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 email@example.com
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SAGE
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 at www.mysage.ca.
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 can 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
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 including entries for August. 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 & COMMUNITY RESOURCES
MASK BYLAW PASSED FOR THE CITY OF EDMONTON
As of August 1, 2020, wearing a mask or face covering will be mandatory in all indoor public places and public vehicles. This applies to the publicly accessible areas of businesses/retail and includes transit, transit centres and LRT platforms. For more information, please visit the City of Edmonton website.
Free masks are available at Sage. To get a mask, please call 780-701-9007 and leave a message. Masks are also available at Alberta A&W, McDonald’s Canada and Tim Hortons restaurant locations. Masks can be picked-up in restaurant at the counter or through the drive-thru while supplies last.
Restaurants are handing out eight masks per person for this distribution. Albertans are encouraged to pick-up masks for family and friends to reduce traffic at partner restaurant locations.
Other ways to get a mask
The following groups are distributing masks to community members:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 practising 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 email@example.com 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! 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.
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 response to the COVID‑19 pandemic. 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.
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 (including masks), 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.
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' 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 the July and August 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.
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.
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 & ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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. 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 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 SENIORS ACTIVITY CENTRE ONLINE TECH SERIES
Westend Seniors Activity Centre
August 7, 14 and 21; 1:30-2:30 p.m.
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:
To find up more, please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 587-599-4606
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.
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
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 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:
Nominations will be accepted until August 7.
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.
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
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
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!
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!