Health and Wellness Newsletter - Week of November 9

Posted on November 12 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

 

VIRTUAL SENIORS’ FORUM 2020 

The Virtual Seniors' Forum, sponsored by Age Friendly Edmonton, runs from November 18-21. Sage is excited to be part of this four-day event that will engage participants in a wide range of discussions about health, wellness, housing and the community resources available for older adults. 

Informative and engaging speakers will present on topics like:

  • Living well with frailty
  • Supportive and facility living options
  • Identifying and combatting ageism
  • Resources available to seniors during COVID-19
  • Managing mental health during the pandemic 
  • and much more!

To learn more about the Forum and to register, please visit www.seniorsforum.ca. All sessions are accessible online and by phone – to learn more about how to participate by phone, please call 780-780-701-9020.

GUARDIANSHIP AND TRUSTEESHIP WORKSHOPS

November 16, December 21

$50

These workshops provide an overview of the process for applying for Guardianship and Trusteeship of an adult who no longer has the capacity to make their own decisions. Your workshop registration includes:

  • A mailed out package of necessary documents for the full application.
  • Access to a 2-hour group workshop on guardianship, trusteeship, the forms, court process, and your role and responsibilities of a guardian and/or trustee.

To register, please call 780-423-5510 or click this link


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 payment due date has now passed, but Sage volunteers are still available to help with tax returns. To have your income tax return completed, please call 780-423-5510 extension 550 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 November 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. Please note that it may be 2-3 weeks before you receive your first call.

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.

GRANDPARENTS WHO PARENT SUPPORT GROUP 

Seniors' Centre Without Walls and Sage Seniors Association

Thursdays at 10:00 am (until December 17)

Online

Free

This support series is for grandparents who are parenting their grandchild or grandchildren. Some of the topics covered include identifying the impact of family histories, healing practices and skills, understanding your "complex" role, building healthy boundaries, exploring legal issues, and promoting hope. Register for the program by calling Sage Seniors Association at 780-446-3569, or Seniors' Centre Without Walls at 780-395-2626.

 

COVID-SPECIFIC INFORMATION & COMMUNITY RESOURCES

 

CANADA RECOVERY CAREGIVING BENEFIT

The new Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB), will be effective from September 27, 2020 for one year. The benefit will provide $500 per week per household for up to 26 weeks. To be eligible, you must be unable to work due to having to care for a family member with a disability or a dependent because their day program or care facility is closed due to COVID-19, or a family member with a disability or a dependent who is not attending school, daycare, or other care facilities under the advice of a medical professional due to being at high-risk if they contract COVID-19.

To learn more about the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, including full eligibility requirements and contact information, please click here.

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.

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. As active cases of covid-19 continue to increase across our province, it is now more important than ever to wear a mask and keep everybody safe.  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.

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 (CERB) 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 as a result of the pandemic? 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. You can now also text 211 to get connect to the help you need.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS, PROGRAMS, NEWS, AND ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

HIRE A NEWCOMER SENIOR

The Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative, Gateway Association, and Sage Seniors Association have come together to create an employment brokering project that will help newcomer seniors enhance their work search skills, develop workforce connections, and secure customized employment opportunities that are responsive to the unique abilities and contexts of newcomer seniors. This collaborative proof-of-concept project will provide one-on-one work search and job carving support for newcomer seniors, complemented by cross-cultural education and bridging between newcomer seniors and employers.

During this time of COVID-19, we are here to offer support services to the seniors of Edmonton, and be a source of information and guidance during this time of uncertainty.

While there are other employment brokering services available, none specialize in supporting newcomer seniors who have years of working experience, are skilled, and in many cases highly educated, due to structural barriers, social biases related to racism and ageism, and particularly complex economic vulnerabilities, are among the most marginalized of the marginalized.

Learn more by clicking here.

COMPASS FOR THE CAREGIVER WORKSHOP

Caregivers Alberta

November 13 - December 4

Online

$45 for four sessions

Caregiving can be a stressful, isolating, and overwhelming experience. And due to the COVID-19 pandemic many caregivers are experiencing added levels of stress and anxiety. The COMPASS for the Caregiver program helps caregivers balance their own well-being with the challenges of caregiving and is facilitated by someone who understands those challenges.

Before registering for the COMPASS for the Caregiver workshop, please ensure that you can virtually attend all 4 weekly sessions. For more information and to register, click here.

