SENIORS WEEK begins June 7, 2021


June 10th the Injury Prevention Centre of the University of Alberta and the Alberta Association of Optometrists is hosting a free webinar -  go to External link opens in new tab or windowfindingbalancealberta.ca for details of the Finding Balance Campaign 2021, have questions answered and check out the resources available.

 

COVID-19 Information

 

The Okotoks and District Seniors Club will keep you informed of changes as they happen.  Stay informed as much as possible by  going to reliable sources such as External link opens in new tab or windowwww.okotoks.ca for local updates or External link opens in new tab or windowwww.alberta.ca/covidab for provincial updates. With isolation and social distancing it is important for everyone to practice self-care.  Wellness is important for us to get through this pandemic.  The Okotoks Covid-19 numbers are rising - please be safe, stay healthy, and keep in touch with loved ones and those living alone or ill. 


The latest gathering restrictions (as of May 3, 2021) - all indoor social gatherings are prohibited.  Outdoor social gatherings can have up to 5 people with 2 metre physical distancing between households.  This will be enforced with $2,000 fines.


Mandatory restrictions, province-wide, effective January 18, 2021:

    - Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum and must not have an indoor component;  backyard gatherings that require

      movement in/out of homes are not permitted & attendees should remain distanced at all times and follow all public health measures.


Mandatory restriction, province-wide, effective December 8, 2020:

     - All indoor social gatherings are prohibited - public and private

     - Close contacts are limited to household members only

     - People who live alone can have up to 2 close contacts; these must be the same two contacts throughout the duration of the restriction; if the

       close contacts do not live alone, visits cannot be held at their home; single parents who only live with their children under 18 are permitted to

       have up to 2 close contacts

     - This restriction does not apply to co-parenting arrangements; service visits from caregivers, health or childcare providers (childcare can

       include providing post-partum support for new mothers; parents are allowed to remain in the home while another person is there to provide

       childcare services); home maintenance and repairs; mutual support group meetings.


Resources:

   Local services:  External link opens in new tab or windowOkotoks services and information

                             External link opens in new tab or windowOkotoks social support services

   Alberta:  External link opens in new tab or windowwww.distresscentre.com for general information, or their External link opens in new tab or windowcontact page



Rules for each activity during Covid-19


We want everyone who enters the Club to stay safe and healthy.  Do not come to the Club when you are ill, whether it's Covid-19, the flu or a cold.


Before entering the building you must answer "No" to all the screening questions as detailed by the Alberta Health Services - which are:. 

   1.  Do you have any new onset (or worsening) of any of the following symptoms:  fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills, painful swallowing, runny nose/nasal congestion, feeling unwell/fatigued, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, unexplained lack of appetite, loss of sense of taste or smell, muscle/joint aches, headache, conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

   2.  Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

   3.  Have you had close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days?

   4.  Have you had close contact with a symptomatic close contact of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days?

If you answered "Yes" to any of the above you are not permitted to visit the building.  Note "close contact" is face-to-face contact within 2 meters.


The entrance to the building is now solely for entering the building.  Each activity/area has it's own exit doors - when leaving the building use the exit doors for that area.


The kitchens are unavailable so bring your own water - coffee and tea will not be made.


The bathrooms are available for one person only at a time. Before leaving the bathroom, wash and sanitize your hands and use the towel you used to open the door then drop it in the wastebasket at the door on your way out.


Social distancing rules are in effect at all times throughout the building.  This will mean that some activities will be conducted in a somewhat different format (i.e. cards) and the number of people attending an activity will be modified - contact the Coordinator for specifics and to pre-register (details below).


The Library is unavailable - do not bring books to drop off.


Additionally, every person entering the building must:

   1.  Be wearing a mask, which is to be worn at all times while in the building (exercise and dance may take their mask/shield off when actively exercising/dancing) - Note that as of October 26th the mandatory mask ruling as set forth by the Town of Okotoks and AHS has been revised in that only masks are to be worn, no shields.  For all activities you must keep your cloth mask on throughout the time you at the Club; the only exception being during the fitness classes and dance your mask may be removed.  This is in effect for the next 30 days or until further notice.  Also be aware that the mask must cover your mouth and your nose.

