Health & Wellness e-newsletter - week of May 25

Posted on May 27 2020

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SAGE

Sage is working remotely to support older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that we have closed our building, but are working remotely and continue to respond to essential needs. Staff are monitoring their emails and voicemails daily.

  • The Seniors Safe House programming continues to function as normal. In an emergency, call 911. If you are a senior, or know of a senior, experiencing abuse, please hang up and dial 780.702.1520 for our Safe House Intake. For 24-hour support, call the Seniors Abuse Helpline at 780.454.8888.

  • Health services and social work programs are still seeing clients by appointment after a pre-screening. For those requiring appointments for the health services program, please call 780.423.5510 and press 3. For those needing social work services, please call 780.423.5510 and press 4 and leave a message.

  • The Sage tax clinic is now open! To get your income tax return completed please call 780-809-9424 and leave your name, phone number and a staff member will get back to you. Please note, a return call call may take upwards up 10 days due to the high volume of calls. Sage would like to reassure all seniors that they do not need to file before June 1, 2020 as the date of filing has been extended and seniors are encouraged to file before October 1, 2020.


HEALTH SERVICES UPDATE AT SAGE

Sage is pleased to announce that our Health Services program has been authorized by Alberta Health to offer short-term supports to seniors who are struggling to access health care during the pandemic. This includes ongoing support for any of our previous clients who have been unable to access new providers. 

Nurse Practitioners can be consulted about an urgent problem, or to address ongoing chronic health conditions which may be affected during this time of physical distancing. NPs can provide telephone consults, virtual visits, and can also come out for a home visit should this be required.

Call 780-809-9402 to make a virtual appointment, or call the Sage main number at 780-423-5510 and choose option 3. One of our health services staff will connect back to you to confirm an initial telephone screening.

 

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: STRONG PROTECTION FOR OLDER ADULTS

One of the keys to successfully relaunching Alberta’s economy is the continued protection of those of us who are at risk of contracting COVID-19, including those who live in congregate living facilities. On May 19, the government announced a provincial investment of more than $170 million to help keep residents and staff in seniors’ lodges, long-term care and designated supportive living facilities safe from COVID‑19. Funding will be used for enhanced staffing and extra cleaning supplies, and will address lost accommodation revenue.

Alberta Health Services and Seniors and Housing will coordinate the distribution of $14.2 million per month, including $2.9 million per month for seniors’ lodges. Funding is retroactive to March 15, and will continue until the orders from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health are lifted.

This funding will help protect the providers of seniors housing from financial pressures and ensure Alberta seniors can remain safe in their homes. Learn more here.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL SICK

If you have symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or runny nose, you MUST self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and until your symptoms have resolved (whichever is longer). Under no circumstance should you leave your property during self-isolation. Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment for more information. DO NOT visit a hospital, lab or healthcare facility without consulting Health Link 811 first. Call your family doctor first before going in.

Additionally, please also visit the ongoing implementation of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – a safely staged COVID-19 recovery plan.


THE EDMONTON SENIORS COORDINATING COUNCIL

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council have been actively compiling relevant information for older adults in Edmonton, as well as highlighting world-wide community response efforts relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to thank them for highlighting the incredible community-driven resources that have come forward during the pandemic. Below you will find numerous activities and resources available for all: 
 

VIRTUAL TOURS OF WORLD-CLASS MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE SITES

 

MUSIC / THEATRE / FILM / LITERATURE

  • The Metropolitan Opera will host free Nightly Met Opera Streams of past performances from its Live in HD series. The encore presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST each night on the company’s official website and will then be available for an additional 20 hours thereafter.

  • The Seattle Symphony will share free rebroadcasts of past performances via the Symphony’s social media channels on YouTube and Facebook.

  • BroadwayHD has a library of hundreds of Broadway productions (paid service)

  • CBC introduces Movie Night in Canada

  • Audible presents a collection of their stories including more than 25 literary classics for free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

  • The National Film Board of Canada’s online Screening Room features more than 3,000 films that you can stream for free or downloaded for your personal use for a small fee.

  • The Social Distancing Festival is curating an ongoing list of cultural live stream events including literature, dance, music and theatre.

  • Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 p.m. Eastern l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will stream a concert from its archive.

  • CBC Music will be keeping an eye out for Canadian musicians' live streams and updating this list as often as possible

  • Uke 101: Learn to play the ukulele

  • National Arts Centre: The NAC is broadcasting #CanadaPerforms concerts via their social media channels (FacebookInstagram and Twitter). You can also search these platforms using the #CanadaPerforms hashtag. The NAC will also share other content such as podcasts, suggested online theatre, dance and music performances, past NAC Orchestra recordings and videos. NAC Orchestra musicians will also offer individual performances and more.

