Seniors Outreach - January 18, 2023

Alberta Affordability payments for Seniors: Your income for 2021 must be less than 180,000. If you are a Senior who regularly receives monthly payments of a Seniors Benefit, you will automatically receive the Affordability payments. If you receive Alberta special needs assistance, dental, and/or optical payments you must apply for the Affordability payments. You will be able to apply Online, in person at a Registry, or in person at an Alberta Supports Office (closest one is in Red Deer).

1. At present, if you have access to a computer and are able to apply online, presently (from January 9 onward) apply for an Alberta.ca Account (formerly known as MyAlberta Digital ID). You will need a ‘verified’ or ‘pending verified’ account to apply for the affordability payment. If you already have a ‘basic’ account, you will need to upgrade by adding your valid Alberta driver’s licence or ID card to your profile. Once your ID is entered, your account will be upgraded to ‘pending verified so you can apply for the affordability payment when the application portal opens January 18. You do not need to wait for the code in mail to fully verify your account to be able to apply.

2. In the secure portal (online) you will be asked a series of eligibility questions and will need to provide your banking information to receive payments by direct deposit. Cheques may also be mailed if you do not wish to have direct deposit – however they will be later in arriving.

3. Applications will be accepted between January 18 and June 30, 2023. Payments will be made retroactively to the first month that you are eligible to receive them. However, applications must be made by June 30, 2023.

4. In-person supports will be available at any registry agent. Please bring either your Alberta driver’s licence or Alberta ID card; a driver’s licence or ID card issued by an official government outside of Alberta or a passport.

UPCOMING BUS TRIPS: Call to book (403-443-2555) for the following trips

1. Philharmonic Open Rehearsals, “SAINT-SAENS ORGAN SYMPHONY”, Friday, January 20, 2023. Cost $25.

2. Red Deer Bus Trip – Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Cost $20

INFORMATION MEETINGS: “HOW COMPUTERS WORK!” (J. Bellingham)

a. Three Hills – CommUnity Drop-In Centre, Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

b. Linden – The Club House, Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 6 p.m. COMMON SENSE PERSPECTIVE: “Be a friend.”

The older we get, the harder it seems to make new friends and keep them. Be a friend even to those you think might not like you. Life has a way of surprising us as to who becomes our friends.

COMPUTER/TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FOR SENIORS: Our Technology/Digital Director is very willing to help you to figure out how your computer/tablet/printer, cell phone, etc. works. Contact Seniors Outreach and we will have him contact you for an appointment.

THE THREE HILLS COMMUNITY DROP-IN CENTRE at 499 – 3rd Ave SE IS OPEN: JOIN US to play pool, card games, scrabble, socialize, etc.!!! [Mondays to Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.] One must continue to sign-in to the center providing the date, printed full name, and phone number. The daily charge of $2 is still in effect to play and have coffee or tea. We continue to look for volunteer hosts/hostesses to oversee the Drop-IN. Going forward – our next potluck will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 12 noon. Please contact us to sign up - $5 at the door and we need an indication when you sign up that you will bring either a dessert or a salad.

THE SENIORS OUTREACH OFFICES and CLIENT SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT: Please call the following for an appointment: call

403-443-2555 for the Main Office in Three Hills (Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.); call 403-425-1555 for Kneehill North – Trochu (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) & Torrington (Thursday a.m.); and call 403-412-4195 for Kneehill South –Carbon (Tuesdays) & Acme & Linden (Thursdays).

VOLUNTEERS CONTINUE TO BE NEEDED: Seniors Outreach is in need of volunteers across Kneehill County as Meals on Wheels delivery drivers, Caring Car Drivers, Bus Drivers, Hosts/Hostesses (at the Three Hills Drop-In Center). Contact Seniors Outreach if you have some time to volunteer.

THE COMMUNITY BUS RUN in Three Hills: will continue to operate Thursday afternoons. The cost is $3 per round trip. We will operate this run in January. Watch here for notification if we add any bus runs in the future.

THE SENIORS OUTREACH ‘LARGE PRINT’ 2023 TELEPHONE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE! Call Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 (or 1-888-443-2555 from the Carbon area) to pre-order a copy (providing your name and phone number) and we will inform you when your copy is ready for payment and pickup. We are presently updating the book! As this is also a fundraiser for Seniors Outreach, the cost is $10/book -due upon pick up.

MEALS ON WHEELS – FROZEN MEALS: For these meals across the Kneehill County, the next Order date is Thursday, January 19, 2023 and the subsequent delivery date will be Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Please contact the Seniors Outreach Main Office to order from the menu and to pay for your order on or by the next order date.

MEALS ON WHEELS – HOT MEALS: Please be aware that you are able to order hot meals for Three Hills/Acme/Linden (deliveries will be at noon hour Mondays through Fridays each week). 1 meal per person per day is delivered and the cost is $11.50/meal. Call Seniors Outreach to order the week before requiring the meals.

CARING CARS/WHEELCHAIR BUS USEAGE: For those who need medical appointments, etc. one may call to book Caring Cars or the Wheelchair Bus. Please be respectful of others regarding masking or not masking in our vehicles. As our drivers are volunteers, we will try to find a driver for your day. Asking for a driver within 24 hours of need is often extremely difficult to fulfill. Please try to call us a few days before you need a driver. Thank you.

SENIORS OUTREACH IS ON FACEBOOK! If you are already on Facebook simply enter Seniors Outreach Kneehill County and if you are seeking to link to Facebook use: https://www.facebook.com/SeniorsOutreach Kneehill. Let us know how this is working for you! Do check Facebook for updates and announcements and please post us or provide feedback about your Facebook experience!

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO The Capital, the Seniors Outreach Website at www.seniorso.ca, or our Facebook page for further information and/or changes to our operations.