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  • News | Westside Seniors Hub

    Events - Return to top NEWS Seniors Aging Well - Ongoing Dementia Ventures News Upcoming events listed below celebrate seniors aging well. Most events are online, but that is changing! Organizations offering seniors' programs have some in-person programs underway. CROSSING BRIDGES - YOUTH TALK TO ELDERS Society Promoting Environmental Conservation This SPEC Elders program is “an opportunity to hear from a diverse group of exceptional young people who are eager to meet with and talk to elders… This is part of the Legacy-making for Organizational Guiding project that will “encourage and equip elders to bring an expanded set of skills and knowledge to their volunteer experience.” Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023 10:00-12:00pm PST online via Zoom More information here Register here FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT STRESS: THE BENEFITS OF (SOME) DAILY CHALLENGE UBC School of Kinesiology and E.S.H. Leong Healthy Aging Program This public lecture by Dr. David Almeida examines the benefits and costs of a ‘stressor-free life,’ with a focus on the potential benefits of small amounts of daily stress. The talk can be viewed in person or over Zoom. Date: Mon, January 23, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST Location: Vancouver General Hospital, Jim Pattison Pavilion, 899 West 12th Ave., Vancouver V5Z 1M9 Register here ​ CONVERSATIONS MATTER: AGING WITH CHOICE Office of the Seniors Advocate BC In support of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Seniors Advocate will be participating in a virtual panel discussion organized by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Date: Friday, January 27 from 2:00-3:00 p.m PST To register, email rsvp@alzheimerbc.org BC COMMUNITY SERVICE DIRECTORY PathwaysBC Directory of “publicly available services and programs in participating communities.” The Directory is a joint initiative between Doctors of BC’s General Practitioner Services Committee and the BC government with a support team that provides the technical infrastructure. It is free, searchable by the public, and has many filter options to narrow down keyword searches Website here MOBILIZING TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING FOR OLDER ADULTS Canada Healthy Aging CORE “Launching a series of monthly 90-minute webinars to mobilize action on various issues by focusing on effective models and the policies, practices, partnerships, and networks that support them. Through interviews and discussions with practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers, each session will explore a topic and the key issues and challenges.” Q&A + opportunity to join a discussion group. ​ Times: 10:00am-11:30 Vancouver time Dates: Last Thursday of every month January 26, 2023 Housing and Living Arrangement Options for Older Adults: At Home. In Community More information and registe r here September 2022: Re-orienting Health and Social Services for Older Adults: Provincial Strategies for Community-Based Seniors Services Recording here October 2022 :Age-friendly Communities: A Key Strategy in Promoting the Well-Being of Older Adults Recording here CLEAR Climate, Lived Experience and Resilience Community Consultation Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) During an extreme heat event, the 2021 heat dome, VCH and non-governmental partners reached out to residents with resources and supports. Now VCH is engaging vulnerable population s - people with disabilities or chronic conditions, older adults, people experiencing homelessness or marginally housed - in focus groups, one-on-one phone conversations or surveys. VCH wants their input on how they managed heat and other climate-related events during 2021-2022 and how to plan for the future. ​ More information and to register or complete the survey here ​ AGEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE: SUPPORTING OLDER CANADIANS TO LIVE WHERE THEY WANT National Institute on Ageing report “This report aims to present a practical definition and framework to understand what ageing in the right place (AIRP) is and what is required to make it work… highlights existing best practices and opportunities that can reduce unnecessary LTC home admissions and better support the implementation of successful AIRP policies and programs across Canada and beyond.” Report and AIRP Programs & Services here ​ Heading 2 CIRCLE OF CARE FOR CAREGIVERS TRAINING Family Caregivers of British Columbia For staff and volunteers , training aims to “strengthen and develop informal networks of support for family caregivers in BC..by increasing the community’s capacity to identify caregivers at risk of isolation and intervening effectively by mobilizing informal supports…After completing the 3 sessions , participants will receive a detailed digital training manual from FCBC.” ​ Dates: January 23, 24 & 25, 2023 from 10am-12pm PST More information and registration procedure here Register by January 12, 2023 (20 spots available). ​ CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL PRESCRIBING (CISP) Intersectoral collaboration project anchored by the Canadian Red Cross “CISP is a new national hub to link people and share practices that connect people to community-based supports and services that can help improve their health and well-being … part of a global movement of people bringing community capacity and healthcare services closer together by directly addressing th e social determinants of health , from loneliness and social isolation to racism and ageism to income and housing and much more.” Newsletter, events, reports, resources, etc. Website here RAISING OUR VOICES DOCUMENTARY Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) The Seniors on the Move (SOTM) Initiative created a short ROVING documentary that features interviews with BC seniors and experts from senior-serving agencies. R.O.V.I.N.G. (Raising Our Voices in Support of Non-Ageist Ways of Getting Around ) forms the centre of a broad communications campaign and province-wide dialogue on seniors’ transportation issues. Are you or your organization interested in hosting a community dialogue and R.O.V.I.N.G. screening? To get materials and support to help you through the process: Send an email to seniorsonthemove@best.bc.ca or sign up for the BEST newsletter here INTERGEN NS North Shore Community Resources Intergenerational Program Directory and Resource Hub that “helps connect different generations on the North Shore while providing resources to help community partners establish intergenerational programming… These projects have been launched in order to actively facilitate a North Shore community that is connected, inclusive, and age-friendly.” Information here ​ ACTIVITIES TO KEEP YOUR MIND & BODY HEALTHY McMaster Optimal Aging Portal “Many outdoor activities help older adults stay physically and mentally fit. ..Physical benefits include improved strength, better endurance and greater flexibility . Exercise is not only good for the body but your mind too! It can reduce stress, improve self-esteem, and reduce depressive symptoms.” Ideas here VALUE OF FAMILY CAREGIVING Research on Aging, University of Alberta & University of Manitoba Infographic with statistics about caregivers’ contributions to the Care Economy in terms of FTE, hours, percent of population involved, and economic value. Document here FLIPPING STIGMA ON ITS EAR TOOLKIT Canadian Institutes of Health Research “The discrimination caused by stigma that accompanies a diagnosis of dementia needs to be ‘flipped on its ear’! The purpose of this toolkit is to recognize and respond to this stigma and discrimination. It has been designed by people with dementia to help others – including other people living with dementia, the people who support them, and those who do research – to address the challenges of stigma and discrimination.” Video clips demonstrate interactions and stimulate discussions. Explore the website here and sign up for Newsletter here MUSIC AS A CAREGIVING TOOL Family Caregivers of BC The latest in a series of 15 Caregiver Out Loud podcasts: "Hear how music enhances the care experience...No matter what your musical background is, music used intentionally can be beneficial to improve health and well-being...not only for the care recipient, but for you as well, as a caregiver...hear how music enhances the care experience." Listen here or subscribe to the series where you get your podcasts COVID IN THE HOUSE OF OLD Curator Megan J. Davies collaborated with on an installation project telling stories of those in long-term care during the pandemic: “how we failed our vulnerable elders…the sheer numbers of people who were lost…petition to transform eldercare for quality of life.” The website has the installation’s stories, pictures, audio plus educational resources (artefacts, podcasts, exhibit texts) This is a traveling exhibi t now in New Westminster, then Squamish, and bookable for other sites. Website here COUR AGE : ACTION FOR BETTER AGING SE Health and the Covenant Family “The pandemic has had a devastating impact on Canada’s older adults… shone a public light on many important issues at the heart of aging: safety, independence, quality of life, human connection, and well-being.COURAGE: Action for Better Aging invites Canada to get involved… look at where we are today and at models and practices that help older adults stay in their homes and communities. ” A discussion paper here BC SENIORS: FALLING FURTHER BEHIND Office of the Seniors Advocate, British Columbia “The report highlights the impact of rising costs on B.C. seniors who depend on government pensions and ranks B.C…The report includes the results of a province wide survey of low-income seniors and a provincewide consultation with over 80 community agencies who work with seniors.” Read the report here LIVING MY CULTURE Canadian Virtual Hospice “Quality palliative care helps you honour your culture, spirituality and traditions… people from various cultures share their stories and wisdom about living with serious illness, end of life and grief to support others.” Also videos and insights from representatives of eight global cultures . Indigenous cultural safety training : Advanced illness, palliative care and grief and “Coming full circle: Planning for Your Care a booklet to ensure Indigenous Peoples’ choices for their future healthcare are known and respected.” Information here BC BRAIN WELLNESS PROGRAMS BC Brain Wellness Centre, University of British Columbia "BC Brain Wellness Program...provides learning opportunities for medical professionals and the general public on brain wellness practices. Wide range of free programs …from interdisciplinary collaborations with UBC's Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Neurology, Psychiatry, Neurosciences, Sports Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology and the School of Music as well as several community partners." January-April 2023 class registration begins January 9th. Explore classes here CAREGIVER LEARNING CENTRE Family Caregivers of BC Caregiver resources in formats to read (articles, tips, tools, flip books), watch (webinars and videos), listen (podcasts) or take a class (free, online). Browse here GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT AGEISM World Health Organization (WHO) “This campaign aims to tackle ageism by changing how we all think, feel and act towards age and ageing…A toolkit to learn about ageism, initiate your own conversations about this important topic in your community, organize events to raise awareness, and spread the word through social media to create #AWorld4AllAges. Tookit and related information here FREE AND LOW-COST FOOD RESOURCES IN VANCOUVER Vancouver City Food Programs There are many opportunities throughout the city - grocery deliveries, meals, community fridges - mapped with contacts and availability. Information here Ongoing . Check back here for periodic updates as programs may expand or change. HOP ON BOARD! Active Aging Society, TransLink, Choose to Move Learn about multi-modal transportation options available to seniors and newcomers in an engaging webinar. Hop on Board! is an up-to-date review of various ways it can be easy to use public transit in Metro Vancouver. You might qualify for a HandyCard to get out and about. If so, care partners are free ! Webinar and transcript are available here MOVE AND CONNECT WEBINAR SERIES Active Aging Society “Features wide-ranging health promotion and healthy lifestyle topics...series aims to connect older adults to information and services to support their physical, social, and mental health…learn strategies and set goals.” Example: A Prescription for Nature: Connect to Better Health Through Nature in collaboration with BC Parks Foundation. Ask your healthcare provider for a ParX Prescription – hand them this flyer Series of recordings here Events - Return to top

