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Connecting with Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion 1:00 pm
Connecting with Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“The social isolation of seniors can cause communities to suffer a lack of social cohesion, higher social costs, and the loss of an unquantifiable wealth of experience that older adults bring to our families, neighbourhoods, and communities.” (Stats Canada, 2016). Reaching out to socially isolated older adults requires us to rethink our traditional service and program delivery methods. During this webinar, Bonnie Schroeder will review why older adults are isolated and how this isolation differs from loneliness and solitude. Rachel Sutcliffe will then present findings from an Ottawa-based program entitled “Seniors Centre Without Walls”. Nancy Angus will conclude the presentation by describing the “Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay” (GIANTS) program. This webinar will be of particular interest to community planners and service providers interested in better understanding how we can connect to and include socially isolated older adults. A resource package will be provided to participants following the event. This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.
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Special Lecture with Journalist Sally Armstrong – Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter 10:00 am
Special Lecture with Journalist Sally Armstrong – Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter @ Armenian Community Centre
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author Sally Armstrong has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world. Sally will share eyewitness accounts of her experiences in many of the world’s conflict zones. Focusing on the plight of women enduring repressive regimes, Sally is an advocate for the struggle to obtain basic human rights for many of the world’s poorest populations. She’ll bring news from Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Sudan. This is a lecture you won’t want to miss. Seating is limited to 250. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community 5:30 pm
Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community @ Niagara College - Room AH225
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
No Surprises. Age demographics are shifting. On the road to 2030, the social and economic landscape for markets in a longevity society is rapidly unfolding a host of opportunities for the way business marketing appropriately speaks to the needs of consumers through their life course. Look forward. This will not be exclusively a Boomer-driven economy. Both market and gerontology researchers have well noted, we are living longer, healthier lives than previous generations, but we are also living cyclical, rather than linear lives. This changes the way we market everything – new opportunities, new perspectives for business, career and community. How and where will you and your business fit in the evolution of this bigger market picture? What are the possibilities – business products, human services, education, work and community? How do you better market to segments of older adult populations, upward to age 105? Mark Venning – Change Rangers – Research, Advisor, Speaker and Blogger This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network, launched by AGEWORKS and Niagara College.
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Apr
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Special Lecture with Journalist Sally Armstrong – Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter @ Armenian Community Centre
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author Sally Armstrong has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world.

Sally will share eyewitness accounts of her experiences in many of the world’s conflict zones. Focusing on the plight of women enduring repressive regimes, Sally is an advocate for the struggle to obtain basic human rights for many of the world’s poorest populations. She’ll bring news from Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Sudan.

This is a lecture you won’t want to miss. Seating is limited to 250.

This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community @ Niagara College - Room AH225
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

No Surprises. Age demographics are shifting. On the road to 2030, the social and economic landscape for markets in a longevity society is rapidly unfolding a host of opportunities for the way business marketing appropriately speaks to the needs of consumers through their life course. Look forward. This will not be exclusively a Boomer-driven economy.

Both market and gerontology researchers have well noted, we are living longer, healthier lives than previous generations, but we are also living cyclical, rather than linear lives. This changes the way we market everything – new opportunities, new perspectives for business, career and community.

How and where will you and your business fit in the evolution of this bigger market picture? What are the possibilities – business products, human services, education, work and community? How do you better market to segments of older adult populations, upward to age 105?

Mark Venning – Change Rangers – Research, Advisor, Speaker and Blogger

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network, launched by AGEWORKS and Niagara College.

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Age-Friendly Niagara Network Forum @ Centre de santé communautaire, 1st Floor Community Room
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This Niagara-wide forum is an opportunity to learn more about implementing and sustaining age-friendly action in Niagara.

