Niagara Age-Friendly Community Initiative: Year 1 2010-2011 Evaluation Summary Report

In late 2009, the Niagara Age-Friendly Community Initiative (NAFCI) was awarded a three-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). In early 2010, work began to introduce and implement community partnerships for AFC initiatives throughout all 12 of Niagara’s local municipalities by 2013. The 3-year NAFCI was piloted in 2010 in Welland. A community engagement and action template was established as a basis for rolling the project out in all 12 of Niagara’s local municipalities.

This summary report describes activities and future directions after the first year of funding.

Published By: Niagara Connects

Publication Date: September 2011

View Niagara Age-Friendly Community Initiative: Year 1 2010-2011 Evaluation Summary Report

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Diversity, Aging and Living in LTC Homes @ Online
Feb 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

The purpose of this webinar is to share strategies to acknowledge and support diverse identities and needs of individuals who live and work in LTC homes. In order to deliver person-centered care, it is important for long-term care providers to thoughtfully consider the diversity of residents’ perspectives and experiences. Informed by histories of marginalization, being “different” continues to be challenging in modern day. Further, long-term care team members and leaders are faced with systemic pressures (i.e., high workloads, limited resources) while individuals’ needs for expressions of diversity in LTC homes are sometimes overlooked.

With implications for how we provide care and services in long-term care, this webinar offers self-reflection tools to think critically in order to support individuals with diverse social identities.

This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care.

Meeting the Demand for Post-Secondary Student Concerns in Health and Mental Health Centres: Thinking through a Clinical Triage Model @ Online
Feb 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The increase in the level of severity of student psychological difficulties and the growing need for mental health services in post-secondary education settings has placed pressure on college and universities services to respond effectively to this demand. Consequently, health and mental health centers have responded by implementing clinical triage systems.

Though these systems are well developed in health settings, their use in post-secondary is still very novel. This webinar will discuss the processes, procedures, and considerations involved in developing and implementing a clinical triage system on campus.

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Understanding Psychopathy: Personality, Victim Selection and Prevention @ Brock University - Sean O'Sullivan Theatre
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We hear the word “psychopathy” on a regular basis, in the media, on tv, from friends – but individuals do not always understand what psychopathy is, and how psychopathy is associated with the tendency to victimize and victim selection.

This free talk will explore the following questions:

  • What is psychopathy?
  • How might people high on psychopathy engage with people and select victims?
  • What are some recommendations for how individuals can avoid future victimization?

This event is hosted by the Brock University Centre for Lifespan Development Research.

The HeARTistic Journey as Experienced Through Thematic Photography @ Rodman Hall Art Centre
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr. Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy and the Heart Innovation Research Program Team invite you to the next phase of research in the He-ART-istic Journey – a series of photos depicting the words of men and women as they journey through recognition in developing heart disease.

This event is hosted by the Heart Innovation Research Program Team.

Black History Film Series @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum
Feb 21 @ 11:30 am

Pack a lunch and learn about the Black experience in Canada. Snacks and refreshments available for purchase. Free admission. Duration is about an hour.

February 14: Journey to Justice (47 min)
February 21: Remember Africville (35 min) & Black Mother, Black Daughter (29 min)
February 28: Speakers for the Dead (50 min)

This series is hosted by the Niagara Historical Society Museum.

Coldest Night of the Year – Project SHARE of Niagara Falls @ St. Paul Catholic High School
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Meridian Credit Union Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly 2, 5 or 10km walk that raises money for the hungry, homeless & hurting in 80+ communities across Canada. By joining the walk in Niagara Falls you will support the 126 families who rely on Project SHARE’s emergency support services every day.

Project SHARE is looking for energetic and motivated community members to become Coldest Night of the Year Team Captains and recruit their families, friends and co-workers to walk and raise funds with them.

This event is hosted by Project SHARE.


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