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Climate change and the threat to an aging population - 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference - Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming (2011)

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2011-05
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This video clip comprises the three presentations of Panel Session 1, “Defining the Issues: Climate Science, Health and Gerontological Perspectives” held at the 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference, "Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming," MAY 25-26, 2011, Vancouver, BC. Dr. John Stone "Climate change and the threat to an aging population" - This talk will explore the science of climate change and its implications for an aging population. It will explain why climate change is a broad threat to society, the economy and the environment; and how the climate is likely to change focussing on the increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather and climate events which are a particular threat to older people.

We also gratefully acknowledge a grant from the SFU Library's Scholarly Digitization Fund for videography and post-production editing.

See webpage for more information on the 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference: http://www.sfu.ca/grc/friesen/friesen2011/

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Age of climate change: Opportunities and risks of climate change for an ageing population - 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference - Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming (2011)

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2011-05
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This video clip is the third Keynote address to the 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference, "Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming," MAY 25-26, 2011, Vancouver, BC. Climate change and an ageing population bring together key policy challenges which need to be addressed to ensure a safe, secure, equitable and sustainable future. This Keynote presentation will examine older people as Contributor, Casualty and Champion of climate change. It will discuss the social, environmental and economic dynamics that determine vulnerability and resilience of older demographic groups. It will outline the need for a coherent policy response that addresses the interface between climate change and older people. One that harnesses the contribution older people can make to addressing climate threats, while reducing the vulnerability of older people ensuring they reach later life with greater resilience.

 

We also gratefully acknowledge a grant from the SFU Library's Scholarly Digitization Fund for videography and post-production editing.

 

See webpage for more information on the 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference: http://www.sfu.ca/grc/friesen/friesen2011/

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Climate change and health of an aging Canadian population: Adaptation frameworks and strategies for risk reduction - 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference - Growing Old in a Changing Climate: (2011)

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2011-05
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This video clip is the second Keynote address to the 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference, "Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming," MAY 25-26, 2011, Vancouver, BC. Climate change is expected to increase risks to the health and well-being of people living in Canada and around the world through impacts on physical, economic and social environments. Seniors can be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of physiological sensitivities to a range of hazards, existing perceptions of health threats, and capacity challenges at the individual or community level which make adaptation difficult. Important strides have been made in efforts to prepare seniors for more frequent disasters and in efforts to make communities healthier and more resilient in the face of a changing climate. Addressing growing health risks from climate change will mean building on these initiatives through a proactive approach that includes broad collaboration among multiple partners and sectors. This session will provide information on Health Canada initiatives aimed at protecting the most vulnerable citizens from climate change impacts.

 

We also gratefully acknowledge a grant from the SFU Library's Scholarly Digitization Fund for videography and post-production editing.

 

See webpage for more information on the 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference: http://www.sfu.ca/grc/friesen/friesen2011/

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A global perspective on the interface between climate change and population aging - 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference - Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming (2011)

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2011-05
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This video clip is the first Keynote address to the 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference, "Growing Old in a Changing Climate: Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming," MAY 25-26, 2011, Vancouver, BC. Presented by Dr. Carlos Corvalán, Senior Advisor in Risk Assessment and Global Environmental Change, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/WHO, Washington, DC, USA. 

Current vulnerabilities in the population affect the capacity to respond to the impact of climate change. Identifying population groups that cannot cope with the effects of climate variability and extremes is essential for designing and implementing effective strategies for climate change and health. Population ageing is a sign of public health success, and current trends indicate the process will continue in many developing countries, but so will climate change. The vulnerability of older people can be exacerbated by structural stress factors which exist in many communities, such as poverty, food insecurity, social conflict, and disease. This challenge calls for a well coordinated health sector response which includes strengthening core public health interventions to encompass greater attention to environmental and social determinants of health.

 

We also gratefully acknowledge a grant from the SFU Library's Scholarly Digitization Fund for videography and post-production editing.

 

See webpage for more information on the 20th Annual John K. Friesen Conference: http://www.sfu.ca/grc/friesen/friesen2011/

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Canada's changing age structure : implications for the future : papers from a Research Symposium held at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, August 20-23, 1981

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1982
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Note: papers from a research symposium held Aug. 20-23, 1981. 1) Population projections: Certainties and uncertainties. / Betty Havens. 2a) Social implications of a changing age structure. / John F. Myles. 2b) Discussion of paper. / Ellen M. Gee. 3a) Population aging and family life. / Leonard D. Cain. 3b) Discussion of paper. / John Crawford. 4) Social security past and present. / Charles B. Walker. 5) Aging, pensions and demographic change. / John P. Herzog. 6) Social policy concerns relating to retirement: Implications for research. / James K. Martin. 7a) The future impact of the changing status of women. / Neena L. Chappell. 7b) Discussion of paper. / Elinor J. Burwell. 8a) Education and the future. / J. Richard Connelly. 8b) Discussion of paper. / Mary Hill. 9a) Research on beliefs and attitudes about old people. / Nathan Kogan. 9b) Discussion of paper. / Wolfgang Weissleder. 10a) Possibilities and problems in using service generated data for longitudinal research on aging: Part 1: Experiences from British Columbia. / Gloria M. Gutman & Annette J. Stark. 10b) Part 2: Experiences from Manitoba. / Betty Havens.

