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.
A collective listing of virtual (from the Internet) programs for the Metro Vancouver area is available here
SENIORS' TRANSPORTATION SURVEY
United Way British Columbia & Better Environmentally Friendly Transportation (BEST)
The survey’s “purpose is to collect information and opinions on how well the existing transportation system is working for those 55 years of age and better…results will be used to identify the need for new and improved transportation…and to help move forward the conversation for improvements with municipal, regional, and provincial governments as well as transportation service providers.” The survey is confidential and for adults 55+ to fill out online or on paper.
Deadline to submit survey: December 16, 2021 4:00pm
PROVINCIAL SUMMIT ON AGING
United Way British Columbia
The third biennial conference brings together seniors’-serving organizations, older adults, family and caregivers, representative of government agencies, and researchers to discuss and collaborate on current issues and innovations for healthy aging.
Save the dates: April 26-29, 2022
In-person event in Richmond, BC or online/virtual
More information here
Deadlines for registration: Early Bird Dec 15, 2021 Regular Jan 15, 2022
Health Canada and UBC Okanagan School of Nursing
“Do you have knowledge of dementia, caregiving, navigation and volunteerism? Participate in 3 surveys and one discussion board that are designed to understand the needs of caregivers and the kind of learning that volunteers would need. Honorarium for caregiver of an older adult with dementia. Be a contributor to Nav-CARE: “a program for family or friend caregivers of older adults with dementia…utilizes trained volunteer navigators to help support older adults with life-limiting illnesses access resources and services in their community while also developing personal and meaningful relationships.”
Interested in participating?
Contact Madison Huggins by email firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE AND LOW-COST FOOD RESOURCES
Westside Food Collaborative
Kits Cares Café, Community Food Pantry, Jewish Family Services, Community Fridge, The Rescued Food Box Program, Kits House Seniors’ Luncheon
Ongoing. Check back here for periodic updates as programs may expand or change.
CANADA REVENUE AGENCY (CRA)
Webinars for BC Outreach
For Adults 65 years and older: Dec 8 1:30pm
For Indigenous Peoples: Dec 8 1:30pm
For People with Disabilities: Dec 2 1:30pm
Information and registration for webinars here
Be sure that the display is set to Pacific Standard Time
CANNABIS AND OLDER ADULTS
CanAge and Toronto Public Library
"Exciting research is being conducted exploring how cannabis might be used in areas such as dementia and pain management. Older people are embracing cannabis and it is key that they are able to make informed decisions. This practical session will address common questions about cannabis, drawing on expert knowledge and leaving you better equipped to make the the right choices for you."
Date: December 15, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:00am PST Free
COMMUNITY DEMENTIA CARE AND SUPPORT
Healthcare Excellence Canada
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 to register for related upcoming learning opportunities here
BRAIN WELLNESS PROGRAMS
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 Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Neurology, Psychiatry, Neurosciences, Sports Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology and the School of Music as well as several community partners."
More information and registration here
PERCEPTIONS OF AGING AND HEARING
UBC Adult Language Processing and Disorders Lab
Researchers “seek adults ages 65-80 to participate in research…that aims to understand perceptions of aging and hearing aid technology…Participation will be completed from a personal computer in your home and scheduled at a time that suits you. You will be reimbursed $20 for 2 hours of your time.”
STUDY ON RELATIONSHIPS AND POSITIVE AGING FOR THOSE 55+
University of Saskatchewan Bridges Program
"Participants Aged 55+ are invited to participate in a study on relationships and positive aging. The purpose of the current study is to co-design, implement, and evaluate patient-oriented strategies aimed at addressing loneliness and isolation among seniors in Canada.
Complete a survey online or by phone (306-966-8319 or by email bridges @usask.ca and/or participate virtually in small discussion groups.
Date: Starting Nov 1, 2021 and ongoing
HEALTH CARE FOR ELDERS WITH CANCER
University of Victoria, UBC, BC Cancer
Your experience can help train health care providers to better manage the needs of older cancer patients. Participate in a workshop where ‘personas’ will be developed to represent the “medical, emotional and social needs of patients.” The goal is to distribute ‘personas’ in learning modules - based on real-life experiences coping with cancer - to support the continuing education of health care providers.