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Social connections play an important role in healthy aging. Loneliness and social isolation can have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of older adults. Critical life transitions such as retirement, death of a spouse and losing a driver’s license are common risk factors for a decline in the social well-being of older adults.

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  • Evidence Summary

    Interventions for preventing abuse in the elderly

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2016)
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    Efficacy and experiences of telephone counselling for informal carers of people with dementia

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2014)
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    Computer-mediated communication found to foster social functioning among older adults

    Australasian Journal on Ageing (2019)
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    Physical activity improves social functioning among older adults

    Psychology of Sport and Exercise (2018)
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    Improving housing to improve health - warmth and space are key

    Evidently Cochrane
    Poor housing is associated with poor health. Research shows cold, damp and overcrowded homes can have a negative impact on your respiratory health.
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    Sorry, what did you say? Living with dysarthria (unclear speech) after stroke

    Evidently Cochrane
    After suffering a stroke, your speech may be unclear depending on which part of your brain was damaged. Better quality research is needed to learn more about how this condition affects people who are recovering from a stroke. This resource includes a personal story from Annette.
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    Support groups may improve depression, quality of life and self-esteem for people with dementia

    International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (2015)
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    Screening women for intimate partner violence in healthcare settings

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2015)
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    Social isolation: How to help patients be less lonely

    Patient.co.uk
    Reach out to others if you feel lonely or socially isolated. Become more active in your community. If you are a general practitioner or a community nurse, look for key signs of loneliness and help your patients find appropriate help.
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    Successful aging goes beyond good physical health

    The International Journal of Aging and Human Development (2020)
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    Community kitchens provide benefits for social and nutritional health

    Public Health Nutrition (2013)
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    Reminiscence Therapy and Activities for Seniors

    A Place For Mom
    Reminiscence therapy helps older adults recall specific positive memories using their 5 senses. It can be useful for older adults with dementia and Alzheimer's. It has been found to improve overall quality of life and could be a form of therapy to look into for yourself or your loved one. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Grief and COVID-19: Saying goodbye in the age of physical distancing

    American Psychological Association
    Grieving is an already difficult process but it can be more difficult in this time of physical distancing. People may not be able to be with their loved ones when they die. They may also not be able to mourn in person with their loved ones. Psychologists and mental health professions need to be trained for this difficult reality. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Ageism and COVID-19

    American Psychological Association
    While older adults are greatly affected by COVID-19, older adults are also diverse and thus affected differently. Ageism assumes all older adults are affected in the same way by COVID-19. Ageism paints all older adults as vulnerable and burdensome. These stereotypes must be overcome by society because they impact who gets care and resources. Read this article to learn more.
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    Covid-19 and Stigma

    Alberta Health Services
    Different people are experiencing stigma because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people are being targeted for their race and others are being targeted for their work or COVID-19 history. It is important to stop this stigma by sharing facts and being compassionate with our language. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on older persons

    United Nations
    COVID-19 has had a great impact on older adults around the world. This policy brief by the United Nations highlights some of the issues facing older adults on a systems and individual level. These concerns require policy change and collaboration to overcome. Read this resource to learn more.
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    The risks of social isolation

    American Psychological Association
    Researchers are studying the effects of loneliness on your mental and physical health. So far, they have found that loneliness can increase your risk of heart disease, depression and other serious health conditions. To combat loneliness, researchers are looking at the benefits of individual and social activities. Read about these activities and more in this resource.
  • Patient Decision Aid

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, should I go to live with family/friend or stay in my retirement/assisted living home?

    OHRI
    COVID-19 poses significant health risks for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. For those living in assisted living and retirement homes, the decision to move back home with friends and family can be difficult to make. Use this decision aid to help you consider your options.
  • Patient Decision Aid

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, should I or my family member go to live with family or stay in the long-term care or nursing home?

    OHRI
    COVID-19 poses significant health risks for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. For those living in long term care homes and nursing homes, the decision to move back home with friends and family can be difficult to make. It’s important to ensure that you will have proper care if you decide to move out. Use this decision aid to help you consider your options.
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    Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Resource Guide

    The United States Department of Justice
    Tribal and rural lands are home to many older adults. In the United States, the Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture teamed up to address issues of elder abuse in rural and tribal areas. This resource contains information about elder abuse and links to useful external resources for tribal elders and rural older adults. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Features of built environments positively correlate with walking rates among adults

    Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada (2019)
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    Social isolation of seniors - Volume 1: Understanding the issue and finding solutions

    Health Canada
    This resource describes how seniors can become socially isolated due to life circumstances such as sickness, disability, low income or loss of loved ones. Consider various solutions such as offering food coupons, transport subsidy and increasing community activities.
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    Social support: Tap this tool to beat stress

    Mayo Clinic
    A social support network can include friends, family and peers. Social support networks can help you through the stress of tough times. To improve your social support network, you can volunteer, take a class, or join a group.
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    Complicated grief

    Mayo Clinic
    Complicated grief affects your ability to return to normal activities after the death of a loved one. Signs include lack of focus, intense longing for your loved one, and deep sadness or depression. See a doctor if you experience these symptoms for a prolonged period. If you feel suicidal, call 9-1-1 or a suicide hotline.
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    Sexual health and aging: Keep the passion alive

    Mayo Clinic
    Sexual feelings don't disappear as you age. Illness, medications and health conditions can affect your sexual life. Talk with your partner and remember that people of all ages should practice safe sex.
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    Stroke rehabilitation

    Health Link B.C.
    Rehabilitation after stroke can help you relearn any skills lost as a result of the stroke. It is important to start rehabilitation as soon as possible after a stroke. This resource provides details about rehabilitation.
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    The evidence on retirement

    Evidence-based Living
    Retirement can improve your mental health. Research is less clear on whether it helps improve physical health.
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    Anger management: 10 tips to tame your temper

    Mayo Clinic
    Reduce anger by learning how to better communicate your frustration, taking time out or exercising. If your anger seems out of control or hurts those around you, seek professional help. More tips in this resource.
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    Wide-ranging health benefits of walking groups

    World Health
    People who join outdoor walking groups tend to have improved blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, and mood. Walking groups appear to be an effective and safe way to improve your health.
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    Lunch hour? Try going for a walk

    Evidence-based Living
    Walking groups can increase your physical and social health. Going for a 30 minute walk can lower heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol. It can also boost your mood for the rest of the day.
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    Grief: Coping with reminders after a loss

    Mayo Clinic
    Reminders of the loss of a loved one can cause strong emotional reactions, particularly on anniversaries. Plan distractions, start new traditions and surround yourself with friends and loved ones to help cope with your feelings. If grief becomes worse over time, get help from a grief counsellor.
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    Are You Feeling Lonely? We’re Answering the Call at Friendship Line

    Institute on Aging
    The Friendship Line is a number older adults can call to find a listening ear. Many adults use it to chat when they feel lonely or have something on their minds. You do not need to be in distress to call the line although the Friendship Line can help people in trouble as well. Read this resource to learn more and how California is supporting this resource.
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    A Snapshot of Family Caregiving and Work in Canada

    The Vanier Institute of the Family
    Family caregiving responsibilities shape the reality of work in Canada. Caregiving is a positive experience for caregivers but productivity at work may be impacted. Supportive employer policies can ensure employees are able to balance focused care and productivity. Read this resource to learn more about trends in employment and family caregiving.
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    Circuits of Care: Mobility, Work and Managing Family Relationships

    The Vanier Institute of the Family
    Workers who are mobile may work far away from their families. They must learn to cope with loneliness and feelings of missing out while on the job. Forming a nexus of care in your mobile and home community can help. Read this resource to learn more.
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    It’s Time to Care for Our (Young) Carers

    The Vanier Institute of the Family
    Young caregivers are people between the ages of 15 and 29 years old who are providing care to a loved one. Well supported caregivers have positive experiences. However many young caregivers report struggling with balancing school, other responsibilities, and their own health. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Family Caregiving in Canada: A Fact of Life and a Human Right

    The Vanier Institute of the Family
    Balancing family caregiving responsibilities and work can be challenging. Employers can make this balance easier for their employees with accomodations and flexible work arrangements. Families and employers both benefit from these arrangements. Employers are able to save money and encourage employee productivity. Employers are able to care for their family and worry less about work. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Intergenerational Relations and Societal Change

    The Vanier Institute of the Family
    Knowing about generational trends can help us understand some of the issues faced by caregivers of all ages. Older adults are working past their typical age of retirement and young people face poor-paying jobs in an unstable economy. There is also great diversity in how families are made up which further complicates caregiving roles. Read this resource to learn more about these trends and challenges.
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    Bereavement challenges in a time of pandemic

    Sudden
    Families bereaved during the COVID-19 pandemic are unable to grieve as normal. Gathering restrictions mean that some people may not be able to hold important ceremonies. Others may not be able to get in person social support. Read this resource to learn about more bereavement challenges and some ways to overcome them.
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    How do children respond to sudden deaths and trauma?

    Sudden
    Children experience trauma differently than adults. Children may not be able to communicate their strong and confusing feelings properly. It is good to know how adults can help. Adults can encourage open communication and work with professionals. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Grief Counselling

    Government of Alberta
    Grief counselling can help people work through the grieving process. Talking through emotions is a good way to understand and cope with a major loss. Counselling can also help people connect with others, and develop a new life focus. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Grief: Dealing with Feelings of Insecurity

    Government of Alberta
    Feeling insecure is expected after a major loss. You may feel trouble keeping up with tasks or relationships. You may choose to delay major decisions to when you can think clearer. Getting help from others is also a good idea. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Complications of Grief

    Government of Alberta
    Grief can lead to some complications such as depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. Another complication may be thoughts or plans of suicide. Call 911 if you or someone you know is considering suicide. There are other complications you should know about like physical illness and complicated grief. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Pandemics like COVID-19 can negatively impact grief and bereavement

    Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (2020)
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    Intergenerational programs offer benefits for both younger and older generations

    Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (2019)
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    Grief and COVID-19: Mourning our bygone lives

    American Psychological Association
    Many lives have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are grieving loved ones who have died, lost jobs, and lost social connections. This is all normal and expected in a time with so much uncertainty. Read this resource to learn what psychologists suggest could help cope with these losses.
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    Canadians are anxious and crave real connection, but say they’re doing “fine”

    Canadian Mental Health Association
    When asked how you feel, it is common to reply with "I'm fine, thanks". However during the COVID-19 pandemic, having open conversations about our mental health is more important than ever. Learn about the importance of building an open and compassionate social network in this resource.
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    Coronavirus grief: Coping with the loss of routine during the pandemic

    WHO Ageing
    Many people are grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can grieve in response to many different kinds of losses. You could be grieving a loss of routine or loss of social connection. Learn the signs of grief and how you can cope by reading this resource.
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    Psychologists emphasize more self-care for older adults

    American Psychological Association
    Self-care is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes taking care of your physical and mental health. You should maintain your social circles virtually and from a safe distance. You should also look into building and maintaining healthy habits. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Technology’s Impact on the Pandemic

