There are many provincial and national organizations that share our interest in community based seniors services and are part of the healthy aging network in British Columbia. Please visit their websites to learn about their programs and resources, and how to connect with them.
Ability411 is a website from CanAssist at the University of Victoria that answers questions about technologies and equipment to help BC seniors remain independent and safe. Ability411 provides information on a wide range of devices designed to assist seniors in areas such as eating, mobility, dressing, memory and recreation. Visitors can browse answers provided to previous questions and, if they can’t find what they’re looking for, ask a question of their own. Ability411 staff provide a personalized answer within three business days. The site also provides links to equipment rental and loan programs in BC, health organizations for seniors, support services for caregivers, and other resources.
Founded in 2012, Aging2.0 strives to accelerate innovation to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. Aging2.0’s international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational community has grown to 40k+ innovators across 20+ countries. The volunteer-run chapter network, which spans 80+ cities, has hosted more than 550 events around the world. Aging2.0 is run by a “small-but-mighty” team out of San Francisco, California and Chapter Ambassadors in more than 80 cities around the globe. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active Aging Research Team at UBC brings together scholars, community stakeholders and government to address needs, issues and opportunities of an aging society. Together they seek to positively impact the lives of older adults by focusing on key drivers of health, including social connectedness, mobility, and physical activity. Through co-leadership with communities and through cross sector collaboration AARt is leading a number of initiatives that benefit older citizens, such as the Re-imagine Aging research cluster at UBC; Active Aging BC and its signature program, Choose to Move; and an Implementation Science Hub focused on older adult health promotion, the Active Aging Research Team moves best evidence into action and practice.
Allies in Aging collaborates to connect seniors across our communities through leadership, outreach, transportation, training and advocacy. Four key projects were developed to connect seniors who are 75+ with people and services to reduce isolation due to disability, low income, language or cultural barriers. Allies in Aging resources and tools are available to strengthen our collective ability to reduce seniors’ social isolation. Explore Fact Sheets and training materials, effective outreach strategies and transportation initiatives.
Alzheimer Society British Columbia ensures people affected by dementia are not alone, by educating and mobilizing a broader community of care around them, and supporting valuable research into the disease and people living with it. One of ASBC's key programs is First Link® dementia support, which connects people with dementia and their care partners to support services, education and information at any stage of the journey.
BC Association of Community Response Networks Community Response Networks facilitate prevention and education activities with local stakeholders toward an end to abuse, neglect and self-neglect of adults in British Columbia. BCACRN provides small project funding, materials, training, support people and maintains a website to assist Community Response Networks in their work. As well, provincial teleconferences are held on a monthly basis with all CRN members and interested parties invited to join the conversation.
British Columbia’s Council to Reduce Elder Abuse – Formed as a response to the BC Government’s ‘Together To Reduce Elder Abuse’ Strategy, CREA is made up of representatives from 15 agencies that deal with Elder Abuse during the course of their day-to-day operations. CREA was created and exists to foster collaboration and coordination in order to advance elder abuse prevention in British Columbia by:
- Promoting and facilitating awareness building and training on elder abuse prevention, recognition and response; and
- Galvanizing society to commit, both collectively and individually, to reducing elder abuse and ensuring that it is not tolerated in British Columbia.
BC Healthy Communities Society is a province-wide not-for-profit organization that facilitates the ongoing development of healthy, thriving, and resilient communities. BCHC provides a range of resources, programs and fee-for-service offerings that support multi-sectoral groups to collaborate around a shared vision for a common purpose, working closely with, and having strong partnerships with local governments and health authorities across the province. Key programs include Age Friendly Capacity Building and Aging Well.
BC Hospice Palliative Care Association is a not-for-profit, membership organization representing individuals and organizations committed to promoting and delivering hospice/palliative care to British Columbians since 1986. BCHPCA Members provide a broad range of services to British Columbians who are dying and to their loved ones who are grieving. Each year, BCHPCA hosts an educational event that focusses on topics of interest to healthcare professionals, hospice society staff and volunteers and members of allied organizations who are committed to quality end of life care.
