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  SENIORS

Decision Making for Seniors Meeting:

 

A special presentation on Decision Making for Seniors will take place at the Canadian Legion on Wellar Street at noon on Dec. 3rd with Elizabeth MacNab of the Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens Organizations presented by Friendly to Seniors - Sudbury and the Sudbury Branch of CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons).  Complimentary lunch for those who register by calling 705-507-6037.  

 

 

Helping Seniors Stay Engaged and Connected to their Communities
Ontario Accepting Applications for New Seniors Community Grant Program

NEWS February 21, 2014

Ontario is now accepting applications from not-for-profit community groups to fund projects
that help seniors stay connected and involved in their community by encouraging greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement.

The Seniors Community Grant Program is the province’s first grant program dedicated solely to seniors and will fund projects that provide seniors with opportunities to connect, contribute, learn and lead active lives. This could include courses for seniors on financial literacy and community events.

Helping seniors stay active in their communities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths — its people and strategic partnerships.

QUOTES

“Working with community partners our government is addressing the problem of social isolation among seniors. Through the Seniors Community Grant Program we are keeping seniors connected to their communities.”
— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

”The Seniors Community Grant Program will have a meaningful impact in our communities. Through these grants, seniors focused organizations can help foster volunteerism, social inclusion and learning activities.”
— Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director, Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario

QUICK FACTS

 By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.
 The Seniors Community Grant Program will range from $500 to $10,000 to help support initiatives that will allow seniors to contribute to all aspects of community life.
 Applications and guidelines are now available at www.oacao.org.

LEARN MORE

 Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat
 More about Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors


Celeste Bottero, Minister’s Office, 416-326-1689
Laura Sylvis, Communications Branch, 416-314-7010 http://news.ontario.ca/oss/en
Disponible en français

 


               Stronger Communities for Seniors
February 21, 2014

The Seniors Community Grant Program will provide seniors with the opportunity to connect, contribute, learn and lead active lives.

Funding is dedicated exclusively to help seniors across Ontario and will support projects that encourage greater social involvement, volunteerism and community engagement for seniors across the province. Projects can support seniors at a local community level, a regional level, or have a broader provincial scope.

The program has five key priorities:

1. Foster initiatives and ideas that provide opportunities for seniors to network and be part of the social fabric of their communities.
2. Encourage and support activities, events and programs that promote learning opportunities and the sharing of information as it relates to seniors’ issues.
3. Encourage and support activities, events and programs that promote seniors as volunteers.
4. Develop plans and programs that can be shared across communities.
5. Develop plans and programs that allow organizations to sustain seniors’ programs over a longer term.

Applications are now available and will be accepted until June 30, 2014. Grants will be awarded from $500 up to a maximum of $10,000 for projects that end March 31, 2015.

Eligible groups include not-for-profit incorporated organizations, Local Services Boards, municipalities and Aboriginal groups. Small community organizations that represent seniors groups are also eligible to apply for smaller grants between $500 and $3,000. Multiple organizations are encouraged to work together on a project application.

Applications and Guidelines are available at www.oacao.org.

Celeste Bottero, Minister’s Office, 416-326-1689
Laura Sylvis, Communications Branch, 416-314-7010 http://news.ontario.ca/oss/en
Disponible en français

SCG Brochure 19Feb14.2.pdf




 

iPad Classes for Seniors Parkside Centre - Feb 19.pdf

News from Walden Seniors and Pensioners

The Walden Seniors and Pensioners continue to be very active and involved in the community. For Remembrance Day members of the Walden Seniors participated in the memorial service at the Naughton Seniors Centre and a wreath was laid at the ceremony.

The Annual Fall Tea on November 3rd was a huge success with a large number of people enjoying the lovely luncheon and bazaar items. The proceeds from the tea go to help out 6 different charities this Christmas.

The Saturday Night Social with cards, shuffleboard, pool and a great sing-along took place on Nov 2nd and an enthusiastic crowd attending. The next social will be December 7th. All members and guests are welcome.

The next big event is the Annual Christmas Dinner on Wednesday December 11th. Tickets are available for $15 at the Seniors Centre desk for members and guests. The doors for the dinner open at 4:30pm and the dinner is served sharp at 6pm. There will also be music, entertainment and dancing. It is always a great way to get into the spirit of the Season.

To purchase a membership or tickets for upcoming events the desk at the Walden Seniors and Pensioners is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays mornings. Phone number is 692-5591.


 

 

Combined Presentations_September Summit.pdf

CGS Seniors Report Report.pdf

Letter for Partners.pdf

Seniors Advisory Panel Presentation 05_13.pdf

Request for Decision

Report on Services for Senior

Presented To: City Council

Presented: Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013

Report Date Wednesday, Jun 05,

2013

Type: Managers' Reports

Recommendation

WHEREAS Seniors' Month is an annual nation-wide

celebration;and

WHEREAS seniors have contributed and continue to contribute

immensely to the life and vibrancy of this community;and

WHEREAS seniors continue to serve as leaders, mentors,

volunteers and important and active members of this

community;and

WHEREAS their contributions past and present warrant

appreciation and recognition and their stories deserve to be

told;and

WHEREAS the health and well-being of seniors is in the interest

of all and further adds to the health and well-being of the

community;and

WHEREAS the knowledge and experience seniors pass on to us continues to benefit all;

THEREFORE be it resolved that June is Seniors' Month in Greater Sudbury and that all citizens are

encouraged to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors.

Background

June is Seniors' Month in Ontario and has been for the last 29 years. To celebrate, municipalities across

Ontario reach out to older Ontarians in a variety of ways. This year, the Ministry Responsible for Seniors

have announced a theme of The Art of Living to celebrate how seniors in Ontario have created their own

unique approach to living. They have asked municipalities to reflect upon the ways services are tailored to

meet the needs of senior citizens in their community. In Greater Sudbury we pride ourselves on the

excellent services we provide directly to the senior population.

Sudbury has historically delivered Senior Services through the guidance of the Master Plan for Senior

Services developed in 1992 by the Regional Municipality of Sudbury. Along with this plan, adopted by

Council of the day, the Senior Advisory Panel was formed and still plays an active advisory role to Council

today. The mandate of this panel is to promote, maintain and enhance seniors’ quality of life in Greater

Signed By

Report Prepared By

Carly Gasparini

Policy Intern

Digitally Signed Jun 5, 13

Recommended by the Department

Catherine Matheson

General Manager of Community

Development

Digitally Signed Jun 5, 13

Recommended by the C.A.O.

Doug Nadorozny

Chief Administrative Officer

Digitally Signed Jun 5, 13

today. The mandate of this panel is to promote, maintain and enhance seniors’ quality of life in Greater

Sudbury through consultation, education, advice, and advocacy; and to promote the development of a

continuum of services for seniors. The Panel has also worked with staff to develop the Seniors' Network

which focuses on seniors with high needs throughout the community.

In 1991, the Region of Sudbury conducted its first Senior’s Perception study to determine the degree of

awareness about community services and the level of satisfaction with seniors’ services in the community.

