Age-Friendly Niagara Network (AFNN) Niagara-Wide Forum: Connecting Local Municipal Seniors/Age-Friendly Advisory Committee Leaders

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Niagara-Wide Forum:

Connecting Local Municipal

Seniors/Age-Friendly Advisory Committee Leaders

October 24, 2019

Hosted by: Township of West Lincoln Age-Friendly Advisory Committee

Age-Friendly Niagara Network (AFNN) Forum , October 24, 2019 - Agenda

9:00 Welcome and AFNN Update

9:12 Implementing the Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan - 2017-2019 Highlights

9:25 Community Support Services of Niagara - update

9:45 Health Promotion for Older Adults – Niagara Region Public Health

9:50 “What One Thing” – 60-second sharing x 12 local areas across Niagara

10:05 Table Conversations - Sharing best practice, common issues

10:40 Break

10:55 Group Discussion – Taking Collective Action – choose 1 of 5 topics

11:45 Wrap-Up & Next Steps

12:00 Lunch and Networking 1

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• Third forum to engage municipal Senior/Age-Friendly

Advisory Committee Leaders was held on May 29, 2019 at

Heartland Forest in Niagara Falls.

• 39 people from 10 local municipalities gathered to share

ideas, learn about what others are doing, and work

collectively on taking action to strengthen quality of life as

people age in Niagara.

Age-Friendly Niagara Network Update

May, 2019 forum participants discussed challenges their committee is facing/has faced, including:

1. Recruitment and retention of committee members

2. Access to funding and resources to carry out the work of the committee and sustain Niagara-wide network

3. Community awareness of the work the committee is doing 4. Gaining momentum and getting organized as a committee,

after the fall 2018 election period

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3 May 29, 2019 - participants identified Niagara-wide opportunities local

municipal committees could pursue, together, across Niagara: 1. Share info, best practices, resources

2. Advocate with one voice Niagara-wide, re: issues of common concern (eg. housing, transit)

3. Share on ongoing basis: meeting minutes; Terms of Reference (ToR) – integrate Niagara-wide lens into ToR

4. Gather for shared learning events

5. Engage with Brock U., Niagara College to gather info about older people in Niagara

Implementing the Niagara Aging Strategy & Action Plan (NASAP) – Next Steps

Continue to Build the Age-Friendly movement in Niagara:

- Support Collaborative of Seniors/Age-Friendly/Community Wellness Committee leaders across Niagara

- Emphasize inter-generational aspect of Age-Friendly

- Be recognized as an active member of Ontario Association of Councils on Aging - Engage Champions: politicians, community leaders, businesses, service

providers, networks

- Acknowledge the role of skilled coordination in allowing network leaders to continue the pace, build momentum, & keep people engaged/involved - Support ongoing NASAP implementation, through the 3 Action Groups

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Presentation: Community

Support Services of Niagara

Community Support Services of Niagara is a volunteer based, not-for-profit, charitable agency

providing comprehensive client-driven services to help seniors and adults with disabilities

live independently in their own homes.

Welland Office

R30-800 Niagara Street (Seaway Mall)

Welland ON 905-788-3181

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OVERVIEW

 Non-Profit Agency Funded by

 HNHB LHIN

 Client fees

 Donations and

 Grants

 Three Local Offices

 Beamsville

 Welland and

 St. Catharines

 Client Focused Services

 Governed by a Board of Directors

 Supported by Volunteers

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His wife passed away last year… His kids live out of town

His wife used to cook all the meals. Now he barely eats once a day

His memory is not as good as it used to be Tasks of daily living

seem overwhelming

Loneliness is a breeding ground for mental health issues

His home used to give him a sense of joy. Now, the job of keeping up his home is difficult

He lost his driver’s license because of his medical issues He now feels vulnerable

Volunteers are essential; without them we would be unable to provide the much needed services that help our seniors remain in their homes

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Community Support Services

of Niagara Programs

Friendly Visiting & Security Reassurance

• Community Based

• Wellness Supportive Living

Program Meals on Wheels

• Service area includes Welland/Pelham and West Niagara Areas.

