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Date updated: October 24, 2018

Health

Your health can change on a dime. Sometimes it is best to prepare for changes in your health and sometimes things happen so fast it is hard to make sense of it all.

Here are some resources for you. If you want, call and talk to a Peer Support Volunteer on our Information Line. These SeniorsNL volunteers are available to assist you to connect to needed services.

We are here to help you make an informed decision.

CHOOSE YOUR REGION in NL

For Services and Resources  Offered Province-Wide and By the Regional Health Authority Where You Live –

CLICK THE LINK:

Central Health Authority

Eastern Health Authority

Labrador Grenfell Health Authority

Western Health Authority

 

(listed in alphabetical order)

Other and Additional Links

DoorWays – Mental Health and Addictions Walk-in Counselling Service

Labrador-Grenfell Health
http://www.lghealth.ca/docs/PSA_DoorWays_Walk-in%20Services%20Available_Jan23_2018.pdf

Western Health

http://www.westernhealth.nl.ca/doorways/?platform=hootsuite

Central Health

http://www.centralhealth.nl.ca/mental-health-addictions-services/

Eastern Health

http://www.easternhealth.ca/WebInWeb.aspx?d=2&id=2455&p=2106

Search for Flyers for Burin Peninsula DoorWays services on this site- Marystown, Boat Harbour, Grand Bank, Saint Lawrence

Temporary Location CHANGE for Mental Health and Addiction Services in Bonavista

Veterans Affairs Canada  presents "My VAC Account".  It is a simple and secure way for veterans  to do business online with VAC.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. As a self-help program, AA is self-supporting and not led by professionals. AA is widespread and welcomes a diverse membership with a wide range of interests, backgrounds, and experiences. Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one and express no views whatever on politics or religion. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
  • If you want to drink, that's your business.
  • If you want to stop, Alcoholics Anonymous can help!
 
