Covid hasn’t gone away

Alberta reports 501 new COVID-19 cases, highest ICU count in nearly a month according to CTV News. As pf Wednesday of this week, Alberta reported 501 new cases, as active cases rose for a 25th consecutive day, up to 3,769. This is within a few cases of being as high a count of active cases as we had in second week of June. The best thing you and your friends and neighbours can do is get vaccinated. This pandemic is now taking the lives of the unvaccinated. Only 67.2% of Albertans have received two doses of the vaccine. We need as close to 100% as we can get to protect the very few people who can't have the vaccine due to medical complications. The only way to keep the virus from mutating is to…

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Thursday at 11 am – Hear the Candidates

The YEG Seniors Alliance and ESCC is hosting a virtual Mayoral Forum on  Thursday, August 19 at 11am. Any senior can send questions for the three candidates who are participating to: Office@edmontonseniorscentre.ca.The event is being moderated by Dr. Sheree Kwong See, former seniors advocate for the Province of Alberta. The participants were chosen via a poll we did in June with several hundred seniors, and we picked the top 4 candidates. One of the candidates who was chosen by the seniors, Mr. Nickel, declined our request.The participants are Kim Krushell, Michael Oshry, and Amarjeet Sohi.  This forum is a chance for seniors to hear what the candidates have to say about senior issues and concerns.  If you want to stream it to your smart TV, you can cast it from ESC's home YouTube to your smart TV or smart board. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-oC1GWB9nGaeO4ArBwNuyg/featured  …

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Register for the Edmonton’s Seniors Mayoral Forum

Please click here to register for the August 19th Mayoral Forum just for seniors. Hosted by former Seniors Advocate and University of Alberta Professor, Dr. Sheree Kwong See, the forum will begin at 11 am on Thursday, August 19th. Send in the questions you want to ask the following candidates:Michael Oshry -- Oshry's family moved to Edmonton, Canada from South Africa when he was a child. He has called the City home since them.  As a leader in building and development for 20 years, he understands business both large and small. He left the business community to become a City Councillor, representing Ward 5 from 2013 to 2017. His website: https://www.michaeloshry.ca/ Kim Krushell -- Former Edmonton city councillor Kim Krushell announced her decision to run for mayor on Jan. 27 in front of Edmonton City Hall.  Krushell was a…

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SAVE the Date Mayoral Forum

Thursday, August 19 at 11 am Online. Registration will be available next week. We are still taking questions for the mayoral candidates. Here's a chance to have your voice heard and to get answers about how the candidates view seniors and what the have to say about the issues seniors hold dear. We've already had a lot of great questions. Add your voice to the chorus! Hear with Mr. Sohi, Mr. Oshry, and Ms Krushell have to say about seniors and their concerns. Seniors helped build Edmonton. You are still an important part of the fabric our this City. Don't miss this chance to be heard!! Send questions to office@edmontonseniorscentre.ca This event is sponsored by ESC, the WSAC, ICAN (The YEG Alliance) and ESCC.

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Looking for Stories about Your Family Recipes

We are looking for seniors and their families to share beloved recipes and the stories that go with them. Did your family have a recipe that meant something special because it is tied to your heritage or a special family tradition? Please contact ESC and we can make it possible for you to share that with others. We have the recording equipment or you can write up the recipe and the story to share on our website. Let's age together by sharing special moments from our past that we want future generations to know about. Email: office@edmontonseniorscentre.ca

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When is ESC Opening?

So many of you have asked when ESC is opening because you are anxious to see each other. While we wish we had control over the pandemic, it is not over. We work within a continuing care facility that has to take extra steps to ensure the safety of their residents. As many of you know, the General lost 50 people to Covid, so they must act with the highest standards for duty of care. We are working with the General to ensure everyone is safe. One of the ways you can help with this is to get double vaccinated. As soon as the General gives us permission to open, it will take us several weeks to clean and prepare the spaces. We cannot ignore the fact that the Delta variant is spreading quickly…

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Vaccines and the Variants of Covid19

A Scottish study published in the Lancet medical journal on Monday showed that the risk of hospitalization from the Delta variant was approximately double that of the Alpha variant, especially in respondents with five or more severe medical comorbidities, e.g., diabetes, asthma, heart disease, cancer, and chronic kidney disease. Two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca‘s COVID-19 vaccine are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant Alpha variant, a study published on Wednesday showed. To protect yourself and your loved ones against Covid19 in all it's forms, continue wash your hands, wear a mask, and get vaccinated. The world is seeing the rise in the number of infections as the Delta variant takes a foothold. As we think out our neighbours, our first thoughts must be to protect them the same way we would…

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SCAM INSIGHTS – Seniors Scam Alerts

As many of you know, we are working hard on a Seniors Scam Alert website and soon we'll be sharing information on there, but until that is up and running I want to share some of the insights we are learning as we go through the process with the Edmonton Police Services and our wonder Focus Group Seniors. As we learn more about scams and scammers, we'll be listing it here, e.g., Scam Insights - Seniors Scam Alerts. This week's insight: Scammers have spelling and grammar checkers. Why don't they use it? Why do they send out information so full of mistakes? How to protect yourself? Delete any email that isn't from someone you know or whom you didn't contact. If it has mistakes, do not contact them. Answer: Because they know if the…

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The Variants of COVID19

There are variants of concern that are already in Alberta. While being double vaccinated will help guard against death and mitigate the illness caused by the variants, the vaccine is not 100% effective in keeping you from contracting COVID19 variants, e.g., the lambda and delta.

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