Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.
~ Ryunosuke Satoro

Hamilton Aging Together

Our Aging Together mutual support group organized a community discussion event during Seniors Month (June) about strengthening connections for seniors through faith communities. Follow-up meetings in the summer have guided planning for multi-faith workshops and for our new website to be launched in December.

The Hamilton Aging Together website will invite people in midlife and senior years to build their own social networks to exchange support in tangible ways and to advocate for those who have become socially isolated, especially those with inadequate housing. The new site will emphasize Aging in Community ideas from around the world, local alternative housing initiatives, and positive examples of what faith communities can do to encourage their older members to stay connected.

For an excellent introduction to Aging in Community, see Blanchard, 2014.

For the Age Friendly local directory, see Hamilton Directory for Community resources for older adults.

Taralyn Prindiville, manager of Hamilton Seniors’ Isolation Impact Plan, kindly responded to my request to write the article below on this federally-funded multi-agency project for our community.  Aging Together fits in with this larger initiative by empowering faith community leaders and caring committees to identify and support their socially isolated seniors.

Addressing Seniors’ Isolation as a Community

Contributed article by Taralyn Prindiville, Project Manager, Hamilton Seniors’ Isolation Impact Plan

For many people, growing old can be an isolating and lonely process. We tend to lose loved ones and connections in late life, and re-establishing contact with the community can be difficult. For seniors that do become isolated, this has a large impact on their quality of life. It takes a mental and emotional toll, and is associated with increased risks for hospitalization, a range of physical ailments, and even death.

As Canada’s population ages rapidly, awareness of this issue is increasing. Governments and communities are beginning to take steps to address it, but there is no easy solution; the contributing factors are complex, and solving this will require teamwork across many sectors. This is why the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program is supporting the development of collaborative partnerships that aim to reduce isolation among seniors in cities across the country. In Hamilton, there are estimated to be more than 11,000 seniors living in isolation. With the support of the New Horizon’s for Seniors Program, local groups and organizations are now collaborating to reach these seniors and help anchor them into the community.

Hamilton’s faith communities have a special role to play in helping to accomplish this work. Read on to find out more about how faith communities can contribute!

To Read Complete Article: Prindiville17-Seniors Isolation Article – August 

Aging in Community Resources

Ted Talk – Grace Kim – How Cohousing Can Make Us Happier and  Live Longer

Building Sustainable Communities –Guy Dauncey

Tiny Houses Together Lifestyle 

Music Students Live Free in Nursing Home

Writing Resources

I have compiled the Writing Exercises prepared for my monthly blogsover the past 5 years.  Have a look — Ryan17-Writing ExercisesfromBlogs

Ellen Ryan Writing Workshop – Oct 16 & Oct 30

With this shadow photo,

I bid you adieu

Ellen