SENIORCENTRIC WEEK ENDING OCT 30, 2021

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

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Who’s Actually Running Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes? The people that work on the frontlines they’re lovely. And they’ve been left to hang—they’ve been exposed to this thing because of people who are too busy trying to cut back on, ‘Oh, what, three baths a week? Let’s give you two.’  

LTC Worker Blake (has been given a pseudonym and details of his role have been concealed in order to protect his identity, for fear of reprisal)
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Medical cannabis: A solution for chronic pain?

Hypertension: Effective ways to lower high blood pressure without medication

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Seniors 70 and older, front-line health workers, people who got 2 AZ doses can be offered boosters, NACI says

Advisory group expands COVID booster shot recommendations, but up to provinces and territories

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending COVID-19 booster shots for all adults 80 years of age and older, and is also opening the door for certain other groups who may be at increased risk of lowered protection over time since their initial vaccinations.

“Populations at highest risk of waning protection following their primary series and at highest risk of severe COVID-19 illness should be offered a booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after completing their primary series,” NACI’s new guidance released Friday said, noting that seniors 80 years and older “should” be offered a booster shot.

NACI also said other people “may” be offered a booster shot, because they “may be at increased risk of lower protection over time since vaccination, increased risk of severe illness or who are essential for maintaining health system capacity.”

Although NACI makes recommendations, it’s up to the provinces and territories to decide who they will offer booster shots to.

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Two local residents among Alberta Senior Citizens Award winners

Two Peace Country residents have been named winners of an Alberta Senior Citizens Award in the Individual category.

Grande Prairie’s Benita Galandy, who volunteers in a shelter for at-risk seniors, worked tirelessly to ensure that all seniors at the shelter feel comfortable, safe, and have a place to call their own. In addition to offering up a plethora of support during the pandemic, Galandy also prepares meals, cleans and maintains the home, as well as provides transportation to medical appointments, and delivers essentials.

Cory Young of Peace River is a home support worker who goes above and beyond the call with acts like washing windows, mowing lawns or providing transportation to medical appointments. Cory also created her own meal delivery service so that seniors could access healthy meals and continues to stay in contact with those she has served even after they move away.

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Edmontonian honoured for keeping seniors connected during COVID-19 pandemic

On Thursday, the Alberta government awarded a Minister’s Senior Service Award to Haidong Liang, executive director of the Westend Seniors Activity Centre and architect of an online activity catalogue that kept members active and engaged despite public health restrictions.

The province is recognizing an Edmonton gerontologist for “outstanding service” to older Albertans after he kept them connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, the Alberta government awarded a Minister’s Senior Service Award to Haidong Liang, executive director of the Westend Seniors Activity Centre and architect of an online activity catalogue that kept members active and engaged despite public health restrictions.

In March 2020, when the threat of transmission forced the centre — a brick-and-mortar social hub for older Edmontonians — to close its doors, Liang saw an opportunity to open a virtual avenue to programming. Within a month, WE Seniors , the centre’s digital platform, was offering virtual classes to members through video conferencing applications such as Zoom.

But before that, he had to break down a potential barrier to access.

“Without even getting funding from the government, my team immediately started offering one-on-one technology support to seniors,” he said.

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