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By Pam Burns, Seniors Advocate/Outreach Supervisor, St Aidan's Society

In a young and typically family-focused community such as Fort McMurray, our older adult population is easily overlooked. Many children here are growing up without their grandparents, so exposure to those who are aging is sometimes very limited and many people don't understand what it is like to age.

St. Aidan's Society is a local non-profit that provides senior outreach services and works through an age-friendly lens. Part of this work is to bring awareness to aging and the importance of understanding and recognizing the value of those who have lived experience; those who are part of the community and have contributed in so many ways. St. Aidan's Society wanted to create this message and was fortunate enough to find a local company, Neville Video Productionswho shared our passion. It was through their willingness to partner with us at a very affordable rate that allowed us to make this video. Our other partners on this project were an amazing group of local older adults who assisted us with "How do you see aging?". 

We hope that it will bring awareness to all age groups, older adults included, that aging is not a problem. We encourage everyone to reshape their views on aging. "

About St Aidan's Society:
Website: St Aidan's Society

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Annual General Meeting 
Thursday, September 19, 2019
10 am to 11:30 am (Pacific Time)  / 1 pm to 2:30 pm (Eastern time)

Anyone interested in participation to the AGM must register at the link above.
Once you have registered, you will receive an automated email that will allow you to join the virtual meeting.


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CNPEA Annual General Meeting 

Thursday, September 19, 2019
10 am to 11:30 am (Pacific Time)/ 1 pm to 2:30 pm (Eastern time) 

On September 19, join us to elect new Board members and hear about our activities and plans for the future.
The meeting will be held via the teleconference platform GotoTraining. Make sure to register at the link below. Space is limited, early registrations are encouraged.

Once you complete your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email with the teleconference details to join the meeting on September 19. 
Our annual report and the list of candidates to the Board will be circulated in September.


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News release from Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

July 25, 2019
Ottawa, Ontario

Today, the banking industry adopted a Code of Conduct for the Delivery of Banking Services to Seniors (the code). The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) will monitor banks to ensure they comply with the code.

The code is an important first step in guiding banks in their delivery of services to meet the needs of seniors. Banks who have signed on to the code must abide by its principles. 

The code will come into effect by January 1, 2021. However, effective immediately, banks must abide by principles 5 and 6, which will require them to mitigate potential financial harm to seniors and take into account market demographics and the needs of seniors when proceeding with branch closures.

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The Government of Alberta has released Addressing Elder Abuse: A Toolkit for Developing a Coordinated Community Response to help communities develop a framework to address elder abuse at the local level. 

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This toolkit is intended to help build a community-specific, multi-disciplinary approach to addressing elder abuse. It provides a five-step process that communities, civil society organizations and individuals can use to develop a local coordinated community response (CCR) approach to address elder abuse. By encouraging collaboration, a CCR strengthens communities through collective action to prevent, reduce and respond to elder abuse.

Who is this toolkit for?

  • Seniors centres
  • Community organizations
  • Police and victim services
  • Health service providers
  • Housing providers
  • Organizations servicing Indigenous, LGBTQ and new Immigrant communities
  • Anyone interested in addressing elder abuse in their community

You can request a copy of the toolkit here.
To read an overview of the toolkit, click here.


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