NOVEMBER IS FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH

Alberta has the third highest rate of self-reported spousal violence among Canadian provinces, yet family violence is preventable. November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. It is a time to increase awareness of the resources and supports available so we can work together to end family violence and build healthier relationships in our communities.

To learn more about Family Violence Prevention Month and to access resources, please visit the Government of Alberta website by clicking here. If you are a senior experiencing abuse, or know of one, please call the Sage Seniors Safe House intake line at 780-702-1520

THE SHARED MIC PODCAST

Age Friendly Edmonton (AFE)

Online  

Free

Since season two launched on October 5, The Shared Mic podcast has released two unique podcast episodes. The most recent second season episode--episode two--explores an Edmonton favourite, The Edmonton Folk Music Festival!  

Current and former Volunteer Managers, Marianne Stover and Vicki Fannon, met to discuss what makes Edmonton Folk Fest great—its wonderful team of dedicated volunteers.  

During their conversation, the two discuss the challenges of succession planning, the importance of the festival’s volunteers, as well as their shared friendship that was sparked by working together to bring this uniquely Edmonton experience to life.  

Season two episodes will be released biweekly throughout the fall.

You can also catch The Shared Mic on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Help share these intergenerational conversations--if you haven’t done so, please take some time to give us a 5-star review and like and share our posts on Facebook and Twitter.

SHARE YOUR STORY – PAINT OF PICTURE OF GROWING OLDER IN EDMONTON

Age Friendly Edmonton is trying to “paint a picture” of what healthy aging looks like in Edmonton, and to celebrate diversity and make Edmonton a place for all people to enjoy the gift of older age. Older adults have much to offer through their life experience. We all benefit when older adults are respected, included, and supported. Let's expand the narrative around aging, together to build a more inclusive Edmonton. Add your voice to the conversation by clicking here. Tell us about your experiences: the joys and the challenges. To thank you for participating, Age Friendly Edmonton is providing $5 Tim Hortons gift cards on a first come, first served basis. Let’s make Edmonton a great place to grow older and build a truly age-friendly city, together. 

INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATION NOW AVAILABLE

Influenza immunization is more important this season than ever before. All Albertans, six months of age and older, are eligible to be immunized, free of charge. However, this year, AHS is working with pharmacists and physicians to offer immunization to different age groups and demographics.

In 2020, Alberta Health Services clinics will only offer a vaccine through pre-booked appointment to children under five years of age and their family and household members. All other vaccines will be provided by pharmacists and physicians. Unless you live in a household with young children, please contact a pharmacist or physician to arrange for influenza immunization. 

For more information, please click here.

 FREE VIRTUAL EVENT FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
NorQuest College and Caregivers Alberta 

Join NorQuest College and Caregivers Alberta on November 17th & 18th for a free virtual event for family caregivers! Activities will include a keynote from Dr. Jasneet Parmar, a vendor showcase, a look at new assistive technologies, and caregiver focused workshops from NorQuest College and Caregivers Alberta. Learn more & register by clicking 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.

 UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA – FACULTY OF SCIENCE LAUNCHES FREE ONLINE SCIENCE LITERACY COURSE

We are often told not to believe everything we read online or see on TV—but how do we tell the difference between sensationalized statistics and a real scientific study? Learn how to spot sound science with our new online course in Science Literacy. You’ll hear from:

  • Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and star of Netflix’s “A User's Guide to Cheating Death”on pseudoscience
  • Torah Kachur, scientist and CBC journalist on science communication (and miscommunication!)
  • Christian Nelson, citizen scientist and creator of Edmonton Weather Nerdery, on experimental design
  • Métis Elder Elmer Ghostkeeper and Cree Elder Rose Wabasca, on the holistic nature of Inidigenous wisdom and how it can work with the scientific process
  • David Rast, scientist and psychology expert, on uncertainty and decision making

Click here to learn more and sign up!

 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. Click here to learn more!

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

WATCH “CPLEA-TV” ON YOUTUBE!

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. 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.

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.

 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 instruction from the Canadian Red Cross regarding:

  • 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.

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 780-434-04747 with any questions.

EDMONTON SENIORS' CENTER WITHOUT WALLS

Looking for fun activities and sessions to keep you engaged and connected? Check out the Seniors Centre Without Walls  September-November calendar! 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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