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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Transportation Support for Vaccine Appointments

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Seniors 75+ can now book covid-19 vaccines. The government of Alberta has recently identified 211 as a resource to support transportation to vaccine appointments for isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges. For isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges, if you do not have the means to get to a vaccination centre, you can contact 211 for help in …

Seniors 75+ Can Now Book COVID-19 Vaccines

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Albertans are being vaccinated as fast as supply allows. Albertan seniors born in 1946 or earlier are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. You do not need to wait for your 75th birthday, however a valid ID is required to prove your age. To make appointments for your first and second doses: Book online Call 811, or Contact a participating pharmacy …

Ways to Support Socially Isolated Seniors during the Pandemic

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Older adults are among the most vulnerable citizens during this global pandemic. For those who were already isolated prior to the pandemic, their physical and mental health face even more challenges these days. Red flags that seniors are struggling: Increased withdrawal Changing eating/sleep patterns Uncontrollable anxiety Signs of confusion and disorientation What can we do to support seniors? Pay attention …