Health & Wellness e-newsletter - Week of August 31

Posted on September 3 2020

Sage is committed to sharing the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, along with Health and Wellness resources for 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


PPE AND MASKS AVAILABLE
Do you need masks? As part of the Edmonton Coordinated Pandemic Response Group, Sage is distributing essential personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies and other resources to seniors throughout Edmonton. We’re currently distributing 20 masks per pack, in addition to activity packs, hygiene packs, incontinence supplies, and M & M Meats packages (while supplies last).
 
To get a package, please call 780-701-9007 and leave a message.

SAGE PANDEMIC RESPONSE
Sage is working to support older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although our building remains closed, we are continuing to provide essential services, and staff are working remotely to address client needs. For more information on our ongoing, proactive response to the pandemic, please visit our website.
 
TAX RETURN HELP
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is extending the payment due date for current year individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns, including instalment payments, from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020. Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 30, 2020. This includes the late-filing penalty as long as the return is filed by September 30, 2020.
 
The CRA is also waiving interest on existing tax debts related to individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns from April 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020 and from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020, for goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) returns. While this measure for existing tax debts does not cancel penalties and interest already assessed on a taxpayer’s account prior to this period, it ensures that a taxpayer’s existing tax debt does not continue to grow through interest charges during this difficult time. This measure provides immediate relief to impacted taxpayers.
 
If you haven’t gotten your taxes in yet Sage volunteers are available to help with returns; to have your income tax return completed, please call 780-809-9424 and leave your name and phone number.
 
*Please note that last week’s newsletter contained incorrect information about the payment deadline. We apologize for this mistake, and any confusion it may have caused.

SENIORS SAFE HOUSE
The Seniors Safe House programming continues to function as normal during the pandemic. 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. In case of emergency, please call 911.
 
HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAM
Are you struggling to access health care during the pandemic? Our Health Services program offers short-term supports to seniors, including ongoing support for any of our previous clients who have been unable to access new providers. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) 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. The health team will connect any older adult with care, if it seems that our team will not be the best to meet your needs. If you are uncertain whether this program is the right place for you, please feel free to reach out.

To make a virtual appointment, please call 780-423-5510 ext. 336 or call the Sage main number at 780-423-5510 and choose option 3. You will likely need to leave a message for our staff if they are working off site. One of our Health Services staff will connect back to you to confirm an initial telephone screening.
 
SOCIAL WORK PROGRAMS
Our social work programs are still seeing clients by appointment after a pre-screening and following the latest guidelines from Alberta Health to prevent community transmission of the coronavirus. For those needing social work services, please call 780-423-5510, press 4, and leave a message.
 
VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING CALENDAR
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 September calendar.  From virtual yoga to coffee chat groups 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. Are you feeling lonely, anxious, or just want to talk to a real live human? Then sign up to be added to the Sage Friendly phone call list! It’s easy – just call 780-423-5510, press 5 and leave a message.
 
We are also looking for friendly call volunteers. If you have some time and would like to brighten the life of a senior, call 780-423-5510, press 5 and leave a message.


COVID-SPECIFIC INFORMATION & COMMUNITY RESOURCES


GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SENIORS
The Government of Canada is providing a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
 
You can apply online through your My Service Canada Account for
the following:

  • Canada Pension Plan Retirement Pension
  • Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit
  • Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement

To learn more please visit their website or call the Outreach support Centre at 1-877-631-2657 for more information.
 
COVID-19 RESOURCES PAGE
Sage how has a COVID-19 information resources page – click here to check it out. The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council website for senior-specific information on their website – click here to view.
 
MASK BYLAW NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE CITY OF EDMONTON
As of August 1, it is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering in public indoor spaces in Edmonton. In response, Sage has created a fact sheet with questions and answers about the Bylaw - click here to check it out.
 
For more information on how to properly wear, take off and dispose of a mask, please click here.
 
ELDERCARE EDMONTON ACTIVITY BOOKLETS
Many public places across Canada have closed down in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, and people are staying home and practising physical distancing to avoid spreading the disease. If you’re not used to spending all of your time at home, whether you live alone or with a partner or with family, you might be feeling a little unsure of how to pass the time for the foreseeable future.
 
ElderCare has put together resource to help seniors stay physically and mentally healthy from home, including a Weekly Activity Booklet that is released every Monday. You can access the latest resources by clicking here. For more information. please email clmanager@eldercareedmonton.ca or call 780-434-4747.
 
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT INFORMATION
In response to the Covid-19 situation, the government has extended the Canada  Emergency Response Benefit up to 24 weeks as part of Canada’s Economic Response Plan. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is available and can be accessed here.
 
Require assistance with these critical services and benefits? Service Canada can help! Click here to complete an application: once the service request is submitted, a Service Canada representative will contact you within 2 business days.
 
