SENIORS CORNER


The County of Vermilion River has a vibrant and active seniors population.  The 2015 County census indicated that there were 898 citizens over the age of 65 years of age living in the County.  This represented 11% of the total population.  There are several senior citizens organizations located in the Villages and Hamlets in the County that provide a facility for socialization and educational opportunities for our Seniors.

EVENTS:

March is Fraud Recognition Month.  Check out details at www.acaging.ca for fraud toolkit

Seniors Week is in June
 

SENIORS' COORDINATOR

The County of Vermilion River and the Town of Vermilion partner to provide a Seniors' Coordinator to liaise with the seniors residing in the County, Town and the Villages of Dewberry, Kitscoty, Marwayne and Paradise Valley.  Shirley McRobert has provided information, assistance, referrals and enlightenment to our senior citizens for many years.  If you are a senior (or a spouse, child or caregiver of a senior) and you have a question or concern please call Shirley at (780) 581-2414 - she is always willing to assist our seniors.  Shirley is renowned for her annual Seniors' Week celebrations that bring together seniors from across the County to be entertained and enlightened on matters of importance to their health and well being.


Shirley McRobert, Senior Support Coordinator

Town Of Vermilion/County of Vermilion River FCSS
5021- 49 Avenue
Vermilion , Alberta
T9X 1X1      smcrobert@vermilion.ca 
Direct Phone Line: 780.581.2414
Town Hall: 780.853.5358
Fax: 780.853.4910 

 

NEWS & RESOURCES


As of Dec 13, 2016, the Senior Transportation policy has been rescinded by Council and the program will end on Dec 31, 2016. Transportation expenses for 2016 must be submitted to our office by 4:30 pm on JANUARY 31, 2017 

 



New regulations are in effect Jan 1, 2017 from the Alberta Government.  Door-to-door sales of furnaces and related products/services including water heaters, air conditioners, windows, energy contracts and energy audits are now BANNED.Read more on how to protect yourself as a consumer

 


PREVENTING FALLS

Info Brochure on Seniors' Falls
Senior Risk Assessment to Prevent Falls
How to Get Up from A Fall
More Resources at www.findingbalancealberta.ca 

 


 

NEW INFORMATION!!!
Alberta Health Services launches new website with great information on Continuing Care including home care, supportive living, long-term care, hospice and end of life care.

Check it out at www.albertahealthservices.ca/cc/page13154.aspx

AGING in PLACE
Aging in Place means having the health and social supports and services you need to live safely and independently in your home or your community for as long as you wish and are able.  Plan your future today to live the life you want tomorrow.
Video Series to help guide you is available at www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/seniors/aging-in-place.html 
 


 

FUNERAL PLANNING IN ALBERTA - information booklet for download


 

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN REVENUE CANADA CALLS:

In recent weeks, many residents have been receiving threatening phone calls claiming to be from Revenue Canada - these are scam calls.  The Revenue Canada Agency will not make legal threats over the telephone - their first method of communication with you will be written. Be careful and do not give out any personal information about yourself.  Hang Up.  More tips from Revenue Canada here.

 


SENIORS PROPERTY TAX DEFERRAL (SPTD) PROGRAM

Senior homeowners seeking assistance in paying their property taxes may wish to consider the Seniors’ Property Tax Deferral (SPTD) program.  This program allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their annual property tax through a low-interest home equity loan with the Government of Alberta. This is a voluntary program that can free up funds for senior homeowners to use on other expenses such as home renovations thereby supporting them to stay in their homes as long as possible.

For more information on  SPTD program and other programs and services for seniors, visit www.health.alberta.ca/seniors.html or call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in the Edmonton area.

DOCUMENTS & FORMS:

Seniors Financial Assistance Information Booklet
SPTD Program Booklet

SENIORS HOME ADAPTATION & REPAIR PROGRAM (SHARP)

 

The Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP) provides low-interest home equity loans to help seniors finance necessary repairs, adaptations and renovations to their homes. A maximum loan of $40,000 is available to seniors and senior couples with an annual total income of $75,000 or less and who have a minimum of 25 per cent home equity in their primary residence.

More info on the Alberta Senior Housing website