    Next Avenue
    In the past few years, older adults have increasingly adopted technology into their lives. This is good news during the COVID-19 pandemic, when technology use is important to stay connected to friends and family. Read about some of the way technology is being used during the pandemic and how it can be beneficial for older adults.
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    Stigma, discrimination, health impacts and COVID-19

    National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
    Stigma and discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic are harming people's livelihoods and safety. This mirrors what happened during the SARS pandemic of 2003. Many lessons were learned from SARS that can help combat this type of stigma now. Read this resource to learn more.
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    A guide to preventing and addressing social stigma associated with COVID-19

    WHO Ageing
    Social stigma surrounding COVID-19 can create negative social and health consequences for people who are stigmatized. We all have a responsibility to overcome this stigma. Make sure that what you are sharing online and in conversation is fact-based and compassionate. Read this resource to learn some tips on how to overcome COVID-19 stigma in your community.
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    Living Alone, Physical Distancing and Loneliness

    Next Avenue
    How can we cope with a new, lonelier reality amid this Covid-19 pandemic? We should strengthen our social contacts online and create a personal routine. We should also incorporate other activities into our lives to find peace of mind. Read this resource to learn about more ways to cope.
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    Virtual Connections Have Never Been More Popular

    Next Avenue
    You can use smart devices to connect with others during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people are learning how to use a tablet, smartphone, or computer to play games, connect with worship circles, or catch up with friends. You can still maintain close connections even while safe in your own home.
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    Video Chat Services, From A to Zoom

    Next Avenue
    Many people are turning to video chat services to stay connected during the Covid-19 pandemic. You may be familiar with Zoom, but did you know that you can also use other apps like Instagram and WhatsApp? Read this resource for reviews on several popular video chatting services.
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    Easing the Isolation During the Coronavirus Crisis

    Next Avenue
    Older adults are at increased risk of social isolation which can impact a person's mental and physical health. Now that people are staying at home to stop the spread of COVID-19, older adults may be feeling the effects of isolation even more. Read this resource to learn how to support your older adult loved one as they stay at home.
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    Age Discrimination, Caregiving and Health Issues Limit Options for Older Workers

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    One of the reasons why older adults may experience underemployment is age discrimination. Underemployment is when someone is overqualified for their job position or is not able to work as many hours as they would like. Read this resource to learn how bias against older adults can cause under employment.
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    Combatting the Epidemic of Loneliness in Seniors

    Aging Care
    Aging comes with changes in social networks and a person's ability to meet with friends and family. That is why loneliness is an especially pressing issue for older adults. If you are caring for an older adult, this resource can help you alleviate their loneliness and form a stronger connection with them.
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    How Seniors Can Develop a Resilience Toolkit

    A Place For Mom
    Building resilience is an important skill to develop for people of all ages, but especially seniors who may be experiencing the death of their close friends. This resource helps seniors build resilience by offering tips such as asking for help, learning from mistakes, finding meaning and many more.
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    Building Resilience in Older Adults

    RAND Corporation
    This toolkit aims to improve the resilience of older adults and available supports in response to natural or human-caused disasters. Learn how your own community can build resilience in challenging times by reading about similar communities around the world. This resource can be helpful for communities who are facing challenges with the covid-19 pandemic as well.
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    How to Fight the Social Isolation of Coronavirus

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    Social isolation can pose a real risk to your health and wellbeing. It is important to plan ahead to overcome isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read this resource for tips on how to prevent isolation and stay connected with others.
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    Caring for a Senior

    The Ontario Caregiver Organization
    Across Ontario, there are millions of caregivers who provide both physical and mental health support to a loved one. If you are new to this role, it can be difficult to keep track of all your responsibilities. Use the checklist provided in this resource and learn more about the stages of caregiving.
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    Social Isolation of Seniors: A focus on Indigenous Seniors in Canada

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    Indigenous seniors are at increased risk of social isolation due to racism and historical traumas. This toolkit can help spark community conversations within Indigenous communities. It can also be used by policymakers to address social isolation.
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    The Cohousing Movement and Its Position as an Option for Older Adults

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    Cohousing is a great option for seniors who are looking for alternative housing options but still want to maintain social connections in their community. Some advantages of cohousing communities include relationship building, shared amenities and independent living. However costs can be a barrier to this type of living arrangement. Read this article to learn more.
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    Inspiring Wellness: Your Guide to Active Aging in Manitoba

    Active Aging in Manitoba
    This resource can help older adults in Manitoba connect with services and events supporting active aging. The theme of this resource is "Inspiring Wellness". Read this guide to learn about different activities and services available to you in your community.
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    Early preparation is key to managing impact of natural hazards

    International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (2019)
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    Tangible user interfaces as means of social interaction for the elderly

    Advances in Human-Computer Interaction (2018)
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    Care options, choosing the best plan for you and the person you care for

    Health Canada- Seniors
    Planning to become a caregiver means understanding your own needs and the needs of your loved one. Planning ahead can help increase your loved one's quality of life. It can also help you maintain your own well-being.
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    An Introvert’s Guide to Senior Living Communities

    Next Avenue
    For an older adult loved one who is an introvert, you need to ask the right questions when looking at senior living communities. Read this resource to learn what to ask and the responses you can expect.
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    IOA’s Friendship Line Offers Support for Seniors Experiencing Social Isolation

    Institute on Aging
    Older adults are at great risk of social isolation. The IOA's Friendship Line helps older adults overcome this problem. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Why Are Older Adults at Risk for Food Insecurity? Raising Awareness on World Food Day

    Institute on Aging
    Many older adults face food insecurity and daily hunger. Read this resource to learn about why older adults are going hungry and what can be done to fight this issue.
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    What Not to Say to an Isolated Older Adult

    Next Avenue
    Supporting a loved one through loss can be difficult. By avoiding these common phrases, you can ensure that you are supporting those who need it most. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Will More Baby Boomers Delay Retirement?

    Population Reference Bureau
    American baby boomers are increasingly delaying retirement. This resource provides several explanations for why this may be occurring.
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    How to Combat Loneliness and Isolation as We Age

    Next Avenue
    Social isolation has great impacts on your physical and mental health. Read this resource to learn more on how to overcome social isolation as an older adult both in person and virtually.
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    A Cure for Senior Loneliness Is Within Our Reach

    Next Avenue
    EngAGE is a program offered in southern California, Oregon and Minnesota that provides life-enhancing onsite programs in affordable senior and multigenerational housing. It is one way to tackle social isolation in seniors. Learn more about the model in this resource and how it could be applied to your own community.
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    Study Finds Ridesharing Services Improve Older Adults’ Lives

    Next Avenue
    Using ride sharing apps can help overcome social isolation. Learn about one woman's experience of using a ride sharing app to go to her doctor's appointments and meeting with friends.
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    Neighborhood Features Play a Role in Healthy Aging in Place

    Population Reference Bureau
    Read this resource to learn how a senior’s health and independence relies on the neighbourhood they live in. These neighbourhoods allow for greater accessibility, transportation, safety and much more.
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    Today’s Research on Aging: Family Caregiving

    Population Reference Bureau
    Being a caregiver for an older family member can be challenging due to conflicting roles and responsibilities. Many caregivers are spouses, children or siblings which can complicate relationships and expectations. Read this resource to learn about research that has been conducted on this topic.
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    Aging in the United States

    Population Reference Bureau
    As aging populations increase all over the world, unique challenges also arise. Older adults are retiring later in life and face social isolation due to more instances of divorce.
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    Dual Stigma: HIV Positive and Over 50

    Next Avenue
    As life expectancy increases, more and more older adults are now living with HIV. However, these seniors also usually suffer from other chronic illness and mental health problems, some of which are sometimes overlooked. Read this resource and learn how an integrated healthcare approach can help older adults who have HIV.
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    HIV and Older Americans

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Older people face specific stigmas due to HIV. Older people may feel more ashamed to seek treatment or disclose their HIV status. Read this resource to empower yourself with knowledge about HIV in the United States and some prevention challenges.
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    Growing Older with HIV

    HIV.gov
    People with HIV are living longer and healthier lives. Aging with HIV can present challenges when combined with one or more age-related disease. Read this resource to learn about growing older with HIV and the supports available to support you.
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    Recreational reading has benefits for various population groups

    The Reading Agency (2015)
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    Changing population age structures and sustainable development

    United Nations: Sustainable Development goals
    Population growth and development affect each other. The UN's Commission on Population and Development helps take on the challenges of population growth. Watch this video to learn more about what this UN Commission does.
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    The future is now! Global Sustainable Development Report 2019

    United Nations: Sustainable Development goals
    Science is an important part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We must support scientific research to help respond to our changing world.
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    Reading Friends

    The Reading Agency
    Reading as a group can be beneficial for adults of all ages. This resource describes a program called Reading Friends that helps to connect older people and helps encourage reading as a group to maintain social connections and literacy skills.
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    Age-friendly community dimensions

    Government of Ontario
    Age-friendly communities are accessible and promote health aging in many different ways. Learn about the benefits and features that make a city age-friendly, such as accessible buildings, appropriate housing and multiple transportation options.
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    14 Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Isolation

    A Place For Mom
    Seniors are at a higher risk of feeling lonely and socially isolated from their communities which can lead to many health problems. This resource suggests encouraging social participation and maintaining a healthy relationship with seniors to help them feel more connected to their communities.
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    Seniors Transportation: Affordable, appropriate and available

    Office of the Senior Advocate BC
    This report can be used as a guide for seniors who are looking for alternative transportation methods and their loved ones who are exploring options such as walking, taxis, public transit and volunteer driver programs. Recommendations for the future of accessible transportation are also provided.
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    Why Seniors Make the Best Volunteers

    A Place For Mom
    If you are a senior who is unsure about starting to volunteer, read this resource that explains why seniors make the best volunteers. Enjoy the many benefits of volunteering such as increased energy levels, feeling more connected to the community and the ability to learn from younger generations.
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    Report of the National Seniors Council on Volunteering Among Seniors and Positive and Active Aging

    Government of Canada - Living in Canada
    This resource from the Canadian government outlines the trends in senior volunteering surrounding demographics, reasons for volunteering and where seniors choose to devote their time. Barriers to volunteering such as health, physical and transportation limitations are also discussed.
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    Rural Volunteers Connect Communities With Better Health

    Next Avenue
    This resource discusses how older volunteers use their skills to help others but also reap the benefits themselves when it comes to their social life. Learn how seniors in the United States are helping those living in rural areas receive social companionship and how they are also benefiting from their own generosity.
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    The Caregiver’s Handbook: Help for Unpaid Caregivers in Nova Scotia

    Caregivers Nova Scotia
    Caregivers have many responsibilities when taking care of seniors with long term disabilities. This resource serves as a complete guide to caregiving in Nova Scotia or anywhere in Canada by offering tips and additional governmental and community resources for your convenience. Some topics covered include planning financial matters, understanding legal implications, being prepared for emergencies and available community supports.
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    8 ways to thrive in old age

    Fraser Health
    There are many ways to stay healthy during old age and this resource describes 8 ways you can start making changes in your life. Some of these include exercising, eating a balanced diet, learning a new language, volunteering, staying social and getting in touch with your spiritual side.
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    Age-friendly workplaces: Promoting older worker participation

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    Age friendly workplaces must be accessible to workers of all ages and this resource describes ways to create an inclusive workplace. Consider hiring older workers and learn how their experiences can benefit your company.
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    Seniors and Nutrition: Why Eating Together is Better

    American Senior Communities
    As you age your dietary needs will change and you will most likely find yourself eating less. Eating with family or friends can promote healthy eating habits and encourage better food choices.
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    Getting Older and Staying Physically Active

    Healthy Families BC
    Staying active during old age is a great way to stay healthy. Use this resource to learn some considerations you should keep in mind while implementing this change in your lifestyle such as finding a workout buddy, walking more, standing more than sitting and setting personal goals.
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    Your Personal Passport to Healthy Living

    Active Aging Canada
    Use this resource for more information on physical activity as a senior, healthy eating, mental health and beliefs & attitudes. First, learn about each topic and then fill in the blanks at the end of the resource to personalize your own personal passport for healthy living.
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    Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Use this handbook as a guide for healthy eating as a senior and learn how you can find balance in your life. Topics covered include supplements, diets for chronic conditions, recipes and many more.
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    Healthy Eating for Seniors Audiobook

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Listen to this audiobook as a guide for healthy eating as a senior and learn how you can find balance in your life. Topics covered include supplements, diets for chronic conditions, recipes and many more.
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    What Do We Know About Healthy Aging?

