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Support For Seniors

Story by Brenda Hume

Winter 2019

Community Links has been serving the needs of seniors in the North Rocky View Region for more than 15 years. Individuals can access Seniors Services by calling or meeting with a Community Links intake worker who will assess immediate needs and match each senior to a senior support worker. Once a referral has taken place, appointments can be conducted over the phone or in person to provide information and support to individuals age 55 and over.

Support workers help seniors connect to municipal, provincial and federal resources by providing assistance with pension applications, problem solving, prioritizing and advocacy.

Seniors Services strives to ensure that all basic needs are met by: removing financial barriers such as budgeting; providing income tax assistance; and connecting individuals to affordable housing, health care, transportation, recreation and various community resources.

A Caregivers Support Group is offered on a monthly basis (third Tuesday of each month, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Community Links in Airdrie) offering supports and community connection to individuals who are caring for a senior.

Caregivers can also access additional support through the Senior Respite Program which provides in-home short-term support for a senior who is faced with significant situational stress, fatigue or crisis (not an acute medical condition).

Volunteers with the Senior Transportation Program provide transportation for seniors 65 years of age and over to medical appointments in Airdrie (three days’ notice) and Calgary (one week’s notice). This program is a last resort for seniors who do not have any other transportation options.

The Friendly Visiting Program offered by volunteers provides support to isolated seniors in need of social interaction either in their home or the community.

Seniors Services also connects individuals in the community with education by providing a quarterly newsletter which highlights events and opportunities, free monthly educational workshops at the Airdrie Over 50 Club (first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.), and monthly workshops of various topics related to seniors upon request or through Wisdom Circle Workshops for both men and women focusing on emotional wellness, self-esteem and future planning.

 

See all senior programming in the Community Link Guide: 

 

For more information, please call 403-945-3900