In May 2013, a presentation was made to Council on a follow up survey conducted with many of the same

questions along with some new questions, to update and broaden the understanding of the needs and

expectations of seniors in Greater Sudbury. While the full results are posted on the City’s website, the

presentation highlighted various key statistics including the fact that 84% of seniors in Greater Sudbury

were satisfied with their living arrangements, with living expenses, traffic, and distance from services were

among lowest scoring points of concern. This information will allow staff to work with the advisory panel to

develop a work plan to enhance seniors' services in the future.

Greater Sudbury has seen tremendous progress in seniors' services through the developments at Pioneer

Manor. Through the redesigned Seniors’ Campus, the newly developed space for the Alzheimer Society

Day Services Program, the addition of the Family Health Team location, the creation of the North East

Specialized Geriatric Services and the hiring of Dr. Jo-Anne Clark, the Pioneer Manor site has become a

hub for seniors to access care and services.

As outlined in the updated Pioneer Manor Strategic Plan in 2010, Greater Sudbury continues to offer a

long-term care facility dedicated to the physical, social, spiritual and emotional well-being of residents with

long-term health care needs. Pioneer Manor provides assistance in all aspects of daily living to 433

residents. A team of over 450 employees, over 100 volunteers and many community partners work

cooperatively to deliver the highest standard of services. As mentioned above, a series of renovations and

new builds have occurred over the past 15 years which has renewed the physical accommodations for the

residents, moving 70% of the bedrooms to the highest physical accommodation type in long-term care. A

new three-storey addition opened in October 2004 to replace 188 long-term care beds. The vacated space

were renovated by the City and community partners and now house a City of Lakes Family Health Team,

Alzheimer Society Day Services Program and North East Specialized Geriatrics Services (NESGS).

In June 2010, 64 more long-term care beds, specifically designed for dementia. The beds in the Lodge have

been designed to meet the specific needs of residents with dementia and have been constructed to exceed

current Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care standards. A circular floor plan also accommodates

residents for safe wandering. The Seniors' Campus was successful in uniting community partners to create

the first comprehensive long-term care and wellness centre of its kind for senior citizens in Northern

Ontario. Partners include; the Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin, City of Lakes Family Health Team,

and the North East Specialized Geriatric Services (NESGS).

In 2008, a 4200-square-foot clinic was renovated at Pioneer Manor and is lead by the regions first

geriatrician. Residents of Pioneer Manor, as well as seniors from across the community and throughout

Northeastern Ontario are offered specialized care without having to travel to southern Ontario. A clinical

team lead by Dr. Clark visits sites across North East Ontatio and utilizes video conferencing technology to

connect with patients in other communities.

Beyond the developments at Pioneer Manor, Greater Sudbury also works closely with partners throughout

Greater Sudbury to ensure seniors who are still able to live independently can do so with support. The City

has worked with the Province and the community to develop two supportive housing options through

affordable housing projects; one in Walden and one at Finlandia Village in Minnow Lake. The City has also

made contributions to support St. Gabriel's Villa and St. Joseph's Villa.

Further, the City continued to work with the City of Lakes Family Health team to develop new locations in

Further, the City continued to work with the City of Lakes Family Health team to develop new locations in

Walden and Val Caron, and a proposed location in Chelmsford as well as a Nurse Practitioners Clinic at the

Walden location. Communications staff at the City continues to work within the accessibility standards to

ensure that targeted material is available in larger print and in paper form for those who do not access

services online. A variety of recreation and leisure programs are designed and offered specifically for

seniors and older adults which are outlined in larger font size in the City’s biannual Leisure Guide. The City

also provides and annual grant to the Parkside Older Adults Centre.

Greater Sudbury remains committed to offering services to seniors throughout the city in a variety of

different forms. Through the creation of a central hub for specialized health care needs, seniors have access

to services that once required residents to go to southern Ontario. Further, through the guidance and advice

from the Seniors' Advisory Panel, seniors' services have continued to grow since 1990.

 

Dear

Concerned Casino Citizens call for Evaluation of Casino Establishment - Location

The possibility of the establishment and location of a Casino in The City of Greater

Sudbury has caused a number of questions being raised as to the effects on our

community, both positive and negative. Concerned Casino Citizens is calling on various

influential local organizations and groups to review and evaluate the economic and social

consequences of the establishment of a casino in our municipality based on findings by

the Canadian Consortium for Gambling Research.

Excerpts from a non-biased report prepared for the Consortium, which are attached,

deserve attention from all significant parties in our community including city council, the

economic development corporation, the chamber of commerce, downtown development

groups, the city planning department, the social planning council, health unit and others

interested.

Copies of the complete report “The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling” are

available on the internet on the Canadian Consortium for Gambling Research website

www.ccrg.ca. It is anticipated that your organization will carefully review the findings

and determine if and where a casino should be located in our community.

Concerned Casino Citizens is a committee of Friendly to Seniors - Sudbury, an advocacy

group for Older Adults that has previously expressed concern with respect to a casino in

Sudbury as this segment of our society is often a target audience for casino operators, a

topic which we explore in more detail on our website.

John Gaul/John Lindsay

Co-chairs

Concerned Casino Citizens Committee

Friendly to Seniors – Sudbury

705-920-5177

www.friendlytoseniors.ca

Attachment: Quotes from the 2011 Report “The Social and Economic Impacts of

Gambling” The full report is available on the “Canadian Consortium for Gambling

Research” website at www.ccrg.ca.

Quotes from Report “The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling”

(March 2011) prepared for the Canadian Consortium for Gambling

Research - particularly relevant to the Sudbury Situation:

The quotes below were extracted from the report and were considered to have

particular reference to our Sudbury environment. You are encouraged to review

the complete document which presents an unbiased and objective perspective on

the entire subject. We are certain that it will increase your awareness of the real

and potential consequences of the establishment, many of which are negative, of

a casino in our community and where it might be located.

“The introduction of gambling has the greatest potential to have broad economic

benefits to the local economy when the revenue comes from outside the area .. when

the casino patronage base is from the local area it is much less likely there will be

beneficial impacts on other sectors of the economy (ie just substitution effects)”

“One of the potential concerns of gambling is that it may redirect money from wealth

producing sectors (ie private business) to sectors not known for wealth creation (ie

govt. and charities)”

“If gambling revenues are primarily collected at other than the local level and are

redistributed provincially then there is a good chance that there will be a net outflow

of money from the local municipality hosting the gambling venue”

“Negative impact on other business have been reported most commonly in studies

where gambling patronage is derived locally”

“gambling often has benefits on other non-gambling business when it is able to

attract revenue from outside the local area. This is particularly true when the number

of visitors is large relative to the local population”

“employment increases in gambling venues, gambling related businesses, or any

geographic area will usually occur at the expense of other geographic areas and/or

business sectors”

“most gambling industry employment is typically low skilled and low paid .. if these

new jobs displace better paid positions in other industries than the employment

impacts would be more negative than neutral

“Community leaders in govt and business tend to have a positive attitude about the

impact of gambling .. In contrast, the attitude of the general population toward

gambling is much more negative”

“In general, consumer engagement in commercial gambling has very little to do with

rational economic sense, as consumer gambling opportunities always represent a

losing proposition to the consumer”

“Research confirms that lower income people consistently contribute proportionally

more of their income to gambling than do middle and high income groups”

“the majority of gambling revenue tends to come from a small percentage of the

population”

“Only a small proportion of people typically report gambling is a very important

leisure activity or has replaced other leisure activities”

“One of the main negative impacts of gambling is the increase of problem gambling

and its related indices (eg bankruptcy, divorce, suicide, treatment numbers ..)”

