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  • Recursos | Westside Seniors Hub

    RESOURCES We also provide selected resources here for Dementia Ventures , since that is the Hub's focus in 2020-2023. Understanding & living with dementia Guides for inclusive Programming Tools for Engagement Research Reports & Data

  • DV Fireweed Club | Westside Seniors Hub

    THE FIREWEED CLUB The Fireweed Club is a collaborative project bringing a variety of free outdoor activities to seniors on the westside. These activities are open to any seniors who want to stay active, socialize and build relationships. People living with memory loss or other invisible challenges are welcome to come by themselves or to bring their friends and care partners. Just attend any activities that appeal to you, wear sun protection, and bring plenty of water to drink. A detailed schedule of Kitsilano Neighborhood House Wednesday activities is here Dunbar Residents Association activities meet on Tuesdays 1:00-3:00pm July/August at Balaclava Park -- W 29th Ave at Balaclava Street (Pollinator Garden) Field trips (to be confirmed, 1st Friday of the month, depending on transportation, to visit community gardens around the City and neighbouring municipalities ) ​

  • Inicio | Westside Seniors Hub

    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

  • Dementia Ventures Opportunities | Westside Seniors Hub

    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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    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

  • Contacto | Westside Seniors Hub

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  • DV Understanding PLWD | Westside Seniors Hub

