The Snow Angel Program is a volunteer program that supports Blackfalds residents who require assistance to clear their snowy driveway and/or walkway. Since this is a volunteer program, residents are not obligated to pay. Blackfalds residents are eligible for the program when they meet the following criteria:
Have a temporary or permanent condition or disability
Have no other capable members residing in your home
Interested senior residents in need of the program can contact Blackfalds FCSS to be matched with a Snow Angel at 403.885.6360 or email@example.com
Friendly Caller Program
Friendly Caller Volunteers will support seniors and those feeling isolated and lonely by providing a friendly ear, positive conversation, and companionship through informal phone calls to help with depression, loneliness, anxiety, isolation and overall enhance one’s well-being.
Stay tuned for more information!
A special thank you to Lacombe County FCSS for funding these worthwhile programs!
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.
There will be no activities Feb 15, Apr 2, 5, 22, May 6, 24 and Jun 18.
For more information contact Cheemo Club President Phyllis Butt at 403.885.0121
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!
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.