  • Newsletter | Westside Seniors Hub

    NEWSLETTER HubBytes is t he Westside Seniors Hub's newsletter. It profiles key initiatives of the Hub's Partner Organizations and flags current issues, events and innovations that may be of interest to seniors. After a pandemic-induced hiatus of two years, we aim to publish HubBytes quarterly starting with Winter 2021-2022 . To view copies of HubBytes newsletters or subscribe, please click here

  • Staff Education | Westside Seniors Hub

    STAFF EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES CLEAR Climate, Lived Experience and Resilience Community Consultation Vancouver Coastal Health During an extreme heat event, the 2021 heat dome, VCH and non-governmental partners reached out to residents in VCH’s area with resources and supports. Now VCH is engaging vulnerable populations - people with disabilities or chronic conditions, older adults, people experiencing homelessness or marginally housed - in focus groups, one-on-one phone conversations or surveys . In order to plan for the future, VCH wants their input on how they managed heat and other climate-related events during 2021-2022 and how to plan for the future . Individuals can register to be contacted or complete a survey. Organizations can also submit on behalf of a group. More information and to register or complete the survey here DREAM Dementia Resources for Eating, Activity, and Meaningful Inclusion University of Waterloo A website with evidence-based resources to give community program and service providers the knowledge and skills necessary to make physical activity and healthy eating experiences more dementia-inclusive. Now recruiting people experiencing dementia and care partners in communities as well as individuals who deliver community programs and services. Enrollment open now. Details here ​ PATHWAYS: BC COMMUNITY SERVICE DIRECTORY PathwaysBC “Publicly available services and programs, in participating communities.” The Directory is a joint initiative between Doctors of BC’s General Practitioner Services Committee and the BC government with a support team that provides the technical infrastructure. It is free, searchable by the public and has many filter options to narrow down keyword searches. Search here Organizations can apply to list their services in categories such as,.Navigation Support:Seniors Services ; Health & Fitness: Seniors ; Caregiver Support Groups; Seniors Centre:Seniors Activities; Loneliness/Social Isolation; Outings/Day Trips etc More information about access to Pathways here NAVIGATOR TRAINING FOR SENIORS HOUSING AND SUPPORT Seniors Services Society of British Columbia “Enhance your skills and knowledge in navigating seniors’ housing options and facilitating access to community resources through guest speakers." Dates: Four Fridays, January 20-February 10, 2023, 10:00am PST Register by January 13, 2023 4:30pm PST (60 spots available) Information and registration here SENIORS OUTDOOR ACTIVATION TOOLKIT 8-80 Cities and Woodgreen Community Services, Toronto “… tells the story of over 100 seniors who saw the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to flip the standard for seniors programming in parks and public spaces .” Benefits, making the case, evaluation, recommendations. Report here MOBILIZING TO PROMOTE HEALTH & WELL-BEING FOR OLDER ADULTS CORE Healthy Aging Canada “Launching a series of monthly 90-minute webinars… to mobilize action on various issues by focusing on effective models and the policies, practices, partnerships, and networks that support them. Through interviews and discussions with practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers, each session will explore a topic and the key issues and challenges.” Q&A + opportunity to join a discussion group . ​ Times: Last Thursday of the month 10:00 -11:30am January 26, 2023 10:00-11:30am PST Housing and Living Arrangement Options for Older Adults: At Home. In Community Register here September 29, 2022 : Re-orienting Health and Social Services for Older Adults: Provincial Strategies for Community-Based Seniors Services Webinar recording here October 27, 2022 : Age-friendly Communities: A Key Strategy in Promoting the Well-Being of Older Adults Webinar Video here November 24th: Housing for Older Adults More information and register here CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL PRESCRIBING (CISP) Intersectoral collaboration project anchored by the Canadian Red Cross “CISP is a new national hub to link people and share practices that connect people to community-based supports and services that can help improve their health and well-being… part of a global movement of people bringing community capacity and healthcare services closer together by directly addressing the social determinants of health , from loneliness and social isolation to racism and ageism to income and housing and much more.” Newsletter, events, reports, resources, etc. Website here ​ INTERGEN-NS North Shore Community Resources Intergenerational Program Directory and Resource Hub that “helps connect different generations on the North Shore while providing resources to help community partners establish intergenerational programming … These projects have been launched in order to actively facilitate a North Shore community that is connected, inclusive, and age-friendly.” Information here FLIPPING STIGMA ON ITS EAR TOOLKIT “The discrimination caused by stigma that accompanies a diagnosis of dementia needs to be ‘flipped on its ear’! The purpose of this toolkit is to recognize and respond to this stigma and discrimination . It has been designed by people with dementia to help others – including other people living with dementia, the people who support them, and those who do research – to address the challenges of stigma and discrimination.” Video clips demonstrate interactions and stimulate discussions. Explore the website and sign up for a newsletter here Aging Well Education - Ongoing Dementia Education & Opportunities CIRCLE OF CARE FOR CAREGIVERS TRAINING Family Caregivers of British Columbia For staff and volunteers , training aims to “strengthen and develop informal networks of support for family caregivers in B C..by increasing the community’s capacity to identify caregivers at risk of isolation and intervening effectively by mobilizing informal supports …After completing the three sessions, participants will receive a detailed digital training manual from FCBC. ” ​ Dates: January 23, 24 and 25, 2023 10am-12pm PST Register by January 12, 2023 (20 spots available) . More information and registration here STORIES FOR CAREGIVERS A series of 2-minute videos “‘Therapeutic Fibbing’ is a 4-part heart-opening dramatic comedy web series featuring an everyday Canadian family utilizing — with varying levels of success -- a form of compassionate lying to navigate communications with a loved one living with dementia.” YouTube here Facebook here RECENT ADDITIONS UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LONELINESS AMONG OLDER CANADIANS AND HOW TO ADDRESS IT National Institute on Ageing “Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly recognized as important public health concerns. Globally, as well as in Canada, these issues have significant implications for the health and well-being of older persons .” This is one of many reports and other resources (news, National Seniors Strategy) of concern to seniors, some offered in many languages . Explore here BUILDING DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES ONLINE COURSE Alzheimer Societies of Canada “The Building dementia-friendly communities course…a self-paced 75 minute online, interactive course in four modules …is currently available in English and French…designed for professionals working in the recreation, library, retail, restaurant and public transportation sectors…knowledge and skills needed to increase support, inclusion and accessibility (both in the social and physical environments) for people living with dementia.” Information here Register here PROGRAM PLANNING FOR GRANT WRITING United Way of British Columbia “Effective grant seeking…involves strategic prospect research, detailed project planning, and articulating a compelling case, all while employing efficient tools, processes, and systems.” This online interactive session includes: • creating compelling project rationales/needs descriptions; • exploring planning