Health & Wellness e-newsletter - Week of August 10

Posted on August 13 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 including hygiene, incontinence supplies, denture cleaning supplies, M&M Meats packages, and food security gift cards to seniors throughout Edmonton. We’re currently distributing 20 masks per pack.
 
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
Although the deadline for filing your taxes has passed, the Federal government has announced that the deadline to pay off any outstanding balances interest-free will be extended to August 31, 2020. This means if you have to pay a balance, or you have a balance outstanding between now and August 31, 2020, you will not have to pay it until after September 1, 2020, and no interest will accumulate during this time. So, if you haven’t already gotten your taxes in, now’s the time! Sage volunteers are available to help with returns: to have your income tax return completed, please call 780-423-5510 ext. 336 and leave your name and phone number. A volunteer will get back to you within five business days to gather the information needed to begin filing the return.
 
Please note that the Government has extended its time frame for review of income as it pertains to Guaranteed Income Supplement and Alberta Seniors Benefits to October 1.
 
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? Sage is pleased to announce that our Health Services program has been authorized by Alberta Health to offer 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. NPs can provide telephone consults, virtual visits, and can also come out for a home visit should this be required. The health team will connect any older adult with care, if it seems that our team will not be the best to meet your needs. If you are uncertain whether this program is the right place for you, please feel free to reach out.

To make a virtual appointment, please call 780-809-9402, 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 – click here to see the updated 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


*Please note that information in this section will appear for two weeks and then migrate to the Sage COVID-19 resources page
 
MASK BYLAW PASSED FOR THE CITY OF EDMONTON
As of August 1 it is 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.
 
MASKS FOR ALBERTANS PROGRAM
At this time, the Government of Alberta has no plans for further distribution of masks. Albertans wishing to wear non-medical masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible should buy their own from local pharmacies. grocery stores, and other local retailers.

Please note that Sage is providing free masks for seniors in need. Anyone needing a mask can call 211 to be put in touch with resources.
 
ELDERCARE EDMONTON ACTIVITY BOOKLETS
Many public places across Canada have closed down in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, and people are staying home and practicing physical distancing to avoid spreading the disease. If you’re not used to spending all of your time at home, whether you live alone or with a partner or with family, you might be feeling a little unsure of how to pass the time for the foreseeable future.
 
ElderCare 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.
 
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA COVID-19 INFORMATION
As the pandemic evolves, it is more important than ever to stay up-to-date with information on how the government is responding. Please continue to visit the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 page for timely information on this ongoing and evolving public health issue.
 
Additionally, please visit the ongoing implementation of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy. Remember to stay vigilant in following public health guidance through all stages of relaunch.
 
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 at ab.211.ca to get help finding resources in your community. 211 is a comprehensive referral system accessible to all Albertans.


UPCOMING EVENTS & ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
 


STATISTICS CANADA SURVEY – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 24
Have you experienced discrimination based on race, sex, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or language? Has that changed during the COVID-19 pandemic? Click the link to participate in this survey from Statistics Canada that aims to collect data on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting people’s experiences of discrimination. Data will help determine if discrimination during the pandemic has impacted certain groups more than others.

Your participation is important: your voice matters. The questionnaire will be posted online until August 24. Results will be used by government and other organizations, to evaluate the delivery of health and social services and economic support, and to ensure best practices are adopted when reopening workplaces and public spaces.
 
COMMUNITY BASED RESEARCH ON FOOD SECURITY
 
Please click this link to participate in a quick and simple survey on food security in Edmonton. Conducted by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights,  this survey intends to focus on understanding people's experiences with accessing food during the pandemic; the coping strategies Edmontonians are using; and what is needed to improve the situation. This information will help inform the direction of COVID19 response efforts as we move forward as a community.
 
All of your answers will remain confidential and anonymous. You will not ask you your name or any information that will make you identifiable.
 
If you want help filling this survey, a Community-Based Advocate can be reached by email info@jhcentre.org, phone or text to 1-833-819-6001. Be sure to leave a message and we will return your call.
 
EDMONTON SENIORS CENTRE ONLINE COURSES
Access a variety of live, instructor-led courses from the comfort of your home! Stay safe while staying connected, having fun, and making new friends. From physical exercise to creative outlets to technical support, there’s something for everyone.
Click here to register. Questions? Call 780-425-8625or e-mail office@edmontonseniorscentre.ca
 
EDMONTON SENIORS CENTRE LAUNCHES ESCTV
The Edmonton Seniors Centre has recently launched ESCTV - 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.
 
ONLINE PRESENTATION – MEMORY, AND HOW IT CHANGES WITH AGE
Kerby Centre
August 18, 10:30-11:30 am
Free
 
Been forgetful lately? Learn more about “Memory, and How it Changes with Age”
presented by Cameron M. Clark, PhD, R.Psych. Clinical Neuropsychologist. Discover the basics of memory, learn the various types of memory and how the aging process impacts each, and find out how much forgetting is normal and what can we do to maximize our memory abilities.
 
Register on Eventbrite for this online presentation by clicking here

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.

HOW TO PROMOTE BRAIN HEALTH
McMaster University
Free
 
Dementia is a progressive brain disease that can have an adverse effect on social activity and physical mobility. By taking these interactive lessons, you'll learn how managing different factors that will help to promote brain health and reduce your risk of developing dementia.
 
2020 EDMONTON HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Heritage Fest
August 1-30
Free  
 
This year the Heritage Festival has gone virtual! This online celebration includes images, recipes, and videos from Heritage Fest organizers, nearly 40 not-for-profit cultural pavilions, UNESCO partners, friends of the festival, and many others. Through the festival website, you can also order food from Edmonton's many multicultural restaurants and beautiful crafts from talented artisans.
 
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!
 
NEED HELP FOR MENTAL HEALTH? TOOL
During the pandemic, the importance of mental health has become paramount as we navigate these difficult times together. In response, the Community Mental Health Action Plan has assembled an online “Need Help for Mental Health?” tool, which provides a basic overview of the mental health services that are available in a various region. It can be used by anyone to help themselves or others connect to mental health and social services in their community.
 
A customize tool has been created for Edmonton. This tool is available in several different languages. To learn more or to access this resource, please visit their website.
 
WALK FOR VALOUR 2020 VIRTUAL CHALLENGE FUNDRAISER 
Valour Place
August 13 – September 13
 
Supporters from across Alberta, or anywhere in Canada, are invited to register and participate in the Walk for Valour Virtual Challenge 2020! Check out a list of 30 FUN walk challenges for participants to complete in their own community and at their own pace. Registered participants who complete all 30 challenges and raise a minimum of $25 will receive a limited-edition Valour Place Challenge Coin!
 
To learn more, please visit their website
 
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 ANNOUNCES “WELL CONNECTED” PROGRAM
ElderCare Edmonton is excited to announce our new program with our community partners Caregivers Alberta - 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 780-434-4747 with any questions.
 
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA AFFORDABLE HOUSING REVIEW PANEL
The Affordable Housing Review Panel has been appointed to review Alberta's affordable housing system. This review will explore ways to make affordable housing even more affordable and accessible for people with low incomes. The panel's recommendations will be used to transform how Alberta's affordable housing system is delivered so it is financially sustainable and able to address growing demand. 
 
Share your thoughts and suggestions on affordable housing by August 31. These submissions will be reviewed by the panel and will help inform its work. For more information or to provide your input, please click here.
 
WESTEND SENIORSACTIVITY CENTRE ONLINE TECH SERIES
Westend Seniors Activity Centre 
August 14 and 21  1:30-2:30 p.m.
Free
 
Learn all things technology in these ongoing tech workshops. With sessions including how to navigate Netflix, protect yourself against cyber attacks and more, these classes will prepare you to navigate the digital landscape. Take one or take them all - the choice is up to you.
 
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA COVID-19 RESEARCH STUDY
Volunteers are needs for a University of Alberta study intended to gain understanding in how seniors are utilizing the services and resources in their community to maintain Nutritional Resilience, or the ability to continue eating a healthy diet in times of stress. You’ll receive a survey by phone or computer, get information about services available in your area, and be invited to participate in a follow-up survey in three months.
 
Participants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Aged 65+
  • Living in your own home, alone or with a spouse or roommate (but not your children)
  • Self-isolating because of Covid-19

 
To find up more, please contact Michelle at abcm@ualberta.ca or call 587-599-4606
 
2020 MINISTER’S SENIORS SERVICE AWARDS – DEADLINE EXTENDED
The deadline for the MSSA has been extended to August 25! If you would still like to nominate yourself, your organization, or another organization/person for the MSSAs there is still time to do so!
 
This year, the awards feature new categories and sub-categories to recognize those who have exemplified leadership and compassion to serve Alberta seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominations will be accepted for individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations who have served seniors through their extraordinary work in volunteerism, philanthropy, innovation, or outstanding service.
 
For more information or to fill out a nomination form please visit their website.
 
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.
 
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA CAREGIVERS SURVEY
Studies show that family caregivers provide between 75-90% of the care to people living with serious illness, disability, and the elderly. Are you a family caregiver? If so, the University of Alberta invites you to complete a survey about how COVID-19; please click here to access the survey.
 
For more information please contact Sharron Anderson, Research Coordinator, at 780-953-5541.
 
ALBERTA CARES CONNECTOR
Have some time on your hands and want to better your community? VolunteerConnector and the Government of Alberta have teamed up to offer AlbertaCaresConnector. Albertans seeking to lend their skills and talents during the pandemic can find opportunities posted to this site. Click and find the perfect fit for you!
 
EDMONTON SENIORS' CENTRE WITHOUT WALLS
The Edmonton Seniors’ Centre Without Walls offers a variety of interactive telephone-based social and health programming, free of charge. You can access all these programs with your phone from the comfort of your own home. Click here to access their calendar, as well as access the call-in instructions and receive announcements about upcoming programs. To learn more, please visit their website.

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