Services to Seniors Coalition News
At Our Next Coalition Meeting:
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at noon.
First Link is a program from the Alzheimer Society of BC that connects people to dementia support services. Bronwyn James, Support and Education Coordinator of First Link (North Shore) will talk about resources and support First Link provides to individuals diagnosed with dementia, and their families, on the North Shore.
At Our Most Recent Coalition Meeting:
Raising the Profile
Raising the Profile looks at the positive impact of community – based seniors programs and services with the aim of helping providers and funders understand this crucial link in the provincial network of seniors’ care.
Annwen Loverin, who serves on the Raising the Profile committee, stepped in with an overview as project coordinator Alison Brewin was not able to attend the coalition meeting. Here is a link to the project’s online presentation.
The project’s website: seniorsraisingtheprofile.ca is expected to be live by March 10, 2017.
Allies in Aging
Allies in Aging is the rebrand for the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership. The ambitious 3-year project will train 1500 volunteer interviewers whose task is to locate isolated seniors and determine how best to provide services to this group. On the North Shore, project partners are working on Project participants from the North Shore, Janet Quenneville, Annwen Loverin and Joanne Franko, provided project updates and fielded questions from the coalition.
Meals on Wheels
A selection of food provided by North Shore Meals on Wheels was a tasty start to the first Coalition meeting of 2017. Board members Betsy MacDonald and Debbie Maclean brought the meals directly from The Pantry kitchen and Maureen Lougheed, the society’s past president, spoke about Meals on Wheels’ work in the community.
Coalition members: your feedback from the tasting would be welcome, as MOW’s goal is to provide quality food as well as good service. Get in touch with MOW North Shore with your comments: 604-922 3414, firstname.lastname@example.org and www.northshoremealsonwheels.org
Hollyburn Family Services
Hollyburn Family Services’s presentation, Seniors at Housing Risk, 2016 Program Update, was an illuminating and unsettling look at homeless seniors and seniors at risk of homelessness on the North Shore. Director of Services Leya Eguchi cited some alarming statistics reflecting the rise of this sector of our seniors population. Programs noted in the presentation have been developed to respond as the result of recommendations of the Seniors at Housing Risk Participatory Research Project (2013), a collaboration between Hollyburn Family Services and Lionsview Seniors Planning Society. Here is the link to the Hollyburn Family Services presentation
Check out the Office of Seniors Advocate Presentation (Oct. 2015): B.C.’s Seniors Advocate: Issues and Mandate (PDF)
Click here to view the Calendar of Events (coming soon!)
Learn more about the Seniors Action Table (SAT) in your neighbourhood. Click here to go to the SAT page
Read the latest Older & Wiser column by clicking here.