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A word from the Executive Director

As we prepared to hit send on the year-end e-bulletin, we learned that COVID-19 outbreaks and the threat of the new Omicron variant mean physical distance and gathering limits are returning and mask requirements are being tightened across Nova Scotia.

We’d like to thank the many individuals working hard on the front lines and behind the scenes to keep Nova Scotians safe. We wish to recognize volunteers who show up to support neighbours and strangers alike, offering everything from a hot meal to a friendly call, helping individuals stay connected. We want to offer comfort to those who are struggling and remind them resources are available – a call to 211 night or day can help find a path forward.

We also want to celebrate the resilience, share the strength, and elevate the voice of older adults, who know from past challenges that this too shall pass.

Stay well everyone. Have a safe and peaceful holiday season. We will get through this, together.

- Helen MacDonnell

Community Links Celebrates 30 Years
 
2022 will mark the 30th anniversary of Community Links. Over the past 30 years, we are proud to have engaged with older adults across the province on topics ranging from falls prevention to volunteerism, mental health, and age friendly communities. We look forward to continuing our work of bringing individuals and organizations together to collectively work on ensuring older adults are active, engaged and valued, knowing social connection is the number one indicator of long term health. 
 
2022 Calendar
Our 2022 calendar is now available and being distributed across the province. Find out where to pick one up by calling your Community Links Regional Coordinator (find contact information here), or call us at (902) 422-0914 to request one (or more!) by mail.
 
Accessibility in Community
One recent project we would like to highlight is the Age-Friendly in Focus Photovoice project with the PEACH Research Unit at Dalhousie University. Over the past two years, this project used photography to start a conversation about accessibility, inclusion, and age-friendly communities. We will be publishing a photobook including photos from the project, stories, and original illustrations in April 2022. Hard copies will be available in public libraries, recreation centres, community centres and more; the digital copy will be available on our website.

We are also happy to introduce our new Regional Coordinator for Annapolis/Kings/West Hants, Belinda Tupper. Belinda brings first-hand knowledge of rural living, a passion for healthy aging and experience working with non-profits, as an entrepreneur and in various departments of the federal and provincial government. We welcome Belinda and look forward to working with her and each of you in support of aging well in Nova Scotia over the coming year.
COVID-19 Update

This year, 83% of Nova Scotians received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 80% are fully vaccinated. Among Nova Scotians aged 50 and up the vaccination rate is over 90% (Covid19tracker.ca). The vaccines are effective at reducing the spread of and serious illness due to COVID-19. Despite this, new variants have continued to emerge, and it is still important to wear masks, social distance, and wash our hands often.

Restrictions on gatherings and physical distancing will be returning to combat the Omicron variant, which has been confirmed present in Nova Scotia. Effective Friday, December 17th, restrictions will include two-metre distancing between groups indoors and outdoors, limiting informal gatherings to 20 people or fewer, and a limit of two visitors at a time for long-term care residents. You can find the full list of restrictions here.

On November 17th, the province of Nova Scotia announced that some people will be eligible for a third booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. You are eligible if any of the following apply to you:
  • You are 60 or older
  • You are a frontline healthcare worker or community healthcare worker who works directly with patients
  • You are a designated caregiver for a resident of a long-term care facility
  • You are immunocompromised and received a third dose
  • You are a resident of a long-term care facility
  • You received 2 doses of AstraZeneca or the 1-dose Janssen vaccine.
If you are eligible, you can book yours at https://novascotia.ca/vaccination or by calling 1-833-797-7772.
Stay up to date with the latest news on COVID-19 mandates and vaccination information at novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

The Rural Transportation Association is offering $5 round-trip rides to vaccination appointments. Book your vaccine, then click here to book your ride at least 24 hours in advance.
 
Work with us!
Community Links is hiring a Regional Coordinator for Colchester/East Hants.