    National Institute on Aging
    Healthy aging can be achieved many ways and learning how to implement simple changes in your life can be beneficial as a senior. Exercising more often, paying attention to your weight, eating healthy foods rich in micronutrients and engaging with others while enjoying your favourite hobby are all great ways to improve your quality of life during retirement.
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    Why You Might Try Tai Chi for Balance and Fall Prevention

    Next Avenue
    Use this resource to learn how alternative medicine such as Tai chi and how it can help improve your balance, your mental health and spiritual health.
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    Taking SS Early Retirement: Weigh The Pitfalls First

    National Council on Aging (US)
    Learn about the benefits and disadvantages of taking pension money out early as social security during retirement.
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    Good Friends Might Be Your Best Brain Booster as You Age

    Next Avenue
    This resource describes the proven benefits that come with life long friendships and maintaining social connections in later life. Use this blog post to learn more about seniors over the age of 80 with exceptional memory; “SuperAgers”.
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    Here's a research paper indicating that Men's Sheds are an important part of men's health...

    Men's Sheds
    This resource summarizes how the Men’s Sheds initiative can improve health by giving men a space to talk and do activities together.
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    How Men's Sheds work

    Irish Men's Sheds
    Learn about how Men’s Sheds in Ireland are engaging men of all ages to participate in leadership activities, communication training and safety maintenance. Use this resource to learn more about why Men’s Sheds are effective at connecting men to their communities and other benefits that come with men’s sheds.
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    Social Isolation of Seniors - Volume II: Ideas exchange event toolkit

    Health Canada
    This resource shares tools and templates to host idea exchange events to better understand how seniors are isolated in the community.
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    Plan your future today - Live the life you want tomorrow

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    This resource shares videos to help older adults feasibly plan for social and support services as well as home adjustments to help them live independently in their community.
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    Gardening can improve the overall well-being of older adults

    Activities, Adaptation & Aging (2013)
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    New technologies can help to reduce social isolation among older adults

    Computers in Human Behavior (2016)
  • Evidence Summary

    Social exclusion can become a downward spiral for older people

    European Journal of Ageing (2017)
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    Infertility: Should I Have Treatment?

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps couples decide on whether or not to try infertility treatment by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options.
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    Hair loss: Should I take medicine to regrow hair?

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps people considering using medicine to treat hair loss decide on whether or not to use medicine to encourage hair regrowth by comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of both options.
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    Hair loss

    Mayo Clinic
    Hair loss can affect men and women and is more common as we age. Effective treatments include medications, surgery or laser therapy. Wigs or hairpieces are an alternative. See your doctor if you have sudden or patchy loss of hair.
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    Tip Sheet: Safety Tips For Older Drivers

    Health In Aging
    This resource contains tips on how to stay safe as an older driver. As you age, physical conditions can interfere with safe driving, so it is important for older drivers to take extra precautions. New vehicle technologies are also able to help older adults by making driving less stressful and decreasing the change of accidents.
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    Falls Prevention

    Health In Aging
    Falls are the number one cause of hospital admissions for injuries in older adults. Most falls happen at home. Falling can decrease you mobility which could prevent you from enjoying your daily activities. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Home Care

    Health In Aging
    Home care includes house calls made by all healthcare providers. At-home evaluations may be done to provide the healthcare provider more information about the circumstances and home of the older person. Home modifications can be made to make sure that the person receiving care from home is comfortable and safe.
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    Assisted Living

    Health In Aging
    Assisted living facilites follow a social model of healthcare. They provide many services including housekeeping, reaction, transportation, meals and health-related services. Types of assisted living include group homes, adult foster care, shelterd housing and continuing-care retirement communities. Read this resource to learn more about each of these types of assisted living.
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    Community Based Care

    Health In Aging
    Adult day care centers are community-based services that care for older adults who need superviison or help with daily activities. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly provides older adults with medical and social care in a community setting. Home-Based Primary Care provides health care and daily living services for older adults in their homes. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Advance Directives

    Health In Aging
    Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to make healthcare decisions ahead of time, so you continue to get the care you want and avoid treatments you do not want. Advance directives only go into effect when you lose the ability to make decisions. Read this resource to learn more about the types of advance directives.
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    Guardianship

    Health In Aging
    A guardian is someone who helps older adutlts with cognitive impairments to make decisions. Limited guardianship gives the guardian the power to make decisions in a specific area such as finances or medical care. Unlimited guardianship gives the guardian the power to make all the decisions for the older adult. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Informed Consent

    Health In Aging
    Informed consent is a communication process between an individual and their healthcare team. The individual is given the necessary information to make the best decision for themselves. All adults have the legal right to make their own decisions, except if they are demed "incompetent" or "incapacitated" by a court of law. Read this resource to learn more about informed consent and medical decision making.
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    Alternative Remedies

    Health In Aging
    Alternative medicines are remidies that are used in place of conventional medicine. Alternative remedies can include herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements and folk remedies. When using alternative remedies, it is important to take the correct dosage and to be aware of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider about all medications you use, including alternative therapies.
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    Programs and Services for Seniors

    Government of Québec
    This guide contains information on government programs and services available to seniors in Québec. This guide contains links to resources related to health and social services, home help, housing, transportation, justice and tax credits. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Coping with a Loss of Independence

    Government of Québec
    This guide contains links to programs and services offered to those who are losing their independence due to ageing or illness. The links provided on this page relate to housing, work, legal services, home help, health and social services, transport and financial aid. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Preventing deconditioning in seniors during the pandemic

    Government of Québec
    Deconditioning is a group of physical, mental and social consequences associated with inactivity or understimulation. 3 areas to focus on to prevent deconditioning are mobility, nutrition and hydration, and mental and cognitive health. Read this resource for more tips and resources on how to prevent deconditioning.
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    Mistreatment of older adults - Risk factors

    Government of Québec
    Certain factors make older adults more likely to be a target of mistreatment. Risk factors are related to the older adult's environment. Vulnerability factors are related the person's characterisitcs. There are also factors related to the person who mistreates the older adult. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Mistreatment of older adults - Act to combat maltreatment of seniors and other persons of full age in vulnerable situations

    Government of Québec
    The Act to combat maltreatment of seniors and other persons of full age in vulnerable situations is a law which provides 6 ways to reduce maltreatment of seniors. This Act focuses on monitoring, reporting, protection and training. Read this resource to learn more about the Act.
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    Mistreatment of older adults - Help and resources

    Government of Québec
    This resource contains helplines and services that are available to vitcims of mistreatment, domestic abuse, crime, or discrimination. This resource also contains services for caregivers of older adults. Read this resource to learn more. Some of these services are only available in French.
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    Four Types of Exercise Can Improve Your Health and Physical Ability

    National Institute on Aging
    It is important to get all 4 types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Doing all types of excercises helps to reduce boredom, reduce risk of injury and allows you to maintain your mobility. It is important to be safe when doing any of these types of exercises.
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    Maintaining a Health Weight

    National Institute on Aging
    If you continue to eat the same types and amounts of food as you age but do not become more active, you will probably gain weight. This resource contains tips on nutrtion and excercise in order to maintain a healthy weight. By keeping healthy, you will better be able to participate in daily activities and maintain your independece.
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    Seniors' Drug Program

    Prince Edward Island
    This resource provides information on the Seniors' Drug Program in PEI. All adults aged 65 and older are automatically enrolled in this program. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Ageism

    Prince Edward Island
    Ageism is the discrimination of people based on their age. Negative stereotypes and attitudes about aging can exist due to the media. Becoming more aware of ageism and recognizing your own attitudes about people of different ages can help to combat ageism.
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    Seniors Independence Initiative

    Prince Edward Island
    The Seniors Independence Initiative provides financial assistance for practical services for seniors. Thes services indlude home maintenance, meal prparation, errands and transport. Applicants for this initiative must be 65 years or older and be in a lower income bracket.
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    Healthy Aging: Is It Time to Stop Driving?

    Health Link B.C.
    This decision aid will help you decide if you are still able to drive safely. It is important to keep in mind the physical changes that happen as you age as well as the benefts and risks of driving. This resource contains a decision aid and a quiz to help you make the best decision for yourself.
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    Healthy Aging: Emotional and Mental Vitality

    Health Link B.C.
    Replacing an activity that you may no longer be able to do with a new activity is a key to staying healthy and active. Regular physical activity, social activites, staying in touch with your community, mental activities, stress reduction and relaxation techniques help to protect and improve your emotional and mental health. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Healthy Aging: Sexual Vitality

    Health Link B.C.
    For most healthy adults, sexual pleasure and interest don't diminish with age. Around age 50, physical changes, including changes in sexual drive and response are common. It is importnat to talk to your partner and your doctor about any concerns you might have. It is also important to continue practicing safer sex.
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    Healthy Aging: Getting the Nutrition You Need

    Health Link B.C.
    Good nutrition plays an important role in how well you age. Physical changes can cause older adults to need more or less of certain types of nutrients. Meals on Wheels programs exist in most communities to provide those with tranpsortation, financial or health limitations with food healthy.
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    Choosing a Substitute Decision-Maker (SDM)

    Health Link B.C.
    A substitute decision maker is someone you choose in advance to make health care decisions for you in case you can't make them for yourself. Choosing a substitue decision maker is a legal process. Once you select a substitute decision maker, it is important to discuss your health care preferences with them and document these preferences.
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    Is Palliative Care Right for You?

    Get Palliative Care
    This quiz will help you determine whether palliative care might be right for you or someone close to you. You can receive palliative care at any age and at any point in your illness.
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    How to Get Palliative Care?