“It should also be remembered that problem gambling affects more than just the

problem gambler as population surveys show that a significant portion of problem

gamblers are married and have children and the percentage of people whose quality

of life may be negatively impacted by problem gambling is 3 to 4 times the rate of

problem gambling prevalent in the general population:

“Continuous forms of gambling (casino) with 24 hour accessibility have greater

potential to increase crime”

“Casinos have greater addiction potential because they offer continuous forms of

gambling and thus are more reliably associated with increased rates of problem

gambling and related indices”

“Casinos have a higher potential for increasing crime than other forms of gambling”

“Casinos like most other forms of gambling are economically regressive”

“Casinos have relatively little impact on overall leisure behavior because they are

patronized by the minority of the population”

“Horse racing tends to support a wider range of business than other forms of

gambling”

“Although casinos employ a considerable number of people, it may well be less

labour intensive than some of the forms it may be replacing. For example, a horse

race track not only employs people in the racing sector but also indirectly supports

farmers who grow horse feed, as well as the many people employed in the breeding

and raising horses (most of whom will usually be in the same jurisdiction as the race

track” “Horse racing is associated with problem gambling but not the same extent

as other forms and no overall impacts on quality of life have been documented”

In summary it would indicate based on the findings of the report that any short term

economic gains would be offset by long term economic “pain” besides other social

costs. Over all there would be little economic benefit to locating a casino in our

community as we could not draw a significant number from outside the area,

especially with casinos in other northern communities, and those located to the

south. Also that “horse racing” is the “lesser” of all the various gambling “evils”.

The report can be found in its entirety on the Friendly to Seniors website at

www.friendlytoseniors.ca. and also at the Canadian Consortium for Gambling

Reseach at www.ccrg.ca.

We respectfully urge review of the document and consideration of its content with

reference to the consideration of a Casino and its location in the City of Greater

Sudbury.

Concerned Casino Citizens – Friendly to Seniors Sudbury

705-920-5177 - www.friendlytoseniors.ca

Quotes from Report “The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling”

(March 2011) prepared for the Canadian Consortium for Gambling

Research - particularly relevant to the Sudbury Situation:

The quotes below were extracted from the report and were considered to have

particular reference to our Sudbury environment. You are encouraged to review

the complete document which presents an unbiased and objective perspective on

the entire subject. We are certain that it will increase your awareness of the real

and potential consequences of the establishment, many of which are negative, of

a casino in our community and where it might be located.

“The introduction of gambling has the greatest potential to have broad economic

benefits to the local economy when the revenue comes from outside the area .. when

the casino patronage base is from the local area it is much less likely there will be

beneficial impacts on other sectors of the economy (ie just substitution effects)”

“One of the potential concerns of gambling is that it may redirect money from wealth

producing sectors (ie private business) to sectors not known for wealth creation (ie

govt. and charities)”

“If gambling revenues are primarily collected at other than the local level and are

redistributed provincially then there is a good chance that there will be a net outflow

of money from the local municipality hosting the gambling venue”

“Negative impact on other business have been reported most commonly in studies

where gambling patronage is derived locally”

“gambling often has benefits on other non-gambling business when it is able to

attract revenue from outside the local area. This is particularly true when the number

of visitors is large relative to the local population”

“employment increases in gambling venues, gambling related businesses, or any

geographic area will usually occur at the expense of other geographic areas and/or

business sectors”

“most gambling industry employment is typically low skilled and low paid .. if these

new jobs displace better paid positions in other industries than the employment

impacts would be more negative than neutral

“Community leaders in govt and business tend to have a positive attitude about the

impact of gambling .. In contrast, the attitude of the general population toward

gambling is much more negative”

“In general, consumer engagement in commercial gambling has very little to do with

rational economic sense, as consumer gambling opportunities always represent a

losing proposition to the consumer”

“Research confirms that lower income people consistently contribute proportionally

more of their income to gambling than do middle and high income groups”

“the majority of gambling revenue tends to come from a small percentage of the

population”

“Only a small proportion of people typically report gambling is a very important

leisure activity or has replaced other leisure activities”

“One of the main negative impacts of gambling is the increase of problem gambling

and its related indices (eg bankruptcy, divorce, suicide, treatment numbers ..)”

“It should also be remembered that problem gambling affects more than just the

problem gambler as population surveys show that a significant portion of problem

gamblers are married and have children and the percentage of people whose quality

of life may be negatively impacted by problem gambling is 3 to 4 times the rate of

problem gambling prevalent in the general population:

“Continuous forms of gambling (casino) with 24 hour accessibility have greater

potential to increase crime”

“Casinos have greater addiction potential because they offer continuous forms of

gambling and thus are more reliably associated with increased rates of problem

gambling and related indices”

“Casinos have a higher potential for increasing crime than other forms of gambling”

“Casinos like most other forms of gambling are economically regressive”

“Casinos have relatively little impact on overall leisure behavior because they are

patronized by the minority of the population”

“Horse racing tends to support a wider range of business than other forms of

gambling”

“Although casinos employ a considerable number of people, it may well be less

labour intensive than some of the forms it may be replacing. For example, a horse

race track not only employs people in the racing sector but also indirectly supports

farmers who grow horse feed, as well as the many people employed in the breeding

and raising horses (most of whom will usually be in the same jurisdiction as the race

track” “Horse racing is associated with problem gambling but not the same extent

as other forms and no overall impacts on quality of life have been documented”

In summary it would indicate based on the findings of the report that any short term

economic gains would be offset by long term economic “pain” besides other social

costs. Over all there would be little economic benefit to locating a casino in our

community as we could not draw a significant number from outside the area,

especially with casinos in other northern communities, and those located to the

south. Also that “horse racing” is the “lesser” of all the various gambling “evils”.

The report can be found in its entirety on the Friendly to Seniors website at

www.friendlytoseniors.ca. and also at the Canadian Consortium for Gambling

Reseach at www.ccgr.ca.

We respectfully urge review of the document and consideration of its content with

reference to the consideration of a Casino and its location in the City of Greater

Sudbury.

Concerned Casino Citizens – Friendly to Seniors Sudbury

705-920-5177 - www.friendlytoseniors.ca

 

 

New Horizons for Seniors 2013

BULLETIN

 

The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a Government of Canada initiative. It supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. Projects funded are helping seniors become active members of their communities by encouraging them to use their skills, wisdom and experience to benefit other people in their communities. 

 

 

Applications will be accepted from May 22 to July 5, 2013. The application form and the Applicant Guide are available at:

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding/community/index.shtml or at any Service Canada Centre.

 

You can submit your application by mail, or in person at any Service Canada Centre.

 

By Mail    

 

New Horizons for Seniors Program

Government of Canada

430 Courtneypark Drive East, 2nd Floor

Mississauga, ON

L5T 2S5

 

Service Canada will inform applicants of the status of their funding application at the beginning of 2014.

 

For more information:

 

Click       hrdsc.gc.ca/seniors

Call        1-866-945-7342 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105)

Visit       a Service Canada Centre

 

Important Notice:

 

In early June, Ontario Region will be hosting Community Information Sessions on New Horizons for Seniors 2013. This will provide an opportunity for applicants to learn more about the initiative and the application process.

