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  • Dementia Ventures-1 | Westside Seniors Hub

    Dementia Ventures…Building Capacity ​ ​ Get Involved Current hub Partner projects ​ Dementia Ventures is creating meaningful community opportunities for people living with dementia to remain active and engaged. Please get involved in creating a more inclusive community and increasing social citizenship for people living with dementia . ​ Dementia Ventures is building community capacity to include people with dementia in meaningful activities! Westside Seniors Hub Partner Organizations are working on adapting current programs and creating new programs that are inclusive and enable people living with dementia to socialize according to their interests. Living with dementia shall include pursuing one’s passions! Communities that provide diverse opportunities demonstrate that people can remain vibrant contributors to community life well beyond a dementia diagnosis. Want to get involved? If so, are you? experiencing cognitive difficulties a care partner a program leader a professional working with seniors a motivated volunteer You can assist Hub Partner Organizations develop appealing and sustainable arts , social , fitness and volunteer activities. Hub Partners want people living with dementia and their care partners to express their needs and desires. Partners also need the assistance of program leaders, motivated volunteers, and professionals working with seniors. Please Get Involved ! T he bigger picture…Collective action by elders and their care partners ​ From 2019-2023, the Westside Seniors Hub is focusing on Dementia Ventures in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. ​ ​ ​ The Public Health Agency of Canada is funding the umbrella project called Building Capacity for Meaningful Participation by People Living With Dementia . It is one of the first community-based research projects funded under a 2019 Agency comprehensive plan: A Dementia Strategy for Canada .

  • Discovering Community Assets-1 | Westside Seniors Hub

    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. ​ Dunbar Residents Association identify assets & gaps in service adapt Salmonberry Days for inclusive programming ​ Kitsilano Neighbourhood House implement an intergenerational buddy system ​ Westside Seniors Hub develop a new website featuring Partners' projects and opportunities invite diverse community members to become involved in the Hub and in Dementia Ventures

  • Reports & Data-1 | Westside Seniors Hub

    Reports & Data ​ 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.” 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.” The Human Rights of People Living With Dementia: From Rhetoric to Reality (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.” 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.” Developing Culturally Grounded Dementia Educational 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. 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.” 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.” 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.” ​ 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. ​ Return to top ​

  • Tools for Engagement-1 | Westside Seniors Hub

    Tools for Engagement ​ Stakeholders everywhere in our society can foster resilience in loved ones who are experiencing cognitive difficulties. Everyone strives for social inclusion and recognition of their personhood, and people living with dementia and their caregivers are no exceptions. What is the recipe for success in fostering resilience? Dementia Ventures aims to reach a broad range of stakeholders and provide community organizations with tools to engage effectively with people experiencing cognitive challenges. Let’s give them more opportunities! And how? Let the voices and experience of loved ones living with dementia inform the planning of meaningful activities that bring joy to everyone involved! You will find some amazing tools below to help you engage and make a difference. ​ Powerful words & approaches Meaningful engagement Concise rationales for change ​ Powerful words and approaches Practice Tools and Factsheets (I-CAARE) A Quick Guide To…Approaches ; PIECES of My Relationships (Guidelines, Questions, Family Supplement); Medicine Wheel: Preventing Dementia in Indigenous People by Aging Well ; The Pathway of Dementia Person-centred Language Guidelines (Alzheimer Society of Canada) “By being more conscious of the language we use, we can avoid reducing individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to a series of labels, symptoms or medical terms.” Dementia and the Media (Dementia Alliance International) Organizational philosophy:”Nothing about us, without us.” Approach conversations with and about people living with dementia using respectful language that does not stigmatize and demean. Return to top ​ Meaningful Engagement Meaningful Engagement: a Resource Guide (Alzheimer Society of Canada) “A Resource Guide for staff and leadership volunteers …to foster relationship building between staff and leadership volunteers and people with dementia…improve the experience of meaningful engagement for both the organization and the person with dementia…build capacity within organizations to collaboratively address the needs of persons with dementia.” ​ Tipsheet for Accessibility and Equity in Online Engagement during COVID-19 (MJ Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU, Burnaby, BC) “It is important to consider how community members’ identities and experiences may impact their ability to learn about, access or participate safely in an engagement—and tailor plans to suit diverse needs.” ​ Beyond Inclusion: Equity in Public Engagement (MJ Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU, Burnaby, BC) “Hearing from people with diverse lived experiences leads to more innovative ideas, better decisions, greater public support of outcomes…This guide is designed for individuals sponsoring or planning public engagement initiatives that will inform decision-making...outlines some factors practitioners can reflect on when scoping and designing engagement processes.” ​ Healthy Community Engagement Action Guide (PlanH, BC Healthy Communities) Featuring community examples, resources, strategies and other useful information, this guide helps local governments plan their community input process to ensure…equity-centred, inclusive community engagement…to create healthier, more accessible communities. ​ Making Your Workplace Dementia Friendly (Alzheimer Society of BC) Specific resources for professionals who are in legal, financial, housing, and recreation professions …”to understand and recognize the signs of dementia…communicate in an effective, respectful way…think about specific ways they can support a person with dementia in their work and how their workplace may become more dementia friendly.…know what resources are available to them and their customers or clients.” ​ Busting Dementia Stigma: One Children’s Book at a Time (WA Dementia Action Collaborative) “Are you a parent, teacher or librarian who wants to help build dementia awareness and challenge stigma? Children’s books can be a great tool! The criteria below can help you evaluate children’s books and select ones that carry a respectful, stigma-busting message.” Return to top ​ Concise Rationales for Change Why Arts-based Activities? (Westside Seniors Hub, Vancouver, BC) Rationale for social engagement through the arts, credible evidence, and links to model programs that demonstrate how arts-based creative activities can have profound impacts on people at every stage of the dementia trajectory. Alzheimer Cafés (Westside Seniors Hub, Vancouver, BC) Alzheimer cafés were developed to support people with various types of dementia and their caregivers and families in a safe, social setting where they can come and go, as in a regular café. Why and how to educate, engage, and enable in a group setting that assists in overcoming social isolation and caregiver distress. ​ What is the Building Capacity project all about? (Westside Seniors Hub, Vancouver, BC) ​ Return to top ​