    DEMENTIA VENTURES UNDERSTANDING & LIVING WITH DEMENTIA In addition to many books written from different perspectives at your public library , here is online information Education & Links to Support Groups Research Engaging Activity Programs Media EDUCATION & LINKS TO SUPPORT GROUPS ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF CANADA IN BRITISH COLUMBIA Full range of resources and services for people living with Alzheimer Disease or related dementias, their care partners and families, some available in several languages. ​ Learn More DEMENTIA CONNECTIONS Dementia Connections Canada Ltd. “Dementia Connections is the only life-style magazine in Canada focused on supporting people living with dementia, care partners and families to live a good life, despite dementia… gain a deeper understanding of the lived experience of dementia.” ​ Learn More SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY "STAR" INSTITUTE STAR Science & Technology for Aging Research “In response to COVID-19 and in a time where self isolation is imperative STAR has curated a comprehensive set of resources and solutions …constantly updated.” Keeping Healthy, Community Support, Cognitive Health & Dementia, Technology Basics, Living Independently, Mobility & Transportation, etc. ​ Learn More GAIA COMMUNITY CARE & WELLNESS SOCIETY BC-based “charitable organization aims to support the health and wellness of Chinese and other older adults and their families….provides seniors and those caring for them with the knowledge, skills, and nurturing support they need to ease the stresses of aging.” Workshops, Webinars, Wellness Services (Qigong, Chair Yoga & Brain Games), Caregiver Wellspring etc. ​ Learn More 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.” ​ Learn More DEMENTIA IN THE DAYS OF COVID-19: JIM'S STORY Alzheimer Society of BC “Jim Mann, a member of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Leadership Group of People Living with Dementia, shines a light on the lesser-known impact of COVID-19 on people living with dementia.” ​ Learn More DEMENTIA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL The ‘global voice’ for dementia with many resources and services for people living with dementia and care partners ​ “online support groups and other activities for our members, free of charge in number of different time zones” Hello! Our Voices Matter!“voices of people with dementia , where members share their personal stories of being diagnosed, and then living with dementia” ​ Learn More CULTURAL AWARENESS IN DEMENTIA CARE: LIVED EXPERIENCES UWLM CORE Healthy Aging 105 min. ​ Four panelists: Nadine Jans, clinical counselor . Ways to significantly improve behaviours, moods, and relationships for connection and meaning in the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners. ​ Dr. Sharon Koehn, social gerontologist . Experiences of dementia and access to services by older immigrants focusing on Korean and Punjabi communities. ​ Alice Lung, retired LPN . Care partner for husband with Early Onset Dementia. Cultural understanding about aging and dementia among Chinese immigrants.. ​ Elder Kat Norris, First Nations cultural educator . Awareness of proper diagnosis and care of indigenous persons living with dementia aligned with cultural understandings and traditions. Recording here Return to Top Return to Top ENGAGING ACTIVITY PROGRAMS SMILE BRAIN PROGRAM - WEST COAST HEALTHY MEMORY SOCIETY “Smile Brain Program is 12 weeks, 90 minute program based for seniors to continue and increase their memory, self-confidence, and social connection with others….similar to a program in Japan.” ​ Learn More ZINNIA TV “Improving quality of life for people living with dementia and their care partners… Zinnia’s content channels feature familiar faces, subjects, and sounds to help people feel engaged and connected... beautiful, immersive videos on familiar and well-loved topics are crafted to be meaningful.” Nature, Places, Nostalgia, Interests, Conversation Starters, Care Messages, Activities. ​ Learn More IN THERE OUT HERE: ART MAKING SPACE TO LIVE WELL WITH DEMENTIA UBC multidisciplinary & colleagues abroad "Showcases collaborative art made by a warm, inter-connected and supported community. Comprising people living with dementia and their care partners, academic researchers, and art workshop facilitators alike, this community has joined together, engaging with multi-media art projects, and cultivating insightful discussions." Artwork, film, gallery, survey, & much more. ​ Learn More MOMENTIA VIRTUAL PROGRAMS “Seattle-based grassroots movement empowering persons with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community ...variety of dementia-friendly opportunities.” Links to mostly free virtual programs in the time of COVID-19 - Art, Poetry & Museums; Virtual Music & Dance; Exercise & Workouts; Videos of Zoos, Parks, Travel & More ​ Learn More CAFÉ CONNECT: VIRTUAL MEMORY CAFÉ DIRECTORY "Find information about Virtual Memory Cafes that you can access with a computer or by phone...from the comfort and safety of your own home." English, Spanish, Portuguese offered. ​ Learn More VOICES IN MOTION CHOIRS VICTORIA, BC "In addition to a joy-filled choral experience, all participants in a Voices in Motion choir benefit from belonging to a supportive community where they experience love, connection and support. These life-giving moments of music foster increased socialization, cognitive function, meaningfulness, and a multigenerational appreciation of others." Opportunities to join online. ​ Learn More RESEARCH Return to Top RESEARCH-BASED EDUCATION & SUPPORT NATIONAL COLLABORATING CENTRE FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH “Cultural safety and Indigenous-specific anti-racism tools and resources…to support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis public health renewal and health equity through … evidence-based resources, multi-media products, and knowledge translation services…hosted by the University of Northern BC.” Learn more INDIGENOUS COGNITION & AGING AWARENESS RESEARCH EXCHANGE (I-CAARE) “Goal is to enhance knowledge of how Indigenous peoples understand and experience dementia and the impact of dementia on Indigenous peoples and communities.” Culturally Safe Care and Factsheets , Cultural Understandings , Practice Tools , Technology for Aging , International Strategies for Diagnosis ​ Learn More P.I.E.C.E.S. ™ LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT MODEL “P.I.E.C.E.S.™ is a holistic, person and care partner-directed model which enhances capacity at the individual, TEAM, organization and system levels to support the care of the older individual.” ​ P.I.E.C.E.S.™ Cornerstones + P.I.E.C.E.S.™ Enablers = Enhanced Person & Care Partner Engagement AND Enhanced Organizational & System Capacity ​ Learn More WHAT TYPE OF TREATMENTS REDUCE DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS IN PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA? A SYSTEMIC REVIEW McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, BMJ 2021 “In people with dementia and symptoms of depression, some nondrug interventions reduce depression symptoms more than usual care. Nondrug interventions were as good as, or better than, drugs…brief descriptions of nondrug interventions.” ​ Learn More FUTURE LEARN FREE COURSES FROM ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS Foundations in Dementia (University of Nottingham) “Discover better ways to support people with dementia. Explore signs and symptoms, interventions, support networks and more.” The Many Faces of Dementia (University College London) “Gain a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses.” Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives (University College London) “Explore, challenge and shape your perceptions of dementia through science and the creative arts.” ​ Learn More Return to Top MEDIA ONLINE WEBINARS, TED TALKS, YOUTUBE VIDEOS UBC-LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY COMUNITY CONVERSATION WEBINARS UBC-LU series prepared for the Building Capacity for Meaningful Participation by People Living with Dementia aimed at supporting organizations with planning, implementing, and evaluating dementia engagement and innovation projects. Creativity & Arts Programs for People Living with Dementia ​ COVID 19 and Family Perspectives on Living With Dementia ​ Programming Without Walls ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF BC SERIES ON UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA In 2018-2019, the Alzheimer Society British Columbia hosted a series of webinars: Understanding Dementia; Understanding Communication (2-part); Behaviour (2-part). Search for understanding dementia. ​ Learn More HEALTHY AGING CORE COLLABORATIVE ONLINE RESOURCES & EDUCATION Free signup for CORE access, then search for videos, webinars, documents with search term 'dementia'. Examples: Gitxsan Way of Knowing About Dementia ; Caregiving during COVID-19 ; Korean Navigating to Care ; Legal Rights; Alzheimer Society of BC Webinar Training Series (5 parts) ​ Learn More 20 YOUTUBE DEMENTIA CHANNELS TO FOLLOW IN 2020 FEEDSPOT “Feedspot has a team of over 25 experts whose goal is to discover and rank popular blogs, podcasts and youtube channels in several niche categories... List is updated as we receive new blog submissions and re-ranked every few weeks. We also take direct feedback from users to make changes to the lists.” ​ Learn More CAREBLAZERS A geropsychologist, Dr. Natali Edmonds, invites you to watch free videos weekly and offers a subscription to a collection of Mini-booster videos designed to reduce caregiver stress. “My goal was to reach as many Careblazers as possible and let them know they aren’t alone and there is families get trustworthy and helpful information about common dementia struggles.” Free Caregiver Survival Guide. ​ Learn More TED TALKS SEARCH FOR "BRAIN" Examples: Anne Basting How to Meaningfully Reconnect with Those Who Have Dementia ; Lisa Genova What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and more. ​ Learn More Back to Resources - Dementia Ventures