The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council provides system-wide leadership to efforts designed to improve the quality of health care in British Columbia. Through collaborative partnerships with health authorities, patients, and those working within the health care system, we promote and inform a provincially-coordinated, patient-centred approach to quality.
BC Psychogeriatric Association is a professional multi-disciplinary interest group founded in 1997 by grass roots clinicians working in the field of mental health and older adults. BCPA works to meet the mental health needs of older adults in B.C. through:
- Enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration
- Providing practice support
- Advocating for excellence of care
- Supporting and using research to inform practice, and
- Participating in the development of public policy.
BC Recreation and Parks Association is a not for profit organization that plays a central role in leading the enrichment and improvement of the quality of life of British Columbians and their communities by championing the power of recreation and parks. BCRPA recognizes the importance of the senior and aging adult population, and the important of seniors being included and engaged in physical activity in every community across BC, and has numerous active aging resources available.
British Columbia Rural Health Network (BCRHN) consists of healthcare advocacy organizations working to improve healthcare service delivery in rural BC. Membership includes organizations from the communities of Ashcroft, East Shore Kootenay Lake, Fort St. John, Fraser Lake, Hornby & Denman Islands, Nelson, Powell River, Princeton, Salt Spring Island, Sicamous, Slocan Valley, South Shuswap, and Trail. Membership is open to any organization or individual that supports the purpose and goals of the BCRHN. Our goals include:
- share successful strategies in an effort to address rural healthcare concerns
- advocate for policy changes that provide all rural residents with attachment to a health care practitioner
- identify areas of research aimed at improving access to healthcare in rural communities and to provide fertile ground for research to take place
- inform the BC Ministry of Health of rural healthcare concerns and recommend solutions for the improvement of services to rural BC residents
- develop partnerships with other provincial organizations in an effort to influence policy changes that improve access to healthcare services
- recognize the healthcare concerns of indigenous communities and include their issues and concerns as part of our work
- improve access to mental health services
- promote patient-centred, community-based primary healthcare reform
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is dedicated to improving the lives of older adults in their relationship to the law. In July 2003, the B.C. Law Institute formally established the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. The mandate of the CCEL includes research, law reform, and education relating to legal issues of interest to older adults. Today, the CCEL is recognized for its expertise in Elder Law issues both in Canada and internationally.The objectives of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law are: to enrich and inform the lives of older adults with the law; to meet the increasing need for legal education and research in relation to legal issues having particular significance for older adults; and, to serve as a national focal point for this emergent field. To current knowledge, it appears to be the only such Centre in the world and is currently serving as a model of interest for several other countries.
CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons) is Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians. Today CARP has more than 320,000 members. As a non-partisan association, CARP is committed to working with all parties in government to advocate for older Canadians. Its mission is to advocate for better healthcare, financial security, and freedom from ageism. CARP members engage in polls and petitions, email their elected representatives, connect with local chapters and share stories and opinions on urgent issues.
Community Living BC, or CLBC, is the provincial crown corporation that funds supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities, as well as individuals who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and who also have significant difficulty doing things on their own. The CLBC Strategy on Aging is a proactive response to the challenges and opportunities associated with supporting adults with developmental disabilities who are growing older in our communities. The richer quality of life offered by community living is resulting in longer lives for many people. Like the general population, these people are likely to become more vulnerable and develop more complex care needs as they get older. Some people with developmental disabilities may also experience the onset of age-related challenges earlier than the general population. People’s needs, strengths and concerns changes as they get older. Additionally, many middle-aged individuals are living with family members or caregivers who may not be able to continue to care for them as they themselves age. Through the strategy on aging, CLBC in collaboration with partners in community is working to create awareness and understanding of what people need to age with safety and dignity in community.
Family Caregivers of British Columbia is a registered non-profit dedicated 100% to supporting family caregivers, and providing leadership to strengthen the voice of family caregivers and the significance of their role. FCBC's mission is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers through support, information, and education.
