Author Archives: Eddy Elmer

How to Combat the Vicious Cycle of Loneliness

This month, The Atlantic features a great interview with loneliness researcher John Cacioppo. In the interview, he reminds us of the need to distinguish social isolation from loneliness, and how programs designed to alleviate isolation do not necessarily alleviate loneliness. A good read, with particular … Continue reading

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Seniors’ Multicultural Festival

South Granville Seniors’ Centre is hosting its annual Multicultural Festival on May 4th. Come out and enjoy a fun afternoon of great food and entertainment.

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LGBTQ+ Seniors’ Social, April 21

Are you an older adult 55+ who identifies as LGBTQ/2S? Attend Qmunity’s Spring Fling celebration, April 21, at Haro Park Centre.

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Provincial All-Candidates’ Debate on Seniors’ Issues

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New Report from National Seniors Council on Social Isolation

The National Seniors Council of Canada has just released a new report outlining the current scientific literature about social isolation among specific groups of seniors. This is a comprehensive review and we encourage everyone interested in seniors’ issues to have a look. … Continue reading

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Biggest Threat Facing Middle-Aged Men is Loneliness

This month’s Boston Globe magazine features an excellent article about the risk for loneliness among middle-aged men. In particular, it discusses the tendency for middle-aged men to let their friendships lapse as they age. It is well worth the read. If you … Continue reading

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Brain Health and Dementia: Free Cantonese Health Forum, April 8

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SAC Begins New Term

The Seniors Advisory Committee is beginning its new term this month. We are very happy to have five new members join us: Monica Camporese, Clemencia Gómez, Ashok Puri, Elaine Wass, and Honghao Xu. We hope to continue work on several important … Continue reading

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Review of City’s Snow and Ice Removal Procedures

We are pleased that Council has passed a motion today asking staff to provide a report on the City’s handling of snow and ice removal during December. The Park Board has commissioned a similar report. As street safety and accessibility are key priorities for our … Continue reading

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Snow and Ice Removal

Please remember that sidewalks can become very slippery during the winter. Please help prevent accidents by keeping the sidewalks around your home/business clear of ice and snow. While the City is responsible for clearing major thoroughfares, including bus routes, bridges, … Continue reading

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Character Home Zoning Review

The City is conducting an Character Home Zoning Review to look at options for the retention of heritage and character homes in single-family (RS) zoning districts. Geographic and zoning options are being explored that could result in changes to regulations … Continue reading

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Accessible Path of Travel Policy Review, December 7

City of Vancouver Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability staff are conducting a policy review to explore opportunities for accessible paths of travel to low-density housing types.  The goal is to improve and streamline policies to make these homes more accessible for … Continue reading

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Open Houses on Proposed Changes to West 10th Avenue

City staff are holding four open houses on the proposed changes to the West 10th Avenue Corridor (VGH Medical Precint): • Nov. 22, 4-7 p.m., Blusson Spinal Cord Centre • Nov. 23, 4-7 p.m., Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral • … Continue reading

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Council of Councils Meeting

We are looking forward to next week’s Council of Councils meeting at City Hall, when all civic advisory committees meet to discuss our accomplishments over the last term and our goals for next term. Below are the slides we prepared outlining … Continue reading

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Accessible Public Bathrooms Motion Passes

We are very pleased that Vancouver City Council has unanimously passed our motion calling for the consideration of accessible public toilets—a key element of an age-friendly city—in all planning projects. For some people, the uncertainty of access to public toilets … Continue reading

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Accessible Bathrooms, Arbutus Greenway, and West 10th Avenue Corridor Motions

On November 2, Councillor Elizabeth Ball will be presenting three of our motions to Council: Increased Accessibility to Public Washrooms An Age-Friendly Arbutus Corridor Accessibility for Patients at West  10th Avenue Medical Facilities Our Chair, Colleen McGuinness, will be speaking … Continue reading

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Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere

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104-year-old woman a shining example of municipal programs’ success

A new report by the Columbia Institute says municipalities play a critical role in providing services to seniors: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/104-year-old-municipal-programs-1.3810594

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Seniors, Socialization, and Health in Metro Vancouver

The Columbia Institute has released a new report: “Our Future: Seniors, Socialization and Health.” The report, with input from eight seniors centres in Metro Vancouver, spotlights how municipalities are the frontline step in seniors’ health by offering a wide variety … Continue reading

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Public Workshop About Future of Granville Island

Register for workshop about future of Granville Island, October 15, Roundhouse Community Centre

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