 

To register, please call 1-866-945-7342 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105) or email:ON-Toronto_RHQ_AR-NHSP_NHPA@HRSDC-RHDSC.gc.ca

 

 

 

 

New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a Government of Canada initiative. It supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. Projects funded are helping seniors become active members of their communities by encouraging them to use their skills, wisdom and experience to benefit other people in their communities. 

 

 

Applications will be accepted from May 22 to July 5, 2013. The application form and the Applicant Guide are available at:

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding/community/index.shtml or at any Service Canada Centre.

 

You can submit your application by mail, or in person at any Service Canada Centre.

 

By Mail     New Horizons for Seniors Program

Government of Canada

430 Courtneypark Drive East, 2nd Floor

Mississauga, ON

L5T 2S5

Service Canada will inform applicants of the status of their funding application at the beginning of 2014.

 

For more information:

 

Click       hrdsc.gc.ca/seniors

Call        1-866-945-7342 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105)

Visit       a Service Canada Centre

 

Important Notice:

 

In early June, Ontario Region will be hosting Community Information Sessions on New Horizons for Seniors 2013. This will provide an opportunity for applicants to learn more about the initiative and the application process.

 

To register, please call 1-866-945-7342 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105) or email:ON-Toronto_RHQ_AR-NHSP_NHPA@HRSDC-RHDSC.gc.ca

 

Walden Seniors and Pensioners, Pot Luck Dinner Wednesday, April 17th

All members are encouraged to come along and bring a friend for a fun evening of ‘great’ food and fellowship!

Doors open at 4:00 pm

Dinner served at 5:30 pm

Please call the Seniors Centre at 692-5591 or sign the sheet in the Lounge.

 

Secy, Walden Seniors and Pensioners

Marjorie Collie

 

 

Dear Friends of Medicare

 

We are writing to ask you if your organization will join us in signing onto the attached open letter to the Minister of Health regarding her proposal to formally institute means-testing for home care and to expand means-testing for seniors’ medications. You’ll see that the open letter to the Minister is from Care Watch Toronto, the Older Canadians Network and the Ontario Health Coalition. We are working in partnership on this important issue.

 

When she released the summary and recommendations for the Seniors’

Strategy, Health Minister Deb Matthews stated that she had not heard much “blow-back” (ie. criticism) from her initial announcement last spring introducing new means-testing and user fees for seniors’ drugs.

Thus, she said, she is now extending means-testing (and thus formal user

fees) into home care and broadening the income categories subject to user fees for seniors’ drugs.

 

We are extremely concerned about this as a violation of the principles of public medicare in Canada and a direct contradiction to our common push for national public pharmacare.

 

Further, we have deep concerns with the process. Our parliamentary democracy is based on not making major policy changes without proper hearings, legislative debate and democratic checks and balances.

Certainly, lack of protest should not be deemed by a Health Minister as “carte-blanche” to privatize.

 

Given the Minister’s comments and approach, it is vital that she hear our feedback this time.

 

Our goal is to get 100 seniors’ and community organizations to sign onto this letter in endorsement.

 

We are asking if you would help by doing two things:Can your organization sign onto this letter (ie. endorse it and be listed as a co-signer)?

 

Do you know other organizations that might want to sign on (everyone is welcome except political parties)?        

 

If so, could you forward this invitation to those organizations directly, as soon as possible?

 

We are on a tight timeline as we have to make this letter public well before the provincial budget is finalized. To that end, could you get back to us by Monday, March 18th? You can let us know either by phone

(416) 441-2502 or email at ohc@sympatico.ca (please put “home care letter” in the subject line so we can easily identify your email among the hundreds we get each day!).

 

Thank you very much for your help on this key issue.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

 

Natalie Mehra

Director

Ontario Health Coalition

 

 

Older Canadians Network Care Watch                     

Ontario Health Coalition

Supporting Quality Home & Community Care Quality

universal public healthcare for all                                                

 

 

Open Letter

 

Dear Hon. Deb Matthews:

Recently, you released the summary and recommendations of Ontario’s Seniors’ Strategy. Included in the strategy is a plan to have seniors pay user fees for home care services, based on their incomes. Announced at the same time is a proposal to expand income-based user-fees for seniors’ drugs.

 

On the face of it these proposals might sound innocuous.  If the wealthy can afford to pay, so the argument goes, then why not have them pay out-of-pocket and relieve pressure on the public system? Private clinics use the same argument to push for all-out hospital privatization.

 

But there are good reasons to resist this siren’s song.

 

Universal publicly-funded health care is understood as a fundamental value in Canada. The idea that judge and janitor would share the same hospital ward is cornerstone to our health system.  It ensures that the judges (and the like) in our society share our common interest in quality health services for everyone.

 

As that health system is changed -- as services are moved from hospitals to home care and other community services– the fundamental equity values that underlie our public health care system should not be abandoned. Otherwise, reform is simply a cover for dismantling public health care.

 

Moreover, in a context of scarce staff and health professionals, when the well-heeled pay and jump the queue, they take a disproportionate share of the resources first, worsening shortages for everyone else.

Public health care is about taking care of each other. We pay through our taxes for care when we are of working age and healthy --and we share the cost across society -- so that the burden for care is not shouldered by the sick, the elderly and the dying. This is a point of pride for most of us.

 

In fact across Canada, the progressive public interest organizations that work on health care are pushing for the principles of the Canada Health Act not only to be safeguarded in hospitals and clinics, but also extended to cover home care and drugs in a bid to protect equity and reduce suffering as health care is reformed.

 

It is distressing to see the Ontario government moving in the opposite direction.

 

The reality is that universal public coverage for senior’s health care is increasingly eroded, and what was once a slippery slope is threatening to become an avalanche.

Not only has your government introduced the notion of means-testing for home care, but within less than a year, the initial plan for only the richest 5% of seniors to pay user fees for drugs, introduced last spring, has morphed into a proposal to expand user fees and means testing to more, or even all, seniors.

 

This is two-tier health care

 

Twenty years ago Ontario had 18,500 more hospital beds than it does now.  Wound care, chronic care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology are all services that used to be publicly-funded and provided in local hospitals.  As these and other services are moved out of hospital they are being moved out from the Canada Health Act’s protection against user fees and extra-billing.

 

Add them up, and the number of user fees seniors now face is accumulating at a disturbing pace.  An elderly person who gets sick or frail now has to pay for rehab, home care, respite, long-term care homes, travel, drugs, exorbitant parking fees, lab tests, medical supplies and equipment, and the list goes on.

 

It is a false economy to claim these cuts as savings. Costs for needed care are simply downloaded to the frail and ill who pay disproportionately because they are the population group that requires these services more. Means-tested home care would simply add to the burden of costs for care for the people who need it most.

 

Home care is a vital service. There are many ways that home care could be improved within the public non-profit health care system. The vision of an integrated home and community care system that enables seniors to age in place is a deeply held priority for many many Ontarians. It should be reflected in our public policy decisions.

 

That our public services should enhance social cohesion and improve equity is a quintessentially liberal idea. Indeed, universality and the equity principles were written into the Canada Health Act under the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau and Health Minister Monique Bégin.

