Albertans 50 to 59 and All Health-care Workers Can Now Book A Booster Dose

Lisa C. COVID-19, Health and wellness, Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta is expanding the availability of booster doses to protect Albertans and the health-care system against the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Starting December 15, 2021, the following can now book a third dose as long as it’s been at least 6 months since their second dose. Albertans 50 to 59 All health-care workers Keep in mind …

More Albertans Soon to be Eligible for Third Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Seniors, Updates

Alberta will expand eligibility for booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Starting Nov. 8, the following Albertans will be eligible to book a third dose: All Albertans aged 70 and older First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) people aged 18 and older Front-line health-care workers who received their first two doses less than eight weeks apart Albertans who received two doses …

Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Seniors

From September 23 to October 5, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sent out invitations to selected potential sponsors who submitted their interest in sponsoring their parents and grandparents in the fall of 2020. Find out if you are invited here. If you were not invited to apply for PGP, your parents or grandparents may want to apply for a …

October 1, 2021: the International Day of Older Persons

Lisa C. Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Updates

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons. The 2021 theme “Digital Equity for All Ages” affirms the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons. Recent reports by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) indicate that women and older persons experience digital inequity to …

Up to $36 million Additional Funding to Increase Health-Care Capacity

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Seniors, Updates

Up to $36 million in new funding will improve wages and create additional workforce capacity to allow more Albertans to receive care outside of hospitals and free up resources to treat COVID-19 patients during the fourth wave. The additional funding will be used for: Wage increases (pay increase of $2 an hour for the next 13 months) for health-care aides …

Third COVID-19 Doses Available for Some Albertans

Lisa C. COVID-19, Seniors, Updates

Third COVID-19 vaccine doses are now available for Seniors in congregate care facilities Albertans with eligible immunocompromising conditions. Seniors living in congregate care will be eligible to receive their third dose approximately 5 months after their second dose. Residents will receive their third doses at their facilities and don’t need to book appointments. Albertans with eligible immunocompromising conditions can receive …

Affordable High-Speed Internet for Low-Income Seniors and Families in 2022

Lisa C. Seniors, Updates

The Government of Canada has partnered with Canadian internet companies to provide affordable high-speed internet for low-income seniors and families starting in 2022. This is done through the  Connecting Families initiative. The previous Internet plan offering under Connecting Families 1.0 will also remain available when the new phrase 2.0 rolls out. About the New Phase 2.0: The Connecting Families  2.0 is introducing …

Dedicated Elders’ Lodge Project

Lisa C. Accessibility, Community, Seniors, Updates

The 2016 census statistics show that the demand for specific housing for Indigenous seniors is growing. The City of Calgary’s 2018 Housing Needs Assessment notes there is a need for culturally sensitive housing and supports specifically for the Calgary Indigenous population. The Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary (AFCC) will open a dedicated Elders’ Lodge in the northeast community of Highland …

Beware of the Grandparent Scam

Lisa C. Community, Newcomer Information, Seniors

What is a Grandparent Scam? A Grandparent Scam is also called a “Grandchild” in Need Scam. This is a type of scam that targets older adults who have grandchildren. Scammers that run Grandparent scams exploit seniors’ love for their grandchildren. How does a Grandparent Scam work? Scammers’ goal is to separate seniors from their money. The victim usually gets a …