January 22nd, 2021

Resources for Coaldale seniors

By Submitted Article on January 30, 2020.

Group provides information, companionship for seniors

Taralynn Craig



One day I was trying to research information on the Net about senior services. I found it was a laborious task. I decided to see what other communities in Alberta offered seniors for resources. I discovered many communities had a Seniors Advisory Council Committee and went about developing a board with four objectives. I modelled this group on current committees in Red Deer, Strathmore and Medicine Hat.

Presently, the Coaldale Senior Advisory Committee has the following on our board: Cindy Lauwen, FCSS; Kori Kuryvial, FCSS; Myrna Moulton, Senior Centre; Dothlyn McFarlane, Coaldale Public Library; Cindy Hoffman, Town of Coaldale; Cherie Birch, Remax; Joanne Fiest, Remax; and myself, Taralynn Craig.

Our first objective is to survey our seniors to ascertain their wants and needs. We have a 10-question survey that is available around town for seniors to complete and return to the Town of Coaldale. Once we have a fair representation from our seniors, our board will ask for a meeting with town council to address these needs.

Our second objective is to provide seniors with a resource handbook. Our committee has been gathering information specifically tailored to their needs. We hope to collaborate with Kate Andrews High School media students to produce a spiffy cover page and well-organized layout. This will be a comprehensive list of emergency numbers and services available to seniors in Coaldale.

Our third objective is our most important goal. With a generous donation from McDonald’s we provide coffee and cookies for a monthly gathering at the Coaldale Seniors’ Centre at 10 a.m. every third Wednesday of the month. We have a presenter come to our “Coffee Time” providing informative information to seniors with presenters booked until January 2021. We hope to obtain funding so we can offer free rides to our coffee group in order that we reach those seniors who are shut in. Our February Coffee Time will be on the topic of “Online Privacy.” On March 18 we will have someone speak from the Better Business Bureau. Look for the bright orange posters around town for more information.

Our fourth objective is to participate in Alberta’s Seniors Week. Each year the government sets aside a week to honour seniors. 2020 will be Coaldale’s first celebration of this special week. We have many activities and information sessions planned. We will be collaborating with many agencies and businesses to provide a fun week for our Coaldale seniors. We look forward to seeing you during the first week of June.

We hope to get the word out about our Coffee and Cookies morning presentation. We have been enjoying ourselves while learning beneficial information. Again, this takes place every third Wednesday of the month at the Coaldale Seniors’ Centre, 1806 21 Ave., at 10 a.m. (Feb. 19, March 18 and April 15). Bring your smile and join the Coaldale Seniors’ Advisory Committee for an hour of companionship and information.

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