Health & Wellness e-newsletter - Week of September 14

Posted on September 18 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.

Do you have an item that you’d like to see highlighted in this weekly update? If so, I would love to hear it! Email John at jvandenbeld@mysage.ca

 

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, 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, to the end of the month -  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.

Sage volunteers are still available to help with returns: to have your income tax return completed, please call 780-809-9424 and leave your name and phone number.

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.

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 and by phone – 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

 

PROTECTING RESIDENTS AT CONGREGATE CARE FACILITIES

Expectations for visiting residents living in supportive living, long-term care facilities and hospice settings have recently changed by order of the Government of Alberta. These changes will ensure at-risk Albertans are protected while helping them remain socially and emotionally connected.

The changes include the expectation that operators develop a safe visiting policy and process in collaboration with residents and families. Other changes include:

  • Each resident or alternate decision maker may identify up to 2 designated family/support persons who are essential to maintaining resident mental and physical health.
  • Multiple residents may have the same designated family/support persons.
  • Non-designated family/support persons may be allowed to visit.
    • This will be determined by resident health and circumstance and the risk tolerance assessment of the site.
  • Designated family/support persons are not required to be present for visits from others.

Any visiting person with symptoms of COVID-19 or known recent exposure to COVID-19 will not be permitted entry. All visiting persons should know their risk of unknown exposure to COVID-19 and take steps to protect residents and staff including consistent hand hygiene practices, physical distancing and wearing a mask indoors.

RETURN TO THE WORKPLACE: A PSYCHOLOGICAL TOOLKIT FOR HEADING BACK TO WORK 

Canadian Mental Health Association, Mental Health Works and Bounce Back Ontario  

This toolkit provides guidance on how to support the mental health of individuals as they plan safe transitions back into their workplaces, and to help employers as they develop policies and procedures for supporting staff returning to the work environment. This toolkit also helps to unpack the common emotions people may be feeling as they think about returning to their workplace and guides readers through coping strategies.

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.

CITY OF EDMONTON MASK BYLAW

Since August 1 it has been 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

ElderCare Edmonton 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, PROGRAMS OF INTEREST & ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

GRIEF AND PET LOSS STUDY

Have you had a pet die? Would you like to talk about your grief? Researchers at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary invite you to participate in a research study if:

  • You are a woman 55 or older
  • Your pet died in 2019
  • You were living alone at the time

Please contact Professor Cary Brown at the University of Alberta at cary1@ualberta.ca for more information about the study.

 

2020 DALLAS CULLEN MEMORIAL LECTURE

University of Alberta Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

October 1, 2020

 Join the U of A Department of Women’s and Gender Studies via Zoom for this free virtual public lecture: "Instead...How Ageism Worsened in the Pandemic: A society sickens morally when it thinks of some of its members as doomed", presented by Margaret Morganroth Gullette, resident Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

Margaret Morganroth Gullette, an internationally known cultural critic in age studies, describes a wide array of ageisms in her most recent book, Ending Ageism, or How Not to Shoot Old People.

Please register by clicking here.

PRO BONO LEGAL CLINIC

Indo-Canadian Women's Association (ICWA)

Sunday, September 20 from 12 - 2 pm

Free

  The Pro Bono Family Law Consultation Clinic at ICWA will provide one time, free legal consultation to women about their challenges related to Gender-Based Violence and Family Law. The next clinic will take place on Sunday, September 20 from 12 pm to 2 pm. For further information please email info@icwaedmonton.org or call 780-490-0477. 

Please note that participants will need to partake in necessary COVID-19 screening questions before the appointment 

CENTRE FOR PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION LAUNCHES “CPLEA-TV!”

The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) has been educating Albertans on the law since 1975. Through its many websites, print resources and workshops, CPLEA provides understandable information to Albertans about the laws that affect their lives. As part of this mandate, the Centre has recently launched CPLEA-TV - a series of video-presentations on a variety of popular topics from finding good legal information to landlord and tenant issues to wills and estates. You can access CPLEA-TV offerings on their YouTube channel. New titles include:

  • Legal Information vs Legal Advice
  • Finding Good Public Legal Information: Is it Reliable?
  • Planning for the Future 1: Personal Directives, Enduring Powers of Attorneys and Wills
  • Planning for the Future 2: Mental Capacity
  • Planning for the Future 3: Decision-Making Tools
  • Top 10 Housing Issues: Deposits, Landlord Entry, Repairs, Pests, Guests and Shared Accommodations
  • Top 10 Housing Issues: Evictions, Human Rights and Housing, and Dispute Resolution
  • Top 10 Housing Issues: Residential Tenancies Act, Rental Applications and Leases

For more information, please visit the CPLEA website.

CULTURAL COMPETENCY VIRTUAL FAIR

Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation

Weekends in September

Have you ever wondered about the history of African braids? Or what a Sikh turban symbolizes? Come and learn during this virtual fair for Alberta Culture Days! This interactive fair will help Canadians of all ages and backgrounds gain insight into, appreciate and interact with different cultures and belief systems they might not normally have a chance to connect with. With eight cultural workshops and guest lecturers taking place throughout the month of September, you’re sure to leave with a greater knowledge of the diversity in Canada.

You can watch these free videos every Saturday and Sunday in September at 7:00 pm on Facebook Live or on the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation website. All the live videos will be scheduled a week in advance via Facebook live and will be added below as well. The live videos will be recorded and will have closed captioning after they are completed.

TALKING ABOUT DEMENTIA

Alzheimer Society of Canada

September 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join the Alzheimer Society of Canada on World Alzheimer Day for a live discussion with local experts, as they explore the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of people living with dementia and caregivers. They’ll review the causes, symptoms and effects of negative mental health and tactics to enhance wellness. There will be time at the end of the session for questions and answers.

The panel of experts will include Dr. Zahinoor Ismail, Associate Professor Psychiatry, Neurology, and Epidemiology, University of Calgary and wellness expert Melissa Smith.

Click here to register for this free event.

IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING RETURNS AT SELECT SENIORS CENTRES

Several local seniors' organizations have resumed in-person programming for the fall. Centres resuming in-person programming are following strict safety protocols, including limiting class sizes, practicing social distancing and observing stringent cleaning standards. The following centres are currently offering in-person programming:

  • Mill Woods Seniors Association: View fall program guide
  • North Edmonton Seniors Association: View fall program guide
  • SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association:  View registration page
    • *Note - currently open in reduced capacity with classes operating out of Blue Quill Community Centre only
  • Strathcona Place Society: View fall program guide
  • Westend Seniors Activity Centre: View registration page     

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 who 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.

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.

 

WATCH ESCTV!

ESCTV – presented by the Edmonton Seniors Centre - is 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 www.edmontonseniorscentre.ca 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!

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 “WELL CONNECTED” PROGRAM

ElderCare Edmonton, in partnership with Caregivers Alberta, invites you to take part in   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 780-43404747 with any questions.

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 – get your nominations in before the deadline!

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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