SENIORCENTRIC WEEK ENDING SEPT 11, 2021

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

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I suddenly woke up one day and thought, you idiot, you are letting your life fade away, you have got to do something.

Paula – participant in the Loneliness Project
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O’Toole won’t stop partially-vaccinated candidates from campaigning in seniors’ homes if they follow rules

Candidate who shared photos of her greeting Ontario seniors indoors only partially vaccinated, campaign says

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says it’s OK for candidates who aren’t fully vaccinated to campaign in seniors’ residences and retirement homes as long as they follow other public health measures. 

One of his candidates — Michelle Ferreri in Peterborough–Kawartha — posted photos of herself on Twitter campaigning in a retirement home despite not yet being fully vaccinated. 

“We will be following all measures, including vaccines, daily rapid testing, masking and social distancing to keep people safe,” O’Toole said during a campaign stop on Saturday in Whitby, Ont. “That’s not only an expectation, but a commitment that all members of our team have to keep people safe.”

Ferreri posted a picture this week of her campaigning at the Princess Gardens Retirement Residence in Peterborough, Ont. Ferreri’s campaign manager, Mike Skinner, told MyKawartha.com that Ferreri has received only one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine but is taking a daily rapid test. 

Skinner initially said Ferreri couldn’t afford to take time off the campaign trail if the second shot produced side effects and would “get her next shot as soon as the election is over.”  But after CBC News asked O’Toole about Ferreri on Saturday, the campaign said she would be getting her second shot later that day. 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SENIORS’ BENEFITS REDUCTIONS RELATED TO CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFITS (CERB)

Low-income seniors who received federal Emergency Response Benefits are seeing their Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) reduced or stopped and could see changes to their eligibility for Government of Alberta seniors’ financial assistance programs due to the increase in their 2020 income, which is used to determine eligibility from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

We estimate this is impacting thousands of Alberta seniors as CERB was in fact two programs and funding streams portrayed as one for simplicity of communication, though they had different criteria. Unclear communication about the two different emergency response benefit funding streams and the future ramifications of accessing the benefit has put many vulnerable seniors at risk of slipping further into poverty.

Seniors who applied through the Canada Revenue Agency Stream:

  • Received a T4A slip from the CRA.
  • Are NOT eligible for income estimate with GIS unless they or their spouse lost their job or retired in 2020-2021.
  • Are eligible for income estimate with the Government of Alberta for seniors’ financial assistance programs as a one-time consideration.

Seniors who applied through Service Canada Stream or Employment Insurance CERB:

  • Received a T4E slip from Service Canada.
  • Are eligible for an income estimate with GIS.
  • Are eligible for income estimate with the Government of Alberta for seniors’ financial assistance programs as a one-time consideration.

If seniors are unsure about which benefits they received, or if other circumstances have affected their income, they are advised to call a Service Canada representative directly at 1-800-277-9914.

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Age Friendly Edmonton

2021 Virtual Seniors Forum

September 27 – October 1
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily 

Age Friendly Edmonton is pleased to once again sponsor the annual Seniors Forum. The forum provides seniors an opportunity to learn about and connect to resources in the areas of housing, health and wellness, and other topics to assist healthy aging in Edmonton. This year’s forum features 30 speakers and interactive sessions. 

Learn about podcasts at Virtual Seniors Forum
October 1 @ 11 a.m.
This year, Age Friendly Edmonton will be sharing information about podcasts at the Virtual Seniors Forum: learn about this relatively new form of entertainment and how to access them, and discover how those such as AFE’s intergenerational podcast, The Shared Mic: Conversations for the Ages, can help connection in a world that sometimes feels disconnected. 

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Edmonton seniors attacked in string of home invasions

Rousko Valtchev, 77, is recovering after he said he was violently attacked inside his apartment in the Central Village in Edmonton’s Queen Mary Park last week.

“[He] hit me here, hit me here, [he] took $300 and took my phone,” Valtchev said.

Valtchev said two men approached his ground-level apartment suite. One blocked his exterior door. The other came inside, robbed him and hit him repeatedly.

This break-in is not the only recent one at this residential building near 107 Avenue and 117 Street, which houses mostly seniors and people with disabilities.

Another man in his late 60s, who was too afraid to speak on camera, said he was also attacked.

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