► Are you (or do you know) a retired teacher who would like to join the RTO? Simply complete the Application form, available under the Horizontal display menu item, Documents
► YOUR JULY 2023 RTO NEWSLETTER can be viewed HERE
► Forms and Applications on this website are now fillable. Instructions can be found in the Documents Menu.
► (August Update) Both the Request to Host the RTO Golf tournament and the RTO Curling Bonspiel Applications are now available in the Documents Menu.
► For he latest edition of RTO Deals and Discounts list, CHECK HERE
► NOTE: Johnsons Insurance offers you a valuable 3 minute read on ways you can Protect your Data : HERE
► The RTO landing page to link to MERIT TRAVEL is HERE
► Please share with your branch. The next RTO Newsletter submission date will be October 15th., 2023.
► THE 2023 RTO GOLF TOURNAMENT will be hosted by AER at the Clare Golf and Country Club in Comeauville on Wednesday Sept. 6th.
► This fall ALL Nova Scotians 65 years of age and older will have access to the High-Dose influenza vaccine in preference to the standard dose vaccine for free. This is a reminder to all RTO members age 65 and older to request the high-dose flu vaccine when the government announces when the flu vaccines are available.
► In a letter to the Heath Department, Bill Berryman Vice-Chair, Seniors Advisory Council has requested a study be undertaken to indicate the projected cost savings to the health care system if Shingles vaccine is provided free of charge to citizens of various age groups in Nova Scotia. For details check HERE
► A Summary of Your Insurance Group Plan is available in Frequently Accessed Documents
► The NS Positive Aging Directory gives quick and easy access to the many programs and services offered to seniors in our province. Complete the form at: https://novascotia.ca/seniors/directory/ to request a complimentary print copy.
In 2017 the N.S. provincial government passed Bill 75, ending contract negotiations with the NSTU teachers and the province. When enacted, it stripped the union of the right to strike and imposed a four-year collective agreement along with a three percent salary increase.
For General NS HEALTH information on COVID-19 including:
► symptoms and Testing
► Alerts, News and Data
► Vaccination Appointment Bookings
► Symptoms and Testing
► How to Self-isolate
► Mental Health and wellbeing check: HERE
The information is availible in a document entitled "Elder Abuse " in English and French
Newspapers and the Internet cover lots of stories about health care for the aging Canadian,
but the emphasis is usually on drama (dramatic findings from a new study, dramatic events
with no mention of related scientific research), with less emphasis on substance.
Readers are left to wonder which information to trust.
At the recent June board meeting, The Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (ACER-CART) unanimously passed a resolution to support the McMaster University Optimal Aging Portal as part of a platform for the development of a National Seniors Strategy.
The Portal features quality scientific evidence about healthy aging information that can help Canadians remain healthy, active and engaged as long as possible, and to manage their health conditions.
The Portal evaluates health research and resources, telling users whether free health resources on the Internet and in newspaper stories are based on scientific research, are reliable, and are worthy of note.
The articles are written in consumer-friendly language.
Users can register for free at: McMasters Optimal Aging Portal and gain easy access to search the full content of the Portal. To keep up to-date with new research and receive lists of new content recently added to the Portal, users can opt in to receive Email alerts about how to stay healthy, active and engaged as they grow older. Users can also follow@Mac_AgingNews or the Portal on Facebook for news and evidence about optimal aging.
April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day, a day to promote conversations about your wishes and values for your future health care.
While we are excited to share news surrounding ACP Day, we must first acknowledge the challenges that we are facing with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As the WHO-declared pandemic, COVID-19 progresses, this is a very concerning time for many people with serious conditions and palliative care needs, as well as their families, friends and communities.
For many, COVID19 has provided an opportunity to reflect on their health and what they would want should they become seriously ill.
Advance Care Planning or ACP is a process that helps people prepare for future health care decisions and to choose decision makers in the event they are unable to speak for themselves.
The RTO has been partnering with the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association to help people and their families prepare for a serious illness through advance care planning education. For more information on Advance Care Planning you can contact Advance Care Planning or The Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association
The Retired Teachers Organization and the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association jointly provide leadership for the planning to our membership and community.
If your RTO Branch is interested in conducting an Advance Care Planning Workshop, please contact your Branch President or Alyson Hillier at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Last Updated: October 1st., 2023