In honour of the past, present and future contributions of seniors in our local communities and throughout Alberta, Lac Ste. Anne County Council has proclaimed June 7-13, 2021 to be Seniors' Week.
Seniors’ Week has been celebrated since 1986 to celebrate and recognize seniors throughout the province. Seniors’ Week is a great opportunity to honour and recognize all that seniors have contributed to making our families, communities and our province stronger.
Supporting our Seniors Safely
During these challenging times, there are many great and innovative opportunities to find new ways to connect with each other and support our seniors, while following all current public health guidance.
Keep Connected and Support our Seniors
There are so many great opportunities to stay connected with the older adults in your life, say thank you, make sure they are safe, and see if they need anything. To do so safely, here are some ways to stay connected:
- Make an audio or video call, email or send letters to check in
- Host a family dinner online
- Host a virtual games night with family and friends
- Write letters and send cards, drawings or photos to seniors in local continuing care facilities
This is a great time to support the emotional, mental and physical well-being of older adults and to spread good cheer throughout your community.
- Offer to assist with grocery and prescription purchases – online or delivery
- Drop off gift baskets with pre-packaged essentials at seniors’ homes
- Volunteer with organizations that support seniors, like a telephone check-in program
- Recognize outstanding supports for seniors by nominating an individual, business or nonprofit organization that has served seniors in your community for a Minister’s Seniors Service Award at www.alberta.ca/MSSA
Research what resources are available in your community:
- Healthy Aging Collaborative Online Resources and Education: https://corealberta.ca/
- Call 211 or visit www.ab.211.ca for local resources
- Talk2Nice offers friendly calls for seniors. Dial 1.844.529.7292 or complete the online form at wwwnicen.et.ca/talk2nice
- Call 811 for health information or visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/healthlink
If you believe a senior requires additional supports, call:
- 911 or local police if you suspect immediate danger
- Family Violence Info Line at 310.1818
- Mental Health Help Line at 1.877.303.2642
- Addiction Help Line at 1.866.332.2322
Historically, the County's Community Services Department (Family & Community Support Services) has celebrated our local seniors by hosting an annual Seniors' Tea at the Lessard Lake Outdoor Education Centre, which included a light lunch, refreshments, entertainment and information/resources. The County looks forward to returning to this popular annual event once it can be safely hosted.