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By Heather Campbell

There is in this land an army of strong, quiet men whose names never reach the newspapers, who fill the construction camps, operate the heavy machinery, grease the wheels of communication, and weld the steely sinews of industry. They are lonely men, unmarried or separated, living unpretentiously in small hotels or single rooms….”
– Walter Bromberg, M.D., 1965

On May 3, 2017, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness launched its month-long campaign spotlighting male loneliness. According to the initiative, 35 percent of men in the United Kingdom feel lonely at least once a week, and for 11 percent, it’s a daily occurrence. The survey also found that more than one in 10 men say they are lonely, but would not admit it to anyone.

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By Heather Campbell

With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day just around the corner, it’s a fitting time to summarize some recent international legal developments.

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By Horacio Tereja

Ontario's Minister of Seniors Affairs, Dipika DamerlaOn March 23 2017, Latin@s en Toronto and the Association of Spanish Speaking Seniors of Toronto (ASHTOR) celebrated the completion of two projects aimed at and led by older adults, in the presence of representatives from several community organizations and of Ontario's Minister of Seniors Affairs, Dipika Damerla.

One of the projects (Sharing our lives/Empowering ourselves, funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program) was focused on intergenerational dialogue, while the other (Let’s Talk, funded by the Ontario Seniors Secretariat) had the objective of sharing and increasing knowledge among seniors on issues such as elder abuse and neglect, Alzheimer’s disease or demographic ageing.

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WEAAD rgbJoin CNPEA and many other Elder Abuse prevention stakeholders, including members of the Elder Justice League,  for the next #NCEAnow Twitter Chat on Thursday, April 20th 2017 at 2pm EST. 

Come ready to share your WEAAD event planning tips & tricks or related questions. This is a great opportunity to share and promote your organization or agency's WEAAD plans for Canada and the US (and beyond!).  You can also send details of your WEAAD event to CNPEA via our event form. If you are in the US, add your event information to the NCEA's event map.

Here are the questions that will be addressed during this one-hour Twitter event:
Q1: What does #WEAAD mean to you? Why is #WEAAD important to you?
Q2: Is #WEAAD recognized in your community?  How do you make #elderabuse compelling to various audiences?
Q3: How do you plan and host a successful #WEAAD event?
Q4: What WEAAD activities are you planning this year? How do you ensure these activities make lasting effects in your community?
Q5: What does your organization do throughout the year to address #elderabuse?
Q6: How do you capture the impact of yearly #WEAAD events and efforts?

Never done this before? Not to worry, NCEA, the host of the Twitter Chat series #NCEANow, will run through all the basics at the start of the event! All you need is a Twitter handle!

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By Charles Bergeron
Senior Advisor, Patient and Public Engagement
Canadian Medical Association


Dear member of the Alliance for a National Seniors Strategy,

This past week, Marc Serré, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ontario riding of Nickel Belt, tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling on the federal government to “ensure quality of life and equality for all seniors [through] the development of a National Seniors Strategy.”

 

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