  • Join the Hub-1 | Westside Seniors Hub

    Join the Hub There are many ways to become involved in the Hub. We are always looking for new members. 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! Learn More about our Hub Partners Contact Us to Become a Partner Join the Hub Council : Learn more about our Westside Seniors Hub Council, composed of volunteer seniors or those who work with seniors. We are continuously recruiting for new members. Learn More about The hub council Contact us to join the Hub Council Join a Committee : Hub Committees are issue-based, action-oriented groups made up of representatives from the Council, Partner Organizations, and community. From 2015-2019 we had 3 active committees working on various projects : health & wellness; access & mobility and communications. Given the holistic approach of our current project, Dementia Ventures, committee members are now working together to address issues collaboratively. Learn More about Hub Committees Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Understanding & Living With Dementia-1 | Westside Seniors Hub

    Understanding & Living with Dementia ​ In addition to many books written from different perspectives at your public library , here is online information Education & links to support groups Engaging activity programs Research Media ​ Education & links to support groups Alzheimer Society of Canada in British Columbia Full range of resources and services for people living with Alzheimer Disease or related dementias, their care partners and families, some available in several languages. ​ Dementia Connections (Dementia Connections Canada Ltd.) “Dementia Connections is the only life-style magazine in Canada focused on supporting people living with dementia, care partners and families to live a good life, despite dementia… gain a deeper understanding of the lived experience of dementia.” Simon Fraser University STAR (Science & Technology for Aging Research) Institute “In response to COVID-19 and in a time where self isolation is imperative STAR has curated a comprehensive set of resources and solutions …constantly updated.” Keeping Healthy, Community Support, Cognitive Health & Dementia, Technology Basics, Living Independently, Mobility & Transportation, etc. Gaia Community Care & Wellness Society BC-based “charitable organization aims to support the health and wellness of Chinese and other older adults and their families….provides seniors and those caring for them with the knowledge, skills, and nurturing support they need to ease the stresses of aging.” Workshops, Webinars, Wellness Services (Qigong, Chair Yoga & Brain Games), Caregiver Wellspring etc. Cultural Awareness in Dementia Care: Lived Experiences (UWLM CORE Healthy Aging) 105 min. Four panelists: Nadine Jans, clinical counselor . Ways to significantly improve behaviours, moods, and relationships for connection and meaning in the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners. Dr. Sharon Koehn, social gerontologist . Experiences of dementia and access to services by older immigrants focusing on Korean and Punjabi communities. Alice Lung, retired LPN . Care partner for husband with Early Onset Dementia. Cultural understanding about aging and dementia among Chinese immigrants.. Elder Kat Norris, First Nations cultural educator . Awareness of proper diagnosis and care of indigenous persons living with dementia aligned with cultural understandings and traditions. Recording here ​ Dementia Alliance International - The ‘global voice’ for dementia with many resources and services for people living with dementia and care partners “online support groups and other activities for our members, free of charge in number of different time zones” Hello! Our Voices Matter!“voices of people with dementia , where members share their personal stories of being diagnosed, and then living with dementia” ​ 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.” ​ Dementia in the Days of COVID-19: Jim‘s Story (Alzheimer Society of BC) “Jim Mann, a member of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Leadership Group of People Living with Dementia, shines a light on the lesser-known impact of COVID-19 on people living with dementia.” ​ Return to top Engaging Activity Programs ​ Smile Brain Program - West Coast Healthy Memory Society “Smile Brain Program is 12 weeks, 90 minute program based for seniors to continue and increase their memory, self-confidence, and social connection with others….similar to a program in Japan.” Zinnia TV “Improving quality of life for people living with dementia and their care partners… Zinnia’s content channels feature familiar faces, subjects, and sounds to help people feel engaged and connected... beautiful, immersive videos on familiar and well-loved topics are crafted to be meaningful.” Nature, Places, Nostalgia, Interests, Conversation Starters, Care Messages, Activities In There Out Here: Art Making Space to Live Well With Dementia (UBC multidisciplinary & colleagues abroad) "Showcases collaborative art made by a warm, inter-connected and supported community. Comprising people living with dementia and