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 online, in-person and hybrid programs for the Metro Vancouver area is available here
The Power of Planning Well Webinar with Dr. Daren Heyland (Family Caregivers of BC)
“Dr. Daren Heyland, founder of Plan Well Guide and critical care physician and researcher, will present on the Plan Well Guide, an aid to support decision-making in serious illness….The focus of the webinar is to highlight the current deficiencies in communication, decision-making and planning process related to serious illness…leave this presentation knowing what Plan Well Guide is and how it can assist you with specific planning issues.”
Date: September 3, 2021 10:00 am to 11:00 am PDT free via Zoom
Information and registration here
Promoting Engagement of People Living with Dementia and 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 faciliatate ACP programs for the public.
Date: September 7th, 11am PDT
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (July 26-30, 2021; Medscape Psychiatry)
Conference news here
More Stories of Equity in Practice (SFU Continuing Studies; Province of BC)
“…hear powerful, transformative stories from some of the learners in the most recent cohort of the Community Capacity Building Certificate Program…working towards equity, justice and systemic change from a variety of fields and perspectives.”
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:00pm PDT Free online program
Aging into Uncertainty (Dr. Arden Henley; South Granville Seniors Centre)
Today’s aging generation is the first to look into an uncertain future for the planet… To this we add the timeless uncertainty of aging as we experience the reality of our own impermanence…Beginning with reviewing the biology of aging, this course addresses the social, emotional and spiritual issues of aging into uncertainty…it incorporates reflective and interactive exercises, as well as ample opportunities for discussion…Dr. Henley is the former Vice President and Principal of Canadian Programs at CityU Canada and a founder of the CityU counselling programs.”
Dates: Tuesdays, September 14th, 21st and 28th in person at SGSC, membership + $10 fee
Register: call SGSC 604-732-0812
Survey of COVID-19: Technology, Social Connections, Loneliness & Leisure Activities (UNBC School of Nursing research)
Voluntary online survey by an international consortium of researchers:
“We are doing this study during COVID-19 pandemic to learn more about:
-how people use technology to share information pandemic;
-the health and wellbeing of citizens relating to loneliness and digital health literacy; and,
-how people are using technology to maintain social connections and build new connections.
Information and survey here. Initiated July 2021 and ongoing.
Using Technology to Fight Dementia (CanAge; Toronto Public Library)
“Innovative technologies represent an exciting cutting edge solution to support people living with dementia and their caregivers, expanding the possibilities for living a meaningful, dignified life alongside this increasingly common cognitive disease….learn about an innovative screening tool for Alzheimer’s disease, how a music program brings joy and meaning to participants living with dementia, and how technology is being considered in new national long-term care standards.”
Free webinar: September 21, 2021 10:00-11:00am PDT
Closing the Gaps: Advancing 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.”
Date: September 23rd, 11am-noon (PST)
Caregiver Survival Guide: What You Need to Know (CanAge; Toronto Public Library)
“Canada has a caregiving crisis…This session engages and empowers participants who are or may become caregivers, guided by expert advice on coping strategies, how to connect with supports, provide care and care for themselves along the way.”
Free webinar: October 26, 2021 10:00-11:00am PDT
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
Project Contact: Jess Fehrenbacher Telephone Number: 778.548.9996
Virtual services for people living with dementia (Adult Cognitive Wellness Centre, Langley, BC)
Regular midday or 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 Based Stress Reduction. Pre-registration required.
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."
Register for Technology Tuesdays here (Recordings available if registered)
Self-Management BC (University of Victoria; Province of BC)
Free health programs for adults of all ages living with one or multiple ongoing health conditions, offered throughout British Columbia online, by telephone, or by mail. Multilingual.