This Highlight Report provides findings on patterns of residential care (RC) and assisted living (AL) utilization in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, and White Rock among persons of East Asian (EA) (defined as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Filipino) and non-EA ethnic backgrounds. South Asians were not included in this ethnic grouping due to different cultural service needs.
The findings in this report are based on GIS (geographic information system) analyses of census data coupled with data on RC and AL facilities from several sources, including the Office of the Seniors Advocate of BC, the Assisted Living Registry, Health Authorities, and a survey covering 95% of all 111 publically funded facilities (66 RC and 45 AL) for seniors in the catchment area. These data are supplemented with thematic analyses drawn from four focus groups.
This video clip comprises the "Wrap Up" to the 21st Annual John K. Friesen Conference, "Innovations in Home Care: A Public Policy Perspective," MAY 16-17, 2012, Vancouver, BC.
It is well known that jurisdictions with more comprehensive and integrated home care delivery systems are able to extend independent living for older people for longer periods of time, thereby reducing more costly forms of care, such as institutionalization. Better quality home care raises the quality of life of older persons, and reduces the burden of care for families. Today, however, home care is provided in a largely fragmented system with many barriers to efficiency and coverage, such as divided responsibility and funding across ministries. There are issues of access in rural and remote areas, marginalized groups and concerning human resources. The 2012 John K. Friesen conference provided a forum for discussion of both the problems and the possibilities of home care in contemporary Canada.
We also gratefully acknowledge a grant from the SFU Library's Scholarly Digitization Fund for videography and post-production editing.
This video clip comprises the "Welcome and Introduction" to the 21st Annual John K. Friesen Conference, "Innovations in Home Care: A Public Policy Perspective," MAY 16-17, 2012, Vancouver, BC.
This video comprises an address to the attendees of the 23rd Annual John K. Friesen Conference, "Housing Alternatives for an Aging Population" held May 28-29, 2014, Vancouver, BC.
The Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre (GRC) and associated Gerontology Department are pleased to welcome you to the 23rd John K. Friesen Conference. This year’s conference, organized and hosted in cooperation with the Lifelong Learning Adults 55+ Program, explores a range of tenure arrangements, housing forms, and service models currently available and under development for adults 55+ in British Columbia, including cohousing popular in the USA; life-lease projects, popular in the prairie provinces; mixed-tenure models and models targeted to specific groups (e.g., Performing Arts Lodges; ethno-cultural housing). Assisted Living was discussed as well as housing and service options that do not require people to move from their current home (e.g., the Village Model, United Way’s Better at Home Program, retro-fitting or adding “smart” technologies). Keynote speakers, expert panels and poster presentations discussed the pros and cons of each housing option and the type of resident for whom it is best suited. The objective of the conference was to provide information that enable people aged 55+ to plan ahead and make informed choices. As well, it was designed to provide a forum for developers (private, public & non-profit) to learn what adults aged 55+ are looking for in the way of housing for their later years.
Sponsors: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; BC Housing; Retirement Concepts
This fifth edition of the Fact Book updates the figures with data from the 2006 census and supplemental sources. Like the first four editions of the Fact Book, this edition references all source documents and presents data primarily in numeric tabular form. Topics covered in this document are listed in the Table of Contents and include: the size and historical rate of growth of the elderly population of British Columbia; trends in life expectancy, mortality rates and causes of death; the marital status of the elderly population; its geographic distribution and residential mobility; ethnic composition; a description of living arrangements and housing; education, employment, and economic status; disabilities; diet and physical activity; and health service utilization. Several other important topics have been omitted, either because provincial information was unavailable or the sample was too small to be considered reliable. These topics include: sources of income; source of family support; criminal victimization rates; and leisure activities.
Elder Abuse is a universal problem. It is prevalent everywhere. Abuse can occur anywhere, by anyone, but frequently it is familial, institutional and social. Raising awareness and prevention of elder abuse requires the involvement of everyone. Elder abuse will be successfully prevented only if we develop a global culture that fosters intergenerational solidarity.
To assist in raising awareness, the Community Guide Toolkit was developed. This is a resource that was created to help individuals, organizations and communities throughout the world plan for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). WEAAD is held annually on June 15th. This Toolkit is also useful to plan for fur-ther awareness-raising activities, and also supports ongoing projects and events throughout the months and years to come.
ABSTRACT:Recent immigrant older adults and some visible minorities who have aged here-to whom we refer collectively as ethnic or ethnocultural minority older adults (EMOA)-both experience health inequities in Canada. These are primarily related to difficulties with the complex process of accessing suitable services and supports. However, Canadian research on the topic is extremely fragmented and hard to find, and knowledge users charged with designing policy and programs do not have the evidence they need to help them to address access barriers experienced by EMOA. This collection of literature reviews prepared by a team of multidisciplinary academics and multisectoral knowledge users begins the process of consolidating existing evidence. The Candidacy framework for understanding the complex construct of 'access' proved invaluable as a means of exploring the different questions posed by our knowledge user partners. The different dimensions of Candidacy, which take into consideration each of the micro, meso, and macro levels of analysis, unites diverse bodies of literature focusing on community networks, capacity building, community development, health literacy, patient-centred care and communications, cultural competence and responsiveness at the provider and organizational levels, and health care, cultural, housing and immigration policies.
2015: 24th Annual John K. Friesen Conference - "Harnessing Technology for Aging-in-Place" - Wrap Up
Andrew Sixsmith and William Kearns
Panel 8 – Person-Technology Fit: How Do I Decide What Technology is Right for Me/My Organization?
Chair: Chair: Gloria Gutman, Professor/Director Emerita SFU Gerontology
Coreena Robertson, Fraserview Care Lodge
Jennifer Cairns, eGurus Technology Tutors
Rowena Rizzotti, Retirement Concepts
Panel 7 – Surveillance and Monitoring
Chair: Martha Jane Lewis, Executive Director, BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support
Wendy Johnstone, BC Caregivers Network
Micheal Vonn, BC Civil Liberties Association
Al Jina, President, Park Place Seniors Living