1. Community Blog

    Achieving “A Community for all Ages” Across Niagara: Be Informed, Celebrate Niagara’s Success, Become a Champion

    All of us have a stake in ensuring our community is responsive to the needs of everyone as we age. This requires that citizens with diverse perspectives and roles be aware of the contributions older adults make within our community, celebrate the ways in which Niagara has already made progress...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Achieving “A Community for all Ages” Across Niagara: Two-Page Candidate Brief from the Age-Friendly Niagara Network

    All of us have a stake in ensuring our community is responsive to the needs of everyone as we age. The volunteer-led Age-Friendly Niagara Network has prepared this brief to help engage municipal candidates in issues affecting everyone in our community. The Brief outlines the contributions older adults make to our community,...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors

    The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA or the Committee) agreed on 4 May 2017 to undertake a study of how the federal government can support vulnerable seniors today while preparing for the diverse and growing seniors’ population of...
  4. Resources & Publications

    CMA submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

    The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) submitted this brief as part of its study regarding how the Government can support vulnerable seniors today while preparing for the diverse and growing seniors population of tomorrow. This brief directly addresses the three themes considered by this Committee: How the Government can improve access...
  5. Resources & Publications

    The Health of Niagara Residents Across the Lifespan: Using a Life-Course Approach to Improve Well-Being (Event Recording)

    This is an event recording of the May 2, 2018 webinar with presenter Dr. Sinead McElhone. 44 participants joined this event from 20 different organizations across Niagara. During this webinar, Dr. McElhone offered a new way of looking at health, not as disconnected stages unrelated to each other, but as an...
  6. Resources & Publications

    The Future of Niagara’s Health: Using a Life-Course Approach to Improve Well-Being (Policy Brief #31)

    This policy brief is an attempt to enrich public discourse and advance novel approaches to designing and implementing Niagara’s public-health policy agenda. The discussion embraces a holistic life-course perspective that is strategic in its orientation, and comprehensive in its scope with respect to the planning, delivery, and monitoring of health...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy: What We Heard About Poverty So Far

    As a whole, Canada remains among the best places in the world in which to live. However, too many Canadians live in poverty. This is why the Government made a commitment to develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy that would set targets to reduce poverty in Canada and measure and publicly...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Barriers to Accessing Dental Care in Niagara (Infographic)

    Poor oral health is linked to diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Access to oral health care should NOT be limited to people with private health insurance or who can afford to pay out of pocket. 1,334 adults from all 12 municipalities completed a survey about their dental barriers. This infographic...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Region Adult Dental Health Care Barriers Survey Report 2017

    The Niagara Dental Health Coalition conducted a survey in early 2017 looking at barriers faced by Niagara region residents aged 18 and over when accessing dental health care services. The survey was developed to help quantify anecdotal stories from local health and social service agencies to provide a more complete...
  10. Resources & Publications

    How Canada Compares: Results from the Commonwealth Fund’s 2017 International Health Policy Survey of Seniors

    The 2017 edition of The Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey focused on the views and experiences of seniors (age 65 and older) in 11 developed countries. This chartbook highlights the Canadian story of seniors’ interactions with their health system, and it examines how these experiences vary across Canada relative...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Oct
15
Mon
Introduction to Grief Intervention Over the Life Course @ Online
Oct 15 all-day

Death is an unavoidable part of life that becomes increasingly more apparent with age. It is beneficial for your practice to obtain the fundamentals of grief intervention and be equipped to address dying and death circumstances.

During this 4-week online workshop, you will be provided with a concise overview including resources, exercises and an opportunity to share so you gain comfort with the topic and insight in order to help others with confidence through death related circumstances of loss and grief.

This workshop series is hosted by the University of Toronto.

Oct
16
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Oct 16 @ 9:30 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

Presentation: Karen Fraser, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network

Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org.

Research and Innovation in Aging Forum: Aging, Technology and Privacy @ Online
Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Apps in wearable tech such as fitbits and smart watches, and phones, are used to collect small pieces of health data such as pulse, heart rate, and regularity as well as information including what appointments (e. g. with doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists etc) are being made and the health-related products purchased.

Like credit data, these detailed health markers could be used in algorithms, grouping users by behavioural and risk assessment parameters. All of this data could then be gathered into a ‘wellness report.’

Like credit reports, the wellness report would be susceptible to errors that could take days or months to correct and may require experts and medical tests to disprove errors. Credit reporting companies are financially supported by banks, businesses and lenders.

The wellness report would be a resource that insurers, long term care facilities, health care providers could exploit to gauge the risk associated with the provision of service.

This scoping review examines existing knowledge concerning the data currently being collected and explores novel data combinations and the risk to privacy and autonomy that these pose to older adults. Results confirm the privacy challenges of Big Data and suggest remedies that need to be explored before these usages become commonplace.

Objectives:

  • Review technology that ‘supports’ healthy aging for people aging in place and in their community
  • Discuss data collected and novel applications of that information
  • Promote the prevention of unintended and intended violations of older adult’s privacy and autonomy

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health.

Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to attend this public forum focused on Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney.

This forum is presented by:

  • Dion McParland, Family Support Counsellor for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
  • Bryce Murray, Heelis Little Almas & Murray LLP

Registration is required by phone (905-687-3914) or by filling out the online registration form.

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Oct
17
Wed
Fall Lecture Series: Music That Moves Us – From Rhythm to Social Behaviour @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region.

Speaker: Dr. Laurel Trainor, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University; Director of LIVELab, McMaster University; Research Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital, Toronto

Rhythms are powerful because their regularity enables us to predict when important information will occur next. Dr. Trainor will talk about how rhythms shape our perception, how they are processed in the brain, and how rhythm processing develops in children.

She will describe brain studies that explain why music makes us want to move in time to its beat, and show how moving in synchrony with others affects our willingness to cooperate with those people, even in infancy.

This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Working With Patients Who Use Substances: Assessment, Brief Interventions and Strategies @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This intensive 3-hour interactive educational session will focus on assessment, practical brief interventions and strategies that can be incorporated into working with patients who use substances.

This session can be attended in-person or remotely.

Presenter: Megan Hemlow, Project Manager, Mental Health and Addictions Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant Local Health Integration Network.

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

Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to join a special presentation on Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research.

Come and be part of the live audience, as this presentation will be taped for YouTube.

Speakers:

  • Dr. William Brown, Professor of Neurology, McMaster University Medical School
  • Gerry Bucsis, Family Support Counsellor, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

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