Welcome to the Age-Friendly Niagara Update! The intent is to keep you informed about the work of the Age-Friendly Niagara Council (AFNC) and the Niagara Older Adult Alliance (NOAA) in leading age-friendly community action across the region.
On Monday, June 1, 2020, Mayor Steele raised the Age-Friendly Niagara and City of Port Colborne Flag with Senior Citizen Advisory Council members Betty Konc and Valerie King, for the month of June to recognize and honour the seniors in our community.
There'll always be new fitness and workout trends to throw ourselves into (and debate the merits and efficiencies of), but it still might be worth learning how to walk before we run — or spin or box or circuit train — for lifelong health.
“Four more deaths, all elderly.” For the family of John Fox, already in mourning, those words cut like a knife in a fresh wound. The retired RCMP officer had died earlier that day of COVID-19 at the age of 73.
As regional programs and facilities have been shut down to contain the spread of COVID-19, dozens of workers are being redeployed to assist seniors in Niagara's long-term care homes who are isolated due to visitor restrictions.
Claudette Richard was pleased to see a program designed to assist fixed-income Welland seniors with water/wastewater bills revised and expanded. "This has been quite a concern for me," the Ward 5 councillor said this week.
The Town’s wellness committee, new under this term of council, has prioritized nine categories for improvements to the health of Niagara-on-the-Lake residents, with recommendations on how to achieve them. “The state of wellness in NOTL is good,” Grant assured council.
"Could provide health benefits while solving housing shortage" - Could co-housing students and seniors help shorten the wait for the 3000 elderly Thorold residents who are waiting to get a place to stay?
Old Man Winter may be going light on Port Colborne this season, but on the few occasions that snow has hit the city, it has left seniors in a tight spot. “Snow buddies is not working,” said Ward 2 Coun. Angie Desmarais. “We’re not able to find enough volunteers.”
Many seniors in the region struggle to pay for basic needs such as eyeglasses, walkers and hearing aids. But a new fund for the aging population is about to slightly change this scenario, said Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, United Way Niagara director of community impact.
I've been giving a lot of thought to the significance of how language has framed our views about aging. It occurred to me that much of the problem has to do with the lack of vocabulary to describe the various stages of life following teenagehood.
The world of tech is notoriously ageist. It was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, after all, who said, "young people are just smarter." But according to experts, the youth-obsessed industry is going to have to change its ways.
Falling down is terrifying. One moment you’re upright and the next you’re helpless, collapsing to the ground with no idea where you’ll land. We all fall, but for many older adults these falls have much graver consequences.
Marcia Garcia, 29, moved to the Bay Area in August, admitted to UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy for a master’s degree. Searching for housing, she quickly learned that options were scarce—and expensive.
Last week the Thorold Seniors’ Centre was busy with informational seminars. Members of the RBC branch on Glendale Ave. stopped by to explain some important issues including estate planning, investing, and Cyber Fraud.
There is a more than 50-year age gap between Diane Skippen, 78, and university student Megan Yakabuski, 21. After meeting, they found they had something very much in common — the desire for more human interaction.
The Seniors Centre welcomed lots of holiday bargain hunters to its annual Christmas bazaar last Saturday. Next up, a free seminar will feature expert speakers on health and technology at the Centre on Dec. 6.
Consultation: Designing Community Hub Aspects of Niagara Region Long-Term Care Redevelopment in St. Catharines and Fort Erie. There are two more upcoming opportunities to provide feedback about community hub aspects of long-term care redevelopment in Niagara.
The Town of Pelham is set to partner with Brock University to offer fitness programs for seniors age 55 and older. The Meridian Community Centre will act as a satellite site for the university. The program will be a six-month pilot project beginning in January, offering cardio, strength training and conditioning, as well as functional movements for everyday wellness.
The City of Toronto is working to combat ageism in the workplace with a new campaign, complete with fake “aging cream” posters. The campaign launched on Nov. 4 with posters placed throughout the city advertising a cream that would make people “look older.”
The settlement and integration journey of an immigrant arriving to Niagara as a senior can be easy to overlook. When people look at seniors in general, it can be difficult to comprehend the amount of change and loss experienced due to emerging health conditions or...
Niagara-on-the-Lake has long been regarded as a pretty great place to live, but there is always room for improvement — and, with a changing face of the community, its focus on wellness too must change.
June is Senior Citizens Month, a celebration and recognition of the contribution seniors make in our communities. They have a great deal to contribute to society in terms of expertise and life experience...read more.
The cornerstone philosophy behind the federal government’s long-awaited strategy for confronting dementia is a simple one: prevent Canadians from developing the condition in the first place...read more.
Sometime in the painful days after a husband or wife’s death, the funeral home or a family member will encourage the bereaved spouse to fill out the paperwork to get the Canada Pension Plan survivor’s benefit...read more.
A high-tech home in Hamilton for 48 dementia and Alzheimer’s residents will be a first for North America says the engineer who developed the concept based on a care model in The Netherlands...read more.
Today’s seniors grew up in a day and age when they were taught to be trusting of others. And while that’s a welcome trait in many ways, it’s also seen by scammers as an opportunity to cheat well-meaning retirees out of their hard-earned money...read more.
As the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board releases its annual report this week on the billions of dollars it has under management, many Canadians remain unsure about where their own CPP money is and how secure it might be...read more.
The Age-Friendly Niagara Network (AFNN), in partnership with the Pelham Seniors’ Advisory Committee hosted a Niagara-wide forum to explore the role that having access to a range of housing options plays in community inclusion and aging well...read more.