Seniors are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. To help alleviate the stress that comes with this, a variety of resources are available to help.
On April 23, Statistics Canada released a report saying more than 50% of seniors are very or extremely worried about their own health. The report also pointed out data indicating that a third of seniors over 75 live alone, putting them at a higher risk of social isolation.
“Because seniors are more likely to have a limited social network, lone seniors may be more at risk in the context of the pandemic,” the report said.
Pharmacies like Shoppers Drug Mart are delivering prescription medication right to people’s doors for free. Seniors can call their pharmacy first or go to their websites to see what options are available.
There are many financial assistance programs for eligible seniors to access for both financial and health support, such as the Alberta Seniors Benefit. This plan helps seniors with low incomes get financial assistance to help with monthly living expenses. The federal government is also giving seniors up to $500 through a one-time tax-free payment. This measure is in place to offer seniors both income support and help them cover increased costs caused by COVID-19.
A group of high school students in Calgary launched a hotline called the Joy4All project on April 10. The hotline offers pre-recorded jokes, stories, motivational messages and poems for everyone from high school students to seniors. You can reach them at 1-877-JOY-4ALL (1-877-569-4255).
The Alberta 211 helpline has information on resources and support for seniors. This includes a list of activities to do at home, information on ride programs for seniors, and a list of in-home support programs. Check out the website for more information.
The Alberta government has also launched a new online platform called CORE Alberta to help connect seniors with organizations that serve them. CORE delivers information and resources between senior-serving organizations in the community with a focus on issues relating to transportation, food security, social isolation and home support.
People seem to be socializing more as restrictions are lifted, but it's important to remain on guard.
Yes, as long as you wear a mask and don't bring a friend.
Yes, outdoor gatherings in Alberta are currently restricted to no more than 50 people.