their care partners, academic researchers, and art workshop facilitators alike, this community has joined together, engaging with multi-media art projects, and cultivating insightful discussions." Artwork, film, gallery, survey, & much more. Momentia Virtual Programs “Seattle-based grassroots movement empowering persons with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community ...variety of dementia-friendly opportunities.” Links to mostly free virtual programs in the time of COVID-19 - Art, Poetry & Museums; Virtual Music & Dance; Exercise & Workouts; Videos of Zoos, Parks, Travel & More ​ Café Connect: Virtual Memory Café Directory "Find information about Virtual Memory Cafes that you can access with a computer or by phone...from the comfort and safety of your own home." English, Spanish, Portuguese offered. ​ Voices in Motion Choirs (Victoria, BC) "In addition to a joy-filled choral experience, all participants in a Voices in Motion choir benefit from belonging to a supportive community where they experience love, connection and support. These life-giving moments of music foster increased socialization, cognitive function, meaningfulness, and a multigenerational appreciation of others." Opportunities to join online. ​ Return to top ​ Research-based education & support I ndigenous Cognition & Aging Awareness Research Exchange (I-CAARE) “Goal is to enhance knowledge of how Indigenous peoples understand and experience dementia and the impact of dementia on Indigenous peoples and communities.” Culturally Safe Care and Factsheets , Cultural Understandings , Practice Tools , Technology for Aging , International Strategies for Diagnosis ​ P.I.E.C.E.S.™ Learning & Development Model “P.I.E.C.E.S.™ is a holistic, person and care partner-directed model which enhances capacity at the individual, TEAM, organization and system levels to support the care of the older individual.” P.I.E.C.E.S.™ Cornerstones + P.I.E.C.E.S.™ Enablers = Enhanced Person & Care Partner Engagement AND Enhanced Organizational & System Capacity What types of treatments reduce depression symptoms in people living with dementia?: a systematic review (McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, BMJ 2021) “In people with dementia and symptoms of depression, some nondrug interventions reduce depression symptoms more than usual care. Nondrug interventions were as good as, or better than, drugs…brief descriptions of nondrug interventions.” ​ Future Learn – free courses from academic institutions Foundations in Dementia (University of Nottingham) “Discover better ways to support people with dementia. Explore signs and symptoms, interventions, support networks and more.” The Many Faces of Dementia (University College London) “Gain a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses.” Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives (University College London) “Explore, challenge and shape your perceptions of dementia through science and the creative arts.” ​ Return to top ​ Media (online Webinars, TED talks, YouTube videos) UBC-Lakehead University Community Conversation webinars UBC-LU series prepared for the Building Capacity for Meaningful Participation by People Living with Dementia aimed at supporting organizations with planning, implementing, and evaluating dementia engagement and innovation projects. Creativity & Arts Programs for People Living with Dementia COVID 19 and Family Perspectives on Living With Dementia ​ 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.” Four-part video series here ​ Alzheimer Society of BC Series on Understanding Dementia In 2018-2019, the Alzheimer Society British Columbia hosted a series of webinars: Understanding Dementia ; Understanding Communication (2-part); Behaviour (2-part). Search for understanding dementia. Healthy Aging CORE Canada (Collaborative Online Resources & Education) Free signup for CORE access, then search for videos, webinars, documents with search term 'dementia'. Examples: Gitxsan Way of Knowing About Dementia ; Caregiving during COVID-19 ; Korean Navigating to Care ; Legal Rights; Alzheimer Society of BC Webinar Training Series (5 parts) ​ 20 YouTube Dementia Channels to Follow in 2020 Feedspot “Feedspot has a team of over 25 experts whose goal is to discover and rank popular blogs, podcasts and youtube channels in several niche categories... List is updated as we receive new blog submissions and re-ranked every few weeks. We also take direct feedback from users to make changes to the lists.” Careblazers A geropsychologist, Dr. Natali Edmonds, invites you to watch free videos weekly and offers a subscription to a collection of Mini-booster videos designed to reduce caregiver stress. “My goal was to reach as many Careblazers as possible and let them know they aren’t alone and there is help...help families get trustworthy and helpful information about common dementia struggles.” Free Caregiver Survival Guide. ​ TED Talks - search for 'brain' Examples: Anne Basting How to Meaningfully Reconnect with Those Who Have Dementia ; Lisa Genova What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and more. Return to top

