Health & Wellness e-newsletter - Week of July 6

Posted on July 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 curated from reputable and trusted resources.
 

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. 
 
SENIORS SAFE HOUSE
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 dial 780-702-1520 for our Safe House Intake. For 24-hour support, call the Seniors Abuse Helpline at 780-454-8888.
 
HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAM
Are you struggling to access health care during the pandemic? Sage is pleased to announce that our Health Services program has been authorized by Alberta Health to offer short-term supports to seniors, including ongoing support for any of our previous clients who have been unable to access new providers. Nurse Practitioners (NP’s) 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.

To make a virtual appointment, please call 780-809-9402, 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
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.
 
JULY VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING CALENDAR NOW ONLINE
Our building might be closed, but we still want to connect with you! Sage continues to offer Life Enrichment programming online – click here to see the July calendar. From coffee groups to fitness classes to ukulele sing-alongs, there’s something for everyone!

Need help getting started? Call 780-423-5510.
 
SAGE FRIENDLY CALL PROGRAM
Staying connected is important, especially during these trying and uncertain times. In response, 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 asking to be added to the list.
 
 
COVID-SPECIFIC INFORMATION & COMMUNITY RESOURCES


GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA COVID-19 INFORMATION

Please continue to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 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.
 
FREE MASKS

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.

Due to overwhelming demand many of the restaurants listed above have run out of masks. The Alberta government estimates they should be re-stocked by July 13. In the interim you can also call 211, where agents will take your information and put you in touch with additional resources.
 
CITY OF EDMONTON COVID-19 TOOL KIT
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. Click here to see a variety of ideas for activities you can continue to enjoy, while keeping yourself and your family safe.
 
EDMONTON SENIORS' CENTER WITHOUT WALLS
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 here to access the July calendar, as well as access the call-in instructions and receive announcements about upcoming programs.  

To learn more, please visit their website.
 
COORDINATED PANDEMIC RESPONSE PACKAGES AND PPE SUPPLIES
The Edmonton Coordinated Pandemic Response Group has secured resources to distribute essential personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies and other resources to seniors throughout Edmonton. This program provides low-income seniors access to PPE, activity packages, hygiene, incontinence supplies, denture cleaning supplies, M&M Meats packages, and food security gift cards.

Seniors who wish to access the program can call 780-701-9007 and leave a message. You will be called back by a Sage Seniors Association employee to schedule a delivery.
 
FOOD RESOURCE PROGRAMS
The economic costs associated with the pandemic have stretched the family budget, and as result some Edmontonians are having difficulty finding the money to purchase food. If you’re one of them, please call Edmonton's Food Bank at 780-425-4190 during business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) to request a hamper. 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.

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.

For more information please visit the Edmonton Food Bank website.
 
EXPLAINING COVID-19 TO THE PERSON LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
This useful tip sheet from the Alzheimer Society of Canada is a fantastic resource to help caregivers explain COVID-19 to family members living with dementia. Some highlights include explaining the virus in an accessible and non-threatening way. For example, would using the word "virus" scare the person with dementia? In this case, perhaps "flu" or "bug" is a better choice. The resource also includes information about maintaining hygiene, staying connected, keeping active at home, and taking care of yourself as a caregiver.
 
HOME SUPPORTS
Call or text 211 or visit ab.211.ca to get help finding resources in your community. 211 is a comprehensive referral system accessible to all Albertans.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
 

STAYING WELL & THRIVING DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES WORKSHOP
Wednesday July 15, 22, & 29 1:00-2:30 pm
This three-part workshop series, generously offered free of change by Jewish Family Services Edmonton (JFSE), is all about building our strengths and well-being in the midst of, and despite of, the pandemic. Join facilitator Libby Kostrim, Grief and Loss Facilitator at the JFSE Healing Center for Grief & Loss for tips on how to stay active, responsible, connected, resilient, and aware in these uncertain and trying times.
Please note that pre-registration is required: to register, please click here. Please also note that space is limited to 15 participants, and participants are asked to attend all three sessions. The sessions are on Zoom. To use Zoom you will need one of the following: mobile device, tablet, laptop or computer that has an inbuilt (preferred), or external, microphone and camera, and a WIFI connection. To set up a free Zoom account, please click here.

For additional information about this seminar (or JFSE counselling services in general) please call Anna Jongeleen at 780-454-1194 ext. 233 or e-mail ajongeleen@jfse.org.
 
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH COUNCILLOR KNACK
City of Edmonton Ward 1 Councillor Knack
July 28, 6:00 pm
Join Edmonton Ward 1 City Councillor Andrew Knack for a virtual town hall meeting accessible in English and Mandarin. To register email “ANDREW KNACK” to office@edmontonseniorscentre.ca
 
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA CAREGIVERS SURVEY
Studies show that family caregivers provide between 75-90% of the care to people living with serious illness, disability, and the elderly. Are you a family caregiver? If so, the University of Alberta invites you to complete a survey about how COVID-19; please click  here to access the survey.

For more information please contact Sharron Anderson, Research Coordinator, at 780-953-5541.
 
HISTORIC FESTIVAL AND DOORS OPEN EDMONTON
Edmonton & District Historical Society
July 5-12
Free
This year, the Edmonton & District Historical Society is offering a new way to explore local spaces from your own home. Take part in virtual tours and activities designed to engage, enlighten and entertain as you explore Edmonton's rich and varied past. The festival theme for 2020 is "Transformation". Festival events will be posted online.
  
P.A.L.S. - PROJECT ADULT LITERACY SOCIETY WEEKLY VIRTUAL SINGALONG!
Fridays 1:30 – 3:00 PM  
Starting July 10
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.

Fore more information, please contact Bonnie Caron at 780-424-5514.

NEWCOMER SURVEY

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 purposes 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.
  
ALBERTA CARES CONNECTOR
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. 
 
STEP INTO ACTION: VOLUNTEER WITH EDMONTON MEALS ON WHEELS
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 www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org or call 780-429-2020. Sign up today!
 

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 jvandenbeld@mysage.ca
 

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