The Seniors Planning Table has developed the following action groups to support its 2015/16 Priorities.
The Dementia Support Action Group will deliver presentations to community and business groups and local governments about how to respond in an age / dementia friendly manner so that people with dementia can remain in the community as long as they are able, and to bring down barriers between residential care and the community. They are concerned about the number of people on the third floor of the hospital. This group is collaborating with Imagination Network on a project to more fully understand lived experiences of people with dementia.
Homelessness and Standard Housing
This group is working on ways to remedy seniors’ housing that is substandard, informing our community about the issues and advocating for solutions with private, public and non-profit sectors. We liaise with the Homelessness Task Force , and promote the definition of Standard housing (CMHC). They are concerned about the number of people on the third floor of the hospital. This group is collaborating with Imagination Network on a project to more fully understand lived experiences of people with dementia.
They have developed a definition of senior friendly housing, and planned a Housing Age Friendly Forum with involvement with two councilors. They have also developed a survey about housing to be adapted to be an age friendly online survey.
Abuse of Older Women
This group is developing an action plan to improve public awareness and support of older women experiencing all forms of violence and abuse.
The term “violence against older women” encompasses all forms of violence and abuse of older women including both gender based violence and elder abuse. Abuse is a pattern of behaviours used by one individual or group to establish and maintain power and control over another individual or group of people. Abuse/violence takes many forms inducing emotional, psychological, physical, spiritual, sexual, and financial abuse, as well as other forms of control and intimidation.
Our committee applies a gender based lens to our work, acknowledging that older women, as with young women, experience a disproportionate degree of violence locally and globally, and that many societal factors exist to maintain patriarchy and misogyny that place all women at greater risk. We also acknowledge that ageism undermines effective responses to violence against older women and we seek to address and eliminate ageism in all work of the committee and the areas of the community that we represent. Although some abuse that older women face can also fall into the definition of elder abuse, the term elder abuse, along with ageism, disappears the life-long experience and role of gender in the dynamics of power and control.
Safety At Home
We are identifying safety concerns that can impact seniors who wish to stay in their home and sourcing/offering workshops that address these concerns, such as: computer safety, fires/falls prevention, emergency preparedness, selecting people to come and work with seniors in their home, and education about financial benefits/products that includes awareness of frauds and scams.
The Evaluation, Communications/PR, and Sustainability Action Groups support the above Action Groups.