Niagara Age-Friendly Initiatives – Progress Over the Summer

I am pleased to report that this past summer was a busy and productive time for age-friendly initiatives in Niagara.

Most notably, the Niagara Age-Friendly Community Network’s project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, continued with its work plan towards preparing a Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan. Specifically, the project’s coordinator, David Sheridan, has facilitated three planning teams of seniors and service providers based on the functional needs of older adults who are “well and fit”, who need “some assistance with daily living” and who require “significant assistance with activities of daily living”. He has also conducted focus groups with over 200 seniors in 14 locations across Niagara, a provider survey and numerous interviews with key informants to obtain insights into the needs of older adults and on possible future directions.

The summer’s efforts were capped off with a Community Forum with over 100 Niagara residents gathering at the Welland Community Wellness Complex on September 11th to provide input into the Aging Strategy for Niagara. Seniors, service providers and other stakeholders representing government, businesses and not-for-profit agencies provided ideas on ways to better respond to the needs of seniors in housing, transportation, health care, social and recreational services and other dimensions of seniors’ lives. After the project’s participants review the draft report and recommendations, a final report will be produced in February. The report will have recommendations on each of the identified priority areas and proposed implementation measures. The report is intended to guide government and not-for-profit agencies and businesses serving seniors on how to better meet their needs and ultimately on how to make Niagara a more age-friendly community.

In addition, local initiatives continued to develop in various communities across Niagara. For example, in Pelham the Town Council approved the formation and appointed community members to the Pelham Seniors’ Advisory Committee. Also, the Welland Seniors Citizens Advisory Committee participated in the development of a Day Hospice in Welland and the purchase of IPods for residents with dementia to reconnect and reminisce with their favourite music as a therapeutic activity.

Please let us know what is happening in your community related to age-friendly activities by sending an email to agefriendly@niagararegion.ca. We could possibly feature your news in a future Network newsletter.

Dominic Ventresca
Co-chair Niagara Age-Friendly Community Network
d.ventresca@sympatico.ca

 

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Dec
10
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Youth Focus Group: Help Design a Youth Hub in Niagara @ Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Help design a youth hub in Niagara. What would help support you? Let’s create a hub for youth, by youth!

Snacks and gift cards for attending will be provided. Come learn about joining the youth advisory committee.

Aidez-nous à concevoir un carrefour pour les jeunes de la région du Niagara. Qu’est-ce qui vous serait utile? Créons ensemble un carrefour pour jeunes par les jeunes!

Un goûter sera servi et des cartes-cadeaux serant remis comme prix de présence. Pour savoir comment devenir membre du comité consultatif joignez-vous à nous.

Dec
11
Tue
Integrated Youth Services: Laying the Foundation @ Online
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Integrated youth services (IYS) often provide a “one-stop-shop” for mental health, physical health, substance use and addictions, education, vocational supports, housing, and other social services. IYS initiatives meet the needs of youth and young adults aged 12-25 across multiple domains of their lives by reducing systemic barriers, including the division between paediatric and adult services, and limited cross-sector collaboration.

Frayme has had the unique opportunity to learn from 10 international IYS initiatives to gain ‘on the ground’ practical information that’s largely unavailable in the literature.

This webinar is the first in a 6-part series and will present aggregated findings on how these IYS are organized and operated. Considerations discussed will include partner and stakeholder engagement, rationales for establishment, organizational principles, governance and leadership structures, funding, and barriers and enablers. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions.

Learning objectives:

This webinar will allow participants to:

  • Learn about the scope of integrated youth services (IYS), including the principles, processes, and funding sources that guide and facilitate their establishment
  • Differentiate between IYS networks and single sites, and understand their governance structures and responsibilities
  • Explore enablers, barriers, and sustainability concerns related to IYS

This webinar is hosted by Frayme.

Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by:

  • Michael Amlung, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University
  • Lana Vedelago, M.Sc. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Aims of the session:

  1. Present an overview of prevalence and proposed diagnostic criteria of problematic online gaming, internet addiction, and hyper sexuality.
  2. Expand on the relationships between these problematic behaviors and other issues like alcohol and substance use, impulsivity, and symptoms of mental illness.
  3. Present the current state of research on effective treatment strategies.

Attend the session in-person or remotely.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Dec
12
Wed
Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by:

  • Michael Amlung, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University
  • Lana Vedelago, M.Sc. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Aims of the session:

  1. Present an overview of prevalence and proposed diagnostic criteria of problematic online gaming, internet addiction, and hyper sexuality.
  2. Expand on the relationships between these problematic behaviors and other issues like alcohol and substance use, impulsivity, and symptoms of mental illness.
  3. Present the current state of research on effective treatment strategies.

Attend the session in-person or remotely.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Reducing Barriers to Healthcare Access for Immigrant and Refugee Communities @ Online
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Newcomers face many challenges while adapting to their new home and navigating systemic barriers. These post-migration stressors significantly impact their well-being.

Refugees tend to be more vulnerable to poorer health outcomes upon arrival than immigrants as a result of several factors, including: needing to flee their homes due to persecution, war or violence; having lived in refugee camps; and being forced to separate from family.

In addition, refugees face barriers to accessing needed healthcare services in Canada, such as immigration status, poverty, competing priorities, lack of information on services, and cultural and linguistic barriers.

In this webinar, you will have an opportunity to explore:

  • how immigrants and refugees can be negatively impacted, often inadvertently, when interacting with the healthcare system
  • how healthcare providers can help mitigate these barriers to enhance health equity to newcomer populations.

Presenter: Norma Hannat, Social Worker, New Beginnings Refugee Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

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25
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Dec 25 all-day
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26
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Boxing Day
Dec 26 all-day

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