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Afternoon high temperatures near 30 degrees Celsius on Friday will climb to the mid 30s by Sunday, and could approach 40 degrees Celsius in some regions early next week. Little to no reprieve from the heat is expected, as overnight lows will remain between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.Public Weather Alerts for Alberta
The Federal Government will permanently increase Old Age Security by 10% for older seniors, worth $766 over the first year for pensioners receiving the full benefit. This will help Canadians with their extra expenses later in life. pic.twitter.com/Aj2591TBGX
— Deb Schulte MP (she/her) (@_DebSchulte) June 23, 2021
To support the safe re-opening of #LTC homes across #Canada, the NIA has released a new guidance document — After the Shot: Guidance Supporting the Re-opening of Canada’s LTC Homes Following #COVID19.https://t.co/5XE4Hm7lWg pic.twitter.com/FM9W1W5fyl
— National Institute on Ageing 🇨🇦 (@RyersonNIA) June 25, 2021
As Canada takes steps to safely reopen, our new online tool can help individuals and families to quickly assess their risk of exposure to COVID-19 when meeting or gathering with others. ▶️ https://t.co/NMjdc1MGNs 🍁 #myCOVIDVisitRisk pic.twitter.com/h6uTgNxOHA
— National Institute on Ageing 🇨🇦 (@RyersonNIA) June 25, 2021
— Dr. Nancy Olivieri (@DrNancyOlivieri) June 21, 2021
I wish that Seniors in LTC had a voice and were able to tell the stories of what is ACTUALLY happening in LTC
The short staffing crisis continues!!!
Dehydration, starvation, neglect continues
the staff hired in the past year ARE NOT TRAINED
on the job training costs lives
— robin nelson (@dg_grrl) June 26, 2021
Deb Schulte, Canada’s minister of seniors, has announced the launch of consultations to establish a federal policy definition of senior abuse, which will promote and support awareness and prevention activities, program and service delivery and data collection.
The consultation was announced during an event organized by CanAge, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15.
“Senior abuse has harmed too many older people in Canada for too long, and more people are at risk as the population ages,” said Schulte in the news release.
The consultations, to be participated in by experts, stakeholders and Canadians, include an online portal that will close on July 22; two virtual national roundtables, hosted by Schulte, David Lametti, federal justice minister and attorney general, and Stéphane Lauzon, parliamentary secretary to the minister of seniors, on June 22; and five virtual regional roundtables hosted by Lauzon in collaboration with the National Seniors Council.
Following the end of the consultations, the federal government plans to release a report about the feedback it has heard and to submit a draft definition to its partners for further insights before the definition is officially released.
The federal and provincial governments didn’t learn any lessons from the pandemic that turned long-term care homes into ‘slaughterhouses,’ said noted journalist at CHATS York Region AGM
Despite the “carnage” that occurred in some of Ontario’s long-term care homes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, both the federal and provincial governments haven’t learned any lessons when it comes to caring for our elderly, says author and journalist Andre Picard.
Rather than provide funding for care that would allow our seniors to remain in their homes as they age, warehousing them in long-term care homes remains the governments’ preferred option for elder care, said Picard, who was the guest speaker at the CHATS (Community and Home Assistance to Seniors) York Region South Simcoe annual general meeting and 40th anniversary celebration June 23.
In his new book, Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic, the health reporter and columnist for the Globe and Mail exposes how Canada’s focus on institutional care rather than much needed home care has failed its elderly citizens.
Canadian Men’s Health Month runs throughout the month of June. The goal is to inspire Canadian men to live healthier lives by making their health and wellness a priority. Research suggests that men tend to put less of a focus on their own health and wellbeing than women. They see the doctor less frequently and are less engaged in preventative health behaviours.
What puts a man’s health at risk as he gets older? The top risk factors are common and often preventable. Simple lifestyle changes can reduce a man’s risk for many common health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, and more. By taking a more active role in your health and wellbeing, it is possible to enjoy the things you love well into your later years.
Whether it be changes to your diet, incorporating more regular exercise into your daily routine, reducing alcohol intake, or quitting smoking, these modifications can make a significant difference and reduce risk factors for chronic illness. Take an active role in your health, both body and mind, and read our resources to learn more.
In June we are having seniors’ week in Strathcona County. Older adults are also an important group to recognize, as they have been a cohort that has suffered greatly by isolation.
Fortunately, there are several important advocates that are doing great work speaking up for seniors in our community.
For example, all members, past and present, of the Seniors Advisory Committee have provided advice to council on the needs and aspirations of older adults.
As well, our seniors groups including Ardrossan 55 Plus Club, Josephburg Seniors, Sherwood Park 55 Plus Club, and South Cooking Lake Seniors.
These organizations work to help seniors enjoy healthy and independent lives. They offer educational programming, recreation activities, social connections, and support the broader community as well.
It’s important to acknowledge all seniors who need our support coming out of COVID-19, and all who advocate on their behalf.