2017 Archives

October 27, 2017

“Reducing Senior’s Social Isolation: Insights from Focus Groups with Community Stakeholders” preliminary research findings were presented at the Canadian Association on Gerontology Conference (CAG).  This poster presented the results of insights from four focus groups with community stakeholders conducted as part of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging’s research project in the Hamilton Social Isolation Impact Plan (HSIIP). For more information on the research presented at this conference please download poster below.

Grenier, A., Bradford-Janke, A., Weldrick, R., & Dunn, J. (2017). Reducing Senior’s Social Isolation: Insights from Focus Groups with Community Stakeholders. 46th Annual Scientific and Education Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG): “Evidence for Action in an Aging World”. October 19-21, 2017. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

September 26, 2017

On October 18th and 19th, the Ontario Community Support Association will be hosting Ontario’s largest and most representative conference dedicated to home and community care. This years theme, “From Roadmap to Reality: Navigating Change Together” will explore the challenges and opportunities of health system transformation for providers, clients and communities.

We are excited to announce that the Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan (HSIIP) will be presenting at the conference on October 18, 2017. April Morganti, Executive Director of AbleLiving/Thrive Group and Amanda Bradford-Janke, Research Manager at the Gilbrea Centre will be running a workshop entitled “Seniors Isolation Coalition: Using Connectors and Collaboration for Community Wide Impact”. This workshop will highlight HSIIP and how the project aims to reduce social isolation among seniors in the Hamilton area by linking seniors with existing services and social opportunities in the community.

June 27, 2017

YWCA Hamilton, one of the seven participating organizations in the Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan, was featured on the CHCH Morning Live show on June 26, 2017.  They discussed their new Senior Peer Connector program which matches adults over 55 with seniors to help them get more involved with their community and in turn reduce their isolation.

To watch the video clip, click here: http://www.chch.com/connecting-seniors/

May 24, 2017

Partners of the Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan invite you to come learn about our first year of progress in reducing isolation among seniors in Greater Hamilton.  We’ll be presenting an annual report to the community that details accomplishments and lessons learned in our first year of working together.

When: Monday, May 29th from 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Sarcoa Event Centre, 57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton

February 27, 2017

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal recently published an article on social isolation in seniors.  Both loneliness and social isolation are considered health risks but they are not the same issue and therefore may require different solutions. The article discusses the research around these two issues, who is at risk and the interventions that are being implemented.

To read the full article, visit: https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/blog/detail/professionals-blog/2016/04/08/loneliness-and-social-isolation-are-important-health-risks-in-the-elderly?sid=1b916711L-34ed-4d41-99dd-a90151dacc2a&hl=loneliness

January 25, 2017

Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan (HSIIP) partners are pleased to announce that the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation (RTO/ERO Foundation) has provided a generous grant that contributes to addressing seniors’ isolation in Hamilton.  The grant is being used to create a Social Participation Fund which will help low income seniors access community services and activities they are referred to by HSIIP Care Connectors. The Fund will assist in covering expenses relating to caregiver relief, program fees, and transportation.

The RTO/ERO Foundation’s generous support will help us to address an important gap facing isolated seniors with low-incomes.  The RTO/ERO Foundation aims to enhance the quality of life for aging adults through the funding of applied research and post-secondary training in geriatrics and gerontology; and community-based programs to address social isolation in older adults.  The Foundation was established in 2011 with the support of its founding benefactor, the Retired Teachers of Ontario, and inspired by the philanthropic spirit of retired teachers and other members of the education community.

November 16, 2016

Launched in October 2015, the objective of the RISE campaign is to help Canadians of all ages, cultures and regions become aware of the impact of loneliness and social isolation on their older family members, friends and neighbours – and to take action.  It is a national campaign that will involve partners across the country as well as individual Canadians. The goal of RISE is to share information and encourage thousands of concrete actions across the country to help reduce the social isolation and loneliness of our older people.

https://youtu.be/CBssIH0kEG4 – video link. To learn more about RISE please visit – http://rise-cisa.ca

June 20, 2016

McMaster Daily News, June 13, 2016

The Hamilton Seniors Isolation Population Impact Plan – a collaborative project of which McMaster is a part – has received $2M in federal funding.

The three-year project, which includes the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, will help tackle social isolation among seniors in specific Hamilton neighbourhoods.

To read the full article, visit http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/collaborative-project-to-help-seniors-living-in-isolation/

Jean-Yves Duclos
Melissa Renwick,Toronto Star

June 14, 2016

Hamilton Spectator, June 12, 2016

…“Nobody wants to be alone, no matter what their age… It is through projects such as this one that we can do something real to alleviate the loneliness and isolation that can be so harmful to a person’s both physical and mental well-being” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.”

To read the full article, visit http://www.thespec.com/news-story/6719460-federal-funding-to-help-tackle-social-isolation-among-seniors/

June 13, 2016

Government of Canada announcement, June 11, 2016

A new collaborative initiative is being launched in Hamilton to help prevent and reduce social isolation among seniors. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, along with Filomena Tassi, Member of Parliament for Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas, and Bob Bratina, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East–Stoney Creek, made the announcement while visiting AbleLiving today.

Seven organizations are collaborating through their individual projects to attain measurable results under the Hamilton Seniors Isolation Population Impact Plan. Their goal is initially to target neighbourhoods where the risk of social isolation among seniors is greatest. Most at-risk seniors are those who live alone, have disabilities or poor health, have low income, have language barriers or have reduced access to services. More than $2 million in federal funding is being invested in these projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. …

To read the full announcement, visit http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1083699&tp=1

The Brantford Expositor – February 1, 2017 – Program seeks to ease isolation of seniors. A new ‘Age-Friendly Neighbourhood Champions Project’ in the City of Brantford will work to address seniors’ isolation.

The Toronto Star – March 20, 2017 – Social isolation does not mean mom is lonely: Caregiver SOS.  The two terms are not interchangeable, but it is important to find out why senior doesn’t want to leave the house.

The Urbanist Podcast – March 23, 2017 – Cities are busy beasts but being constantly surrounded by people doesn’t necessarily prevent us from feeling lonely. The hustle and bustle of city life can be overwhelming, especially for newcomers – so what’s the best way to tackle urban loneliness?

Connect 2 Affect – Spearheaded by the AARP Foundation, Connect2Affect seeks out solutions for social isolation. Through research and innovative efforts, they are working to create a deeper understanding of loneliness and isolation, draw crucial attention to the issue, and catalyze action to end social isolation among older adults.

Developing an Age-Friendly Action Plan for Addressing Social Isolation in Chinese Older Adult Presenters: Dr. Sander Hitzig & Dr. Raza Mirza. Click here.

An Action-Plan for making the Kensington-Chinatown more Age-Friendly for Older Chinese AdultsA report prepared by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE).