Between May 2016 and the end of April 2019, supported by the federal governments New Horizons for Seniors Program, seven Hamilton organizations collaborated to create and implement projects to measurably reduce rates of social isolation among adults 55+, while simultaneously building the communitys capacity to identify, reach and connect isolated older adults, preventing isolation in the future. Achieving these outcomes was, at times, challenging, as many unmet basic needs and poorly managed health conditions presented themselves.
With additional funding provided by the federal government that extends from May 2019 until the end of December 2019, the project will serve an additional 500 socially-isolated older adults. However, the overall focus shifts to exploring both funded and non-funded resources that can be expected to contribute to the sustainability of what has proven to be a successful service delivery model, knowledge dissemination and developing guidelines/resources for use in both Hamilton and in other communities who may want to consider a similar model of support.
Lessons learned from the 3-year project and suggestions for the future will be presented in this webinar. In addition, the presenter will encourage participants to consider the role of municipalities in supporting isolated older adults. What are they doing now? What else might they be doing?
Presenter: Pat Spadafora, Hamilton Council on Aging
Any staff in a human, social or community services organization
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Non-Members: $25+HST per connection
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