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nationaldementiaconference coverInspiring and Informing a National Dementia Strategy for Canada

The  May 14–15, 2018, a National Dementia Conference was held in Ottawa, Canada. The conference brought together about 200 participants from six key stakeholders identified in the Act: people living with dementia, caregivers, researchers, health professionals, advocacy groups and representatives from PT governments.

As a key consultation mechanism on the development of the national dementia strategy, the discussions during the conference focused on challenges and opportunities surrounding three overarching themes: 1) care and support; 2) research and innovation; and, 3) awareness-raising, stigma reduction, and public education.

Participants noted that the National Dementia Strategy should: address stigma associated with dementia; ensure the needs of people living with dementia at different stages along the dementia journey are met, and identify ways to enable quality of life and dignity for people at different stages of the condition. It should: enable collaboration and partnerships among all levels of government, partners and stakeholders, including people living with dementia, their families and those who care for them; enable sharing and scaling up of best practices within and across provinces and territories; consider diversity factors such as cultural, ethnicity and linguistic considerations, rural and remote communities, gender differences, developmental disabilities; and include clear accountability for federal, provincial and territorial governments and other partners. This report provides highlights of the discussions at the event. The outcomes of the conference and other stakeholder engagement processes to date will be included in a“What We Heard” report, which will be released in the Fall of 2018. All input will inform the development of the National Dementia Strategy.

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada

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obsicoverThe Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments has released their first Seniors Report, where they examine seniors' complaints and explore the challenges that older adults experience while using financial services. The national, not-for-profit organization collected demographic and case data for 2017 and 2018 to create the report, which used the age of 60 as the threshold age of a senior.

Source: OBSI

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hocreportcoverReport of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women

"In recent decades, life expectancy has increased around the world. In Canada, the proportion of seniors in the population is increasing faster than any other age group. In the 65 years and older age group, there are more women than there are men. Women also live longer than men on average, by several years. In recent decades, life expectancy has increased around the world. In Canada, the proportion of seniors in the population is increasing faster than any other age group. In the 65 years and older age group, there are more women than there are men. Women also live longer than men on average, by several years.

Although women tend to live longer than men in Canada, their senior years may be different from those of men because of challenges related to poverty and vulnerability. Senior women are more likely than senior men to live with low incomes. Senior women can face health and wellness difficulties, as well as discrimination, abuse and gender-based violence that may not be experienced by senior men.

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agingoffenders cover"The No Place to Call Home: The Challenges of Reintegrating Senior Parolees into the Community and Long Term Care Symposium was used to gather organizations, such as Correctional Service Canada, Peterborough Reintegration Services, Citizens Advisory Committee, Elder Abuse Ontario as well as Trent University programs including School of Nursing, Social Work, Sociology and Forensics, together to discuss the silent issue of community reintegration of aging offenders.

The No Place to Call Home symposium, and ultimately this report, started from the goal The No Place to Call Home symposium, and ultimately this report, started from the goal of the local CAC, which is to work with the community to increase education on the rising number of aging parolees and to understand our responsibility as a community. These individuals have served their sentences for the crimes they committed and by law can return to our communities to reside. This overarching goal of education stemmed into the goals of the No Place to Call Home symposium to find solutions on how to address the issue of the community reintegration of aging offenders.

SourceTrent Centre for Aging & Society

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coversubstanceuse"At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, an important part of our mandate is to focus on research into substance use. While typically this has centered around younger populations, we now know that substance use is far more common among older adults than previously thought. We also know that the issue can be addressed and we can’t afford to wait. As Canada’s population continues to age, the time for action is now. We need to put in place, as soon as possible, systems and strategies to promote healthy aging. To do so, we must improve our understanding of older adults’ unique needs with respect to substance use. We have to reduce the stigma that surrounds substance use so that older adults engage in the conversation and seek support. And, finally, we have to follow through and ensure older adults, their families and caregivers know how to access the services and supports they need."

SourceCanadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

 

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