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  • Current Hub Partner Projects | Westside Seniors Hub

    CURRENT HUB PARTNERS' PROJECTS Dementia Ventures i s a commitment by the Westside Seniors Hub Partner Organizations to offer diverse activities for people living with dementia and their care partners. These activities are designed to: reduce stigma sustain quality of life ​ The projects listed below are partially funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada via the Building Capacity for Meaningful Participation by People Living with Dementia umbrella project. Current Hub Partner project planning began in early 2020 and is evolving all the time! ​ For more information, click on a category below to learn more, or click on a Partner's name for their contact information. ​ COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS Hub Partners want to foster more inclusive communities. They engage a wide range of community members in plans and conversations to build and change programs, and increase awareness. ​ These Partners are currently working on projects to achieve those objectives. If you can participate in their projects, please click on the Partner's name and contact them directly. ​ Translink Awarenes-Building Placards Thanks to an Implementation Fund grant from the Building Capacity for Meaningful Participation by People Living with Dementia project, the Hub’s Council is placing 210 awareness-building placards inside TransLink buses in Metro Vancouver this summer. The three different designs developed by Building Capacity project team members Samantha Pineda Sierra and Heather Neale Furneaux, quote Action Committee members with lived experience from a special initiative known as The Flipping Stigma Project . These members’ comments reflect on what it feels like to be discriminated against because of their dementia. The campaign aims to increase awareness and encourage open and respectful conversations about living with dementia. Even if you don’t travel on public buses, you will want to take a look HERE at these engaging placards. ​ Kitsilano Community Centre Association offers a variety of physical, social, and multicultural programming Community Needs Assessment Group that looks at how best to serve the neighbourhood ​ ​ West Point Grey United Church TLC (The Lunch Club) A program for seniors and people with dementia in the west side of Vancouver. A Four Part Series with educational component and group discussions. ​ Pacific Spirit United Church Congregation members at Pacific Spirit United Church created an insightful four-part series looking at dementia from a community perspective. It's called Beacon *shining light on Dementia and is available online. ​ PROGRAM PLANNING Hub Partners are adapting existing programs to be more inclusive and planning new programs. They appreciate having community members participate at every stage - planning, implementing and sustaining - to build community capacity. If you can participate at any stage of program planning or implementation, please click on the name of a Hub Partner below for their project description and contact them directly. ​ A.S.K. Friendship Centre develop programs & design space purchase art supplies to diversify programs ​ Dunbar Residents Association identify assets & gaps in services for seniors adapt Salmonberry Days for inclusive programming ​ Kitsilano Neighbourhood House promote dementia awareness engage Business Improvement Areas (BIA) in a series of dialogues ​ South Granville Seniors Centre Story of their Happy Memories Café ​ Collaborative Project - Fireweed Club helping provide transportation to bring participants to outdoor events. great opportunities to connect with the larger community and build new connections with people living with dementia in the community. summer schedule of activities in Vancouver's westside parks and plazas coming soon here DISCOVERING COMMUNITY ASSETS These projects focus on identifying community members and services that can help build capacity to offer meaningful opportunities and adapt existing services to be more inclusive. ​ If you can participate in building capacity, please click on the Hub Partner's name for their contact them directly. ​ The Building Capacity Project - Dementia Ventures Offers engaging programs in order to help organizations make existing offerings more inclusive. Informs future policies and priorities in community and health settings for dementia inclusive communities. ​ Westside Seniors Hub - Transportation Initiative Model Programs that explore van-sharing and public transit challenges and solutions for seniors. ​ Westside Seniors Hub Develop a website to showcase Partners' projects and opportunities to get involved Invite diverse community members to become involved ​

