Monday, January 26, 2015

Resources for Seniors

Here are some resources for Boomers and those that care for them:

Consumer information - International Council on Active Aging(Canadian Based)

is dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting professionals in the retirement, assisted living, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields to dispel society's myths about aging. We help these professionals to empower aging Baby Boomers and older adults to improve their quality of life and maintain their dignity.

Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health: CCSMH 

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH) is hard at work ensuring that seniors' mental health is recognized as a key Canadian health and wellness issue. Working with partners across the country, the CCSMH is busy facilitating initiatives to enhance and promote seniors' mental health. Below is a listing of what's new at the CCSMH, but there are always more projects in development. Please bookmark this site and visit us frequently for updates.

Providing care to an older person can be a demanding but rewarding experience. Education and support services are critical in preventing and addressing abuse and neglect and promoting overall wellness. To this end, the Government of Saskatchewan set out the following principles to guide policy and programming for older adults. The spirit and intent of many of these principles are already reflected in our laws and serve as a helpful starting point for any interactions with older adults in our communities.

This fact sheet provides information on abuse and neglect of older adults living in the community. It updates the 1990 fact sheet, Elder Abuse. The information will be of greatest interest to professionals and community service providers who want to learn more about abuse and neglect of older adults. Materials written for seniors and their families may be obtained from seniors' centres and other community resource centres. Information on abuse in institutions is the subject of Abuse of Older Adults in Institutions, another fact
sheet available from the Clearinghouse.

Good Information for Older Adults and their families about Anxiety,  Dementia and Depression

Elder Helpers (US Based)
This website is dedicated to the Elder Helpers program, which aims to match volunteers with elders in need of help within their own community.

There are some national organizations as well as the Canadian Government which offer services to seniors. This page lista those resources. 

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in collaboration with 18 leading organizations from around the country

The ‘National Service Framework for Older People’ sets quality standards for health and social care. It will help older people to stay as healthy, active and independent as possible, for as long as possible. The NSF for older people will: ensure that older people are treated with respect, prevent unnecessary hospital admission, and support early discharge, reduce long term illness by providing specialist care, promote healthy lifestyles and independence for those in older age

October 1st is the International Day of Older Persons. People are living longer and 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035. The main aim for this website is to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and tackle negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.

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