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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the fourth issue of the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program's special newsletter series: Populations in Focus. This series brings relevant research, guides, and tools straight to your inbox. 

While we focus on each population individually, we recognize the complexities of intersectionality and encourage individuals and communities to consider how each aspect of a person’s identity contributes to their unique experience of aging. In this issue, we spotlight Indigenous seniors

Kind regards,
Emily Mullins
Age-Friendly Communities Knowledge Broker

1: Ontario First Nations Aging Study 

The Ontario First Nations Aging Study is a collaboration between the Chiefs of Ontario and university researchers with the goal of creating the first Ontario-wide profile of aging in First Nations populations. The report details the health status of older First Nations adults including information on frailty as well as a section on barriers to healthcare access.  

Publication Year: 2019 

Read the Report Here

2: Social Isolation Supplement: A Focus on Indigenous Seniors in Canada

This resource by the Public Health Agency of Canada was produced to help organizations and service providers adopt approaches to help Indigenous seniors strengthen human connections. This supplement consists of two parts:
  • Part 1: explores social isolation from the perspective of Indigenous seniors
  • Part 2: provides practical tools and resources to encourage human connections to reduce social isolation.
Publication Year: 2018
Read the Supplement Here

3: Supporting Indigenous Culture in Ontario's Long-Term Care Homes: Needs Assessment 

This needs assessment by the Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) reports on Indigenous cultural issues and specific long-term care home needs and identified ways that CLRIs can contribute to sector care and service improvements in these areas. Findings are drawn from a review of the literature and engagement with multiple stakeholders.

Publication Year: 2017
Read the Report Here

4: Diverse Populations Addendum  

The Diverse Populations Addendum is a Government of Ontario document that was produced by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program Team. The addendum is a companion document to the Creating a More Inclusive Ontario: Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide for Municipalities and Community Organizations. This resource highlights factors to consider in age-friendly planning and implementation for three populations of older adults. For information on Indigenous older adults, visit pages 29-38. 

Publication Year: 2021
Read the Addendum Here

In Practice: Aging at Home Program (Métis Nation of Ontario)

The Métis Nation of Ontario's Aging at Home Program offers support to Indigenous seniors 55 years of age and older by offering in home supports and contracted services to help individuals live safely and independently within their own homes. The Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The kinds of services available through this Program include:
  • In-home cleaning
  • Transportation for running errands
  • Contracted services such as lawn care and snow removal
For a list of participating Métis communities across Ontario and information on eligibility criteria, visit the program website here
About the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Program
The Ontario AFC Outreach Program is managed by the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care in partnership with Queen’s University, and funded by the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.

The AFC Outreach Program builds on and complements Ontario's AFC Planning Guide and the AFC Planning Grant Program, with the aim to raise awareness about age-friendly planning principles, facilitate knowledge sharing within and between communities, and increase the capacity for local planning, implementation and evaluation of age-friendly community initiatives.
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