    Get Palliative Care
    The first step to getting palliative care is talking with your doctor. It is important to tell your doctor that you are thinking of palliative care and to explain your treatment goals and treatment history. Read this resource for more tips on how to talk to your doctor.
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    Meet the Palliative Care Team

    Get Palliative Care
    This resource gives you and your families questions to ask your palliaitve care team during your first meeting. These questions will allow your goals to be made clear so you can be matched with the correct treatment options. Read this resource for more tips on speaking with your care team.
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Get Palliative Care
    This resource answers common questions about palliative care, such as what it is, when and where it can occur, and whether it is covered by insurance. Read this resource to find answers to questions you might have about palliative care.
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    Palliative Care Provider Directory

    Get Palliative Care
    This resource helps you or a loved one locate palliaitve care in your area. Once you find a program that you are interested in, you should contact the program directly to confirm eligibility.
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    Parkinson’s Disease and Palliative Care

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    The symptoms of Parkinson's disease starts off gradually, but gets worse over time. Typical treatments involve medications, physical or occupational therapy, and eventually assited living if needed. Palliaitve care can help you to clarify your goals and set up a treatment plan. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Prostate Cancer and Palliative Care

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    Prostate cancer can cause various symptoms such as bone pain, difficulties with urination and fatigue. Symptoms of prostate cancer can affect your self esteem and create anxiety. Palliative care can help manage your symptoms and provide emotional support.
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    Pulmonary Fibrosis and Palliative Care

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    Pulmonary fibrosis is disease where the lungs become scarred and breathing becomes difficult. Treatments involve medications and oxygen therpay to make breathing and sleeping easier. Palliative care can help you to treat the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis and provide you with support. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Sickle Cell Anemia and Palliative Care

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    Sickle cell anemia is a condition that affects red blood cells. The red blood cells become sickle-shaped which prevents oxygen from flowing properly throughout the body, which leads to inflammation and pain. Palliative care can help you manage your symptoms and deal with the emotions related to living with a chronic illness. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Stroke and Palliative Care

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    Stroke is a disease where blood flow to the brain is stopped. The areas of the brain that are affected get damaged or die, which leads to the symptoms a stroke causes. Palliative care can help explain whether your symptoms will be permanent or will improve over time, as well as helping you to treat your symptoms. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Lung Cancer and Palliative Care

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    Palliative care can help you manage symptoms and pain related to lung cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and surgery. 85% of lung cancer cases are tied to smoking, causing patients to blame themselves. Palliative care helps patients deal with those feelings and achieve acceptance. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Multiple Myeloma and Palliative Care

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    Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that cannot typically be cured. Palliative care can help you to manage symptoms of pain, fatigue and bone fractures. Your palliative care team will also enhance communication between you, your families and your doctors. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Multiple Sclerosis and Palliative Care

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    Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. There are 2 main forms of this disease: one that involves flare ups and relapses and the other which gets worse over time. No matter your symptoms and progression of disease, palliative care can help to support you. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Ovarian Cancer

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    Ovarian cancer treatment often involves surgery, chemotherapy, and other aggressive treatments. Palliative care specializes in treating and controlling symptoms, which allows you to complete your curative treatments. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Pancreatic Cancer and Palliative Care

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    When you have pancreatic cancer, you often experience intense pain. Palliative care can help you treat pain and adjust you medicines in order to have the fewest side effects. Palliative care can also help you deal with the stress and emotions related to this disease. Read this resource to learn more.
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    HIV/AIDS and Palliative Care

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    HIV is a virus that can be transmitted through body fluids. AIDS is an advanced stage of the HIV infection which can lead to other infections and certain cancers. Palliative care helps to manage symptoms and side effects, as well as supports you and your family. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Kidney Disease, Kidney Failure and Palliative Care

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    Palliative care can help you make important decisions in your treatment of kidney failure. The care team will help you manage symptoms and consider the advantages and disadvantages of dialysis and kidney transplant. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Leukemia, Lymphoma and Palliative Care

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    Leukemia and lymphoma are cancers that affect the bloodstream or the lymphatic system. Palliative care helps you manage symptoms such as fatigue, low energy, bleeding from minor wounds, fevers and achy bones or joints. Palliative care also helps you to manage stress and make difficult choices. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Liver Disease and Palliative Care

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    Liver disease is a progressive disease where symptoms get worse over time. Palliative care can help you manage symptoms and support you during the process of liver transplant if you are eligeable. Palliative care also helps you to communicate with you doctors and to deal with symptoms of discomfort, depression or anxiety. Read this resource to learn more.
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    COVID-19

    Get Palliative Care
    Older adults and people with serious underlying medical conditions are at a high risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Palliative care for patients with COVID-19 involves symptom management and communication. Read this resource to learn more.
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    COVID-19 FAQs

    Get Palliative Care
    Some people with COVID-19 may chose to stay home and use palliative care to manage their symptoms. Communication during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential to keep those in palliative care comfortable and safe at home. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Dementia and Palliative Care

    Get Palliative Care
    Dementia is a deterioration of the brain. As the condition progresses, patients will have additional care needs. Palliative care helps patients get the care they need and helps families cope with having loved ones with dementia. Read this resource to learn more.
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    My Caregiving Journey

    The Vanier Institute of the Family
    Each caregiving journey is unique. Many people are called to the caregiving role unexpectedly but every caregiver learns to adapt to their unique circumstance. This is the story of one caregiver who grew up admiring her caregiving mother and became a caregiver herself. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Caring Enough to Flex, Flexing Enough to Care

    The Vanier Institute of the Family
    Caregiving responsibilities can be complex and often unpredictable. Flexible work arrangements help employees manage their caregiving responsibilities alongside their paid work. Employers should use innovation and creative means to make the balance easier for their employees. Read this resource to learn more.
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    COVID-19 bereavement

    Sudden
    COVID-19 bereavement is different from other types of bereavement. People have often not been allowed to be near their dying loved ones due to infection control measures. Travel and gathering restrictions also mean that people cannot come together to mourn as normal. Traumatic bereavement can lead to long term mental health challenges. It is important to learn about some of the feelings you may be experiencing and seek help. It is always good to know that you are not alone. Read this resource to learn more.
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    What is sudden death?

    Sudden
    Sudden death is any unexpected death and includes death due to COVID-19. Loved ones and carers have no time to prepare or say goodbye. Their lives are significantly and sometimes traumatically altered. With the right support, it is possible to successfully cope after sudden death. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Coping with sudden death: At the beginning

    Sudden
    When you first find out about the death of a loved one, you may experience several strong emotions. You may later feel exhausted or helpless. You are not alone. Read this resource to learn about some strategies to help you in the early days after a loss.
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    Coping with sudden death: thoughts and reactions in the early weeks

    Sudden
    The early weeks after the sudden death of a loved one can be tough. You may experience persistent negative emotions or physical symptoms. You may lose sleep, feel angry or feel afraid. These emotions and feelings are normal. Learn about these thoughts and why you may be experiencing them in this resource.
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    Coping with sudden death: Advice on coping during the first weeks

    Sudden
    It is normal to feel many different emotions during the first few weeks of bereavement. Strong feelings put stress on your body so it is normal to also feel physical symptoms such as nightmares and fatigue. You should learn about what people commonly experience in grief. You should also learn about some helpful ways to cope. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Coping with sudden death: ongoing thoughts and reactions

    Sudden
    Sudden death is unexpected so it makes sense if your sadness takes longer to subside. After a while, daily living should become easier even if you feel sad at times. If you have been struggling for more than 2 months with strong feelings, it is a good idea to look into some supports available to help you cope. Your grief may lead to long term mental health challenges so it is important to get the proper help. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Tools and reports

    Sudden
    Learn about supporting young people, children, and adults who have lost recent loved ones. Read this resource to access reports and webinars on supporting people who have recently been bereaved. These resources are based in the UK but they apply to most caregiver supporters.
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    COVID-19 bereavement: advice for you

    Sudden
    Bereavement due to COVID-19 can be especially difficult because of the inability to be with your loved one as they die. It is normal to feel intense emotions and sadness. It is important to get help if you find it hard to take care of your needs alone. You should also learn about some of the common reactions to the death of a loved one due to COVID-19. Read this resource for common reactions and tips for how you can cope.
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    Advice if you are caring for someone suddenly bereaved at a time of COVID-19

    Sudden
    Caring for a person who has lost someone due to COVID-19 is not always easy. It is very important to be there for them and to take care of yourself at the same time. If you do not live with them, make sure to connect with them over phone and video call. You can help ensure their basic care needs like food are being met. There are some warning signs you should also look for in case you need to call for professional help. Read this resource to learn more.
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    COVID-19 bereavement: memorialising

    Sudden
    Funerals look different during the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing and travel restrictions mean people have turned to alternative ways to memorialize and mourn their loved ones. Many families are using online video tools to plan video services. You can also memorialize your deceased loved on through art or writing. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Widowed & Young – helping young widows and widowers cope with life after death

    Sudden
    Adults who lose partners at young ages can feel like no one understands their experience. Widowed and Young, a charity in the United Kingdom, connects widowed people to share experiences, advice, and friendship. Seeing widowed people living happy lives after the death of their partner can give hope to newly widowed people. Read this resource to learn more.
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    ALS and Palliative Care

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    ALS is a disease that causes nerve cells to die. This causes a loss of voluntary muscle control, and eventually leads to paralysis. Palliative care for those with ALS helps patients deal with symptoms, communicates treatment options, and helps with daily living tasks. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Alzheimer’s Disease and Palliative Care

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    Alzheimer's disease causes difficulties with memory, judgment and reasoning. Palliative care helps treat symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and plan for future care needs as the disease progresses. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Breast Cancer and Palliative Care

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    Palliative care teams work with cancer specialists to help reduce the symptoms of patients. Palliative care teams also help patients communicate with their family and provide emotional suppor to the patient and their family. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Bone Marrow Transplant and Palliative Care

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    Bone marrow transplants can result in a wide variety of physical symptoms. Palliative care helps patients manage their symptoms, and provides them with emotional support. A palliative care team can also help you understand complex medical information and choose the best treatment option for your goals. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Cancer and Palliative Care

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    Cancer and cancer treatments can cause various symptoms. Palliative care helps to relieve the symptoms and stress of cancer, and helps you to deal with concerns about treatment. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Palliative Care

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    COPD is a lung condition that causes physical and psychological symptoms. Palliative care helps to manage shortness of breath by reducing feelings of breathlessness. This is done through anxiety and depression medications, talk therapy and relaxation techniques. Read this article to learn more.
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    Colon Cancer and Palliative Care

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    Palliative care helps to manage symptoms related to colon cancer, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Diet, nutrition, fluids and electrolytes might be used by a palliative care team to control symptoms and prevent further complications. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Congestive Heart Failure and Palliative Care

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    Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood properly. Palliative care involves communicating between heart specialists and families, and using alternative treatments to deal with symptoms. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Tips for caregivers providing care at home

    Alzheimer Society
    If you are a caregiver during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be experiencing some challenges when caring for your loved ones. You may also have questions about how to navigate this new virtual world we are living in. Read this resource to learn more about how to support your loved ones while taking care of yourself too.
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    COVID-19 tips for people living alone with dementia

    Alzheimer Society
    For people who have dementia, living alone during a pandemic can be difficult. It's important to follow proper hygiene measures, stay connected with loved ones, incorporate some physcial activity into the day and maintain a regular routine. Read this resource to learn more.
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    African American Older Adults and Race-Related Stress: How Aging and Health-Care Providers Can Help

    American Psychological Association
    African American older adults experience significant health and social disparities due to racism. Historical and personal experiences of racism create stress in Black older adult individuals and communities. Carers should therefore understand and work to address the impacts of anti-Black racism. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Self-care during uncertain times

    Family Caregivers of British Columbia
    Being a caregiver during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging due to social isolation and less support than usual. It's important that caregivers take care of their own mental health in order to provide for their loved ones. Read this resource to learn tips on self-care.
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    COVID-19 Tips and Tools

    Get Palliative Care
    As a caregiver, there are many steps you can take to ensure your loved ones are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other than supporting them socially, you can talk to them about their preferences for end of life care and come up with a plan together in case of emergencies. Find more useful tips in this resource.
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    Connecting socially while keeping your distance

    The Ontario Caregiver Organization
    Staying connected is improtant for maintaining mental health but can be diifficult during the COVID-19 pandemic due to social distancing rules. Use this resource to learn more about ways you can stay connected to your loved ones and to the outside world.
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    What is a dementia-friendly community?

