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cover corecommunitysupports esdc 2019The purpose of this report is to inform policy reflection by providing information regarding how well older Canadians are served for the purposes of aging in place and community, by the home and community support services currently available. This will be achieved by:

1. Describing the home care services, home supports and financial supports that help older adults age in place, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the federal, provincial and territorial governments in delivering them.

2. Determining how the needs of Canadians older adults aging in place are being met by identifying gaps, challenges, trends, best practices and innovative approaches in the provision of these supports.

3. Identifying best practices and innovative approaches used in Canada and internationally.

Source:Employment and Social Development Canada

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cover ageforwardcities''By 2030, about three out of every five people across the globe will live in cities, and older adults will generate over half of all urban consumption growth in developed countries. Artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation will displace millions of workers at a time when an increasing number of older adults need and want to remain in jobs longer. . Caregiving needs and a shortage of direct care workers will challenge communities across the world. Climate change will elevate the risks of natural disasters that disproportionately threaten older populations.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to define new goals for people, the planet, and prosperity, and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this the “Decade of Healthy Ageing.”

Against this backdrop, Age-Forward2030 challenges cities and communities to prepare for a new era of economic growth, inclusion, and resiliency. It seeks to meet city leaders where they are today and implores them to focus on the realities of tomorrow. It is a call to action to create a better future for all residents, investing in solutions that deploy the human and social capital of older adults as community assets, change agents, and co-creators.

Our goals? We seek to highlight new ideas and best practices and to galvanize conversation and action to promote shared prosperity. We want to be a resource to those building cities and communities that are vibrant, inclusive places to live for all ages. We hope that Age-Forward2030 will inspire action and change.''

Source: Milken Institute - Center for the Future of Aging

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cover vol1Vol 1 - Executive Summary and Consolidated Recommendations

Report by the Honourable Eileen E. Gillese, Commissioner

"The Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry was established on August 1, 2017, by Order in Council following Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s conviction of eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault; offences she committed while working as a registered nurse in Long-Term Care Homes.

The Inquiry’s mandate is to inquire into the events which led to the offences committed by Elizabeth Wettlaufer. Additionally, the Inquiry is directed to inquire into the circumstances and contributing factors allowing these events to occur, including the effect, if any, of relevant policies, procedures, practices and accountability and oversight mechanisms. The Inquiry is also directed to inquire into other relevant matters that the Commissioner considers necessary to avoid similar tragedies."

Also see: Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System - Vol. 3 A Strategy for Safety

Source: The Long Term Care Homes Public Inquiry

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The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

cover aag 2019Report of the Australian Association of Gerontology
Workshops and Policy Recommendations

Workshop facilitated and led by Dr Catherine Barrett,
OPAL Institute held in Melbourne, Victoria, November 20, 2018

''There has been little focus on older women’s experience of sexual abuse despite research showing that:

  • in 2016, 12,700 Australian women aged 55 years and over reported experiencing sexual violence in the last 12 months 
  • in 2017-18, there were 547 reports of unlawful sexual contact in residential aged care in Australia

This can partly be attributed to the misconception that sexual abuse of older women is rare. It is more accurate to say older women rarely report sexual abuse – because we do not listen or give them permission to speak about their sexual abuse.

This paper considers better ways to prevent and respond to the sexual abuse of older women at home and in residential aged care by:

  • reviewing the policy and research context in Australia
  • reporting on the outcomes of the AAG pre-conference workshop held in November 2018
  • developing a list of policy recommendations to:
    •assist governments to implement the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of OlderAustralians and
    • assist the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety''

Source: OPAL Institute

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cover factbookonaging''The Fact Book provides a range of descriptive data on a variety of topics that showcase major demographic, health and social patterns of older adults. The current seventh edition of the Fact Book is based on the 2016 Census, and supplemented with data from national health surveys, such as the Canadian Community Health Surveys, and other targeted surveys conducted in B.C.

A milestone has been reached in that over thirty years of data have been covered. We have also made some selected comparisons of key patterns across the different editions of the Fact Book in order to highlight major trends over time. The main comparisons of demographic data include: geographic comparisons between British Columbia and Canada, as well as other provinces in certain tables; gender differences; and those related to age patterns, such as comparisons between middle-aged and older persons or among senior age groups, as well as differences over time.

Topics highlighted in the 7th edition cover a wide range of areas including: the size and historical rate of growth of the elderly population of British Columbia; trends in life expectancy, mortality rates and causes of death; the marital status of the elderly population; its geographic distribution and residential mobility; ethnic composition; a description of living arrangements and housing; education, employment, and economic status; disabilities; diet and physical activity; and health service utilization. It is hoped that this monograph contributes to gerontological knowledge, practice, and policy in efforts to promote well-being over the life course.

Source: SFU Gerontology Research Centre


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