Tools for everyday life

These times have affected us all in one way or another. We recognize that change is often difficult but just because we’re apart right now, that doesn’t mean we’re alone.
We’ve pulled together some tools to help you virtually navigate and create your new everyday life.

  • Grocery shopping – Tap to pay with your Interac Flash® enabled Alterna Savings debit card, to avoid touching dirty pin pads.
  • Set a goal for yourself in 2021. Will there be professional achievements? Personal transformation? What will the outcomes of your efforts be in the year ahead?
  • Commit to a Community. All of us benefit from being part of a community that is greater than ourselves. In the past year all of us have had to adjust to physical distancing. But that doesn’t mean we should be truly distancing ourselves from one another in the communal sense.  By finding new ways to embrace togetherness, not only will you surround yourself with people who share your passion, but you will also feel a stronger sense of connection to a greater goal.

  • Plan Some Fun! you should plan on experiencing something that makes you smile and laugh. Maybe it is taking up a new hobby or embracing a new habit (like meditation or walks in nature). Whatever it is, have some fun while being safe.

  • Livestreams & virtual concerts to watch – billboard
  • Get active! Learn about home camping, outdoor exercises, or go fishing in the City – Toronto/Ottawa. Make sure you get a fishing license if you are over 16 years of age.

Exercise is key to your physical and mental well-being:

  • While abiding by social/physical distancing rules, get out for a walk, jog, bike ride or rollerblade
Healthy eating keeps you well:
  • YouTube is a great source for meal tips

Remain social during this time:

  • Stay connected by hosting virtual dinners, coffee dates and other social activities with friends and loved ones.
  • Play online games with others such as Scrabble or use Jackbox to find the game that’s right you.
  • Sing with friends – if you are a member of a choir, use video calls to practice and perform together. Alternatively, The Sofa Singers offers weekly online singing events with people from around the world.

Online: Instacart and some grocery retailers offer online ordering and will either ship your groceries to you or prepare them for pick up.

In-Store: Many grocery stores dedicate time for seniors to shop. You may want to consider:

  • Using contactless payments
  • If offered, ask for curbside pickup
  • Prepare a list before you go shopping
  • Disinfect the stores cart/basket
  • Once you’re back at home, use a disinfectant to wipe down grocery packaging

Coupons: Time consuming couponing is a thing of the past. FLIPP helps you build your grocery list and find great deals.

Review Memberships: Review and cancel memberships that you no longer have use for. They add up. This way, you will save money on unnecessary expenses.

2021 Taxes Quick Reference Guide: Check out this handy list of tax numbers and contribution limits for the 2021 tax season.

Stay safe: Learn how to make your own mask.

COVID Alert app is now available in Ontario and can be downloaded for iPhone and Android devices.