Health and Wellness Newsletter - Week of December 14

Posted on December 17 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

 

SAGE CHRISTMAS CLOSURE

Please note that Sage will be closed from noon on Thursday, December 24, 2020 to 8:00 am on Monday, January 4, 2021.

If you require assistance during this time, please call 211 or visit ab.211.ca for other programs and services available in your community.

 

*Note - You do not need 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 two-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. A special thank you to the United Way staff for preparing holiday gift bags to go out as part of the packages!   

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 RETURNS 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.

As of January 1st, the Sage Health Services program will not be receiving funding from the Alberta Ministry of Health. This means that there are no longer any Nurse Practitioners to address chronic or urgent health needs at Sage. However, the DRAGONFLY program continues to accept referrals for older adults who may be considered frail, and will work with these individuals to address any social or health needs, in collaboration with social agencies and health providers in the community.

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 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.

 

COVID-SPECIFIC INFORMATION & COMMUNITY RESOURCES

 

NEW COVID RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE

On Tuesday, December 8, the Government of Alberta issued new mandatory, province-wide restrictions to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19. These mandatory restrictions apply province-wide, and will be in place at least until January 12, 2021.

Effective immediately:

  • All indoor and outdoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited.
  • Close contacts are limited to household members only.
  • People who live alone can have up to two close contacts. These must be the same two contacts throughout the duration of the restriction. If the close contacts do not live alone, visits cannot be held at their home.

These restrictions do not apply to service visits from caregivers or healthcare providers.

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.

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA NEW RECOVERY BENEFITS

If you were receiving CERB, you may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits retroactive to September 27, 2020 and available until September 25, 2021:

  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB): The Canada Recovery Benefit will provide eligible workers with $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks for those who are not employed or self-employed due to COVID-19 and who are not eligible for EI, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. Learn more
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB): The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks per household for workers unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19, or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19. Learn more
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB): The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. Learn more

To contact the Government of Canada by phone to discuss these changes, please call 1-800-206-7218

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

 

WILLS AND ESTATE PLANNING INFORMATION

Edmonton Community Foundation

Online

Free

The Edmonton Community Foundation has now posted recordings of sessions from this year’s Wills Week, which was held in October. The free presentations help Edmonton and area residents learn the value of creating and maintaining an up-to-date will.

Learn more and access the recordings by clicking here

SUPPORTING SENIORS IN ACCESSING INCOME SUPPORTS AND FINANCIAL COACHING

Indo-Canadian Women’s Association

Ongoing

Free

The Indo-Canadian Women’s Association is providing services to help seniors access income support and financial coaching through subsidized and cost-free community resources. Seniors who are newcomers, permanent residency card holders, and/or self-identify as being low income may benefit from this program. For more information contact Krishna Kumari Vaishnav at krishna.icwa.edmonton@gmail.com or call 780-707-9696. 

TELUS MOBILITY FOR GOOD FOR SENIORS PROGRAM

On Thursday, December 10, TELUS launched their “Mobility for Good for Seniors program”. This program provides low-income seniors receiving income assistance with access to a free smart phone and a subsidized data plan.

Seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) might be eligible for a:

  • free smartphone
  • $25/month plan that includes unlimited nationwide talk and text and 3GB of data

The program is contract-free; seniors can cancel at any time without incurring additional fees.

To learn more, please visit the TELUS website.

 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 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.

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.

Learn more by clicking here

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.

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. 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.

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 for regular weekly virtual meetings. The goal is 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

SENIORS HOME SUPPORTS PROGRAM

Don’t get snowed in this Winter! To make sure you aren’t 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.

 

STAYING CONNECTED DURING THE HOLIDAYS

 

Sage will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but there is a lot happening around Edmonton and online! See below for some safe ways to stay connected and enjoy the holiday season.

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!

HOLIDAY PHONE PROGRAMMING

Alberta Seniors’ Centre Without Walls 

Ongoing

Free

December is upon us and Seniors’ Centre Without Walls has a great new roster of phone programming to keep you entertained and social throughout this festive season. Seasonal activities, including ‘Name that Tune: Holiday Edition’ and a reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ offer some great holiday entertainment options. Of course, the program continues to offer old favourites like ‘Armchair Travels’, ‘Did You Know?’, ‘BINGO’, ‘Coffee Chats’ and much more.

For a full selection of December programming, please click here.

VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERTS AND SING-A-LONGS

  • Strathcona Place Society: December 18: Sing along to your favourite Christmas songs while local musicians play. Call 780-433-5807 or email programs@strathconaplace.com for more information about how to participate. 
  • iCoristi Chamber Choir: December 19: Bring a little extra cheer into your Christmas this year by dropping by during the holidays – virtually, of course!  Hear “O nata lux”, “O magnum mysterium”, and “In the Bleak Midwinter”, traditional carols; and individual and small group performances by i Coristi members. Click here to register for this free event.

TURKEY DINNERS IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Westend Seniors Activity Centre (WSAC)

WSAC's Frozen Meal Program is currently offering Turkey Dinners – just in time for the holidays! Visit the website for more information about how to place an order, visit the WSAC website. Free delivery is available for seniors who cannot drive or visit the centre. For seniors picking up their turkey dinners, the centre will be open December. 21, 22, 23, 24 (half day), 30, and December 31.

BOXING DAY LUNCH

Tegler Trust, Edmonton Seniors Centre, Westend Seniors Activity Centre, ICAN, and Drive Happiness

December 26, 11:00 am –1:00 pm

$5

Get a tasty turkey holiday lunch delivered straight to your door. Just heat it up and enjoy! Click here to place your order before December 17. There are only 100 spots available, so order soon!

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