Seniors Outreach - June 2, 2021

It is never too late! Harriette Thompson was 76 years old when she ran her first marathon — and she hasn’t stopped running since. On May 31, 2015, she crossed the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon finish line to become the oldest woman ever to complete a 26-mile race. At 92 years and 65 days old, Thompson finished the marathon in 7 hours, 24 minutes, and 36 seconds. Impressive, yes, but long-distance running isn’t her only extraordinary hobby: Thompson was a classically trained pianist who played three times at Carnegie Hall, and she says she plays old piano pieces in her head to get through marathons. Because she has had many friends and family members affected by blood cancer, she has raised over $90,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since she started running.

The previous record holder, Gladys “the Gladyator” Burrill, was 92 years and 19 days old when she finished the 2010 Honolulu Marathon.

A VIRTUAL SENIORS’ WEEK STARTS ON MONDAY, JUNE 7! PLEASE LOOK FOR THE SENIORS WEEK POSTER, CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES AND OUR KNEEHILL BINGO IN THIS WEEK’S THREE HILLS CAPITAL. Seniors Outreach Program Society is the official co-host of the Seniors Week Launch on Monday June 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. along with the Alberta Ministry of Seniors and Housing under Hon. Josephine Pon. Look for the Launch Program at the following website: Our presentation will hopefully make the people of Alberta more familiar with our area of the province as we begin this wonderful week of acknowledgement and honoring of the seniors of Alberta. Included in this launch program is a 16 minute historical journey through the last 25 years of Seniors Outreach Program Society as well as our local area dignitaries (MP for Battle River-Crowfoot, MLA for Olds, Didsbury & Three Hills, Kneehill County Reeve, the Mayors (Acme, Carbon, Linden, Three Hills and Trochu as well as the Chair of the Seniors Outreach Program Society Board), and musical and dance entertainment. JOIN US!!!!

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR SOME SENIORS WEEK ACTIVITIES: For 2 of the Virtual Workshops, please Pre-register –

On Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 1:30 -3:00 p.m. a Physical Activity Education Workshop will be held – led by Erica Laycock from Alberta Healthy Living Program, AHS. In this workshop you will learn about physical activity and how to include it in your day. This physical activity in your day can help you to maintain a healthy weight and better manage chronic conditions. Topics covered in this workshop will be benefits and barriers to getting active, tips on how to increase your physical activity and how to set personal activity goals.

PRE-REGISTRATION: Please call Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 no later than June 2, to register. (Provide your full name, phone number, date of birth and email address.)

On Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. an online Art Therapy Session will be held. This introductory workshop is designed to give people a one-time experience of what art therapy sessions are like. This brief art exercise does not require art experience and only requires some pencils, papers, and/or a few markers or colored pencils/pens. PRE-REGISTRATION: Please call Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 no later than Wednesday, June 2, to register. (Provide your full name, phone number and email address) NOTE: Going forward at Stage 1 of the COVID Restrictions for the following three (3) weeks – until at least June 17, 2021 at least: Our main office in Three Hills and our extension offices in Trochu, Torrington, Carbon, Acme and Linden will be operating by appointment only. Please call to make an appointment before showing up (403-443-2555 or 1-888-443-2555 from Carbon). The main office will continue to run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays. This will be reassessed as further instructions are given by the Alberta Government and the Chief Officer of Health.

THE SENIORS OUTREACH LARGE PRINT TELEPHONE BOOKS ARE COMPLETE! If you have already pre-ordered your book(s), please call and then come in to pay for the book(s) and pick them up!!!! If you have not pre-ordered the book, please call Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 (or 1-888-443-2555 from the Carbon area) to do so now (providing your name and phone number) and we will inform you when your copy is ready for payment and pickup. As this is also a fundraiser for Seniors Outreach, the cost will be $10/book due upon delivery.

TO GET OUT AND GET SOME EXERCISE: Seniors Outreach Walk Days will operate on a monthly basis as we go forward in the COVID time period. Please phone Seniors Outreach by the Tuesday before the next Wednesday Walk Day at 403-443-2555 to sign up for your walk in one of these three communities with your name and phone number. The next walk day will be announced in the coming weeks. Trochu – Start at the Sweet Grass Café downtown after checking in with the facilitator. Linden – Start at the East side parking lot (new section) of the Linden Lodge after checking in with the facilitator. Three Hills – Start at the CommUnity Drop-In Center after checking in with the facilitator.

