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This holiday season, I would like all of us to think of seniors who are alone or isolated, possibly without family or social connections, and how we might support them.
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised social isolation challenges. Many seniors are unable to participate in events and celebrate the holidays with family, friends, and neighbours as they have in the past.
Reducing social isolation is important always, but especially during this holiday season. There are unprecedented impacts and barriers for many Albertans, especially seniors, due to COVID‑19.
My ministry works with many partners throughout the province to encourage, support, and highlight initiatives to reduce social isolation.
Over the holiday, I ask you to connect with seniors you know who are isolated or unable to visit friends and family. It could be an older neighbour down the street or a family friend you know is living alone.
Sharing our greeting card
My ministry has a holiday greeting that you can download (PDF, 311 KB). Use it to share a warm holiday greeting with seniors via email, or even drop it off in a mailbox – the old-fashioned way of sending holiday greetings. I encourage you to promote it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
Be safe together
Making a small gesture
In the spirit of giving and generosity – and as a long, challenging year draws to a close – let’s reach out to seniors who may be alone, and who would welcome a thoughtful card or a helping hand to shovel a driveway.
These are small gestures, but the more we reach out to those who are isolated, the more we come together.
Seniors who are looking for support should reach out to 211 Alberta, which is a helpline and online database of Alberta’s community and social services. They can be reached anytime by dialling 2-1-1, texting INFO to 211 or visiting their website to live chat. 211 Alberta is answered and updated by highly trained specialists – all of their services are free, confidential and available 24/7.
If you or a senior requires additional support, consider calling one or more of the following: