Health & Wellness e-newsletter - Week of July 13

Posted on July 16 2020

Sage is committed to sharing the most up-to-date information and resources on COVID-19 with older adults, caregivers, stakeholders, community partners, and professionals in the sector. The following information has been curated from reputable and trusted resources. You are receiving this e-mail because you indicated you would like to receive regular updates from us. If you’d like to unsubscribe, please click here.


Do you have a positive story about someone helping out another during this time that you would like to see highlighted in our weekly update? If so, I would love to hear it! Email John at jvandenbeld@mysage.ca

 
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SAGE
Sage is working remotely to support older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that we have closed our building but continue to respond to essential needs. Staff are monitoring their emails and voicemails daily. 

GUARDIANSHIP AND TRUSTEESHIP SURVEY
For over 35 years, Sage has provided guidance for people applying for guardianship or trusteeship of an adult in their life who no longer has the capacity to make decisions on their own.

Sage is trying to determine if there may be a need to expand the program to include additional related services, and we’re looking for your input on what services are needed most in Edmonton. Your ideas are important, and will be used to help Sage determine how we can best help seniors meet their financial and personal needs and to lower the risk of elder abuse situations. To take the survey, please click here.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and we don’t ask for your name. This survey will close on July 26th at 10pm.

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. In an emergency, call 911. 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.

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.
To make a virtual appointment, please call 780-809-9402, or call the Sage main number at 780-423-5510 and choose option 3. One of our Health Services staff will connect back to you to confirm an initial telephone screening.

SOCIAL WORK PROGRAMS
Social work programs are still seeing clients by appointment after a pre-screening. For those needing social work services, please call 780-423-5510 and press 4 and leave a message.

JULY 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 July calendar. From coffee groups to fitness classes 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. In response, Sage has implemented a friendly call program. If you would like to be added to Sage’s friendly phone call list, please call 780-423-5510 and press 5 and leave a message asking to be added to the list.



COVID-SPECIFIC INFORMATION AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
 


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! Visit Canada.ca/service-canada-e-service 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. TTY service is now available.  

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA COVID-19 INFORMATION

Please continue to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the most up‑to‑date information on the Government of Alberta’s comprehensive response to the COVID‑19 pandemic. Additionally, please visit the ongoing implementation of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – a safely staged COVID‑19 recovery plan to relaunch our economy. Remember to stay vigilant in following public health guidance through all stages of relaunch.

FREE MASKS

Remember that you can pick up four free non-medical masks per person at any Alberta A&W, McDonald’s Canada and Tim Hortons drive-thru locations. No purchase required. Masks are not available inside restaurants or at locations without drive-thrus.

CITY OF EDMONTON COVID-19 TOOL KIT
While there are many things we can’t do during a pandemic, there are a lot of things we can still do to make each day a little bit brighter. Click here to see a variety of ideas for activities 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 the July calendar, as well as access the call-in instructions and receive announcements about upcoming programs.  To learn more, please visit their website.
 
COORDINATED PANDEMIC RESPONSE PACKAGES AND PPE SUPPLIES
The Edmonton Coordinated Pandemic Response Group has secured resources to distribute essential personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies and other resources to seniors throughout Edmonton. This program provides low-income seniors access to PPE, activity packages, hygiene, incontinence supplies, denture cleaning supplies, M&M Meats packages, and food security gift cards.
Seniors who wish to access the program can call 780-701-9007 and leave a message. You will be called back by a Sage Seniors Association employee to schedule a delivery.

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.

EXPLAINING COVID-19 TO THE PERSON LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
This useful tip sheet from the Alzheimer Society of Canada is a fantastic resource to help caregivers explain COVID-19 to family members living with dementia. Some highlights include explaining the virus in an accessible and non-threatening way. For example, would using the word "virus" scare the person with dementia? In this case, perhaps "flu" or "bug" is a better choice. The resource also includes information about maintaining hygiene, staying connected, keeping active at home, and taking care of yourself as a caregiver.

HOME SUPPORTS
Call or text 211 or visit ab.211.ca to get help finding resources in your community. 211 is a comprehensive referral system accessible to all Albertans.
 