    Alzheimer Society
    Dementia is a complex condition that affects each person differently and requires different levels of care. Dementia friendly communities are inclusive and reduce the stigma associated with dementia. Read this resource to learn more about this initiative.
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    Characteristics of dementia-friendly communities

    Alzheimer Society
    Dementia friendly communities support people with dementia in living a life free of stigma, frustration and anxiety. These communities have certain social aspects such as education, community programs and physical aspects such as accessibility and familiarity. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Loss and Grief During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Canadian Mental Health Association
    Grief is a common feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people are grieving lost loved ones and others may be grieving their loss of routines or social circles. Grief occurs differently for each person but you may be experiencing the different forms. Learn about the different types and how even the most unexpected experiences can cause grief. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Linking the Past to the Present - The Benefits of Reminiscing

    Today's Caregiver
    Remembering the past can help older adults with memory loss regain their sense of identity. Reminiscence can also help caregivers connect with their loved ones in a meaningful way. There are many other benefits to reminiscence. Read this resource to learn more.
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    The Who Am I? Scrapbook

    Today's Caregiver
    Creating a Who Am I? scrapbook can be a fun way to bring the family together to celebrate the life of a loved one in care. This scrapbook tells the life of a person and can help caregivers know their patients better. Get ready to be creative! Read this resource to learn more.
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    Predicting Community Resilience and Recovery After a Disaster

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Communities respond to disasters differently depending on the type of disaster and the characteristics of the community itself. We can use models to predict how well communities recover from major stressors. One model is the COPEWELL model which combines public health and community resilience modelling. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Dating at Any Age

    Institute on Aging
    There are some things you should look out for if you are dating as an older adult. Online dating sites leave any vetting up to the user. If you decide to meet someone, make sure you are in a public space and that you don't share your personal information right away. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Tools for people aged 70 and over and caregivers

    Canadian Mental Health Association
    Social distancing is helping protect us all from the spread of COVID-19. While the situation is temporary, it can still feel overwhelming. To cope, reach out virtually to your social networks and keep a positive perspective. Read this resource to learn more.
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    CMHA offers tips to support mental health amid concerns of COVID-19 pandemic

    Canadian Mental Health Association
    If you are experiencing increased anxiety and depression symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some tips to help you cope. You should take care of your wellbeing by managing the amount of distressing news you consume. You should also be aware of supports available in the community to help you manage your symptoms. Read this resource for more tips.
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    COVID-19 and mental health

    Canadian Mental Health Association
    Here are some useful resources to help you mentally cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources cover everything from dealing with job insecurity to being a caregiver. This page is updated regularly with up-to-date resources and supports. Read this resource to learn more.
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    How I’m Coping Without My Grief Support Group

    Next Avenue
    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced grief support groups to pause in-person meetings. These meetings have been helpful to people coping with the loss of a loved one and it can be hard to maintain this important emotional and social support. Read this resource to learn how one person is finding ways to continue interacting with their grief support network during the pandemic.
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    Solo Agers Need Connection Now More Than Ever

    Next Avenue
    Older adults living alone have likely lost many of their routine social interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are living alone, it is good to connect with your friends and family through phone or video call. It is also a good idea to find a buddy that can check up on you in case you need help. Read this resource for more information.
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    COVID-19 (coronavirus) stigma: What it is and how to reduce it

    Mayo Clinic
    Fear about the COVID-19 pandemic has created stigma against several groups of people. People of Asian descent, health workers, and travellers are being unjustly blamed for COVID-19. This stigma hurts everyone and it is important to reduce it. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Clever Ways Senior Housing Has Kept Residents Engaged During the Pandemic

    Next Avenue
    Senior housing centres are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some centres have found new ways to keep residents engaged through arts and technology. While social distancing requires some changes, there is still room for connection and enjoyment. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Combating bias and stigma related to COVID-19

    American Psychological Association
    It is important to understand how COVID-19 bias and stigma can impact people's wellbeing. Bias and stigma impacts people's abilities to get tested and treated. It is therefore important to overcome COVID-19 stigma. It starts by spreading the facts. Read this resource to learn more.
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    How ageist beliefs undercut us all

    American Psychological Association
    Older adults are not all the same and are not all at the same risk for COVID-19. It is important to challenge ageist stereotypes that can remove agency from older adults. Be mindful of the impacts of ageist rhetoric during COVID-19. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Tips to help address ageism during the pandemic

    American Psychological Association
    Ageism in the era of COVID-19 impacts the care and wellbeing of older adults. The media and society have portrayed older adults as weak and burdensome. This is dangerous as it makes it okay to disregard the dignity of older adults and their needs. Read this resource to learn how to address ageism during COVID-19.
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    Reducing Stigma

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Some groups of people are facing stigma because of COVID-19. It is important to support people of Asian descent, people who have travelled and frontline workers who may be facing avoidance, stereotyping, and violence. These experiences can cause harmful impacts on people's mental health and well being. Read this resource to learn how to reduce COVID-19 stigma.
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    Stop the Spread of Rumors

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    There are many rumours spreading about the COVID-19 pandemic. You should familiarize yourself with the facts to help you overcome coronavirus fear and stigma. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Advice on caring for someone in another household

    Age UK
    How you care for someone who lives in another household will change during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will need to take additional precautions if you enter their home to assist with their daily living or deliver their groceries. If you are feeling unwell, avoid their home and ask for help from friends, family, or community supports. Read this resource to learn about supports for older adults and carers in the UK.
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    Advice on caring for someone you live with

    Age UK
    Caring for someone you live with during the Covid-19 pandemic will be different from normal. You will need to take extra precautions such as washing your hands regularly and thinking about different daily living arrangements. Read about some of these adjustments and more in this resource.
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    Feeling anxious or low about coronavirus

    Age UK
    It is natural to feel anxious while staying at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Managing your feelings starts with acknowledging them and then connecting with supports like your friends or family. You can also sort out your routine and sleep schedule to feel more in control. Read this resource for more tips.
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    Preparing emotionally for retirement

    Age UK
    Preparing for retirement is about more than sorting out your finances. You also need to prepare emotionally and plan on how you will spend your time. Read the experience of one person in the UK who used a 3-point plan to transition from a fulfilling career to a fulfilling retirement life.
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    Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression

    Government of BC
    The Covid-19 pandemic can create feelings of anxiety and fear. It is important to get the right facts, reach out to your social supports, and take care of yourself. In British Columbia, there are also community resources that can answer your questions and help you get emotional support. Read this resource for more information.
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    Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19

    Government of BC
    Talking to someone can help alleviate feelings of despair or anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic. These virtual mental health resources are available for people of all ages and include resources for health care workers. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Preparedness for Caregivers during Covid-19

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    Caregivers for seniors may be looking for more help with their responsibilities during the Covid-19 pandemic. This checklist provides caregivers with a list of things to do to prepare such as gathering essential items, making sure medications are ordered, maintaining personal safety and the mental health of both the caregiver and the senior.
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    Caregivers and Coronavirus: Dealing With Forced Isolation

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing many caregivers to socially isolate themselves with their older loved ones. This enclosed space can create conflicts between loved ones. Use this resource for tips on how to make the most of social distancing by creating some separation throughout the house.
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    Practical Tips for Caregivers Concerned About Coronavirus

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    The Covid-19 pandemic is causing many caregivers to be concerned about their older loved ones. Read this resource for reliable information on how to stay safe during these uncertain times and stay socially connected to others.
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    7 Ways to Boost Your Loved One's Morale During the Coronavirus Epidemic

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    Many seniors are finding themselves socially isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic and it is important to remind them that they are still part of a community. There are many small acts of kindness you can do to show a senior you care such as sharing a virtual meal, sending them a letter in the mail, helping them set up a video chat and many more.
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    Love Thy Neighbor Now

    Next Avenue
    The Covid-19 pandemic is inspiring many people to connect with their neighbours who may need help. Some people need help getting groceries or walking their pet. Others just want a conversation buddy. Read this resource to learn how you can help your neighbour during the pandemic.
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    Covid-19 Information

    Seniors First BC
    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many people to turn to their communities and the government for additional financial, emotional and health support. This resource can be used as a guide for finding additional resources to help you in this difficult time. Categories of resources include grief groups, domestic violence support, legal affairs, food banks, government benefits and many more.
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    5 Signs Your Loved One May Need Caregiving Support

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    How do you know if now is a good time to get additional support for your older adult loved? Changes in the safety of their environment and their own personal health are good indicators. You can also assess if your loved one's their ability to take care of themselves has changed. Read this resource to learn more.
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    How Family Caregivers Can Keep Loved Ones Active at Home During Coronavirus Outbreak

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    During the covid-19 pandemic, many caregivers are now staying at home with their loved ones. Older adults can feel bored without their normal routines and social activities. Read this resource to learn about some activities at home to stay active and engaged.
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    Keeping Caregiver Spirits High During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    As a caregiver, keeping your own spirits in check is important during the covid-19 pandemic. Keep an optimist mindset, limit how much news you read or watch, and connect with other positive people. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Coping With Isolation and Loneliness in an Assisted Living Facility

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    The covid-19 pandemic has caused many assisted living facilities to close their doors to family and visitors. Caregivers are understandably worried about how their loved ones will cope with less social interaction. Read the story of one mother and daughter who are adjusting to this new reality.
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    Befriending services

    Age UK
    Age UK provides two befriending services. One service connects older adults to volunteer friends on the phone. The other service connects older adults to in-person volunteer friends. Read this resource to find out more and watch a testimonial video.
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    Connecting digitally – coronavirus advice

    Age UK
    With the reduction in face-to-face contact, it is good time to learn how to use digital communication tools. Use this resource to get connected online. This resource can also help you get your loved ones connected. Read tips on how to create a positive learning environment when teaching someone how to get online.
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    Keeping in touch using a video call

    Age UK
    Video calling allows you to see the faces of your loved ones and feel more connected to them. There are different mobile or computer applications you can use. Use this resource to read step-by-step instructions and watch instruction videos that will help you set up a video call on your device.
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    6 Things To Do When Dealing With Loneliness At An Old Age

