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Isolated elders program : phase II : a summary report

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1998
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The purpose of the Isolated Elders Program is to identify seniors who are isolated in New Westminster, and to help them get out of their homes and back into the community. It is an innovative program located within a dynamic, changing healthcare system and this report summarizes a process of documentation and research designed to assist service-providers develop the most effective strategies for reducing and preventing social isolation. The focus in Phase I was on the development and evaluation of a training program for senior volunteers: Phase II focuses on a description of the client population, services delivered to them, and what we have learned about isolation. This is a part-time program, requiring a total of 3 112 months per year for the program manager, working with a researcher, 5 senior volunteers, a program assistant, and a practicum student. Methods and procedures for gathering data and preparing the report included: analysis of (a) tracking forms and client information records; (b) interviews with building managers, previous clients, and volunteers; (c) participant observation records of team meetings; and a focus group. (Forms and interview protocols are provided in the Appendix.)

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Housing the very old

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1988
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The objectives of the editors in producing this monograph were two-fold: first, to present a broad overview of the issues involved in producing housing for the very old, and second, to highlight current housing alternatives that are responsive to the special circumstances of very old persons. The monograph is divided into five parts. Part I provides a demographic overview of the very old in Canada and a description of key conceptual issues that must be addressed in meeting their housing needs. Part H focuses on design considerations in institutional settings. Part III profiles various housing models for meeting the diverse needs of the very old living in the community. The papers discuss: the small congregate house, the Abbeyfield approach and housing for the hard to house. Part IV highlights transitions in living arrangements and housing needs over time. Included are papers on both naturally occurring and planned retirement communities. The fifth and final part describes the experience of several European countries and their policy implications for Canada.TABLE OF CONTENTS: FOREWORD; PART I: A DEMOGRAPHIC AND CONCEPTUAL OVERVIEW: 1. Living Arrangements of Canada's Older Elderly / Gordon E. Priest; 2. Key Conceptual Issues in Housing the Very Old / Betty Havens. PART II: DESIGNING FOR THE VERY OLD IN INSTITUTIONS: 3. Design-related Issues and Solutions for Meeting the Needs of the Very Old in Institutional Settings / Pamela Cluff; 4. Designing a Dementia Residential Care Unit: Addressing Cognitive Changes with the Wesley Hall Model / Shelly Weaverdyck and Dorothy Coons. PART III: ALTERNATIVE MODELS FOR MEETING THE HOUSING NEEDS OF THE VERY OLD LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY: 5. The Small Congregate Home / Charlotte C. Murray; 6. The Abbeyfield Model / Kiyoshi Shimizu; 7. Housing for Inner-City, Hard-to House Veterans: The Veterans Memorial Manor / Fred Harvey and Olga Greenwell; 8. The Multi-Level, Multi-Service Model / Gloria M. Gutman. PART IV: TRANSITION OVERTIME: 9. The Naturally Occurring Retirement Community / Michael Hunt; 10. Planning for Retirement Communities / Judy Zon. PART V: LESSONS FROM ABROAD: 11. International Experience in Housing the Very Old: Policy Implications for Canada / Satya Brink; 12. Aspects of Housing and Services in Sweden and Denmark to Assist the Very Elderly to Live in Their Own Home / Bettyann Raschko.

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Innovations in housing and living arrangements for seniors

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1984
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"Papers from a symposium sponsored by the Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University and the Canadian Association on Gerontology/Associaton canadienne de gerontologie, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 31, November 2nd and November 3rd, 1984."TABLE OF CONTENTS: FOREWORD. PART I: A DEMOGRAPHIC AND CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK: 1. Housing Elderly People in Canada: Working Towards a Continuum of Housing Choices Appropriate to Their Needs / Satya Brink. PART II: ALTERNATIVE FINANCING MODELS: 2. Private Sector Financing for Elderly Housing / Aeron T. Evans and G.J.M. Purdie; 3. Home Equity Conversion: Aging in Place with Income / Ken Scholen; 4. Shared Appreciation and Home Equity Conversion: Ideas Whose Time Have Come for Canadians / Dale Bairstow; 5. Federal Housing Programs L.P.Gross. PART III: THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: 6. The Development Process and the Cooperative Difference / Shirley Schmid; 7. Working with Private Non-profit Corporations / Yhetta Gold; 8. The Role of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in the Development Process / Robert L. Nicklin. PART IV: ALTERNATIVE MODELS/APPROACHES TO SENIORS HOUSING: 9. Shelter Allowances for Older Adults: Programs in Search of a Policy / Jim Zamprelli; 10. Shared Housing: Principles and Practices / Norman K. Blackie; 11. A Canadian Example: The Home Sharing Program for Older Adults in Regional Niagara / Douglas H. Rapelje; 12. Accessory Housing: Applicability to the Canadian Context / GaryHiscox; 13. Retirement Communities: A Range of Options / Leon Pastalan. PART V. DESIGN AND EVALUATION: 14. Barrier Free and Prosthetic Design: Issues in Housing for Seniors / Lorraine G. Hiatt; 15. The Evaluation Process in Housing for the Elderly / Sonne Lemke and Rudolph H. Moos.