  • DV Engagement | Westside Seniors Hub

    DEMENTIA VENTURES ​ TOOLS FOR ENGAGEMENT ​ ​ ¿QUÉ CONSTITUYE EL LADO OESTE? Definimos el área de influencia del Westside Seniors Hub como: Al oeste de Ontario Street, hasta el final para incluir UBC y Endowment Lands Al sur de Cornwall Street y False Creek Al norte de Marine Drive Tenga en cuenta que el área de influencia no incluye la península del centro ni la isla Granville. Los socios cuya oficina se encuentra fuera de nuestra área de influencia pueden unirse a nosotros si están sirviendo activamente a las personas mayores de Westside. WHAT IS THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS IN FOSTERING RESILIENCE? ​ Dementia Ventures aims to reach a broad range of stakeholders and provide community organizations with tools to engage effectively with people experiencing cognitive challenges. Let’s give them more opportunities! And how? Let the voices and experience of loved ones living with dementia inform the planning of meaningful activities that bring joy to everyone involved! You will find some amazing tools below to help you engage and make a difference. Powerful Words & Approaches Concise Rationales for Change Meaningful Engagement POWERFUL WORDS & APPROACHES Practice Tools & Factsheets (I-CAARE) A Quick Guide To: Approaches ; PIECES of My Relationships (Guidelines, Questions, Family Supplement); Medicine Wheel: Preventing Dementia in Indigenous People by Aging Well ; The Pathway of Dementia Person-centered Language Guidelines Alzheimer Society of Canada “By being more conscious of the language we use, we can avoid reducing individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to a series of labels, symptoms or medical terms.” Dementia & the Media Dementia Alliance International Organizational philosophy:”Nothing about us, without us.” Approach conversations with and about people living with dementia using respectful language that does not stigmatize and demean. CONCISE RATIONALES FOR CHANGE Why Arts-based Activities? Westside Seniors Hub, Vancouver, BC Rationale for social engagement through the arts, credible evidence, and links to model programs that demonstrate how arts-based creative activities can have profound impacts on people at every stage of the dementia trajectory. Flipping Stigma on Its Ear Toolkit Taking Action Against Stigma and Discrimination Associated With Dementia University of British Columbia, CIHR Action Research Project “The purpose of this toolkit is to recognize and respond to this stigma and discrimination…designed by people with dementia to help others – including other people living with dementia, service providers, physicians, family members and friends – to address the challenges of stigma and discrimination.” Hear from the experts who live with dementia – what they experience, how they respond to stigma and discrimination as advocates for themselves and others, how they build skills and competence. Powerful tools from people living with dementia with more being developed for support persons and researchers. What is the Building Capacity Project all about? Westside Seniors Hub, Vancouver, BC MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT Meaningful Engagement: A Resource Guide (Alzheimer Society of Canada) “A Resource Guide for staff and leadership volunteers …to foster relationship building between staff and leadership volunteers and people with dementia…improve the experience of meaningful engagement for both the organization and the person with dementia…build capacity within organizations to collaboratively address the needs of persons with dementia.” Tipsheet for accessibility & equity in online engagement during COVID-19 MJ Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU, Burnaby, BC “It is important to consider how community members’ identities and experiences may impact their ability to learn about, access or participate safely in an engagement—and tailor plans to suit diverse needs.” Beyond Inclusion: Equity in Public Engagement MJ Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU, Burnaby, BC “Hearing from people with diverse lived experiences leads to more innovative ideas, better decisions, greater public support of outcomes…This guide is designed for individuals sponsoring or planning public engagement initiatives that will inform decision-making...outlines some factors practitioners can reflect on when scoping and designing engagement processes.” Healthy Community Engagement Action Guide PlanH, BC Healthy Communities Featuring community examples, resources, strategies and other useful information, this guide helps local governments plan their community input process to ensure…equity-centred, inclusive community engagement…to create healthier, more accessible communities. Making Your Workplace Dementia Friendly Alzheimer Society of BC Specific resources for professionals who are in legal, financial, housing, and recreation professions … ”to understand and recognize the signs of dementia…communicate in an effective, respectful way…think about specific ways they can support a person with dementia in their work and how their workplace may become more dementia friendly.…know what resources are available to them and their customers or clients.” Busting Dementia Stigma: One Children's Book at a Time WA Dementia Action Collaborative “Are you a parent, teacher or librarian who wants to help build dementia awareness and challenge stigma? Children’s books can be a great tool! The criteria below can help you evaluate children’s books and select ones that carry a respectful, stigma-busting message.” Back to Resources - Dementia Ventures

  • About | Westside Seniors Hub

    HUB WESTSIDE SENIORS ACCIÓN COLECTIVA POR Y PARA MAYORES OUR MISSION To build a more responsive and resilient community for seniors on Vancouver’s Westside through the power of collective action. OUR KEY GOALS To identify and promote awareness of Westside seniors’ issues and priorities ​ To improve programs and services for seniors on the Westside through collective action by Hub Council, Hub Partner Organizations, and community organizations ​ To encourage seniors to become more engaged in their community WHAT IS THE HUB STRUCTURE? The Hub is comprised of Partner Organizations, a Hub Council, and action-oriented committees. PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS serve seniors on the Westside and have an interest in collaborating with others to support seniors in their community. They meet quarterly to share information about resources and assets, identify emerging issues, and collaborate on building a range of integrated services for seniors. They work with the Hub Council and serve on committees to act on identified issues and represent the Hub to the public and various constituencies. Partners include public entities, non-profits, and faith-based organizations that provide services for seniors. THE HUB COUNCIL is composed of several Westside volunteer seniors who have knowledge of seniors’ issues, experience working on action-oriented teams, and skills to work collaboratively with each other, Partner Organizations and community members. They meet monthly to identify priorities and direct movement towards collective action. THE COMMITTEES have representatives from the Council, Partner Organizations, and the community. They meet as needed to focus attention on particular issues or activities by sharing information, suggesting to the Council what approaches might work, and planning events. They act on behalf of seniors to bring attention to issues and gaps in services. Their work engages businesses, government agencies, non-profit agencies, and the public in moving towards a community where seniors can have their needs met and age well. WHAT CONSTITUTES THE WESTSIDE? ¿QUÉ CONSTITUYE EL LADO OESTE? Definimos el área de influencia del Westside Seniors Hub como: Al oeste de Ontario Street, hasta el final para incluir UBC y Endowment Lands Al sur de Cornwall Street y False Creek Al norte de Marine Drive Tenga en cuenta que el área de influencia no incluye la península del centro ni la isla Granville. Los socios cuya oficina se encuentra fuera de nuestra área de influencia pueden unirse a nosotros si están sirviendo activamente a las personas mayores de Westside. HOW DID THE HUB EMERGE? The concept of a seniors hub first emerged through a 2009 research report entitled “Sustaining Seniors Programs through the Neighbourhood House Model,” which focused on opportunities for seniors at Kitsilano, Kiwassa & South Vancouver Neighbourhood Houses. ​ In 2010, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House received pilot funding from Vancouver Coastal Health – SmartFund, City of Vancouver, United Way, and the Vancouver Foundation to develop the South Vancouver Seniors Hub and produce an Implementation Plan and Seniors Hub Toolkit. ​ This led to Kitsilano Neighbourhood House receiving a 2013-2014 Vancouver Foundation grant for a Seniors for Seniors Project: Building a One-Stop Place for Westside Seniors. One of the aspects of this project was to develop a Westside Seniors Hub. A number of community members and seventeen senior-serving Westside organizations met at a visioning round-table in January 2014 to explore the potential benefits and nature of a Westside Hub. Several subsequent planning round-tables developed the structure of the Hub. In addition, they drew up Partner Collaborative Agreements, wrote a Hub Council Member job description, and both recruited and interviewed Hub Council applicants. ​ By February 2015, appointments to the Hub Council had been made and the first joint meeting of Partner Organizations and Hub Council members took place. Since then, the Hub has sought grant funding for various projects and operated with paid contractors, administrative support from Kitsilano Neighbourhood House and volunteer efforts. SPONSORS ¿CÓMO SURGIÓ EL HUB? El concepto de un centro para personas mayores surgió por primera vez a través de un informe de investigación de 2009 titulado “Programas de mantenimiento para personas mayores a través del modelo de casas de vecindario”, que se centró en oportunidades para personas mayores en Kitsilano, Kiwassa y South Vancouver Neighborhood Houses. En 2010, South Vancouver Neighborhood House recibió financiación piloto de Vancouver Coastal Health - SmartFund, la ciudad de Vancouver, United Way y la Fundación de Vancouver para desarrollar el South Vancouver Seniors Hub y producir un plan de implementación y un kit de herramientas para Seniors Hub. Esto llevó a Kitsilano Neighborhood House a recibir una subvención de la Fundación de Vancouver 2013-2014 para un Proyecto de Personas Mayores para Personas Mayores: Construcción de un lugar único para personas mayores del Westside. Uno de los aspectos de este proyecto fue desarrollar un Westside Seniors Hub. Varios miembros de la comunidad y diecisiete organizaciones de Westside que sirven a personas mayores se reunieron en una mesa redonda de visión en enero de 2014 para explorar los beneficios potenciales y la naturaleza de un Westside Hub. Varias mesas redondas de planificación posteriores desarrollaron la estructura del Eje. Además, redactaron acuerdos de colaboración con los socios, redactaron una descripción del puesto de los miembros del Hub Council y reclutaron y entrevistaron a los solicitantes del Hub Council. En febrero de 2015, se habían hecho nombramientos para el Hub Council y se llevó a cabo la primera reunión conjunta de Organizaciones Socias y miembros del Hub Council. Desde entonces, el Hub ha buscado subvenciones para varios proyectos y ha operado con contratistas pagados, apoyo administrativo de Kitsilano Neighborhood House y esfuerzos voluntarios. PATROCINADORES Desde sus primeros inicios, el Hub ha recibido apoyo financiero de varios patrocinadores. Estamos agradecidos por su confianza y reconocimiento de la misión y los objetivos del Hub en nombre de las personas mayores. Volver a la cima

  • Join the Hub | Westside Seniors Hub

    JOIN THE HUB There are many ways to become involved in the Hub. We are always looking for new members. BECOME A PARTNER ​ If you are a public, non-profit, or faith-based organization that serves seniors on Vancouver’s Westside, we would like to collaborate with you! JOIN THE HUB COUNCIL ​ Learn more about our Westside Seniors Hub Council, composed of volunteer seniors or those who work with seniors. We are continuously recruiting for new members. JOIN THE COMMITTEE Hub Committees are issue-based, action-oriented groups made up of representatives from the Council, Partner Organizations, and community. From 2015-2019 we had 3 active committees working on various projects : health & wellness; access & mobility and communications. Given the holistic approach of our current project, Dementia Ventures, committee members are now working together to address issues collaboratively. Learn about our Hub Partners Contact us to become a Partner Learn about the Hub Council Contact us to join the Hub Learn about Hub Committees Opportunities to get involved

