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Discussion groups are where CORE participants can share information and stories, ask questions, learn, and collaborate. Open discussion groups can be accessed by any member of CORE; closed groups are available by invitation only.

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Tech Corner/Digital Resource Library

Technology has become an increasingly essential tool for individuals to access information, goods and services, ​health and community programs, and social connections. For those providing information, goods, services, and programs, adapting to digital delivery requires knowledge, skills, and resources that can be a challenge for many non-profits ​and community partners to acquire. Organizations serving older adults may be further challenged when many of those most in need of support have limited access to digital technology and are not literate in its use. In this Group, we will share ​ideas, solutions and evidence-based and emerging practices, and explore common links and synergies in using technology as a tool to better assist and support older adults to live independently in their community.


Social Prescribing (National)

What is Social prescribing? Social prescribing involves connecting people to non-clinical services in their communities to improve their health and well-being. This could include services such as art and music, healthy eating programs, physical activity classes, community gardening, or support services such as mental health counseling and assistance with activities of daily living. The aim of social prescribing is to address underlying causes of health and wellbeing issues, rather than simply treating the symptoms. It can help to reduce loneliness and depression, improve physical health, reduce social isolation, and increase feelings of connectedness to the community. Social prescribing practitioners support people in taking greater control over their own healthy by taking a holistic approach to the everyday challenges they may face.

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ReThinking Aging

Aging is living and living is aging, yet attitudes toward aging are often negative, and information about aging is typically focused on problems and pitfalls associated with growing older, rather than a more balanced view that also includes assets and advantages. So what is the reality of aging? How are older people viewed in today’s society? How do older people view themselves? What is current research telling us about healthy aging, longevity, and ageism? What are the gaps that exist between perception and reality? These are just some of the questions we’ll explore in a new initiative called ReThinking Aging – Thriving Across the Life Course as we consider how can we help shift societal thinking to view aging through a more realistic, asset and evidence-based lens. In addition to highlighting relevant resources, websites, studies, and publications, this Group provides opportunities for discussion and sharing information, ideas, experiences, and evidence-based and emerging practices. A new ReThinking Aging Toolkit will soon be introduced that will include a variety of downloadable resources designed to assist in activating conversations on aging and ageism in organizations and communities. Ranging from simple individual activities that take only a few minutes, to more complex tools and discussions, the resources cover a wide variety of relevant topics and issues, and can be used in workshops, forums, meetings, and displays. ReThinking Aging resources highlight key strategies that address ageism: Awareness, Education/Training, Advocacy, Policy, Programs, Best Practices, Celebration, Partnerships, and/or Research and key focus areas: Legal, Rights, Media, Attitudes, Infrastructure, and/or Diversity. If you would like more information about this initiative, please contact barbaram@uwlm.ca

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Professionnels et Parties Prenantes Francophones

Ce groupe s\'adresse aux professionnels francophones ainsi qu\'aux autres parties prenantes qui travaillent pour soutenir des aînés de la communauté. Ce groupe est un espace pour partager des ressources et avoir des discussions avec d\'autres dans notre secteur à travers le Canada, en français. Pour plus de ressources en français, veuillez vous référer à la catégorie de ressource «En Français» sur la page d\'accueil ou dans la section des ressources. (English description: This group is intended for Francophone professionals as well as volunteers and other stakeholders who work to support seniors in the community in Canada. This group is a space to share resources and have discussions with others in our sector across Canada, in French. For more resources in French, please refer to the “In French” tag on the home page or in the resources section).

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New Horizons for Seniors Projects

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that provides funding for projects that contribute to improving the health and well-being of older Canadians. Since the Program was launched in 2004, more than 24,000 projects have been funded across Canada - projects led or inspired by seniors who are making a difference in the lives of others and their communities. In this Group, NHSP grantees are invited to share highlights of the impact of their projects.

Healthy Aging Book Corner

It can be hard to keep up with the increasing number of books available on the subject of aging, but the Healthy Aging Book Corner will hopefully help you find some topics to pique your interest. This Open Group is a space to post information on relevant books, share recommendations as well as ask for them, and generally connect with Healthy Aging peers who enjoy books!

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Age-Friendly Communities

“Age-Friendly” is an internationally recognized designation that communities earn by planning and taking action aimed at accommodating the changing needs of older residents and ensuring their communities remain attractive places to live with features that not only benefit seniors, but support the health, safety, and participation of residents of all ages. To date, ten provinces are promoting age-friendly community initiatives and many Canadian communities have achieved or are working toward this designation. There are numerous innovative projects and helpful tools and resources developed in Canada and elsewhere to support Age-Friendly initiatives. This Group is a place to share information about these, and for those interested and/or involved in Age-Friendly efforts to connect and learn from each other. For more resources related to Age-friendly communities, select the \'Age-friendly Communities\' tab on the Resources page.


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