GI (Gastrointestinal) Society - the Canadian leader in providing trusted, evidence-based information on all areas of the gastrointestinal tract, the GI (Gastrointestinal) Society is committed to improving the lives of people with GI and liver conditions, supporting research, advocating for appropriate patient access to health care, and promoting gastrointestinal and liver health. The GI Society and its partner, the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, are registered charities that collaborate to provide a number of core programs and services that focus on providing Canadians with trusted medically sound information on digestive health. They offer information on a variety of GI topics, including the Aging Digestive Tract, Diverticular Disease, GERD, Constipation, Hemorrhoids, and many others. You can find out more about these conditions by visiting their website (www.badgut.org), ordering pamphlets, attending lectures, or subscribing to their quarterly newsletter.
iCON- The interCultural Online health Network (iCON) is a community-driven health promotion initiative that supports multicultural communities, patients, and caregivers across BC to optimize chronic disease prevention and self-management. iCON is a partnership between Digital Emergency Medicine and the Patients as Partners program and is funded by the B.C. Ministry of Health.
ParticipACTION has been encouraging Canadians to get healthy by getting active since 1972. Through programs, research, and resources, ParticipACTION works with partners, which include sport, physical activity, recreation, organizations, government and corporate sponsors, to make physical activity a vital part of everyday life.
QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. We provide a safer space for LGBTQ/2S people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included. Our building serves as a catalyst for community initiatives and collective strength. Finding inclusion, belonging, and meaningful connections can become more challenging as we age. In our Older Adult Services, we host social events, co-develop and provide educational workshops, assist in one-to-one support and referral services, while fostering connections within diverse communities to improve the lives of LGBTQ/2S persons 55 Years and older.
Self-Management BC - Persons with chronic health conditions and family members can participate in self-management programs offered in communities throughout BC at no cost. These are evidence-based programs that provide information, teach practical skills and give people the confidence to manage their health condition(s). Self-management support consists of techniques and strategies that can be used by health professionals in clinical practice to encourage healthy behaviours. This website provides information on self-management for both the general public and health professionals.
Seniors First BC consists of seniors, service providers, academics, and professionals who have been working together for over 15 years to:
- Promote and encourage development of local services and advocacy to support and assist seniors who have been abused
- Provide legal information, representation and other related legal services so that older people who are in need or who are vulnerable to abuse are able to exercise their rights and have access to justice
- Promote the development and dissemination of materials and programs to educate the public on abuse of seniors
- Create a network for sharing information identifying issues and coordinating activities
- Promote research about abuse of seniors
- Promote the rights and interests of seniors who are being abused by advocating on their behalf with governments and other organizations
- Aim to achieve representational membership.
The Science and Technology for Aging Research (STAR) Institute at Simon Fraser University serves as the focus for translational research in the rapidly growing area of technology and aging. The Institute supports the development and implementation of technologies to address many of the health challenges encountered in old age, as well as address the social, commercial and policy aspects of using and accessing technologies. The STAR Institute is driven by three key objectives: 1) Support optimal healthy aging through research, innovation, policy development, and training; 2) Develop talent to meet the needs of BC technology businesses; and 3) Stimulate innovation, policy and business opportunities in the BC technology sector.
Formerly Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Wavefront's mission is to serve Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, their families and the community by delivering innovative programs, products and solutions to achieve full communication accessibility. Social isolation is a significant concern for all Canadian seniors and challenges such as deafness or hearing loss can further marginalize a senior. Many Deaf and Hard of Hearing seniors in British Columbia live alone and have difficulty leaving their homes due to mobility issues. And although there are many seniors’ centres in BC, most are inaccessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing seniors due to a lack of accommodation for their communication needs. WIDHH’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Seniors Outreach (DHHSO) program addresses these gaps in specialized care. The WIDHH Better at Home (BH) program identifies isolated Deaf and Hard of Hearing Seniors in the Lower Mainland and provides them with volunteer outreach services at home. WIDHH-BH volunteers (who are active Deaf and Hard of Hearing seniors) provide companionship, home visits, transportation assistance, facilitated shopping trips, and other outings so that isolated seniors can remain connected to their communities.