Canadian Revenue Agency Direct Deposit Now Available
If you receive payments such as tax credits or other benefits from the Canadian Revenue Agency and have a Canadian bank account, you can now use direct deposit to receive your payments! You can sign up online using MyCRA, through your financial institution, or by phone with the CRA at 1-800-959-8281. For the phone service, you will need social insurance number, current address, your most recent income tax payments, and banking information. For more information, visit the CRA website here.
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ICBC Rebate Due to Decreased Crashes
Owing to the decreased number of crashes during the COVID-19 pandemic which saved 600 million dollars, ICBC will be offering a one time rebate averaging $190 to its customers this spring. Most customers who had an active policy from April 1st to September 30th, 2020 will be eligible, with their rebate amount based on a portion of what they paid for during that period. Exceptions to this include customers with policies that reflect lower usage, such as short-term, storage or distance-based policies. Rebates will be issued in mid-March.
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HealthLinkBC provides information on staying physically active, maintaining mental and emotional health, challenging the brain, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, maintaining social connections. For more information visit HealthLinkBC
Tips to Get Active for 65+
Physical activity is crucial in maintaining good health. It improves cardiovascular health, enhances mood, strengthens bones and reduces the risk of falls. For optimal results, 2.5 hours of cardio and 2 sessions of muscle-strengthening exercises weekly is recommended. But, it is important to start slowly and not overexert the body. Additionally, small lifestyle changes to keep the body moving, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving whenever possible are highly recommended.
Mask Tips for Those with Hearing Loss or Dementia
This article provides suggestions for those who struggle with hearing loss and/or dementia. Individuals who face hearing challenges may normally rely on lip-reading and the interpretation of facial expression which are hidden when someone is wearing a mask. Individuals who have dementia may face the issue of not remembering why masks are suggested to be worn or have trouble recognizing an individual under their mask. This article also outlines the benefits that mask-wearing can have in conjunction with social distancing. Some of the suggestions made include using hand gestures, and gradually increasing the length of time wearing a mask.
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Tips for Fall Prevention
Falling is a major health concern for older adults because of the risk of severely injuring one’s hip. Dr. Jaza Marina from Atlanta suggests contacting the doctor if someone is frequently feeling dizzy or tired in an attempt to prevent future falls. In addition, to reduce the likeliness of falls in the house one can remove clutter such as loose cords or bulky rugs, add a rubber bath mat to the shower, and add night-lights to the hallways and bathroom. To see more suggestions for fall prevention, visit Senior News
Online Workouts for Seniors to Stay Safe and Fit Indoors
With thousands of exercise videos at our fingertips, online workouts have become part of the daily routine for many people. However, choosing what to do and how to do it safely can be tough. Professor emeritus Stuart McGill at the University of Waterloo, he recommends matching your workout to your capabilities, considering chronic conditions and medications. To learn more about how to get your online workout routine started, read this article which provides moves, tips, and online fitness videos such as the 15-60 minute workout routines for seniors from the National Institute for Aging.
BC's COVID-19 Immunization Plan
According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, everyone who would like a vaccine and who is eligible to receive one will have the opportunity to be vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone living in B.C. For more information visit: Province of BC.
COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults, Government of Canada
The Government of Canada has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for seniors and caregivers. They include tips for staying healthy, taking care of your physical and mental health, and resources to stay healthy. For more information visit: Government of Canada
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