Improving Community Supports to Reduce Loneliness and Social Isolation in Immigrants 65+

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 by Kate MacRae under News

The Centre for Elder Research and their community partners invite you to participate in a half-day think tank focused on social isolation and loneliness among immigrants 65 years of age and older living in the Regions of Halton and Peel.

The Sheridan research team will share preliminary results from the first two years of this study. In addition, all think tank participants will engage in small group brainstorm sessions to discuss ways to better identify and support at risk older immigrants.

Please complete the online education and professional development survey prior to your participation in the think tank.

A stronger retirement system means more money for seniors now and in the future

Posted on November 17th, 2017 by Kate MacRae under News

Canada has a diverse and growing seniors’ population with approximately 4.8 million people who are 65 years old or older. In 2015, for the first time in Canadian history, the number of Canadians aged 65 and older outnumbered the number of children 14 and younger. The Government of Canada is working to capitalize on opportunities, address the challenges, and provide the support that our growing population of seniors needs through a range of programs and policies.

By restoring the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), as well as enhancing the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), the Government of Canada has taken decisive action to increase retirement income security for current and future seniors. The Government:

The Government of Canada places enormous value on the contributions seniors have made – and continue to make – to our country. And we will continue to actively support and promote seniors’ well-being and access to a dignified and secure retirement.

Read the full news release here.

World Pneumonia Day (12 November 2017)

Posted on November 7th, 2017 by Kate MacRae under News

The 2017 World Pneumonia Day (WPD) will take place on 12 November. This year, the IFA will highlight the importance of vaccination against pneumococcal pneumonia for older people and at-risk groups. These vulnerable groups have a higher likelihood of complications from pneumonia including hospitalization, admission to long-term care, or premature death.

Throughout World Pneumonia Day the IFA encourages readers to use the provided social media resources below to share with your networks the importance of raising awareness about the risks associated with pneumococcal pneumonia, and improving adult vaccination uptake rates among at-risk populations, and to follow/re-post from the IFA’s social media platforms:

To download the social media kit and materials, click here.

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