Se­nior Ben­e­fits Work­shops warmly re­ceived

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

In­for­ma­tion work­shops were of­fered in Marl­boro, Peers, Car­rot Creek and Evans­burg for se­niors to come out and learn about the var­i­ous sup­port pro­grams avail­able to them.

There are nu­mer­ous pro­grams avail­able to sup­port se­niors fi­nan­cially—through both the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment. Ac­cess to these sup­port pro­grams firstly re­quires knowl­edge, and this past Septem­ber, Yel­low­head County’s se­niors were able to ask ques­tions and get the in­for­ma­tion they need to be in­formed of ser­vices avail­able to them.

Yel­low­head County’s Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Sup­port Ser­vices (FCSS) brought these ed­u­ca­tional work­shops to four County com­mu­ni­ties: Marl­boro, Peers, Car­rot Creek and Evans­burg.

The two-day, four-com­mu­nity work­shops saw pre­sen­ta­tions from Is­abelle Fleury-Hache and Nancy Kelly of Ser­vice Canada, and Laura Pawlechko from Al­berta Se­niors and Hous­ing. Top­ics cov­ered in­cluded: Old Age Se­cu­rity, the Canada Pen­sion Plan, Guar­an­teed In­come Sup­ple­ment, Al­lowance for the Survivor, Se­niors Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance, Spe­cial Needs As­sis­tance, the Se­niors Home Adap­ta­tion Re­pair Pro­gram (SHARP), at the Car­rot Creek Hall.

The fa­cil­i­ta­tors ad­di­tion­ally of­fered in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing se­nior’s cov­er­age with Blue Cross, Den­tal and Op­ti­cal as­sis­tance for se­nior’s pro­grams, the Se­niors Prop­erty Tax De­fer­ral Pro­gram as well as in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the Al­berta Se­niors Ben­e­fit pro­gram.

The goal of the Se­niors Ben­e­fits Work­shops was to in­form se­niors on how to ac­cess the com­mu­nity/ gov­ern­ment re­sources that they need. Ac­cord­ingly, the abun­dance of in­for­ma­tion on of­fer was warmly re­ceived by the com­mu­nity, and feed­back from se­niors was over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive. A to­tal of 85 peo­ple at­tended the four work­shops.

FCSS is a pre­ven­tive so­cial ser­vices pro­gram avail­able in 99per cent of the com­mu­ni­ties in Al­berta. The pro­gram premised on fa­cil­i­tat­ing lo­cal so­lu­tions to lo­cal needs and build­ing com­mu­nity and in­di­vid­ual ca­pac­ity to solve chal­lenges. FCSS is an 80/20 fund­ing part­ner­ship be­tween the Prov­ince of Al­berta and in­di­vid­ual mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

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