  • Dementia Ventures | Westside Seniors Hub

    BUILDING CAPACITY Dementia Ventures is building community capacity to include people living with dementia and their care partners in meaningful activities! When communities provide diverse opportunities for these people to engage, they can remain vibrant contributors to community life well beyond a dementia diagnosis. Living with dementia shall include pursuing one’s passions! ​Dementia Ventures invites you to get involved in creating a more inclusive community and increasing social citizenship for people living with dementia. ​ Join us in adapting current programs or creating new ones that are inclusive and enable people living with dementia to socialize according to their interests. Westside Seniors Hub Partner Organizations have a variety of opportunities underway to be more inclusive. Join any of our current projects described here . There are opportunities for anyone to help make communities more dementia-friendly. ​ Get Involved Current Hub Partners Projects SoundBytes Series Fireweed Club News & Events Resources ​ WE NEED DIVERSE PARTNERS TO HELP BUILD CAPACITY FOR GREATER INCLUSION! Everyone's skills and experiences can make a difference. Perhaps you are experiencing cognitive difficulties a care partner a program leader a professional working with seniors a motivated volunteer YOU can assist Hub Partner Organizations develop appealing and sustainable arts , social , fitness and volunteer activities. ​ Hub Partners want people living with dementia and their care partners to express their needs and desires. Partners also need the assistance of program leaders, motivated volunteers, and professionals working with seniors. THE BIGGER PICTURE... COLLECTIVE ACTION BY ELDERS AND THEIR CARE PARTNERS From 2019-2023, the Westside Seniors Hub is focusing on Dementia Ventures in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Find out more about the UBC and Lakehead University research team members here . The Public Health Agency of Canada is funding the umbrella project called Building Capacity for Meaningful Participation by People Living With Dementia . It is one of the first community-based research projects funded under a 2019 Agency comprehensive plan: A Dementia Strategy for Canada .

  • Get Involved in Dementia | Westside Seniors Hub

    GET INVOLVED Building capacity for meaningful community participation by people living with dementia is a collaborative effort that requires: ​​ identifying, expressing and responding to needs establishing and strengthening relationships creating accessible opportunities using diverse skills and abilities to have impacts We invite you to contribute your energy and creativity to plan, deliver and sustain Dementia Ventures . ​ This is a collaborative effort driven by the expressed needs of people living with dementia and their care partners. ​ Please click on the links below to see what your contribution could be. ​ ​ ​ Person living with dementia Care Partners Program Leader Volunteer Professionals working with Seniors If you are interested in joining the Hub in one of these roles, Hub Partners would like to hear from you. ​ visit the Current Hub Partner Projects page to see which project is most attractive and contact the Partner sponsoring it.

