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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the final issue of the Populations in Focus newsletter series. Over the last four weeks we have shared resources on francophone older adults, 2SLGBTQI+ older adults, older adults living in rural and remote regions, and Indigenous seniors. In this final issue, we spotlight older immigrants and refugees.

If you would like to refer back to these resources, all five newsletters will be archived on our website here

Kind regards,
Emily Mullins
Age-Friendly Communities Knowledge Broker

1:  Lived Experiences of Aging Immigrants

This Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology (CREGÉS) research project explores the lived experiences of immigrant older adults. Their national report: Learning from the Lived Experiences of Aging Immigrants, draws on a series of stakeholder outreach forums on issues facing aging immigrants held across Canada. Findings report on common challenges immigrant older adults encounter in four theme areas (caregiving, housing, social inclusion, and transportation) and offer recommendations for addressing these challenges.

To learn more about this project visit their website here

Publication Year: 2020
Read the Report Here

2: Social Isolation Supplement: A Focus on New Immigrant and Refugee Seniors in Canada

This supplement is a resource to help organizations and service providers adopt approaches to help new immigrant and refugee seniors strengthen human connections. This supplement consists of two parts:
  • Part 1 explores social isolation from the perspective of new immigrant and refugee seniors.
  • Part 2 provides practical tools and resources to encourage human connections to reduce social isolation.
Publication Year: 2018
Read the Supplement Here

3: Settlement Experiences of Recently Arrived Senior Immigrants

This report examines the challenges facing recently arrived senior immigrants and the role of both formal and informal settlement services in facilitating their integration into Canadian society. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with newcomer older adults, service providers, and key informants in Toronto, York Region, Windsor, and Ottawa. The report concludes with a series of policy and programming recommendations.

Publication Year: 2019

Read the Report Here

4: Understanding Immigrant Seniors' Needs and Priorities for Health Care 

This report was a collaboration between the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre and the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership. Findings are drawn from interviews and focus groups with immigrant seniors and their caregivers as well as an on-line survey to service providers in the region. The report outlines priority areas and recommendations to inform healthcare planning. 

Publication Year: 2017 
Read the Report Here

In Practice: Welcoming and Supporting Older Refugees to Canadian Communities - Aging Lives Uprooted

This upcoming webinar on March 21st, hosted by the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario and HelpAge Canada, will paint a picture of the older adult refugee experience in Canada, including the effects of fleeing conflict zones, the process of seeking asylum, and what it means to have lost everything.

You will hear from those working in the field - nationally, provincially, and locally – who will share their experiences and how they support older adult refugees. Finally, older refugees themselves will share, first hand, their experience of coming to Canada.

The webinar is for those working in the community-based seniors sector or those serving older refugees and their allies. Learn about best practices in supporting older refugees and discover available programs and resources. 

Register 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 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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