    Aging in place
    There are many things you can do to avoid social isolation and loneliness. Think of creative outlets you enjoy and how you can give back to your community. Read this resource to learn tips on how to overcome loneliness as you age.
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    Community Resilience: Learn and Tell Toolkit

    RAND Corporation
    This toolkit is designed to help communities build resilience and to pass on their learned skills to others. The toolkit comes with ideas for activities, conversation starters, a game of bingo and a fact sheet for your learning.
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    Creating a Caregiving Plan When You Have No One to Take Care of You

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    Elder orphans or solo seniors describe older adults who do not have close friends or family on whom they can rely for their caregiving needs. You will need to plan for your legal and financial concerns early on but you are not alone. Read this resource for guidance on how to prepare.
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    7 Techniques for Better Communication with Seniors

    Aging Care
    You want to support your loved one as they age, but communication can sometimes be difficult. Many challenges occur because there has been a change in roles or expectations. Even still, it is important to maintain healthy two-way communication. Read this resource to learn tips for how to communicate with an aging loved one.
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    Covid-19 Stress and Coping

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful for many. This can lead to many physical and mental health symptoms and leave you feeling scared and anxious. Read this resource to learn ways to cope with this stress and stay connected to your community in times of emergency.
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    New Horizons for Seniors Program projects can now be used for COVID-19 support

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    The New Horizons for Seniors Program in Canada can now use their funding to support the needs of seniors during COVID-19. This additional funding will support seniors in staying connected to their communities, replacing lost volunteers, supporting the delivery of groceries and much more. Read this resource to learn more about how this program can help you.
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    Comfort Living: Why It Is Okay To Age At Home

    Aging in place
    Aging in your own home is a comfortable and desirable option for many people. There are many good reasons to age in place such as increased safety, independence and saving money. Being home can also help you stay close to loved ones and family. Read this resource to learn more.
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    I am a Caregiver: Getting Started Toolkit

    The Ontario Caregiver Organization
    Across Ontario, there are millions of caregivers who provide both physical and mental health support to a loved one. This role can be difficult to manage with your other responsibilities and it’s important that you have a social support system to turn to in times of need. Use this resource to prepare for this role.
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    Coronavirus Disease (covid-19): How to care for a person with covid-19 at home — Advice for caregivers

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    If you are caring for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, it is very important that you stay safe and healthy by taking the proper precautions. Follow the guidelines set by the Public Health Agency of Canada in this resource to do your best to stay healthy.
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    Young Caregivers

    The Ontario Caregiver Organization
    Young caregivers are children, youth and young adults under the age of 24 years old who provide care for a sibling, parent or grandparent. This group is vulnerable to feelings of isolation, depression and other mental health problems as they take on the health of others before theirs. Use this resource to find additional information on how to support this group of young people.
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    Caregiver Mental Health During COVID-19 Outbreak

    The Ontario Caregiver Organization
    Caregiver responsibilities may be overwhelming during the COVID-19 pandemic due to increased pressure to ensure seniors safety. Read this resource to learn how to prepare a plan to care for your loved one while maintaining your own mental health.
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    How Technology Can Support Caregivers During COVID-19

    The Ontario Caregiver Organization
    Caregiver responsibilities may be overwhelming during the COVID-19 pandemic due to increased pressure to ensure seniors safety. Read this resource to learn how you can use technology to help manage your responsibilities and stay connected with loved ones.
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    Caring for Seniors in Your Community

    The Ontario Caregiver Organization
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, almost everyone has become a caregiver for someone else. Read this resource for tips on how you can support a senior who is in isolation while still following Public Health guidelines.
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    The Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act in Alberta

    OakNet: Canadian Law for Older Adults
    Older adults may have different abilities to make decisions. The Alberta Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act gives options for older adults with different needs. Read this resource for general guidelines.
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    Grandparents and Grandchildren

    OakNet: Canadian Law for Older Adults
    For grandparents in Alberta who want to gain or regain contact with their grandchildren, there are a couple options you can explore. Learn about how to navigate the courts, how to become a kinship caregiver, and the responsibilities of Guardianship. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Top 5 Online Activities for Seniors

    Seniority: The Mavencare Blog
    Online activities are a great way for older adults to stay engaged and have fun. Before you start, make sure to think about your safety online. Once you've taken precautions, check out this resource for 5 different ideas about how you can engage online.
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    Ethno-Cultural Communities

    Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council
    Elder abuse can affect members of any cultural community. Some elders however can feel more marginalized from society due to cultural and societal reasons. This can make escaping elder abuse more difficult. Read about these reasons in this resource.
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    Advance Care Plan Considerations

    LongTermCare.gov
    Advance care planning is about thinking about what is important to you as you approach the end of life. Some of the conversations you will have may feel difficult and there are resources that can help. You should also start looking at the people and experts around you who can help. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Get Healthy: Volunteer

    Senior Planet
    Volunteering is a great way to stay active and healthy! This resource can help you decide how you would like to volunteer. Think about the amount of time you can give and what cause you want to support. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Pathways to Effective Communication for Healthcare Providers and Caregivers

    Family Caregiver Alliance
    Caregivers are advocates for their loved one's care. This resource provides tips on how to prepare to speak to your loved one's care team at the hospital, doctor's office, and home. You can also learn about some of the legal issues affecting American caregivers.
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    Connecting Rural Older Americans with Technology

    Senior Planet
    Senior Planet helps connect American older adults with technology skills education and each other. The classes run by this program are popular and becoming more available around the country. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Ways to Love Our Elders

    National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
    This graphic gives ideas about how we can love our elders. Use this poster to reach out to your elders, lend them a helping hand, and make them feel loved. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Caregiving 101: On Being a Caregiver

    Family Caregiver Alliance
    Caregiving can be a large responsibility. A caregiver may have to manage other roles alongside the care of their loved ones. Read this resource to learn the basics of caregiving and taking care of yourself.
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    LGBT Caregiving: Frequently Asked Questions

    Family Caregiver Alliance
    Caring for an LGBT older adult can become difficult and you might have questions on ways to approach this new role. This resource is a guide that answers frequently asked questions by fellow caregivers who are also seeking advice from professionals. Read this resource for more information.
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    The Sandwich Generation

    Today's Caregiver
    The "sandwich generation" refers to people who are caregivers for both their older adult and younger loved ones. If you are part of this group, you may feel overwhelmed. You may also feel like other important parts of your life are being neglected. Read this resource to learn how to make this role easier for you.
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    Hiring an In-Home Caregiver: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

    Today's Caregiver
    Finding an in-home caregiver can feel challenging. It is important to gather as much knowledge as possible to choose the best fit. Read this resource to learn more about what to look out for and services available to you.
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    What is Cohousing?

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    If you are interested in the concept of cohousing, read this resource to learn more about this style of independent housing. Cohousing usually consists of seniors who own their own homes which are clustered around a common house with shared amenities.
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    Cohousing & Sustainability

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    Cohousing has many benefits for seniors as well as for the environment, economics and social sustainability. Read this resource to learn how cohousing can improve the lives of everyone in the community.
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    Success of senior co-housing arrangements affected by people, place, and long-term security

    Journal of Housing for the Elderly (2019)
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    Senior Cohousing: Affordable Housing for Aging in Place

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    Read this resource to understand why many Canadian seniors are choosing to live in cohousing. This type of housing allows older adults to live independently while saving money, improving their social life and being more environmentally friendly.
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    How To Create A Cohousing Community

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    Cohousing combines the benefits of private living with the comfort of a close community. To start a cohousing community, you need to connect with your friends and neighbours and start planning. Read this resource to learn more.
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    A Community for Proactive Adults: What Is Senior Cohousing?

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    Co-housing aims to create mindful, creative, and connected communities. These communities began in Denmark and are spreading around the world. Read this resource to learn more.
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    The Consensus Decision Process in Cohousing

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    Good decisions are those where everyone agrees or is open to making a collective decision. Read this resource to learn how to make a decision by consensus in a co-housing community.
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    Shared Housing for Seniors

    A Place For Mom
    Many older adults want to age in place and be independent, however this is not always what is best for them. An alternative option for seniors is shared housing. Learn about the many benefits of shared housing for seniors such as independence, saving on rent, safety and social connections.
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    6 Things to Remember as You Start to Care for Your Parents

    Today's Caregiver
    As your parents age, you may take on the responsibility of caring for them. You may feel uncomfortable in your role or grieve the loss of your parents' independence. Remember these 6 tips to help make this role easier for you and your parents.
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    Family Friendly Facilities: The Only Way to Go

    Today's Caregiver
    For a care facility to be family-friendly, they should make it easy for residents and their loved ones to spend time together. This includes including loved ones when dining and occasional overnight stays. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Caregiver's Resources

    Aging Ahead
    If you are a caregiver, be aware of the supports available for you. These supports can help you emotionally and financially. When you know more, you can better care for yourself and your loved one. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Resources to help seniors age in their community

    Government of Alberta
    There are several resources in the community that can help aging adults in Alberta. You can access housing and social engagement supports. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Healthy Aging

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Healthy aging is defined by many things. Social connectedness and protecting against falls are just two aspects of healthy aging. Read this resource to learn more and find additional resources.
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    Seniors' Guide 2015/2016

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Use this resource to find many healthy aging resources in Manitoba. You can learn about the many health, recreational, and financial supports in your community. Read this guide to learn more.
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    Collective Kitchen Manual

    Alberta Health Services
    A collective kitchen is when a group of people cook food together. Participants can decide what their own collective kitchen looks like. Read this resource to learn everything you need to know about how to start your own collective kitchen.
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    Tips on Visiting Parents this Holiday

    A Place For Mom
    Holidays are a time when many adult children see their older adult parents. It is a good time to check in on how your aging parents are doing. Read this resource to learn which subjects to focus on.
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    Social Activities for Seniors

    The YMCA's of Québec
    YMCAs of Quebec run programs and provide space for older adults to socialize and stay active. There are a variety of programs at little to no cost. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Balancing work and caregiving responsibilities

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    Many people are working a job while caring for a loved one. It is important to take care of yourself and find support as you balance your responsibilities. Learn how to balance caring for a loved one and working at your job.
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    When a Loved One is Terminally Ill

    Help Guide
    Making end of life decisions and talking about death with a loved one can be difficult. Some of the support needed may be emotional. Other needs may include making arrangements for end of life. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Helping Someone Who’s Grieving

    Help Guide
    When a loved one is grieving, it can feel difficult to help. Knowing what to say and how will make supporting a loved one easier. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Aging well

    Help Guide
    Aging well means living your best life as you age. Staying healthy, active, and socially engaged are just some ways you can age well. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

    Help Guide
    Raising your grandchildren can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience. It can also be challenging as you take on new responsibilities. Read this resource for tips on how to care for yourself and your grandchildren.
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    Helping employees balance work and caregiving responsibilities

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    Many employees are also caregivers to their loved ones. Employers can help their employees balance their responsibilities with flexible policies and attitudes. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Elder Abuse and Neglect

    Help Guide
    Older adults are at risk of elder abuse and neglect. There are many warning signs you can look out for in your loved one. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Coping with a Life-Threatening Illness or Serious Health Event

