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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  

From Surviving to Thriving During the Pandemic and Beyond (Providence Health Care, Dialogue on Aging)

"Dr. Davidicus Wong, MD,  family physician, president of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BC Division), and UBC Clinical Assistant Professor… sharing practical strategies to cope with ageing, uncertainty, and the challenges of life… perspectives to transform our stories, manage stress, and achieve our positive potential in life.”

Date: May 13, 2021 1:00-3:00pm PDT

Register here

John K. Friesen Conference: Supportive Communities for Healthy Aging (Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre; Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse)

“…key role that Supportive Communities can play in promoting healthy aging at the global, national, regional and local level and for both individuals and populations aging in today's society… similarities and differences between Age-Friendly Communities, Dementia-Friendly Communities, Compassionate Cities and Healthy Cities; housing, transportation, social isolation issues; innovative home support programs.”

Program available and registration in early May here or here

Save the date: May 18 & 19, 2021

Transportation to COVID-19 vaccination sites: What is working for seniors? (United Way of the Lower Mainland; B.E.S.T.)
"A lack of transportation is preventing an untold number of BC’s older adults from getting their vaccinations…learn more about solutions and services tackling this issue from other parts of Canada…A panel of experts with different viewpoints… in the Surrey/White Rock area…Vancouver Coastal Health …how community serving organizations are stepping up to the challenge in Victoria and…on the Sunshine Coast.”

Date: May 26, 2021 11am PDT
Register here  

UBC Alzheimer Forum (Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders)

“2021 Update on Alzheimer’s Disease. The annual forum is an opportunity for us to share our ongoing work at UBC towards new therapies and diagnostic tools for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and provide expert advice on various aspects of dementia care.”

Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 8:30-12:15     

Information and registration here   


Aging Well Educational Materials

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

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 

Wellness Wednesdays (UBC Brain Wellness Centre)

Typically held the first Wednesday of the month 12:00-1:00pm Pacific Time. Wide range of topics and their effects on brain health: music, nutrition, sleep, mood, improv theatre, practical tips, mindfulness, role as care partner etc. Recordings available in the Centre’s YouTube library.  

Information here

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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    

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

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. Invitation to join a province-wide working group will be forthcoming in March. (January 27, 2021 presentation)

Recording and slides available 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. The booklet is available in English, French, Traditional Chinese and Punjabi.”

Information here