   2.  Sanitize your hands after entering.

Also:

   3.  Bring your own water, coffee or tea in a sealed container;

   4.  Bring exact change (loonies and toonies only please - we will not be making change);

   5.  If needed for your activity, bring your own pen and do not share;

   6.  Bring your own Kleenex tissues.

   7.  Do not bring any food for yourself or others;

   8.  The cloakroom is unavailable, so all personal items (i.e. sweater, coat, jacket, purse) must remain on the back of your chair.  Be aware that we must keep the air circulation on at all times, so come prepared.  .

   9. When taking part in an activity you must stay within the area of that activity throughout your participation in it.  Do not wander into other areas of the facility.  All socializing other than in the activity must be done outside the building.


You must pre-register for each activity, and no later than the day prior to the activity.  NO DROP INS.  To pre-register contact the Activity Coordinator or Assistant by phone or email:

     Bridge - Tuesday Coordinator is Ed, 403-982-0926 or thomev@telus.net; Thursday Coordinator is Gary, 403-938-7470 or gmmcneil@shaw.ca

     Canasta - Coordinator is Pauline, 403-982-1217

     Cribbage - Coordinator is Sharon, 403-938-7823

     Gentle Fitness and Not So Traditional Yoga - Coordinator s Beverly, 403-589-4441

     Knitting - Coordinator is Val, 403-982-0926

     Line Dancing - Assistant is Jane, 780-864-9311

     Mahjongg - Coordinator is Faye, green-faye@live.ca

     Pool - Coordinator is Blair, 403-603-3325

     Time for a Visit - Coordinator is Birgit, 403-995-1672 or birgitb@telus.net

     Video Exercise - Coordinator is Sheila, sdwolfe@telus.net

     Wii Bowling - Coordinator is Lyn, 403-461-1541

To check when each activity is scheduled to be re-started go to Upcoming Events.


Online Memory and Aging Program - Free Online Course


Join Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr. Cameron Clark for this 5-week virtual course that focuses on how our memory changes as we age, and what we can do for better memory.  Designed for older adults experiencing age-related changes in memory, or anyone interested in how memory processes change as we age.  Course includes participant workbook.  Funded by the Government of Canada, New Horizons for Seniors Program.


Course Code:  14044                          Course Dates:  Tuesdays, April 13 - May 11, 2021                            Course Time:  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.                            Cost:  Free

Registration Dates:   April 1 - Okotoks Residents & Foothills County

                                  April 8 - Non-residents

To register:   External link opens in new tab or windowGo to www.activeokotoks.ca, or

                     Call (403) 938-8954, or

                      In person at the Okotoks Recreation Centre (99 Okotoks Drive)


The Town of Okotoks Resilient Okotoks: Climate Action Plan online engagement survey email:


"Hello Okotoks and District Seniors Club Members,


Residents of the Town of Okotoks have identified the actions that will help our town reach the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.


Now, it's time to determine which actions we should do first, and why.  External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://resilientokotoks.ethelo.net/.


Help decide the most important actions for Okotoks' buildings & energy, transportation & planning, waste, ecosystems, local food, health, wellness, preparedness and water conservation & management!  We especially value your input on the health & wellness section because older adults have a valuable opinion on how to stay safe during extreme weather events.


Please click now to participate in creating the Resilient Okotoks: Climate Action Plan:  External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://resilientokotoks.ethelo.net/.


Thank you and stay well,


Rosheen Tetzlaff

Town of Okotoks, Project Assistant, Environment & Sustainability

5 Elizabeth Street, PO Box 20, Okotoks, AB  T1S 1K1

Phone:  403-995-2798; email: rtezlaff@okotoks.ca"