Health & Wellness e-newsletter - week of June 22

Posted on June 26 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 curated 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. 


Going forward, please continue to visit for the most up‑to‑date information on the Government of Alberta’s comprehensive response to the COVID‑19 pandemic. Additionally, please visit the ongoing implementation of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – a safely staged COVID‑19 recovery plan to relaunch our economy. Remember to stay vigilant in following public health guidance through all stages of relaunch.



Remember that you can pick up four free non-medical masks per person at any Alberta A&W, McDonald’s Canada and Tim Hortons drive-thru locations. Masks are not available inside restaurants or at locations without drive-thrus. No purchase required.

If you can’t access a participating drive-thru location, a family member, friend or neighbour could pick up your four masks. You can also call 211 for help.

Masks are also available to the following groups to distribute to community members:

  • Communities more than 50 km from a drive-thru location.
  • Long-term care and seniors facilities.
  • Groups and organizations that support vulnerable Albertans.
  • First Nations and Metis Settlement communities.
  • Calgary Transit and Edmonton Transit Service (for transit users).
  • Places of worship.

The Government helped distribute masks to seniors with mobility or transportation challenges by providing more than 118,000 masks to seniors-serving organizations to distribute as part of their ongoing outreach and engagement with seniors. Masks will be packaged in bundles of four and distributed to seniors in regions more affected by COVID-19 with assistance from the Kerby Centre, Calgary Seniors Resource Society, Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens Association, the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre in Red Deer, the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization and others.

Specialized distribution of masks is similarly occurring with community organization support to other vulnerable populations.  Communities and organizations distributing masks



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. If you need help with the form, please call 780-421-1175.



The Edmonton Coordinated Pandemic Response Group has secured resources to distribute essential PPE supplies and other resources to seniors throughout Edmonton. This program provides low-income seniors access to PPE; activity packages; hygiene, incontinence and denture cleaning supplies; M&M Meats packages; and food security gift cards. Learn more about the initiative.

Organizations that serve seniors can:

  • Request PPE for multiple clients by emailing with the number of mask packages you would like to receive.
  • Request the other packages and supplies for clients by completing a referral form and emailing it to

Seniors living in the community who wish to access the program on their own without a referral through an organization can call 780-701-9007 and leave a message. They will be called back by a Sage Seniors Association employee to schedule a delivery.



Starting June 19


The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival presents the 2020 festival from the comfort of your home. Enjoy online performances and interviews from musicians locally and around the world starting opening weekend June 19-21 and every weekend during July.



The Shaama Centre for Seniors and Women

Thursdays (starting June 25), 1:15 p.m.


Calling all crafters and trivia buffs! These online Zoom meetups are a great way to practice crafts with friends or get a good brain workout. Materials will be supplied ahead of time. To register call 780-465-2992 or email at



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.



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.



Fridays 1:30 – 3:00 PM  

Starting July 10, 2020

Got the Covid Blues—Sing your Blues Away

Learn Canadian Folk and Popular Songs while you learn how to create your own song! A great way to have fun and meet new, like minded people.

Contact Bonnie Caron: 780-424-5514



The Edmonton Seniors’ Center Without Walls offers a variety of interactive telephone-based social and health programming, free of charge. You can access all these programs with your phone from the comfort of your own home. 

Click to learn more about the July programming and how you can join by phone or computer!

The Seniors’ Center Without Walls also wanted to highlight their partnered programming with the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens Association for Cantonese speaking seniors. 

Click here to access the July calendar as well as access the call-in instructions and receive announcements about upcoming programs.  

The same information can be found on their website at


Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion (UNEOI)

Are you a newcomer to Canada? UNEOI wants to know your thoughts on your settlement process. You will get a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card for completing the survey on newcomer inclusion in Alberta.

The Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion (UNEOI) is a two-year community-based research project looking at newcomers’ experiences of settlement, integration, and inclusion and how this impacts well-being. This is an opportunity for newcomers to share their experience, and contribute knowledge to the area of newcomer settlement in Alberta. For the purpose of the research, ‘newcomers’ are defined as immigrants and refugees who have lived in Canada for up to 10 years.

Take the survey in English or in Arabic, Cantonese, French, German, Punjabi, Spanish, or Tagalog.



Edmonton Meals’ on Wheels, Age Friendly Edmonton, and St. Andrews United Church

EMOW is currently collecting donations to create 1,000 essentials kits for people who are running low on toiletries and having difficulty accessing these items due to low income, isolation, or limited mobility. EMOW is seeking donations of toilet paper, bar soap, body wash, toothpaste, shampoo, and facial tissue to create the kits. New, unopened toiletries can be dropped off at St. Andrews United Church (9915 148 Street), Tuesday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monetary donations for this project can be made online or by phoning 780-429-2020. See the press release for full details.



VolunteerConnector and the Government of Alberta have teamed up to offer AlbertaCaresConnector. Albertans seeking to lend their skills and talents during the pandemic can find opportunities posted to this site. 


Enjoy sewing? MWSA is looking for volunteers to sew fabric masks. Materials are provided, however, you must own a sewing machine. If you want to help, email Michele at to arrange for delivery of mask materials. Video instructions for the mask are available online. The mask you will be making is "mask prototype 2". 



Have some spare time on your hands while isolating? Now is a great time to get organized and do a bit of spring cleaning! If you have items to donate, collect them in bags and put them aside for Operation Friendship Seniors Society. While the drop-off centre is currently closed, donations will be needed after the pandemic. Have some extra bottles kicking around? Hang on to those too as OFSS will be completing a bottle drive in the future. For more information go to


Volunteering with Edmonton Meals on Wheels offers big rewards for both clients and volunteers for a minimal time commitment. Volunteer drivers help thousands of Edmontonians every year with a time commitment of only 2.5 hours once or twice a week. Other ongoing volunteer opportunities include helping in the kitchen, office, and at special events. If you have a passion to help and some extra time to give, Edmonton Meals on Wheels would love to hear from you. For details about volunteer opportunities, visit or call 780-429-2020. Sign up today!



  • 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 John at

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