As many of you know, we've gathered in the past at ESC to celebrate Boxing Day with a holiday meal. This year that is not possible. BUT ... never fear, we have found another way to bring you a lovely Boxing Day Turkey meal, delivered to your door for only 5 dollars.
For that five dollars you will receive:
When the meal is delivered it will be between 11 am and 1pm. You'll need to heat it up. Gravy, Cranberry sauce, and pie will be in separate containers.
Several organizations have come together to make this meal possible, even in the face of a terrible pandemic:
The Tegler Trust
Edmonton Seniors Centre
Westend Seniors Activity Centre - Food Services
ICAN - Chinese Seniors Centre
Thank you to all our partners who have this possible because we all care about making this the best Boxing Day we can make it during this extraordinary state of affairs our world if facing. We want you to know, you are not facing it alone.
ESC has a surprise for you! Boxing Day Lunch is still on! It isn't going to look the way it has in the past. As you all know, the Edmonton General cannot allow us to gather 100 people into the dining room to eat and laugh together, but that isn't stopping ESC and its partners from bringing you a special turkey lunch with all the holiday trimmings on Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26th, between 11 am and 1pm.
Your meal will be cooked by West End Seniors Activity Centre Chef. It will be delivered to you by Drive Happiness -- there is no cost to you for this delivery. It has been paid for by ESC and the Tegler Trust. The Tegler Trust made it possible to bring you entertainment for a half hour that you can access via Zoom while you enjoy your meal. That event happens at noon on the 25th.
It is perfect? No, but please know that we care about all of you and because we care ESC brought together this team to make sure you had your usual Boxing Day Lunch.
There is a great movie on homelessness called Us and Them that gives you insight into the challenges faced by homeless seniors. You can see a 10 minute trailer at: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/usandthemthedoc. If you like what you see, you can rent the movie for $9.97 or you can check it out of your local library: epl.ca
TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING: a woman sets out to help four homeless people, but they end up helping her. Featuring addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté, you may never look at the homeless the same way again.
Written and directed by Krista Loughton and Jennifer Abbott (The Corporation).
Are you confused by all the housing options? Not sure what would benefit you? Join Jolyn Hall of Edmonton55 as she helps clarify the types of options for housing and care as we age. Jolyn will demystify when to consider a move and help you understand financial implications of renting vs buying vs life lease. Learn to be proactive to stay in control of your housing choices as your needs change!
November 25 at 2pm.
As our members know, we serve the residents at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre. Each resident there has a membership to the Edmonton Seniors Centre. They are people we love and care deeply about. It is with great sadness as our hearts go to the the family and friends of the residents there. The following was released by the EGCCC:
Edmonton General Continuing Care CentreThere are 62 active cases of COVID-19 among residents and patients – no increase since our last update. There are a total of 66 active cases among staff – no increase since our last update, total 128.
The winter schedule is out. Remember you'll need to sign up before the end of December to get a spot. Look for the schedule on our courses page.
Zumba, yoga, journaling, Support Groups, Chair Zumba and Yoga, and watercolours.
All our courses are online for your health and safety.
Writing down your feelings and experience can help you through challenging times like COVID-19/
There are a few things to get your pen to paper:
If you are feeling lonely, ESC has several ways you can connect to others online. We have chat groups that are structured to help you address your concerns, a joyful journaling class that gives you wants to journal your journey through COVID and beyond. These classes are free. Please consider registering for the classes by going to: https://www.edmontonseniorscentre.ca/courses.html. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your situation, please call our Registered Social Worker and she can help you with mental health referrals: 780-425-8625. Leave a message and you'll get a call back. If you are feeling desperate, please call the mental health line at: Canadian Mental Health Association-Edmonton Region: 780 414 6300.
If you love to cook, or just enjoy new and interesting food, this is the show for you. Check out the video created by Yasmin and Ratna about their philosophy of food, spices, and herbs.