SENIORCENTRIC NEWS ROUNDUP FOR WEEK ENDING Sept 12, 2020

Scanning the globe for news by, for and about Senior Citizens

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This year, our health system will need to respond to both COVID-19 and influenza disease,. By keeping the number of influenza cases and outbreaks low, we can help protect at-risk Albertans and seniors and allow health care workers to keep focusing on the COVID-19 response.”

Alberta Health spokesman Tom McMillan

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Canada News

I have no choice but to wear this skin — and some people hate me for it

It makes me mad to have to defend the existence of my race

I’ve always tried to be a good person: a good father, a good husband, a good employee. I smile at strangers and hold doors for people. I prefer not to use curse words. I drive respectfully (for the most part). 

One of the few things I can’t control is the colour of my skin.

I do so many things right, and still there is so much hate for people who look like me. It doesn’t matter to some that I have a family, that I have talents and interests that make me a unique individual; I’m simply Black.

I spent so much of my life hating that I’m Black because I’ve seen how much society is set up to be prejudiced against people like me. I used to think that if I could only change this one thing about myself, I could be seen simply as a person.

I was called the N-word for the first time when I was eight years old. I’d never heard the word before and I didn’t know what it meant. I laughed it off. That was clearly not the intended reaction. I was unprepared for this moment and I had no roadmap for how to react.

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LOCAL NEWS

Duet bike gives seniors in Alberta care home sense of freedom during pandemic

Buckled in, helmet in check and the wind in their face, residents at the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre in Claresholm, Alta., are getting a chance to soak up the sunshine.

“It’s something that kind of lets you enjoy where you live and everything about it,” said Ross Mouser.

Residents at the centre are using a duet bike to enjoy some fresh air, stay safe and socially distanced. Recreation Therapist Brittany Wilton saw a huge change in Mouser, who was dealing with some depression after moving into the facility.

“He was in bed all day, didn’t want to get out, and I said, ‘Just try it once with me.’ So we got him on the bike and now he asks everyday, ‘Is it my turn to go on the bike?’

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WORLD NEWS

Grandparents Boost Their Video Chat Skills to Connect With Grandchildren

Tami Kelley admits she’s not technology savvy, but she didn’t want her lack of digital skills to interfere with her connection to her 5-year-old grandson, Horatio.

Because Kelley, 58, lives in Cincinnati and Horatio lives in Vergennes, Vermont, the pandemic is keeping them apart more than usual and video chatting now plays an important role in their relationship. But to successfully connect, Kelley had to fight through a computer video system that quit working, a cellphone that refused to connect to FaceTime and the challenge of making those video chats feel engaging to Horatio.

The coronavirus pandemic has separated many families celebrating Grandparents Day on Sept. 13. That separation means technologies like Zoom and FaceTime are the way many grandparents and grandchildren interact. But sometimes those exchanges can feel awkward, or there’s dead air, or grandparents struggle with digital tools.

“I’m technologically illiterate,” says Kelley, a retired kindergarten teacher. But with some help from her daughter, Kelley and husband Dave, 54, are now able to connect daily with their favorite kindergartner. It was worth the headache. “This is our special time,” she says.

For Kelley’s daughter Miranda Peters, those video chats are also important. Peters and her husband are often called into virtual meetings at the same time while they work from home. The grandparents’ video calls have become an essential form of virtual babysitting.

Find ways to overcome technophobia

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