neurological conditions such as strokeand Parkinson’s disease. A geriatricianrefers patients to the program, who stayfor an average of four weeks. A diverseteam of specialists encourages patientsand families to take part and supportrecovery.
Alberta Health Services offers a range ofaddiction and mental health resources,beginning with the Mental HealthHelpline (1-877-303-2642). Staff help in acrisis, provide general information andanswer questions about how to accessservices. Call any time from anywhere inAlberta.
Your family doctor can also help
answer questions or refer you to services
such as a seniors outreach nurse. These
healthcare providers visit people where
they live to discuss mental health
concerns, perform assessments and
connect them to the care they need.
One such service is the Seniors Mental
Health Program, which includes a team
of doctors, psychiatrists, therapists,
nurses and case managers.
Call Health Link at 811 to get help withaddictions and other mental illnesses.
Living with a long-term health conditionsuch as obesity, depression, diabetes orchronic pain is challenging. People withpersistent health issues are not alone— 30per cent of Albertans report having atleast one long-term condition.
AHS offers Better Choices, Better
Health, a six-week online or in-person
program that helps people manage
chronic diseases. It’s free and needs
no referral. The program is a place for
people to share experiences, concerns
and strategies. Participants learn tools to
manage symptoms, and to set and reach
health and wellness goals.
For more information, visit
The healthcare teams at Alberta’s 42primary care networks are also expertsin treating long-term health issues. Manytailor their services to their community’shealth needs.
“We have a fantastic seniors program,”says Bethan Simms, a geriatric nurseconsultant with Calgary West CentralPCN. Simms works at various clinics inher PCN helping patients learn aboutorganizations and programs available tohelp them.
“We connect seniors to supports andservices in the community,” she says.
The Calgary West Central teamincludes doctors, geriatricians, and apharmacist, geriatric social worker and