Volume 1: Social Isolation of Seniors: Understanding the Issue and Finding Solutions
The Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors has produced a document, Social Isolation of Seniors: Understanding the Issue and Finding Solutions to help organizations and individuals approach the social isolation of seniors. The purpose of the document is to: 1) raise awareness about social isolation among seniors; 2) introduce some useful concepts related to social innovation; and 3) show how social innovation can help to address social isolation in Canadian communities through examples.
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Volume 2: Social Isolation of Seniors: Ideas Exchange Event Toolkit
A complementary document, Social Isolation of Seniors: Ideas Exchange Event Toolkit, presents tools to help individuals and organizations develop lasting community partnerships to reduce the social isolation of seniors.
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Seniors Social Isolation: A Focus on Indigenous Seniors
The Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors has produced a supplement to the Social Isolation of Seniors Toolkit, intended as a resource to help organizations and service providers adopt approaches to help Indigenous seniors strengthen human connections.
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Social Isolation of Seniors: A Focus on New Immigrant and Refugee Seniors in Canada
The Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors has produced a supplement to the Social Isolation of Seniors Toolkit that focuses on New Immigrant and Refugee Seniors. The resource is meant as a starting point to initiate discussions among stakeholder groups and new immigrant and refugee seniors to develop and implement innovative local programs and find ways to increase human connections and reduce social isolation.
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Social Isolation of Seniors: A Focus on LGBTQ Seniors in Canada
The Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors has produced a supplement to the Social Isolation of Seniors Toolkit, to help organizations and service providers adopt approaches to enable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) seniors strengthen human connections.
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Working Together for Seniors: A Toolkit to Promote Seniors’ Social Integration in Community Services, Programs, and Policies
Produced by The Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors, the purpose of this toolkit is to:
(1) provide information about social isolation amongst seniors
(2) suggest ways that organizations can promote social inclusion
(3) provide a tool that can be used to screen existing and planned programs and services, for their impact on social isolation
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Edmonton Seniors Sector Outreach Worker Toolkit
Produced by the Edmonton Senior Coordinating Council, a PEGASIS partner, this toolkit provides an overview of outreach services and provides necessary background information related to working with isolated and at-risk seniors. The manual includes detailed forms and templates that outreach workers can use to record client information, and interview guide and resource list.
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Senior Serving Organizations: A Toolkit for Inclusion (2016)
The Toolkit for Inclusion, produced by the City of Edmonton, is a practical and easy to use resource that senior serving organizations can use to ensure that their facilities, programs and services feel welcoming and are inclusive to all seniors.
Positive Aging and Community Connection Toolkit
The toolkit provides a guide, developed in New Zealand, to build better connections between seniors and their community, covering program planning through evaluation. Examples for facilitating opportunities for better connections between older residents and their community, that are simple, free from red tape and provide the level of connection people are comfortable with, are provided.
This document, aimed at neighbourhood associations, community groups, faith communities and interested individuals, provides ideas about how connections in neighbourhoods can be increased between seniors and others:
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Age-Friendly Business Toolkit
This document describes the Age-Friendly Business Accreditation Pilot Program, an initiative of the Nanaimo Seniors Connect project, funded in part by a contribution from the Government of Canada New Horizons Pan Pacific program to reduce seniors’ social isolation at the population level. It includes tools and materials developed to support the program. The toolkit can be useful to organizations that wish implement an age-friendly business program in their community.
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How to deal with loneliness: 11 key coping strategies
Loneliness statistics have revealed that loneliness can increase the amount of cortisol (often known as the stress hormone) circulating through the body, putting stress on the immune system and increasing the risk of a range of illnesses.
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