 

They have been upheld by the Liberal Party (and the NDP, and many Conservatives) for generations. They should not be abandoned lightly. Ontario has a legislature with longstanding democratic practices – including public hearings and appropriate opportunities for public input-- that must be respected, especially under a minority government.

Privatization of vital health services and abrogation of fundamental principles are a major policy decisions. They cannot be made by fiat. At the very least, these plans should be subject to fulsome public debate.

 

Sincerely,

 

Derrell R. Dular, Managing Director, Older Canadians Network Natalie Mehra, Director, Ontario Health Coalition Sheila Neysmith, Board Member, CareWatch

 

 

 

Challenges of Aging - Final Report - Feb. 2009.pdf

English 4-page Highlight Brochure_Feb 2012_Email version.pdf

Bilingual Testimonials_FINAL_Updated Feb 2012.pdf

211 and the Senior Safety Line 1-866-299-1011
Join Forces in the Fight Against Elder Abuse in Ontario

On February 1, 2013 ONPEA’s Senior Safety Line partners with Ontario 211 and launches a collaborative new service delivery model, to increase efficiency and effectiveness in supporting elder abuse callers and at-risk seniors in the province. This partnership will mean fewer dropped calls, an increase in call handling capacity and improved client satisfaction.

This is the first of many steps that ONPEA is taking to develop a sustainable funding and service delivery model, while forging strong partnerships in the community.

These steps have been made possible through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s one year grant, that allows continued 24/7 operation of the critically important Senior Safety Line, that since its inception has served over 20,000 callers in over 150 languages, while the resource development plan and growth in public support continues in tandem.

The Senior Safety Line will continue to partner with the Assaulted Women’s Helpline, which has supported the SSL from its start with its existing infrastructure, technical support and dedicated, professionally trained counseling specialists/staff.

By expanding the partnership to include 211, callers will have a choice to obtain information about a wide range of human services and program information in the province, freeing up SSL staff, currently at capacity, to manage more specialized-counseling type calls.

Teri Kay, Executive Director of The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse said she “expresses her gratitude to OTF and 211 for the opportunity and support both through the grant and valued resources being shared. Ultimately it is the at risk senior citizen that benefits, by having access to the help they need.”

Andrew Benson of 211 echoes Ms Kay’s sentiments in saying: “This is an ideal partnership that engages the resources within each organization, to provide elderly citizens with easy, reliable access to information, referral and counseling services as appropriate to make strides in protecting and supporting vulnerable seniors in the province.”

About ONPEA:
The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA), a charitable organization governed by a voluntary Board, is dedicated to raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect, through public education, professional training, advocacy, and service coordination. In addition to implementing Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse, ONPEA supports a growing number of vital projects and research in elder abuse and neglect prevention through regional, national and international forums. For more information visit www.onpea.org.

About Ontario 211:
Ontario 211 is a public purpose body, supported by the Ministry of Community & Social Services, United Ways, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Citizenship & Immigration Canada, to collect, organize and disseminate valuable, trusted information about some 60,000 human services and programs. Since its launch over a decade ago, 211 has served well over 4 million callers. Ontario was the first province in Canada to provide 100% coverage ensuring that each resident could find help in navigating the complex social services network. 211 is a single point of access, by dialing the award-winning (2-1-1) the three digit, toll-free, confidential number or for those with internet access, links to community, social, health and government services. Phone lines are answered live by Certified Information & Referral Specialists, 24/7/365 in over 150 languages who listen and apply years of social service experience to connect the caller to those services most likely to help. For more information visit: www.211ontario.ca.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Teri Kay, Executive Director, 416-916-6728 –
tk@onpea.org



 

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To Members of the Greater Sudbury Seniors’ Community Network

 

Hi All

Hope everyone is enjoying our beautiful summer weather. For those of you who are wondering what is happening with the Greater Sudbury Seniors’ Community Network, I just wanted to give you an update:

The Greater Sudbury Seniors Advisory Panel to Council is exploring the possibility of supporting our Network as a sub-working group to the Advisory Panel. In the fall, we will begin a review of the Terms of References of both groups with the hopes of aligning our work. We will look to you for your support and input in this process and will keep you posted on the progress.

Many Network Members have been hoping to keep the momentum of our work moving forward and continue to meet for lunch and learn sessions as well as expand the networking opportunities with agencies providing services to seniors.

 

More information will be provided to you soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the sun and stay tuned for more to come.

 

All the best,

Josée Miljours

For the Greater Sudbury Seniors Advisory Panel

 

 

SAVE THIS DATE for our Lunch and Launch Friday June 15, 2012

Hi All

 

As many of you are aware, the Sudbury Elder Abuse Committee has been working on developing a Bilingual Safety and Well Being Guide for Sudbury Seniors. The project is in its final stages and we are very excited to share it with our community.

 

We hope that you can join us at the Steelworkers Hall on June 15, 2012 at 11 am where we will be distributing the guides and also marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2012. A light lunch will be provided.

 

Seniors and Service Providers are invited to attend. 

 

Please RSVP by email at onpea@bellnet.ca and let us know how many guides you will need for your agency/clients.

 

One box holds approximately 90 guides.

 

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you on June 15th!

 

Josée Miljours
Regional Consultant - North East / Consultante régionale - nord est
Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse /
Réseau ontarien de prévention des mauvais traitements envers les personnes âgées
960 Notre Dame Avenue / 960, avenue Notre Dame
Sudbury, Ontario P3A 2T4
Tel / Tél: (705) 525-0077
Email / Courriel:  onpea@bellnet.ca
Fax / Téléc: (705) 525-2598
Web site / Site Web: www.onpea.org
Seniors Safety Line 1-866-299-1011 Stop Abuse. Restore Respect.
Ligne téléphonique Ainés-Sécurité 1-866-299-1011 Arrêtons les abus. Restaurons le respect.

 

Walden Seniors and Pensioners News
...From May - September!
The Walden Seniors and Pensioners have had another very busy and eventful year. The Year End BBQ and Potluck (salad or dessert) will be hosted on June 20th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm for the members at the Seniors Centre. Come out and join in the fun and great food. Help to celebrate another successful year of Walden Seniors sharing enjoyable times together. You can register by calling 692-5591 or stopping by the front desk.
The Bowling League had a successful year and had great fun at their wind up dinner on April 27th. Numerous lovely prizes were donated by local businessmen and awarded at the banquet. Partying to the music of Victor John made for a most enjoyable end to a great year of bowling. Bowling will commence again on September 6th for members of the Walden Seniors Club and takes place every Thursday at 1:00 pm. New bowlers are always welcome.
Ladies' Golf in June. The "Gail Tilson Memorial Award Golf Tournament" will be held on June 14th. The Colonial Golf Club in Chelmsford will host the day with the ladies meeting for tees offs at 9:15. Mark this day on your calendar and come out for a good time. Lunch and prizes following. For more information or to register please call Bev at 692-3975.
Some programs will be continuing during the summer. Cards, both Euchre at 6:30 pm on Thursdays and Bridge at 1:00 pm on Mondays and Fridays will carry on throughout the summer.
Foot Care continues to be an important part of seniors’ lives. Staying active is key to being fit and enjoying activities that are available. Hella is here at the Seniors Centre every 3rd Thursday and provides Special Foot Care. For appointments, please call 692-5946.
There will be a General Membership meeting held after the Potluck Dinner on Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00pm. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting and to provide input, ideas and support for the club.
Have a safe and fun summer.