  • Staff Education | Westside Seniors Hub

    STAFF EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES CHARITY VILLAGE WEBINARS “Charity Village offers free, monthly webinars on a variety of topics of interest to professionals working within the non-profit sector.” Upcoming events as well as recordings and slide decks from prior webinars are available for timely topics like Understanding and Protecting Against Cyber Risks, Demystifying Insurance. Webinars and other resources here FLIPPING STIGMA ON ITS EAR TOOLKIT “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 Aging Well Education - Ongoing Dementia Education & Opportunities EXTREME HEAT & 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 current heat resources here WeatherCAN app information here PROJECT IMPACT HEALTHY AGING INFORMATION SESSION United Way BC Dialogues in Action Project 2023 “A developmental evaluation course…for a team from non-profit organizations in the Community-Based Seniors’ Services sector…How do we measure our impact? Learn how to evaluate the work you are doing in a specific program of your choosing.” Applications for the 2023 course are open and applications are due by May 31, 2022 . Join a virtual information session about the course to learn more about the program and team presentations from the 2022 program. Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 5:30-8:00pm PDT Location: Collingwood Neighbourhood Annex, 3690 Vanness Ave., Vancouver Poster for registration here Review application here RECENT ADDITIONS INFORMAL RESPITE &SUPPORTS VS FORMAL RESPITE &SUPPORTS Family Caregivers of BC A half-hour Facebook Live session with Wendy Johnstone about caregiver planning for respite support , whether informal or formal. There are additional links to resources about respite care and making time for healing and self-care. Information here BUILDING DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES ONLINE COURSE Alzheimer Societies of Canada “The Building dementia-friendly communities course…a self-paced 75 minute online, interactive course in four modules …is currently available in English and French…designed for professionals working in the recreation, library, retail, restaurant and public transportation sectors…knowledge and skills needed to increase support, inclusion and accessibility (both in the social and physical environments) for people living with dementia.” Information here Register here PROGRAM PLANNING FOR GRANT WRITING United Way of British Columbia “Effective grant seeking…involves strategic prospect research, detailed project planning, and articulating a compelling case, all while employing efficient tools, processes, and systems.” This online interactive session includes: • creating compelling project rationales/needs descriptions; • exploring planning methodologies, including Theory of Change and Logic Models; • incorporating measurable outcomes. Recording here Slides here ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIAS IN INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health “Presenters Sarah MacNabb and Dr. Jordan P. Lewis helped participants understand the current context and risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias within Indigenous populations, identify innovative programming and research underway, and explore the development of engagement and education resources for Indigenous Peoples.” Webinar recording here METRO VANCOUVER VIRTUAL PROGRAMS List your organization’s virtual programs along with those of other seniors’-serving organizations and share the collective list with your members . You can do this now for January or on an ongoing basis. ​ “MetroVancouver Seniors Collective, Ridge Meadows Seniors Society and South Granville Seniors Centre volunteered to coordinate the collection and curation of a listing of virtual/online programming offered by the member organizations of the Collective, and other available resources… The purpose is to have more opportunities available for seniors while reducing the energies of organizations’ program staff having to set up multiple online programs individually.” ​ Information here To participate, click on the "Submit Virtual Programming Information" button 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.” 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.” Also videos and insights from representatives of eight global cultures. Information here HEALTHY AGING CORE CANADA United Way BC & Employment & Social Development Canada “Healthy Aging CORE (Collaborative Online Resources and Education) is a platform to c onnect local, regional, provincial and national non-profit, government, and academic organizations and coalitions that focus on programs, services, policies, practices, and research aimed at supporting older Canadians to age in place in their homes and communities….All content on CORE is vetted …CORE is designed to connect and coordinate with other relevant networks, and not duplicate.” Features: Resources…Training & Events…Groups & Activity….Programs & Initiatives…Funding Opportunities ​ Join email list here AGING AND THRIVING IN THE 21ST CENTURY Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University, Calgary “…a scan of issues, trends, system dynamics and innovations…guided by the question: What factors are preventing older Canadians from flourishing, and how might we transform systems to maximize the choice, dignity, mobility, security, and trust accompanying an aging population transitioning into less autonomous living circumstances?" Report authored by James Stauch here IMPROVING NUTRITION AND FOOD SECURITY IN BC United Way of BC & DIVERSEcity Resources Society “Address challenges older adults experience in accessing culturally responsive food security supports and nutrition , and outline program successes and best practices… review community-based approaches that improve food security and nutrition/nourishment for seniors in British Columbia and the approaches currently existing in the province.” Webinar from June 1, 2021 Recording here ARCHIVED TRAINING WEBINARS Healthy Aging CORE Canada “CORE regularly hosts training events on relevant program and organizational development topics. These sessions are recorded and archived on CORE..and this compendium provides a listing of categories and links so that you can access them at your convenience.” Available here TAKING CHARGE: PARTICIPATORY MODELS OF AGING IN PLACE, DESIGNED BY SENIORS FOR SENIORS University Health Network Open Lab, Toronto "Aging Well is an exploratory research project aimed at uncovering grassroots models of seniors’ supportive living that are emerging across Canada and the United States. …find emergent patterns amongst grassroots initiatives…Ethnographic case studies of four grassroots models are presented: 1. Homesharing , 2. Senior Cohousing , 3. Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities with Social Service Program (NORC-SSP), and 4. Virtual Villages ." Report here SOCIAL NEEDS OF OLDER ADULTS CAN'T BE MET BY TECHNOLOGY ALONE CTV article; research by Dr. Yue Qian, UBC Sociology “…virtual interaction, like phone calls, video calls and texting during pandemic lockdowns were not helpful on their own as an alternative to face-to-face time for people over 60. ‘Our findings demonstrate that face-to-face household contact is crucial to sustaining older adults’ mental wellbeing,” Qian said.’” ​ CTV article here Frontiers in Sociology Article here METRO VANCOUVER HOMESHARE Canada HomeShare & Simon Fraser University “The goal of HomeShare is to foster intergenerational relationships , support aging in place for older adults while simultaneously addressing the affordable rental crisis faced by students…a facilitated model of shared housing to Metro Vancouver… for older adults who would like to share their home with a student for the coming school year …up to seven hours per week of assistance around the home and/or companionship… Canada HomeShare Social Workers create matches that meet both the needs of the home provider and student using a framework designed and developed by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly.” ​ Information here ENABLING CONNECTIONS - A TABLET LENDING LIBRARY South Granville Seniors Centre & Partners “The four elements of the Enabling Connections program are: a tablet lending library , digital literacy mentoring , a virtual senior’s centre , and knowledge sharing with other organizations . The Enabling Connections project is focused on creating connections between individuals and creating a sense of community and mutual support, peer to peer.” Information here CLOSING THE GAPS: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY FOR OLDER ADULTS Canadian Red Cross; National Institute on Ageing “This is a recent report…that includes 29 Evidence-Informed Expert Recommendations to Improve Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Older Adults Across Canada…directed at Community-Based Services and Programs…Webinar features Dr. Samir Sinha, lead author of the report.” Recording here FROME'S COMPASSION PROJECT UK Men’s Shed & Health Connections Mendip-UK “Compassionate communities help to reduce isolation and loneliness and bring a sense of belonging. Social relationships are the most effective intervention for improving health and longevity. Frome’s care combines a compassionate programme of community development with routine medical care…three key elements : making the most of the supportive networks of family, friends and neighbours…building networks of support for the routine matters of life…linking to community activity , such as choir, walking groups, men’s sheds, talking cafes and other interest groups where people can make friendships and share life’s events.” This event has passed. Health Connections Mendip website here Frome Shed website here COMMUNITY COUNSELLING SERVICES IN BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, Community Action Initiative “An extension of government funding to 49 local community counselling agencies provides access to low- and no-cost counselling services. Community counselling provides flexibility for counsellors to meet clients through outreach, in-person counselling or through virtual supports. In some community agencies, counsellors connect people to other services and supports.” Counselling services offered within BC’s Health Authorities here Back to Top AGING WELL EDUCATION - ONGOING These are virtual educational resources for the seniors'-serving sector that can be joined or viewed on an ongoing basis. COVID-19 AND THE DIGITAL DIVIDE (Centre for Ageing Better, UK) Key findings from research involving i) > 250 seniors’-serving organizations about their service delivery efforts and ii) 50-70 year olds with incomes less than $42k about their use of the Internet and digital devices. Identifies and shares good practices for supporting digital inclusion and skill development during the pandemic and beyond. Describes how supports improved seniors’ knowledge and understanding of digital skills. July 2021 report here COMMUNITY DEMENTIA CARE AND SUPPORT (Healthcare Excellence Canada) Webinar series: "Innovations that are supporting people living with dementia and care partners, closer to home…what’s working and what isn’t…help innovators figure out how they can spread and scale their innovation so more people living with dementia, and care partners can benefit.” Past webinars and newsletter registration for upcoming related learning opportunities here AGING YOUR WAY: CREATING AN AGE-INCLUSIVE CANADA (CanAge; Toronto Public Library) A series of upcoming free webinars plus recordings & key learnings from other 2021 webinars. Information here GLUU TECHNOLOGY TUESDAYS (GLUU Society; Government of Canada) The Canadian nonprofit on a mission to help older adults use technology to stay happy, healthy & connected. We make digital skills stick…offer free digital skills training for all Canadian seniors about Apple and Android mobile devices. Information here Register for Technology Tuesdays here (Recordings available if registered) DIALOGUE ON AGING SERIES WEBINARS (Providence Health Care) Recordings of 2020-2021series of monthly presentations about self-care for positive mental health, mindfulness, brain health, sleep health, physical activity, technologies, socialization, creativity & living well with dementia, COVID-19 and dementia strategies and support, etc. Typically 2-hour presentation including discussion. Recordings here CAREGIVERS OUT LOUD: A PODCAST (Family Caregivers of BC) “A series of conversations with caregivers that highlight the joys, trials, and self-discoveries that come along with this rewarding and taxing position... have support and balance through the stories of inspiring caregivers.” Information here BRAIN WELLNESS PROGRAMS (UBC Brain Wellness Centre) Wide