IFA Skim | April 2017
Nova Scotia Announces Action Plan for Ageing Population

By 2030, more than one in four Nova Scotians will have reached or passed age 65 years.

SHIFT: Nova Scotia's Action Plan for an Aging Population invites all Nova Scotians to build on the opportunities that the shifting demographic presents. 

In Nova Scotia, older adults help to support families, workplaces, communities and the province as a whole.  With this action plan, the Nova Scotia government is launching a major effort to ensure that older Nova Scotians can stay connected and involved in the social, economic and cultural lives of our provinces.  The commitments range from investments in transportation and housing, to promoting healthy living and the participation of older adults in the economy.

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Read the full action plan here

New Zealand Announces Healthy Ageing Strategy

The New Zealand government has announced a new Healthy Ageing Strategy, which presents the overarching direction and action plan for the next 10 years in regards to the health and wellbeing of older people.

The Strategy refreshes and replaces the Health of Older People Strategy 2002, and aligns with the broader new New Zealand Health Strategy for 2016. 

To learn more, and to read the full strategy, click here


Spotlight On: ENRICHES

The Change Foundation reported almost a third of Ontario's population are caregivers providing care to a family member or a friend.  Many caregivers feel socially isolated and do not recognize caregiving as a distinct role, separate from being a good friend, child, parent or spouse.  They are often not recognized for their caregiving role or perceived as needing support.

The ENRICHES Collaborative, funded in part by the government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, brings together local health and community leaders to address the complex challenges facing caregivers 55+ experiencing social isolation in Toronto.

ENRICHES (Engagement to Reduce Social Isolation in Caregivers at Home and Enhance Seniors) is comprised of five core partners: Alzheimer Society Toronto, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario; North York Community House, Woodgreen, and the Reitman Centre at the Sinai Health System, serving as the coordinating organization.  The IFA is a consulting partner to the initiative.
 
By engaging caregivers in programs and connecting them to services, as well as building community capacity, the Collaborative hopes to increase caregivers' access to support, and enhance their social networks and resilience.

ENRICHES has engaged over 1,000 caregivers and 80 community stakeholders since Nov. 2015 and was a partner in advocating for a proclamation signed by the city of Toronto's Mayor John Tory to recognize Caregiver Day, April 4, 2017 in Toronto.

For more information, visit: www.ENRICHES.ca

Care for the Older Person into the 21st Century Conference Announcement

What does the future look like as the population ages into the 21st Century and what are the implications for health care delivery?
 
This conference will offer the opportunity to discuss what ageing will look like into the 21st century and how health care services will be delivered. For nursing, in particular, it will provide a platform to explore how such services across the health care spectrum may alter.
 
The Organising Committee warmly invites abstract submissions, for an oral presentation from those clinicians, researchers, and educators wishing to share their knowledge, innovative practice planning, and learnings in the implications of ageing in the 21st Century.

Please click here for more information about abstract submissions
Labour Market Participation of People with Disabilities Report

In July 2012, the Government of Canada appointed a panel to consult with private sector employers, as well as other organizations and individuals, on the labour market participation of people with disabilities.  The panel members were asked to identify successes and best practices in the employment of people with disabilities, as well as the barriers faced by employers, and to report on their findings.

In-person and telephone consultations were conducted with almost 70 employers, and feedback was received from approximately 130 online submissions.  Responses came from organizations of all sizes across the country and in a broad range of industry sectors.  Findings were shared anonymously with a number of national non profit organizations and business associations to determine if they resonated with other stakeholders.  

The goal of the report was ultimately  to shine the light on successes among Canadian employers who have welcomed people with disabilities into their ranks, and to share resources on best practices with regards to integrating people with disabilities into the workplace.

Read the full report here
Get Involved with the World Health Organization (WHO) "iSupport Program" 

Worldwide, more than 47 million people have dementia.  Caregivers, often family members or friends, are crucial for people with dementia to live a life with meaning and dignity.  For many it can be all consuming; placing a strain on work, finances and relationships. It can also take a heavy emotional toll. 

The WHO developed iSupport, an online training programme for caregivers of people with dementia, to help caregivers to:
  • understand the impact of dementia; 
  • deal with challenging behaviours;
  • provide good care;
  • and take care of themselves.
To learn more about iSupport and how you can get involved, click here

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