  • Get Involved in Dementia | Westside Seniors Hub

    DEMENTIA VENTURES GET INVOLVED Building capacity for meaningful community participation by people living with dementia is a joint effort that requires: ​​ listening and responding to needs establishing and strengthening relationships creating opportunities We invite you to contribute your energy and creativity to plan, deliver and sustain Dementia Ventures . ​ This is a collaborative effort driven by the needs of people living with dementia and their care partners. However, it takes a broad range of skills and abilities to bring joy and opportunities to them. See how YOU can help. Click on the links below to see how. ​ ​ ​ Person living with dementia Care Partners Program Leader Volunteer Professionals working with Seniors If you are interested in joining the Hub in one of these roles, 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, or consult the Opportunities page where Hub Partner Organizations advertise their most immediate needs.

  • Help Lines-1 | Westside Seniors Hub

    Help Lines ​ bc211 Information & Referral 311 City of Vancouver FirstLink® 811 BC Health Link ​ STAR: Seniors Transportation Access & Resources BC Seniors' Advocate SAIL: Seniors Abuse & Information Line Ability 411 Assistive Technologies & Equipment Greater Vancouver Seniors Distress Lines bc211 Province-wide information and 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 Twit @bc211Help Email help@bc211.ca Return to top ​ ​ 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 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): Contact: 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 ​ 811 HealthLinkBC 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 go to https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/services-and-resources/translated-resources in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese 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 STAR: Seniors Transportation Access and 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 BC 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/ 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 ​ ​ 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) ​ ​ 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: Browse topics https://www.ability411.ca/find-answers Ask a question https://www.ability411.ca/ask-new-question ​ Return to top ​

  • Grant Opportunities-1 | Westside Seniors Hub

    Grant Opportunities Small Grant for Cultural Spaces Program (City of Vancouver) “Grants up to $25,000 are available … providing improved capital building-based support for equity-seeking groups or areas of practice that are underrepresented in the Cultural Infrastructure Grants Program. Funding can support time-sensitive cultural space planning, research, improvements, accessibility upgrades ; or mentorships between organizations or between organizations and professionals to support space planning, knowledge sharing and capacity building.” Application Opens: August 18, 2021 Application Deadline: September 15, 2021 Eligible applicants and project information here Men’s Sheds Start-up Grants (UWLM & Men’s Sheds of BC) “Men’s Sheds improves men's health and wellbeing by: · Creating spaces where men help men while working shoulder-to-shoulder · Increasing men’s social connections, and sense of well-being and inclusion · Increasing men's participation and engagement in their communities Start-up Grants are available to groups of two or more men or to community organizations interested in starting a Men’s Shed in their B.C. community and who have contacted MSABC to learn about effective approaches to developing and sustaining a Men’s Shed. If an organization is starting a Men's Shed but does not require a Start-up Grant, they can apply for the larger Project Grant (of up to $10,000) once available.” Call for proposal, application and information here Call opens July 2021 and ongoing Healthy Aging CORE Canada (United Way BC; Employment & Social Development Canada) “Healthy Aging CORE (Collaborative Online Resources and Education) is a platform to connect 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.” Funding opportunities here Join email list here Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants (Vancouver Foundation, Association of Neighbourhood Houses) “Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) is a grassroots grant-making program that provides grants between $50-$500 directly to individuals …small grants to empower and reshape communities. These grants are dedicated towards funding events and projects at the neighbourhood level in order to build a stronger sense of community and belonging.” Dates: Starting February 23, 2021 - ongoing while funds are available Information here Navigation and Peer Support Grant Call (United Way) Healthy Aging by United Way (HAUW) is launching a new Navigation and Peer Support (NPS) granting stream focused specifically on the gaps in information and referral (I&R) services for low income, higher needs seniors who require one-to-one support to access needed services and government benefits. Information webinar recording here Return to top