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Aging in place: Housing adaptations and options for remaining in the community

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1986
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This volume builds on two previous joint publications of the CAG/Acg and the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre. One, by Statistic Canada's Gordon Priest (1985), entitled "Living Arrangements of Canada's Elderly: Changing Demographic and Economic Factors", examines the current housing characteristics and living arrangements of elderly Canadians with a view to identifying the scenarios which are likely to unfold in the future. The second, "Innovations in Housing and - Living Arrangements for Seniors" (Gutman and Blackie, 1985), describes the process involved in developing new units under cooperative and nonprofit sponsorship, barrier free and prosthetic design issues, innovative financial solutions such as home equity conversion plans as well as several physical solutions (e.g., shared housing; retirement communities)not covered in this volume.

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Homesharing matchup agencies for seniors : a literature review

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1989
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The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on homesharing for elderly people with emphasis on non-profit matching agencies. After presenting a general definition and describing the most common types of homesharing, two relevant social trends are examined. The major proponents of this practice are then considered. An overview of the clients of homesharing agencies, the types of homesharing arrangements and of the agencies themselves will follow. The paper concludes with a discussion of questions raised by the literature review.

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Health systems and aging in selected Pacific Rim countries : cultural diversity and change

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1998
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Aging, ethnicity and health policy in Australia -- Health status of Japanese seniors and the new directions of health services -- Filial piety and co-residence in Japan -- Health care in China and Hong Kong -- Health care for the Korean elderly: emerging trends and issues -- First Nations elders in Canada: issues, problems and successes in health care policy -- Older refugees in Canada: profile, health needs and social service issues.

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Gooseprints : a model to develop seniors as empowering leaders

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1998
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Canada Geese are never stuck for leaders, because every goose shares the leadership. Every goose is a volunteer-every volunteer is a leader. Flying in V-formation is aerodynamically efficient-every individual- goose/volunteer gets more lift when all are working together. The purpose of this blueprint is to help you promote goose leadership by giving volunteers the lift they need to get them off the ground and flying high. Every volunteer is a potential leader, and when they get the lift that's needed, they come to believe they have something to contribute and are willing to share the workload.

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A health promotion curriculum for community health workers

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1988
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The theme of the 77th annual Canadian Public Health Conference, "Health Promotion: Strategies for Action", reflects consideration of a changing mandate for public health. To address the trend away from prevention to health promotion, the New Westminster Seniors Bureau and the Keep Well Project (B.C. Ministry of Health), with funding from Canada Employment and Immigration, have developed a health promotion curriculum for community health workers. The curriculum is a framework for teaching a post-basic course in health promotion to healthcare professionals and community service workers preparing to develop and coordinate community programs for seniors. The purpose of this paper is to outline the development and the content of the curriculum. The development of the curriculum follows a 4-step process: 1. needs assessment; 2. program planning; 3. Implementation; and 4. evaluation and recommendations. The curriculum which was produced includes objectives, issues, and a current bibliography relative to ten content areas and was piloted as a series of ten workshops held at Douglas College in the Spring of 1986.

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Health promotion for older Canadians : knowledge gaps and research needs

Date created: 
1994
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INTRODUCTION; 1. Potentials and Pitfalls in Evaluating Nutrition and Nutrition Interventions in Older Adults / Helene Payette; 2. The Effectiveness of Exercise Programs for Osteoporotic Women / Gina Bravo; 3. Health Promotion Among Older Persons with Direct and Personal Experience of the Mental Health System / Joseph A Tindale & Susan Hardie; 4. Evaluating Self-Help and Mutual Aid Programs for Older Canadians / Joan Norris, Adam Davey & Stephanie Kuiack; 5. Health Promotion Research for Older Canadians: Priorities from a Community Health Unit Perspective / Nancy Hall; 6. Evaluation of the "Living Well" Health Promotion Program for Older Adults / Dorothy Craig & Carol Timmings; 7. Using Large Data Sets to Study Health Promotion for Older Adults / Andrew Wister & Gloria Gutman; 8. Priorities for Health Promotion and Aging Research in Canada: Discussion and Recommendations / Andrew Wister & Gloria Gutman; AUTHORS' BIOGRAPHIES; FRENCH ABSTRACTS

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Fact book on aging in British Columbia, 4th Edition

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2006
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This fourth edition of the Fact Book updates the figures with data from the 2001 census and supplemental sources. Like the first three editions of the Fact Book, the fourth 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.

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