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This resource guide will review the steps that can be taken to create a safe living area for seniors, discuss how technology can assist, and how to gauge the warning signs that indicate an entirely different approach may be necessary. It concludes with a list of resources for additional information on senior safety.

 

This series, featuring experts from around the world, will explore a number of critical and emerging topics on Healthy Ageing. The recording is for everyone, older adults, local, regional and national government policymakers, NGOs, clinicians, urban planners, and all those with an interest in building environments in which we can all continue to enjoy lives of value as we age.

On 15 June 2016, the IFA with support from the Hall & Prior Health and Aged Care Group launched a new series of webinars on Age-friendly Environments. This inaugural webinar provided an evidence-based approach to the planning and development of age-friendly community systems and infrastructures. Insight into promising strategies and models of community change identified practical applications for achieving effective change at the local, regional and national 

This guide is designed to help people assess the age-friendliness of their communities; get people involved; set goals; create and carry out a plan; assess whether you have accomplished the goals in your plan and then share the results with others.

This website has a list of resources to help  seniors understand and  develop an age friendly community. An Age-Friendly Community is a place where seniors can age actively, live in security and enjoy good health – actions that will improve the quality of life for all citizens well into the future. When a community undertakes age-friendly initiatives, they’re creating a supportive environment where seniors are respected for the valuable contributions they make and where seniors are given a chance to let their strengths shine.

This Institute for Research on Public Policy document provides a summary of the benefits and appropriateness of Age-friendly Community initiatives in Canada.

Elder abuse or neglect is when there is violence against seniors or mistreatment of seniors, including neglect of seniors who depend on others for care. Abuse or neglect may take many different forms including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial. Many types of abuse, and some types of neglect, are criminal offences.

Older Canadians are valuable members of our communities, yet many are vulnerable to various forms of ageism, abuse, mistreatment and isolation from the same communities that also value them. Ageism is commonly understood to be, “the stereotyping of, and discrimination against, individuals or groups because of their age”. While this can include those who are young or old, ageism appears to be a more significant issue for older members of our society.  Indeed, many have come to remark how this form of discrimination still appears to be the last acceptable ‘ism’ in our society.

This resource is intended to help raise awareness of issues of senior abuse in the lives of senior Aboriginal women, their families and communities. It is meant to help promote the safety and well-being of our seniors and Elders, both women and men, and to honour them as they would be traditionally.

Financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse in Canada. Financial abuse can happen at any time, but it will often start after a health crisis or after the death of a spouse, partner or close friend. People who are alone, lonely or in poor health are more vulnerable.

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