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Volume 17, No.7, August 2021
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HIGHLIGHTS AND COMMUNITY LINKS NEWS
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Community Links 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held virtually September 21, 2021. Stay tuned for more details.
 
Wishing Dian Day marvelous adventures
 
Dian Day, Regional Coordinator for Pictou (previously Pictou/Antigonish/Richmond) County, retired from her role June 30, 2021. Dian was a wonderful member of our small Community Links team and her contributions toward valuing older adults and heightening awareness of the issues that impact seniors, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, were immeasurable.   We are sad to say farewell but excited Dian will be finalizing her PhD research while completing another novel. Dian, you are an example of aging well!

Hiring - Regional Coordinator for Pictou/Antigonish Counties
 
Regional Coordinators spark connections and facilitate collaboration among representatives of seniors’ clubs, senior-serving organizations, business, government and individuals who address issues of aging well, including physical and mental health, active living, social connection, transportation and appropriate, affordable housing; our regionally based Aging Well Together Coalitions offer members opportunities to learn, share resources and increase their impact.
 
For more information or to apply visit https://nscommunitylinks.ca/community-links-is-hiring/
 
Invitation to Participate in the Research Project: Age Friendly in Focus: Understanding access and inclusion for older adults in the built environment.
 
Community Links and the Planning for Equity, Accessibility and Community Health Research Unit at Dalhousie School of Planning invite older adults to take part in research to help improve access within our communities. The objective is to collect photos and stories that show accessible and
inaccessible spaces  from the perspectives of older adults. Participants will be asked to take photographs of spaces in their neighbourhood, and then tell the story about the spaces in an interview. Photo taking options are available to accommodate COVID 19 concerns.
 
A photobook will be published to showcase the images collected through this study. Photographs and stories will also inform the PEACH Research Unit including study reports, website content, conference presentations, as well as a photograph guidebook for accessibility.
 
Participants will be entered in a draw for the chance to win a $25 gift card from a local retailer.
 
For more information contact Katie Vaughan: agefriendlyinfocus@gmail.com
Phone: (902) 233-6061 or visit https://nscommunitylinks.ca/age-friendly-in-focus/
 
The 41st Nova Scotia Provincial General Election has been called for August 17, 2021. Find information on candidates, voting information, COVID considerations, register to vote or check if you are registered at https://electionsnovascotia.ca/ or by calling Call Elections Nova Scotia at 1-800-565-1504 or TTY 1-866-774-7074.

The Seniors Advisory Council of Nova Scotia posed nine questions related to the wellbeing and priorities of older adults in Nova Scotia and invited responses from each of the parties.  The Council is an independent body of elected volunteers representing nine seniors' organizations. With over 100,000 older adults affiliated with those organizations, this representation strengthens the voice and presence of seniors in influencing government decision making. The Council is dedicated to improving the inclusion, well-being, and independence of older adults living in Nova Scotia. The Council is nonpartisan and apolitical.
Find the questions and responses from each party by clicking below:
 
NDP Responses
PC responses
Liberal Repsonses
Green Party Reponses
COVID-19 Vaccines
Nova Scotia has updated its COVID-19 immunization plan. Appointments for first and second doses are available across the province for anyone 12 years or older. Walk-in appointments may also be available. Learn more: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/book-your-vaccination-appointment/.
EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is conducting a survey to better understand barriers that Canadian seniors may experience to being vaccinated against influenza.
The results from the Bringing the Voices of Canadian Seniors Together in the Fight Against Influenza project, are intended to lay the groundwork to raise awareness about adult vaccination and incorporate the largely absent voices of Canadian seniors into immunization policies across the country. 
Join the IFA in helping to improve the uptake rates of adult influenza vaccination and making access to vaccination more equitable for Canadian seniors.  For more information please contact Anais Diaz, Project Officer, at adiaz@ifa.ngo.
English survey: https://bit.ly/3BXgf8i
French survey: https://bit.ly/3yiXs5c
Research Study
The Canadian Center for Vaccinology (CCfV) at the IWK Health Centre is holding a study for older adults 60+. The study involves immunizing adults against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to determine if the study vaccine is safe and prevents RSV in adult populations.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially in older adults.  
Like the flu, RSV has seasonal patterns that range from October to April. There are currently no approved vaccines for this virus.
Eligibility is limited to those who are:
  • 60 years of age or older.
  • Healthy and medically stable.
  • Not planning on travelling for four consecutive weeks from October - April.
 
Participation in this study involves five clinic visits at CCfV, located at the IWK Health Centre, over a three year period. Time and parking will be compensated.
 
For more information or to participate please contact Brittany Snow at 902 470-8575 or email brittanym.snow-swetnam@iwk.nshealth.ca or visit www.centerforvaccinology.ca.
 
The Nova Scotia Network for Social Change is excited to be hosting Connecting through the Arts: Stories on Aging and Intergenerational Connection series. To attend, join the Facebook group for NSN4SC members and change-makers here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1399246570474085
 
Senior Empowerment Sessions are being presented by the Valley Anti-Racism Association, Hants Senior Safety, and Injury Free Nova Scotia, funded by the West Hants/Uniacke and Cobequid Community Health Board Wellness Funds.
The Senior Empowerment Sessions will be hosted virtually from July 19th to August 27th 2021 with recorded videos posted every Monday on the Facebook Group and live Q&A sessions with professionals every Friday. To pre register for the sessions please contact Karen Crowe at hantsseniorsafety@gmail.com, or at (902) 798-7173.
A Community Podcast Project for Older Women is inviting women ages 65+ who live with financial insecurity to participate in a research project. Participants will take part in ten weeks of online workshops to produce up to three pilot podcast episodes.
 
For more information contact Kelly O’Neil at x2019epk@stfx.ca or visit https://www.olderwomenpodcasting.com/

Alzheimers Nova Scotia looks forward to hosting its virtual conference on October 28, 2021. Stay tuned for program details & registration in August. Visit their website at https://alzheimer.ca/ns
 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) is looking to fund at least three Regional Centres for Healthy Aging (RCHA) to implement CFN’s AVOID Frailty Program – a community-driven health intervention that aims to enable uptake and maintenance of healthy behaviours among older adults. The selected regional centres will spread the AVOID Frailty Program by engaging and empowering community members and organizations. It is expected that the regional centres will foster an enabling environment for behaviour change that includes co-ordinated assistance for older adults to identify, navigate, and access local health and social services. 

For Further Information click here or contact Perry Kim, PhD, Assistant Scientific Director; Email: Perry@CFN-NCE.ca
 
Stay up to date with Federal and Provincial information and updates on COVID-19 and please, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe.
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