1. Ruth Marshall (foreground) and Viola Randall attend the workshop for programs and services for seniors' health held at the Stettler Public Library. Lorraine Hankins

1. Ruth Marshall (foreground) and Viola Randall attend the workshop for programs and services for seniors' health held at the Stettler Public Library. Lorraine Hankins

Assisting senior citizens with funding

Area seniors gathered at the Hub on June 19 to learn about programs specially designed to help them adapt to digital technology.

Area seniors gathered at the Hub on June 19 to learn about programs specially designed to help them adapt to the role digital technology plays in interacting with Canada and Alberta’s governments.

A wide variety of grants and government funding is available to senior citizens each year, often with additional features to existing programs or modifying current ones to be more functional.

With the government taking a more digital route and technology playing a crucial role in how the information is delivered, a lot of the material is lost in translation, often leaving seniors unaware.

To help seniors come to understand the technology and help deliver information, specifically on the special needs assistance grant, Lorraine Hankins, Stettler Information and Referral Executive’s director, held her information session at the Hub at the Stettler Recreation Centre.

“This is a presentation on seniors’ programs and special needs assistance, something I have done since 1999,” Hankins said. “I can also help with all kinds of seniors’ forms, advocacy, and make sure that the seniors get all the programs that they need to continue living barrier-free.”

Hankins outlined the basic features of the special needs assistance grant for senior citizens, emphasizing that the grant was not income for income tax, so it was money that could be accessed without declaring extra on their tax return.

Some of the many things that the funds from the special needs assistance grant can be used for are home improvements, medication reimbursements, mileage for trips with regard to cancer or heart disease or medical issues. In some cases, it also helps with foot-care and numerous other costs that seniors can get reimbursed for.

For further information on seniors’ funding programs, phone Hankins at 403-742-1155 or email lorraine@stettlerinfo.ca. Hankins also keeps hours at the Stettler Legion Hall on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.