Service Canada Outreach Support Centre staff are available between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday to Friday to ensure that those who do not have access to the internet or face other barriers get access to the critical benefits they need.
 
FOOD RESOURCE PROGRAMS
Are you having difficulty finding the money to purchase food? The Edmonton Food Bank might be able to help. To request a hamper, please call 780-425-4190 Monday - Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm to speak to someone who 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.
 
For more information please visit the Edmonton Food Bank website.
 
HOME SUPPORTS  
Call or text 211 or visit their website to get help finding resources in your community. 211 is a comprehensive referral system accessible to all Albertans.

TIPS FOR OLDER ADULTS WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY TO AVOID SOCIAL ISOLATION
The pandemic has disrupted our daily lives in profound ways, leaving many of us lonely and yearning for connection. Stating engaged online, via the internet, is a way for some people to stay connected. But what about the senior that isn’t “plugged in”? Thankfully, the Canadian Frailty Network has created this tip sheet with suggestions on how older adults without technology (or those who prefer to do things the old fashioned way!) can avoid social isolation during COVID-19. Click here to check it out!


UPCOMING EVENTS & ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES


AHS AND GEHAC ENGAGEMENT EVENT
Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Greater Edmonton Health Advisory Council (GEHAC) would like to invite you to a virtual conversation and facilitated Panel discussion about AHS’ response to Seniors Health during COVID 19 in the Greater Edmonton Area.This virtual 1.5-hour conversation will take place on Zoom on Thursday, September 10 starting at 6:00 pm. A link to join the meeting will be included in a confirmation email sent to all confirmed attendees the day prior to the event.

To register, please click here.
 
IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING RETURNS AT SELECT SENIORS CENTRES
Several local seniors' organizations are resuming in-person programming for the fall. Centres resuming in-person programming are following strict safety protocols, including limiting class sizes, practising social distancing and observing stringent cleaning standards. The following centres are offering in-person programming this fall.  ‘

  • Mill Woods Seniors Association: Fall programs being September 14. View fall program guide
  • North Edmonton Seniors Association: Fall programs begin September 14. View fall program guide
  • SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association: Currently open in reduced capacity with classes operating out of Blue Quill Community Centre only. View registration page
  • Strathcona Place Society: Fall programs begin September 14. View fall program guide
  • Westend Seniors Activity Centre: Fall programs begin September 14. View program guide    

SENIORS HOME SUPPORTS PROGRAM
Don’t get snowed in this Winter! To make sure you don't get left in the cold, contact the Seniors Home Supports Program - a referral service that gives seniors referrals to screened service providers which offer snow removal, yard help, housekeeping. home repair and maintenance, personal services, and moving help. Through the program, you will be provided with quotes from screened local businesses offering snow removal. View the map on the SHSP website to find the contact information for your nearest home supports coordinator.
 
EDMONTON MEALS ON WHEELS IS HUNGRY FOR VOLUNTEERS!
Edmonton Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer drivers and kitchen helpers! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for services has increased. Help Edmonton Meals on Wheels prepare over 700 meals each weekday by chopping, peeling, dishing and packaging food, baking, and more. Or if you like to drive, help deliver nutritionally balanced meals and groceries to people from Edmonton and area who cannot prepare adequate meals or shop easily for themselves. Do good, feel good one meal at the time. Sign up to volunteer, or call 780-429-2020.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2020 STARS OF ALBERTA VOLUNTEER AWARDS
Nominations for the 2020 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards are now open! Submit the names of remarkable volunteers in your organization, school, and community. As in previous years, six awards will be presented in three categories of youth, adult, and senior. This year we are introducing three additional awards in the new Breaking Barriers category. The Breaking Barriers category will recognize outstanding volunteers who have promoted equality or reduced barriers for marginalized groups through their volunteer activities, advocacy and/or leadership. Three awards will be given to individuals or groups who are addressing racism, advocating for LGBTQ2S+ inclusion and fighting gender discrimination in their communities.
 
The awards ceremony will take place at Government House in Edmonton on December 4, 2020 as it is scheduled to coincide with International Volunteer Day, which falls on Saturday, December 5, 2020.
 
Detailed information on the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards program can be found by clicking here. The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2020.
 
CAREER MOVES: EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM FOR MATURE WORKERS
Career Moves is a professional development program offered by Norquest College supporting mid-career workers in their transition to new employment and career opportunities. Career Moves focuses on career development and soft skills training to empower participants to choose alternative careers, whether through further education or through connections to new industries.
 
The Career Moves program provides one-on-one coaching, self-assessment, skill development, opportunities for work-integrated learning and connecting with employers, and a community of participants. A tuition credit of up to $2,000 is also available to support further education.
 
Click here to learn more or to apply.
 