  • The Citadel Theatre presents the Stuck-in-the-House Series featuring performances by Edmonton artists. You can watch live on their Facebook page or see past performances on YouTube.

  • Listen to iconic actor Sir Patrick Stewart read a Shakespeare sonnet on Twitter each day.

  • "CreativeBug Libraries" is a virtual platform hosting arts and crafts classes. Access thousands of art and craft instructional video classes with your EPL card.

  • See a new side of Edmonton by checking out the City’s virtual exhibits 

  • Watch online tours of Frank Lloyd Wright sites by searching #WrightVirtualVisits on social media. Past tours will also be posted online.

  • Aspiring shutterbugs can get up to speed and perfect their photography skills in this online 10-class series by Nikon.  

  • The Winspear and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra present a new digital series, Live at the Winspear: From Stage to Screen featuring ESO musicians. Check the Winspear website for live streams and video releases or watch past performances.

  • The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra musicians have their own Facebook page where you can participate in Q&As and learn about the musicians. 

  • Edmonton Opera at Home is a great way to indulge your passion for opera.

  • Pro Coro Canada has curated a collection of their past video and audio choir performances.

  • Thanks to Mill Woods Seniors Association for alerting us about these free community art nights, hosted by the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.  

  • Shumka has moved their popular Seniors Can Shumka and Silver Swans (inclusive ballet and movement) classes to an online format.

  • The Canadian Play Thing is a playwright-centred virtual theatre that shares live readings of new and under-produced Canadian plays online.

  • Jim Clayton has been performing nightly "piano bar" live streams since the pandemic began, where he takes requests from his growing audience. The evening includes a virtual tip jar, which goes to Glad Day Bookshop's emergency fund, helping artists, performers and tip-workers from the LGBTQ+ community. Nightly, 9 p.m. (Eastern)


SCIENCE

  • Browse NASA’s massive online collection of images, sounds, and videos

  • The Cincinnati Zoo is hosting a series of Home Safari Facebook Live sessions which will feature their animals at 3 p.m. weekdays starting Monday, March 16. The videos are also available on their YouTube channel.

  • This Forbes article provides links to live feeds of wildlife and beautiful vistas.

  • The Vancouver Aquarium has set up live cams so you can visit cute, aquatic critters anytime.


FITNESS

  • Westend Seniors Activity Centre released a great 8-week fitness program including an instructional manual and accompanying videos for exercises you can do from home.

  • Westend Seniors Activity Centre is offering online fitness classes. See their full course list for details. For more information and to register, email programs@weseniors.ca.

    • Chair Yoga:  Monday and Thursday options, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

    • Yoga for Stress and Anxiety: Mondays, 6 - 7 p.m. 

    • Total Fitness for the Active Senior: Tuesdays, 9 - 10 a.m.

  • Mill Woods Seniors Association is offering online fitness classes. See full program for registration details. 

    • "Keeping Communities Together Healthy & Happy" Yoga: Monday - Friday, 7 - 8 p.m.

    • 4-Week Total Body Conditioning: April 30 - May 21, Thursdays, 10 - 11 a.m. 

    • Soft Pilates: May 2 - June 27, Saturdays, 9:00 am - 10:30 a.m. (Mountain) 

    • Stretch & Release: May 2 - June 27, Saturdays, 10:45 am - 11:45 a.m. (Mountain) 

  • Edmonton Seniors Centre is offering live, instructor-led classes using Zoom. See their full program for more details. 

    • Senior Yoga: Mondays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 

    • Stress Reducing Meditation: Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.

    • Chair Yoga: Wednesdays, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

    • Fun & Functional Movement: Tuesdays, 11 - 12 p.m.

    • Stretch: Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m

    • Zumba Gold: Saturdays, 10 - 11 a.m. 

  • Chair Zumba Gold: Edmonton Senior Centre’s longtime Zumba instructor has created a playlist on YouTube that seniors can use to participate in Chair Zumba Gold activities. The instructor will be adding to the playlist, so seniors can also subscribe to get updates when new videos are posted.

  • Free Workout Videos (list compiled by SEESA) 

  • Keep fit with free exercise and wellbeing classes through YMCA 360

  • Online Zumba classes with local instructor Jodi Jubinville: Monday noon and 7:30 PM, Tuesday 6:30 PM, Wednesday noon, Thursday 6:30PM and Saturday 11 AM

  • Prana Yoga Studio offer classes online.

  • The City of Edmonton has an online video series featuring gentle yoga sessions, vigorous spin classes, dance routines, and more.

  • Pain BC is offering a Gentle Movement at Home program to help people with persistent pain.

  • This helpful resource shows eight stretching exercises that can be done safely from home.

  • Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation and Pursuit of Motion Physiotherapy have partnered to offer a series of Fall Prevention Workshops May 30, June 6, and June 13.
     

GAMES, PUZZLES, AND BOOKS

  • This post from Lifehacker outlines board and card games you can play online. 

  • This post from Boston.com lists board games you can access online.

  • Tabletopia has 800 board games including Bridge.

  • Play a game of scrabble through the Internet Scrabble Club

  • Each week, ElderCare Edmonton is releasing a new activity booklet for seniors. The booklets include puzzles, word searches, colouring, crafting instructions, recipes, and much more.


SOCIALIZE TIME!

  • Mill Woods Seniors Association is offering social groups online. To inquire about any of the below programs, email karen@mwsac.ca with the program name as the subject line. See program for full details!

    • Virtual Happy Hour: Thursdays, 4 - 5 p.m.

    • Online Conversation Circle: Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

    • Recess Intergenerational Program: Wednesdays, 1 - 2 p.m.

  • Edmonton Seniors Centre has a few new online social and activity groups on the go. See program for more information.

    • Knitters Unite: Mondays. 12:30 - 3 p.m. 

    • Joyful Chats Group: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 - 2 p.m.; Fridays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

  • Strathcona Place Society hosts "Wisemen and Wonderwomen" every Wednesday. Participation is free. Register by calling 780-433-5809 or emailing outreachcoordinator@strathconaplace.com.

    • Wisemen: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

    • Wonderwomen: Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.

  • YEG Night In is an upscale online experience featuring entertainment and games and activities.
     

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

  • The Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories is offering free presentations for people with dementia and their partners by phone or computer. Upcoming: May 21, 7 p.m. (Creating a Meaningful Life - Recreation for People Living with Dementia) and May 27, 1 p.m. (The Importance of Oral Hygiene for People Living with Dementia). Go to www.asantcafe.ca for additional details. 
     

AND MORE!

  • Get Cooking Edmonton offers online cooking classes. Learn to whip up decadent pavlova or make a mean batch of butter chicken. The options are endless!

  • Coursera offers hundreds of free courses featuring on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums.

  • Ask the Genealogist is a great resource for genealogy buffs. This online club by the St. Alberta Public Library is a great resource to assist with your research.
     

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

Edmonton community leagues-such as Queen Alexandra, Westmount, and Parkallen-are recruiting community members to assist with volunteer outreach efforts. Additional information about these community-based volunteer efforts will continue to be collected in the coming weeks and will be posted to seniorscouncil.net/covid-19.

  • Queen Alexandra Community League: Visit their COVID-19 response page to become a volunteer or request help

  • Westmount Community League: Sign up to be a community helper or to request help

  • Parkallen Community League: Contact the community league to see how you can lend a hand

 

EDMONTON SENIORS CENTRE

ESC is using Zoom to offer online fitness classes, peer support groups, crafting sessions, technology help, health and wellness advice, and arts classes. See their website for details. 

 

MILL WOODS SENIORS ASSOCIATION

Online fitness classes and social gatherings are all the rage at MWSA. Their web page featuring online classes includes information on upcoming activities, which include yoga, pilates, stretching, and an informative class on “aging backwards”! To get your social fix, join MWSA's weekly Wednesday "Virtual Happy Hour" or catch up with the kids during "Recess", their new virtual intergenerational program.  

 

STRATHCONA PLACE SOCIETY

The popular "Wisemen and Wonderwomen" social group has moved to an online format, meeting every Wednesday at 10 a.m. (Wisemen) and 1:30 p.m. (Wonderwomen). Participation is free. Register by calling 780-433-5809 or emailing outreachcoordinator@strathconaplace.com. 

The centre is also offering a phone pal program to connect seniors in the community. To get on the call list or to volunteer, contact Danielle by calling the office or emailing volunteers@strathconaplace.com. 

 

WELL CONNECTED BY ELDERCARE EDMONTON AND CAREGIVERS ALBERTA

Wednesdays, 10 - ­11 a.m.

Free

This new program provides community-based programming in a virtual setting. Stay connected by participating in activities, education, and friendly conversation. Both caregivers and care recipients are welcome to participate! Register through Eventbrite to receive a Zoom link.


FRIENDLY PHONE CALL PROGRAMS

Are you feeling lonely and wish you could connect with someone over the phone? Local friendly phone call programs provide an opportunity to socialize while staying safely at home. Once you are signed up for a program, someone will call you (often weekly) to check in and chat. Call 211 for a list of friendly phone call programs. You can read more about how friendly phone initiatives are helping local seniors on page 15 of the most recent Edmonton Prime Times edition.  


SENIORS' CENTRE WITHOUT WALLS

This telephone-based social group for seniors offers social and health programming, free of charge, and provides seniors opportunities to socialize, learn new skills, and stay connected. Seniors' Centre Without Walls is open to seniors age 55+ living anywhere in Alberta. To see what's current, view their June calendar of events. Learn more on their website and call 780-395-2626 to register.


AGING WITH PRIDE PHONE PROGRAM FOR 2SLGBTQ+SENIORS

2SLGBTQ+ seniors can access remote phone programming through Aging with Pride. The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. While there is no set age limit, participants should identify as older adults. All genders, sexualities, and abilities are welcome. To participate, call 1-855-703-8985 and enter the meeting ID 293 631 2402. For more information about pride seniors programming, email seniors@pridecentreofedmonton.ca.

 

CALLING ALL HISTORY BUFFS!

SAY WHAT? Eight Unbelievable Stories of Edmonton’s Past

This Friday, May 29 enjoy a virtual  presentation by Tom Long, a local historian and interpreter from Fort Edmonton Park. Some bits of history are just so bizarre, you can’t believe they actually happened. Take a journey through nine ridiculous stories and, in the end, guess which one of them is a fake. Truth is stranger than fiction!

If you would like to join the meeting, email Michael at michael.hoyt@edmonton.ca.


U OF A MOOCs

The University of Alberta offers several free non-credit courses called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Courses include Astro 1010, Bugs 101, Dino 101, Mountains 1010, Introduction to the Arctic, Indigenous Canada and several paleontology topics.


EPL FROM HOME

EPL from Home offers a variety of resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, eMagazines and newspapers, music, and online classes for all ages. If you do not have a library card, register for free online for immediate access to EPL's digital content. 

 

RECESS INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAM (ONLINE)

Mill Woods Seniors Association 
Wednesdays, 1 - 2 p.m. 
Free 

This new online intergenerational program pairs youth and seniors for conversations and games. Channel your inner child, enjoy the therapeutic benefits of play, and learn about what "the kids" are getting up to these days. To register, email karen@mwsac.ca with the subject line, "Recess". 

 

MASKS, SANITIZER, AND PREPARED MEALS FOR SENIORS

Westend Seniors Activity Centre 

 WSAC is offering masks and hand sanitizer to seniors here in Edmonton. As of May 11, seniors have ordered almost 10,000 masks! Go online to order your masks and hand sanitizer. The centre has also launched a new Community Cafe outreach program to sell frozen soups and meals with a rotating menu that changes every two weeks. Go online for more information about the meals program. Free delivery of masks, sanitizer, and meals is available for all Edmonton seniors. 

 

SENIORS' WEEK

Age Friendly Edmonton 

We don't talk about the positives of aging nearly enough! To celebrate Seniors' Week 2020 from June 1 until 7, Age Friendly Edmonton is starting a conversation highlighting what Edmontonians enjoy about growing older. Share your story at GrowOlderWithMe.net. Together, let's start the conversation about what healthy aging looks like and disrupt ageism. As a thanks for participating, the first 100 participants are eligible to receive a $5 Tim's card. Stories will be accepted up to and including Seniors' Week and after until July 12. For more information about the project, email  agefriendly@edmonton.ca. 

 

TALK2NICE

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) 

Daily, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Eastern)  

Free 

This new nationwide phone outreach service connects older adults and persons with disabilities to social workers and social work students. The program aims to provide community members with prolonged engagement through friendly check-in phone calls weekly and bi-weekly. The program is an opportunity for older adults who may be experiencing isolation or loneliness to "check in" with an empathetic, non-judgemental and compassionate person on a regular basis. Call 1-844-529-7292 (toll-free) to schedule your friendly call or go online to book a time.  

 

ASK THE GENEALOGIST

St. Albert Public Library Genealogy Club (SAPL)  

Thanks to our friends from Westend Seniors Activity Centre for sharing this opportunity. "Ask the Genealogist" is an online club being offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Genealogy Club normally meets at SAPL every month but has moved online to support genealogists and genealogy enthusiasts during this time of isolation.

 

COMMUNITIES CONNECTING

  • Staying connected is important. Sage has implemented a friendly call program. If you would like to be added to Sage’s friendly phone call list, please call 780.423.5510 and press 5 and leave a message requesting to be added to the list. 

  • Do you have a positive story about someone helping out another during this time that you would like to see highlighted in our weekly update? If so, I would love to hear it! Email Amber at aalexander@mysage.ca

If you have questions, please refer to our website: https://www.mysage.ca/. You can also call Sage at 780.423.5510 and leave a message.

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