STAFF EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

BUILDING CAPACITY PROJECT ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS - TAKEAWAYS 

Dementia Ventures, UBC Building Capacity Project Team
People living with dementia from the BC-based Action Group and Ontario-based Northwest Dementia Working Group participated in the Westside Seniors Hub’s 2nd Quarterly Partners’ meeting in May. This was an opportunity for Partners to ask questions about engaging people with lived experience and strategizing ways to use the Flipping Stigma Toolkit that they developed. Here is a synopsis of their insights and wisdom about dealing with stigma.

Takeaways 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.

The first three sessions:

Times: Last Thursday of the month 10:00 -11:30am

Dates: 

September 29th: Re-orienting Health and Social Services for Older Adults: Provincial Strategies for Community-Based Seniors Services

October 27th:  Age-friendly Communities

November 24th:  Housing for Older Adults

 

More information and register here

CHARITY
VILLAGE
WEBINARS

“Charity Village offers free, monthly webinars on a variety of topics of interest to professionals working within the non-profit sector.” Upcoming events as well as recordings and slide decks from prior webinars are available for timely topics like Understanding and Protecting Against Cyber Risks, Demystifying Insurance.  

Webinars and other resources 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 here

EXTREME HEAT
& SMOKE 

Vancouver Coastal Health & City of Vancouver

Tips and resources for staying cool in summer heat and coping with wildfire smoke are available so all ages can stay safe. There are many resources for organizations: guides to coordinate heat check-ins for vulnerable individuals, posters, cooling centre maps, etc. Public health recommends downloading the WeatherCAN app for current weather conditions, 7-day forecasts, and alerts from Environment and Climate Change Canada.  

VCH current heat resources here 

WeatherCAN app information here

City of Vancouver resources 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

INFORMAL
RESPITE & SUPPORTS
VS
FORMAL
RESPITE & SUPPORTS

Family Caregivers of BC

A half-hour Facebook Live session with Wendy Johnstone about caregiver planning for respite support, whether informal or formal. There are additional links to resources about respite care and making time for healing and self-care. 

Information 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

“Presenters Sarah MacNabb and Dr. Jordan P. Lewis helped participants understand the current context and risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias within Indigenous populations, identify innovative programming and research underway, and explore the development of engagement and education resources for Indigenous Peoples.”

Webinar recording here

METRO VANCOUVER VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

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 January or on an ongoing basis.

“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

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 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   

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

IMPROVING
NUTRITION AND
FOOD SECURITY IN BC

United Way of BC & DIVERSEcity Resources Society

“Address challenges older adults experience in accessing culturally responsive food security supports and nutrition, and outline program successes and best practices… review community-based approaches that improve food security and nutrition/nourishment for seniors in British Columbia and the approaches currently existing in the province.” Webinar from June 1, 2021

Recording 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

TAKING CHARGE: PARTICIPATORY MODELS OF AGING IN PLACE, DESIGNED BY SENIORS FOR SENIORS

University Health Network Open Lab, Toronto

"Aging Well is an exploratory research project aimed at uncovering grassroots models of seniors’ supportive living that are emerging across Canada and the United States. …find emergent patterns amongst grassroots initiatives…Ethnographic case studies of four grassroots models are presented:
1. Homesharing, 2. Senior Cohousing, 3. Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities with Social Service Program (NORC-SSP), and 4. Virtual Villages."

 

Report 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.”  

Information here

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.”

Recording 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 - 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  

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

 

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