 
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES


 
2020 MINISTER’S SENIORS SERVICE AWARDS
The Minister of Seniors and Housing is currently welcoming nominations for the 2020 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards. There are many caring volunteers and organizations across Alberta that make a difference in the lives of our community’s seniors – many are part of our organization, and many others are seniors themselves. Now is the time to recognize their important work.
 
The 2020 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards feature new categories and sub-categories to recognize those who have exemplified leadership and compassion to serve Alberta seniors during this difficult time. Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon is accepting nominations for individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations who have served seniors through their extraordinary work in volunteerism, philanthropy, innovation or outstanding service.
 
We all know someone who has stepped up to support seniors. They are in this organization, in our community, in our workplace, maybe even in our family. Take a moment to consider the importance of their work and nominate them for an award.
 
Award recipients will be honoured at an awards ceremony in the fall. Nomination forms and additional information are available at alberta.ca/mssa. The nomination deadline is August 11, 2020.
 
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
July 4 – 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!

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH COUNCILLOR KNACK
City of Edmonton Ward 1 Councillor Knack
July 28, 6:00 pm
Join Edmonton Ward 1 City Councillor Andrew Knack for a virtual town hall meeting accessible in English and Mandarin. To register email “ANDREW KNACK” to office@edmontonseniorscentre.ca

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 Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division is pleased to announce the 2020 award nominations are now open! Each year, CMHA recognizes mental health leaders, innovators and volunteers who advance the mental health of all Albertans. 
Nominate an individual or group for any one of the following awards: 

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

Nominations will be accepted until August 7. 

CURBSIDE CINNAMON BUNS
 
Mill Woods Seniors Association 
(2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Tuesdays (next pick-up is July 14) 
$10 (per order of four cinnamon buns) 
 
Get a sweet start to your week with four freshly baked homemade cinnamon buns. MWSA is offering fresh cinnamon buns for curbside pickup each week. The next deadline to place an order is this Friday (July 10) at 4 p.m. Place your order at www.mwsac.ca/cafe. If you need to contact the centre about your order, call 780-508-9260.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC INPUT OPPORTUNIES
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.

P.A.L.S. - PROJECT ADULT LITERACY SOCIETY WEEKLY VIRTUAL SINGALONG!
Fridays 1:30 – 3:00 PM  
Got the Covid Blues—Sing your Blues Away
Learn Canadian Folk and Popular Songs while you learn how to create your own song! A great way to have fun and meet new, like minded people.

Contact Bonnie Caron: 780-424-5514

NEWCOMER SURVEY

Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion (UNEOI)
Are you a newcomer to Canada? UNEOI wants to know your thoughts on your settlement process. You will get a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card for completing the survey on newcomer inclusion in Alberta.

The Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion (UNEOI) is a two-year community-based research project looking at newcomers’ experiences of settlement, integration, and inclusion and how this impacts well-being. This is an opportunity for newcomers to share their experience and contribute knowledge to the area of newcomer settlement in Alberta. For the purposes of the research, ‘newcomers’ are defined as immigrants and refugees who have lived in Canada for up to 10 years.
Take the survey in English or in Arabic, Cantonese, French, German, Punjabi, Spanish, or Tagalog.

ALBERTA CARES CONNECTOR
VolunteerConnector and the Government of Alberta have teamed up to offerAlbertaCaresConnector. Albertans seeking to lend their skills and talents during the pandemic can find opportunities posted to this site. 
 
STEP INTO ACTION: VOLUNTEER WITH EDMONTON MEALS ON WHEELS
Volunteering with Edmonton Meals on Wheels offers big rewards for both clients and volunteers for a minimal time commitment. Volunteer drivers help thousands of Edmontonians every year with a time commitment of only 2.5 hours once or twice a week. Other ongoing volunteer opportunities include helping in the kitchen, office, and at special events. If you have a passion to help and some extra time to give, Edmonton Meals on Wheels would love to hear from you. For details about volunteer opportunities, visit www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org or call 780-429-2020. Sign up today!

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