methodologies, including Theory of Change and Logic Models; • incorporating measurable outcomes. Recording here Slides here ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIAS IN INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health “This report summarizes what is known about the knowledge, needs, and gaps of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and healthcare practitioners working in Indigenous communities related to dementias…It provides a review of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis understandings of dementias, their perceptions of healthy aging, and their preferences for care …an overview of the barriers and facilitators of knowledge translation and exchange about dementia care and management…” Explore the report here PROMISING MODELS OF SENIORS' TRANSPORTATION United Way British Columbia & SFU Cities, Health, and Active Transportation Research Lab “This report provides the findings from case studies…to profile promising models of seniors’ transportation and to learn what facilitates or impedes the success of these services. We used extensive selection criteria to select six services that covered a diverse set of models and geographic contexts.” Read the report here LIVING MY CULTURE Canadian Virtual Hospice “Quality palliative care helps you honour your culture, spirituality and traditions…people from various cultures share their stories and wisdom about living with serious illness, end of life and grief to support others.” Indigenous cultural safety training : Advanced illness, palliative care and grief and “Coming full circle: Planning for your care a booklet to ensure Indigenous Peoples’ choices for their future healthcare are known and respected.” Also videos and insights from representatives of eight global cultures. Information here HEALTHY AGING CORE CANADA United Way BC & Employment & Social Development Canada “Healthy Aging CORE (Collaborative Online Resources and Education) is a platform to c onnect local, regional, provincial and national non-profit, government, and academic organizations and coalitions that focus on programs, services, policies, practices, and research aimed at supporting older Canadians to age in place in their homes and communities….All content on CORE is vetted …CORE is designed to connect and coordinate with other relevant networks, and not duplicate.” Features: Resources…Training & Events…Groups & Activity….Programs & Initiatives…Funding Opportunities ​ Join email list here AGING AND THRIVING IN THE 21ST CENTURY Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University, Calgary “…a scan of issues, trends, system dynamics and innovations…guided by the question: What factors are preventing older Canadians from flourishing, and how might we transform systems to maximize the choice, dignity, mobility, security, and trust accompanying an aging population transitioning into less autonomous living circumstances?" Report authored by James Stauch here FROME'S COMPASSION PROJECT UK Men’s Shed & Health Connections Mendip-UK “Compassionate communities help to reduce isolation and loneliness and bring a sense of belonging. Social relationships are the most effective intervention for improving health and longevity. Frome’s care combines a compassionate programme of community development with routine medical care…three key elements : making the most of the supportive networks of family, friends and neighbours…building networks of support for the routine matters of life…linking to community activity , such as choir, walking groups, men’s sheds, talking cafes and other interest groups where people can make friendships and share life’s events.” This event has passed. Health Connections Mendip website here Frome Shed website here ARCHIVED TRAINING WEBINARS Healthy Aging CORE Canada “CORE regularly hosts training events on relevant program and organizational development topics. These sessions are recorded and archived on CORE..and this compendium provides a listing of categories and links so that you can access them at your convenience.” Available here THE FUTURE OF AGING IN PLACE IN CANADA University Health Network Open Lab, Toronto " Through participatory design with seniors and inspiring demonstration projects, Vertical Aging pushes us to imagine and create possibilities beyond the current crop of institutional options . . these projects challenge conventional thinking about aging in contemporary urban society " Webinar recording here SOCIAL NEEDS OF OLDER ADULTS CAN'T BE MET BY TECHNOLOGY ALONE CTV article; research by Dr. Yue Qian, UBC Sociology “…virtual interaction, like phone calls, video calls and texting during pandemic lockdowns were not helpful on their own as an alternative to face-to-face time for people over 60. ‘Our findings demonstrate that face-to-face household contact is crucial to sustaining older adults’ mental wellbeing,” Qian said.’” ​ CTV article here Frontiers in Sociology Article here METRO VANCOUVER HOMESHARE Canada HomeShare “The goal of HomeShare is to foster intergenerational relationships , support aging in place for older adults while simultaneously addressing the affordable rental crisis faced by students…a facilitated model of shared housing to Metro Vancouver… for older adults who would like to share their home with a student for the coming school year …up to seven hours per week of assistance around the home and/or companionship… Canada HomeShare Social Workers create matches that meet both the needs of the home provider and student using a framework designed and developed by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly.” Paused in 2022, but restarting in 2023. Sign up here for notification ENABLING CONNECTIONS - A TABLET LENDING LIBRARY South Granville Seniors Centre & Partners “The four elements of the Enabling Connections program are: a tablet lending library , digital literacy mentoring , a virtual senior’s centre , and knowledge sharing with other organizations . The Enabling Connections project is focused on creating connections between individuals and creating a sense of community and mutual support, peer to peer.” Information here CLOSING THE GAPS: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY FOR OLDER ADULTS Canadian Red Cross; National Institute on Ageing “This is a recent report…that includes 29 Evidence-Informed Expert Recommendations to Improve Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Older Adults Across Canada…directed at Community-Based Services and Programs…Webinar features Dr. Samir Sinha, lead author of the report.” Report here FROME'S COMPASSION PROJECT UK Men’s Shed & Health Connections Mendip-UK “Compassionate communities help to reduce isolation and loneliness and bring a sense of belonging. Social relationships are the most effective intervention for improving health and longevity. Frome’s care combines a compassionate programme of community development with routine medical care…three key elements : making the most of the supportive networks of family, friends and neighbours…building networks of support for the routine matters of life…linking to community activity , such as choir, walking groups, men’s sheds, talking cafes and other interest groups where people can make friendships and share life’s events.” This event has passed. Health Connections Mendip website here Frome Shed website here COMMUNITY COUNSELLING SERVICES IN BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, Community Action Initiative “An extension of government funding to 49 local community counselling agencies provides access to low- and no-cost counselling services. Community counselling provides flexibility for counsellors to meet clients through outreach, in-person counselling or through virtual supports. In some community agencies, counsellors connect people to other services and supports.” Counselling services offered within BC’s Health Authorities here Aging well education material Back to Top AGING WELL EDUCATION - ONGOING These are virtual educational resources for the seniors'-serving sector that can be joined or viewed on an ongoing basis. COVID-19 AND THE DIGITAL DIVIDE (Centre for Ageing Better, UK) Key findings from research involving i) > 250 seniors’-serving organizations about their service delivery efforts and ii) 50-70 year olds with incomes less than $42k about their use of the Internet and digital devices. Identifies and shares good practices for