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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

  • Professionals | Westside Seniors Hub

    PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH SENIORS YOU can help offer diverse & inclusive activities foster action to combat stigma adapt programs to be inclusive & supportive align policies & technologies for more opportunities increase transportation access If you are a professional involved in administering programs or providing direct personal care for people experiencing cognitive decline, your role is critical in fostering their inclusion in activities. You facilitate providing diverse opportunities so everyone can remain meaningfully engaged in community life and no one gets excluded. ​ 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.

  • Job Opportunities | Westside Seniors Hub

    JOB OPPORTUNITIES HUB PARTNERS ASK Friendship Society VOLUNTEER DRIVERS MEAL ONLY ​ Ongoing volunteers: 1-3 hours/weekly needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays between 12PM-3PM "Pick up meals from 2177 West 42nd Ave., Vancouver, BC, V6M 2B7and deliver to isolated seniors in the neighborhoods of Kerrisdale, Arbutus, Shaughnessy, Marpole, Dunbar and Oakridge" ​ ​ I nformation here posted May 31, 2021 Family Caregivers of BC CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATORS Seeking volunteers to create a safe and open space for caregivers to share their concerns and challenges. Facilitators are people with strong listening skills, discretion, empathy and ability to empower individuals to be involved in making decisions about their own care. · Virtual Bi-Weekly Provincial Support Group (2nd and 4th Thursday Afternoon) · Virtual Monthly Men’s Provincial Support Group (2nd Tuesday Evening) (Male Facilitator) Information here

  • Inclusive Community | Westside Seniors Hub

    CARE PARTNERS YOU can help reveal challenges that need to be addressed create activities that fit with your needs as well as those you care for offer ideas for innovative initiatives participate in community conversations To partners, relatives, friends or professionals regularly involved in providing care for a person living with dementia: ​ Your voice is needed in planning and implementing activities that are feasible and engaging. 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

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    Joanne Haramia Joanne has a Master of Social Work from UBC and brings more than 30 years of experience in not for profit management. Until retirement last year, she was Director of Senior Services at Jewish Family Services. She values neighbourhood (lives in Kitsilano for 33 years) and community development approaches. She is currently a Board member of Brock House Society. Close