Agenda:

Sustaining Age-Friendly Planning Initiatives in Ontario: 2017 Survey Results
Sarah Webster, Knowledge Broker, Ontario Age Friendly Community Planning Outreach Initiative, and Sr. Knowledge Broker, Niagara Connects, will provide highlights of a 2017 survey to identify what is working in regard to sustaining Age-Friendly action in communities across the province. This presentation will focus on promising practices that could be part of a sustainability model for Niagara; and Sarah will engage forum participants in discussion on this topic.

Niagara-Focused Research with Older Adults – Panel Discussion:

  • Changing Aging Narratives Through Exercise (Dr. Kimberley Gammage, Director, SeniorFit Program, Brock-Niagara Centre for Health & Well-Being)
  • College-Community Connections and Age-Friendly Action in Niagara (Carolyn Triemstra, Dean, Community and Health Studies, Niagara College)
  • Intergenerational Volunteering and Students Visiting Foyer Richelieu Residents (Dr. Lynn McCleary, Associate Professor, Nursing, Brock University; Stephanie Blais, Research Assistant; and Daniel Keays, Volunteer Coordinator, Foyer Richelieu, Welland)

Implementing the Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan

  • Action Group Priorities
  • Local Municipal Action (Senior Advisory and Age-Friendly Planning Groups)
  • Building Network Maps to visualize existing Age-Friendly connections in Niagara; and identify opportunities for new partnerships

Facilitated discussion to guide Action Priorities to achieve maximum impact

Click here to register for this event.

This forum is hosted by the Age-Friendly Niagara Network, with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

May
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Understanding the Link Between Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Communities @ Online
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

More people are diagnosed with dementia every year. Right now there are over 230,000 people living with dementia in Ontario. That number is expected to increase to about 255,000 by 2020. People living with dementia have the right to live in their community and remain contributing members- we are all in this together!

A Dementia Friendly Community is a place where people living with dementia are: Understood, Respected, Supported, Included and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives and level of engagement. Dementia Friendly Communities is gaining momentum across the globe and thousands of Ontarians are showing their support for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Join this webinar to learn more about the Dementia Friendly Communities approach, linkages to age-friendly communities, and how to include these practices within your current work.

www.dementiafriendlyontario.ca

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.

This event is hosted by the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

May
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Understanding the Link Between Age-Friendly and Compassionate Communities @ Online
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In light of Canada’s aging population, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is supporting a new provincial strategy called “Compassionate Communities” to catalyze whole person care throughout the province of Ontario, to benefit patients, family caregivers, and the formal health care system.

A Compassionate Community is one where: local health policies recognize compassion as an ethical imperative; sectors work together to meet the special needs of the aged, those living with life-threatening illnesses, and with loss; a strong commitment to social and cultural differences enables access to wider variety of supportive experiences, interactions, and communication; and all people have easy access to grief and holistic or palliative care services.

During this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn how to a start Compassionate Community movement in their community
  • Gain insights as to how Compassionate Community approaches can complement Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly initiatives
  • Discuss opportunities for collective action

This webinar will be of particular interest to patients and caregivers, community leaders, service providers, planners and policy-makers.

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.

This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

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Business of Ageing Niagara Network June Event @ Niagara College
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Business of Ageing Niagara Network (BANN), launched by AGEWORKS™ in conjunction with Niagara College, is a membership-based networking group for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and targeting older adults.

Meetings will be held quarterly at Niagara College, Welland Campus on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 -7:30pm. Each meeting will have a relevant speaker/presentation topic for 30-45 minute, then 1.5-hour networking session. Refreshments will be served at each meeting.

BANN will connect businesses, industry leaders and subject matter experts by providing a platform for collaboration, professional development and resource sharing relating to issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and the longevity economy. The network offers a forum to come together to discuss business opportunities and to share information and ideas about diversifying their markets and expanding focus to benefit older consumers and leverage age inclusiveness.

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.

Jun
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Seniors Information and Active Living Fair @ Coronation Centre
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The City of Niagara Falls and the Coronation Recreation Centre are hosting a free Seniors Information and Active Living Fair.

There will be seminars, over 30 information booths, a free blood pressure clinic, free food, and a live country band.

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