 

Attention!

 

The Walden Seniors & Pensioners

 

April 7th ‘ Saturday Night Social’

 

…has been cancelled.

 

Walden Seniors and Pensioners Update

Seniors activities include the St Patrick's Day dinner held at the Walden Seniors Club. It was a jovial atmosphere for 78 seniors and their friends. A delicious stuffed pork dinner and all the trimmings were a big hit. Thanks to Hans Gramann and his dedicated team for providing the food and St Patrick's Day theme for evening.

 

May 16th will be another Special Seniors ‘catered’ Dinner and tickets can be purchased at the Walden Seniors Centre. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at the Seniors Centre The front desk will be open from 9:30 to 12:00 noon on Mondays , Wednesdays and Fridays. Phone number is 692-5591.

Foot Care is provided at the Walden Seniors and Pensioners Club every third Thursday by  Hella  Bennett,RPN and foot care specialist.  "Healthy feet are important for a person's overall ability to be active and stay healthy", says Hella. "It is especially important for those who have diabetes or problems cutting their toe nails to have foot care done for them", she adds. To make an appointment please call 692-5946.

The Seniors Centre is in need of pool cues as the ones that they have are getting worn out. If anyone has good used pool cues that would be willing to donate them to the Seniors please let Bob McNabb know at 692-5738.

Activities such as cards, euchre and bridge, shuffleboard, bowling and Saturday night Seniors Socials are continuing to be great social events. For more information please drop by the Seniors Centre or call 692-5591.

Happy Easter

Marjorie

 

 

 

February 29, 2012

Dear Sir or Madame:

The enclosed questionnaire was developed by the Learning City Initiative to survey the senior population of Greater Sudbury. The purpose of this survey is to determine what, if anything, seniors are interested in learning and how they would like to learn. We understand that this isn't a comprehensive survey but hope to use the results as a starting point in understanding seniors' learning needs.

The Greater Sudbury Learning City Initiative is a project of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation aimed at mobilizing the community to increase the levels of participation, completion and achievement in each stage of lifelong learning. It recognizes that Greater Sudbury is a community lagging behind the provincial average in terms of high school completion, literacy and university degree attainment. Additionally, it recognizes the role that continuous learning and good learning skills play in terms of creating a Greater Sudbury economy that is supportive of citizens through a lifetime.

Our community has an incredibly broad range of education options from four school boards and three post secondary institutions and a medical school to Contact North to a wealth of private sector trainers and schools along with libraries and community centers. We also have lots of reasons for learning: employment, hobbies and interests, setting an example for our families, keeping active or keeping our minds sharp.

The Learning City initiative believes that schools aren’t the only ones responsible for education. All of us: businesses, governments, non-profit agencies, sports organizations, and individuals share responsibility. We’re all learners and, in some ways, we’re all teachers. We all have a role to play in making Greater Sudbury a city that celebrates and participates in learning in a way that enhances lives and builds our community.

With all of this in mind, it was decided that Sudbury should become a Learning City: one that promotes and celebrates education at each stage of lifelong learning.

Please distribute the survey to seniors in your area during the month of April 2012to give them a voice in helping us create opportunities to become engaged in learning.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping the Learning City Initiative gather information regarding learning in our community. Your help is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Meaghan Jesseau by phone at 705-674-4455 ext 4629 or by email at learningcity@sudbury.ca.

Sincerely,

Vicki Jacobs, Chair, Learning City Initiative

Learning City Initiative Senior SurveyII.doc

The Greater Sudbury Learning City Initiative will mobilize the community to increase the levels of participation, completion and achievement in each stage of lifelong learning.

 

Left to right: Richard Bois (Walden Municipal Non-Profit Housing), Mayor Matichuk, Minister Rick Bartolucci and

 Jeff Perry (Perry & Perry Architects).

 

Below are links to drawings of the Project from Jeff Perry in pdf format:

Development Plan 8.5x11.pdf

SK 1.pdf

SK 2.pdf

SK 3.pdf

1bed.pdf

2bed.pdf

Assisted Living Services for High Risk Seniors Policy pdf

Policy Quesions and Answers pdf

New study shows that seniors who volunteer are making a difference

‘Salute to Senior Service’ will honour senior volunteers across Canada

Sudbury, February 13, 2012 - Canadian seniors are making a difference in their communities by volunteering. According to a national study conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network, 47 per cent of seniors volunteer their time through unpaid community service, and they donate an average of 16.5 hours per month.

 

The Home Instead Senior Care network interviewed 400 senior volunteers to measure their impact on the local community, and to better understand what motivated them to volunteer. The telephone interviews were conducted with seniors age 65 and older who volunteer their time through unpaid community service. The sampling error is +/- 4.9% at a 95% confidence level.

 

“Helping others defines life for many local retired seniors,” said Lisette Wirta, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office in Sudbury “And what a difference we have observed in seniors’ health, attitude and outlook among those who choose to stay active as they age.”

 

The Home Instead Senior Care network is a leading provider of non-medical care and companionship services for seniors in their own homes and in care facilities, and has 30 independently owned and operated franchise offices across Canada. Services include meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and incidental transportation for appointments and errands. The services, which are available at home and in care facilities, can range from a few hours per week up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Here are some of the research findings:

 

·         One in six senior volunteers said they started volunteering at the age of 65 or older.

·         Nearly half of those who responded said they are busier now than when they were working.

·         The seniors’ most common activities are hands-on projects and general labour, visiting people and providing companionship, fundraising, and preparing, collecting or distributing food.

 

As a result of the study, the Home Instead Senior Care network has launched the Salute to Senior ServiceSM program (www.SalutetoSeniorService.com) to honour the many volunteer contributions that older adults make across the country. This program includes a search for the country’s most outstanding senior volunteer in each province (excluding Quebec), and culminates with the selection of a national Salute to Senior Service winner. In addition to showcasing senior volunteers in their communities, the program features important information about the benefits of volunteerism from the Home Instead Senior Care network.

 

“Another interesting finding from the research is that nearly three out of five senior volunteers say they volunteer more now because the need is greater as a result of the economy,” said Wirta of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. “Seniors are obviously a very giving group. They also do so for their own health.”

 

According to the survey, 86 per cent of senior volunteers who suffer from chronic health conditions say that staying active through volunteering helps them manage their health problems. Indeed, 93 per cent of those who responded to the survey said that seniors who volunteer are healthier and happier than seniors who don’t volunteer.

 

“There is an important link between healthy aging and volunteering,” says Jean-Guy Soulière, Chair of the National Seniors Council. “Seniors volunteer more than any other age group. You just can’t put a dollar figure on how much seniors who volunteer contribute to the country. But I can tell you that a lot of organizations would die if not for those volunteers. And let’s not forget that a lot of people who do things like caring for other family members don’t consider that to be volunteering, but it is.”

 

According to the 2007 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, almost 12.5 million Canadians – or 46 per cent of the population over the age of 15 volunteered in some capacity that year. This translates to more than 2.1 billion volunteer hours, the equivalent of almost 1.1 million full-time jobs. While the likelihood of volunteering tended to decrease with age, the actual number of hours devoted to volunteer work increased with age. That same report showed that seniors 65 and older gave more hours to volunteering than any other age group, with an average of 218 hours a year, compared with 138 hours a year for people aged 15 to 24. Seniors were more likely to be ‘top volunteers’ – described as those who volunteer 171 hours or more every year – than any other group, and make up 25 per cent of all volunteers in this category.

