Find and explore the programs and services available to Cochrane and area residents over 50. If you need help accessing or finding more information about the programs and services available, Cochrane Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) or Seniors on the Bow can offer support.
For off hours' assistance, dial 211 for access to a variety of community, social and government services information.
Local programs and services
Through FCSS and Seniors on the Bow, the Town provides services to seniors locally. Explore programs and services to find out more about the supports available.
Pension, income and benefit information
There are federal programs for pensions, income supplements and benefits for seniors. You can find information on your pension through Service Canada, either by logging into your My Service Canada Account, or by calling 800-277-9914. The Government of Canada website also has information available public pension programs.
The Alberta government has financial assistance programs for seniors. For medical expenses, there is the Alberta Aids to Daily Living program that helps pay for medical equipment and supplies. The Alberta Blue Cross also offers premium free coverage for prescription drugs.
Caregivers, long-term care and housing
If you are caring for an aging family member, there are resources available to support you. Caregivers Alberta provides support, resources and education for caregivers. Bethany Cochrane, a long-term care community, runs an Adult Day Program. This program offers recreation and socialization for participates, while providing respite for caregivers.
If you are looking for more support, there are resources and directories to help you find the care that fits your needs. Alberta Health Services has information about finding and accessing home care, as well as a Continuing Care Facility Directory, to help you find support. The Alberta Seniors Housing Directory can help you find housing options that match your lifestyle.
Rights & advocacy
If you are in need of support or advocacy in accessing programs and services, there are resources available.
- Alberta Office of the Seniors Advocate
- provides resolution support to senior Albertans and their families
- CARP – 888-363-2279
- promotes and protects the interests and rights of Canadians as we age
- Alberta Ombudsman – 403-297-6185
- supports administrative fairness of provincial programs (AHS, Provincial Government, health and accounting professionals)
- National Seniors' Council
- engages with seniors, stakeholders and experts to provide advice to the Government of Canada
- Provincial Advisory Councils – Seniors & Continuing Care
- advises Alberta Health Services on issues relating to seniors and continuing care
- Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA)
- creates resources that help people understand their rights and obligations under the law