2017 Recipient of The Global Ageing Network for Excellence in Applied Research Award

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NSCA Spring Newsletter


NSCA STAFF WORKING REMOTELY: Following the recommendations of public health authorities, Mount Saint Vincent University staff are currently working remotely. Currently, NSCA staff telephones will not be answered regularly. The best way to get in touch with us is through individual staff emails (visit our People page) or the Centre’s general email account at nsca@msvu.ca which is being monitored regularly. Thank you

DR. KEEFE SELECTED AS NATIONAL LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES STANDARD TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: The NSCA is pleased to announce that Dr. Janice Keefe has been selected as a member of the Health Standards Organization (HSO) Long-Term Care (LTC) Services Technical Committee, which will lead the work on HSO’s National Long-Term Care Services standard beginning in June 2021. The 32 Technical Committee members, from 11 provinces and territories, were selected to ensure balanced regional and pan-Canadian representation from residents and family members, the long-term care workforce, leadership, policy-makers and researchers (e.g. in dementia, mental health, palliative care, ethics, nutrition, and infection prevention and control). See the list of Technical Committee members.

DR. KEEFE GUEST SPEAKER FOR AGE-WELL EVENT: Dr. Keefe will be a guest speaker for the AGE-WELL event, Policy Rounds: How Attention to Provincial Long-Term Care Policies Can Support or Inhibit Resident Quality of Life on July 21 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT. To register click here.

REPORT PREPARED BY NSCA ON STEREOTYPES ABOUT OLDER WORKERS NOW AVAILABLE: A Report prepared by the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging on Stereotypes about Older Workers was released by the Federal\Provincial\Territorial Forum of Minsters Responsible for Seniors is now available online. The report Older Workers: Exploring and Addressing the Stereotypes is available, in PDF and HTML format, on the Canada.ca website: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum/reports/older-worker-exploring-addressing-stereotypes.html

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AVAILABLE: There is currently an employment position available for the Home Care Pathways project: Postdoctoral Position: How Approaches to Care Shape the Pathways of Older Adult Home Care Clients. For more information : HC Pathways-PDF Recrtmnt_7Apr2021

FUNDING APPROVED FOR STUDY ON QUALITY OF WORK LIFE IN NOVA SCOTIA NURSING HOMES: Dr. Janice Keefe has received funding from the Nova Scotia Health Research Fund to collect much needed information about the quality of work life of frontline staff in Nova Scotia’s nursing homes. Areas to be examined include: job satisfaction, burnout, work engagement, organizational context, etc. with attention given to the impact of COVID-19 on quality of work life. Established survey tools available from the Translating Research in Elder Care program at the University of Alberta will be used with 8-10 participating care homes in Nova Scotia. For more information click The Unsung Heroes_project summary.

STUDY ON FAMILY VISITATION IN LONG TERM CARE DURING COVID-19 STARTS INTERVIEWS: Interviews are getting underway with staff and families within the four participating care homes in Nova Scotia and the two care homes in Prince Edward Island. Participants’ experience with the support visitation role – Designated Caregiver (NS) and Partner in Care (PEI) – will be discussed. In addition, consultation with informants from three other jurisdictions implementing similar visitation programs is soon to get underway. Read the funding announcement Media Release. For more information on the study contact the project’s coordinator, Paula Richardson at paula.richardson@msvu.ca

DR. KEEFE REAPPOINTED DIRECTOR OF NSCA: Dr. Janice Keefe has been reappointed as the Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology, Mount Saint Vincent University, and has also been reappointed as the Director of the Mount’s Nova Scotia Centre on Aging for another 5 year term (2021- 2026).

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY IN DATA ANALYTICS: MSVU is one of several partners of the CAnD3 initiative, an innovative training program in Population Analytics in an Aging Society to equip the next generation of academic and applied population researchers with the knowledge, skills, and networks to support data-driven decision-making in aging societies. Contact nsca@msvu.ca for more information on training opportunities and possible funding through our site. For more information on the CAnD3 initiative go to https://www.mcgill.ca/cand3/

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. ZIMMER ON CIHR FUNDING FOR STUDY ON BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF WAR ON AGING: Dr. Zachary Zimmer, a Tier I Canada Research Chair and Director of the Global Aging Community Initiative (GACI) has received $1.2M over four yeats to conduct research on older Vietnamese people who survived conflict during the devastating Vietnam wars from 1955 to 1975. Read the media release. For more information contact gaci@msvu.ca.

REPORT ON OLDER WORKERS IN NOVA SCOTIA RELEASED: Want to learn more about the experiences of older workers in Nova Scotia? The summary report is now available at
https://novascotia.ca/shift/Older-Worker-Employment-and-Labour-Force-Participation-Booklet.pdf  and the full report is available at https://novascotia.ca/shift/

SALTY PROJECT SHARING FINDINGS: Researchers are busy working on a number of manuscripts to share finding of their work on quality of life in long term care. Check out the article on examining how long-term residential care policy in Canada guides staff in enhancing multiple aspects of resident quality of life published in The Gerontologist, Long-Term Residential Care Policy Guidance for Staff to Support Resident Quality of Life
Watch for other forthcoming papers in Canadian Journal on Aging on volunteers in long term care, and in Social Science & Medicine on emotional labour for dying residents in long term care. In addition, a series of short briefs highlighting key findings from the project are being developed and will soon be available. Watch the SALTY website www.saltyltc.ca or follow the SALTY team on Twitter for the latest news.

HOME CARE PATHWAYS PROJECT GEARING UP FOR FINAL INTERVIEWS: Interviews with members of care constellations at both sites took place in the fall 2020 after a bit of a delay due to COVID-19, and analysis of these interviews is underway. The final interviews with constellation members are being planned for the Spring of 2021. Stay up to date at www.homecarepathways.ca