NEWS

Upcoming events listed below celebrate seniors aging well. Most events are online, but that is changing!  Organizations offering seniors' programs have some in-person programs underway.

A collective listing of virtual (from the Internet) programs for the Metro Vancouver area is available here

EXTREME HEAT
AND
SMOKE

Vancouver Coastal Health

Tips and resources for staying cool in summer heat and coping with wildfire smoke are available so all ages can stay safe. Guides for organizations to coordinate heat check-ins for vulnerable individuals are forthcoming and cooling centre maps are being updated. Public health recommends downloading the WeatherCAN app for current weather conditions, 7-day forecasts, and alerts from Environment and Climate Change Canada.  

VCH heat resources here

WeatherCAN app information here

ON AGING: CANADIAN CONVERSATIONS

United Way Healthy Aging CORE and HelpAge Canada

“A series of conversations with thought leaders in Canada on a variety of topics …Each episode will address a different theme relevant to healthy aging…as well as a short video clip of a Canadian community-based seniors serving organization.” 

Dates:

May 12th, 2022 at 9am PDT: Ageism with Margaret Gillis
May 26th, 2022 at 9am PDT: ParticipAction - Physical Activity in Aging
June 9th, 2022 at 9am PDT: Elder Abuse from an Ethnocultural Perspective
June 23rd, 2022 at 9am PDT: Aging from an Indigenous Perspective
Register for one or more free conversations 
here.

TRUTH AND
RECONCILIATION
WORKSHOP

Kitsilano Community Centre Association

Historical Trauma and Colonization Workshop led by Brad Marsden from the Gitksan Nation in Northern British Columbia addressing the Impacts of Colonization and Residential Schools...Together, we can work on changing the perceptions and stereotypes within society which perpetuate systemic racism and foster environments where everybody can respect and co-operate with one another.

Date: Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:00-4:45 with 15min break for light refreshments

Cost: $15/person

Location: Kitsilano Community Centre, Snowy's Lounge

Register kcca.vancouver@gmail.com or 604-257-6976 Activity #390120

RAISING
OUR VOICES

B.E.S.T. & United Way of BC

Join Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (B.E.S.T.) for their video presentation and dialogue about seniors’ challenges and community-based opportunities to improve BC’s transportation options.  BEST’s Seniors on the Move (SOTM) initiative created a short ROVING documentary that features interviews with BC seniors and experts from senior-serving agencies. ROVING (Raising Our Voices in Support of Non-Ageist Ways of Getting Around) will form the centre of a broad communications campaign and province-wide dialogue on seniors’ transportation issues in 2022. Celebrate BC Seniors' Week - add your voice!

 

In-person dates and locations: 

June 6, 2022 1:00-3:00pm PDT Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver 

June 10, 2022 1:00-3:00pm PDT Silver Harbour in North Vancouver

More information here       

Register here

or

Request a livestream at either of those times by email to seniorsonthemove@best.bc.ca

THIRDACTion
FILM FESTIVAL

Calgary, AB Third ACTion Film Festival

Why a film festival about the third act of life?

 “Older adults and aging are under-represented and misrepresented in our mass media – that needs to change. Symbolic annihilation is a term used to describe the absence of representation of a group and the impact that has…Advocacy storytelling is about effectively communicating your message to the audience and encouraging them to act…join us in creating an age-positive culture shift !”

 

Dates: June 12, 2022 

Some films are available Canada-wide. Schedule & Tickets here

Please note that the schedule lists films in Mountain Standard Time

HOP ON BOARD!

Active Aging Society, TransLink, Choose to Move

Learn about multi-modal transportation options available to seniors and newcomers in an engaging webinar. Hop on Board! is an up-to-date review of various ways it can be easy to use public transit in Metro Vancouver. You might qualify for a HandyCard to get out and about this summer. If so, care partners are free! 

