Health and Wellness Newsletter - Week of September 21

Posted on September 25 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

Please note that starting next week, we will be adjusting the format of this e-newsletter: alternating weekly between profiling upcoming Life Enrichment Programs available at Sage and continuing to highlight the latest COVID-related information and resources, and putting you in touch with events and engagement opportunities that help to increase resilience and promote health. For more information about this change, please e-mail 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 while supplies last. To get a package, please call 780-701-9007 and leave a message: a staff member will call you back to organize delivery and confirm which supplies are still available.   
 
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. Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 30; this includes the late-filing penalty as long as the return is filed by September 30.
 
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 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.
 
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE OLDER PERSON
October 1, 2020 will mark the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1990, as well as National Seniors Day in Canada and Day of Older Persons in Alberta. And Sage is celebrating! Join us this coming Thursday from 1-4 pm for a free drop-in event (presented online) featuring musical performers, stories from the Shared Mic project: Conversations for the Ages, and uplifting content celebrating the ongoing resilience of seniors and the vital role they play in the lives of our community. For more information, please call 780-701-9012.

 

 

COVID-SPECIFIC INFORMATION & COMMUNITY RESOURCES


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. Staying engaged via the internet is one way for some people to stay connected. But what about the senior who 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, AND ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES


ADD YOUR VOICE – CMHA ALBERTA’S MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER SURVEY CLOSES OCTOBER 9
Canadian Mental Health Association

Are you a Canadian diagnosed with depression? Have you tried two or more medications and experienced little or no improvement in your mental health? 
 
If yes, your experience is valuable to CMHA’s research. Take the short, 10-minute survey by clicking here.

The Alberta Division of CMHA is running a Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) survey open to all Canadians impacted by depression who have found two or more medications ineffective in treating their depressive symptoms. 
 
For a complete toolkit, including information on depression, social media graphics and website assets, please visit our online MDD Toolkit. 

Find out more about the project’s research by clicking here.
 
CELEBRATE AND SUPPORT SENIORS IN ALBERTA – TIP SHEET
Seniors are a vital part of our communities. As parents and grandparents, mentors and friends, employees and employers, they make a difference in our lives. It is important that we continue to recognize, celebrate and support seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Alberta offers a tip sheet that provides suggestions on how Albertans can continue to celebrate, support, and keep seniors safe while respecting public health measures in place.
 
October 1 has been proclaimed Day of Older Persons in Alberta to:

  • formally recognize and acknowledge older Albertans and their contributions to their communities
  • raise awareness about seniors' interests and concerns
  • address misconceptions about older persons and aging

 

Alberta has declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that doesn't mean not interacting with our seniors. Read Celebrate and support Alberta seniors for ideas on how to celebrate, support, and keep seniors safe while respecting public health measures in place.
 
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT – NO LIMITS COMMUNITY CONNECTION
Black Canadian Women In Action
 
The No Limits Community Connections (NLCC) program aims to help visible minority seniors aged 55+ increase their mental, social, and emotional wellbeing during the pandemic with virtually engaging activities that also promote inclusion and community.
Activities include:

  • Intro to computers and devices
  • Navigating the internet
  • Staying connected online
  • Internet Safety
  • Online learning tools
  • Mental Health topics
  • Recreation Activities

They are also looking for volunteers to match with seniors to have regular weekly virtual meetings with. The goal is for them to interact with the seniors to provide companionship and connection through conversations and activities, as well as troubleshoot basic questions about devices, the internet, and social media. 
 
For more information please visit their website, call (780) 707-0893, or send an email to: axella.apostol@bcwinaction.ca
 
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.

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 CONTEMPENCY 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.

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 (SHSP) - 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.
 
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 their website or e-mail esctvyeg@edmontonseniorscentre.ca.
 
2021 CENSUS OF POPULATION QUESTIONAIRE 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 today - Friday September 25, 2020. So get your nominations in!
 
EDMONTON SENIORS' CENTER 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! 



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