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Edmonton Strathcona

"The Friendly Club"

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Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m.
Woodvale Facility and Golf Clubhouse
4540 - 50 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6L 6B6
Canada
Our Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Board Meeting is the 2nd Tuesday of the month. The 4th Tuesday is a Meeting with a Taste - a social event, date and time to be determined. Members will be notified by email of the details.
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President Elect Loida Lumanlan with Terry Collier
 
This past Tuesday we heard from Terry Collier, a gerontologist who has studied seniors housing since 1986. Terry has studied, taught and worked in the area of seniors and their housing in both California and Alberta and is very familiar with what works and what does not. He feels that he has a good understanding of what seniors at various stages of their lives need, like and do not like about their housing and he often works with developers to design seniors complexes that will work well.
Terry told us that there are several things about seniors housing that people appreciate, the biggest one being a sense of community. Terry said that nearby amenities such as a clubhouse, party rooms, coffee shops, hair salons, exercise, craft and games rooms are important as they give people a place to get together and help to create that sense of community.  These are things that older people should look for when choosing a place to live.
Affordability is the second most important concern. There is a lot of housing for people who can afford to pay more than three thousand dollars per month, and some subsidized housing for low income seniors but it is the people in the middle who struggle the most. He said that often people think they can afford to purchase a unit but they do not consider the ongoing monthly costs such maintenance fees and special assessments which go up over time. Terry said that it is important for seniors complexes to continually maintain, remodel and refurbish. He also said that one big cost that continually goes up for complexes with housekeeping or food service is staffing. He has actually seen cases where a senior whose spouse has died and they can no longer afford their monthly costs will move in with another senior they don’t even like all that well just to be able to stay in the same housing complex.
Terry said that for many seniors their concept of value for price fixes on a value within five years of their retirement and their concept of how much something of value is worth falls further and further behind reality as they age. This can create issues for developers and managers of seniors complexes. Value can also mean different things to people of different generations, to people born between 1920 and 1940 who feel they are not getting value for their money get very territorial over who sits where in the dining room and often over eat, people born between 1940 and 1965 want to ensure that their food is locally sourced.
He then went on to explain the various levels of care and the costs involved in delivering these, relative to the fixed amount that the Alberta government legislated many years ago. The designated supportive living care level and subsequent cost goes up as you need help with more things. The basic list in increasing order of care needed is bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, continence and feeding.
The rules have not changed in so long that the current maximum cost to the patient is twenty two hundred per month, while the actual cost per month now is about ten thousand. He said that the cost is so prohibitive now that the Alberta government placed a moratorium on building new facilities several years ago and there is now quite a large shortage of beds as well. He said that in order to manage the shortage, if there is even a hint that a family member might help, (and thus may be willing to look after you) your name will never make the wait list. The system is broken.
He said that eventually seventy percent of older Albertan’s will need home care ( the lowest level of care). The delivery system for this is currently quite costly as it includes travel time for a care giver to come to your home to deliver the care. Terry said that we currently have 127,000 people in Alberta getting home care.
This type of care could be delivered much more cost effectively if we had more designated seniors apartment complexes ( Congregate Living Environments)  where people could rent their own suite (with one or two bedrooms, bathroom, full kitchen, dining and living area) but there would also be a full time on-site worker to co-ordinate home care for the residents. The home care giver could spend less time travelling and the care could be more consistent with the same person providing the care each  time.
For higher levels of care, with shared living spaces where infection control becomes an issue, he said that a proven way to control this is better air flow, specifically the use of continuous air surface pathogen removal (CASPR)  which relies on a complete change of room air every fifteen minutes. This can be costly but it is proven to be every effective. Our priorities should be updating our legislation
In closing he advised us to get out into our community and get to know the various senior living facilities and the people there. Learn some of the tricks to get yourself or others onto the wait list. He said that we can help by volunteering to help seniors with downsizing as this is one the the most stressful things that seniors must do.  He also said to be prepared for more non-profit seniors housing initiatives, developed and managed by groups like ours. We would like to thank Terry for his very interesting and informative presentation.
Our 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner was a resounding success. We celebrated with just over one hundred members and guests with a very nice meal and wonderful time for fellowship with old and new friends.
Our evening was kept on track by our Master of Ceremonies, Eric Germain, who deftly kept the program moving between courses.
 
The evening opened with greetings from District Governor Brent Collingwood, We also welcomed Patrick LaForge, President of the Rotary Club of Edmonton South the club which sponsored our club fifty years ago and Jean Crepin, a charter member and Casey Kozicky, current Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc which our club sponsored in 1991.
 
We then recognized some of the many International Support, Community Support, Community Service and Fundraising projects our club has been involved with over the years and acknowledged some of the people who were involved with these.
 
We thanked our Gold Sponsors for the evening, Pradeep Das’s Space Engine Systems and the Can K Group of Companies, Liam Whalen Real Estate, Loida Lumanlan Real Estate, The Granholm Family, Eric and Val Solash and Jim Peddie Insurance and Financial Services as well as our Sliver Sponsors, The John and Betty Germain Endowment Fund, CASA Mental Health and Carin and Stephan Jansen van Vuuren’s Afrilekka Tours.
 
We also made several special presentations during the evening:
 
District Governor Brent Collingwood made two presentations to our Charter Member Hans Granholm in recognition of his fifty years of Rotary service, one from Rotary International and one from our Rotary District.  This was followed by a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation by club Director Donna Hutton to Hans Granholm from our Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona in recognition of his fifty years of service to our club.
 
For our 50th Anniversary, President Heather de Kok and Director Donna Hutton made a Community Project  donation of fifty thousand dollars from our club to Bonnie Blakely, CEO and Janet Hancock, Board Chair of CASA Mental Health.
 
Carin Jansen van Vuuren, Youth Committee chair from our club then presented a special 50th Anniversary Scholarship of five thousand dollars to J H Picard High School student Serena Bulesic whose passion is the violin, a dedicated ,focused and talented individual who is planning to pursue a career in Music at the U of A.  
 
Paul Harris Awards were presented to Peggy Nesbitt and Grant Nicol by Hans and Linda Granholm and also to Shane Theberge and Sophie Stadler by Eric Germain.
 
For the year end turnover portion of the program, President Heather de Kok presented the Rotarian of the Year Award to Brenda McCullough for her outstanding service to our club over the past year. She then thanked our out going board members for their service this past year. Our President Elect, Loida Lumanlan ended the evening with closing remarks.
 
Photos from this event can be viewed in the 50th Gala Photo Album and more will be added as they are received.
We are desperately in need of more donations for our Wheel of Fortune. Please bring your donations to the meeting with you and give them to either Ken or Eric Germain. Small, new items such as wine, small gadgets, candy, books and any other small non-perishable items are welcome, in particular something you yourself would be happy to win!

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