The Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan Officially Launched

The Niagara Age-Friendly Community (AFC) Network officially launched the Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan on June 5, 2015 in conjunction with the celebration of Seniors Month in Ontario. The Seniors Month theme “Vibrant Seniors, Vibrant Communities” resonates throughout the Niagara Plan.

The launch event marked the completion of the Ontario Trillium Foundation funded project to engage the community across Niagara in the development of the Plan. The event also allowed the acknowledgement of the project partners, Rose City Seniors Foundation, City of Welland Seniors Citizens Advisory Council, Niagara Connects, Niagara Region, Niagara College and Brock University, as well as the over 500 people who contributed to the Plan through the steering committee, planning teams, focus group and community forum participants and the provider survey/draft project paper contributors.

Close to 100 people attended the launch, including local elected officials, business and community leaders, and many older adults from across Niagara. Patrick Darte, Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, representing Alan Caslin, Chair, Niagara Region, welcomed the enthusiastic participants to the launch, and provided contextual remarks about the importance of collaborative initiatives such as the aging strategy project in community development.

In addition, Dr. David Siegel, Professor, Political Science, Brock University, Doug Rapelje, City of Welland Seniors Citizens Advisory Committee and David Sheridan, Project Coordinator, from Shercon Associates Inc. imparted some of the key messages of the day:

  • Based on Niagara’s aging demographics, it is important to seize the opportunity for economic benefits that come with being an age-friendly community
  • Niagara’ municipalities can benefit from replicating municipally supported seniors advisory or age-friendly committees as successfully developed in Welland and Pelham
  • Through the project, participants from across Niagara have identified key aging strategies and outlined the proposed action plans and next steps for potential partners to pursue

The following documents, made available on the Niagara Knowledge Exchange following the Launch, provide the foundation for the Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan:

Visit the Niagara’s Age-Friendly Community Network webpage for more information about the Network. Please contact agefriendlyniagara@gmail.com if you want:

  1. Further information on the Niagara Age Friendly Community Network
  2. Your name to be added to the distribution list for AFC updates provided by the Network
  3. To request a presentation on the Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan made by one of the Network’s volunteers
  4. To offer to be a champion for one of the Plan’s five major goals, or be a partner in helping move forward on one of the 100+ action steps
  5. To suggest some funding sources to support the Network in expediting the implementation of the plan

We look forward to working with everyone across Niagara on making Niagara “a community for all ages” and continuing to live the theme of “Vibrant Seniors…..Vibrant Communities”.

Cathy Fusco and Dominic Ventresca, Co-chairs
Niagara Age-Friendly Community Network

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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.

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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.

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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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