SENIORS SCENE: Many supports available to seniors during COVID-19 crisis

Grocery delivery, yard work, wellness checks available

During these very challenging times there are two valuable free-of-charge phone numbers to keep on hand.

Call 2-1-1 if you are a senior and you would like to be linked with a volunteer who can deliver groceries, medications and many other needs. If you are someone who would like to help a senior, call 2-1-1.

• Call 8-1-1 if you have health concerns and want to speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find information or connect you directly with a nurse or health professional.

• The City of White Rock has posted a list of community resources for seniors that you can access during the COVID-19 crisis. This list is regularly updated with new information. The City of White Rock wants to ensure that all of you stay healthy and informed. Check out www.whiterockcity.ca

• The Seniors Come Share Society continues to offer support for seniors in our community through their Better at Home Program. Support is available to seniors for day-to-day tasks like housekeeping, yard work, transportation, and grocery delivery. Call 604-531-2502.

• Unfortunately, in a crisis there are fraudsters preying on vulnerabilities spurred by this pandemic. Email and text message attacks have surged during the COVID-19 crisis. If you have been a victim of fraud, please contact the White Rock or Surrey RCMP. For more information on what scams are out there or to report a fraud, call 1-888-495-8501 (toll free).

or online at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm

• CARP – a new vision for aging in Canada website is updated with COVID-19 information with links to all government sources and assistance plus advice from doctors and others. Check out https://www.carp.ca/2020/03/13/covid-19-what-you-need-to-know/

• Sources Community Resources Society offers help, encouragement and hope for individuals in our community. If you are needing assistance in ordering and shopping for groceries, the Shop by Phone program is accepting grocery orders every two weeks with pre-payment by credit card. For more information, call 604-542-4357 or email at help@sourcesbc.ca

• If you would like a comfort call from Sources or know someone who would appreciate a call to check in and help relieve anxiety, call 604-542-4357 to register.

• The World Health Organization recommends that adults get 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five times per week. Now that the weather is getting warmer, try to go outside for some fresh air and a walk around your neighbourhood. Remember to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, or six feet, from others and if the location or area is too busy, find another spot to walk.

• We are all facing this crisis together. Let us all be assured there will be an end to it, and we will all come out stronger and wiser and ready to enjoy all the wonderful times to come. Be safe and stay well!

The Kent Street Activity Centre located at 1475 Kent St. is open to persons 55 years of age or better. For more information on activities, programs and volunteer opportunities please call the Centre at 604-541-2231.

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