A variety of toolkits are available on a range of topics that support healthier and more inclusive communities. These toolkits provide useful resources, activities, information, and ideas to help with starting new programs, convening conversations, training, or other local efforts focused on healthy aging.
Age Friendly Communication – Facts, Tips and Ideas - How well you communicate with your senior audience contributes to how well you meet their needs. This guide offers practical and easy-to-follow advice, tips and additional sources of information to help you communicate clearly and effectively.
Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide - While the majority of Canadians live in urban settings, a large proportion of seniors still live in rural or remote areas—hence the focus of this guide on rural and remote communities.
Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide - The purpose of this guide is to engage cities to become more age-friendly so as to tap the potential that older people represent for humanity. It describes the converging trends of rapid growth of the population over 60 years of age and of urbanization, outlines the challenge facing cities, and summarizes the research process that led to identifying the core features of an age-friendly city
Becoming an Age-friendly Community Local Community Guide - This is a practical guide to becoming an age-friendly community for local governments, community organizations, or local champions. It also describes the Age-friendly B.C. (AFBC) Recognition Program and outlines the criteria for achieving AFBC recognition.
Allies in Aging: Volunteer Training Modules - Training can help volunteers and service providers better identify seniors who are isolated, understand their needs, and connect them with appropriate services and resources. Topics include: Exploring Risk Factors; Anxiety and Stress; Understanding Dementia; Exploring Depression & Delirium; Exploring Diversity & Inclusion; Moving Through Grief & Loss; and Preparing for End of Life.
The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit - The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit will equip you with essential information about the Compassionate Community framework and tools to rally people in your community. It consists of the following:
- A facilitator guide that provides information on what a Compassionate Community is and shares examples
- Ready-to-use tools for holding stakeholder meetings
- Videos on why and how to start a Compassionate Community
- Ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation slides to share key information on Compassionate Communities
Gaining Momentum: A FrameWorks Communications Toolkit - This toolkit focuses on changing public thinking about aging, and provides a variety of helpful communications approaches and tools to use when talking about aging.
Men's Sheds: Shed Start-up Toolkit - This toolkit provides practical tips and information for individuals or groups who want to start a Men’s Shed. Whether you are starting a Men’s Shed through an existing organization or as an individual or group of friends, this toolkit will provide some of the basic how-to as you move toward getting your shed started. Access Toolkit here
Resilient Streets Toolkit- The How-to Guide for Building Community: This toolkit is designed to help you and your neighbours start making your street, building or block more resilient through fun, hands-on projects, with a focus on activities that can be done by small groups of people with few resources
PEARLS: The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is a national evidence-based program for late-life depression developed by the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center. PEARLS brings high quality mental health care into community-based settings that reach vulnerable older adults. During six to eight sessions that take place in the client’s home and focus on brief behavioral techniques, PEARLS counselors empower individuals to take action and make lasting changes so they can lead more active and rewarding lives.
Social Isolation of Seniors - Volume II: Ideas exchange event toolkit - This toolkit is meant to help people and organizations host effective meetings to exchange ideas and respond to the social isolation of seniors in their communities. It contains tools, templates and support resources for hosting an ideas exchange event to:
- help people and groups to share knowledge about the social isolation of seniors
- build and strengthen relationships in communities
- create opportunities for working together to address the social isolation of seniors in the community
There are also three Toolkit supplements:
- A Focus on Indigenous Seniors in Canada
- A Focus on LGBTQ Seniors in Canada
- A Focus on New Immigrant and Refugee Seniors in Canada
Background for this Toolkit: Social Isolation of Seniors - Volume 1: Understanding the issue and finding solutions