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Facing widowhood : a practical guide

Date created: 
1999
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The booklet is divided into three sections. The first section suggests steps which couples can take to prepare for the eventual loss of a partner. The second section describes some typical sources of income that may be available after death of a spouse or partner. The third section covers practical matters needing your attention, and describes how family can best help. The information in this booklet is based on the law in British Columbia. People from other provinces should check their own provincial laws. Much of it is geared to people who become widowed after age 45. INTRODUCTION 2; THINKING AHEAD 3; What You Can Do to Prepare 3; Arranging Your Affairs 3; The Next Steps 4; Start Planning Your Future Finances 5; AFTER YOUR SPOUSE OR PARTNER DIES 7; Potential Sources of Income 8; Canada Pension Plan 8: 1) Death Benefits; 2) Survivors Benefits; 3) Children's Benefits; Old Age Security 10; Guaranteed Income Supplement 10; Spouse's Allowance / Widowed Spouse's Allowance 10; Veterans Services and Benefits 11; Other Pensions 11; Other Benefits 12; Insurance 13; SOME PRACTICAL MATTERS 15; Bank Accounts 15; Funeral Bills 15; Wills & Estate Matters 15; Responsibilities of the Administrator or Executor 16; Estate Taxes 16; Bills, Bills, Bills 17; Income Tax 17; Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) 18; Credit Cards 18; Utilities: Hydro, Telephone 19; Home Insurance 19; Transferring Title to Land or Property 20; Vehicle Registration & Insurance 20; Take Care of Yourself 21; Advice for Family Trying to Help 21; Valuable Resources 23; Documents and Information to Have on Hand 25

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Dementia patients in institutions : a review of recommendations and research concerning their design, staffing and programming needs

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Date created: 
1989
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Estimates are that today, dementia patients constitute from 40-85% of the population of chronic care facilities. The focus of this paper is on treatment/management and environmental design issues in the institutional setting.

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Developing a lifelong learning program for seniors in New Westminster [BC]

Date created: 
1993
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This report contains a case study of a lifelong learning program as an integral part of developing and conducting a needs assessment. This unique experience in educational leadership was designed to increase the role of seniors in building a healthy lifelong learning community and to deepen our understanding of what, where, and how to better serve the learning needs of seniors in New Westminster.

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Developing seniors as leaders : final report of a leadership and organizational development program for the Dogwood Pavilion Association, City of Coquitlam

Date created: 
1993
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During recent years, the Dogwood Pavilion Association, like many other seniors centres, has experienced a shortage of trained leaders willing to assist in the delivery of over 100 activities the centre provides to everyone over 50 in the community of Coquitlam (a district which became a city in December of 1993). In consultation with two leadership training consultants, the Coordinator in charge of the centre (Jill Rowledge), Past President (Crosby Johnston), and President (E.T. Cross) brought together a New Horizons Board to secure funding for a project, The Seniors Leadership Initiative, to develop more effective senior leadership at Dogwood Pavilion, the Town Centre Seniors Group, and throughout the City of Coquitlam. The project included two equally important aspects of leadership development: (1) a close examination of leadership in Dogwood Pavilion; and (2) a leadership and personal development program for members. This report includes: (1) Plan and time-frame of the project; (2) Ethnographic study of culture of Dogwood Pavilion; (3) Survey of membership regarding leadership training needs; (4) Description of the leadership and personal development training program for members; (5) Formal evaluation of the leadership training program; (6) Press release to inform the community about the training program and future opportunities for senior leadership; (7) Consultant's recommendations for leadership development; and (8) Final recommendations arising from the Focus Group discussion with members of the New Horizons' Board, the Advisory Board, training program participants, and staff.

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Diminishing returns : an examination of financial responsibility, decision-making and financial abuse among older adults in British Columbia

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Date created: 
1996
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This study involved personal interviews with 200 seniors, aged 60 and over, from across BC. The purpose of this study was to explore: 1) the extent of financial abuse of older adults in BC; 2) the nature and dynamics of the abuse; 3) older adults' experience with various financial and legal documents; and 4) the extent to which older adults financially assist their grown children and visa versa.

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Adult day care centres in British Columbia : their operating characteristics, activities and services, clients, and interface with the long term care program. Final report.

Date created: 
1991
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Previews the literature concerning the objectives, models of service delivery, operating characteristics, activities, services and clients of Adult Day Care (ADC) Centres. Presents findings from a 3-phase study conducted in British Columbia. In phase 1, a 100% sample of B.C. ADCs provided information on their operating characteristics, activities and services. In phase 2, the characteristics of 479 new admissions to 22 ADCs were determined. Phase 3 focused on reasons for referring clients to ADC, why some referred clients do not attend and on the interface between ADCs and the province's Continuing Care Program.

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Concepts of good practice in residential and nursing homes for elderly people

Date created: 
1995
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This unit has the following aims: 1. To help students get a better understanding of old age; 2. To show that old age is not just about physical changes to the body, but about other factors, such as people's attitudes and ageism; and 3. To see how ageism can affect the services we provide to older people.

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Towards more elder friendly hospitals : final report - studies 3b and 3c

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Date created: 
2008
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Deconditioning and loss of functional status occurs at high rates among elderly persons admitted to hospitals, independent of their medical condition. Design of the physical environment is one of several explanations as to why this may occur. The two pilot studies described in this report tested selected environmental modifications designed to overcome some of the physical barriers to safe independent transfer, mobility, and toileting identified in Studies 1 and 2 of the Towards More Elder Friendly Acute Hospitals Research Project. One pilot study (Study 3b) took place in two originally identical bedrooms at Burnaby Hospital, a community hospital located in Burnaby, British Columbia. The second (Study 3c) took place in two adjacent bathrooms. In both Studies 3b and 3c, one room remained "as is " and the other was modified; 36 community-dwelling volunteers aged 75+ performed a series of tasks in both the original and the modified bedrooms and the two toilet areas. Order of exposure to the "typical" and modified rooms was counterbalanced. Three types of data were collected: subjective, physiological and video. The environment modifications of interest were rated by participants for ease of use, for helpfulness, and/or for appeal and they were asked to respond to questions such as "what did you like most/least about the rooms and why"? Heart rate was measured as participants rested in each bedroom and postural sway was recorded as they transferred from the bedroom to the bathroom and while they pretended to use the toilet and "freshen up" at the sink. To document gross movement, gestures, coping actions and facial expressions, high resolution webcams were mounted in the bedrooms and bathrooms and a camcorder followed the participants throughout the study. A number of lessons were learned from the study about relatively inexpensive design features that if implemented in new construction and retrofitting, have the potential to increase the elder friendliness of FH hospitals (e.g. movement activated lighting at the entrance to the bathroom). A number of useful lessons were also learned concerning equipment and procedures for remote monitoring of physiological functioning and stress. The report ends with a series of recommendations that include recognizing the diversity of the frail elder population of British Columbia and designing physical space in hospitals to meet the needs of patients with multiple chronic physical and/or cognitive impairments. NOTE: The following thesis constitutes Study 3a of this report series: Love, T. (2007). Modifications to the hospital physical environment: Effect on older adults' retention of post-discharge instructions. M.A. Thesis, Department of Gerontology (Supervisor: G. Gutman).

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