful frozen meals that they could enjoy at home. Due to the availability of alternative frozen meal services and ongoing challenges with the costs of operating Sage Savories, we decided to end the program as of April 30, 2017.
Seniors' Health and Wellness Forum
The second annual Seniors’ Health and Wellness Forum, Presented by Age Friendly Edmonton, was held Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre. The Forum featured presentations and panel discussions on health, wellness, and social supports vital to healthy aging, including a presentation by PEGASIS (Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors) on how to address a range of factors that may lead to social isolation as we age.
On Wednesday, April 26, Sage celebrated volunteers at the Spring Volunteer Appreciation Event. This event was dedicated to honouring the many volunteers who devote their time to Sage. The event theme was Thank You For Helping Sage Grow - an ode to how volunteers are vital to our organizations growth and success.
To view photos from the event, click here.
On December 6, 2017, Sage celebrated volunteers at the Winter Volunteer Appreciation Event. This event is dedicated to honouring the many volunteers who devote their time to Sage.
To view photos from the event, click here.
The 11th Annual Sage Awards, presented by Servus Credit Union, was held on May 10, 2017 and honoured the achievements of 10 outstanding seniors and their contributions to our community:
- Arts & Culture: Ms. Rae Hunter
- Community Building: Mr. Evert Poor
- Education: Mrs. Phyllis Arnold
- Environment: Capt. (Ret'd.) William Dickson
- Health & Wellness: Mr. Gino Ferri
- Public & Non-Profit: Ms. Agathe Joly
- Science & Technology: Mr. John McDougall
- Social Justice & Peace: Ms. Kay Douglas and Ms. Marilyn McSporran
- Transportation: Mr. Rudy Kornelsen
Islamic Senior Women’s Group
In December 2017, the Islamic Senior Women’s group received a K2A micro-grant to undertake a new year-long project. The Islamic Seniors Women’s group has been meeting for over two years, and one of the main organizers has a vision to have the senior women in their community create a cookbook; through the process of sharing their recipes from their home countries, the senior women will be able to tell their stories of how they came to Canada and share their own resilience and strength.
To read about how the Islamic Senior Women’s group of Al Rashid Mosque used the Knowledge to Action (K2A) micro-grant to undertake a project, click here.
The Abbott School Mental Health Nurse, approached Sage’s Community Animator, to develop a senior-led project at Abbott School. A call was put out to interested seniors and a small group met to learn about the Abbott School community in late fall.
Sage, the seniors, and the Principal and Mental Health Nurse at Abbott School worked to co-create a set of agreements to guide the group’s interaction with the students.
Seniors and students started out reading and playing board games together.
Seniors also had the opportunity to spend time with the school Elder, and to learn more about indigenous culture. Soon, as many as 10 older adults were regularly attending the school on Wednesday afternoons, and the activities expanded based on the interests of the participants. They now include music relaxation, a science club, gardening, and crocheting, all of which have proven quite popular with the students.
In our Housing program, social workers work with seniors to increase their knowledge of housing options in the Edmonton area, including information, referrals, and assistance to help seniors secure safe and affordable housing to meet their needs.
To read a story about a senior who accessed our Housing program services, click here.
Sage Ukelele Class members Cleide Grossi, Marion McKenzie, and Eva Peters painted by Terrie Shaw are featured on the cover of the 2017/2018 Directory of Senior Services.
You can view the entire 2017-2018 Directory as a PDF file by clicking here.
Created with images by OC Gonzalez - "My Old Man" • Mikael Kristenson - "auditorium" • Sérgio Rola - "untitled image" • Cathal Mac an Bheatha - "A Moment"