    Help Guide
    A sudden health problem can cause many difficult emotions. It may feel very difficult to cope but there is hope. Read this resource to learn some steps you can take to cope with a life-altering illness.
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    Coping with Grief and Loss

    Help Guide
    Grief is an all-consuming feeling that is hard to describe and felt differently by everyone. Read this resource to learn ways you can cope and to learn when it is time to seek professional help.
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    The Ultimate Senior Safety and Well-Being Checklist

    A Place For Mom
    This holiday season, use the seniors wellbeing checklist to make sure your older adult loved one is healthy and safe in their home. Some topics include house safety and health status. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Students Provide Seniors With a “Vision” for the Future

    A Place For Mom
    VISIONS Seniors Centre in New York City connects teens and older adults. Teens travel to older adults' homes, read with them, and serve meals. Read this resource to learn more about this innovative program.
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    Old People Are Cool Campaign Combats Ageism

    A Place For Mom
    The Old People are Cool campaign shines a light on the lack of age diversity in fashion and society. This campaign is pro-aging. Read this resource to learn more.
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    5 Helpful Tips for Moving Your Senior Parent

    A Place For Mom
    Moving your older adult loved one can be an emotional and difficult experience. This resource has several helpful tips that can help you navigate the experience.
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    Caregiving Decisions Can Be Heartbreaking

    Aging Care
    Caregiving can involve many difficult decisions about the care of your loved one. Read the experience of one caregiver as she makes the difficult decision to move her loved one to a further care location.
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    Tele-Caregiving: ‘Be There’ for an Elder Without Physically Being There

    Aging Care
    Using technology to care for your aging loved one can make it possible to take care of an older adult from a distance. This is called tele-caregiving. Read this resource to learn more about tele-caregiving.
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    Activity Care Plans for the Elderly: Samples and Ideas for In-Home Caregivers

    Institute on Aging
    An activity care plan sets activity goals for your older loved one. They are designed to suit their health and physical needs. Read this resource to learn how to create an activity care plan.
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    Caregiver Self-Care Checklist for Work-Life Balance

    Institute on Aging
    As a caregiver, it is important that you take care of your physical and emotional needs. Use this checklist to keep track of how well you are fulfilling your own needs. This way you can better take care of your loved one.
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    Indoor Activities For Seniors with Limited Mobility

    Institute on Aging
    If it is difficult for you to go outside, there are many activities that you can do indoors. Read this resource to learn about indoor activities to keep you active, creative and social.
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    The Importance of Companionship For Seniors: Socialization and Better Health

    Institute on Aging
    Older adults are at risk of social isolation. As you age, your social circle may be getting smaller. Having companionship is an important part of your physical and mental health. Read this resource to learn about the importance and benefits of companionship.
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    Caring for the Caregiver: Getting the Support You Need to Prevent Caregiver Exhaustion and Burnout

    Institute on Aging
    Caregiving can be a fulfilling and rewarding role but it can also be tiring. Read this resource to learn how to take care of yourself so that you can care for others.
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    Tips On Choosing the Right Caregiver For an Older Loved One

    Institute on Aging
    Choosing a caregiver for your loved one can be difficult. But finding the right caregiver can provide peace of mind. Read the tips in this resource to learn about how to find a caregiver for your older loved one.
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    End of Life Care Issues and Challenges for Caregivers: Support Aging Loved Ones in Life and Death

    Institute on Aging
    It can be difficult to care for your loved one when they are at the end of their life. It can be an emotional time for caregivers. Read this resource to learn how to support your loved one and yourself during this difficult time.
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    5 Technologies I Wish I’d Had When I Was a Caregiver

    Aging Care
    Caregivers can benefit from using technology when caring for their loved ones. Technology is quickly advancing and so are the tools available for caregivers. Read this resource to learn more about some tools caregivers can use.
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    3 Aging Decisions to Make Before Someone Does for You

    Next Avenue
    Read this resource to learn about some of the decisions you should make before someone else needs to decide on your behalf. Making these decisions will help you maintain control even when independence becomes difficult.
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    Family caregiving

    Help Guide
    This resource can help you navigate your role as a family caregiver. Learn how to manage conflicting feelings, find support, and take care of yourself and your loved one.
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    How to Get Siblings to Help with Aging Parents

    Institute on Aging
    It can be helpful to have the help of your siblings when caring for your aging parents. However it can also be difficult to coordinate care when everyone has different abilities and responsibilities. Read this resource to learn about how to get help from your siblings in taking care of your parents.
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    Adult Day Programs Bring Comfort To San Francisco Caregivers

    Institute on Aging
    Adult day programs provide a place for older adults to meet new friends and take part in fun activities. Read this resource to learn more about adult day programs and the specific programs available in San Francisco.
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    Healthy eating for seniors

    Government of Canada - Living in Canada
    Eating with others is an important part of healthy eating. You can join a lunch group or eat with your neighbours. Read this resource to learn more about how you can socialize during meals.
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    Aging in Place Kitchen Design Ideas: Tips for Caregivers

    Institute on Aging
    The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a house. As you age, modifying your kitchen with new features or tools can help make your kitchen more accessible and safe. Read this resource to learn more about what kinds of changes you can make for an age-friendly kitchen.
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    Personal Chefs Can Help Seniors at Home

    Aging Care
    A personal chef can be a way to make sure you have nutritious meals as you age but they can also be a form of companionship. Read this resource to learn about a program that connects older adults with personal chefs called Chefs for Seniors.
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    Long Term Care and Hospice Palliative Care for the Deaf and Deaf/Blind community

    The Quality End-of-life Care Coalition of Canada
    This resource explains what it would take to ensure long term care homes and hospices are barrier free and welcoming to the deaf/blind community. Learn more about the needs of people living with deafness and/or blindness as they age within care facilities.
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    How Do We Balance Autonomy and Risk for Older Adults?

    Next Avenue
    Balancing autonomy and risk as your loved one ages can be difficult. You worry for your loved one but you also want to give them the freedom to determine their daily activities. Read this resource to learn more about how you can manage this concern as a caregiver.
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    Autonomy vs Dependence for Older Adults

    Seniors First BC
    While many vulnerable older adults need protection, older adults also have the autonomy to expose themselves to risk. This resource explains this balance and the legal advocacy work helping older adults take more control over their lives.
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    Why Seniors Refuse to Eat and What You Can Do About It

    Aging Care
    If you are a caregiver for a senior and they are refusing to eat, there are many possible reasons for this behaviour. This may be due to a loss of taste and smell, side effects from medications, loss of motivation to cook or loneliness from eating alone.
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    Eat meals with others

    Government of Canada - Living in Canada
    Canada’s updated 2019 food guide highlights the importance and benefits of eating with others, especially as a senior. Use this resource to learn how you can plan to eat with others more often and make every meal an opportunity for social interaction.
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    Eating Well as You Age

    Help Guide
    Eating well is about more than the food you eat. Eating with others has its own benefits. Read this resource to learn more about how you can make cooking and eating into a social experience.
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    Kitchen Kings

    Age UK
    Joining a cooking class can be a great way for older men to build their independence and make new friends. Learn about how the Kitchen Kings program run by Age UK, has helped older men find social support by learning how to cook.
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    Senior Living: The Risks of Eating Alone

    Senior living
    Eating alone can be both lonely and unhealthy. Eating with other people can be beneficial for your emotional well being. Read this resource to learn more about the ways in which you can get the benefits of eating with others.
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    Home Care Services for Seniors

    Help Guide
    If you or a senior you know is struggling to live independently at home, consider using this resource to evaluate if assistance from home care services is needed. Tips for choosing home care providers and ways to approach a loved one about such services without impeding on their autonomy are also included.
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    Independent Living for Seniors

    Help Guide
    Independent living can vary greatly depending on your needs and desires in a retirement community. Housing can range from apartment style living to houses in a community where amenities such as social activities and recreation are provided. This resource is a complete guide to help you decide if independent living is suited for your needs and helps you get the process started.
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    Tasty Meals When Cooking for One

    Unlock Food
    If you are not used to cooking for yourself and you are not sure how to cook for one person, use this resource for exciting new recipes that are already prepared for you. If eating alone is making you feel isolated and lonely, read the tips in this resource for guidance.
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    A guide to healthy eating for older adults

    Unlock Food
    Seniors who live alone may experience loss of appetite and lose interest in food which can lead to health problems. This guide is packed with tips to ensure that you are eating healthy meals and eating regularly as you age.
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    Senior Housing Options

    Help Guide
    Choosing housing for a senior can be overwhelming due to all the options that exist. This resource can help you consider all the options and guide you into choosing the best type of housing for yourself or a loved one.
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    Intergenerational Connections

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Intergenerational relationships are a promising solution for senior isolation and loneliness. Learn how community initiatives such as Volunteer Grandparents and Intergenerational Day Canada are helping to ensure that no senior is left in isolation.
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    Planning Wisely when Cooking for One

    Unlock Food
    If you are new to cooking for yourself and do not know where to start, this resource can be used as a guide for planning your meals. It outlines planning meals for one person, budget considerations and nutritional values.
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    Aging While Transgender: Unique Issues

    SAGE - Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
    Transgender adults face unique issues as they age. From housing discrimination, to gender recognition and healthcare, SAGE is working hard to advocate for LGBT adults as they age. Learn more about SAGE and the issues facing older transgender adults by reading this resource.
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    Gaining Visibility: The Challenges Facing Transgender Elders

    SAGE - Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
    Read the stories of some transgender adults and the challenges they face as they age. Learn about the advocacy work of transgender older adults by reading this resource.
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    Why It’s Harder for Men to Challenge the Stigma of Loneliness

    Next Avenue
    It can be difficult for men to reach out for help when feeling lonely. Read this resource to learn more about how to overcome loneliness as an older man.
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    How Are U.S. Baby Boomers Getting Along?