supporting digital inclusion and skill development during the pandemic and beyond. Describes how supports improved seniors’ knowledge and understanding of digital skills. July 2021 report here COMMUNITY DEMENTIA CARE AND SUPPORT (Healthcare Excellence Canada) Webinar series: "Innovations that are supporting people living with dementia and care partners, closer to home…what’s working and what isn’t…help innovators figure out how they can spread and scale their innovation so more people living with dementia, and care partners can benefit.” Past webinars and newsletter registration for upcoming related learning opportunities here AGING YOUR WAY: CREATING AN AGE-INCLUSIVE CANADA (CanAge; Toronto Public Library) A series of upcoming free webinars plus recordings & key learnings from other 2021 webinars. Information here GLUU TECHNOLOGY TUESDAYS (GLUU Society; Government of Canada) The Canadian nonprofit on a mission to help older adults use technology to stay happy, healthy & connected. We make digital skills stick…offer free digital skills training for all Canadian seniors about Apple and Android mobile devices. Information here Register for Technology Tuesdays here (Recordings available if registered) DIALOGUE ON AGING SERIES WEBINARS (Providence Health Care) Recordings of 2020-2021series of monthly presentations about self-care for positive mental health, mindfulness, brain health, sleep health, physical activity, technologies, socialization, creativity & living well with dementia, COVID-19 and dementia strategies and support, etc. Typically 2-hour presentation including discussion. Recordings here CAREGIVERS OUT LOUD: A PODCAST (Family Caregivers of BC) “A series of conversations with caregivers that highlight the joys, trials, and self-discoveries that come along with this rewarding and taxing position... have support and balance through the stories of inspiring caregivers.” Information here BRAIN WELLNESS PROGRAMS (UBC Brain Wellness Centre) Wide range of topics and their effects on brain health: music, nutrition, sleep, mood, improv theatre, practical tips, mindfulness, role as care partner etc. Information here Subscribe to newsletter here WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO AGE IN PLACE? (Hon. Joyce Murray, MP Quadra Brunch Connections) Guest speaker Ms. Isobel Mackenzie, BC’s Seniors’ Advocate, discusses “how to plan successfully to age in place, and how to help others – spouse, parent, family member, or friend – do the same… communities, business, the charitable sector, and various levels of government must collaborate to ensure today’s Canadians can age-in-place safely, as long as they wish...challenges and solutions. ” Recording here NO PLACE LIKE HOME(SHARE): INSIGHTS FROM AN INTERGENERATIONAL HOMESHARING PROGRAM IN TORONTO “Toronto HomeShare Pilot Project that matched 11 over-housed older adults 55+ (overhoused with respect to physical home space, social needs or supports with activities of daily living), with post-secondary student homeseekers who were experiencing difficulty securing safe and affordable housing… ‘facilitated’ by social workers and housing experts…now fully funded as a program by the City of Toronto…expanded to the City of Barrie.” Webinar recording here RAINBOW STEPS TO LGBT2SQ SENIORS “This webinar discusses aging in the LGBT2SQ communities and how service providers can deliver more inclusive and supportive programming…. practical ways to provide sensitive, competent and inclusive community programming and services for LGBT2SQ individuals.” Webinar recording here ADDRESSING STIGMA: AGING AND OLDER ADULTS (UWLM CORE Healthy Aging) 55min. An overview of stigma as outlined in the Public Health Agency of Canada's (2019 report) 'Stigma Action Framework for Building an Inclusive Health System' Recording here 2019 Summary video (Voices for Inclusion 4min) here HEALING IN PANDEMIC TIMES (Northern Health, Indigenous Health, NCCIH) An animated video reviews key terms such as stigmatization, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination in an easily understandable way (4:32 min). Related publications include Thinking About Cultural Safety; Practical tips: Engaging People During COVID-19 ; Cultural Safety: Respect & Dignity in Relationships; Cultural Safety: Poster Series. Video and information available here PROMISING APPROACHES REVISITED: EFFECTIVE ACTION ON LONELINESS IN LATER LIFE In the United Kingdom,“the Campaign to End Loneliness believes that nobody who wants company should be without it…We do this by creating spaces for collaboration and support to the sector and by…building evidence, convening and supporting the loneliness community , making the case for action, public campaigning, campaigning locally.” Information here FUNDRAISING TRENDS OF 2021 THAT MAY INFLUENCE YOUR STRATEGY AND PREPARE YOUR ORGANIZATION FOR A SUCCESSFUL YEAR (Charity Village) Webinar (Feb 2, 2021) and information here SENIORS' TRANSPORTATION WEBINAR (UWLM CORE Healthy Aging) Learn more about the new Provincial Working Group on Seniors Transportation, the seniors-centred approach it will bring to its work, and its plans for improving seniors’ mobility in BC over the next two years. (January 27, 2021 presentation) Recording and slides available here Back to Top ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE July 2021 Features reports from Medscape Medical News about advances in understanding dementia: risk factors, tests, diagnosis, treatments, epidemiology, practice guidelines and more. ​ Conference news here ENGAGING PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA IN DECISION-MAKING ​ Canadian Centre for Elder Law ​ “We are seeking participants for a series of virtual consultation events on strategies for including people living with dementia in decision making. The events will run from July 2021 to March 2022. We would like to hear from people living with dementia and other disabilities. We are also recruiting family members and friends for virtual consultation events on the perspectives of caregivers.” ​ Project Status: Work in Progress Information here Poster - people living with dementia here Poster - caregivers here VIRTUAL SERVICES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA Adult Cognitive Wellness Centre Langley, BC Virtual services for people living with dementia (Adult Cognitive Wellness Centre, Langley, BC) Regular midday and afternoon sessions offered monthly by qualified facilitators: Caregiver Support, Yoga, Easy Practice of Qigong Movement, Experience-Centered Care with H.E.A.R.T. Methodology™, Mindfulness Base Stress Reduction. Pre-registration & information here DEMENTIA EDUCATION & OPPORTUNITIES Dementia Education & Opportunities BEACON *SHINING LIGHT ON DEMENTIA ​ Pacific Spirit United Church, Vancouver, BC ​ In 2021, members of the congregation participated in a four-part series of online conversations “to further our sense of inclusion and love by opening meaningful conversations about what it means to be a dementia-friendly community…in our care for one another, in our building’s accessibility, and in our programming.” ​ Information here Four-part video series here DEMENTIA & SPIRITUALITY: PODCAST SERIES ​ Dementia Dialogue, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON ​ "This new four-part series explores the many dimensions of spirituality along the dementia journey, as well as how our cultural background influences and nurtures spiritual perspectives.Our hosts have held interviews with a range of guests including people living with dementia, academics and researchers, spiritual care providers and care partners.” ​ Listen here HEALTH CARE DECISION-MAKING LEGAL RIGHTS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA ​ Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Alzheimer Society of BC ​ “A set of resources on the decision-making rights of people living with dementia: three short animated videos, and a booklet. The booklet is available in English, French, Traditional Chinese and Punjabi.” ​ Information here HEALTH CARE DECISION-MAKING LEGAL RIGHTS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA ​ Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Alzheimer Society of BC ​ “A set of resources on the decision-making rights of people living with dementia: three short animated videos, and a booklet. The booklet is available in English, French, Traditional Chinese and Punjabi.” ​ Information here

