COVID-19 Resources for Seniors

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A variety of resources geared towards seniors and their caregivers are listed and linked below.

Please be advised that Senior’s Week is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Caregivers Alberta

Caregivers Alberta offers supports to all caregivers, including those who might be experiencing heightened feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation. The organization has closed its office to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but continues to offer support through its Caregiver Advisor and online programming. Visit the Caregivers Alberta COVID-19 Resources website or connect with the Caregiver Advisor by calling 780-453-5088, toll free at 1-877-453-5088, or by email.

For more information check out Caregivers Alberta’s Online Caregiver Support Community and this online training tool for caregivers to become a Senior Connector in the community http://caregiverconnectyyc.com/.

Fraud Awareness

In emergencies like this, dishonest groups or individuals often try to take advantage of our fear and uncertainty.

Deceitful individuals who may pose as door-to-door salespeople, telemarketers, collection agents and, sometimes even distant relatives asking for help, can target vulnerable individuals, especially seniors.

If you have a parent, grandparent, vulnerable family friend or neighbour, please watch out for them. Offer to be their buddy, someone they can check in with before responding to matters involving money. A calm, informed person can advise a senior in their life about a caller or salesperson who is legitimate or a scammer.

Please, do not respond to requests for personal information or immediate payment. Take a moment to call a person you trust.

Government of Canada and United Way

To provide immediate essential services to Canadian seniors impacted by COVID-19, the Government of Canada will contribute $9 million through United Way Canada for local organizations to support practical services to Canadian seniors. These services could include the delivery of groceries, medications, or other needed items, or personal outreach to assess individuals’ needs and connect them to community supports. 

You can find information from the Government of Canada and the United Way.

Social Supports In Your Community

There are a range of services available to help you navigate many types of situations. See the links below for more information.

Alberta 211

  • Phone 2-1-1.
  • Text INFO to 211 (fees may apply).
  • Visit www.ab.211.ca and click “live chat.”

Alberta Health Services - Text4Hope

  • Free text messaging support during uncertain times.
  • To subscribe: text COVID19HOPE to 393939.
  • Fees may apply. Visit the website for more details.

Seniors’ Centre without Walls - 780-395-2626

  • 55+
  • Free phone-based program that offers recreational activities, health and well-being topics, or friendly conversation for older adults.