  • Physically accessible meetings (contact AA St. John's for Location and time):
    • First United Church, 221 Park Ave, Mount Pearl
    • West End Baptist Church, 314 Topsail Rd, St John's
    • Holy Trinity Elementary School, 10 Doyles & Quigleys Lane, Torbay
    • Waterford Hospital Chapel, 306 Waterford Bridge Rd, St John's
  • Women’s only meeting:
    • Mondays at 8pm Women for Recovery, Canonwood Hall, 8 Military Road, St  John's
  Contact AA-St. John’s (District 15) for ALL meeting days, times and location Phone: 1-888-579-5215   or    Email: sjintergroup@nl.rogers.com
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. As a self-help program, AA is self-supporting and not led by professionals. AA is widespread and welcomes a diverse membership with a wide range of interests, backgrounds, and experiences. Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one and express no views whatever on politics or religion. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
  • If you want to drink, that's your business.
  • If you want to stop, Alcoholics Anonymous can help!
  FOR Muskrat Falls [District 16-Labrador] meeting day, time and location: Contact AA-St. John’s (District 15) for phone, e-mail and online (below) Phone: 1-888-579-5215   or    Email: sjintergroup@nl.rogers.com  
This for-profit business offers Active Aging Coaching by a person trained in Active Aging through Canadian Fitness Professional Association. An Active Age Coach works with you to improve your quality of life as you age so that you will continue to be an engaged and healthy community member. There are seven dimensions of personal wellness to consider: Emotional, intellectual, physical, vocational, social, spiritual, and environmental.  You can receive a free consultation upon request. 1-709-691-7103  or sandy@activeagingnl.com
The Adult Protection Act protects adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect, and who do not understand or appreciate that risk. Contact your Regional Health Authority at 1-855-376-4957 to report an adult who may be at risk of abuse or neglect and who does not understand or appreciate that risk. No long distance charges will apply. You can report confidentially. Call 911 for emergencies or situations requiring the police.  
Imagine you are in a hospital and you cannot speak-up. Protect your health care choices.
AGE-WELL is a national research and innovation network.  A wide range of partners work together to create technologies and services that benefit older adults. They promote the conversion of an idea or invention into a good or service that may satisfy a need or improves a life. Check out this dynamic network.
Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television and radio. The Alert Ready system is developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, The Weather Network and the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers, to ensure you receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep yourself and your family safe. Alerts can now be sent to compatible call phones. If you hear a specific Alert Tone on television, radio or your wireless device,  they ask that you please pay attention and take action right away.
This Network in the UK is campaigning to end loneliness. As they say, “...nobody who wants company should be without it”. The website features a quick links and resources section and an extensive video Library (the videos do not have closed captioning or oral description).
The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health main focus areas are: Delirium; Depression ; Long-term Care (mental health issues are common among seniors in LTC); Suicide Prevention. This site presents: Tools for seniors (pamphlets), their families, for Clinicians (pocket card and/or CCSMH National Guidelines) and Tools for Educators (power point slides)
Central Intake provides clients, families and others with one central phone number to call directly for information and self-referral to various mental health and addictions services in the St. John’s region (709) 752-8888.  
Victims, witnesses and accused persons who have a disability that affects their communication, may require support communicating with police, legal and justice professionals. Communication Intermediaries facilitate two-way communication with persons with communication disabilities, not caused by significant hearing loss. This database provides a way to search for and communicate with qualified Speech-Language Pathologists (Communication Intermediaries) nearest to the desired location. The communication intermediary will respond in a confidential manner to your email to get information, negotiate services and payment. If this is an emergency, contact CDAC at admin@cdacanada.com  
Crisis Text Line - Text ‘Talk’ to 686868   The Crisis Text Line is now available to residents of NL. Powered by Kids Help Phone, individuals can text ‘Talk’ to 686868, to speak to a trained crisis responder. Every texter is connected with a Crisis Responder, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem-solving. All of the Crisis Responders are volunteers, donating their time to helping people in crisis.   This service has been added to Bridge the gApp and should be promoted broadly throughout your networks and among people you serve/work with.
Dietitians of Canada works with members to raise the profile of the profession. The Seniors page provides posts on  healthy eating such as Shopping for One or Two (Planning), Eating Alone, and Cooking for One or Two.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous people in Canada. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer: counselling crisis intervention Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca (not on the Canada.ca site). Telephone and online counselling are available in English and French. If you ask, telephone counselling is also available in: Cree,  Ojibway, and Inuktitut Ask counsellors to work with you to find other wellness supports that are accessible near you..  
Questions often asked by people who have to be away from work for a short time (temporarily) to provide care or support to a family member who is seriously ill with a high risk of death within 26 weeks.
Do you know a senior who has not applied for the Guaranteed Income Supplement? This is a monthly, tax-free, benefit paid to seniors who have low income and receive Old Age Security, or OAS. This application is for single or married persons or persons living in a common-law relationship, living in Canada with low income.
As their event, "The Big Tea" indicates, Independent Age is a United Kingdom site.  Contact numbers, events, language, and many resources are specific to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are other resources available on the site. Advice Guides, Factsheets & Leaflets are free to download and printed copies are available for a price.
Lets an individual summon help at any time of the day or night (even if they can’t speak). Lifeline also supplies systems that can increase independence and safety (such as AutoAlert). For more information, call Philips Lifeline Customer Service 709-579-7082 or Toll Free at 1-800-387-8120 Contact your local Lifeline Community Representative: Catherine Connolly 709-728-4245 or 1-800-387-8120 ext. 7057 (Toll Free)  