  • Help Lines | Westside Seniors Hub

    Help Lines Top HELP LINES Click on the buttons below. bc211 Information & Referral 311 City of Vancouver 811 BC Health Link BC Seniors' Advocate Dementia Ventures - FirstLink® STAR: Seniors Transportation Access & Resources SAIL: Seniors Abuse & Information Line Greater Vancouver Seniors Distress Lines Ability 411 Assistive Technologies & Equipment AssistList: Home Health Equipment Exchange BC211 PROVINCE-WIDE INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICES 24/7 bc211 is a British Columbia, non-profit organization that provides a free, confidential, multilingual (160 languages) information about community, government and social services in BC. As a response to COVID-19, bc211 accepts applications for the Safe Seniors, Strong Communities program, both from seniors wanting help and from volunteers willing to step up and help with non-medical needs. ​ Multilingual : Yes (160 languages) Hours : 24/7 Contact: Dial: 211 Text: 211 Web: https://www.bc211.ca Twitter: @bc211Help Email: help@bc211.ca ​ Return to top bc211 311 City of Vancouver 311 CITY OF VANCOUVER Help line within the City for seeking information about operations and services or to report problems. ​ During COVID-19 only use 311 for urgent requests or language interpretation. Otherwise use online chat and email at City website. ​ Multilingual : Yes ​ Hours : 7am to 10pm daily Live chat 9am-4pm ​ Contact: Dial 311 within Metro Vancouver. Outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000 App: VanConnect Web: https://vancouver.ca/your-government/contact-the-city-of vancouver.aspx ​ Return to top DEMENTIA VENTURES FIRST LINK ® DEMENTIA HELPLINE If you have questions about Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, call the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s First Link® Dementia Helpline for information and support (toll-free): ​ Dial: - English: 1-800-936-6033 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) - Cantonese and Mandarin: 1-833-674-5007 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) - Punjabi: 1-833-674-5003 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Web: https://alzheimer.ca/bc/en/help-support/find-support-bc/first-link-dementia-helpline ​ Return to top FirstLink Dementia Helpline 811 HealthLinkBC 811 HEALTHLINK BC 811 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia to speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find non-emergency health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist. ​ Multilingual : Yes (130 languages) For translated resources in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamesego to https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/services-and-resources/translated-resources Hours : 24/7 ​ Contact: Dial: 811 Web: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/ For nursing services: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/nursing-services For dietitian services : https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/dietitian-services For pharmacist services: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/pharmacist-services For qualified exercise professionals: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/physical-activity-services ​ Return to top STAR: SENIORS TRANSPORTATION ACCESS & RESOURCES Need help getting around Vancouver? This is an initiative of B.E.S.T. (Best Environmentally Sound Transportation) in cooperation with bc211 for telephone assistance. Also at STAR website, find transportation options: public transit, HandyDart, community shuttle services, volunteer ride programs, walking, cycling & triking, taxi & private drive services, car sharing. Dial: 211 Web: https://starcanada.ca/transportation-options-for-seniors-metro-vancouver ​ Return to top STAR BCC SENIORS ADVOCATE Speak with an Information & Referral analyst or consult website about health care, housing, income supports, personal supports, transportation. Seniors’ services research reports and Long-term Care Quick Facts Directory. Provide feedback on seniors’ services. Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) Contact: Dial: toll-free 1-877-952-3181 or in Victoria 250-952-3181 Web: https://www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca/ ​ Return to top BC Seniors Advocate SENIORS ABUSE & INFORMATION LINE (SAIL) SAIL is a province-wide confidential service for older adults, and those who care about them, to talk to a trained intake worker about abuse or mistreatment. Seniors will receive information and support about issues that impact their health and wellbeing. Multilingual: Yes, upon request (180 languages) Hours: 8am-8pm 7 days/week (excluding holidays) ​ Contact: Dial: 604-437-1940 or toll-free 1-866-437-1940 TTY equipment: 604-428-3359 or toll-free 1-855-306-1443 Web: http://seniorsfirstbc.ca/programs/sail ​ Return to top Seniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL) CRISIS CENTRE OF BC Immediate access to barrier-free, non-judgmental, confidential support and follow-up to youth, adults, and seniors throughout 24/7 phone lines and online services. The Distress Services program provides support to vulnerable individuals across British Columbia. Multilingual: Yes (140 languages) Hours: 24/7 distress phone line and online chat services between noon and 1:00am Contact: Dial: Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311 Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433 Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789 Web: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/ Chat: Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca (Noon to 1am) ​ Return to top Crisis Centre of BC Ability 411 ABILITY 411 Web-based service for answers to questions and practical information about technologies, tools and equipment that increase independence and wellbeing for BC seniors, and support their families and care teams. Multilingual: Use an online translation app Web: https://www.ability411.ca/find-answers Ask a question https://www.ability411.ca/ask-new-question ​ AssistList ASSIST LIST “Helping simplify the exchange of home health equipment for our community” with blog, resources and searchable database of equipment listings , …”facilitating safe exchanges across Metro Vancouver by creating a network of Community Exchange Zones to help us facilitate safe exchanges across Metro Vancouver. ” Non-profit operated by staff and volunteers; funded by partners and donors. Multilingual: Use an online translation app Hours: equipment list is available 24/7 here Contact: online here with questions