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Canadian homesharing match-up agencies : five year follow-up

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1994
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The primary purpose of this study was to update a Canadian homesharing agency study conducted in 1988 (see Gutman, Doyle, Melliship & Baldwin, 1989). Additionally, we wished to see howCanadian homesharing agencies had developed over the five year period in terms of approximating I trends reported in the US literature on homesharing. Comparisons will be made between datacollected in 1988 and 1993. The specific objectives of the study were to: 1) Update the original homesharing study, and describe similarities and differences of Canadian homesharing agencies between the two time periods. 2) Compare American and Canadian research findings. 3) Determine if Canadian homesharing agencies now have had experience with the development of homesharing with a care component and/or group shared residences.

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Characteristics, service needs and service preferences of younger adults with severe physical disabilities : literature review.

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1995
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In Spring, 1994, as an aid to strategic planning in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre was commissioned to undertake a literature review and study focussed on younger adults with severe physical disabilities. For purposes of the project, "younger adults" were defined as persons aged 19-55. The main objectives of the project were to a) clarify the characteristics and service needs and preferences of the client group and b) to estimate the extent to which current policies and programs in the Capital Regional District were meeting the needs of clients and their families.

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Older drivers in British Columbia : predicting future patterns and assessing strategies for prevention of accidents. A Report for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia's SMART Program

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2000
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This report provides a comprehensive review of literature to patterns, behaviors, and policies related to older drivers in BC.

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Respecting your rights : a guide to the rights of people living in British Columbia long term care facilities

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2003
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This booklet answers common questions about living in care facilities (including intermediate-, multi-level-, private-, and extended care facilities).Table of Contents: Introduction. 1. Your Right to Be Treated with Dignity and Respect: Your right to be treated as an adult; Your right to be treated with respect; Your right to be treated as a person capable of making your own decisions. 2. Your Right to Personal Choices: Your right to personal lifestyle choices; Your right to choices about your personal space; Your right to do things that you enjoy; Your right to be with people that you enjoy; Your right to decide if you want help. 3. Your Right to Good Care: Your right to trained staff capable of meeting your individual needs; Your right to have your care needs assessed; Your right to feel secure about continuing to receive care. 4. Your Right to Make Health Care Decisions: Your right to make your own health care decisions; Your right to know your plan of care; Your right to know about matters affecting your health; Your right to see your records; Your right to accept or refuse care; Your right to have someone speak for you. 5. Your Right to Privacy: Your right to personal privacy; Your right to privacy during care and grooming; Your right to privacy of personal and medical information. 6. Your Right to Safety and Security: Your right to a safe environment; Your right to expect a reasonable response to your needs; Your right to freedom from restraints; Your right to be free from physical, emotional or mental harm.7. Your Right to Personal Freedoms: Your right to basic freedoms as a citizen; Your right to be free from discrimination. 8. Your Right to Speak Up: Your right to have concerns and problems dealt with fairly and quickly; Your right to speak out about problems; If a problem happens, what can I do?; How others can help you; Suggestions for problem solving; Are there limits to speaking out?; Are there ways to prevent problems? 9. Resources and Contacts

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Younger adults with severe physical disabilities in the Capital Region

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1995
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In Spring, 1994 the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University was commissioned to undertake a project that would provide the Health Planning Division of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia (CRD) with information that would facilitate strategic planning for younger adults with severe physical disabilities. The specific goals of the project were to: 1) define the pertinent characteristics of persons aged 19-55 with severe physical disabilities living in the CRD, including: their socio-demographic characteristics (age and gender distribution, education, marital status, housing and living arrangement, sources of income); health and functional status (diagnosis, level of performance of Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living); and available social supports; 2) ascertain consumer preferences (clients and their families) as to the type and location of housing and support services they require; 3) critically review existing health and social service programs in the CRD and province, and policies targeted to/encompassing younger adults with severe physical disabilities, with respect to their ability to respond to the identified consumer preferences; 4) recommend the type and level of resources required to meet consumer preferences. To fulfill the commission, the following activities were undertaken: Phase 1. Literature Review - An extensive electronic literature search and review was conducted. Unpublished material obtained from the Ministry of Health and other contacts was also reviewed (see: Gutman, G.M. (1995). Characteristics, service needs and service preferences of younger adults with severe physical disabilities: Literature review. Vancouver, BC: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. OAI: http://ir.lib.sfu.ca/handle/1892/11440). Phase 2. Profile of Continuing Care Clients - Assuming that most younger adults with severe physical disabilities living in the CRD were known to the Continuing Care Division of the Ministry of Health, a client profile was constructed using information from 153 clients' LTC-1 forms, the Division's standard assessment form (see Chapter 2 of this report for findings).

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