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Volume 18, No., February 2022
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Nova Scotia’s province-wide COVID-19 public health restrictions will be lifted  March 21, 2022.

For more information on the provincial reopening plan go to
https://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/
 
Aging Well Together for 30 Years!
 

As we mark our 30th anniversary and move beyond COVID-19, we want to explore Resilience through Connection and highlight how individuals and communities remain resilient despite challenges. To kick off the year, Community Links is pleased to host Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy, founder of the Fountain of Health, for a one-hour webinar entitled Staying Connected for Optimal Aging.
This free webinar will help people midlife and older learn how to optimize aging and will offer ways to reduce the stress and isolation of the pandemic. The Fountain of Health Association is a national non-profit sharing the science of well-being to help people apply it their own lives.  
 
Learn more about the Fountain of Health at www.fountainofhealth.ca or info@fountainofhealth.ca.
 
Staying Connected for Optimal Aging will be held March 22, 1:00 PM via Zoom.  Register for the session here  The project is supported by the New Horizons for Seniors program.
PROGRAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES


Last Chance to Submit a Nomination for Canada’s Volunteer Awards 2021

Do you know an outstanding individual, not-for-profit organization, social enterprise or socially responsible business which has made a significant contribution in improving the lives of others in their community through volunteering? Help them get the recognition they deserve.  Click here to nominate a deserving volunteer. The deadline for nominations is March 4, 2022.
SEEKING INPUT

Help Improve Dementia Care

Identifying and Understanding Gaps in Dementia Care in Nova Scotia is recruiting individuals to participate in a province-wide survey that will identify the current needs of persons with dementia and explore ways in which telehealth and virtual supports can be used to improve care.
The survey is open to Nova Scotians with dementia living in the community, their caregivers, family members and care partners. It is also open to Nova Scotia Health healthcare professionals who provide care to people living with dementia. To participate or learn more, contact Lindsey Pedicab, research coordinator at 902-473-4263 or via e-mail at Lindsey.Puddicombe@nshealth.ca.
 
Social Marketing Survey re Accessing Help for Mental Health and Addictions

The Department of Health and Wellness is leading the development of a social marketing campaign aimed at addressing barriers that Nova Scotians – in particular men – have to seeking help for mental health and addictions. 
Contact healthpromotion@novascotia.ca  for more information, or complete the anonymous survey  here .
 

Pilot Study on Everyday Well-being

Statistics Canada, in collaboration with Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage, is conducting a Pilot Study on Everyday Well-being. The survey will run January 10 to March 31, 2022. This project uses a new mobile-phone application called Vitali-T-Stat to test a new way of collecting data.
The study asks Canadians in-the-moment questions about their activities and feelings. The goal is to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence well-being, particularly via arts and culture activities. The data will provide insight on the connections between activities and well-being and could be used to develop programs that enhance people’s lives. Learn more here.
 
Men's Mental Health Peer Support Group
 
The Healthy Minds Cooperative hosts a virtual Men's Mental Health Peer Support Group every second Wednesday.  It’s a place for men to speak openly in a peer-based, reassuring setting, offering support and education about mental health challenges through the knowledge and experience of others who have 'been there'.
 
To register please email Brad or call 902-404-3504 ext. 201. For more information on Healthy Minds Cooperative programs visit their website.
 
After Stroke Support

The March of Dimes is offering a free After Stroke Program.  If you know of a stroke survivor or caregiver who needs support with setting goals and navigating what comes next in their recovery please visit Online Support Programs | March of Dimes Canada.    
 
Along with goal setting and referral to community-based supports, there are virtual programs including peer support for stroke survivors, exercise programs, Aphasia peer support, educational opportunities, and cognitive based programs.
FUNDING PROGRAMS

Housing Nova Scotia offers several programs to help seniors with lower incomes maintain and modify their homes to ensure they are safe and affordable. For details visit
https://housing.novascotia.ca/programs/housing-programs-seniors

Nova Scotians 65 and older can apply for a new Seniors Care Grant to help individuals remain in their own homes longer. The grant provides up to $500 for eligible seniors who need help around their homes. Services include snow removal, small household repairs, lawn care, grocery delivery and other needs. To qualify, older Nova Scotians must live independently in a home they own or rent and have an annual household income of $37,500 or less.                             

The application is available at www.novascotia.ca/seniorscaregrant. Print copies are available at Access Nova Scotia Centres and MLA offices, or by calling 1-800-670-4357. Deadline is May 31, 2022, and funds can be used through November 30, 2022.
 
Capital Grant for Community Recreation

The Community Recreation Capital Grant  provides funds toward small indoor and outdoor capital recreation projects less than $20,000.  Projects include the renovation and expansion of existing community recreation facilities, such as a roof replacement or a playground component, or the development of new small-scale facilities.  See the Guidelines for more details and requirements, and recent updates that consider the impact of COVID-19 on community groups’ funds.  Applications opens April 1, 2022.
 
COVID-19 UPDATES

Stop the Spread and Stay Safe Program


Through the Canadian Red Cross, in partnership with Health Canada and provincial and territorial authorities, eligible non-profits and charities can apply to receive free take-home rapid antigen tests and masks to distribute to their personnel and the people they serve, in addition to the workplace screening program.

The goal is to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by providing individuals and families with an additional tool to help manage their risks and health decisions during the pandemic, in addition to getting vaccinated and following other public health measures. For more information on this program and to apply please visit the Canadian Red Cross website.
 
Stay up to date with Federal and Nova Scotian  information and updates on COVID-19 and please, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe.
 
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