Webinar is available here

VALUE OF FAMILY CAREGIVING

Research on Aging, University of Alberta & University of Manitoba 
Infographic with statistics about caregivers’ contributions to the Care Economy in terms of FTE, hours, percent of population involved, and economic value.
Document
here

FLIPPING STIGMA ON ITS EAR TOOLKIT

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

“The discrimination caused by stigma that accompanies a diagnosis of dementia needs to be ‘flipped on its ear’! The purpose of this toolkit is to recognize and respond to this stigma and discrimination. It has been designed by people with dementia to help others – including other people living with dementia, the people who support them, and those who do research – to address the challenges of stigma and discrimination.” Video clips demonstrate interactions and stimulate discussions.

Explore the website here

CREATIVITY AS A FORM OF SELF-CARE

Family Caregivers of BC

The latest in a series of 14 Caregiver Out Loud podcasts: “engaging with creativity is a form of self-care that can benefit both a caregiver and a care recipient in many ways…This is a conversation with a caregiver about how being creative has helped her deal with some of the ups and downs in her caregiving journey.”

Listen here or subscribe to the series where you get your podcasts.

SOUTH VANCOUVER
SENIORS
NETWORK

Weekly Webinars

Lively interactive discussions about advocating for seniors and how we can provide support and advocacy to seniors right where they are. 

Time: Thursdays 10:30-11:30 PT

May Webinars: BC Health Coalition, Vancouver Coastal Health, Age Knowble, BC Community Response Networks, etc.

Sign up for weekly webinar series here

COURAGE
ACTION FOR BETTER AGING

SE Health and the Covenant Family

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on Canada’s older adults… shone a public light on many important issues at the heart of aging: safety, independence, quality of life, human connection, and well-being.COURAGE: Action for Better Aging invites Canada to get involved… look at where we are today and at models and practices that help older adults stay in their homes and communities.

A discussion paper here

Survey for older Canadians living at home or in the community here for May & June

MOVE AND CONNECT WEBINAR SERIES

Active Aging Society

“Features wide-ranging health promotion and healthy lifestyle topics...series aims to connect older adults to information and services to support their physical, social, and mental health…learn strategies and set goals.” 

Example: A Prescription for Nature: Connect to Better Health Through Nature in collaboration with BC Parks Foundation. Ask your healthcare provider for a ParX Prescription – hand them

this flyer    

Recording here   

LIVING MY
CULTURE

Canadian Virtual Hospice 

“Quality palliative care helps you honour your culture, spirituality and traditions…people from various cultures share their stories and wisdom about living with serious illness, end of life and grief to support others.” Also videos and insights from representatives of eight global cultures.

Indigenous cultural safety training: Advanced illness, palliative care and grief and “Coming full circle: Planning for Your Care a booklet to ensure Indigenous Peoples’ choices for their future healthcare are known and respected.”

Information here

BC BRAIN WELLNESS PROGRAMS

BC Brain Wellness Centre, University of British Columbia

"BC Brain Wellness Program...provides learning opportunities for medical professionals and the general public on brain wellness practices. Wide range of free programs…from interdisciplinary collaborations with UBC's Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Neurology, Psychiatry, Neurosciences, Sports Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology and the School of Music as well as several community partners." 

More information and registration here

CHOOSE
TO
MOVE

Active Aging Society and Province of BC

A free and flexible program to provide you with motivation and support to become more active. Great for anyone 55+ regardless of ability. Plan with a trained activity coach and integrate activity into your daily schedule. 

Contact Kitsilano Neighbourhood House for Spring reservations. 

Phone: 604-736-3588 ext. 161

More information here

GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT AGEISM

World Health Organization (WHO)

“This campaign aims to tackle ageism by changing how we all think, feel and act towards age and ageing…A toolkit to learn about ageism, initiate your own conversations about this important topic in your community, organize events to raise awareness, and spread the word through social media to create #AWorld4AllAges.

Tookit here

Related information here

FREE AND LOW-COST FOOD RESOURCES
IN VANCOUVER

Vancouver City Food Programs

There are many opportunities throughout the city - grocery deliveries, meals, community fridges - mapped with contacts and availability. 

Information here

Ongoing. Check back here for periodic updates as programs may expand or change.