 

Canadian research has shown that such factors as higher levels of education, attending religious services more frequently, and having a vehicle and driver’s license increase the likelihood for seniors to volunteer.

 

Seniors are also the recipients of volunteer services, as many of them rely on volunteer programs and services for assistance and support. Approximately 21 per cent of Canadian seniors – more than one in five – received informal help with domestic and outdoor work, and with home maintenance, according to the survey. As well, almost 28 per cent of them received emotional support, and 21 per cent received help with transportation or running errands.

 

“We know that retiring Baby Boomers are more selective in the volunteering that they do,” says Soulière of the National Seniors Council. “They want to do things that interest them, not necessarily what is most needed. Volunteers over 65, on the other hand, have been doing this kind of thing throughout their life and just want to give back to the community and make a difference. It is also a great way for them to develop social connections.”

 

“The Salute to Seniors Service award program helps communities redefine aging,” said Wirta of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. “Every day we see seniors who still have so much to give, not only to their communities but to their families and loved ones.”

If you know seniors 65 and older who have made a positive impact on their communities through volunteerism, you can nominate them by submitting their story at www.SalutetoSeniorService.com or by mailing a completed form to Home Instead, Inc., 13323 California Street, Omaha, NE, 68154, USA. Nominations forms are available online or by going to your local Home Instead Senior Care office. Submit your nomination for your outstanding senior volunteer between January 15 and March 15, 2012.

In Canada, there are 30 independently owned and operated Home Instead Senior Care® franchise offices. There are 19 in Ontario – 10 in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Barrie, Ottawa (two), Peterborough, Sudbury, London, Windsor, Waterloo and Kingston. Five are in B.C. – in Kelowna, Port Coquitlam, Vancouver, Victoria and White Rock. There are also locations in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax and Charlottetown. Services include companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and help with errands and shopping. Home Instead CAREGiversSM provide services at the client’s home or in care facilities from a few hours per week up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

The Home Instead Senior Care network has been recognized by the Canadian Franchise Association with two awards – one as a Franchisees’ Choice designee and the other as the 2011 CFA Award of Excellence in Franchising Category Silver Winner for “Non-Traditional Franchises – Mature/Established,” which is for franchise systems in business for 11 years or more.

 

Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy,  Puerto Rico and the Netherlands.  Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

 

 

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

 

Lisette Wirta

Owner, Home Instead Senior Care

Tel: 705.523.1600

Email: Lisette.wirta@homeinstead.com

 

 

SIDEBAR:

NATIONAL RESOURCES

 

Recent research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network shows that for the vast majority of seniors who volunteer, their community service helps define who they are.

 

If you, or an aging loved one, is looking for more information about volunteering, following are a few key national resources:

 

Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. It is committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs, special projects and national initiatives, by developing resources and engaging in research and training across the country. Working with volunteer centres, community and national organizations, and businesses, Volunteer Canada leads national dialogues on how volunteerism is related to citizen engagement and civil society, and provides leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian volunteer movement. Call 613-231-4371 or go to: www.volunteer.ca.    

National Seniors Council advises the Government of Canada on all matters related to the well-being and quality of life of seniors. It provides advice to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, the Minister of Health, and the Minister of State (Seniors). In the past few years the NSC has done work on a number of issues, including volunteering among seniors. Go to:  www.seniorscouncil.gc.ca.

The Government of Canada has a Minister of State (Seniors) and the position is currently held by the Honourable Alice Wong. Go to: www.seniors.gc.ca or www.alicewong.ca.

Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group operating in 22 countries and territories worldwide and has an initiative that focuses on volunteerism. Go to: www.manulife.com.

The Salute to Senior ServiceSM program announced by the Home Instead Senior Care network honours the many volunteer contributions that older adults make to the country. In addition to showcasing senior volunteers in their communities, the program features important information about the benefits of volunteerism from the Home Instead Senior Care network.

Go to: www.SalutetoSeniorService.com.

 

 

 

 Active Living Coalition for Older Adults

 

www.alcoa.ca

 

A Good Source_Final

 

Click here to go to the new Active Living Tip sheets at www.alcoa.ca/e/research_update.htm

 

We would ask that you please pass this email on to your colleagues and friends who might be interested in these new resources.  We can only reach the older adults, health practitioners and community leaders with your assistance.

 

You are also encouraged to please download and print the new Active Living Tips from the ALCOA website and post them on your bulletin boards for all to read. Thank you for your help in spreading the good word on the benefits of physical activity and optimal aging.

  

Patricia Clark

National Executive Director

Active Living Coalition for Older Adults

P.O. Box 143

Shelburne, ON L0N 1S0

ph) 1.800.549.9799 or 519.925.1676

fax) 519.925.3955

email) alcoa3@uniserve.com

web) www.alcoa.ca

 

Please note that the email for ALCOA has changed.

Patty Clark's new email address is: alcoa3@uniserve.com

For general inquiries the email address is: alcoa@uniserve.com.

 

 

 

ATTENTION:  VOLUNTEER LEADERS AND MANAGERS

 

Attached to this email is a newly produced survey directed towards Sudbury and Manitoulin area volunteer managers in regards to the individuals they support and lead.  The survey was produced by the Alliance of Leaders in Volunteer Management (ALIVE), a project of Year II Strategy Aging @ Home funding and a local group of leaders of volunteers working within the health service sectors of your community. 

 

If you are a leader (paid or not paid) of volunteers that service the community support service sector and are based out of the City of Greater Sudbury, including its outlying areas and/or Manitoulin Island, you are asked to complete the attached questionnaire.  Completion of the survey should only take a few minutes.

 

ALIVE hopes to reach as many leaders of volunteers as possible in order to begin the maintenance of a local database of contacts and information.  The survey attached, entitled Sudbury Senior Volunteers Survey focuses on the aging volunteer within our sector, and is geared to defining the duties and responsibilities these volunteers maintain within the Sudbury/Manitoulin area.  We all know the volunteer pool is mostly comprised of the older generations, however, ALIVE would like to determine exactly what it is we are asking of these individuals and how often we call on them.  ALIVE would like to identify trends around senior volunteers in order to create a work plan toward improved volunteer recruitment and retention practices.

 

Please feel free to forward this email and survey link on to other volunteer leaders not listed in the above address line.  My apologies to those individuals who have received this email in duplicate.    

 

Please follow the following link to access the Sudbury Senior Volunteers Survey:

 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WLRT8F6

 

 

 

Kelly McGrath
Manager, Volunteer & Client Services
 
Meals On Wheels (Sudbury)
1127 Bancroft Dr
Sudbury, ON  P3B 1R6
Tel: (705) 525-4554 Ext:205
Fax: (705) 525-4741
 
kmcgrath@sudburymeals.org
www.sudburymeals.org
 
  

 

News from Walden Seniors and Pensioners

A festive atmosphere was the setting for the Walden Seniors Christmas Dinner on Wednesday December 14. One hundred and twenty people packed the Kinsman Hall and enjoyed a scrumptious roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. A committee headed up by Doug Pappin, Hans Gramman and Loretta Akerman deserve a huge Thank You for the effort put forth to provide delicious food and beautiful decorations. Cocktails were served while the crowd carolled along to the music of Joan Doherty and a choir that has been meeting at the Saturday night socials. Following the diner there was a draw for several lovely draw prizes. Dancing to Victor John rounded out a most enjoyable evening and got everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Continuing in the New Year there will be a dinner, either a pot luck or a Special Dinner on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information about these, please call the Seniors Centre at 692-5591.

