Health & Wellness e-newsletter - week of June 29

Posted on July 2 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.
 

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 are working remotely and continue to respond to essential needs. Staff are monitoring their emails and voicemails daily. 

  • 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 hang up and dial 780-702-1520 for our Safe House Intake. For 24-hour support, call the Seniors Abuse Helpline at 780-454-8888.
  • Sage is pleased to announce that our Health Services program has been authorized by Alberta Health to offer short-term supports to seniors who are struggling to access health care during the pandemic. This includes ongoing support for any of our previous clients who have been unable to access new providers. Nurse Practitioners (NP's) 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. Call 780-809-9402 to make a virtual appointment 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 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 NOW ONLINE

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 requesting to be added to the list.
 

EDMONTON SENIORS' CENTRE 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 at www.espcn.ca/SCWW.
 

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.

 
COVID-SPECIFIC INFORMATION & COMMUNITY RESOURCES



STAYING HEALTHY AND SAFE DURING RE-LAUNCH

Going forward, 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. Masks are not available inside restaurants or at locations without drive-thrus. No purchase required.
If you can’t access a participating drive-thru location, a family member, friend or neighbor could pick up your four masks. You can also call 211 for help.
 
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 still can 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.


 
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY FUND

Are you having difficulty making ends meet as a result of COVID-19? E4c, in partnership with the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, has launched the Community Emergency Fund, a one-time emergency financial assistance fund of up to $1,000 for individuals and families experiencing financial hardship and facing an emergent need. Emergency needs are defined as a need that is currently not being met, or at imminent risk of not being met, to which there are no other supports available. The money can be used for things like rental assistance (including damage deposit), utilities, and more.

Please note that referrals to receive funding must be completed by a professional connected to the family – a teacher, a health care provider, a religious leader, social worker, or other community based professional. Self-referrals, or referrals from family members, are not accepted.

For more information please visit the e4c website or call 780-424-7543 with any questions. 
 


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 & ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
 


HISTORIC FESTIVAL AND OPEN DOORS EDMONTON

Edmonton & District Historical Society
July 5-12
Free

This year, the Edmonton & District Historical Society is offering a new way to explore local spaces from your own home. Take part in virtual tours and activities designed to engage, enlighten and entertain as you explore Edmonton's rich and varied past. The festival theme for 2020 is "Transformation". Festival events will be posted online.
 
JAZZFEST

TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival
June 19 – July 31
Free

The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival presents the 2020 festival from the comfort of your home. Enjoy online performances and interviews from musicians locally and around the world starting opening weekend June 19-21 and every weekend during July.
  
WEEKLY VIRTUAL SINGALONG

Project Adult Literacy Society (P.A.LS.)
Fridays 1:30 – 3:00 pm starting July 10
Free

Sing your COVID 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. For more information please contact Bonnie Caron at 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 offer AlbertaCaresConnector. Albertans seeking to lend their skills and talents during the pandemic can find opportunities posted to this site. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR CRAFTERS

Enjoy sewing? MWSA is looking for volunteers to sew fabric masks. Materials are provided, however, you must own a sewing machine. If you want to help, email Michele at bookkeeper@mwsac.ca to arrange for delivery of mask materials. Video instructions for the mask are available online. The mask you will be making is "mask prototype 2". 
 
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP SENIORS SOCIETY - DONATIONS WANTED

Have some spare time on your hands while isolating? Now is a great time to get organized and do a bit of spring cleaning! If you have items to donate, collect them in bags and put them aside for Operation Friendship Seniors Society. While the drop-off centre is currently closed, donations will be needed after the pandemic. Have some extra bottles kicking around? Hang on to those too as OFSS will be completing a bottle drive in the future. For more information go to www.ofss.org

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!
 

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

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