Seniors Benefits & Credits Webinar
Hosted by the Canada Revenue Agency
Date: Friday, July 17, 2020
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Doing your taxes has its benefits! Benefits, credits and deductions you could be eligible for are the Disability Tax Credit, GST/HST credit, medical expenses, Canada caregiver credit and pension income splitting. Other government departments also use your tax information to calculate your payments, such as the guaranteed income supplement. If you do your taxes after the filing deadline, your payments could be delayed.
To attend this webinar registration is required. Please register using the following link:
A Message from BSOSS
This week World Elder Abuse Day was observed on June 15th. As we are approaching day 100 of social distancing, I believe it is important to acknowledge the new stresses and uncertainties social distancing has brought. Some seniors may be at higher risk for elder abuse because of life style changes to reduce our risk of exposure to Covid19. I want to explore some of the areas you or someone you know may be experiencing increased abuse risks as well as to direct you to resources that can assist and support you as we continue to follow Dr. Henry’s wise advice to be kind, be calm and be safe. Shining a light on difficult topics is a way to open up our conversations and acknowledge that awareness is the first step in making a change.
Elder Abuse includes physical, emotional or sexual harm an elder may experience by people who are responsible for their care or well being. Neglect is a form of elder abuse that can be the result of the actions or inaction of someone in a position of responsibility but self-neglect is important to acknowledge too. Self-neglect looks at choices we as seniors might make that expose us to harm. The most prevalent form of elder abuse in BC is financial abuse. There is a link included here to a message from Isobel McKenzie Seniors Advocate and the BC Securities Commission on financial elder abuse. It is informative and worth the 5 minutes it takes to watch.
The need to rely upon others, shame or embarrassment increases the risk of elder abuse. Not knowing where to turn for support and assistance also contributes to increasing our risk.
How To Use Transit Right Now
As businesses and programs re-open, there are some questions in how to use the transit system safely under the new circumstances. For tips on using the system, please visit Translink's Safe Operating Action Plan page.
[Image above taken from Translink's website.]
Are you a Senior in Burnaby Who Needs Help?
Some useful numbers and links for seniors in Burnaby who need help during these challenging times.
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