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Volume 17, No.6 July 2021
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Community Links is Recruiting Volunteer
Board Members

 
Joining the Community Links Board of Directors offers an opportunity to inspire change and provide governance to the organization. You will influence Community Links in dynamic ways and help ensure older Nova Scotians are seen, heard and valued. If you or someone you know may be interested, find the full details at https://nscommunitylinks.ca/now-recruiting-board-members/, or contact Executive Director Helen MacDonnell at  director@nscommunitylinks.ca or 902-422-0914. Applications accepted until August 8.
 
The 41st Nova Scotia Provincial General Election has been called for August 17, 2021. Find information on candidates, voting information, COVID considerations, register to vote or check if you are registered at https://electionsnovascotia.ca/ or by calling Call Elections Nova Scotia at 1-800-565-1504 or TTY 1-866-774-7074.
Stay up to date with provincial COVID-19 news and restrictions and vaccination information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
 
COVID-19 Vaccines
Nova Scotia has updated its COVID-19 immunization plan. Appointments for first and second doses are available across the province for anyone 12 years or older. Walk-in appointments may also be available. Learn more: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/book-your-vaccination-appointment/.
Nova Scotians who are unable to attend a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in their community because of significant health and mobility challenges are able to receive their vaccination at home. Request an in-home appointment by calling 211. Vaccines will be administered by Nova Scotia Health following a screening process to confirm eligibility. In-home vaccinations are being administered in July and August.

The Rural Transportation Association is offering $5 round trip door-to-door rides to vaccination appointments. The community-based member network includes rural service provider organizations throughout Nova Scotia that offer door-to-door rides. Round trip cost is $5. Most providers require booking at least 24 hours in advance. Find a ride at: https://ruralrides.ca/find-a-ride/
VIRTUAL VILLAGE 
The Nova Scotia Network for Social Change is excited to be hosting Connecting through the Arts: Stories on Aging and Intergenerational Connection series. To be able to attend, you must be a part of the Facebook group for NSN4SC members and change-makers - make sure to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1399246570474085

Senior Empowerment Sessions are being presented by the Valley Anti-Racism Association, Hants Senior Safety, and Injury Free Nova Scotia, funded by the West Hants/Uniacke and Cobequid Community Health Board Wellness Funds. Sessions will be hosted virtually from July 19th, 2021 to August 27th 2021 with recorded videos posted every Monday on the Facebook Group and live Q&A sessions with professionals every Friday. To pre register for the sessions please contact Karen Crowe at hantsseniorsafety@gmail.com, or at (902) 798-7173.

Are you a senior living in the community? Would you enjoy a little fun and friendship with other seniors, singing, dancing, creating? Art Larks! is for you! Led by artists from across NS (and beyond, with NS connections), Art Larks! seeks to bring seniors together for music, visual arts, poetry, dance, and laughter.

Since June, free, virtual programs, both live and pre-recorded, have been available for seniors living in community. Although created for Antigonish residents, seniors from across the province and farther afield are welcome. Registration is required; once registered, the link will be made available.Contact Rachel Power for more information or register . rcpeastcoast@gmail.com or artshealthantigonish@gmail.com
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 
EMERGENCY SUPPORT FOR NON-PROFIT RECREATION FACILITIES

Nova Scotia is investing $1 million in COVID-19 related emergency support for non-profit owned and operated recreation facilities across Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities Culture, and Heritage.

The fund will assist with operational expenses to ensure that facilities can continue to operate or to reopen. Eligible facilities will be assessed on their overhead costs in relation to their revenue loss to determine funding support. Deadline is Friday August 6.
For more details click here.
EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Call for Nominations 2021
Are you a committed, passionate person? Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference, educate, and help prevent elder abuse across Canada? The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) is looking to fill a few positions on its Board of Directors. The deadline to apply is August 7th. Click here for more information.

The Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project is currently conducting the 2SLGBTQIA+ seniors long-term care wants and needs survey to better understand the unique wants and needs for queer and trans seniors in their care arrangements. If you are a rainbow community member over 55, are a professional care worker, or caregiver for a 2SLGBTQIA+ senior, then they want to hear from you.

This project aims to gather information on the issues that 2-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Agender, Non-Binary, and other seniors under the rainbow umbrella face with aging.NSRAP is developing information to share with long-term care facilities, caregivers, and the community in support of 2SLGBTQIA+ seniors living in Nova Scotia.

The survey data collected is entirely anonymous. All questions are optional. Information collected will only be displayed as statistical information.

Comments will only be used with consent. Click here to take the survey, or contact outreach@NSRAP.ca

A Community Podcast Project for Older Women inviting women ages 65+ who live with financial insecurity to participate in a research project. Participants will take part in ten weeks of online workshops to produce up to three pilot podcast episodes.
 
For more information contact Kelly O’Neil at x2019epk@stfx.ca or visit https://www.olderwomenpodcasting.com/
 
The  Planning for Equity, Accessibility, and Community Health (PEACH) Research Unit at Dalhousie School of Planning is excited to introduce Candid Access, an online map of crowdsourced photos and information on accessible and inaccessible public spaces across Nova Scotia. 
Community members are invited to share photos to the Candid Access map. You will be contributing to research that aims to improve and encourage accessible community design as well as helping to build awareness and public knowledge of accessibility in Nova Scotia through a publicly available online resource.
Find more information at About Candid Access. You can also see the Terms and Conditions of using Candid Access. Email peach@dal.ca for more information or call 902-424-4877 or 1-866-206-6844 (toll free).

With support from the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors, Aging2 Halifax has launched a Seniors Virtual Adviser Program. This free program matches senior-led businesses and non-profits with experienced Virtual Advisors, who will help these organizations recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and thrive. Learn more about the program and register online at https://www.boomersplus.com/nova-scotia-seniors-virtual-adviser-program/  

Digital Nova Scotia is offering Tech Shy to Tech Savvy, a no-charge program designed to help individuals improve their digital literacy skills. The interactive virtual sessions allow participants to join from the comfort of their home, while learning how to:
  • Understand communications tech, its impact, and how to connect.
  • Be safe with personal information, protect privacy and data and learn safe digital habits.
  • Create a social media presence and understand different platforms.
  • Efficiently use applications such as Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
Two programs are being offered this summer: Online in the Digital Age: Getting Comfortable and Being Productive and Connecting in a Digital Age. For more information or to register visit https://digitalnovascotia.com/portfolio-items/tech-shy-to-tech-savvy/
 
SAVE THE DATE
Alzheimers Nova Scotia looks forward to hosting its virtual conference on October 28, 2021. Stay tuned for program details & registration in August. Visit their website at https://alzheimer.ca/ns
 
Stay up to date with Federal and Provincial information and updates on COVID-19 and please, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe.
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