  • Current Hub Partner Projects | Westside Seniors Hub

    CURRENT HUB PARTNERS' PROJECTS Dementia Ventures i s a commitment by the Westside Seniors Hub Partner Organizations to offer diverse activities for people living with dementia and their care partners. These activities are designed to: reduce stigma sustain quality of life ​ The projects listed below are partially funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada via the Building Capacity for Meaningful Participation by People Living with Dementia umbrella project. Current Hub Partner project planning began in early 2020 and is evolving all the time! ​ For more information, click on a category below to learn more, or click on a Partner's name for their contact information. ​ COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS Hub Partners want to foster more inclusive communities . They engage a wide range of community members in plans and conversations to build and change programs, and increase awareness. ​ These Partners are currently working on projects to achieve those objectives. If you can participate in their projects, please click on the Partner's name and contact them directly. ​ Translink Awareness-Building Placards Thanks to an Implementation Fund grant from the Building Capacity for Meaningful Participation by People Living with Dementia project, the Hub’s Council has placed 210 awareness-building placards inside TransLink buses in Metro Vancouver during the summer. The three different designs developed by Building Capacity project team members Samantha Pineda Sierra and Heather Neale Furneaux, quote Action Committee members with lived experience from a special initiative known as The Flipping Stigma Project . These members’ comments reflect on what it feels like to be discriminated against because of their dementia. The campaign aims to increase awareness and encourage open and respectful conversations about living with dementia. Even if you don’t travel on public buses, you will want to take a look HERE at these engaging placards. ​ Kitsilano Community Centre Association offers a variety of physical, social, and multicultural programming sponsored two Memory Cafés in October aimed at gathering programming needs and ideas from people experiencing dementia and care partners Community Needs Assessment Group sponsored two Memory Cafés to gather community members' perspectives. An insightful report summarizes responses and diverse strategies for next steps in programming. steps forward ​ ​ West Point Grey United Church TLC (The Lunch Club) A program for seniors and people with dementia in the west side of Vancouver. A Four Part Series with educational component and group discussions. ​ Pacific Spirit United Church Congregation members at Pacific Spirit United Church created an insightful four-part series looking at dementia from a community perspective. It's called Beacon *shining light on Dementia and is available online here . ​ PROGRAM PLANNING Hub Partners are adapting existing programs to be more inclusive and planning new programs. They appreciate having community members participate at every stage - planning, implementing and sustaining - to build community capacity. If you can participate at any stage of program planning or implementation, please click on the name of a Hub Partner below for their project description and contact them directly. ​ A.S.K. Friendship Centre develop programs & design space purchase art supplies to diversify programs ​ Dunbar Residents Association identify assets & gaps in services for seniors adapt Salmonberry Days for inclusive programming organize Fireweed Club for outdoor activities in Balaclava Park, including development of a pollinator garden ​ Kitsilano Neighbourhood House promote dementia awareness with staff and volunteer trainings convene a focus group to include the voices of people living with dementia and care partners in meaningful activities engage Business Improvement Areas (BIA) in a series of dialogues ​ South Granville Seniors Centre Two Happy Memories Cafés English-language Café brochure here Spanish-language Café brochure here ​ Collaborative Project - Fireweed Club helping provide transportation to bring participants to outdoor events. opportunities to connect with the larger community and build new connections with people living with dementia in the community. summer schedule of activities in Vancouver's westside parks and plazas here included outings in ASK Society's van DISCOVERING COMMUNITY ASSETS These projects focus on identifying community members and services that can help build capacity to offer meaningful opportunities and adapt existing services to be more inclusive. ​ If you can participate in building capacity, please click on the Hub Partner's name for their contact them directly. ​ The Building Capacity Project - Dementia Ventures Offers engaging programs in order to help organizations make existing offerings more inclusive. Informs future policies and priorities in community and health settings for dementia inclusive communities. ​ Westside Seniors Hub - Transportation Initiative Model Programs that explore van-sharing and public transit challenges and solutions for seniors. ​ Westside Seniors Hub Develop a website to showcase Partners' projects and opportunities to get involved Invite diverse community members to become involved Collaborate with UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning students involved as Community Action Mobilizers to conduct asset-mapping of Vancouver's westside neighbourhoods and promote community resilience planning for shocks & stressors

  • Professionals | Westside Seniors Hub

    PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH SENIORS YOU can help offer diverse & inclusive activities foster action to combat stigma adapt programs to be inclusive & supportive align policies & technologies for more opportunities increase transportation access If you are a professional involved in administering programs or providing direct personal care for people experiencing cognitive decline, your role is critical in fostering their inclusion in activities. You facilitate providing diverse opportunities so everyone can remain meaningfully engaged in community life and no one gets excluded. ​ Hub Partners would like to hear from you! Visit the Current Hub Partner Projects page to see which project is most attractive and contact the Partner sponsoring it.

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  • DV Guides 4 inclusion | Westside Seniors Hub

    Guides pour la programmation inclusive CLICK in the links below REAWAKENING THE MIND Dirigés par les seniors: L e Hub est dirigé par des personnes âgées afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des personnes âgées. Il favorise un processus de vieillissement en bonne santé, reconnaissant que plusieurs générations et cohortes ont besoin de différentes activités et soutiens. Les aînés fournissent des conseils sur l'amélioration de l'accessibilité des programmes pour aînés et la prise en compte de la diversité des intérêts des aînés. SHARING MEMORIES: REMINISCENCE ACTIVITIES (Lee County Library System, Florida) ​ Programs that find meaning in memories, storytelling, letter writing, community conversations and tips for success in engagement. HOW-TO GUIDES FOR WALKING GROUPS AND CAFÉS Dirigés par les seniors: L e Hub est dirigé par des personnes âgées afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des personnes âgées. Il favorise un processus de vieillissement en bonne santé, reconnaissant que plusieurs générations et cohortes ont besoin de différentes activités et soutiens. Les aînés fournissent des conseils sur l'amélioration de l'accessibilité des programmes pour aînés et la prise en compte de la diversité des intérêts des aînés. COMMUNITY-ENGAGED ARTS PRACTICE WITH SENIORS: A STARTUP GUIDE (Arts and Health, Canada) ​ “Community-engaged arts programs promote the health, well-being and social inclusion of older adults…address the gap between the existing supports available for well seniors in recreation facilities and those for very frail seniors…provide a forum for exploration, imagination, and communication that can transform individual lives and profoundly impact community life.” CREATING PARTNERSHIPS IN DEMENTIA CARE: A CHANGING MELODY TOOLKIT Dirigés par les seniors: L e Hub est dirigé par des personnes âgées afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des personnes âgées. Il favorise un processus de vieillissement en bonne santé, reconnaissant que plusieurs générations et cohortes ont besoin de différentes activités et soutiens. Les aînés fournissent des conseils sur l'amélioration de l'accessibilité des programmes pour aînés et la prise en compte de la diversité des intérêts des aînés. SOCIAL ISOLATION OF SENIORS: IDEAS EXCHANGE EVENT TOOLKIT “Toolkit is meant to help people and organizations host effective meetings to exchange ideas and respond to the social isolation of seniors in their communities. It contains tools, templates and support resources for hosting an ideas exchange event.” Back to Resources - Dementia Ventures

  • Program Leaders | Westside Seniors Hub

    PROGRAM LEADERS YOU can help create a sense of belonging for people with dementia deliver diverse experiences facilitate expression of feelings stimulate the senses and emotions It is so important to remain socially, mentally and physically active when experiencing cognitive decline. Program leaders are essential partners in offering meaningful activities that are fun and inclusive, so community members living with dementia and their care partners look forward to participating. This website's Resources will help you understand how to engage and adapt your leadership skills so your language and approaches resonate and encourage everyone to remain active and involved in your programs. ​ Hub Partners would like to hear from you! Visit the Current Hub Partner Projects page to see which project is most attractive and contact the Partner sponsoring it

  • Resources | Westside Seniors Hub

    RESOURCES We also provide selected resources here for Dementia Ventures , since that is the Hub's focus in 2020-2023. Understanding & living with dementia Guides for inclusive Programming Tools for Engagement Research Reports & Data

  • Inclusive Community | Westside Seniors Hub

    CARE PARTNERS YOU can help reveal challenges that need to be addressed create activities that fit with your needs as well as those you care for offer ideas for innovative initiatives participate in community conversations To partners, relatives, friends or professionals regularly involved in providing care for a person living with dementia: ​ Your voice is needed in planning and implementing activities that are feasible and engaging. Hub Partners would like to hear from you! ​ Visit the Current Hub Partner Projects page to see which project is most attractive and contact the Partner sponsoring it