SURVEYING - If this is your first walk, Seniors Outreach personnel will phone you either the Thursday or Monday after the walk to do a brief survey. We anticipate only doing this survey the first time that you are on the walk. IF you attend other monthly walks, we only require you to sign up ahead of time (name and phone number) each time with Seniors Outreach office or the facilitator.



The Meals On Wheels program will continue through ordering and payment (cash/cheque/e-transfer) for these orders. We would appreciate your orders and payment in by the Thursday after our last delivery. Each order continues to be limited in terms of WHAT ONE IS ABLE TO ORDER (10-14 Items per person) and our value of an order will be BETWEEN $80 TO $100 per person as we go forward. We continue to be able to have a limited number of orders go in every two weeks. Please try to have your orders in to Seniors Outreach as soon as possible as the order dates tend to fill up quickly.

NOTE: DO NOT CALL and DO NOT ORDER DIRECTLY WITH WHEATLAND FCSS…….PLEASE CONTACT SENIORS OUTREACH at 403-443-2555 to make orders and to arrange payment.

The next order date will be Thursday, June 10 2021 with the delivery date on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. If you are not able to have your order in on time for the next order date, your order will be placed on the order list for one of the next 2 order dates. If you are paying via e-transfer funds to Wheatland Meals on Wheels, DO NOT DO SO before you have provided your order to Seniors Outreach and you will be given a date to do your e-transfer payment. Thank you!

THANK YOU!!!! FOOD SECURITY: OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA (FCSSAA) for their willingness in providing our grant support towards overcoming food security issues through the frozen Meals On Wheels over the last number of months during this COVID-19 pandemic time period. This support enabled low-income seniors and low-income adults and families in Kneehill County to receive greater food security by providing financial aid towards frozen meals orders through Seniors Outreach and Kneehill Regional FCSS.

MEALS ON WHEELS – HOT MEALS: Please be aware that you are also able to order hot meals for Three Hills, Acme and Linden (deliveries will be at noon hour Mondays through Fridays each week). 1 meal per day is delivered and generally the cost is $10/meal. Call Seniors Outreach to order the week before requiring the meals.

CLIENT SERVICES: You will be expected to wear a mask/social distance and hand sanitize at your client appointment. Thank you. Seniors Outreach MAIN OFFICE is open for regular hours –Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Extension Offices: Kneehill North: Trochu office at Frank VanderKley’s Law Offices – presently on Tuesdays & Wednesdays (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Torrington office at the Arena is open by pre-made appointments only Thursdays (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). Kneehill South; Acme office at the Acme Seniors Association – Thursdays (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

ii. Carbon at the New Horizon’s Centre – Tuesdays (9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.)

iii. Linden at the 50+ Club (Care & Share Centre) – Thursdays (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Please be aware that the doors will be locked at the extension offices. The coordinator for the extension office will let you in at your appointment time! Please have patience as we will still be following Pandemic restrictions:


• TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Please call 403-443-2555 (Carbon/area 1-888-443-2555) to Make an Appointment.

• PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MASK to wear at your appointment.


NOTE: Our main office reception area has glass sneeze guards in place AND the staff will be able to converse with you.

• CONFIRM YOUR APPOINTMENT: After confirming your appointment with the receptionist, please find a chair if possible or wait to be called.

• PHYSICAL DISTANCING – WAITING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT: The chairs provided should be 6 feet/2 meters apart from others at the main office in Three Hills.

Note: At our main office, we will only have 2-3 people at a time: 1 to be met with for their immediate appointment and 1-2 in the waiting area of the building. At our extension offices we are only able to accommodate 1 person at a time. When at your appointment, please keep to physical distances at all times and wear your mask.

• Hand sanitizer should to be used when you enter and leave any of the offices.

Though the present situation continues to still be quite changeable, Seniors Outreach is taking phone calls/emails and making appointments. As such, you are welcome to email us at or to call 403-443-2555 or from Carbon and area 1-888-443-2555 (toll free) for any assistance, to make a Meals on Wheels order, and/or to set up an in office appointment. PLEASE DO NOT JUST DROP IN TO THE OFFICE. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE!

CARING CARS/WHEELCHAIR BUS USEAGE: For medical appointments one may call to book Caring Cars/Wheelchair Bus for those who need this support.

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:

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 Three Hills Capital, the Seniors Outreach Website, or our Facebook page for further changes to our operations.