To Everything There is a Season: Reflections from Hamilton and Ottawa on Sustaining Social Inclusion Initiatives in the Community

Date: September 25, 2019

Presenters:

Bonnie Schroeder
Project Director, Keeping Ottawa Seniors Connected
The Council on Aging of Ottawa

 

Pat Spadafora
Project Director, Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan
Hamilton Council on Aging

 

Description:

“To everything there is a season”

Over the last four years, Hamilton and Ottawa has been engaged in mobilizing their partners to reduce social isolation among older adults in their communities. As the project funding from Employment and Social Development Canada comes to an end, each project is focused on sustaining specific activities partnerships and outcomes. The presenters reflect on concepts of

  • Isolation and inclusion
  • Universal programs and targeted programs to reduce social isolation among vulnerable populations of seniors (seniors who are low-income, multicultural, at risk for abuse, living in rural communities, living with disabilities, etc.)
  • Grassroot and system/policy approaches to sustain the activities and outcomes
  • The presentation will conclude with reflections on lessons learned, opportunities and challenges from each community.

Key themes: Duality & Sustainability

Webinar Resources: 

Webinar Recording
Webinar Slides

Additional Resources:

Hamilton Council on Aging Website: https://socialisolation.ca/

The Council on Aging of Ottawa Website: http://www.kosc.ca

Keeping Ottawa Seniors Connected project: https://coaottawa.ca/committees/social-inclusion/ 

KOSC Evaluation Report: email Bonnie for a copy at kosc@coaottawa.ca

City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan, 2020-2022: https://ottawa.ca/en/older-adult-plan

United Way East Ontario, Seniors: https://www.unitedwayeo.ca/local-issues/vulnerable-seniors/

Ottawa Public Health, Healthy Aging Strategy: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/older-adults-and-healthy-aging.aspx