  • Staff Education-1 | Westside Seniors Hub

    Staff Education Opportunities Aging Well Educational Materials Dementia Educational Materials Register or consider now A lzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Indigenous Populations (National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health) “Webinar is being held on World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day and will highlight how First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals are impacted by Alzheimer’s or related dementias... understand the current context and risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias within Indigenous populations…identify innovative programming and research underway to support Indigenous Peoples living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.” Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 10:00am PDT Register here Using Technology to Fight Dementia (CanAge; Toronto Public Library) “Innovative technologies…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 how technology is being considered in new national long-term care standards.” Free webinar: September 21, 2021 10:00-11:00am PDT Register here List your organization’s virtual programs along with those of other seniors’-serving organizations and share the collective list with your members. You can do this now for September or on an ongoing bas i s. “MetroVancouver Seniors Collective, Ridge Meadows Seniors Society and South Granville Seniors Centre volunteered to coordinate the collection and curation of a listing of virtual/online programming offered by the member organizations of the Collective, and other available resources…The purpose is to have more opportunities available for seniors while reducing the energies of organizations’ program staff having to set up multiple online programs individually.” Information here To participate , click on the "Submit Virtual Programming Information" button 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) Register here Metro Vancouver HomeShare (Canada HomeShare & Simon Fraser University) “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 .” Information 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 Using Technology to Fight Dementia (CanAge; Toronto Public Library) “Innovative technologies…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 how technology is being considered in new national long-term care standards.” Free webinar: September 21, 2021 10:00-11:00am PDT Register 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 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) Register here Provincial Consultation on Seniors Transportation “The Provincial Working Group on Seniors’ Transportation, hosted by United Way Healthy Aging, is holding a province-wide consultation session for those in the CBSS sector to gather input and discuss how seniors and their families and friends are getting around. Posted 08-29-21 Date: September 28th, 2021 at 10am PDT Register here 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 Register here Return to top The Men's Shed Movement Around the World (Healthy Aging CORE BC) Webinar features Dr. Barry Golding (Australia) and Men's Shed Association of BC Date: Tuesday, November 2nd at 3pm Register here Aging Well Educational Materials 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 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 her e Four-part video series 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 Healthy Aging CORE Canada (United Way BC; Employment & Social Development Canada) “Healthy Aging CORE (Collaborative Online Resources and Education) is a platform to connect 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 Discover the Power of Your Breath: Empower Yourself to Optimize Your Health (Jewish Seniors Alliance) “…relax…ease pain…sleep better..Tianne Allan specializes in pain care and the treatment of anxiety and insomnia…with different types of breathing.” Listen and participate in the webinar 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) 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. Information here 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 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 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 (Campaign to End Loneliness) 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 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. 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    Dementia Ventures Opportunities Would you like to help the Hub achieve its goals of creating a more inclusive community and increasing social citizenship of people living with dementia? Then please consider helping plan, implement and sustain meaningful activities. ​ Here are some opportunities for community members to become involved in Dementia Ventures. Please contact the Partner Organization directly or send a message to the Hub for details. Postings will remain here until a Partner notifies the webmaster that a position is no longer available. ******************************** Westside Seniors Hub Council The Hub Council is recruiting volunteers to join us and ensure that Westside neighbourhoods are places where seniors can thrive. We work collaboratively with Hub Partners on projects such as Dementia Ventures . For more information, please click here . South Granville Seniors Centre Enabling Connections Project (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.” Project launched May 6, 2021. Information here Press release here The Seniors Centre offers a monthly Happy Memories Café that is a safe place to share your experiences, participate in discussions and build lasting friendships. Click here for contact information Kitsilano Neighbourhood House January 2021was Alzheimer Awareness Month and Kits House launched three initiatives. Community members are invited to join in creating a more dementia-friendly community. Click here to find out more.

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    Events Upcoming events listed below celebrate seniors aging well. Most events are online, but that is ch anging! 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 Register he re 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 Register here 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 Register here 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) Register here 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 Register 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.” Information here 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. 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) 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. Information here Return to top Seniors Aging Well - past events

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    DEMENTIA VENTURES PERSON LIVING WITH DEMENTIA You are invited to help: suggest & plan appealing activity options shape what ongoing social citizenship looks like build new attitudes within your community sustain your quality of life Hub Partners need to hear from you! Please: visit the Current Hub Partner Projects page to see which project is most attractive and contact the Partner sponsoring it, and consult the Opportunities page where Hub Partner Organizations advertise their most immediate needs.