Online hub aims to help seniors during COVID-19 and afterwards

A new $40,000 online hub called CORE will coordinate community services for older Albertans and seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic and afterwards.

CORE – Collaborative Online Resources and Education – provides a platform for seniors, serving organizations to improve delivery of services for seniors.

“Older individuals are among those most at risk for COVID-19,” said Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing.

“We believe the online knowledge hub will enhance the way organizations support seniors during the pandemic, and help keep them safe as we move forward with our relaunch plans.”

The hub will make it easier for organizations to share resources and coordinate services, with a focus on key COVID-19 issues, including transportation, food security, social isolation and home supports.

CORE Alberta will support seniors serving organizations to access training, COVID-19 information and resources, map where the greatest needs are across the province, and help seniors in more remote locations get the support they need.

The Alberta government and partners will invest about $720,000 in inter-agency programs and initiatives that will be coordinated through CORE. Funding partners include Alberta Health Services, Alberta Blue Cross and the federal government. The United Way of Calgary and Area will administer the hub and act as the project’s fiscal agent.

“By helping community organizations coordinate their services for seniors, this platform will help ensure more seniors in Alberta receive effective, responsive support,” Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors.

“That has never been more important than during the pandemic. We are committed to protecting and enhancing seniors’ quality of life.”

Dr. Richard Lewanczuk, senior medical director, Health System Integration, Alberta Health Services, said sometimes resources for seniors are difficult to find.

“CORE is coordinating these resources, making them accessible in one single location to provide an easy way for Alberta seniors to access information they need to improve wellness, independence, and quality of life.”

Sarah Murphy/Alberta Press

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