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Welcome!   

The NSCA works in collaboration with many others to advance knowledge on aging-related issues. Our work includes conducting research projects and evaluation studies; organizing lectures, workshops and conferences; developing and reviewing curricula; developing educational materials such as manuals, information kits and videos; and providing consultative services to community, organizations and government. We invite you to learn more about us by viewing our current and past projects and the resources we have produced. It is our goal that through research, education and community engagement the NSCA will inform policy and practice to enhance the quality of life of older adults and their families. 

2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the NSCA and we celebrated by hosting several special events including a dinner, a Café Scientifique and a conference. Several presentations from our keynote sessions are available on the Conference webpage. (see Aging Conference link on left)

Check out our 20th Anniversary Brochure which recognizes the many accomplishments of the NSCA.

To learn more about us, check out our latest Newsletter and browse our site. Send us an email if you want to be on our distribution list for regular updates. 

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WHAT'S HAPPENING!

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.
Public Engagement SessionsTo register for the in person sessions, go to www.seniorstalk.eventbrite.ca

NSCA TO HOST PUBLIC CONSULTATION SESSIONS: The NSCA is working with the Department of Seniors to host public engagement sessions across Nova Scotia. They want to hear ideas about what can be done so that people can continue to participate in our communities as they get older. Your ideas will be used to inform an action plan for government. Seven in-person general public consultations will be taking place across Nova Scotia and community members of all ages are invited to attend. In addition, the following sessions are being organized for specific groups to hear their ideas and experiences to inform the action plan:
 
•    Thursday, July 14 from 10:00-12:00 noon, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road. (scent free, wheel chair accessible environment that welcomes guide and service dogs) There will be a Community Conversation with individuals living with disabilities, family and friends who support them, and allies within the disability community. Register online at www.seniorstalk-disabilitycommunity.eventbrite.ca by email to nsca@msvu.ca or by telephone at 902-457-6782 or toll free (within Nova Scotia) at 1-877-302-4440. TTY users can call 902-424-2667 or toll-free (within Nova Scotia) at 1-877-996-9954.
•    Friday, July 8 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, St. Andrews Community Centre, 3380 Barnstead Lane, Halifax. There will be a Community Conversation with immigrants, and family, friends and service providers who support them. St. Andrews Community Centre, 3380 Barnstead Lane, Halifax. Parking is free. Register online at www.seniorstalk-immigrantcommunity.eventbrite.ca by email to nsca@msvu.ca or by telephone at 902-457-6782 or toll free (within Nova Scotia) at 1-877-302-4440.
•    Wednesday, July 20 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm there will be a Community Conversation with members of the African Nova Scotian community. H.G. Bauld Centre, 35 Wilfred Jackson Way, Dartmouth. Parking is free. To Join the Conversation register online at www.seniorstalk-africannscommunity.eventbrite.ca by email to nsca@msvu.ca or by telephone at 902-457-6782 or toll free (within Nova Scotia) at 1-877-302-4440.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION SESSIONS IN THE NEWS: The public consultation sessions being held throughout the province of Nova Scotia were recently featured on Global News. The sessions provide an opportunity for people to give their ideas on what can be done to encourage and enable people to continue to participate and contribute to our communities as they get older. The ideas from the session participants will be used to inform an action plan for government.Click here to view the news feature.

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/.