On Wed. Oct. 11th from 12-1pm EDT, presenters Susan Bonomo and Jennifer Wright as they discuss their fall prevention strategy.  For more information or to register click here.

The Age-Friendly Kitchener project was successful in achieving all of the originally planned deliverables.  This included establishing an advisory committee, developing a demographic profile, defining the project vision,scope and guiding principles, assessing age-friendly assets and gaps, engaging with the community and developing an action plan.

As part of Recolour Grey, Grey County’s Five Year Official Plan Review, the County recently partnered with students from the University of Guelph to look at policies that better support youth and older adults. The resulting Grey County Age-Friendly Planning Study is now complete. Thank you to the students from Guelph, and to all those who participated in the Study through the on-line surveys and the emails received. The results of this Study will now be considered through the Recolour Grey review of our County Official Plan.

The mandate of the Thorold Ad Hoc Age-Friendly Committee is to provide recommendations to the Thorold City Council regarding a strategy and action plan to elevate the profile, level of leadership and engagement of older adults (55+) in the community.

Following the launch of the Provincial Fall Prevention Framework and Toolkit in 2011, each LHIN has been working on developing a Fall Prevention Strategy. Champlain, NE and SE LHINs share common borders and have come together to share common approaches and initiatives, with a view to collaborating to reduce costly duplication. By taking a provincial approach the hope is to improve effectiveness and efficiency across Ontario. Presenters Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Hélène Gagné, Christine Bidmead, Dianne Rossy, Wendy Carew, Megan Jaquith and Rhonda Lovell shared information about their work to date and looking at ways to move forward together. Watch the recording of the presentation here.

This project will undertake public consultation and develop an Action Plan that will help Durham adapt its structures and services to be more accessible and inclusive of older adults. The consultation process will have an emphasis on engaging the perspectives of older adults living in the rural northern areas of Durham, and seniors from ethno-culturally diverse urban communities in the south along the lakeshore.

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases has approved the creation of two separate Special Interest Groups. While there are many areas ofoverlap between the two, both fields are in a phase of tremendous growth that could benefit from more individualized attention. Members are of AASLD areinvited to join SIGs by visiting http://www.aasld.org/membership/special-interest-groups

MHNIG offers a network of professional resources, support, and access to financial assistance through bursaries and awards. The purpose of MHNIG is to actively promote partnerships that work towards improving the mental health and well-being of individuals, their families, and our communities.

This project has further extended the work completed by Age-Friendly Niagara by implementing a localized needs assessment for the smaller community of Port Colborne, a member city in the greater Niagara Regional Municipality. This needs assessment was completed in order to form a comprehensive and local needs profile specific to the City of Port Colborne. From this neds assessment the Council-supported Senior Citizens' Advisory Council (SCAC) will create an Age-Friendly action plan that responds to the explicit needs expressed by local comunity members.

This project has resulted in defining local principles, the development of a custom needs assessment, and created a local action plan. The Township completed a community survey and held two focus groups. The report and recommendations were adopted by Council in October of 2016. The AFC planning work and the recommendations from the final report are being considered during applicable project development.