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  • DV News | Westside Seniors Hub

    DV News Top NEWS January 9, 2023 BRAIN WELLNESS CENTRE PROGRAM REGISTRATION BC Brain Wellness Centre, UBC Brain Wellness are unique and interactive programs establishing clinically relevant lifestyle approaches to complement medical treatment in the clinics at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health…and provides learning opportunities for medical professionals and the general public on brain wellness practices. Wide range of free programs …from interdisciplinary collaborations with Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Neurology, Psychiatry, Neurosciences, Sports Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology and the School of Music as well as several community partners . ​ Winter program information and registration here January 15, 2023 THE ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW Beacon *shining light on Growing Old And The Arts Committee A fun, light-hearted 'show and tell' at Pacific Spirit United Church. All generations are welcome to bring their own unofficial 'antique' and tell stories about those things we have inherited and may no longer use.Sing songs and enjoy the company. ​ Time: 12:00-1:30 with lunch Location: Pacific Spirit United Church, 2915 West 45th Ave., Vancouver, BC Please RSVP by email to admin@pacificspirituc.com Poster here January 25, 2023 FINDING HOPE IN DEMENTIA Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging A public conversation between researchers and people with lived experience of dementia and carers… exploring answers to questions: What does a diagnosis of dementia mean? How can one find hope and a sense of belonging on this journey? What is the place of people with dementia in society and community? The panel will reflect on practical ways to find hope, social connectedness, and empowerment on the journey. Date: January 25 3:00pm PST Register here February 14, 2023 SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY DEMENTIA United Way BC & Alzheimer Society of BC “Learn how to distinguish dementia from normal age-related changes and how symptoms can evolve as dementia progresses…how you can support a person living with dementia and their family or friend caregiver(s)…Learn how to refer a client to First Link® and the programs and supports available. Date: February 14, 2023 10:00am PT. Register here December 2022 MEMORY CAFÉ: COMMUNITY CENTRE PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT NEEDS FOR SENIORS EXPERIENCING MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS Kitsilano Community Centre Association Board The Association Board oversees programs at the community centre. “A Community Needs Assessment Group is charged to become better informed by the community… One gap that has been identified is tailored programs and supports specifically for those struggling with memory loss and supports and services for those caring for seniors with memory loss .” Two Memory Cafés were held to gain community members’ perspectives and formulate some potential next steps . Read about the community responses and various strategies in their repor t October 2022 DEMENTIA IN CANADA: CROSS-COUNTRY REPORT CanAge “We wanted to find out where Canada is on the path to making this country dementia-inclusive … This report, the first of its kind in Canada, benchmarks the progress made in each province and territory to prepare for the rapidly growing rate of dementia... It also looks at our National Dementia Strategy, and the role the federal government has to play in stewarding, and funding a collaborative approach to this important work. We need to do better. We can do better.” Report here January 2023 DEMENTIA VENTURES AT KITS HOUSE You are invited to become involved in the Kits House Dementia Initiative: "create awareness and build community capacity to include the voices of people living with dementia and their care partners in meaningful activities. Participate in focus group Become a volunteer buddy Train as a community member Contact thaisl@kitshouse.org or call 604-736-3588 ext. 127​ Poster here FLIPPING STIGMA ON ITS EAR TOOLKIT Canadian Health Research Institute “The discrimination caused by stigma that accompanies a diagnosis of dementia needs to be ‘flipped on its ear’! The purpose of this toolkit is to r ecognize and respond to this stigma and discrimination . It has been designed by people with dementia to help others – including other people living with dementia, the people who support them, and those who do research – to address the challenges of stigma and discrimination.” Video clips demonstrate interactions and stimulate discussions. Sign up for the newsletter. . ​ Explore the website here November 2022 THE CASE FOR ENGAGING PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA IN COMMUNITY SUPPORT EFFORTS United Way BC,Building Capacity Project, Westside Seniors Hub “Building Capacity Project team members discuss their grassroots approach to community support with and for people with dementia. They look at both the logistical side and the bigger picture side of how engaging and collaborating with people with lived experience fosters a culture of inclusion and decreases stigma.” Webinar recording and handout here DEMENTIA DIALOGUE PODCASTS Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) Lakehead University Listeners who have dementia, care partners, and others gain insight and strengthen their adaptive skills from podcasts that help the broader community understand what it means to live with dementia and how they can support people.” There are special series for spirituality, arts, women, early onset dementia and new podcasts being added all the time. French & English. Episodes 51 and 53 of Season 4 feature feature lively and insightful conversations with Action Group member, Granville Johnson and Building Capacity Project’s Co-Lead, Dr. Alison Phinney. Website here Season 4 #51 & 53 here CALL TO MIND PODCAST University of Victoria, BC Prof. Debra Sheets “In this four-part podcast series, people living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia record audio diaries and conversations about their lives during the pandemic…Intimate and surprising stories about the challenges and rewards of caregiving, the impacts of isolation, finding joy by living in the present, and staying in love when everything else is changing...inspires you to make your community a more friendly and supportive place for people with dementia.” ​ Podcasts here BUILDING CAPACITY PRO JECT: TAKEAWAYS UBC Nursing The Building Capacity Project Team led a discussion with Westside Seniors Hub Partners on May 25th about "engaging people living with dementia...to participate in community life as full social citizens...using the Action Group's Flipping Stigma Toolkit as an entry point...The online toolkit...gave Partners a chance to think through what stigma looks and feels like." The discussion included: Questions, Insights from Action Group members, Implementing the Toolkit, Engagement, and Resources 4-page Takeaways here STORIES FOR CAREGIVERS A series of 2-minute videos “‘Therapeutic Fibbing’ is a 4-part heart-opening dramatic comedy web series featuring an everyday Canadian family utilizing — with varying levels of success -- a form of compassionate lying to navigate communications with a loved one living with dementia. ” ​ YouTube here Facebook here BUILDING CAPACITY PROJECT WEBSITE University of British Columbia Nursing & Lakehead University “The Building Capacity Project aims to enable people living with dementia to participate in community life as full social citizens. The project develops and evaluates effective ways to create sustainable opportunities for people living with dementia and family/friend caregivers, to remain active and connected in their communities…support community initiatives.” Webinars, newsletter, reports, etc. Website here ​ CA REGIVERS OUT LOUD:A PODCAST SERIES Family Caregivers of BC Listen to “insightful, authentic and heart-centered conversations with caregivers that highlight the joys, trials, and self-discoveries that come along with this rewarding and taxing position.” 20-30 minute episodes accompanied by notes. ​ New addition Feb 2022: Creativity as a Form of Self- Care Listen here PROMOTING ENGAGEMENT OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA & FAMILY/FRIEND CAREGIVERS IN ADVANCE CARE PLANNING THROUGH COMMUNITY-LED PROGRAMS BC Centre for Palliative Care Research-based “learnings from, and resources developed...to promote the engagement of people living with dementia and family/friend caregivers in Advance Care Planning (ACP)…builds on the proven success of an existing, sustainable, community-led education model… to support community organizations facilitate ACP programs for the public. Report here FAMILY DYNAMICS AND HOLIDAYS Family Caregivers of BC Half-hour videos by Wendy Johnstone, Provincial Caregiving Consultant and Gerontologist, available free via Facebook that provide emotional support for those living with dementia and those caring for them. The December 2022 theme was Family Dynamics and the Holidays, but past episodes, webinars, and much more are available to explore here. COMMUNITY COUNSELING SERVICES IN BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, Community Action Initiative “An extension of government funding to 49 local community counselling agencies provides access to low- and no-cost counselling services. Community counselling provides flexibility for counsellors to meet clients through outreach, in-person counselling or through virtual supports . In some community agencies, counsellors connect people to other services and supports.” ​ Availability of counselling services within BC’s Health Authorities here Return to top DV News