DESIGNATED CARE PARTNER TRAINING PROGRAM
Alzheimer Society of Calgary
Free
 
Are you a caregiver for a person who lives in long-term care in Alberta? Protect yourself and your loved one by learning how to properly use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and increase your understanding of Infection Prevention and Control protocols (IP&C). The training includes:
 
Canadian Red Cross training

  • Infection transmission routes
  • How to prevent infection and disease transmission
  • Proper handwashing techniques
  • Types of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Proper donning, doffing and disposal protocols for PPE

Please note that training sessions are offered online, and space is limited. Visit their website to register, or email kim@dementianetworkcalgary.ca for more information.
 
EDMONTON SENIORS CENTRE ONLINE COURSES
Access a variety of live, instructor-led courses from the comfort of your home! Stay safe while staying connected, having fun, and making new friends. From physical exercise to creative outlets to technical support, there’s something for everyone.

Click here to register. Questions? Call 780-425-8625or e-mail office@edmontonseniorscentre.ca  
 
EDMONTON SENIORS CENTRE LAUNCHES ESCTV
The Edmonton Seniors Centre has recently launched ESCTV - an innovative service that streams local content curated for the 55+ community. No software to download. No fees to pay. All you need is an internet connection!
 
Watch ESCTV by clicking here. To learn more, please visit their website or e-mail esctvyeg@edmontonseniorscentre.ca.
 
GENEALOGY 101: HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY TREE
Edmonton Public Library
Free
 
Have you ever wanted to learn more about your family history? Now is a great time to start looking into your past! The Edmonton Public Library has created this guide to help get you started, and has you covered with vital records, census records and passenger and immigration records available with your library card. Start searching today!
 
NEED HELP FOR MENTAL HEALTH? TOOL
During the pandemic, the importance of mental health has become paramount as we navigate these difficult times together. In response, the Community Mental Health Action Plan has assembled an online “Need Help for Mental Health?” tool, which provides a basic overview of the mental health services that are available in a various region. It can be used by anyone to help themselves or others connect to mental health and social services in their community.
 
A customize tool has been created for Edmonton. This tool is available in several different languages. To learn more or to access this resource, please visit their website.
 
2021 CENSUS OF POPULATION QUESTIONNAIRE NOW ONLINE
The 2021 Census of Population questionnaire has been published on Statistics Canada’s website! Click here to complete the Census online. The information you provide is converted into statistics used by communities, businesses, and governments to plan services and make informed decisions about employment, education, health care, market development and more. 
 
ELDERCARE EDMONTON ANNOUNCES “WELL CONNECTED” PROGRAM
ElderCare Edmonton is excited to announce our new program with our community partners Caregivers Alberta - Well Connected! They will be hosting a virtual, community-based day program through Zoom every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Well Connected is open to individuals of all ages in Alberta and will help participants to stay engaged with their community, keep their mind and body active while reducing social isolation.
 
Participants are invited to register through Eventbrite. Once registration is complete you’ll receive a Zoom link to the program. Please call 780-434-4747 with any questions.
 
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA COVID-19 RESEARCH STUDY
Volunteers are needs for a University of Alberta study intended to gain understanding in how seniors are utilizing the services and resources in their community to maintain Nutritional Resilience, or the ability to continue eating a healthy diet in times of stress. You’ll receive a survey by phone or computer, get information about services available in your area, and be invited to participate in a follow-up survey in three months.
 
Participants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Aged 65+
  • Living in your own home, alone or with a spouse or roommate (but not your children)
  • Self-isolating because of Covid-19

To find out more, please contact Michelle at abcm@ualberta.ca or call 587-599-4606
 
7th ANNUAL CANADA CARES CAREGIVER AWARDS
Do you know a caregiving hero? Nominate them for a Canada Cares Caregiver Award, which provides $10,000 to an amazing family caregivers and amazing professional. Visit  the Canada Cares website to learn more! Nominations close September 25, 2020.

ALBERTA CARES CONNECTOR
Have some time on your hands and want to better your community? 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. Click and find the perfect fit for you!
 
EDMONTON SENIORS' CENTRE WITHOUT WALLS
Seniors Centre Without Walls has released their calendar for the next 3 months! Please note that they are asking new participants to register with the program before calling into sessions, so they know who is in the program and get on the mailing list for the winter schedule. Feel free to get in touch with the SCWW at scww@espcn.ca if you would like to send a referral or to get more information about upcoming sessions! 

EDMONTON SENIORS INFORMATION OFFICE PERMANENTLY CLOSING
The Edmonton Seniors Information Services Office, located at 10405 Jasper Avenue, will be permanently closing. The office had been shuttered since in March to protect the health of the staff and higher risk vulnerable senior clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992, visit their website, or contact laura.paradowski@gov.ab.ca for more information regarding this change.

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