Senior Benefits Workshops warmly received
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.