We are not all the Same: Key Law, Policy and Practice Strategies
for Improving the Lives of Older Women in the Lower Mainland
"Gender has a significant impact on life experience. This dynamic does not disappear as we age. In spite of this reality, research and policy analysis often renders older women invisible: feminist inquiry tends to focus on girls and women of child-bearing age; gender-neutral aging policy concentrates on the experiences of men.
The Older Women’s Dialogue Project (OWDP) was born out of a desire to document barriers to the well-being of older women. The goal of this work is to enhance capacity to further law, policy and practice reform aimed at improving older women’s lives. To further this work, we developed a collaboration with the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF), bringing together our respective expertise in working with women and older adults. Fundamental to the OWDP is the principle that women are experts in their own lives. Therefore, we gathered information on the impact of law and policy by holding focus groups with older women and asking them to identify barriers to their well-being."
Source: Canadian Centre for Elder Law
"On September 15-16, 2016, researchers, practitioners, and students from around the globe assembled in Los Angeles, California to focus on closing the gaps in elder abuse research at the inaugural University of Southern California (USC) Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse. The mission of the Tamkin Symposium is to create safe and healthy environments for elders in the United States and abroad by bringing together thought leaders, activists, caregivers, researchers, lawmakers, and other stakeholders to share findings and strategize solutions. At this exciting event, presenters offered new ways of thinking about the topic of elder abuse, from how we conceptualize it to how we study it to how we communicate research findings. This was a dynamic event in which presenters as well as audience members actively participated and collaborated to share ideas and findings.''
Source: USC Center on Elder Mistreatment
"BC Care Providers Association have produced a Made-in-BC roadmap for strengthening and innovating care for seniors. In the plan, we have 30 recommendations, grouped under four pillars.
- Investing in People
- Investing in Infrastructure
- Investing in Quality of Life for seniors
- Investing in Innovation
Over the past year we reached out to British Columbians for their views on seniors care in our province. It is thanks to them that we now have this roadmap to create 21st Century care for BC’s elderly population."
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Source: BC Care Providers Association
The following resource is part of the Family Violence Initiative, funded by the RCMP. Find similar tools by searching for the FVIF tag or consult the list of available resources.
"Written by Jenny Horsman, this issue paper is intended as a tool to raise awareness about the abuse of older women. Although much of this data comes from Ontario, it is not intended as a description of abuse against older women in one particular region of Canada. It is designed to raise questions about what is revealed and what is concealed by different understandings of the issue and to examine ways of addressing the problem. (...)
This paper is part of the on-going work, in collaboration with Family Services of Toronto and the BC/Yukon Society of Transition Houses, on the abuse of older women."
Source: Springtide Resources (formerly Education Wife Assault)
"With a growing number of Canadians, health and social care professionals, economists, and national organizations suggesting its time for a National Senior Strategy, this website has been conceived as a way to provide an evidence-based view on how to consider the concepts that could and should be considered and included in a national approach."
Source: National Institute on Ageing