Turning Seniors' Voices into Action: A Conversation about Elder Abuse
Through this New Horizons for Seniors (NHS) grant, NICE has partnered with local agencies and trained a group of older adults with the most up-to-date knowledge on the topic of elder abuse. These trained seniors facilitate a total of 16 workshops, across the province of Ontario, to teach other older adults about the different types of elder abuse and resources available for help in their specific communities.
Project Staff: Jessica Hsieh, Sharon Tan
Establishing Best Policies and Practices for Understanding and Addressing Social Isolation in Older Canadians
NICE has partnered with the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) to co-lead this project, which is focused on building understanding of what we know about social isolation, how we address the issue, and how we can prevent social isolation as we age. By identifying the physical, social, cultural and environmental factors contributing to social isolation of seniors living in Canada, this project aims to develop reciprocal knowledge between stakeholders, as well as prepare Canadian generations and policy makers to face the challenges of social isolation.
Project Staff: Anna Liu
Elder Abuse and Dementia
Through this New Horizons for Seniors (NHS) grant, NICE has partnered with local agencies and trained a group of older adults with the most up-to-date knowledge on the topic of elder abuse of persons living with dementia. These trained seniors facilitate a total of 10 workshops, across the province of Ontario, to teach other older adults about the link between elder abuse and dementia, as well as resources available for help in their specific communities.
Project Staff: Sharon Tan
Understanding Flu Vaccine Use by Older Adults
In this Sanofi Pasteur-funded project, the objective is to develop a greater understanding of the factors that may positively or negatively influence older adults’ decision-making process regarding influenza vaccination. By identifying gaps in knowledge and synthesizing the information that is currently available, this project will serve as a platform for future research, policy development and clinical practice.
Project Staff: James Hull
Toronto HomeShare Program
Toronto HomeShare is a City of Toronto program run by NICE that matches older adults (55+) who have a spare room in their home who would benefit from receiving additional income and/or help around the home with university and college students seeking affordable housing.
In exchange for reduced rent of $400-$600 per month, the student provides up to seven hours of companionship and/or assistance with completing light household tasks, such as preparing and sharing meals, tidying up, carrying groceries, or walking a pet.
Through the Toronto for All public education initiative, NICE has partnered with the City of Toronto to bring greater awareness to the issue of ageism, the most socially accepted, normalized and tolerated form of discrimination today. This campaign helped to draw attention to ageism within the workplace, where older adults experience more discrimination than their younger colleagues and are less likely to be hired or receive training.
Project Staff: Erin Relyea
Established in response to COVID-19, TALK2NICE is a free, over-the-phone check-in service that specializes in the care of older adults and disabled community members. Through this phone line, a team of social workers and social work students offer ongoing friendly outreach and brief counselling services to community members who may be experiencing social isolation and/or loneliness. Call us toll-free at 1 (844) 529-7292.
Project Staff: Jason Ferreirinha
Resident-to-Resident Abuse in Long-Term Care:
Reporting for Change
In this Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded project, the overarching goal is to examine resident-to-resident elder abuse (RRA) in long-term care. With an aim of providing a more accurate assessment of the magnitude of this problem, the most common types of RRA, as well as a profile of both perpetrators and victims, this project will serve as a platform for future work in policy, practice, and research within the area of elder abuse in Canada.
Project Staff: TBD
NICE Talking to You
NICE Talking to You is a podcast series hosted by NICE where we explore popular topics in aging with experts in the field. This series is currently in development.