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My name is Laura Griffin (They/them), and I am the new Education Outreach Coordinator for the Summer. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. I am a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Social Work program from Ryerson University. In addition, I will be starting the Master of Social Work program at Wilfrid Laurier University starting in September. My social work practice aligns with anti-oppressive, anti-racist, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ and feminist work.

In 2019, I took a class called “Gerontology: Critical Issues and Future Trends.” As someone who grew up in an aging province, Newfoundland Labrador, I came to Ontario with the hopes to develop new ideas and approaches on how to better the lives of our aging population. Applying an aging perspective, this course exposed me to new learnings on how to improve and implement Social Work practice that address abuse, trauma and barriers to well-being in older adults. But it became much more than that, it exposed me to the importance of palliative care, housing and health care accessibility. Understanding abuse and the prevention of abuse is of the utmost importance in Social Work practice. We are often the frontline for the prevention, safety and wellbeing for our aging service users. The Gerontology courses I mentioned earlier were where I first learned about the many networks, organizations and agencies working towards creating, providing and supporting a better and safe society for our aging population. I am honoured to hold a position with the Canadian Network of the Prevention of Elder Abuse who, in a beautiful community, work towards this mission and goal.

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Like many Canadians, CNPEA, provincial/territorial elder abuse prevention networks, and local agencies have eagerly awaited the announcement of the federal budget 2021. 

The announcement of funding to tackle systemic inequities that flared under Covid-19, and to fight gender-based violence is very encouraging. We are particularly pleased to see commitments to long-term-care and to seniors’ mental health, as well as significant resourcing to support aging in place. Fostering the social inclusion, and the mental and physical well-being of older Canadians - in the community and in long term care - is a crucial step toward lowering risk factors for elder abuse and neglect.

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By Mike MacNeil
Program Assistant, Population Health
United Way of the Lower Mainland

Want to know what’s happening and connect with peers in the seniors serving sector? 
CORE Canada is almost here! 

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A team of researchers from Western University is looking to interview people for a new study focused on making it easier for older adults to stay in touch through video technology. The team wants to learn about your thoughts and experiences using technology to connect with family/friends to make it more user-friendly. The ultimate goal is to help decrease loneliness and social isolation and thereby improve the quality of life for older adults who are physically separated from their support networks.

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Anita Monai-Brophy is developing a blog series to introduce our Board of Directors. Get to know the people who contribute to every Network decision and project.This is the second post of the series. 

 

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