Health and Wellness Newsletter - Week of November 23

Posted on November 27 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. 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SAGE

*Note - You don’t have to have a Sage membership to participate in any of the programs and services offered by Sage (although you should have a Sage membership, as it offers a number of other great benefits!)

GUARDIANSHIP AND TRUSTEESHIP WORKSHOPS

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. Please note that Sage will no longer be offering the M&M Meats donations as a Pandemic Package option.  

 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 to see the November calendar and the December calendar. Need help getting started? Call 780-423-5510. 

BECOME A FRIENDLY CALLER!  

The Friendly Call Program was set up by Sage at the start of the pandemic to reach out to lonely seniors, enhance their mental health, and connect them to resources. If you have some extra time and want to brighten the day of a senior in our community, please contact Barb Carroll at bcarroll@mysage.ca, or leave a message at 780-701-9014.

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

 

NEW COVID RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE

On Tuesday, November 24, the Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency and released a number of new mandatory restrictions. To view more information regarding these measures, please visit the Government of Alberta website by clicking here. Please continue to monitor the Government of Alberta website and other information channels, as this information is subject to change.

Mask Bylaws remain in place for the City of Edmonton. Sage has created a fact sheet with questions and answers about the Bylaw – click here to check it out.

Previously announced regulations to protect residents at congregant care facilities remain in place with updated guidelines and standards to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, like COVID-19, and manage outbreaks. Click here for more information.

For more information and COVID-19 resources, please visit either the Sage Seniors Association website or the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council website.

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.

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.

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 the 211 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

 

 CAREGIVER SUPPORT COMMUNITY

Caregivers Alberta

Multiple dates

Online

Free

The Caregiver Support Community is a virtual program that aims to empower caregivers’ well-being by providing a supportive group where you can connect with other caregivers, have open conversations about the ups and downs of caregiving, and learn about topics relevant to caregivers. This group is led by a trained facilitator who will guide your caregiving journey by way of education and support. You will receive a Zoom link to the group the day before the event. You will also receive a phone number if you prefer to connect by phone.

Register by clicking here.

 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

 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: EPISODE 3 OUT NOW!

Age Friendly Edmonton

Free

Looking for more entertainment options? Podcasts are a great option! You can tune in to Edmonton’s new intergenerational podcast, 'The Shared Mic: Conversations for the Ages', anytime and anywhere using Apple, Google, or Spotify on your digital device. The Shared Mic brings together people from different generations and backgrounds for rich discussions. Don't miss our most recent episode in which Activist Jesse Lipscombe meets with International Diplomat Eric LaMont Gregory to discuss 'Negotiating Change' in the context of racial justice, including the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept the globe.

Learn more and listen here.

FESTIVAL OF TREES

November 20 – December 20

Online

Free and ticketed events

This year’s Festival of Trees is being transformed into an intimate, personal experience right in the comfort of your own home. Stay safe, get cozy, and enjoy the magic. There are wonderful activities for all ages, including one-on-one or group video visits with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, an online auction featuring more than 150 items (including the festival’s magical Christmas trees) and Festival in a Box for children or adults – where the spirit of the festival is delivered right to your home!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - CALLING ALL KNITTERS!

Westend Seniors Activity Centre

Westend Seniors Activity Centre intends to do its annual Mavie’s Mitten Tree donations of hats, mitts and scarves to area schools this year. If you have some items you would like to donate, drop them by the centre. You can also pick up yarn at the centre for your donated projects. For more information, call 780-483-1209.

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.

 

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, 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. 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.

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 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 December calendar by clicking here.

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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