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

Fire Safety for Seniors: check out our Guide 

Seniors Week is annually 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

Important Changes to Your Alberta Health Benefit Coverage effective March 1, 2020. 

Alberta Health is changing the eligibility criteria for the Coverage for Seniors program.  Effective March 1, 2020, family members younger than 65 years of age - including spouses and dependents - will no longer be covered by Coverage for Seniors.  Albertans 65 years of age and older will continue to be covered by the program.

Affected households received letters in January and February 2020 notifying them of the change and available coverage options.  More information at https://www.alberta.ca/seniors-health-benefits.aspx

 

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 

 

Senior Care Resources

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.

 

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 

 

Caregiver Readiness & Caregiving and Employment

Care Conversations: It's about you and the person you support
Care Options: Choosing the best plan for you and the person you care for

 

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 https://www.alberta.ca/senior-supports.aspx or call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in the Edmonton area.

 

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

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