DR. KEEFE RECEIVES $2MILLION TO STUDY QUALITY OF LIFE IN LATER YEARS:
Seniors- Adding Life To Years (SALTY) is a new four-year research
project under the direction of Dr. Janice Keefe (Mount Saint Vincent
University, Halifax) and includes researchers, clinicians, care
administrators, caregivers and older adults. The purpose of the research
is to add quality of life to late life for people living in nursing
homes and their caregivers including family, friends and volunteers who
support their care. The SALTY Team, through research to be conducted in
British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, will evaluate
promising programs, practices and policies being used in nursing homes
across Canada. The Team will develop innovative strategies to understand
and assess impact on quality of care and quality of life, with the aim
of spreading effective approaches within and across jurisdictions. $2M
in funding has been made possible for this project from the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
for Health Research, Michael Smith Foundation, Alberta Innovates-Health
Solutions and the Alzheimer Society of Canada. For more information click here and here.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ACROSS NS FOR AN ACTION PLAN FOR AN AGING POPULATION: Government wants to hear from all Nova Scotians about the value of older adults to our communities and our economy. The Nova Scotia Centre on Aging is working with the Department of Seniors to host public engagement sessions across Nova Scotia to understand what else can be done to encourage and enable people to continue to participate and contribute to our communities as they get older. Your ideas will be used to inform an action plan for government. Regardless of your age we want you to join the conversation. Attend a session, or offer input online starting June 27. Please see the dates, times and locations below. Go to www.novascotia.ca/seniorstalk for more information.
To register for the in person sessions, go to www.seniorstalk.eventbrite.ca
NSCA TO HOST LGBTQ CONSULTATION SESSION FOR ACTION PLAN FOR OLDER ADULTS: Join the conversation to inform Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Older Adults, Friday, June 24, 3:00 pm, Halifax Central Library. The Centre on Aging will be organizing in person sessions with specific groups who are typically underrepresented in general public sessions – persons of the LGBTQ communities being one of them. Join us on Friday, June 24, at 3:00 pm for the session with persons of the LGBTQ communities at the Halifax Central Library.Participants will be asked to draw on their experiences to share
examples of what is working, what isn’t working and what further should
be done to enhance the social and economic contribution of older adults
in our communities. Please note that this location will be accessible and will have an all gender washroom on site. To register your attendance: https://seniorstalkjune24.eventbrite.ca
CAREGIVERS FROM BRIDGEWATER AREA WANTED FOR RESEARCH STUDY: If you are currently employed and providing assistance to a
family member or friend living with dementia at home you are invited to
participate in a research study that is examining the experiences of employed
caregivers in rural communities and the adaptation of the Working CARERS
Program for rural communities. The Program focuses on skill building and
problem solving strategies to support caregivers in their role. First, you will
participate in an interview to discuss your experience and then if
interested/eligible be able to participate in the 8 week program being offered
on the South Shore in 2016. For more information call 1-877-302-4440 or click here.
FOUNTAIN OF HEALTH INITIATIVE: The Fountain of Health Initiative (FOH) translates current science of healthy aging, well being and resilience, and offers practical tools to improve mental health outcomes over the lifespan-- for use by the public and by clinicians. Over the past year, the FOH initiative hosted public educational sessions, strengthened relationships with various associations, revised its website to make it more interactive for viewers and worked on pilot projects such as the Peer Leadership Project and the Family Physician Engagement Project. The NSCA is a partner of this initiative. To learn about these and more FOH initiatives click here.
DR. JANICE KEEFE REAPPOINTED: Dr. Janice Keefe has been reappointed as the Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology and has also been reappointed as the Director of Nova Scotia Centre on Aging for another 5 year term (2016-2021). She will continue to provide strong leadership to the Centre as it implements its Strategic Plan.
DR. KEEFE RECEIVES PROGRESS WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARD: The Progress Women of Excellence Awards honours 19 inspirational women every November who play an important role in our community. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Keefe received this prestigious award in the Education and Research category. The Progress Women of Excellence Awards is in support of Phoenix Youth Programs. Click here and here to see a few pictures.
NEW RESOURCES FOR NURSING HOMES AVAILABLE: Several resources are now available based on the results from the Care and Construction project which examined how differences in models of care impact nursing home resident quality of life. Results brochures intended for senior leaders in nursing homes are available on the three key findings of the study and include ideas for action. Also available are brochures that provide an overview of the findings from the surveys with residents, family and staff and another brochure with the findings from the case study component of the study. The study's final report is available as well.To access these resources and more visit the Care and Construction webpage http://www.careandconstruction.ca/.