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Building a Vision for Seniors’ Wellness at the Inaugural Provincial Summit on Aging

Building a Vision for Seniors’ Wellness at the Inaugural Provincial Summit on Aging

November 2, 2017

Surrey, B.C. – More than 200 organizational leaders from across B.C. are meeting on November 2 & 3 to identify and address critical challenges facing seniors in the province today. The inaugural Provincial Summit on Aging (the “Summit”) takes place at Surrey City Hall and is an initiative of the Raising the Profile Project (www.seniorsraisingtheprofile.ca).

The Summit’s goals are to raise the profile and increase the capacity of Community-Based Seniors’ Services (CBSS) – which includes municipal seniors’ service providers and non-profit organizations – to deliver health promotion and prevention programming that supports seniors’ independence, resilience and social connectedness.  Delegates will highlight the importance of ensuring that every older adult in B.C. can age well, and the broad range of stakeholders – from grassroots organizations to regional, provincial and national partners – will create a unique opportunity to identify effective strategies, take action, and strengthen the CBSS sector.

In Canada, those over age 65 now outnumber those under age 15.  Wellness of seniors must remain a top priority.  While the CBSS sector supports seniors’ independence, resilience and social connectedness – supports that have proven effective in reducing health care costs and utilization and enhancing the overall well-being of seniors and their families – the essential importance of these services has yet to be acknowledged and given priority by decision makers.

By the time the event concludes, up to 300 organizations and individual leaders will sign a declaration that highlights the need to actively support community‐based health promotion and prevention efforts (close to 100 organizations have already signed on).  For the first time in history, the province of B.C.’s seniors’ sector leaders are committing to further the work of CBSS, and from the outcomes of the Summit will emerge a new vision and plan to increase the health and wellness of older adults across B.C.

At the Summit’s closing address, B.C.’s Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie will underscore the importance of community supports as our population ages and will highlight, contrary to some stereotypes, the reality that the vast majority of seniors are active and engaged in the communities where they live.

The City of Surrey, in partnership with the United Way of the Lower Mainland, United Way’s Better at Home Program, the Raising the Profile Project, the Active Aging Research Team from the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at the University of British Columbia, the BC Recreation and Parks Association, and with sponsorship from the B.C. Ministry of Health, is hosting the two day Provincial Summit on Aging at Surrey City Hall.

Together we will realize a bold vision that supports seniors’ wellness in our province.

For more information on the Provincial Summit on Aging, please visit: ‎ http://www.seniorsraisingtheprofile.ca/

Quick facts:

  • This is the first ever Provincial Summit on Aging with such broad cross-sectoral representation. It will be held over two days (November 2 & 3)
  • The City of Surrey, in partnership with the United Way of the Lower Mainland, United Way’s Better at Home Program, Raising the Profile Project, the Active Aging Research Team from the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at the University of British Columbia, the BC Recreation and Parks Association, and with sponsorship from the B.C. Ministry of Health, is hosting the event at Surrey City Hall
  • The Summit will bring together leaders in B.C.’s seniors’ sector, including Executive Directors of Community-Based Seniors’ Services (CBSS) organizations, provincial organizations that support CBSS, community foundations, the private sector, municipal and provincial government representatives, seniors who are community leaders, and researchers working on seniors’ wellness initiatives
  • B.C.’s Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie will close the event with her support of the Summit and the essential nature of its work
  • The Summit’s ultimate goal will be that key stakeholders and decision makers sign a declaration that recognizes the importance of community‐based health promotion and prevention initiatives, and the need to celebrate accomplishments while enacting key strategies that strengthen the CBSS sector

Quotes:

  • City of Surrey
    “As an Age Friendly City, we are proud to be the host for the inaugural Provincial Summit on Aging.  The City of Surrey recognizes that building strong partnerships with the non-profit community-based seniors sector is critical to meeting the interests and needs of seniors, caregivers, and their families.”
    - Mayor Linda Hepner, City of Surrey
  • United Way of the Lower Mainland
    “United Way’s Healthy Aging Strategy focuses on three pillars: increasing physical activity, reducing social isolation and maintaining and enhancing independence. To that end, our ongoing investments, including our work to further the goals of the Summit, will continue to help Lower Mainland and B.C. seniors stay social, active, connected to their communities, and living independently in their own homes for longer.”
    - Kahir Lalji, Provincial Director, Healthy Aging
  • Raising the Profile Project
    “The Summit is an important and positive turning point for the tens of thousands of older adults in B.C. who rely on community-based seniors services for the social connections and supports they need to maintain their health and independence.”
    - Marcy Cohen, Raising the Profile Project Lead
  • Active Aging Research Team from the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at UBC
    “The Active Aging Research Team generates evidence -based solutions to promote mobility and social connectedness through physical activity; essential elements for healthy aging. The Summit is a first and serves as a dynamic call to action for sectors to work together, generate new ideas and commit anew to supporting older adults to lead active, connected and independent lives.”
    - Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould, Principal Scientist, Active Aging Research Team
  • BC Recreation and Parks Association
    The BC Recreation and Parks Association anticipates that the Summit’s gathering of provincial leaders from diverse sectors in seniors’ care will strengthen connections and broaden understanding. The result will be an integrated network in which seniors will experience an improved system of community-based seniors’ services.
    - Rebecca Tunnacliffe, CEO, BCRPA

 

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Media Inquiries:
Oliver Lum
Communcations Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604.591.4519
owlum@surrey.ca


Info of Other Media Releations Contacts:

Jennifer Young
Assistant Director, Communications & Public Relations
United Way Lower Mainland
604.268.1300 Ext. 1333, cell: 604.309.3937
jennifery@uwlm.ca

Rebecca Collett
Communications Manager
Active Aging Reseach Team at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
rebecca.collett@hiphealth.ca

Connie Mah
Administrative Assistant
B.C. Recreation and Parks Associaton
cmah@B.C.rpa.B.C..ca