Singing, shuffleboard, pool and cards will continue at the Saturday night socials on the first Saturday of the month beginning at 7:00 pm.

The Ladies Auxiliary meet on the 3rd Monday of the month and are always ready to welcome new members to come out and enjoy doing crafts and baking to raise money to help out charities.

Exercise equipment is available at the Seniors Centre for members to get moving without being out in the cold. You can also register at the library for exercise classes every Monday and Wed. Did you make a New Years resolution to be more active and keep in shape?

Bowling is also in full swing and they are often looking for spares.

Foot care is provided every 3rd Thursday morning.

Activities such as all kinds of cards shuffleboard, pool, scrabble,knitting and socializing over coffee take place Monday to Friday, so come in and find out what might interest you.

For the month of January the desk at the Seniors Centre will be open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:30 to 12:00 noon, instead of every morning, on a trial basis. For more information on any of these activities please call 705-692-5591.

Marjorie Collie, Secretary

 

WALDEN SENIOR CITIZENS & PENSIONERS Schedule 2012

THE LOUNGE IS OPEN MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY

9:30 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON. COFFEE IS AVAILABLE

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

MONDAY

LADIES AUXILIARY– EVERY 3RD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH :

1:00 P.M.

NEWFIE POKER: 9:00 AM

AEROBICS: 10:00 AM

BRIDGE: 1:00 PM

HAND AND FOOT (CANASTA): 6:00 PM

TUESDAY

FLOOR SHUFFLEBOARD AND POOL: 9:30 AM - NOON

KNIT AND STITCH CLUB: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

6 HAND EUCHRE: 6:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

POT LUCK OR CATERED DINNER EVERY 3RD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

RUMMOLI: 9:30 AM

AEROBICS: 10:00 AM

THURSDAY

FOOT CARE EVERY 3RD THURSDAY MORNING

SCRABBLE: 9:30 AM

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SENIORS STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP WITH RISING COSTS

Be a Santa to a Senior program provides holiday gifts for isolated and deserving seniors

November 28, 2011 – The Home Instead Senior Care network has launched its annual Be a Santa to a Senior campaign. This year the organization, which is the world’s largest provider of non-medical in-home care and companionship services for seniors, hopes to collect and distribute gifts to more seniors than ever before. The popular campaign that delivered more than 200 gifts to local seniors last year is being planned at a time when seniors’ gift requests are expected to rise as they struggle to keep pace with the rising cost of living.

The Home Instead Senior Care network, which has 30 locations across Canada, makes Be a Santa to a Senior a reality by partnering with local retailers, nonprofit agencies and volunteers from the community. This year organizations such as Big Brother and Big Sister, meals on wheels and the Park Side are taking part in the program.

Throughout North America, the program has attracted upwards of 65,000 volunteers during the past seven years, distributing 1.5 million gifts to more than 750,000 deserving seniors.

"Many older adults continue to struggle to keep up as the cost of living continues to rise," said Lisette Wirta of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Sudbury. "particularly those who live alone with no family nearby to help provide resources." According to the 2006 census, nearly 1.8 million Canadian seniors aged 75 and up were living alone.

Be a Santa to a Senior isn’t only about gifts. The program is designed to give back to deserving seniors, as well as help stimulate human contact and social interaction for older adults who are unlikely to have guests during the holidays.

Here is how the program works: Before the holiday season, the participating nonprofit organizations in local communities will identify isolated and deserving seniors and provide those names to the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 1984 Regent Street, suite 124, Christmas trees will go up in stores and other locations that feature Be a Santa to a Senior paper ornaments with the first names only of the seniors, and their gift requests.

Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament at a participating location, buy the item(s) on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached.

The program runs from Nov. 11 through Dec.16, Here’s how to get involved:

1. Visit the website www.beasantatoasenior.ca. Enter your postal code to find the location of a participating store.

2. Remove an ornament, which has a gift idea printed on the back, from the Christmas tree in the store.

3. Purchase a gift.

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4. Give both the unwrapped gift and ornament to a store employee.

On December 17th the local Home Instead Senior Care office will host a gift-wrapping party involving its staff and volunteers from the community who will prepare gifts for delivery to seniors.

Be a Santa to a Senior has a knack for bringing out the best in people. For example, last year a school selected Be a Santa to a Senior as its charity for the holiday season. The school hosted a kickoff for the program and put up a tree with seniors’ gift request ornaments. Students, teachers and their families fulfilled more than 100 gift wishes for local seniors.

In another community, a lawyer was so taken by the idea of giving back to seniors at holiday time that she put up a Christmas tree in her own office with gift request ornaments. The other lawyers in the firm embraced the program, and the ornaments had to be replenished several times. The lawyer also participated in the local wrapping party and delivered many of the gifts.

"Be a Santa to a Senior is a way to show our gratitude to an important segment of our community who have contributed so much throughout the years," said Lisette Wirta"We hope to bring gestures of holiday cheer and goodwill to more seniors this year."

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help with the gift-wrapping, contact Lisette Wirta at 705.523.1600. Businesses are encouraged to contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office about adopting groups of seniors. For tree locations in your area, or for more information about the program, visit www.beasantatoasenior.ca.

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In Canada, there are 30 independently owned Home Instead Senior Care® offices. There are 19 in Ontario – 10 in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Barrie, Ottawa, Peterborough, Sudbury, London, Windsor, Waterloo and Kingston. Five are in B.C. – in Kelowna, Port Coquitlam, Vancouver, Victoria and White Rock. There are also locations in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax and Charlottetown. Services include personal care, companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and help with errands and shopping. Home Instead CAREGiversSM provide services at the client’s home or in care facilities from a few hours per week up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This year, the Home Instead Senior Care network has been recognized by the Canadian Franchise Association with two awards – one as a Franchisees’ Choice designee and the other as the 2011 CFA Award of Excellence in Franchising Category Silver Winner for "Non-Traditional Franchises – Mature/Established," which is for franchise systems in business for 11 years or more.

Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 900 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care 3

throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy and Puerto Rico. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Lisette Wirta

Home Instead Senior Care

Tel: 705-523-1600

Email: lisette.wirta@homeinstead.com

Ten Popular and Economical Gifts for Seniors

1. Blankets or Throws

2. Slippers and Socks

3. Toiletries such as Lotions, Bath Soaps, Toothpaste and Cologne

4. Pajamas, Nightgowns and Robes

5. Food baskets, Sugar-Free Candy and Dark Chocolate

6. Kitchen and Bath Towels

7. Clothes such as Sweat Pants, Sweaters and Underwear

8. Pet Food

9. Paper Products such as Paper Towels and Tissues

10. Gift Certificates to grocery and discount stores. Don’t forget companionship services.

Editor: Please credit Home Instead, Inc.

 

 


 



















           


        

 

 

 

 

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