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Civic engagement

Volunteers can provide many benefits to society, but being actively engaged in community activities also has benefits for those involved. Participating in meaningful activities is one way for older adults to remain connected to their communities and maintain social ties. Find out more in our resources below.

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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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    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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    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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    Neighbourhood watch can reduce crime

    Campbell Systematic Reviews (2008)
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    'Significant' health gaps found between Canadian and immigrant seniors

    Canadian Immigrant
    There are many challenges for senior immigrants, especially due to the language barrier. Read this resource for a summary of a study by the Wellesley Institute on the health of senior immigrants.
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    A seat at the table

    American Society on Aging (ASA)
    Policymakers often exclude Asian seniors when tackling social issues like poverty, and consider them as one group even though there are many different ethnicities in the group. This resource addresses the challenges faced by Asian older adults, and highlights the ways they supported each other through it all.
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    Gardening can improve the overall well-being of older adults

    Activities, Adaptation & Aging (2013)
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    Social exclusion can become a downward spiral for older people

    European Journal of Ageing (2017)
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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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    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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    Volunteering for older adults

    Fraser Health
    Senior volunteers offer a wealth of skills and knowledge from their perilous careers and experiences. If you are a senior who is looking for somewhere to start their volunteering journey, use this resource to learn your options and for links to websites to get you started.
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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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    Giving Back Helps You Age Well

    Healthy Families BC
    If you are a senior who is interested in volunteering but you do not know where to give your time, use this resource to guide your thought process by answering simple questions. Volunteering ensures that seniors are engaged with the community and is a great transition from working regularly to retired life.
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    Volunteer

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    If you are considering volunteering, use this resource to learn about the possible activities you can engage in and what kind of commitment best suits your lifestyle. Some websites for finding volunteer opportunities in Canada are also provided.
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    Volunteering

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    If you are a senior who is interested in volunteering, read this resource to learn the many benefits that volunteering can have on your own health and the overall wellbeing of the community. Volunteering ensures that seniors are engaged with the community and is a great transition from working regularly to retired life.
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    Seniors Seeking Employment

    American Senior Communities
    It is very common nowadays for seniors to be working well into retirement. Use this resource for tips on getting back into the workforce, some of them include updating your resume, practicing interview questions and volunteering to build skills for a specific position.
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    Seniors and Volunteer Work: Why You Should Consider It

    American Senior Communities
    If you are a senior who has just retired, consider volunteering to form new connections and maintain your mental and physical health. By choosing an activity that you are genuinely interested in, you can make the most of your experience.
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    Build up your skills

    Age UK
    If you are looking for work and want to work on building skills for a particular job, consider volunteering to gain experience in a certain field. This resource provides ideas on where you can potentially volunteer and explains how volunteer experience can benefit your job search.
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    Secrets to healthy ageing

    Better Health Channel
    If you are a senior who is looking to make lifestyle changes to improve your health, use this resource for tips on how to get started. Healthy aging consists of getting active, eating a balanced diet, keeping you brain engaged by learning something new, modifying your home and staying social to name a few.
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    Healthy and active ageing

    Better Health Channel
    Healthy and active aging includes not only physical activity and eating, but also socializing with others and feeling a sense of community where you live. Tips on types of exercise and healthy food options are given to help you implement this lifestyle change.
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    Participating in Activities You Enjoy - More Than Just Fun and Games

    National Institute on Aging
    Learn about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle while engaging with your community in the best way you can. Getting involved in your community can be as simple as volunteering for organizations or planning trips with other seniors.
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    9 Volunteer Jobs That Could Boost Your Health

    Next Avenue
    If you are looking for new ways to get involved in your community as a volunteer, use this resource for ideas on how to get involved as a senior.
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    Making Friends at 60

    A Place For Mom
    Consider becoming friends by talking to others, pursuing your hobbies, taking classes and going volunteering.
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    10 Ways for Seniors to Stay Engaged in Their Community

    SeniorsZen
    This resource describes ways in which seniors are staying engaged in their communities through volunteering, taking classes, staying active, joining seniors centres and other activities.
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    ARCHIVED: Section IV: Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities – Checklist of Age-Friendly Features

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    This resource shares a list of features to make communities more age-friendly. Consider changing outdoor spaces, transport, housing and community services to help the elderly.
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    How to become a Canadian citizen

    Canadian Immigrant
    Becoming a Canadian citizen is a complex process. Read more about guidelines in this webpage.
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    Finding a family doctor in Canada

    Canadian Immigrant
    Having a family doctor is important to your health. Family doctors know your history and can more effectively treat and diagnose you.
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    Living in Canada

    Government of Canada - Living in Canada
    As a newcomer to Canada, this tool factors in your current situation to create a personal settlement plan. It covers important topics like laws, employment, health and more to ease your transition.
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    Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship in Canada

    Immigration.ca
    The new sponsorship system for parents and grandparents is based on a lottery system. Learn more about guidelines and sponsor requirements in Canada in this resource.
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    Tougher EB-5 norms may negatively impact senior housing projects

    Immigration.ca
    The EB-5 program aims to boost economic growth and job creation through inflow of foreign direct investment into the rural parts of the country. The introduction of new rules may influence real estate developers and their senior housing projects.
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    Canada Plans Second Parent And Grandparent Sponsorship Draw

    Immigration.ca
    Criticism of the new lottery system has called for a second draw before the end of 2017. The program originally selected sponsorship applicants on a first-come first-served basis.
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    Civic participation of older adults: Beyond volunteering

    Civic participation is a pillar of our communities, and can help people keep a healthy, active and engaged life.
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    Social media: Can they be used by older citizens to make their voices heard?

    Public debates, as well as public consultations led by governments, are increasingly being conducted online, including social media. Unlike young people who grew up with new information and communication technologies, many older citizens feel excluded from online public debates and consultations on social media.
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    Addressing the social needs of older adults: A contributing factor to their health and well-being

    No matter our age, we all have social needs. Volunteering or participating in social activities appears to be the key to address the needs of older adults for greater proximity, meaningful relationships and reciprocity.
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    Gentrification: When neighbourhoods change, lives change

    Sometimes central and disadvantaged neighbourhoods experience major changes, referred to as gentrification. Neighbourhood gentrification can have a significant impact on older adults who often have low and fixed incomes.
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    Break the cycle of isolation and stay healthy: Get involved in your community!

    Volunteering is a form of civic engagement that builds on the experience of older adults and breaks down social isolation, while providing them with a sense of accomplishment and belonging to the community. Concrete measures can encourage the engagement of older adults and maintain their participation in volunteer activities.

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