SENIORCENTRIC NEWS WEEK ENDING Feb 6, 2021

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

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Alberta’s phased reopening could lead to true ‘lockdown’ in March. We’re going to be hit very, very hard. They told us exactly what’s going to happen. And so, to us, it’s completely illogical, knowing this, why they’re going to go ahead.

Dr. Noel Gibney Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association committee co-chair
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ALBERTA NEWS

New housing for seniors in Innisfail now being constructed

The Government of Alberta has demolished two aged seniors residences fromerly called ‘Autumn Glen’ in order to make way for the new Autumn Grove development. The province has provided $24 million for the project that is believed to create 175 jobs.

“It’s great to see these kinds of investments coming into Innisfail, creating jobs for Albertans at a time when they need it most. Seniors built our province and will be well served by a new and modern facility,” said Devin Dreeshen, MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.

The new development will be integrated with both independent and supportive living with 60 seniors lodge units and 30 seniors apartment units.

Innisfail Mayor Jim Romane believes the facility will be a welcoming site to Innisfail residents.

“The construction and opening of the new Autumn Grove facility marks a significant milestone in our community’s ongoing efforts to ensure all residents have the ability to safely age in place here in town. We’re tremendously proud and excited to see this immensely important project having finally come to fruition and offer our sincerest appreciation to the many groups and individuals who worked so tirelessly to make it happen.”

The population of seniors in Alberta is expected to grow to one million by 2035. A number of seniors’ facilities are being renovated and constructed to support the growing number of elderly people in local communities. 

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Alberta provides one-time $68.5M cash infusion for continuing care, other agencies

Funding meant to defray the costs sustained by organizations since the pandemic began.

The Alberta government will provide a one-time infusion of $68.5 million to continuing-care operators, home-care providers and facilities that provide addiction and mental health treatment, to help them defray additional costs incurred because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thanks to vaccines, we’re hopefully seeing the light at the end of the tunnel but our fight is far from over,” Premier Jason Kenney said Wednesday at a news conference.

“We should all be proud of what Alberta has achieved these last few weeks and months,” he said. “We have made gains and we cannot lose sight of that. But as we begin to ease restrictions, moving to Phase 1 in the plan we announced last week, starting this coming Monday, we must remain vigilant.

“Today’s announcement is part of that work. We are not letting up and we are not letting our guard down. We’ll keep fighting for those who are most vulnerable to COVID and we’ll keep increasing the protections for those who work with them.”

The money will help cover the costs operators have faced for cleaning, personal protective equipment and increased staffing.

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WORLD NEWS

Captain Sir Tom Moore dies at 100 after testing positive for Covid

Tributes pour in for fundraiser and second world war veteran who was knighted after raising £38.9m for NHS

Captain Sir Tom Moore, the second world war veteran who raised almost £39m for NHS charities during the first coronavirus lockdown in spring 2020, has died aged 100 after testing positive for coronavirus.

In a statement, his daughters, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore. We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.

“We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.

“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of. Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.

“The care our father received from the NHS and carers over the last few weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary. They have been unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined.”

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