Using the Rogers mobile network and GPS tracking, the pendant calls up to 5 emergency contacts one by one. Also, sends up to 5 help messages via text with a link to Google Maps showing the pendant user’s location to within 2 metres. No NL representative, but no set-up required. It comes ready to wear. For more information or to order online, call toll-free: 1-866-205-4872 or email: info@livelifealarms.ca
This Program gives financial assistance to people who receive the Medical Care Plan (MCP). These MCP beneficiaries  build up a high level of out-of-pocket travel costs to access specialized (MCP) insured medical services. Those services are not available in their immediate area of residence or within the Province. These individuals may receive money to cover their airfare, to stay at a hostel, and for other eligible expenses.
It can be hard talking to your doctor (General Practitioner) or nurse about your mental health. Mind for better mental health (United Kingdom) made a free guide to help you talk to your family doctor (or GP) or nurse about the things you might find hard to express. They present a video with closed captioning. The videos, guides or publications help you 'Find the Words" to make the most of your short visit with your doctor or nurse.
The mental health and addiction system in NL is complex and difficult to navigate?  It is often difficult to find Information on and contact to resources needed. Regionally, health authorities different slightly and community supports vary. The Mental Health and Addictions Provincial Systems Navigator helps improve the client’s mental health journey by increasing knowledge/awareness; identifying and addressing system barriers and improving coordination among services, ensuring continuity of care across services. If you need assistance in navigating the MHA system, contact Barry Hewitt by phone at 752-3916 or 1-877-999-7589 or by email at barry.hewitt@easternhealth.ca.
Mood Disorders Society of Canada hosts the DepressionHurts.ca website MDSC provides national leadership on issues relating to mental health through the consumer perspective. They carry out consultations, research,  collaborations and projects and work on systems advocacy. Contact through facebook (see link below), call 613-921-5565 (long distance charges will apply) or e-mail at info@mdsc.ca  
This is a SeniorsNL special site dedicated to bringing together resources and information on elder abuse, what it is and how to get help and support.
CRITICAL CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION PROGRAM Hydro’s Critical Customer Notification Program helps identify customers that provide essential services (i.e. hospitals) and also individuals who use electrically operated life-supporting equipment in their home. In advance of planned power outages, NL Hydro will make every effort to contact customers on the Critical Care Notification list, so that they are informed and prepared.  
Stay Informed with Outage Alerts Newfoundland Power will send Texts and/or emails directly to you when an outage is affecting your neighbourhood. This is in addition to our other forms of outage communications such as website and telephone. It’s Easy To Sign Up Phone: Sign up for text alerts Online: Log into your Newfoundland Power My Account to sign up for text and/or email Outage Alerts. NOTE: If you do not have a My Account login, you can create one using your account number and meter number.
The Office of the Seniors' Advocate is an independent office of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Advocate will seek input from seniors in NL. They wil  then determine where seniors believe gaps exist in legislation, policies, programs and services.  Comphrehensive  reviews of gaps (systemic)  will generate recommendations as to how to address those gaps.
Online Tools for Mental Health: An Overview of the BreathingRoom Program and Bridge the gApp.  NL residents have access to several online tools, which aim to support mental wellness and recovery. Format: Webinar (held and recorded on March 15, 2018) Presenters: Dr. Badrid Rickhi, Canadian Institute for Natural and Integrated Medicine (CINIM) AB; Susanne Heaton, Marketing Consultant CINIM; Heather Thomas, Executive Director CINIM Niki Legge (Moderator), e-Mental Health Manager with the Department of Health and Community Services   REGISTER TO VIEW Please note, we had presenters from Alberta, present on this webinar and the beginning portion of the webinar we were testing their audio and video set up to ensure the session went smoothly. HINT: Feel free to fast-forward to 26 minutes for the start of the official presentation.
Access to Sexual Health services is a concern for seniors.  Planned Parenthood-NL Sexual Health Centre clinics,  inclusive and safe spaces for all adults, are staffed by caring professionals and medical professionals.  Sexual Health Clinics for: pap testing; breast exams; screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs); trans health; testicular exams; and planned parenthood. The sexual health clinics operate on an appointment only basis; there are no walk-in clinics. Call us to book an appointment at (709) 579-1009 or 1-877-666-9847 Toll free Email: clientservicescoordinator@ppnlshc.com
The toll-free Gambling Help Line 1-888-899-4357 (HELP) is a 24-hour support for individuals impacted by their own or someone else’s gambling.  
Canadian Bankers Association promotes financial literacy to help Canadians make informed financial decisions. The financial literacy program, Your Money Seniors, has three modules: Cash Management, Financial Abuse, and Fraud Prevention
The Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors (PACAS) is a volunteer council of thirteen individuals from throughout the province. PACAS advises and informs the Provincial Government on issues, concerns, and requirements of older adults. The Council ensures that the Provincial Government considers the perspective of older adults when developing current and future policies for service delivery. Council provides a strong voice for seniors in the development of programs and services that support independence and well-being. Email: PACAS@gov.nl.ca
The provincial cancer care program is responsible for providing services to cancer patients throughout the province of NL and the operations of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s and the regional cancer care centres in Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander. This program helps you access screening services and manage your diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, survivorship,  palliative care and pain and symptom management. Over 200 staff include the Cancer Patient Navigators. Located in St. John's, Clarenville, Gander, Corner Brook,  St Anthony, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and Labrador City , they support you and your family, and help you access services. 1 (855) 848-3888 (toll free), or call your local cancer patient navigator:
The Paid Family Caregiving Option provides money so that certain seniors and adults with disabilities can pay a family member to do approved home support. To see if your loved one is eligible for this program contact your regional health authority.
The Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador provides general information and education about the law to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, with the intent of increasing access to resources, information and justice.