  • Hub Committees | Westside Seniors Hub

    HUB COMMITTEES Hub Projects are taken on by Hub Committees, issue-based, action-oriented groups made up of 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. ​ At this time, Hub Committee members are all collaborating as a Working Group on the multifaceted Building Capacity Dementia Ventures p roject so for action consider Getting Involved! ACCESS & MOBILITY COMMITTEE ​ Identifies seniors’ concerns and needs regarding access and mobility ​ Develops strategies to address those concerns ​ Engages Partner Organizations in coordinated action to keep seniors active and safe within their neighbourhoods ​ WHAT HAVE WE DONE? ​ We recently completed Walk and Be Seen – Neighbourhood Projects 2017 – 2018. This was a pedestrian visibility project that encourages seniors to walk and be more visible during low-light hours. It reached >600 participants with education and visibility gear wiith funding from the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program. The final report is here . ​ To stay informed about current issues, we send a representative to connect with the City of Vancouver Seniors Advisory Committee and to Seniors' Transportation is a Right meetings. ​ HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE ​ ​ Identifies key physical, social, and mental health issues of Westside Seniors ​ Prioritizes needs and find ways to address them through collaboration with Westside Seniors Hub Council, Hub Partners, other seniors serving organizations, and the community ​ Promotes awareness of seniors’ needs and advocate for change ​ WHAT HAVE WE DONE? ​ Through a partnership with the Alzheimer Society of BC, the Committee has offered two series of workshops to train more than 100 participants in how to create a more dementia-friendly community. Community members, volunteers & staff of the Hub's Westside Partners participated in the workshops. ​ In 2019, we initiated a collaboration with UBC and Lakehead University for active grassroots participation in the 4-year federally PHAC-funded umbrella project for Dementia Ventures . COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE ​ Provides resources for people who want to learn more about seniors’ serving organizations and their services on Vancouver’s Westside. ​ Creates online and print materials that are accessible to seniors, care partners, and the general public ​ Recruits volunteers withskills in website development & maintenance, photography, messaging, and publishing. WHAT HAVE WE DONE? ​ With a New Horizons for Seniors Program grant, we consulted with seniors for input on the Hub design of a logo, website, and print materials and conducted quality testing. We developed a Communications Plan for rolling out and maintaining the website. ​ The website is now being updated to showcase Dementia Ventures and the projects that Partners are initiating. Our communications invite more Partners, Council members and volunteers to join the Hub for collective action on issues affecting seniors! ​

  • DV Guides 4 inclusion | Westside Seniors Hub

    DEMENTIA VENTURES GUIDES FOR INCLUSIVE PROGRAMMING CLICK in the links below REAWAKENING THE MIND (Arts 4 Dementia, London, UK) ​ “Arts interventions to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers.” The A4D model for music, dance, drama, poetry, museums & galleries with evaluation of impacts and outcomes for organizers, volunteers, arts facilitators & arts organizations. SHARING MEMORIES: REMINISCENCE ACTIVITIES (Lee County Library System, Florida) ​ Programs that find meaning in memories, storytelling, letter writing, community conversations and tips for success in engagement. HOW-TO GUIDES FOR WALKING GROUPS AND CAFÉS (Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative) ​ “Steps involved in planning, marketing, launching and sustaining a program…based on the experience of staff, volunteers and participants in local groups.” COMMUNITY-ENGAGED ARTS PRACTICE WITH SENIORS: A STARTUP GUIDE (Arts and Health, Canada) ​ “Community-engaged arts programs promote the health, well-being and social inclusion of older adults…address the gap between the existing supports available for well seniors in recreation facilities and those for very frail seniors…provide a forum for exploration, imagination, and communication that can transform individual lives and profoundly impact community life.” CREATING PARTNERSHIPS IN DEMENTIA CARE: A CHANGING MELODY TOOLKIT ( Research Institute for Aging ) ​ “It's a forum designed by and for persons with early-stage dementia and their family partners in care. The toolkit helps individuals, groups, and/or organizations plan and implement their own forums. DVDs are available featuring powerful presentations from past forums.” SOCIAL ISOLATION OF SENIORS: IDEAS EXCHANGE EVENT TOOLKIT “Toolkit is meant to help people and organizations host effective meetings to exchange ideas and respond to the social isolation of seniors in their communities. It contains tools, templates and support resources for hosting an ideas exchange event.” Back to Resources - Dementia Ventures