range of topics and their effects on brain health: music, nutrition, sleep, mood, improv theatre, practical tips, mindfulness, role as care partner etc. Information here Subscribe to newsletter here WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO AGE IN PLACE? (Hon. Joyce Murray, MP Quadra Brunch Connections) Guest speaker Ms. Isobel Mackenzie, BC’s Seniors’ Advocate, discusses “how to plan successfully to age in place, and how to help others – spouse, parent, family member, or friend – do the same… communities, business, the charitable sector, and various levels of government must collaborate to ensure today’s Canadians can age-in-place safely, as long as they wish...challenges and solutions. ” Recording here NO PLACE LIKE HOME(SHARE): INSIGHTS FROM AN INTERGENERATIONAL HOMESHARING PROGRAM IN TORONTO “Toronto HomeShare Pilot Project that matched 11 over-housed older adults 55+ (overhoused with respect to physical home space, social needs or supports with activities of daily living), with post-secondary student homeseekers who were experiencing difficulty securing safe and affordable housing… ‘facilitated’ by social workers and housing experts…now fully funded as a program by the City of Toronto…expanded to the City of Barrie.” Webinar recording here RAINBOW STEPS TO LGBT2SQ SENIORS “This webinar discusses aging in the LGBT2SQ communities and how service providers can deliver more inclusive and supportive programming…. practical ways to provide sensitive, competent and inclusive community programming and services for LGBT2SQ individuals.” Webinar recording here ADDRESSING STIGMA: AGING AND OLDER ADULTS (UWLM CORE Healthy Aging) 55min. An overview of stigma as outlined in the Public Health Agency of Canada's (2019 report) 'Stigma Action Framework for Building an Inclusive Health System' Recording here 2019 Summary video (Voices for Inclusion 4min) here HEALING IN PANDEMIC TIMES (Northern Health, Indigenous Health, NCCIH) An animated video reviews key terms such as stigmatization, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination in an easily understandable way (4:32 min). Related publications include Thinking About Cultural Safety; Practical tips: Engaging People During COVID-19 ; Cultural Safety: Respect & Dignity in Relationships; Cultural Safety: Poster Series. Video and information available here PROMISING APPROACHES REVISITED: EFFECTIVE ACTION ON LONELINESS IN LATER LIFE In the United Kingdom,“the Campaign to End Loneliness believes that nobody who wants company should be without it…We do this by creating spaces for collaboration and support to the sector and by…building evidence, convening and supporting the loneliness community , making the case for action, public campaigning, campaigning locally.” Information here FUNDRAISING TRENDS OF 2021 THAT MAY INFLUENCE YOUR STRATEGY AND PREPARE YOUR ORGANIZATION FOR A SUCCESSFUL YEAR (Charity Village) Webinar (Feb 2, 2021) and information here SENIORS' TRANSPORTATION WEBINAR (UWLM CORE Healthy Aging) Learn more about the new Provincial Working Group on Seniors Transportation, the seniors-centred approach it will bring to its work, and its plans for improving seniors’ mobility in BC over the next two years. (January 27, 2021 presentation) Recording and slides available here Back to Top ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE July 2021 Features reports from Medscape Medical News about advances in understanding dementia: risk factors, tests, diagnosis, treatments, epidemiology, practice guidelines and more. ​ Conference news here ENGAGING PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA IN DECISION-MAKING ​ Canadian Centre for Elder Law ​ “We are seeking participants for a series of virtual consultation events on strategies for including people living with dementia in decision making. The events will run from July 2021 to March 2022. We would like to hear from people living with dementia and other disabilities. We are also recruiting family members and friends for virtual consultation events on the perspectives of caregivers.” ​ Project Status: Work in Progress Information here Poster - people living with dementia here Poster - caregivers here VIRTUAL SERVICES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA Adult Cognitive Wellness Centre Langley, BC Virtual services for people living with dementia (Adult Cognitive Wellness Centre, Langley, BC) Regular midday and afternoon sessions offered monthly by qualified facilitators: Caregiver Support, Yoga, Easy Practice of Qigong Movement, Experience-Centered Care with H.E.A.R.T. Methodology™, Mindfulness Base Stress Reduction. Pre-registration & information here DEMENTIA EDUCATION & OPPORTUNITIES BEACON *SHINING LIGHT ON DEMENTIA ​ Pacific Spirit United Church, Vancouver, BC ​ In 2021, members of the congregation participated in a four-part series of online conversations “to further our sense of inclusion and love by opening meaningful conversations about what it means to be a dementia-friendly community…in our care for one another, in our building’s accessibility, and in our programming.” ​ Information here Four-part video series here DEMENTIA & SPIRITUALITY: PODCAST SERIES ​ Dementia Dialogue, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON ​ "This new four-part series explores the many dimensions of spirituality along the dementia journey, as well as how our cultural background influences and nurtures spiritual perspectives.Our hosts have held interviews with a range of guests including people living with dementia, academics and researchers, spiritual care providers and care partners.” ​ Listen here HEALTH CARE DECISION-MAKING LEGAL RIGHTS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA ​ Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Alzheimer Society of BC ​ “A set of resources on the decision-making rights of people living with dementia: three short animated videos, and a booklet. The booklet is available in English, French, Traditional Chinese and Punjabi.” ​ Information here HEALTH CARE DECISION-MAKING LEGAL RIGHTS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA ​ Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Alzheimer Society of BC ​ “A set of resources on the decision-making rights of people living with dementia: three short animated videos, and a booklet. The booklet is available in English, French, Traditional Chinese and Punjabi.” ​ Information here