    Population Reference Bureau
    Read this infographic to learn about some facts about how baby boomers are faring in the Unites States including work and marital status trends.
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    Ten Things Every LGBT Older Adult Should Know About HIV/AIDS

    SAGE - Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
    If you are an LGBT older adult who has HIV, read this resource to learn about your health risks and how you can protect yourself and others.
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    Know Your Rights! LGBT Older Adults & Older Adults Living with HIV

    SAGE - Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
    LGBT older adults who have HIV may not be aware of their basic human rights. Read this resource to learn their rights when it comes to housing, discrimination, advance directives and long-term care.
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    This Club Unites Older People Who Have HIV

    Next Avenue
    Older adults with HIV face many unique challenges. They face social isolation due to social stigma, depression and loneliness. This resource describes how a club specifically for seniors with HIV has helped many people feel supported and part of a community.
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    10 Ways to Build Engagement in Your Chapter

    Elders Climate Action
    If you are a senior who is passionate about making a difference in regard to climate change, use this resource to learn tips on how to get involved. These tips can also be used to help encourage you community to participate in the movement.
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    Talking Climate with Others

    Elders Climate Action
    If you are a senior who is passionate about making a difference in regard to climate change, this resource is helpful for helping you bring the issue up with elected officials. Learn about who you should talk to and what questions you can ask.
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    What You Can Do About Climate Change

    Elders Climate Action
    If you are a senior who is passionate about making a difference in regard to climate change but is unsure of where to start, read this resource for tips on how to get started.
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    Climate Change and the Health of Older Adults

    Elders Climate Action
    Climate change is starting to have an impact on seniors physical and mental health which puts them at a higher risk of danger in times of emergency. Read this resource for more information on how seniors are affected in more than one way by climate change.
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    5 Qualities to Look for in a Professional Caregiver

    Aging Care
    Caregivers might need additional support when caring for seniors who require specific support. Read this resource to learn about the qualities of a great professional caregiver, such as experience, expertise, compassion, patience and communication.
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    Understanding Senior Housing Options

    Aging Care
    As seniors age, finding home care and other assisted living facilities can be challenging to navigate. Consider using this resource to learn about the many housing options that are currently available depending on the level of need.
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    Living with HIV: Mental Health

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Healthy Aging
    Serious illnesses like HIV can be a major source of stress. One of the most common mental health challenges when living with HIV is depression. Taking care of your mental health is important especially when living with HIV. Read this resource to learn more about mental illness and sources of support you can reach out to.
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    HIV, AIDS, and Older People

    National Institute on Aging
    HIV is not limited to young people. Older people can be at risk for HIV as well. Older people may feel ashamed of getting tested for HIV but it is important to get tested if you are at risk. Read this resource to learn more about the risk factors of HIV in older adults and more information about HIV.
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    Living with HIV: Dealing with Stigma and Discrimination

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    HIV discrimination and stigma affect people living with HIV, their loved ones and providers. People affected by HIV are entitled to the same medical care and respect as any other patient in the healthcare system. Learn about support services available to people living with HIV in the United States.
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    Stigma Scenarios: Support in Action

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    It is important that we challenge the stigma behind HIV. Whether it be among your family, partners, friends, communities or colleagues, we need to overcome HIV stigma in every social group. Read this resource for some example scenarios and responses to HIV stigmatizing scenarios.
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    A guide to talking about HIV

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Talking about HIV and AIDS can be difficult. Nonjudgemental and accepting language ensures the dignity of people living with HIV and AIDS. Read this resource to learn how your language can reduce stigma for people living with HIV and AIDS.
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    Living with HIV: Telling others

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Disclosing your diagnosis of HIV may be required by law for you to protect yourself and those around you, such as sexual partners or family members. It is also important to disclose you diagnosis to your healthcare provider so they can support you. Telling trusted family and/or friends can help you get social and emotional support. Learn about the resources available to you in this difficult process.
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    Facts about HIV Stigma

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    HIV stigma and discrimination are the negative attitudes and behaviours that a person living with HIV can experience. Stigma and discrimination can be big challenges for people living with HIV, especially with so many myths surrounding HIV. Learn about HIV stigma and discrimination and what can be done to help overcome these challenges.
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    HIV and Aging

    American Psychological Association
    Older adults living with HIV have unique mental health challenges. This resource highlights the challenges to aging with HIV and some available mental health treatments.
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    Caregiving for Aging LGBT Adults Living with HIV

    American Psychological Association
    Aging LGBT adults face struggles in getting the support they need. The barriers they face put them at a disadvantage to heterosexual older adults seeking the same care. Learn about the issues facing LGBT older adults living with HIV and available supports.
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    Healthy Ageing and the Sustainable Development Goals

    WHO Ageing
    By 2050, the world's population of people over 60 will double. It is important to create a sustainable future that supports healthy aging.
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    Day Centres

    Age UK
    Day Centres improve the quality of life of older people by providing support and opportunities for socialization. Learn how to join a centre and what your time at a Day Centre can look like.
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    Friendship Centres

    Age UK
    If you are a senior who is looking to make new friends while participating in social activities, use this resource to learn about the many friendship centres across the UK. Activities vary by centre but can include day trips, holidays, theatre visits, crafts and many more.
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    Age-friendly environments

    WHO Ageing
    The physical environment that seniors grow old in is very important for mental health and their independence. Learn what the World Health Organization is doing to facilitate healthy aging in communities around the world.
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    Long-term-care systems

    WHO Ageing
    Long term care systems and palliative care facilities are important not only for seniors but also for caregivers who are struggling to fulfil their responsibilities. Learn how the World Health Organization is working towards improving the quality and quantity of such facilities around the world.
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    Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health (2016-2020)

    WHO Ageing
    Life expectancies across the world are increasing which means that communities must work to be more age-friendly. Read this resource to learn how the World Health Organization is promoting the development of age-friendly communities to support senior’s autonomy and engagement in society.
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    Leave no one behind toolkit

    Bond
    Sustainable development should help lift everyone - no matter their social status or age. The "Leave No One Behind" commitment promises to make sure this comes true. Learn more about what steps are being taken around the world so no one is left behind.
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    Stepping up to our diversity and inclusion challenge

    Bond
    Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) help improve human rights around the world, but there is a lot to be done to increase representation of gender, race, disability, and sexuaility in UK based NGOs. Learn more about what NGOs are doing to increase diversity in their workforces.
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    Do you know all 17 SDGs?

    United Nations: Sustainable Development goals
    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Watch this short video to learn about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their impact.
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    The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit: 17 Goals to Transform Our World

    United Nations: Sustainable Development goals
    The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change. They were agreed upon by 193 countries. Learn more about the ways in which these goals hope to build a sustainable future.
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    The lazy person's guide to saving the world

    United Nations: Sustainable Development goals
    The Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved with the help of everyday people! Here are some things that you can do from your couch, your home, your neighbourhood, and workplace, to make the world a better place!
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    Helping Elderly Parents Transition to Assisted Living

    Aging Care
    The transition to an assisted living facility can be difficult for seniors who still want to stay independent. If you are a caregiver looking to help a senior transition, consider bringing personal items, reminding them you will keep in touch regularly and give them space to make friends.
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    Self Care

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    If you are a caregiver for a senior and you feel overwhelmed, read this resource that describes how you can take care of yourself before helping others. A video is also included that gives advice for family caregivers.
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    Training and Caregiver Role Management Tools

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Being a caregiver for a senior can be a difficult task to manage on your own. Use this resource for tools relating to finances, communication and specific health conditions that will help you in this new role.
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    Community Support Services

    Canadian Red Cross
    Use this resource to learn about the many services that the Canadian Red Cross provides seniors in the community. Services relating to nutrition support, social engagement, safety, transportation and supportive housing are described.
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    Taking Care of Yourself: Tips for Caregivers

    National Institute on Aging
    Being a caregiver for a senior can take a toll on your own mental and physical health. Use this resource to learn tips on how to take care of yourself and ways you can get the support you need.
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    Adult day service: What you need to know

    Mayo Clinic
    Adult day care services can provide supervision, social activities, meals and varying levels of health care services depending on the senior. Use this resource to help your loved one adjust to adult day care and learn the benefits of these services.
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    Adult Day Care Services

    Help Guide
    Adult day care services are great places for seniors who need special attention when it comes to their health and also gives caregivers a break from their daily responsibilities. Use this resource to learn everything you need to know about these services and how you can choose the best center for you and your loved ones needs.
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    How to Run a Book Club for Seniors

    Senior Living Link
    Reading is a good hobby for seniors who are looking to make new friends and learn something new at the same time. Use this resource to learn how to start your own book club, genres of books to consider and discussion topics for your book club.
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    Age-Friendly Alberta

    Government of Alberta
    Learn how Alberta is working towards becoming an age-friendly province by implementing more programs that encourage accessibility and promote an inclusive community. Explore which changes are being made to transportation, housing, community services and recreation for seniors.
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    What does it take to become an Age-Friendly Community?

    Government of Alberta
    Learn how Alberta is working towards becoming an age-friendly province by implementing more programs that encourage seniors to participate and contribute to their community. Explore which changes are already being made to transportation, housing, community services and recreation for seniors in the city of Calgary.
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    Volunteering A Win-Win for Seniors and Rural Communities

    Rural Health Information Hub
    Seniors can benefit from volunteering by forming social connections and learning new things. This resource describes how rural communities can also benefit from senior volunteers by utilizing their past experiences.
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    Rural Aging in Place Toolkit

    Rural Health Information Hub
    Seniors that live in rural communities often face difficulties when aging in place. This tool kit is a complete guide to implementing age-friendly communities and aging in place programs.
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    Rural Aging

    Grantmakers in Aging
    This resource explores the unique characteristics that seniors living in rural communities have in common. Learn why this population needs extra attention when it comes to transportation, health care access, housing and long term care options and how limited research is available on this topic.
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    Age-Friendly Communities

    Grantmakers in Aging
    Most seniors would like to grow old in their home and live independently until they no longer can. Age-friendly communities encourage independent aging and allow seniors to have access to all kinds of health and social services.
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    Age-friendly communities

    Government of Alberta
    Age-friendly communities are accessible and promote health aging in many different ways. Learn about the benefits and features that make a city age-friendly, such as accessible buildings, appropriate housing and multiple transportation options.
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    Age-friendly Communities

    Government of BC
    Age-friendly communities are accessible and promote health aging in many different ways. Learn about how cities and their seniors can benefit from being more age-friendly and what features are most advantageous for seniors.
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    Get out of town!

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    If you are a senior who wants to discover new ways to get out of town and enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family, use this resource to learn about your options when it comes to transportation. If you live if British Columbia, explore your options such as park buses, ferries, carpooling and long distance buses and trains.
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    Carpooling and Car Sharing

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    If you are a senior who has recently given up driving your own car, carpooling may be an appropriate and accessible transportation option for your needs. Use this resource to learn more about carpooling and car sharing programs and find links to programs if you live in British Columbia.
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    Walking Groups and Resources

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    If you are a senior who is looking to get more active while enjoying some fresh air, consider joining a walking group. Walking is perfect for those who cannot commit to more vigorous exercise and can connect you with people. Use this resource to learn the benefits of walking as exercise and find groups you can join in the Vancouver area.
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    5 Reasons Seniors Should Volunteer Their Time

    A Place For Mom
    Volunteering as a senior can look very different depending on the person and has many social, health and physical benefits. Learn how you can volunteer to work on a project, how you can prevent social isolation and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and show others the skills you have acquired throughout your life. Some examples of volunteering opportunities are also provided for your convenience.
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    How I Finally Found the Right Volunteer Experience

    Next Avenue
    Volunteering can offer seniors a new sense of purpose and reintroduce routine into their lives, but finding the right fit for your lifestyle may be difficult at first. Follow one woman’s journey in finding the right volunteering opportunity and learn from her experiences.
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    How To Volunteer As A Senior

    Aging in place
    Volunteering as a senior can look very different depending on the person and has many social, health and physical benefits. Learn how volunteering helps your mental health by constantly learning something new and setting up a routine in your life. Some examples of volunteering opportunities are also provided for your convenience.
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    Five benefits of volunteering in retirement

    Senior Community Services
    Learn how volunteering during retirement can benefit your social and mental well-being. This resource outlines the major benefits you can enjoy from volunteering later in life such as preventing social isolation and depression, promoting physical activity and feeling more useful to your community.
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