This is a part-time position at 15 hours weekly. Regional Coordinators spark connections and facilitate collaboration among representatives of senior's clubs, senior-serving organizations, business, government and individuals who address issues of aging well, including physical and mental health, active living, social connection, and ageism. Our regionally based Aging Well Together Coalitions offer members opportunities to learn, share resources and increase their impact.

Position Scope: To support and facilitate the work of Community Links in fulfilling its mission, vision, and strategic priorities in the region, including the support of Aging Well Together Coalitions. Must be able to work independently and collaboratively.
Click here to download the full posting.

Apply by email only with resume and cover letter to Helen MacDonnell, Executive Director, at admin@nscommunitylinksca
Grants and Funding
CUA Bank Community Investment Grant Program
 
CUA is in the business of banking, which is why it believes in making investments that make an impact. CUA is committed to strengthening the financial health of Nova Scotians while also contributing to projects and initiatives that make our communities and economy stronger. Each year, CUA provides direct funding to individuals, organizations, small businesses and social enterprises as part of its Community Investment Grant Program. The annual grant typically launches in January of each year, with funding awarded in March. 
Eligibility:
  • Applications have to be received prior to the deadline via the online submission form at cua.com/grants.
  • Applicants must operate in Nova Scotia, employing one or more Nova Scotian residents and either serving Nova Scotians or selling products and services anywhere in the world from their Nova Scotia headquarters.
  • Funds must be used within the same calendar year and must not be used for staffing, administrative or operational costs such as wages, rent, heat, electricity or maintenance.
  • Applicants must not have previously received funds through the Community Investment Grant Program.
  Click here to learn more.
 
Provincial Seniors Care Grant: Apply for help with household costs
 
The Seniors Care Grant helps low-income seniors with the cost of household services (like snow removal, grocery delivery, lawn care and small home repairs). Grants are up to $500 for each household. You can apply until 31 May 2022.
To qualify, you must be 65 or older in 2021 and meet all of the following criteria:
  • have a total household income of $37,500 or less
  • live independently in your home (you’re not living with a caregiver, other than a spouse or partner)
  • own a home (your name is on the property title) or have a residential lease agreement with your name on it
  • have paid for household services between 1 January 2021 and 30 November 2022
Click here to learn more and apply.
 
Training Opportunity
Recreation Nova Scotia is offering the HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Aging Trainer's Certification course in January. This course is designed for those responsible for training staff in a single organization or for anyone interested in training recreation professionals and volunteers on the Principles of Healthy Aging more broadly. Principles of Healthy Aging course trainers will be certified to teach the Principles of Healthy Aging one-day course, which provides insights into the unique needs of older adults participating in recreation or leisure activities. Its principles—Mastery, Play, Participation, Friendship, and having A Caring Leader—have demonstrated success in encouraging older adults to participate consistently in physical activity. The training will also address ageism, program planning, the role that physical literacy plays in sustained long-term health, and the impact of social connectedness on mental and physical well-being and a better quality of life.
The trainer's certification course will take place over two days and cost $50.
To register, contact Debbie Bauld:
dbauld@recreationns.ns.ca
902 497-2805 (cell)
March of Dimes Canada and Brain Injury NS are thrilled to invite people to join them for a one-day LIVE summit featuring community partners and engaging speakers. This event is targeted to health care professionals, community leaders, caregivers, people with disabilities, stroke survivors, and people living with acquired brain injuries.

January 13, 2022 9AM-5PM at the St. Andrews Community Centre, Halifax

THERE IS NO COST TO ATTEND – space is limited due to capacity limits,
click here to register.
Helpful Holiday Hints
Many people exchange gifts this time of year, but the best gifts don't have to cost the most. Here are some ideas for inexpensive or free gifts for loved ones:
  • Teach a skill. Do you knit or crochet? Know how to build birdhouses? Spend some time with your loved one and pass on that knowledge.
  • Dedicate a book. Gift a book you've read that your loved one might like and write a personal note on the inside cover.
  • Recipe cards. Write out a family recipe your loved ones always request for you to make. If you can, get the cards laminated so they don't get dirty while cooking.
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