Age Friendly Info Hub

Respect & Social Inclusion

An age-friendly community treats older adults with respect and is a place where older adults can feel safe with a sense of belonging; where they can plan for their future and the future of their children. It fosters positive images of ageing; encourages sensitivity training to the ageing process to all service providers that deal in any capacity with seniors; provides opportunities for different generations to integrate socially and challenge ageist stereotypes; and generally, makes seniors feel valued, safe and less isolated.

Ageism:

Fear ageism, not aging:  How an ageist society is failing its elders:  CBC Radio IDEAS producer Mary Lynk explores what is the purpose of a long life in this article that looks at how traditional cultures often place older people at the top of social hierarchy, but in modern Western societies this is not always the case. – CLICK HERE

Elder Abuse:

Elder Abuse Awareness-It’s Not Right:  Download a booklet that details Elder Abuse, how to recognize it and where you can turn to for support. – CLICK HERE or  CLICK HERE

Brant Elder Abuse Service Provider Protocol: – CLICK HERE

Brant Elder Abuse Awareness Committee:CLICK HERE

Brantford Elder Abuse Video:   The Brant Elder Abuse Committee provides a video and links to where to get support and learn more about Elder Abuse. -CLICK HERE 

City of Brantford Strategy on Elder Abuse:CLICK HERE

Elder Abuse- Steps to Justice:  Community Legal Education Ontario provides information on recognizing and responding to elder abuse.CLICK HERE

Financial Security:

Canadian Retirement Income Calculator: The Canadian retirement Income Calculator provides information to estimate your retirement income from several sources.  -CLICK HERE

Debt and Consumer Law Issues: Community Legal Education Ontario provides information on debt and consumer law issues.  –CLICK HERE

Fraud and Scams:  The Government of Canada provides information on what every older Canadian should know. – CLICK HERE

Identity Thief:  Community Legal Education Ontario provides information on how to avoid Identity Thief. –CLICK HERE

Internet & Telephone Scams: Community Legal Education Ontario provides information to find out what some of the common scams are, how you can protect yourself and what to do if you are a victim of a scam. – CLICK HERE

Little Black Book of Scams:  The Canadian Government has republished this resource on scam protection.  -CLICK HERE

Property Division-Separation and Divorce or Death of a Spouse:CLICK HERE

Public Pensions:  The Government of Canada provides access to information on Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security pension and related benefits, the Canadian retirement income calculator and retirement planning. – CLICK HERE

Seniors Co-Payment Payment Application:  The Ontario Ministry of Health notes that as of August 1, 2021, the SCP income thresholds will be increased to $22,200 for single seniors and $37,100 for couples. You can apply now to be enrolled starting August 1, 2021 under the new eligibility thresholds. – CLICK HERE

Intergenerational Programs:

SKIP (Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Programs) brings together students of all ages with nursing (Long Term Care)/retirement home seniors. – CLICK HERE

Personal Rights:

Every Residents Rights:  Community Legal Education Ontario (Cleo) provides a publication identifying every residents rights. – CLICK HERE

Home Care Bill of Rights:   Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) identifies that if you receive home care services, the Bill of Rights describes how you must be treated. – CLICK HERE

Home Care Complaints & Appeals Steps: Community Legal Education Ontario (Cleo) identifies what to do if home care services are inappropriate or poor quality. – CLICK HERE

Planning for the Future:

Advanced Care Planning:  Advanced care planning is a process of thinking about and sharing wishes for future health care. Speak Up Canada can help develop a plan to let others know what would be important if you were ill and unable to communicate. – CLICK HERE

Estate Planning:  The provincial website outlines information about estate planning, consumer issues as well as preparing for emergencies. – CLICK HERE

Funeral Planning:  The Federal Government website identifies what to consider when planning and paying for a funeral in advance. Also learn more about naming or being an estate representative. – CLICK HERE

Legal Support-The Guided Pathways:  Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) website gives reliable, practical information on common legal problems to people in Ontario. – CLICK HERE

Power of Attorney:  Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) enables downloading of booklets on Power of Attorney for both Personal Care and Property. – CLICK HERE

Steps to Justice:  CLEO provides “Steps to Justice”, Step-by-step information about legal problems. Reliable, practical, and easy to understand. -CLICK HERE

Wills- Guided Pathway to Help You Make A Simple Will: CLEO provides a free simple online tool to create a simple will and appoint an executor for your estate. The Pathway asks you a series of questions about your situation, gives you information to help answer them, and creates a simple will based on your answers.  Any personal information that you enter into the Pathway is confidential. – CLICK HERE

Wills-Making them and Updating them:  The Canadian Government identifies a will as a legal document that says how you want your estate to be divided once you die. – CLICK HERE

Safety and Security:

Internet Safety Guide for Seniors: VPM Smash magazine published an Internet Safety Guide For Seniors which has helpful information and tips for seniors on how to safely and securely use the internet. -CLICK HERE

Internet Safety:  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police provide an in depth review of internet safety. -CLICK HERE

Safe Living Guide:  The Government of Canada provides an in-depth guide to home safety for seniors. – CLICK HERE

A Seniors Guidebook-Safety and Security:  The RCMP Identifies some common concerns when it comes to seniors’ safety and security and shows how to reduce or remove risks. – CLICK HERE

Seniors Safety Line: 211 and the Seniors Safety Line have joined services to provide contact and referral information for local agencies across the province that can assist in cases of elder abuse. Call 1-866 299-1011

Social Isolation and Social Innovation Toolkit:

Gain a better understanding of the issue and find solutions to Senior Social Isolation. – CLICK HERE