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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Getting Ready: For a New Generation of Active Seniors

Demographic changes are now a challenge in Canada as well as in several other countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In Canada, there are now more people aged 65 and over than children aged 14 and under. In the coming decades, this demographic reality will put greater pressure on the country’s health care system and public finances, and will affect the labour market through an aging workforce. However, it will not be felt with the same intensity or in the same way in all regions of the country. Federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments will have to work together and put measures in place to address the challenges facing Canadian society.

In April 2016, the Senate authorized the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance to examine and report on the financial implications and regional considerations of Canada’s aging population. Up to May 30, 2017, this committee held five meetings and heard from 14 experts from across the country. Below is a link to the first interim report, which presents the committee’s observations and recommendations following its study.

To access the report, click here:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard

The Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard—a compilation of state data and analysis—showcases measures of state performance for creating a high-quality system of care in order to drive progress toward improvement in services for older adults and people with physical disabilities, and their family caregivers. The focus is on state-level data because the United States does not have a single national system to address LTSS needs.

The Scorecard provides comparable state data to: Benchmark performance, measure progress, identify areas for improvement, and improve lives.

To view the LTSS State Scorecard, click here:

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Role of the Arts and Culture in Social Care

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) has undertaken a major Inquiry into the role of the arts in health and wellbeing, with which the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has been involved. The Inquiry yielded a substantial report – Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing – providing strong evidence that creative and cultural activities can have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Taking up the findings of the Inquiry, the below briefing sets out some of the ways in which the arts and culture can help in social care.

To access the briefing click here:

Friday, September 29, 2017

WHO palliative care fact sheet

"Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual...

"Palliative care is explicitly recognised under the human right to health. It should be provided through person-centred and integrated health services that pay special attention to the specific needs and preferences of individuals."

View the WHO's Palliative Care Fact sheet here:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Inspiring care home residents to be creative

Involving people who live in care homes in the creative arts can delight, inspire and even bring health benefits. This resource offers care teams, including activity providers, many practical ideas on how to get started.

Written in association with the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), this guidance will show you how to encourage participation in the arts, helping all your residents to live the life they choose – with fun, laughter and creativity.

You can access the resource here:

Friday, September 22, 2017

Advancing Collective Priorities

The Canadian Cancer Action Network, in partnership with Carers Canada and the Canadian Home Care Association, recently launched the 2017 report, Advancing Collective Priorities: A Canadian Carer Strategy.

Over 8 million carers (also referred to as family caregivers) impact the lives of Canadians every day. Providing care and support to loved ones, family members and friends, they contribute over $25 billion in unpaid care every year. This report was developed in order to showcase the policies, practices and resources in place to recognize and support carers/family caregivers across Canada.

To view the report click here:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New app to help improve environments for people with dementia

Working in collaboration with construction experts Space Group, the design team at Dementia Services Development Centre is creating the first app of its kind in the world to digitally assess how suitable a residence, care facility or other environment is for older people and those living with dementia.

The dementia database, called IRIDIS, will make a simple assessment of a person’s home and recommend changes that can be made to the building.

The app will be available to download tomorrow, Thursday 21 September, on International Alzheimer’s Day.

For more information on the app, click here: