Health & Wellness e-newsletter - week of June 8

Posted on June 9 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Sage is committed to sharing the most up-to-date information and resources on COVID-19 with older adults, caregivers, stakeholders, community partners, and professionals in the sector. The following information has been gathered from reputable and trusted resources. 


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.

  • 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.

  • Social work programs are still seeing clients by appointment after a pre-screening. 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 and phone number and a staff member will get back to you within 5 business days to gather the information needed to begin filing the return. 



Though the province is gradually re-launching, it is clear that the health risk posed by this pandemic has not gone away. Balancing precautions with new freedoms will be necessary to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the days, weeks and even months ahead.

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind as you go about your daily activities in our current reality:

  • Continue to practice physical distancing – that means keeping at least two metres distance from people outside your household or cohort family.

  • Still try to limit the number of times you need to leave the house for errands.

  • Limit indoor gatherings to no more than 15 people and outdoor gatherings to no more than 50. In both cases, do not share food or drinks and always maintain physical distance.

  • As being in the same car does not provide two metres distancing, carpooling is not recommended at this time. If you must share a car with someone outside of your household for an essential need, please ensure there are no more than two people in the car, one in front and one in back, to improve distancing.

  • Many families are taking advantage of restaurants opening up again. Please be respectful and mindful of the precautions restaurants have in place. This includes tables of no more than six individuals and spacing of at least six feet between all tables. We also recommend ordering your own food and not eating from shared plates.

  • Continue to wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water, or clean hands with hand sanitizer when on the go.

  • If you feel ill, stay home and use our online self-assessment tool to determine if you should be tested. Even if you are just feeling generally unwell, you should use the tool to assess your situation.

  • At this time, the provincial government is asking those who are able to continue to work from home within their role to do so.

  • Additionally, hand hygiene continues to be critical. 

  • Stay informed. Information and guidance on the re-launch can be found on the Government of Alberta’s site and For more from AHS, continue to visit



The Government issued public health orders to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, among older adults for the following settings:

  • Long-term care facilities

  • Licensed supportive living facilities, including seniors lodges and group homes

  • Licensed residential addiction treatment centres (under the Mental Health Services Protection Act)


Visitors may not enter any continuing care facility (long-term care or licensed supportive living), except for visits from a designated essential visitor:

  • when a resident is at the end of their life

  • where the resident's quality of life or care needs cannot be met without the designated essential visitor’s assistance

One designated visitor can be named per resident. They can be a family member, friend or companion, but must be over the age of 18. A replacement can be named, if required.


It is important for mental health to spend time outdoors. Outdoor visits are allowed with a designated essential visitor and one other person (up to a group of three people, including the resident), where space permits. However, physical distancing must be practiced and all visitors must wear a mask or some other form of face covering.

  • Arrangements for the outdoor visit (including scheduling, frequency, feasibility, etc.) should be made by the designated essential visitor, or the resident, directly with the operator.

  • Visitors are responsible for bringing their own masks for outdoor visits.

  • See Guidance on outdoor visits (Order 14-2020) – April 28, 2020


Updated operational and outbreak standards help ensure seniors, and other individuals living and working in these facilities, are kept as physically safe as possible. 

The list of COVID-19 symptoms has been expanded for residents of these facilities. 

Residents may experience milder initial symptoms or be unable to report certain symptoms. Any resident must be isolated and tested if they show any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (37.8 °C or higher). Note: Thermometer confirmed temperature is not required. If a resident feels they have a fever, testing will be offered.

  • Any new or worsening respiratory symptoms:

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Runny nose

    • Sneezing

    • Nasal congestion or stuffy nose

    • Hoarse voice

    • Sore throat or painful swallowing

    • Difficulty swallowing

  • Any new symptoms, including but not limited to:

    • Chills

    • Muscle or joint ache

    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite

    • Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion

    • Headache

    • Loss of sense of smell or taste

    • Conjunctivitis

    • Altered mental status

If there is a new confirmed outbreak of COVID-19, all residents and staff in the affected site/unit should be asked to consent to testing for COVID-19.


  • Residents must remain vigilant in their actions to protect themselves and others.

  • Residents who are not required to isolate are still encouraged (but are not required) to stay on the facility’s property, except in the case of necessity.

  • Should a resident choose go off facility property, for necessity or otherwise, the resident is responsible to:

    • Maintain physical distancing

    • Wear a mask at all times and ask anyone you may be with to also wear a mask

    • Ensure safe transportation

    • Maintain good hand hygiene

    • Be screened upon re-entry

  • Residents, families and friends are also responsible to follow all Public Health guidelines applicable to all Albertans.

Updated operational and outbreak standards


The Government of Alberta publicly reports locations of outbreaks in these facilities when there are 2 or more people with confirmed COVID-19. 

Find this list of COVID-19 outbreaks in Alberta, updated on Tuesday and Friday each week.



Call or text 211, or visit to get help finding resources in your community. 211 is a comprehensive referral system accessible to all Albertans.



If you can not afford to buy food, call Edmonton's Food Bank at 780-425-4190 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30.) They will assess your needs, and refer you to a depot near your home. 

Please don't wait until you run out of food - it can take a few days for the hamper to arrive at the depots. Edmonton's Food Bank has sufficient supplies to meet the need.

The Food Bank partners with 250 organizations. If you have received support from a community agency in the past, now is a good time to re-connect. That agency may be able to assist with emergency food help, your family's specific needs, or with benefit applications. For example, Islamic Family and Social Services supports families needing halal food.



A collaboration between Edmonton's Food Bank, John Humphrey Centre and Elizabeth Fry Society is working to support people unable to get their food due to COVID-19. People who are low income AND over 65, immuno-compromised, or a single parent unable to pick up a food hamper, can apply online for a hamper.

The form is linked OR if you need help with the form, call 780-421-1175.



While there are many things we can’t do during a pandemic, there are a lot of things we still can do to make each day a little bit brighter. Here you can find a variety of ideas for activities you can continue to enjoy, while keeping yourself and your family safe.

Click here to access the online kit.



Starting June 15, ETS will resume fare collection on buses, LRT and DATS. 

Front door boarding on buses will also resume on June 15.

From June 15 to 30, customers that have a March, April or July monthly transit pass can use that pass as payment. Those without a pass can use cash, tickets, valid transfers and family/day passes as payment. 

Customers can purchase their fare product through ETS Online Store and ticket vending machines at LRT stations starting June 15. ETS is working to ensure sales outlets have July passes by mid-June.


Dats will be continuing to comply with the province's physical distancing guidelines which will remain through phase 2.

This means DATS will have restricted capacity on the service as they have limits on how many passengers can ride on a DATS vehicle. They are currently accommodating trip requests due to the lower trip volume. They are restricting subscription bookings to ensure they are accommodating critical dialysis trips. As trip volume increases they will require most trips to be booked on a reservation basis.



REACH Edmonton’s COVID-19 Community Database is a comprehensive, easy to navigate collection of resources that matter most to Edmontonians that is updated weekly. Visitors to the database can also request or share resources that are not a part of the database ensuring that it continues to respond to the needs of the community. LINK:



Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

A new information package compiling services for vulnerable Edmonton seniors is now available. The package was compiled by ESCC and includes services currently offered by a number of seniors-serving organizations in Edmonton. 

Download the package to find out how to access:

  • Health services

  • Free/low cost food

  • Free/low cost grocery delivery services

  • Low cost prepared meals

  • Transportation

  • Friendly calls and remote social programming

  • Technology assistance



June is National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous People’s Day is observed on the 21st. In the past there have been all kinds of wonderful events to take part in. For this year, if you are interested, check out this from Explore Edmonton about local indigenous history.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many festivals to move their events online, the Ottawa Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is working with Indigenous artists, chefs, performers, educators and community members to provide virtual programming throughout the month of June.

From June 1 to 21, the online edition will focus on learning more about Indigenous cultures, connecting with the Indigenous community and traditional knowledge keepers, as well as showcasing talented Indigenous craft makers and artists. This year's lineup is packed with virtual family-friendly, educational and entertaining events.

CBC Ottawa wrote about highlights you won't want to miss.

'Feel the Heartbeat' stomp & make your own rattle workshop 

June 16 from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Create your own rattles at home with David Finkle. A rattle can be made using material found around the home. David is a project facilitator known for his traditional drum and rattle building workshops and historical presentations. A 25-minute interactive "Feel the Heartbeat" workshop will follow. The Indigenous Experiences team will help you use your new rattle to follow along with an interactive stomp dance. Students will be provided with a list of materials they can collect before the teaching so they are ready.

There are several workshops planned as part of the festival's Education Days programming. Click here for more information.

Social Distance Powwow | June 19 to 21

You can watch the vibrancy and energy of the Competition Powwow featuring singers and dancers from across North America. The festival has partnered with Social Distance Powwow on Facebook to bring this very special competition online.

​​​​Click here for more information about this event.

Celebration Stage performances | June 1 to 21

Tune into live-streamed concerts featuring both local/emerging talent and award-winning Canadian musicians. The lineup includes Ottawa's own Cody Coyote, Jah'kota and Amanda Rheaume, as well as Silla & Rise, Twin Flames and more!

Click here for the updated schedule. 



Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues

June 23, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Tipi Teachings is an initiative that was created by the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) to bring Indigenous culture, knowledge, and diversity to Edmonton community leagues. In this interactive webinar, Rayna Gopaul, EFCL's Indigenous Programs, Protocol & Practice Advisor provides an overview of the history, culture, and demographics of First Nations in Alberta and Canada generally, and demonstrates why programming like Tipi Teachings is essential to good community building. Learn how you can champion reconciliation and how you can build strong partnerships with local organizations and enrich your community by building new relationships and creating new opportunities and experiences that celebrate cultural diversity and inclusion.



Men's Sheds Association of Edmonton, Downtown Shed

Fridays, 1 - 3 p.m.


The Downtown Men's Shed has moved meetings online. The virtual shed provides an opportunity for Edmonton men to meet for casual coffee chats and socialize over shared interests and hobbies. If you would like to join upcoming meetings, email Michael at 





Seniors' Centre Without Walls has released their June calendar and it is full of interesting programs. Check out live music and acting performances, learning sessions such as bird watching and Canadian history, health presentations, singalongs, coffee chats, support groups, and much more. 

Review the June schedule and learn more at Call 780-395-2626 to register.



Strathcona Place Society


This program supports older Edmontonians to connect to their community. If you are interested in volunteering or receiving phone calls, contact Danielle by calling 780-433-5807 or emailing  



The Shaama Centre for Seniors and Women

Classes begin in mid-June


Learn to make south Asian dishes from the comfort of your home. The cooking class coordinator will invite different experts in the community to do a weekly demo. Each week one senior will get to sample the food cooked. Classes will be conducted using Zoom and Google Meet. For more information call Iram at 780-465-2992 or email at



Birds and Blooms


Thanks to Southwest Seniors Outreach Society for forwarding this great opportunity. If you want to cultivate your garden, but need to spend some time cultivating your green thumb first, subscribe to this free newsletter. Each newsletter contains useful information, such as top 10 plant lists, butterfly gardening ideas and tips to attract more birds to your backyard. With these tips, your garden will be blooming beautifully in no time flat. 



Sage is taking their life enrichment programming online! Our building might be temporarily closed, but we still want to connect with you!

We have moved our Life Enrichment program online! You can now join us for a variety of activities by phone or on the internet. Click here to see what's happening this month.

Please call us at 780-423-5510 if you have any questions.



  • 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

If you have questions, please refer to our website: You can also call Sage at 780-423-5510 and leave a message. Please note that it may take us longer than usual to get back to you. If you would like to be unsubscribed from this email, please click "unsubscribe from this list" below.


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