IFA Skim | January 2017
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Dementia in Canada: 
A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities
 
The Senate of Canada Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology recently undertook a study to determine actions that should be taken to ensure communities effectively support people with dementia.

Canada's aging population will continue to increase, which is cause for celebration - but only if the lives of older people are not compromised by poor health. Policymakers must prioritize effective supports for the growing number of people with dementia. B y 2031, the number of Canadians with some form of dementia will be 1.4 million, nearly twice as many as those who suffered from the disease in 2011.

The direct cost of caring for dementia patients is expected to increase dramatically, to $16.6 billion in 2031 compared to $8.3 billion in 2011.  By 2040, the total direct and indirect costs associated with dementia are projected to rise to $293 billion, compared to $33 billion in 2015.


Revera and Reel Youth Partner for
"Age is More" Film Project


Revera's pioneering partnership with Reel Youth has shone a spotlight on important social issues since 2013.  The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project" is an intergenerational initiative which brings together older Canadians and youth from across the country.  Participants create compelling short films about ageism, changing gender roles in society, and the impact of war on Canadians' lives.
 
This initiative has resulted in 120 films to date and created many life-long relationships between older adults and youth participants.  These films not only shed light on insidious issues such as ageism, but challenge the perception that an aging population is a burden and emphasize the social and economic contributions of older people.
 
In November 2016, Saskatoon youth directed ten films celebrating the lives of Revera residents at the Franklin Retirement Community and shared many life experiences with one another.

Age-Friendly Basque Country 
Introduces New Friendliness Guide  for
Establishments, Shops, and Restaurants
Older people are usually loyal customers who know about the products they buy and expect personalized attention, thus generating a relationship of trust with the merchant.

The "Friendly Establishment" program consists of an educational campaign that provides low-cost or free practices to help companies attract elderly clients.

The objective of this initiative is to make establishments friendlier for their consumers, adapting them to the needs of older people so they can continue to develop their lives in their regular environment in the most self-sufficient way possible.
Rutgers School of Social Work Presents Report on 
Age-Friendly Community Initiatives
"Age-Friendly Community Initiatives in the Early Planning Phase" is an important publication based on research by Dr. Emily A. Greenfield, Associate Professor of Social Work at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 

Based on in-depth interviews with project leaders of nine age-friendly community initiatives (AFCIs), the research encompasses 12 municipalities across northern New Jersey during their early planning phase.  The report addresses questions such as:
  • What is the purpose of the early planning phase for AFCIs?
  • What is the work involved in the early planning phase?
  • What people and organizations are involved in the early planning phase of AFCIs?
Diabetic Eye Screening: 
Competencies for Administrative Staff

Public Health England has released a new report to guide diabetic eye screening providers in developing local frameworks for training administrative staff.  
 
The report contains a list of competencies, assessment criteria, indicative content, and links to further resources and appropriate documents.
 
In view of the recently launched global and country-specific Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer reports, the announcement of these guidelines is timely and much-needed. 

Age-Friendly World: Adding Life to Years

The World Health Organization has launched Age-Friendly World, a platform which lives through the active contributions of members of the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, including the International Federation on Ageing.

Age-Friendly World aims to enable people of all ages to actively participate in community activities, and to support those who can no longer look after themselves in living with dignity and enjoyment. Many cities and communities are actively working to become more age-friendly, but barriers still persist.  Some obstacles to age-friendliness, such as inaccessible public transit, are physical and tangible. Others result from the way we think about ageing and the way we view and treat older people.  Through Age-Friendly World, organizations committed to combating ageism and enabling functional ability aim to tear down these barriers.

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