  • DV Resources Data | Westside Seniors Hub

    Top of Reports & Data Rapports et données ALZHEIMER ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2022 “The AAIC 2022 covered the breadth of Alzheimer’s and dementia research, including the basic biology of aging and the brain, risk factors and prevention strategies, and caregiving and living well with the disease… presentation and discussion of the latest Alzheimer’s and dementia research.” News release and abstracts here BUILDING CAPACITY FOR MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION BY PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA (UBC-Lakehead Universities, WSH, NWDWG 2020) “Project aims to enhance and promote opportunities for people living with dementia, including dedicated and inclusive physical and social activities that account for the interests and needs of people living with dementia…fosters connections in community and the growth of initiatives based on community capacity and interest.” Information here CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA (Alzheimer Society of Canada 2019) “The Charter defines seven explicit rights to empower you to self-advocate as a person living with dementia in Canada…ensures that the people and organizations that support you will know and protect your rights.” Right #4: “To access support so that I can live as independently as possible and be as engaged as possible in my community.” Information here THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA: FROM RHETORIC TO REALTY (Dementia Alliance International 2016) “A basic introduction to Human-Rights Based Approaches (HBRAs) – a UN approved system, which has been applied across all sectors… focuses on ways in which the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) can be used to promote the well-being and quality of life of people living with dementia.” Information here A DEMENTIA STRATEGY FOR CANADA: TOGETHER WE ASPIRE (Public Health Agency of Canada 2019) “It is possible to live well and achieve quality of life at all stages of dementia through compassionate diagnosis, connection to support systems, increased awareness of dementia among all Canadians and reduced financial hardship for those living with dementia and their caregivers.” Information here Return to top DEVELOPING CULTURALLY GROUNDED DEMENTIA EDUCATION MATERIALS FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY-BASED CARE (Jacklin & Blind 2018) "ICARE investigators and research staff worked closely with our community advisory members and Tribal Leadership to develop" a suite of tools: Dementia in Indigenous Populations ; Underlying Frameworks: Cultural Safety & Two-Eyed Seeing ; Indigenous Understandings of Memory Loss & Aging ; Fact Sheets ; Dementia Care for Indigenous People and their Families. Information here ADDRESSING STIGMA: TOWARDS A MORE INCLUSIVE HEALTH SYSTEM (Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, 2019) “Stigma is associated with poorer physical and mental health outcomes …and cannot be understood or treated separately from stigma related to other characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and income…We can stop using dehumanizing language, examine our own assumptions, and implement policies and education programs, while also measuring our progress towards stigma elimination.” Information here RISK REDUCTION OF COGNITIVE DECLINE AND DEMENTIA (WHO 2019) “Guidelines for risk reduction…provide evidence-based recommendations on lifestyle behaviours and interventions to delay or prevent cognitive decline and dementia.” Information here WORLD ALZHEIMER REPORT 2019: ATTITUDES TO DEMENTIA (Alzheimer’s Disease International, ADI) ADI’s 2019 global survey of attitudes to dementia and recommendations “to take action, to improve awareness, to help dispel lingering myths around dementia and ultimately aim to reduce or even eradicate stigma.” Information here VIRTUAL CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH ALZHEIMER DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIAS DURING THE COVID-19 ERA AND BEYOND (Canadian Medical Association Journal, March 15, 2021) Virtual visits have unique challenges but can potentially improve access to health care for those experiencing dementia. Evidence demonstrates that videoteleconferencing can be useful in assessment, planning, and management of a diagnosis. There is much research underway to overcome barriers and adapt modalities for direct-to-home care. Information here Back to Resources - Dementia Ventures

  • Partner Organizations | Westside Seniors Hub

    COLLABORATION VALUES SENIORS LED Dirigés par les seniors: L e Hub est dirigé par des personnes âgées afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des personnes âgées. Il favorise un processus de vieillissement en bonne santé, reconnaissant que plusieurs générations et cohortes ont besoin de différentes activités et soutiens. Les aînés fournissent des conseils sur l'amélioration de l'accessibilité des programmes pour aînés et la prise en compte de la diversité des intérêts des aînés. COMMUNITY FOCUSED The overarching intention of the collaboration among Partner Organizations is to maximize benefits for the community and to leverage resources effectively, for example by seeking opportunities for funding support and innovative collaboration. The Hub relies on community engagement to address the needs and interests of diverse facets of the community. DIGNITY AND RESPECT Dirigés par les seniors: L e Hub est dirigé par des personnes âgées afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des personnes âgées. Il favorise un processus de vieillissement en bonne santé, reconnaissant que plusieurs générations et cohortes ont besoin de différentes activités et soutiens. Les aînés fournissent des conseils sur l'amélioration de l'accessibilité des programmes pour aînés et la prise en compte de la diversité des intérêts des aînés. BELONGING The Hub strives to create a sense of belonging and inclusion and provide opportunities to be connected and engaged in the community. OPENNESS Ouverture: Les Organisations Partenaires Hub opèrent dans un esprit de respect mutuel et sont claires et ouvertes sur leurs intentions. Ils évoquent tous les problèmes qui surviennent au cours du travail du Hub afin qu'ils puissent être traités par le groupe. BECOME A PARTNER If you are a public, non-profit, or faith-based organization that serves seniors on Vancouver’s Westside, we would like to collaborate with you! ​ WHAT VALUES DOES THE WESTSIDE SENIORS HUB OFFER? ​ Help seniors know what programs and services Westside organizations offer to keep them socially engaged, active and well-served Enable the sharing of information and resources among Hub Partner Organizations and other community entities Better meet the needs of Westside seniors by sharing knowledge between seniors and Hub Partner Organizations Increase community awareness of seniors' issues and strengthen advocacy on behalf of seniors ​ HOW CAN PARTNERING IN THE WESTSIDE SENIORS HUB BENEFIT MY ORGANIZATION? ​ Enhance community awareness of your seniors’ programs and increase participation Learn from experiences and insights of other seniors' service providers Share ideas and solutions to improve seniors’ programs and services Amplify the voice of Westside seniors' service providers through the collective power of working together WHAT ARE THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A HUB PARTNER ORGANIZATION? ​ Actively support the goals and operation of the Westside Seniors Hub by attending quarterly meetings, sitting on committees where possible, and providing advice and expertise to Council and Committees when requested Submit program and event information for profiling in Hub communications (website, HubBytes newsletter) Share ideas, successes, and challenges at quarterly Partner meetings Share information from Partner meetings within your organization Promote the network of Partner Organizations and make referrals where appropriate Partners meet quarterly and communicate via email between meetings. Partners are encouraged to join committees relevant to their work and offer space, resources and guidance to help the Council and volunteers in their efforts. Contact us to become a partner Hub brochure here PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS A growing network of Partner Organizations that serve seniors on the Westside have an interest in collaborating to support seniors in their community. They meet quarterly to share information about resources and assets, identify emerging issues, and collaborate on building a range of integrated services for seniors. They work with the Hub Council, serve on committees to act on identified issues, and represent the Hub to the public and various constituencies. Devenir un partenaire Partenaires actuels Collaboration values

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