AHS – Continuing Care Online Tool

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Alberta Health Services (AHS) has developed an online tool that allows designated family/support persons and other visitors to request scheduled visits with their loved ones in continuing care sites that are operated by AHS, Capital Care, Carewest and Covenant Health online. Visitation currently allows up to two family/support persons per resident for indoor visits, allows other visitors in extenuating circumstances …

New Seniors Housing in Canmore

Michelle Mak Newcomer Information, Seniors

Government of Alberta announced that there will be new housing for seniors in Canmore. There will be a redevelopment of the Bow River Seniors Lodge that will add 60 new housing units. The designated supportive living units at Bow River will offer 24-hour on-site nursing care and specialized dementia care. The project will create about 124 jobs. The budget for …

September – World Alzheimer’s Month

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In 2002, Alberta released its first dementia strategy. Since then, the provincial government has broadened its focus to address the changing needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers. In 2017, Alberta released the Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan. The plan, available online, was developed in partnership with people living with dementia, caregivers and families, Alberta Health Services, …

$5 Million Funding to Improve Access to Palliative Care

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As its first step of $20 million commitment to enhance palliative care, the Government of Alberta has recently announced a $5 million funding to be provided to the Covenant Health Palliative Institute to increase access to palliative and end-of-life services; promote advance care planning so Albertans can ensure their wishes are honoured. Additionally, $1 million will be provided to the …

Government of Canada: Support for Seniors impacted by COVID-19

Michelle Mak Newcomer Information, Seniors, Updates

On September 3, 2020, the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, and Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erin Mills, announced over 1,000 new projects delivered by community organizations across the country to support seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects are funded through an investment of $20 million in funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). These …

Aging with Pride – Guide for LGBTQ2S+ Seniors

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LGBTQ2S+ seniors have gone through incredible milestones and changes throughout their lifetimes. We are living in a different era now, more open and inclusive compared to decades ago, yet the discrimination against this diverse population has never really ended. Compared to their counterparts, LGBTQ2S+ older adults are more likely to have mental or physical illnesses, have less support, and are …

Free Webinars for Families Impacted by Dementia

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The Alzheimer Society of Calgary is offering free virtual education sessions for local families impacted by dementia until the end of August. Topics include: Specific Behaviors – Bathing/Sundowning Dementia Network Calgary Parkinson’s Disease Dementia And more! How to register? Visit: https://www.alzheimercalgary.ca/ Go to “Learn”, click on “Attend A Session”, then choose the workshop you are interested in Fill out the web …

Explore Parks Together 55+

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The City of Calgary is hosting several free outdoor programs in our parks. One of them is called Explore Parks Together 55+. This is a FREE unique program providing opportunities for older adults (55+) to be active and creative in the outdoors. The program is happening on Thursday mornings in July and August. Older adults as well as their unpaid/informal …