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CANADA | May 23, 2024

Call for Lived Experiences: WHO Commission on Social Connection (Deadline: May 31, 2024)

The WHO Commission on Social Connection is looking for individuals who have experienced social isolation and loneliness to share their stories, insights, and advice.Commissioners are committed to lived experience being central to the process and products of the Commission. Your personal perspective


81% of COVID-19 deaths in Canada were in long-term care – nearly double OECD average

This Globe and Mail article discusses the statistics on COVID-19 deaths in long-term care homes in Canada, and compares these numbers to other OECD countries. See the attached website link for full ar

Letter: Courtenay-Comox MLA says senior support initiative is receiving rave reviews

  MLA of Courenay-Comox, Ronna-Rae Leonard, writes about the challenges of COVID-19 for seniors and the success of the BC211 program in supporting seniors during this time.  See attached webpage

B.C.’s Seniors Advocate Statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020

See the attached website link for Isobel Mackenzie's (Seniors Advocate) media statement released on June 15, 2020 regarding World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This statement outlines some of the curr

Fraudsters are exploiting the COVID crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber crime.

As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers' fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to fac

Intergenerational programs: Reduce stigma associated with aging, and more.

In this blog post, 'Intergenerational programs: It takes a village to age optimally', on the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, three main points are outlined: Intergenerational programs can have a p

COVID-19 and the extended care crisis: two-thirds support government takeovers of long-term care facilities

May 25, 2020 – The horror and sorrow arising from the disproportionate number of deaths in long-term care facilities as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed grim realitie

Eligible seniors can receive additional $500 from federal government as support during COVID-19 pandemic

The federal government is promising additional support for seniors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 21, they pledged to give a one-time, tax-free payment of $300 to eligible seniors through the Old

New program to begin in Surrey: Storytelling for seniors

Surrey Shares, is an initiative of the Surrey Intercultural Seniors Social Inclusion Partnership Network, starting new free program Over the course of 16 weeks, participants will engage in goal-setti

Multilingual COVID-19 Resources

The Government of B.C. has announced a new website where you can find all government information on COVID-19 that is made available in eight languages. This includes: Traditional Chinese, Simplified C


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