Transportation

Service Coordination

• Safety at Home

• Leaf and Snow Buddies

• Home Maintenance and

Repair

Congregate Dining

• Community Based that align

with MOW areas

• Wellness Supportive Living Program

• Niagara Hindu Samaj

Homemaking Services

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Serving all of the Niagara Region

A new initiative comprised of

➢Family Health Teams,

➢Community Health Centres,

➢Hospice Niagara,

➢Alzheimer Society of Niagara, and

➢Community agencies, such as CSSN

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GOALS

Bridge the identified gaps:

➢provide culturally sensitive and inclusive programs

➢non-specific to an illness

➢skills-based hands-on component

➢offered in both official languages

➢In cities across the Niagara region 19

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 4 week Care for the Caregiver

 16 week Self Care for the Caregiver

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Caregivers who:

➢Demonstrate stress and burnout

➢Have difficulties with advanced care planning decisions

➢Have cumulative caregiving roles

➢Are isolated and/or without support

➢Are not able and/or reluctant to access community services

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Email CNONiagara@gmail.com Or

Call Delphine Pagotto at 905-734-1141 ext. 2319

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Health Promotion for Older Adults

- Niagara Region Public Health

Health Promotion

for Older Adults

Kevin Maidment, Health Promoter Niagara Region Public

Health

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About Me

• Health Promoter • My portfolio:

• Healthy Aging (population = community-dwelling older adults 55+) • Focus:

• Injury prevention (preventing injuries from falls) • Mental health promotion (decreasing social isolation)

What the Data is Telling us

Preventable Injuries in Niagara Report (2017) • Falls - top unintentional injury

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Fall Prevention

• Promotion of Fall Prevention Month

• Providing content for Fall Prevention Month Newsletter for health practitioners

• Identifying new communication channels (Screenscapes project)

• Community presentations on fall prevention

Mental Health Promotion

Mental Health Promotion Strategy (2018-2022)

o Four areas of focus were identified to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors in mental health

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Social Isolation

• Evidence-Informed Public Health (EIPH) process to identify proven interventions that decrease social isolation

• Research and critical appraisal • Synthesizing research

• Adapting to local context

• Needs assessment

• Implement • Evaluate

Public Health Focus

• Focus on upstream interventions and strategies • Working to reduce barriers • Focus on

evidence-based best practice

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Health Promoter Role

• Health Promoters:

• Work collaboratively with partners across sectors to enhance impact and sustainability of health promotion action

• Facilitate community mobilization and build community capacity around shared health priorities

• Identify gaps

• Work to reduce barriers and address risk factors

Why I am here

• To learn from you!

• AFNN Action Plan (Action Group 3)

• Currently working toward improved services, systems and infrastructure for older adults

• Does this include transportation for isolated seniors?

• Is there work currently taking place in prevention of falls on a

population level?

• Any policy work?

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Resources/Links

• National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools:

https://www.nccmt.ca/

• Fall Prevention Month: https://www.fallpreventionmonth.ca/

• Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan:

https://socialisolation.ca/

• Niagara Region Seniors Community Programs:

https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/seniors/programs/default.as px

Thank you!

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One person from each

local municipal Seniors/Age-Friendly Advisory Committee

has

60 Seconds maximum

to share ‘One Thing’

that your committee is doing now,

that you believe could

Strengthen Age-Friendly work in other parts of Niagara

Table Conversations: Joint Action

to Sustain the Age-Friendly movement in Niagara

1. (a) What are the most important actions we can take,

together, to sustain the work of the Age-Friendly

Niagara Network (AFNN)? (b) What do you see your

local Committee doing, to help sustain AFNN’s work?

2. What priority action items could AFNN collectively focus

on, during the next year?

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Refreshment Break

compliments of

West Lincoln Age-Friendly Advisory

Committee

Group Discussion - Choose a Topic:

1. “Let’s Chat” Benches

2. Access to Services (Transportation, technology)

3. Access to a Range of Housing Options

4. Niagara-wide Forum on a ‘big’ topic (eg. healthy aging as a

lifelong pursuit)

5. Planning for Seniors Month 2020 – taking a common

approach

6. Other (?)

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Wrap-Up

Next Steps

Lunch and Networking

Thank you to the

West Lincoln Age-Friendly Advisory Committee!

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