PLIAN has developed a number of publications about many different areas of the law: Wills and Estates; Family Law; Criminal Law; Other Areas of Law; Links and Resources

NEW: Check out PLIAN's  Family law Form Builder publiclegalinfo.com/builder
RIAC's Core mandate is to provide the supports necessary for refugees and immigrants who make our beautiful province their home, to live as active participants in our communities. Programs and services include advice; awareness and diversity; ESL language Help; Volunteer and Internship. Each semester look for English as a Second language ESLs courses and conversation groups and Creative Sewing Atelier's classes.
Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum represents different levels of government. The forum was created to share information, discuss seniors issues, and work together on key projects.
The Senior's Wellness Hub is based in Grand Falls-Windsor but offer information for all of us. Videos featured on this online resource are:
  • What is Caregiving
  • Medication Safety
  • Eating Right
  • Handling Finances
  • Advance Health Care Planning
  • Pharmacies
  • Coping with Vision Loss
 
The Seniors and Aging Division works with other government departments and agencies to promote healthy aging across the lifespan. The Division acts as a centre of expertise and knowledge on aging and seniors. The main functions of the Division is are to oversee the implementation of seniors and aging initiatives and adult protection. Goals of the division include: creation of a more age-friendly province; eradication of ageism; and the protection of vulnerable adults who lack the capacity to protect themselves. The division also serves as the secretariat for the Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors (PACAS) and works with the Council, other government departments, seniors’ organizations and retiree groups, the federal government, other provinces and territories and multiple key stakeholders to achieve its goals. 1-888-494-2266
Find a Service Canada Office will help you find services close to your home. Search by Postal code, City, or Browse by Province  or Territory.  
Veteran Emergency Fund  The health and well-being of Veterans involves multiple factors that go well beyond the scope of traditional health services and benefits. The new fund would provide Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) with the flexibility needed to financially assist Veterans and their families quickly and efficiently in their time of urgent need. The Veteran Emergency Fund will be in place to ensure the overall well-being of Veterans and their families as a short-term support mechanism while other longer-term support arrangements are made. It would be available to any Canadian Veteran, or their spouse/common law partner, orphan or survivor living in Canada whose well-being is at risk as a result of an urgent or unexpected situation. Contact VAC at 1-866-522-2122 (toll-free) Effective Date: This new Fund would be put into place April 1, 2018.
Plan your future: aging in place. This short video talks about the importance of home and neighbourhood. Video transcript is included.    
This short video talks about the importance of reaching out to family, friends, and neighbours.  Keeping contacts with supports of all ages is needed when  planning to age in place. Video transcript is included.            

This short video talks about the supports and services you may need to stay in your home and community.  Video transcript is included.

This short video answers the question “What is aging in place?”. Video transcript is included.
The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) is a  multi-departmental government - community partnership. This initiative is working to find long term solutions to violence against those most at risk in our society. Persons at risk include - women, children, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal women and children and other people who are vulnerable to violence because of their ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic status. The Violence Prevention Initiative is coordinated by the Women's Policy Office. Contact the VPI at vpi@gov.nl.ca or (709) 729-5009.

DepressionHurts.ca - Mood Disorders Society of Canada

DepressionHurts.ca is a website from Mood Disorders Society of Canada. Check out the following: What is Depression - causes of depression and symptoms of depression Could it be depression- Symptom Checklist - http://depressionhurts.ca/en/checklist/ Managing your depression - accepting help, leading a healthy lifestyle, maintain your social life, develop a management plan, identifiy barriers to recovery, important points to consider Journey to Improvement - talk to your doctor, Doctor discussion guide, consulting a therapist self help groups, your support network Information for family and friends - how to help, questions about treatment, talking about depression, resources   These publications are not meant to be a substitute for professional nor are they diagnostic tools. In other words, completing the checklist will not tell you whether or not you have depression. The purpose of this tool is to help you discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor. It will help your doctor find the treatment that works best for you.
  • If there is an emergency: call 911 immediately; or call the Mental Health Crisis Line at (709) 737-4668 or toll-free at 1-888-737-4668.
  • if you are not experiencing an emergency but would like someone to talk with in NL
  • CHANNAL Peer Support Warm Line Confidential Peer Support for People Living with Mental Illnesses 1-855-753-2560 local 753-2560 7 days a week 11 am to 11 pm

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