NEWS

SCONA NEWS 

PLEASE, PLEASE STAY HOME!!

THOSE ARE VERY DIFFICULT WORDS TO SAY, AND TO HEAR. WE HAVE ALL HAD A VERY HARD TIME AT SCONA STOPPING WITH THE HUGS, NEVER MIND STAYING AWAY FROM EACH OTHER ALL TOGETHER! BUT, WE MUST DO IT!! YOU MAY FIND THAT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU FEEL VERY LONELY AND ALONE DURING THE CURRENT COVID-19 CRISIS, BUT YOU ARE NOT.  SCONA REMAINS VERY MUCH HERE FOR YOU! MANY OF YOU HAVE REFERRED TO SCONA AS YOUR SECOND FAMILY AND FAMILY SUPPORTS ONE ANOTHER THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES.

ALTHOUGH WE HAVE HAD TO STOP ALL ACTIVITIES AT SCONA, IN THE COMMUNITY, AND AT KENILWORTH AND RITCHIE HALLS, WE CONTINUE TO BE AT YOUR SERVICE MONDAY TO FRIDAY. ASHLEY AND MARIA WILL CONTINUE TO WORK FROM SCONA, AND CATHY AND SADIE ARE WORKING FROM HOME. WE WILL ALL WORK HARD TO KEEP IN TOUCH AND YOU CAN CALL SCONA ANY TIME THAT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM OR JUST NEED TO HEAR A VOICE OTHER THAN THE ONE ON YOUR TV.

MAINTAINING CONNECTION WITH YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEMS IS CRUCIAL AT THIS TIME.  PLEASE MAKE SCONA AND THE FRIENDS YOU HAVE MADE HERE YOUR GO-TO PEOPLE. ASHLEY, SADIE, OR MARIA WILL BE CONTACTING YOU IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS TO SEE IF YOU WOULD LIKE REGULAR PHONE CALLS FROM ONE OF OUR PEER SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS. THEY ARE ALL GREAT CONVERSATIONALISTS, AND OVER TIME YOU MAY FIND PLENTY TO CHAT ABOUT OTHER THAN THE PRESENT CRISIS! IF YOU FEEL YOU DON’T NEED THAT TYPE OF CONNECTION JUST NOW, YOU CAN ALWAYS ASK FOR IT LATER. WE ALL NEED TO GIVE EACH OTHER A HAND SO EVERYONE HAS SOMEONE TO KEEP THEM COMPANY WHEN THEY NEED IT!

HERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT SCONA CAN DO FOR YOU OVER THE COMING WEEKS:

  • HELP YOU OVER THE PHONE IF YOU FACE A HOUSING CRISIS, OR NEED TO FILL OUT A CONFUSING GOVERNMENT FORM. CONNECT YOU TO COMMUNITY, PROVINCIAL, AND FEDERAL RESOURCES, MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY SUPPORT, AND AFFORDABLE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES. WE’LL HELP YOU TO SEARCH FOR A SOLUTION TO AN UNEXPECTED PROBLEM.
  • CONNECT YOU WITH COMMUNITY FOOD SECURITY RESOURCES OR DELIVER TO YOUR DOOR EMERGENCY, NON PERISHABLE ITEMS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EDMONTON FOOD BANK.
  • ADVOCATE ON YOUR BEHALF AS NEEDED
  • CONNECT YOU WITH ONLINE OR ON-THE-PHONE FUN THINGS TO DO TO OCCUPY YOUR TIME OR GIVE YOU SOME SOCIAL CONNECTION
  • CHAT WITH YOU ON THE PHONE WHEN YOU ARE FEELING LONELY
  • LAUGH WITH YOU, WHICH IS ALWAYS THE BEST MEDICINE

PLEASE, FEEL FREE TO CALL US ANYTIME AT 780-433-5377. IF WE ARE OFF RUNNING AN ERRAND TO HELP SOMEONE IN NEED, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE AND WE’LL GET RIGHT BACK TO YOU!

 

A LITTLE SMILE!

MY FACE IN THE MIRROR ISN’T WRINKLED OR DRAWN

MY HOUSE ISN’T DIRTY. THE COBWEBS ARE GONE

MY GARDEN LOOKS LOVELY AND SO DOES MY LAWN

I THINK I MIGHT NEVER PUT MY GLASSES BACK ON!

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO KEEP YOU OCCUPIED

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls

This telephone-based social group for seniors offers social and health programming, free of charge, and provides seniors opportunities to socialize, meet new people, learn new skills, and stay connected. Seniors’ Centre Without Walls is open to seniors age 55+ living anywhere in Alberta.

call 780-395-2626 to register. Learn more on their website

 

YOU CAN WATCH A TV PROGRAM WITH A FRIEND OVER THE PHONE!! A NUMBER OF SCONA SENIORS ALREADY DO THIS AND LOVE IT!!

IF YOU HAVE A COMPUTER OR SMART PHONE YOU CAN ACCESS:

 

Age Friendly Edmonton Podcasts

The Shared Mic: Conversations for the Ages intergenerational podcast brings together people from all ages, stages, and backgrounds to discuss topics like navigating relationships, finding space to be ones’ true self, and the evolving role of technology in our lives. By creating space for intergenerational discussions, AFE hopes to build a city that values, respects, and actively supports citizens from all walks of life.