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    WELCOME TO OUR NEW H UB B YTES SERIES We are celebrating a Dementia Ventures initiative with a series of vibrant online community dialogues. The theme: “What it means to be an accepting and inclusive community.” HubBytes wants to share the wisdom from those dialogues. Here is a sneak peek! ​ Read full story HERE

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    Westside Seniors Hub Nuestra Organización Dementia Ventures...Desarrollando Capacidad Involúcrate Fireweed symbolizes the resilience that Dementia Ventures envisions bringing to people living with dementia and their care partners. This feisty wildflower thrives in challenging conditions and brings vibrant colour to diverse landscapes year after year.We are grateful that Yukon photographer Ivan Sundby has donated this High Weed image to Dementia Ventures. Like so many, Ivan’s family has been affected by dementia. Fireweed (Epilobio) - ¿Por qué esta flor? Dementia Ventures... Desarrollando Capacidad Dementia Ventures crea oportunidades comunitarias para que las personas que viven con demencia permanezcan activas y comprometidas. Los objetivos centrales del Hub para las personas que viven con demencia son: crear una comunidad más inclusiva y aumentar la ciudadanía social . ¡Vivir con demencia debe incluir perseguir nuestras propias pasiones! Las comunidades que brindan diversas oportunidades demuestran que las personas pueden seguir contribuyendo de manera importante a la vida comunitaria mucho más allá de un diagnóstico de demencia. ¡Dementia Ventures significa desarrollar capacidad para la inclusión de personas con demencia en actividades significativas! Las organizaciones asociadas con Westside Seniors Hub están adaptando los programas actuales y creando nuevos programas que son inclusivos y motivan a las personas que viven con demencia a socializar de acuerdo con sus intereses. ¿Quieres involucrarte? Si es así, ¿eres? experimentando dificultades cognitivas / cuidador / líder de programa / profesional / voluntario motivado Tú puedes ayudar a las organizaciones asociadas al Hub a desarrollar actividades artísticas , sociales , de fitness y voluntarias atractivas y sostenibles. Los Hub Partners quieren que las personas que viven con demencia y sus cuidadores expresen sus necesidades y deseos. Los socios también necesitan líderes de programas, voluntarios motivados y profesionales que trabajen con personas mayores para ayudar. Porfavor ¡Participa ! Panorama general ... Generar acciones colectivas hechas por los ancianos y por sus cuidadores De 2019 a 2022, Westside Seniors Hub se enfoca en Dementia Ventures con la colaboración de la Universidad de Columbia Británica y la Universidad de Lakehead en Thunder Bay, Ontario. El proyecto general para ambos sitios consiste en Desarrollar capacidad para la participación significativa de las personas que viven con demencia, financiadas por la Agencia de Salud Pública de Canadá. ​ Involúcrate Proyectos actuales

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    Ken Morton Ken recently retired from an interesting active engineering career managing the Alaska Highway. Since then, whether cooking with others for the Seniors Drop In, setting up and hanging out with the Parents and Tots, helping lead English Conversation Circles, participating in the Westside Hub to coordinate services to seniors or most recently engineering and building waste recycling carts, Ken has been a fully engaged member of the Kits House community. Ken enjoys his day to day retirement with the odd exotic trip like Egypt in October to add spice. Ken encourages others to come join the wonderful group of Kits House volunteers and supportive staff. “Finding enough to keep me busy and socially involved would be a challenge. I tried three things but had too many empty hours and too little social interaction until I discovered Kits House last December.” Close

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    OPPORTUNITIES DEMENTIA VENTURES Would you like to help the Hub achieve its goals of creating a more inclusive community and increasing social citizenship of people living with dementia? Then please consider helping plan, implement and sustain meaningful activities. ​ Here are some opportunities for community members to become involved in Dementia Ventures. Please contact the Partner Organization directly or send a message to the Hub for details. Postings will remain here until a Partner notifies the webmaster that a position is no longer available. ​ KITSILANO NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE ​ January 2021was Alzheimer Awareness Month and Kits House launched three initiatives. Community members are invited to join in creating a more dementia-friendly community. ​ Click here to find out more. WESTSIDE SENIORS HUB COUNCIL ​ The Hub Council is recruiting volunteers to join us and ensure that Westside neighbourhoods are places where seniors can thrive. We work collaboratively with Hub Partners on projects such as Dementia Ventures . For more information, please click here . SOUTH GRANVILLE SENIOR CENTRE Enabling Connections...A Tablet Lending Library South Granville Seniors Centre & Many Partners ​ “The four elements of the Enabling Connections program are: a tablet lending library, digital literacy mentoring, a virtual senior’s centre, and knowledge sharing with other organizations. The Enabling Connections project is focused on creating connections between individuals and creating a sense of community and mutual support, peer to peer.” Project launched May 6, 2021. Information here The Seniors Centre offers a monthly Happy Memories Café that is a safe place to share your experiences, participate in discussions and build lasting friendships. Click here for information.

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    Jean Lofthouse I grew up in Kitsilano and still reside here. I worked as Community Relations and Service Quality Manager for the BC Govt, Social Development Ministry and retired in 2017 after 35 years of public service. I now spend time painting, enjoying theatre, dance, music and travel. I also spend time with a sister with Alzheimers and a friend with dementia. I find value in trying to improve the quality of their lives, and I learn so much from them on a daily basis. I joined the WSH Council in 2021, and am grateful for the important work it does and the connections made. Close