Alberta Council on Aging, the only non profit, province wide, charitable organization of its kind in Canada has been working to maintain and improve the quality of life for older persons, for nearly fifty- four years! The council advises local through to federal government about matters relating to the opportunity for full and equal participation […]
The producer of the Breakfast TV Calgary presented our executive director, Donna Durand, with this question: what needs to be done immediately regarding long term care? Watch the brief interview here. To understand what is happening today in long term care and the continuing care sector we need to understand the culture before […]
Seniors Week, Grandparents Day, and International Day of Older Persons: What is the difference and why do we celebrate these occasions? Click here to read our newest blog and learn how each of these holidays are different and also individually important.
Older people have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders from around the world have expressed their concern about its effects on older people, communities and society. They have also called for a response that addresses the needs and rights of older people. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General highlighted that “our response to COVID-19 […]
WORLD ELDER ABUSE DAY – 2020 As we prepare to recognize World Elder Abuse Day on June 15th, I find myself reflecting on the change in the life of older persons. Prior to our current fast paced lifestyle driven by technology, our ancestors worked very hard to ensure we had the necessities of life; those […]
Meet change maker Pramila Sinha as she shares her thoughts on a stigma that is holding seniors back… I feel we are viewed as being less than, as diminishing in ability and skill, when in fact we have a lot of experience with age- we demonstrate this on a daily basis. Age plus experience is […]
#seniorsweek day 5. Stereotype: Seniors are not good drivers. Well? To be eligible to drive a person must be medically fit to drive. Seniors are widely diverse in age. Ability and skills, not age! Does policy and practice support this?
Alberta Council on Aging continues to dispel myths of age for #seniorsweek, day 4. Ageism has everything to do with the current state of the long-term care system. True or false? Please read this article by Susan Braedley, submitted by long standing member David Ruptash, who many years ago worked as a hospital administrator.
Within myself, I’m working to dispel the myth that aging is something that should be feared, erased, or covered up. I don’t want to support a $63 billion a year industry that actively works to make me feel bad for the appearance of wrinkles or grey hair. Instead of fearing looking old, I want to […]