In each podcast episode, guests are assigned a topic and given free reign to discuss that topic while sharing different perspectives, but also finding common ground. At a time when we like to focus on what divides us as “Boomers”, “Millennials” “Gen Xers”, and so on, the Shared Mic brings us together to create a shared understanding of the human experience.

You can access The Shared Mic online or through your favourite podcast streaming service, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

Virtual tours of world-class museums

This article in Southern Living magazine highlights virtual tours of 12 prestigious museums around the world.

MCN Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

This ultimate guide to virtual museum resources, tours, online collections, and digital archives is a great way to spend the day if you’re stuck inside.

Opera

The Metropolitan Opera will host free Nightly Met Opera Streams of past performances from its Live in HD series. The encore presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST each night on the company’s official website and will then be available for an additional 20 hours thereafter.

Symphony

The Seattle Symphony will share free rebroadcasts of past performances via the Symphony’s social media channels on YouTube and Facebook.

Edmonton Public Library Online Resources

Edmonton Public Library offers a wide variety of online resources – courses, language learning, magazines, books, music (streaming audio) and film (streaming video). All you need is your free library card!

SOMETHING TO DO

ANSWER THE FOLLOWING RIDDLES

(ANSWERS ON THE BACK, BUT NO PEEKING!!)

1. WHICH IS FASTER, HOT OR COLD?

2. FORWARD I AM HEAVY. BACKWARD I AM NOT

3. WHAT QUESTION CAN YOU NEVER ANSWER “YES” TO?

4. WHAT WEARS A CAP BUT HAS NO HEAD?

5. WHY IS SIX AFRAID OF SEVEN?

6. WHAT STARTS WITH E, ENDS WITH E, AND ONLY HAS ONE LETTER?

7. WHAT’S NEVER USED UNTIL IT’S BROKEN?

8. HOW MANY MONTHS HAVE 28 DAYS?

9. WHAT CAN YOU SWALLOW THAT CAN ALSO SWALLOW YOU?

10. WHICH THREE LETTERS CAN FRIGHTEN A THIEF AWAY?

11. WHAT BELONGS ONLY TO YOU YET IS USED MORE BY OTHERS THAN IT IS BY YOU?

12. I HAVE CITIES BUT NO HOUSES, FORESTS BUT NO TREES, RIVERS BUT NO WATER. WHAT AM I?

13. THE MORE YOU TAKE AWAY, THE BIGGER I BECOME. WHAT AM I?

14. WHAT CAN YOU HOLD IN YOUR LEFT HAND BUT NOT IN YOUR RIGHT HAND?

15. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU SHOULD KEEP AFTER YOU GIVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE?

TRY THESE! GOOD LUCK!

1. NAME TWO OBJECT FOR EVERY LETTER IN YOUR FIRST NAME. THEN NAME 3, 4 &5 ITEMS FOR EVERY LETTER IN YOUR NAME.

2. SAY THE MONTHS OF THE YEAR IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

3. NAME SIX OR MORE THINGS BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER “S” THAT YOU CAN WEAR ON YOUR FEET

4. LOOK AROUND THE ROOM YOU ARE IN AND FIND FIVE RED THINGS THAT WILL FIT IN YOUR POCKET, AND FIVE BLUE THINGS THAT WILL NOT.

Answers

1. HOT. IT’S EASY TO CATCH COLD

2. TON

3. ARE YOU ASLEEP?

4. A BOTTLE

5. BECAUSE SEVEN EIGHT NINE

6. AN ENVELOPE

7. AN EGG

8. TWELVE, THEY ALL HAVE 28 DAYS

9. WATER

10. I C U

11. YOUR NAME

12. A MAP

13. A HOLE

14. YOUR RIGHT HAND

15. A PROMISE

A GAME TO PLAY ON THE

PHONE WITH A FRIEND

· PHONE YOUR FRIEND

· ONE OF YOU TAKE A PEN AND A PIECE OF PAPER.

· THE OTHER OF YOU FINDS TWO OR THREE SIMPLE ITEMS FROM AROUND YOUR HOME. USE ONE ITEM AT A TIME AND DESCRIBE THE ITEM TO YOUR FRIEND WITHOUT SAYING WHAT IT IS.

· THE PERSON WITH THE PEN AND PAPER TRIES TO DRAW THE ITEM AND GUESS WHAT IT IS.

· NOW TRADE PLACES SO THAT YOU HAVE THE PAPER/PEN, AND YOUR FRIEND HAS ITEMS FROM HER/HIS HOME.

· IF THERE ARE TWO OF YOU IN THE SAME HOME, YOU CAN PLAY TOGETHER IN-PERSON!

IF YOU HAVE A COMPUTER YOU CAN GOOGLE ALL KINDS OF RIDDLES AND GAMES ESPECIALLY FOR OLDER ADULTS. HAVE FUN!

 

STAY SAFE BY STAYING AT HOME

STAY CONNECTED TO OTHERS BY CALLING SCONA