Vibrant Living 50+

Welcome to Vibrant Living 50+, your go-to page for mature residents to engage in activities and making social connections.

Feeling isolated or unable to connect? Read on for many opportunities to connect, socialize and have some fun!

Vibrant Living 50+ Newsletter

The new Blackfalds FCSS Vibrant Living 50+ monthly newsletter is now available for the more vibrant residents in our community! Read the July Edition now.

To receive the Vibrant Living 50+ newsletter in your inbox, please subscribe here.

Want to know what's happening in the Town?

Subscribe to the monthly Talk of the Town Newsletter. This newsletter lists all the current news, events, programs, and more! You can now read the July edition online here.

If you wish to continue receiving the printed version of these newsletters, please contact FCSS at 403.600.9066.

Never miss an event!

Check out community events here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Alberta seniors now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

Alberta’s government will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to all seniors aged 75 and over province-wide.

The Town’s top priority is the health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees.

If you are feeling unwell, start experiencing a fever or cough, even if it is mild, please:

  • Self-isolate yourself immediately and call 8-1-1.
  • Do not go to emergency, medical clinic or your doctor’s office.
  • Health Link officials at 8-1-1 will arrange testing.

More COVID-19 information

Covid-19 Seniors and Housing Q & A

Vibrant Programs

Due to provincial health restrictions, we are limited in what we can offer for in-person programs. However, this also helps us prepare some exciting upcoming ones! Stay tuned for the next programs such as yoga and walking groups, as well as, physically distanced social opportunities.
 
A special Thank You to Lacombe County FCSS for funding these worthwhile programs!
 
If you would like to access the Friendly Caller Program, Intergenerational Pen Pal Program, or Snow Angel Program please fill out the Residents Application Form by clicking here or stop by the FCSS office to pick up a copy.

Feeling Isolated?

Social isolation really affects the health and well-being of everyone, but it is especially difficult for our more vulnerable population.
If you need help, our FCSS team is standing by!

There are also various support groups available for you to reach out to such as community churches, neighbours, friends, and family.

Blackfalds Cheemo Club

The Cheemo Club welcomes fellow residents 50+ to join them weekly in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Blackfalds Community Centre.

Annual Membership $10 + $1 drop-in fee
Complimentary coffee, tea and snacks are provided.

In light of the continued restrictions and concerns relating to the coronavirus pandemic, the Cheemo Club has decided to pause all programming until the Fall of 2021.

For more information contact Cheemo Club President Phyllis Butt at 403.885.0121

 

 

Vibrant Recreation

Drop-In Pickleball

The Abbey Centre offers drop-in activities in the Field House every week. Drop-in and play some pickleball with your friends Mon-Fri from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$2 Track Admission

Due to the popularity of our $2 track only option that we offered last winter, we are happy to announce that starting Oct. 1st we will once again have this available to our members and guests.  This option will remain in place for the season until May 1, 2021.

Participants will be given a different wristband than All Access Users and the wristband will be good for the track only at any time throughout that day. No specified times.

For your convenience, we also have a $20 track only punch-pass available so you don't have to keep using your coffee change!

For more information about the Abbey Centre including hours, rates & admissions please visit https://www.blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/abbey-centre or contact Abbey Centre Guest Services at 403.885.4039 or email guestservices@blackfalds.com.

Week to Wellness

Sign out a week's pass to the Abbey Centre with your library membership!
Passes available for Senior, Adult, Child, Youth, Teen and Family!

Blackfalds Public Library
Lower Level, Civic Cultural Centre
5018 Waghorn Street
403.885.2343

Seniors Financial Assistance Programs

If you are age 65 or older and have lived in Canada for 10 or more years, you can apply for the Old Age Security benefit (OAS). You can make your application six months before you turn 65, and are encouraged to complete an annual income tax return in order to avoid any processing delays. Canadians with low incomes who already receive the OAS can apply for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). Visit www.esdc.gc.ca/en/cpp/oas/index.page for more info.

Old Age Security

The Old Age Security pension is a monthly payment available to most Canadians aged 65 or older. You must apply to receive benefits. If you meet the eligibility requirements you may be entitled to receive the Old Age Security pension even if you are still working or have never worked.

Guaranteed Income Supplement

The Guaranteed Income Supplement provides additional money, on top of the Old Age Security pension, to low-income seniors living in Canada. To be eligible for the GIS benefit, you must be receiving the Old Age Security pension and meet income requirements based on the income tax from the previous year.

Alberta Seniors Benefit

The Alberta Seniors Benefit is a monthly benefit paid to seniors to provide support in addition to the federal benefits received under Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement. It is based on income and provides monthly benefits to eligible seniors. For more info visit: www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/seniors/seniors-benefit-program.html

Special Needs Assistance for Seniors

The Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program provides financial assistance to eligible seniors with low income toward the cost of some appliances, and specific health and personal supports. The program provides a lump-sum payment for eligible expenses. The maximum assistance available is $5,105 in a benefit year (July 1 to June 30). Go to www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/seniors/special-needs-assistance.html for more info.

Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors

The Dental Assistance for Seniors program is based on income and provide low to moderate income seniors with financial assistance for basic dental that help maintain a reasonable level of dental health. The program provides up to $5,000 of coverage per person every five years.

The Optical Assistance for Seniors program is based on income and provides low- to moderate- income seniors with assistance up to $230 toward the purchase of prescription eyeglasses every three years.

Visit www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/seniors/dental-optical-assistance.html for more info.