Health & Wellness e-newsletter - Week of August 3

Posted on August 6 2020

Thursday August 6, 2020

Sage is committed to sharing the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 along with Health and Wellness resources that will empower 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
With the passage of Bylaw 19408, it is now mandatory to wear a mask or face covering when visiting public indoor spaces in Edmonton. 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. We’re currently distributing 20 masks per pack.
 
This program provides low-income seniors access to PPE (including masks), activity packages, hygiene, incontinence supplies, denture cleaning supplies, M&M Meats packages, and food security gift cards as supplies last.
 
Seniors who wish to access the program can call 780-701-9007 and leave a message. You will be called back by a Sage employee to schedule a delivery.
 
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 780-809-9424 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 in the community, call 780-423-5510, press 5 and leave a message.


COVID-SPECIFIC INFORMATION & COMMUNITY RESOURCES


MASK BYLAW PASSED FOR THE CITY OF EDMONTON
On July 29, the City of Edmonton Council Passed Bylaw 19408 – Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw, making the wearing masks or face coverings mandatory in public indoor spaces in Edmonton effective August 1. 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
 In June and July, the Government of Alberta distributed 40 million non-medical masks to Albertans through partner restaurants and other community partners. The program is now complete. Masks will no longer be provided at restaurants or other locations where they were formally available.
 
At this time, the Government of Alberta has no plans for further distribution of free masks. Albertans wishing to wear non-medical masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible should buy their own from their local pharmacies, grocery stores, or other local retailers.

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.
 
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.
 
CITY OF EDMONTON COVID-19 TOOL KIT
It’s nice to know that, even in these trying times, there are some things that we can do to make each day a little brighter. Click here to see a variety of activities including “connecting with and supporting your community”, “shop local”, and “getting around” that you can continue to enjoy while keeping yourself and your family safe.
 
EDMONTON SENIORS' CENTER WITHOUT WALLS
The Edmonton Seniors’ Center 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.
 
FOOD RESOURCE PROGRAMS
The economic costs associated with the pandemic have stretched the family budget, and as result some Edmontonians are having difficulty finding the money to purchase food. If you’re one of them, please call Edmonton's Food Bank at 780-425-4190 during business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) to request a hamper. They 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.
 
The Food Bank partners with 250 organizations. If you have received support from a community agency in the past, now is a good time to re-connect. That agency may be able to assist with emergency food help, your family's specific needs, or with benefit applications. For example, Islamic Family and Social Services supports families needing halal food.
 
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.

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.
 
As customize tool has been created for Edmonton, and is available in several different languages.  To learn more or to access this resource, please visit their website.


UPCOMING EVENTS & ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
 
 
WALK FOR VALOUR 2020 VIRTUAL CHALLENGE FUNDRAISER 
Valour Place
August 13 – September 13
 
Social distancing has provided Valour Place with the opportunity to revamp their annual Walk for Valour. 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. Your answers are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act and kept strictly confidential. By law, every household must complete a 2021 Census of Population questionnaire. Statistics Canada makes use of existing sources of information such as immigration, income tax, and benefits data to ensure the least amount of burden is placed on households.
 
Please note that the information that you provide may be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes or may be combined with other survey or administrative data sources.
 
ELDERCARE EDMONTON ANNOUNCES “WELL CONNECTED” PROGRAM
ElderCare Edmonton is excited to announce a 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 SENIORS ACTIVITY CENTRE ONLINE TECH SERIES
Westend Seniors Activity Centre 
August 7, 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 'em 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 out more, please contact Michelle at abcm@ualberta.ca or call 587-599-4606
 
2020 MINISTER’S SENIORS SERVICE AWARDS
The nomination deadline for the Minister’s Seniors Service Award is fast approaching! You only have until August 11 to nominate a deserving senior who makes a difference in their community. 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  www.canadianabilities.org/nomination to learn more!
 
Nominations close September 25, 2020.
 
KALEIDO 2020 ON TOUR: HERE COMES THE SUN!
Arts on the Ave and Kaleido
Until September 14
Free
 
Arts on the Ave and Kaleido are pleased to present Kaleido 2020 on Tour: Here Comes the Sun. This year, Kaleido will be a spontaneous, summer-long celebration of music, art and magic. All physically distant, all coming to you! This year's theme is to bring light and joy at a time when many of the activities we love are put on pause due to COVID-19. Festivals may never look the same again, but Kaleido 2020 is re-imagining, inventing and creating something new. The festival is monitoring Alberta Health Service's directions closely and will follow all safety guidelines. Click here to learn more!
 
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.
 
MENTAL HEALTH AWARDS 
Canadian Mental Health Association
The nomination deadline for the 2020 Mental Health Awards, presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division is fast approaching! You only have until August 7 to nominate an individual or group for any one of the following categories: 

  • Nadine Stirling Memorial Award 
  • The Bettie Hewes Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service 
  • Communications Award 
  • Professional Care Award 
  • Special Service Award
  • Workplace Wellness Award 

The Division Awards Program provides the opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievement of its volunteers, as well as individuals and organizations in the community who best exemplify the spirit of the CMHA in Alberta. To learn more, please visit their website.
 
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC INPUT OPPORTUNITIES
City of Edmonton
The City of Edmonton invites residents' input into projects, policies and initiatives that grow our communities, establish government services and prepare our city for the future. Below are a few of the current opportunities for Edmontonians to shape their city:
 
• Building Great Neighbourhoods: Garneau - Community Feedback on Draft Design
• Building Great Neighbourhoods - Killarney
• Building Great Neighbourhoods - Calder
 
For a full list of community engagement opportunities, click here.
 
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!

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